Saturday, April 14, 2012

9 killed in three separate firing incidents in Quetta, SW Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, April 14 (Xinhua) -- At least nine people were killed and eight others injured in three separate firing incidents that took place in Pakistan's southwest city of Quetta on Saturday, reported local media.

Earlier reports said 10 were killed and seven injured.

According to the local media reports, the first firing incident took place at about 9:20 a.m. local time at the Brewery Road of the city when four people riding two motorbikes opened fire at a car carrying six people inside .

All the six people inside the car and one passerby were killed in the incident and four other passersby were injured, said local media reports, adding that all the six people inside the car were Shiite Muslims.

Police said that four attackers coming in on two motorbikes attacked the car and then fled the scene.

Shortly after this, one person was killed and two others were injured in another firing incident in the Sabzal Road of the city, followed by a third firing incident reported in the Shalkot area of the city, in which one policeman was killed and two others were injured.

Local media quoted police as saying that all the three firing incidents were in the areas close to each other and they believed that the three attacks could have been conducted by the same people.

Hospital sources told local media that all the injured people were Shiite Muslims.

The three firing incidents have sparked a protest by the local Shiite community. Angry Shiite Muslims gathered outside the local hospital and protested over the sectarian attacks on their compatriots. At least one vehicle was torched in the protest.

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14 armed insurgents killed, 34 wounded and 18 others arrested by Afghan National Police

14 armed insurgents killed, 34 wounded and 18 others arrested by Afghan National Police

During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, NDS and Coalition Forces launched nine joint clearance operations in Nangarhar, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Kandahar, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Khost and Paktiya provinces.

As a result of these operations, 14 armed insurgents were killed, 34 wounded and 18 others were arrested by Afghan National Police.
Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated 11 different types of weapons, 22 light and heavy weapons, four anti-vehicle mines, one rocket launcher, 16 kg of explosive materials, three motorbikes, and one vehicle.
Counter crimes:
The 101 Kabul Zone National Police detained five individuals accused of murder, theft, trafficking and drinking alcoholic beverages in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Districts of Kabul-City.
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R.I.P. - Lance Cpl. Abraham Tarwoe

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            Lance Cpl. Abraham Tarwoe, 25, Providence, R.I., died April 12 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

            For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the 2nd Marine Division public affairs office at 910-450-6575.

He was a decorated Marine, according 1st Lt. Timothy Irish, a spokesman for the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune. 
"This Marine joined the Marine Corps in June, 2009, and was promoted to the rank of Lance Cpl. in August, 2010.  Most recently he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and his awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the NATO Medal ISAF Afghanistan," said Lt. Irish.

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Government troops kill 28 al-Qaida insurgents in Yemen's south

ADEN, Yemen, April 13 (Xinhua) -- A total of 28 al-Qaida insurgents were killed in ongoing clashes with the government troops in Yemen's southern province of Abyan on Friday, the Yemeni Defense Ministry said.

Several hours of fierce fighting between the al-Qaida group and army forces drove the insurgents out of the western suburbs of Lauder town, about 150 km northeast of Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan, leaving at least 28 terrorists killed, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

More than 200 al-Qaida militants have been killed since fighting erupted on Monday, the statement added.

"The al-Qaida militants retreated from the strategic area of Umm Ayan, south of Lauder town, early Friday morning, to the mountainous areas," a local tribal chief told Xinhua by phone anonymously.

In recent months, militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch have carried out large-scale attacks and suicide bombings against the government troops across the country's lawless southern regions.

Hundreds of the al-Qaida militants have built up strongholds in the mountains in Abyan and Shabwa provinces, and seized control of several regions in the south where the central government has nearly no presence.

The United States branded the Yemen-based al-Qaida a global threat, and have stepped up its alliance with the Sanaa government by launching drone strikes in an attempt to eliminate it.

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Militants killed, police wounded in Zabul

QALAT (PAN): Two Taliban fighters were killed and three policemen injured in two separate incidents in the southern province of Zabul, officials said on Friday.

The militants were killed during a joint operation by police and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Thursday night in the Sewri district.

Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Fazal Ahmad Sherzad, told Pajhwok Afghan News a third rebel was captured by police

Two walkie-talkies, three pistols, some ammunitions and documents were seized during the operation, he said.

Elsewhere in the province, three policemen were injured as a result of a remote-controlled bomb blast in the Mirano village of Mizan district, he concluded.

from Pajhwok

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