Posts Tagged ‘bombing’

Deadly bomb shakes Pakistani city

BBC Friday, 16 October 2009

Twelve people have died and 15 have been injured in a bombing in Peshawar in north-western Pakistan, police say.

A suicide bomber attacked a police investigation bureau in the Swati Pathak area, which is close to a Pakistani army garrison.  Police officials initially said there were two bombers, including one woman, but later retracted the suggestion.

Security has been tightened nationwide after about 40 people were killed in Lahore and the north-west on Thursday.  Those attacks were the latest in a recent wave of brazen militant assaults across the country.


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Sept 3 (Reuters) – Following are security developments in Iraq at 1830 GMT on Thursday.

* Denotes new or updated item

* MUSSAYAB – At least four people were killed and 24 wounded near Mussayab, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, when a bomb exploded at a Shi’ite Muslim shrine as people were arriving at the mosque after breaking their daily Ramadan fast, police said.

* BAGHDAD – Five people were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in northern Baghdad, police said.

* BAGHDAD – A leader of an anti-insurgent Sunni militia group and four others were wounded when a sticky bombattached to their car exploded in south Baghdad, police said.

* MOSUL – At least four bombs in the volatile northern city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, killed one police officer and wounded around half a dozen civilians and members of the security forces, police said.

* BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb targeting a patrol of anti-insurgent Sunni militiamen in northern Baghdad wounded eight people, police said.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi police patrol wounded two policemen in southwestern Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.

RAMADI – An attack on Wednesday by a suicide bomber riding a motorbike wounded four policeman and one civilian outside the home of a police officer in Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

TAL AFAR – Police said a militant shot and killed a man and his wife in their home in Tal Afar, 420 km (260 miles) northwest of Baghdad, on Wednesday. When Iraqi security forces arrived on the scene, the militant detonated an explosive vest and killed himself, wounding 10 members of the security forces.

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BRUSSELS — NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen pledged on Friday to conduct a thorough investigation into an air bombing that killed dozens of people in Afghanistan.

“The Afghan people should know that we are clearly committed to protecting them and that we will fully and immediately investigate this incident,” Rasmussen told reporters in Brussels.

“Certainly, a number of Taliban were killed,” said the former Danish prime minister, who took office last month. “There is also the possibility of civilian casualties as well, but it is not yet clear.”

The NATO air strike destroyed two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban in Afghanistan’s volatile northern Kunduz province, igniting a fireball that officials said killed between 50 and 90 people — mostly insurgents. (more…)

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The Los Angeles Times


Kabul bombing seen as warning to Afghan voters

With the car bombing outside a NATO base in the capital just days before national elections, militants appear to be signaling that they can strike at will, even in heavily guarded areas.

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan – The thunderous explosion Saturday that targeted Western military headquarters in the heart of Kabul carried an ominous message aimed at ordinary Afghans just five days before national elections: Vote at your peril.

The audacious suicide car bombing, which killed at least seven people and injured nearly 100, appeared designed to signal that insurgents can strike at will even in the capital’s most tightly guarded districts.

“The intent here is clear,” said Aziz Rafiee, executive director of the Afghan Civil Society Forum. “To give the impression, as we approach the vote, that measures taken for security by the Afghan government and the international community are fragile.”

President Hamid Karzai, facing a tough challenge in Thursday’s presidential and provincial assembly balloting, declared that “enemies of Afghanistan . . . are trying to create fear among the people as we get close to the election.” He predicted that people would defy the Taliban’s campaign of intimidation and go to the polls. (more…)

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One explosive leaves 21 members of a wedding party dead, and another kills 5 police officers.

Los Angeles Times


Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan — Separate roadside bombings in volatile Helmand province today killed at least 26 people, including 21 members of a wedding party and five police officers, Afghan officials said.

Also today, the U.S. military reported the death a day earlier of an American soldier in western Afghanistan. That brought the number of U.S. troops killed so far this month to seven, out of a total of 11 Western military fatalities.

Violence has been surging in advance of Afghanistan’s presidential and provincial assembly elections, which are to be held in two weeks. The vote is only the country’s third nationwide election.

Helmand province, where insurgents have long had free rein in many districts, is the scene of major ongoing offensives by U.S. Marines and British forces.

The roadside bomb that hit the wedding party was almost certainly aimed at coalition troops, but like many improvised explosive devices planted by insurgents, it struck civilians instead. (more…)

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