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Suicide bomber in Afghanistan targets election rally

A suicide bomber blew himself up at an election rally in Afghanistan´s eastern province of Nangarhar on Tuesday, killing at least seven people and wounding 25, officials said, warning that the toll was likely to climb.  Campaigning for the October 20 parliamentary election began on Friday and security officials have warned that campaign meetings would be vulnerable to attack by militant groups. Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman of the provincial governor, said at least seven bodies had been taken to hospital, but other…

Death toll from Afghanistan blast rises to 68

KABUL: The death toll from a suicide bomb attack at a protest gathering in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Tuesday has risen to 68, with 165 wounded, a government official said. The suicide bomber set off explosives in a crowd of hundreds of people protesting on the main road to the border crossing into neighboring Pakistan. They were protesting against a police commander. The provincial governor’s spokesman, Attahullah Khogyani, issued a statement with a revised casualty total on Wednesday after earlier…

US ‘launches airstrike’ after apparent insider attack

KABUL: US Forces carried out an airstrike on an Afghan government militia after an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan sources have told AFP, killing as many as 13 fighters. The incident occurred Thursday as US soldiers were patrolling in the Islamic State-stronghold of Achin in Nangarhar province, according to Hakim Khan, a commander of the government militia involved in the incident. He said there had been a "shooting incident" after which US forces conducted an airstrike targeting the militia.…

US probes friendly fire in US troop deaths in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon on Friday said it was investigating whether two US special operations commandos who were killed in Afghanistan this week had been struck by friendly fire. Army Ranger sergeants Joshua Rodgers and Cameron Thomas died in a raid overnight Wednesday-Thursday as they helped attack a headquarters compound of the Islamic State group in eastern Nangarhar province. "We are investigating the circumstances of the combat deaths of the two Army Rangers in the beginning of what was an intense three-hour…

Number of IS fighters killed by US bomb jumps to 90: Afghan officials

JALALABAD: The number of Islamic State fighters killed by a massive US bomb in eastern Afghanistan has nearly tripled to at least 90, Afghan officials said Saturday. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb -- dubbed the "Mother Of All Bombs" -- was unleashed in combat for the first time, hitting IS positions in eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday. The bomb smashed their mountain hideouts, a tunnel-and-cave complex that had been mined against conventional ground attacks, engulfing the remote area in towering…

No room for terrorism in Pakistan: Sanaullah

LAHORE: Punjab's Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that there is no room for terrorists in Pakistan, ARY News reported. The provincial law minister said that intelligence agencies and state institutions are fully active in the country and are fulfilling their responsibilities. "There is no room for terrorism in the country," he said. He advised the nation not to pay attention to any rumours about security threats.He said that terrorists are planning their activities against Pakistan from Afghanistan.…