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At least 15 killed as gunmen attack Afghan government building

JALALABAD: At least 15 people were killed on Tuesday in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad when gunmen stormed a government building, trapping dozens inside after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate, officials and witnesses said. The attack underlines the country’s dire security situation after 17 years of war, with Islamic State increasingly claiming attacks on civilian targets even as pressure builds for peace talks between the Western-backed government and the Taliban. There was no immediate…

Afghanistan attackers take dozens hostage in eastern city

JALALABAD: Gunmen stormed a government building in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, taking dozens of hostages after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate, officials and witnesses said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though the Taliban issued a statement denying involvement and a spate of deadly attacks on the city in recent weeks has been seen as a show of force by the Islamic State militant group. One witness, a passerby named Obaidullah, said Tuesday’s attack began…

Suicide bomber who attacked Haroon Bilour identified, KP police informs Senate body

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police on Thursday told a Senate body that the suicide bomber who attacked Awami National Party (ANP) leader Haroon Bilour, a week ago in Peshawar, has been identified as a resident of Hangu, ARY News reported. In a briefing to Senate Standing Committee on Interior on developments in the case, police officials have also said that they had got clues leading to abetters of the incident and soon the facilitators would be arrested. Haroon Bilour was among 21 people who were killed and 75 others…

‘Mastung suicide bomber identified’, IG Balochistan informs Senate body

ISLAMABAD: A week after deadly Mastung suicide blast that claimed nearly 150 lives, a top cop of the province today revealed that the suicide bomber behind the terror attack has been identified. Briefing the Senate Standing Committee proceedings this noon, Balochistan Police Inspector General Mohsin Butt informed the body that bomber was  identified as Hafiz Nawaz, a resident of Abbottabad. He explained that attacker was part of banned Lashkhar-e-Jhangvi, a group affiliated with the Islamic State, commonly known as Daesh.…

Suicide bomber blows himself near Rangers checkpost in Hub

KARACHI: A suicide bomber blew himself on Saturday after an attempted attack on a checkpost of the Pakistan Rangers near Hub in Balochistan, ARY News reported. The incident occurred near the town of Hub bordering the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan. A checkpost of the Pakistan Rangers was reportedly fired by an unknown suspect. The paramilitary retailed and fired at the suspect after which he blew himself. As a result, one Rangers officer was injured in the incident. An initial report by the Rangers said that…

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…

Security forces kill two TTP suicide bombers in Bajaur

RAWALPINDI: Security forces foiled a major terror plot by killing two suicide bombers in Gatkai area of Bajaur Agency on Monday morning, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The military’s media wing in a statement said that the security forces chased down the suicide bombers who crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan to carry out acts of terrorism. The Afghan-based TTP terrorists were intercepted near Ghatkai Kaga, Mena Bajaur Agency. They tried to escape but were killed by security forces. The ISPR…

Six dead as suicide blast hits Afghan political rally

JALALABAD: At least six people were killed when a suicide bomber drove a motorcycle into a crowd at a political rally in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, police said. The crowd had gathered in a sports stadium for a demonstration in support for President Ashraf Ghani, said Nangarhar province's police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal. "Six people including a woman and a child have been killed and 13 more injured, all of them civilians," he told AFP by phone. The toll was confirmed by the provincial…

Smell of death permeates Kabul mosque hit by suicide bomber

KABUL: The smell of death permeated a mosque in Kabul on Saturday hours after dozens of worshippers were slaughtered by a suicide bomber during evening prayers. Broken glass and dust covered the red carpet, soaked in the blood of the men, women and children who had been praying on Friday when the attacker blew himself up, causing carnage in the cavernous prayer hall of Imam Zaman mosque. The interior ministry said 56 people were killed and 55 others wounded in the assault claimed by the Islamic State group -- one of…

At least eight killed in suicide attack on provincial Afghan police HQ: officials

KABUL: A suicide car bomber and gunmen attacked a provincial Afghan police headquarters on Tuesday, killing at least six people and wounding 30, officials said. At least two attackers were also killed by security forces, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack which the ministry said targeted a police training centre attached to the headquarters in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province. The wounded were taken to the hospital, deputy public health director Hedayatullah…