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Suicide bombers kill at least 29 inside Afghan mosque

KABUL: Suicide bombers struck a mosque in eastern Afghanistan Friday as it was crowded with worshippers for weekly prayers, killing at least 29 people and wounding more than 80 in the latest attack on the minority. Officials said they feared the death toll could rise after the assault, the latest targeting civilians who have borne the brunt of the violence in Afghanistan's long conflict. "Two suicide explosions happened during Friday prayers in the Khwaja Hasan area of Gardez," said Abdullah Hasrat, spokesman for…

Suspected IS-inspired suicide bombers attack Indonesian churches, at least 11 dead

SURABAYA, Indonesia: Suicide bombers suspected to be from an Islamic State-inspired group killed at least 11 people and wounded 40 in attacks on Christians attending Sunday morning services at three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya, officials said. Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, has seen a recent resurgence in homegrown militancy inspired in part by Islamic State. East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said explosions took place in three churches and at least 11…

Suicide bombers, gunmen attack Kabul police stations

Kabul: Suicide bombers and gunmen launched coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations on Wednesday, with witnesses reporting on social media that both assaults are still underway. AFP journalists heard several loud explosions in the heart of the Afghan capital followed by gunfire that was confirmed by Afghan officials and witnesses. In the first attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a police station in the west of the city, sparking a gunfight between other militants and officers, interior ministry…

Five suicide bombers attack Lebanese army during raids

ARSAL, Lebanon: Five suicide bombers attacked Lebanese soldiers as they raided two Syrian refugee camps in the Arsal area at the border with Syria on Friday and a sixth militant threw a hand grenade at a patrol, the army said. The army said seven soldiers were wounded and a girl was killed after one of the suicide bombers blew himself up in the midst of a family of refugees. It did not elaborate. The raids were part of a major security sweep by the army in an area that has been a flashpoint for violent spillover from…

Eight killed after Taliban storm Afghan MP’s house

KABUL: Eight people were killed when Taliban suicide bombers stormed the residence of an Afghan lawmaker in the capital Kabul, officials said after the attackers were gunned down early Thursday following a nearly 10-hour siege. Helmand MP Mir Wali survived the assault with injuries but two of his grandsons and bodyguards were among those killed in the attack, which began on Wednesday evening following a recent lull in violence in Kabul. The Taliban in a statement said their suicide bombers raided the house to disrupt…

Iraqi special forces screen Mosul men in hunt for suicide bombers

MOSUL: One by one, hundreds of Mosul residents raised their shirts to prove they did not have suicide bombs strapped to their bodies, closely watched by Iraqi special forces fearful of the threat posed by Islamic State, even in areas they now control. The men then handed over their identification cards so their names could be checked against a database of wanted Islamic State members, part of the painstaking process of clearing jihadists from each neighbourhood of their Mosul stronghold. Every time Iraqi forces capture…

Islamic State suicide bombers kill at least 10 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD: Suicide bombers struck two areas of the Iraqi capital Monday, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than 30, officials said, attacks claimed by the Islamic State group. In the deadliest blast, a bomber detonated explosives in the Amil neighbourhood of southern Baghdad, killing at least six people and wounding 16 or more, officials said. Another bomber detonated explosives near a garage for taxis and buses and a tent providing refreshments to passersby as part of a Shia religious ritual, killing at least…