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Death toll in suicide attack near Kabul jumps to 12

KABUL: The death toll from a suicide bombing targeting a security forces convoy outside Kabul early Tuesday jumped to 12, officials said, with eight civilians killed in the latest Taliban-claimed attack near the Afghan capital. The car bomb follows a wave of deadly violence against Afghan forces across a year in which insurgents have inflicted record-high casualties on security personnel in the war-torn country. "Twelve people including four members of the security forces were killed," ministry of interior deputy…

Death toll rises to 33 in Orakzai explosion

PESHAWAR: The death toll from explosion in Orakzai agency rose to 33 on Friday night as three more succumbed to their injuries in the hospital.       District management confirmed the death toll saying that three critically injured people of the incident breathed their last at a local hospital tonight. The officials feared the death toll in the blast could rise as some of the injured were in critical condition in the hospital. It is pertinent to mention here that the bomb was exploded in the Jumma Mandi Bazar,…

Death toll nears 400 in flood-hit Kerala, dozens missing

KOCHI/NEW DELHI, India: The death toll rose on Monday to nearly 400 in Kerala, reeling under its worst flood in a century, as authorities handed out medicine and disinfectants to ward off disease in thousands of relief camps. Dozens of people are missing and 1.2 million are sheltering in the camps, state officials said, as water receded and a huge clean-up gathered pace. “The death toll has risen to 373,” an official of the state’s disaster management authority told Reuters. Kerala received rainfall that was more…

Indian troops martyr five Kashmiris

SRINAGAR: Indian troops on Thursday martyred one more youth in Baramulla district, occupied Kashmir, raising the toll to five in less than past 24 hours. In fresh act of state terrorism, the troops killed the youth during a cordon and search operation in Rafiabad area. Four youth were killed by the troops in the same area on Wednesday evening. Another youth identified as, Arif Sofi, who was subjected to ruthless torture after being abducted by Indian agents in Kulgam, succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Srinagar.…

Death toll from Kohat bus-tanker collision soars to 23

KOHAT: The death toll from Saturday’s head-on collision between a Karachi-bound bus and an oil-tanker on the Indus Highway near Lachi has soared to 23, ARY News reported.   Official sources said at least 23 people were killed in the horrific accident while 35 others injured. A bus (PA-3861) carrying passengers, which was travelling from Buner to Karachi, collided with an oncoming oil-tanker (PLZ-170) on the Indus Highway. After being informed of the accident, the police and officials of the Rescue 1122 rushed to the…

Japan flood toll nears 200,thousands battling thirst

KURASHIKI, JAPAN: Intense heat and water shortages raised fears of disease outbreaks in flood-hit western Japan on Thursday as the death toll from the worst weather disaster in 36 years neared 200. More than 200,000 households had no water a week after torrential rains caused floods and set off landslides across western Japan, bringing death and destruction to decades-old communities built on mountain slopes and floodplains. The death toll rose to 195, with several dozen people still missing, the government said on…

Death toll tops 1,000 in assault on Syria’s Ghouta: monitor

DAMASCUS: More than 1,000 civilians have been killed since Syria's government launched a brutal offensive on the rebel-controlled Eastern Ghouta enclave nearly three weeks ago, a war monitor said on Saturday. "The death toll has gone up to 1,002 civilians, after eight people were killed today in Harasta and Arbin," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Rescue workers on Saturday pulled the bodies of 17 people, including members of three separate families -- from under the rubble of destroyed buildings in Douma.…

Rescuers search for victims as California mudslide toll hits 17

MONTECITO: Rescuers used dogs and helicopters to search for victims on Wednesday of powerful mudslides which left at least 17 people dead in a southern California community that is also home to major celebrities including Oprah Winfrey. Heavy rains on Tuesday sent rivers of waist-high mud and debris flowing from the hills into Montecito and other towns in Santa Barbara County northwest of Los Angeles, which are still recovering from last month´s ferocious wildfires. "We are saddened to report that the death toll has…

Thatta boat tragedy death toll soars to 23

THATTA: The death toll in Thatta boat capsize incident climbed to 23 as the divers retrieved the dead body of a six-year girl from the sea, citing rescue sources ARY News reported. The ill-fated boat capsized on Thursday in the sea off the at Buhara near Mirpur Sakro. The boat, carrying more than sixty people in total, was ferrying passengers to visit a popular Sufi shrine when it overturned owing to heavy winds in Sindh's coastal belt along Thatta district. As many as 18 bodies were recovered during the rescue…