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Afghanistan braces for militant attacks as polling centres open

KABUL: Afghans are bracing for more deadly violence on Saturday as voting gets under way in the long-delayed legislative election that the Taliban has vowed to attack. Polling centres opened at 7:00 am (0230 GMT) across the war-torn country, with some 54,000 security forces deployed to protect them. But there are concerns the killing of a powerful police chief in southern Afghanistan on Thursday will scare off many voters. Polling has been delayed in Kandahar province until October 27 after a Taliban-claimed attack…

Around 265 militants lay down arms in Quetta

QUETTA: Around 265 militants along with their commanders on Tuesday surrendered to the security forces in the Balochistan capital. Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal, Commander Southern Command Lt. General Asim Saleem Bajwa were the chief guests of the ceremony held in the courtyard of the Balochistan Assembly. Inspector-General  Balochistan, IG Frontier Corps and others military and civil officers were also present. The insurgents announced entering into the national mainstream and abandoning their loyalties to…

Militants attack African military base in Mali, six dead

BAMAKO: Militants armed with rockets and explosives raided the headquarters of an African military taskforce in central Mali, leaving at least six people dead on Friday, a spokesman for the force said. Assailants driving a vehicle rigged with bombs attacked the compound in the town of Sevare as some exchanged gunfire with Malian troops and fought to get in, officials said. Pictures from the scene showed the charred remains of a vehicle, a crater and the battered walls of the buildings, which are used by the G5 Sahel, a…

1 policeman dead as militants attack Afghan ministry with bomb, grenades

KABUL: Gunmen armed with assault rifles and grenade launchers stormed the heavily fortified headquarters of the Afghan interior ministry on Wednesday, battling security forces for more than two hours in the latest attack on the capital Kabul. A car bomb was detonated at the entrance of the ministry to launch the attack and then several gunmen managed to get inside the compound, said a senior police official. Najib Danish, the ministry spokesman, confirmed the attack was carried out by a group of 10 militants and at…

Pakistan, US resolve to act against all terror groups

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the United States have reiterated their resolve to act against militants that target Pakistan and Afghanistan, says the Foreign Office. Ambassador Alice G. Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs called on the Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday. According to Foreign Office, this is Ambassador Wells second visit to Pakistan this year aimed at continuing the conversation to strengthen bilateral relations and…

One Rangers man martyred, five terrorists shot dead in Karachi shootout

KARACHI: A Rangers official was martyred while three others sustained wounds when suspected terrorists attacked them with hand grenades and automatic weapons on Tuesday night in the city's Lyari area, ARY News reported.   According to a spokesperson for the Rangers, a search operation was carried out in Lyari’s Ali Mohammad and Zikri Para on the basis of intelligence-based information about the presence of gangster Ghaffar Zikri in the area. A heavy contingent of the Rangers and police personnel conducted the operation…

Seven dead as blast hits Shi’ite area of Afghan capital, Kabul

KABUL: A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday, killing at least seven people in an attack apparently intended to hit crowds gathered to commemorate a political leader from the mainly Shi’ite Hazara minority, officials said. One policeman and six civilians were killed and seven civilians wounded when the bomber was stopped at a security checkpoint, said Nasrat Rahimi, a deputy interior ministry spokesman. He said the bomber appeared to have intended to attack crowds gathered for the…

FC seizes arms cache during IBO in Balochistan’s Dera Bugti

RAWALPINDI: The Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan on Sunday seized a cache of explosives and illicit arms during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) carried out in Balochistan’s Dera Bugti district. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the security forces conducted a raid on suspected militants' hideouts in the district and recovered explosive material, RPG rockets, landmines, detonators and other arms and ammunition. On March 02, the Frontier Corps conducted IBOs in Karbala and Pishin area of Balochistan on…

Shocking video shows Syrian kids escape militants’ fire in East Ghouta

EASTERN GHOUTA: A shocking video from war-torn Syria has surfaced online showing two children fleeing Eastern Ghouta in the night before they were helped by the Syrian Army. The video, shared by Sputnik, was reportedly sent by the Syrian army to Russian Center for reconciliation of opposing sides. The footage shows that a girl and a boy managed to escape through the humanitarian corridor on Friday night with army being able to pick them and organize cover as the militants were shooting at them. In one of the…

Pakistan could evict, rather than kill, militants: U.S. official

WASHINGTON: Pakistan need not kill or capture militants such as members of the Haqqani network that use its territory to launch attacks in Afghanistan but could push them across the border instead, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. Evicting the militants would put them at risk of attack from Afghan and U.S. forces trying to keep Afghanistan from becoming a launching pad for strikes on the West more than 16 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington. The United States is pressuring Pakistan…