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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 forces use brute force on mourners in Srinagar leaving dozens injured

SRINAGAR: Dozens of people were injured when Indian troops and police personnel used brute force on the funeral of a martyred youth in Srinagar, occupied Kashmir on Saturday. The youth, Qaiser Butt, in a new tactic of genocide by India, was deliberately run over by a vehicle of Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Nowhatta area of Srinagar during a demonstration, on Friday. He was shifted to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries early morning today, Kashmir Media Service reported. The puppet…

Dozens dead or injured in attacks on Burkina military HQ, French embassy

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso: Armed men attacked the French embassy in Burkina Faso and the country's military headquarters on Friday before being repelled in a battle that left dozens of people dead or injured. Local security sources put a still-incomplete death toll at about 15 while other sources reached by AFP from Paris sketched an even bloodier outcome, with at least 28 people killed in the second assault alone. The coordinated operation underscored the fragility of the Sahel nation, one of a string of African…

Dozens killed or wounded in south Yemen suicide attacks: witnesses

ADEN: Dozens of people were killed or wounded in two suicide car bombings in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Saturday, witnesses and local medics said. They said the attacks appeared to have targeted a camp used by anti-terrorism forces in south-western Aden. Officials at the city’s main Jumhouriya hospital said the bodies of five victims, most of them soldiers, had arrived at the facility, along with a number of injured people including civilians, but gave no precise figures. There was no immediate claim…

‘We saw NICs before killing people’: Target killer’s confessions shock Karachi police

KARACHI: A gangster on Tuesday confessed to killing dozens of people on the basis of their ethnicity in Karachi's Lyari area, ARY News reported. Police's Special Investigation Unit (SIU) arrested Najeeb alias Bao, a Lyari gangster,  from Pak Colony in a targeted operation conducted on a tip-off. Read More: Two killed, five injured as extortionists open fire on trader in Lyari SSP SIU Tariq Dhareju said the arrested suspect was originally a member of Jasim Golden Group that was working in connivance with Lyari Gangwar…

Dozens of Afghan security forces killed in Taliban raids: officials

KABUL: Dozens of Afghan police and soldiers have been killed in a wave of Taliban attacks on checkpoints in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, as insurgents step up assaults on the beleaguered security forces.  The raids in the southern province of Kandahar and the western province of Farah on Monday night came hours after a suicide attacker rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a US military convoy, wounding four soldiers. The Taliban issued statements on their social media accounts claiming the attacks. "I can…

At least 23 dead, dozens hurt as train derails in India

NEW DELHI: At least 23 people were killed and dozens injured after an express train derailed in north India on Saturday (Aug 19), officials said, as rescuers clambered across mangled carriages to pull passengers from the wreckage. Emergency workers and crowds of local people rushed to the site where 14 coaches derailed near Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh state, some 130 kilometres (80 miles) from New Delhi, the latest deadly disaster on the country's creaking rail network. "Twenty-three people have died and 64…

Over 80 ‘possessed’ students suffer seizures in school

Students of a Peruvian school believe their institute is haunted after more than 80 pupils fainted and suffered seizures. Some of the students even started screaming uncontrollably after seeing the ‘supernatural being’. The other symptoms the students experienced include vomiting, delirium and shared hallucination. Health experts are unable to find what caused the illness at Elsa Perea Flores school in northern Peru. While, local residents thought it was a case of “demonic possession”. Local media said the school…