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Afghan president backs suicide bomb fatwa after 14 killed

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned Monday’s suicide bomb attack outside a peace tent gathering of Muslim clerics in Kabul and backed their fatwa against suicide attacks, saying they violated the tenets of Islam. The bomb killed 14 people, including seven clerics, and was the latest in a series of attacks that have underlined the deteriorating security ahead of parliamentary and district council elections set for Oct. 20. “The attack that targeted the large gathering of clerics and religious scholars from…

Twin suicide bombings kill at least 13 in Nigeria

KANO, NIGERIA: At least 13 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in a dual suicide bomb attack at a busy morning market in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, according to local sources. The attacks occurred in the town of Biu, about 185 kilometres (115 miles) south of the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, which has been at the epicentre of Boko Haram's insurgency. "Two female suicide bombers infiltrated and gained entry into Biu," a local police spokesman said. "One of the bombers detonated an IED (improvised…

Dozens killed, wounded by car bomb in Afghan province

KABUL: As many as 13 people, including both Afghan army soldiers and civilians, were killed and 18 wounded by a car bomb in the southern province of Helmand on Sunday, officials said. Omar Zwak, the Helmand governor’s spokesman who gave the casualty figures, said the attack occurred in a market in Nawa, a district in the centre of the province, which has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks as government forces have battled for control with Taliban insurgents. Afghan forces said they had retaken Nawa district in July but…

Suicide bomb attacks killing more Afghan civilians: U.N

KABUL: The United Nations on Monday called on insurgent groups in Afghanistan to curb attacks on civilians after more than 5,000 non-combatants were killed or wounded in the first six months of 2017. The war in Afghanistan killed at least 1,662 civilians and wounded 3,581 in the first half of the year, roughly similar to the toll in the same period in 2016, U.N. investigators said in a statement released on Monday. Deaths and injuries from suicide-bombings and other "complex attacks" rose 15 percent, with at least 40…

Suicide bomber kills at least 43 soldiers in Yemen

SANAA: A suicide bomber killed at least 43 soldiers in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Sunday, officials there said, a week after an attack by the militant Islamic State group killed 50 troops nearby The officials said the soldiers were queuing to collect salaries near a military base in the Khor Maksar district when the attacker blew himself up. Forty other troops were wounded, they said. Aden is the temporary capital of Yemen's internationally recognized government in exile in neighboring Saudi Arabia. The…