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CNN offices evacuated after bomb threat, no explosive found

CNN's New York offices were evacuated Thursday night after a bomb threat, but no explosive was found and police later gave the all clear, the network said. The roughly 90 minute drama recalled a similar evacuation in October after an explosive device was discovered at CNN's New York headquarters. Fire alarm bells rang inside the newsroom to signal an evacuation shortly after 10:30 pm, CNN said on its website, as the network went to pre-taped programing. An hour later the network was broadcasting from Skype.…

Another bomb found at Karachi blast site, defused

KARACHI: An improvised explosive device, found from a spot where a bomb went off yesterday in Karachi, was defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad in the wee hours of Saturday, ARY News reported. The bomb was concealed in a tiny box with a time device and it was spotted by law enforcers. According to senior cop, who is a part of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), Mazhar Mashwani, the BDS team was immediately called and they successfully defused an IED which could have triggered a serious tragedy. The bomb disposal squad…

Bomb at Philippines street festival kills two, wounds 37

MANILA: A homemade bomb hidden under a motorcycle killed two people, one a child, and wounded 37 at a local street festival in the southern Philippines on Tuesday, security officials said, the latest unrest in a region prone to militancy. The explosion occurred in front of a clothing stall along a highway in Isulan in Sultan Kudarat province, where a festival was taking place. An investigation was underway and there were no immediate claims of responsibility, according to police. The province is on the Philippines’…

French fishing trawler nets WWII bomb

RENNES, France: A French fishing trawler netted a World War II bomb containing nearly a tonne of explosives off the coast of Normandy on Friday, prompting the emergency evacuation of the crew while the device was returned to the seabed, authorities said. The trawler was fishing around two nautical miles off the coast in the English Channel when it swept up the German bomb containing some 860 kilos (almost a tonne) of explosives. Alerted to the haul in the early hours of Friday, the region's maritime authorities sprang…

British police arrest man claiming to have a bomb at London rail station

LONDON: British police said on Friday they had arrested a man at London’s Charing Cross railway station who claimed he had a bomb. “A man claiming to have a bomb at #CharingCross station has now been arrested,” British Transport Police said. “We are now working to reopen the station as soon as possible.” Footage on social media showed a large police presence including armed officers at the station which handles services to the capital from southeast England. Britain is on currently on its second highest threat level…

Bombing kills two in Egypt’s Alexandria, targets security chief

CAIRO: A bomb placed under a car exploded in Egypt’s second city Alexandria on Saturday, killing two people including a policeman, state news agency MENA reported.  The bombing, which also wounded four policemen, had targeted Alexandria’s security chief police Major General Mostafa al-Nemr, the interior ministry said. MENA quoted Nemr as saying that two people, a policeman and a driver, were killed in the blast. Photos on social media that Reuters could not independently verify showed a burnt out car and smoke at the site…

Car bomb rips through crowd at Afghan wrestling match

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan: A car bomb killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens more who had gathered to watch a wrestling match in southern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which went off outside the match venue in Lashkar Gah - capital of the province of Helmand - in front of a crowd that included local lawmakers. The attack, which followed a suicide blast in Kabul on Wednesday that was claimed by Islamic State, underlined the continued threat of…

Twin car bombs kill more than 30 in Libya’s Benghazi

BENGHAZI: A double car bombing in the east Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday left at least 33 people dead and dozens more wounded, including senior security figures and civilians, officials said. The twin explosions shattered the relative calm that had recently returned to Libya’s second city, scene of more than three years of warfare from 2014 until late last year. The first blast struck outside a mosque in Benghazi’s central Al Salmani district as worshippers were leaving evening prayers. Some 10 to 15 minutes…

Terror plot foiled as security forces defuse bomb in Quetta

QUETTA: Security forces on Tuesday claimed to have foiled a major terrorism plot by defusing a 20-kilogram remote-controlled bomb in the Spiny road area of the provincial capital. According to the police, the bomb was found in a bag near Spiny road, which was defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad. The security forces have foiled second such terror bid in two days as the Frontier Corps (FC) a day earlier found and defused a 12 kilogram bomb in a Quetta neighborhood. On Sunday, at least nine people including three women…