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Afghanistan Eid car bomb, claimed by Islamic State, kills 26

KABUL: A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and militants celebrated an unprecedented Eid ceasefire. Islamic State claimed responsibility. The group’s Amaq news agency said the target was “a gathering of Afghan forces” but gave no details. The Taliban had already denied involvement. Dozens of unarmed Taliban militants had earlier entered the Afghan capital and other cities to celebrate the end…

‘Many bodies’ as two car bombs explode in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU: A car packed with explosives blew up outside a hotel in Mogadishu on Saturday as a minibus also exploded at a nearby junction, with the emergency services reporting "many dead bodies". Witnesses reported hearing gunfire and said the entire area around the Nasa Hablod hotel was sealed off by security forces to keep people away. "A car loaded with explosives went off at the entrance of Nasa Hablod Hotel and there is gunfire," police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP, saying it looked like a coordinated attack.…

At least 29 dead as car bomb hits bank in southern Afghanistan

LASHKAR GAH: At least 29 people were killed on Thursday when a powerful car bomb struck a bank in Afghanistan's Lashkar Gah city as people were queueing to withdraw salaries, the latest bloody attack during the holy month of Ramadan. Sixty wounded people were rushed to hospital after the bombing at New Kabul Bank which upturned vehicles, left the area littered with charred debris, and sent a plume of smoke into the sky. No group has claimed responsibility for the brazen attack, but it comes as the Taliban ramp up their…

Car bombs kill 23 in central Baghdad, hit Ramadan crowds

BAGHDAD: Two car bombs killed at least 20 people in Baghdad and wounded about 80 others early on Tuesday, security sources said, one targeting the late-night crowds typical of the holy month of Ramadan who shop and eat ahead of the next day's fast. Islamic State, the hardline group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria, claimed both attacks in statements on its Amaq news agency. A car packed with explosives blew up near a popular ice cream shop in the commercial Karrada district, killing at least 13 people and wounding…

Somali militants ram car bomb into hotel, killing at least 15

MOGADISHU: Militants rammed a car bomb into the gate of a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Wednesday and stormed inside, killing at least 15 people, government officials said. Gunfire rang out as fighters entered the Dayah Hotel, which is popular with politicians. A second blast shook the area shortly afterwards, injuring several journalists and others nearby. Colonel Abdiqadir Hussein, a police officer, said that security forces eventually managed to secure the building. "We have rescued the people and…

Islamic State car bomb kills six in Baghdad

BAGHDAD: A car bomb in eastern Baghdad claimed by Islamic State killed six civilians and wounded 15 on Thursday, police and medics said. The Amaq news agency, which supports Islamic State, said a parked car loaded with explosives in the al-Obeidi area had targeted a gathering of Shi'ite Muslims, whom the ultra-hardline Sunni group considers apostates. Attacks across Baghdad in the past week, some claimed by Islamic State, have killed more than 60 people, with violence escalating as US-backed Iraqi forces try to drive…

Car bomb kills at least 10 police in besieged Afghan city

LASHKARGAH: A suspected car bomb on Monday killed at least 10 police amid increased Taliban attacks on the besieged capital of the southwestern Afghan province of Helmand, with the toll expected to rise, a security official said. The blast, in the city of Lashkar Gah, killed 10 police officers, with at least 14 police and civilians wounded, said the official, who asked not to be named as he was not authorized to speak publicly. A hospital run by the Italian charity Emergency said it had received 30 casualties from the…