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Militants storm government building in Afghan capital, take hostages

KABUL: Militants stormed a government building in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Monday, taking civilians hostage as they fought a gun battle against Afghan soldiers, officials said. The attack began in the afternoon when a suicide bomber blew up a car outside the Ministry of Public Works. Shooting followed, with hundreds of government employees inside the building, said Interior Ministry official Nasrat Rahimi. No group immediately claimed responsibility. Rahimi said two militants had been killed but gunmen in a nearby…

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…