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Two killed, five injured as extortionists open fire on trader in Lyari

KARACHI: Two people were killed and five others were injured when alleged extortionists opened fire on a trader in Lyari area, ARY News reported on Tuesday. According to police, the incident occurred at an eatery near Ali Hotel in Baghdadi area of Lyari. The gangsters has sent a note to a local builder demanding extortion amount. Raees Khan, the son of a local builder Rozie Khan was shot dead after refusal to pay the extortion amount. Another person identified as Mubeen was also killed in the incident, but police…

Islamic State’s Baghdadi almost certainly alive: Kurdish security official

SULAIMANIA, Iraq: A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, despite reports that he had been killed. "Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 percent he is alive," Lahur Talabany told Reuters in an interview. "Don't forget his roots go back to al Qaeda days in Iraq. He was hiding from security services. He knows what he is…

US has no proof IS leader Baghdadi is dead

WASHINGTON: Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Friday he cannot confirm whether or not Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, after reports from Syria that the militant leader had been killed. "If we knew, we would tell you -- right now, I can't confirm or deny it," Mattis said. "Our approach is we assume he's alive until it's proven otherwise, and right now I can't prove it otherwise." The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a longtime conflict monitor, said earlier this week it had heard from…

Baghdadi – dead or alive? Iraqi military reach Baiji

BAGHDAD: Iraqi military forces reached the centre of the northern city of Baiji on Sunday in an effort to break an Islamic State siege of the country's biggest refinery, triggering fierce clashes with the militants, according to an army colonel and a witness.