Friday, December 14, 2012

Quetta: 8 injured in Sariab Road bicycle blast

Eight persons including a security man were wounded when a blast occurred at Sariab Road in Quetta  on Friday.

According to reports, the explosives were fixed in a bicycle that exploded near a security forces’ vehicle, injuring eight persons including a troop. The blast also damaged several vehicles.

Rescue efforts were kicked off immediately after the explosion and the injured were shifted to the hospital while security forces cordoned off the area and started investigation.

The bomb disposal squad told that at least seven kilograms of explosives were used in the blast.


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Car bomb kills three in Somali capital

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A car bomb in the Somali capital killed three people and wounded several others in the latest attack in war-ravaged Mogadishu, police said Friday.

“The car exploded while the driver was moving in it... three people were killed,” said police officer Aden Mohammed, adding it was not clear if the driver had been targeted. “We are still investigating the blast.”

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, but the Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents have conducted a series of guerrilla style attacks in the capital since pulling out of fixed positions there last year.

The insurgents have vowed to topple President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who took office in September after being chosen by the country’s new parliament, bringing an end to eight years of transitional rule.

An offensive led by the 17,00-strong African Union force alongside Somali forces has stripped the Shebab of most of the towns they held.

But the Shebab remain a potent threat, still controlling rural areas as well as carrying out guerrilla attacks -- including suicide bombings -- in areas apparently under government control.

Some of the fighters have reportedly relocated to the Galgala region of the northern Golis mountains in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region.

The Golis mountains, straddling the porous border between the autonomous state of Puntland and self-declared independent Somaliland, are honeycombed with caves and difficult to access.

FRIDAY, 14 December 2012 

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Coordinated Efforts By Afghan Agencies Thwarts Suicide Bombers

Districts of Paktika Province
Districts of Paktika Province (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
PAKTIKA PROVINCE – Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) in conjunction with Afghan Local Police (ALP) and Afghan Nation Defense Service (NDS) implemented a coordinated operation to stop six suicide bombers and bring them to justice, Dec. 12.

The operation was devised based off intelligence indicating insurgents intended to smuggle suicide bombers and explosives across the border from Pakistan. The insurgents were monitored by Afghan security agencies over the course of six weeks. The insurgents continued with their plan, not knowing they were being watched.

When additional insurgents arrived in Sar Howzah district with vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices and suicide vests, the AUP, ALP, and NDS closed in, apprehended all six individuals and secured the bomb-making materials.

“This well-implemented plan and coordination between Afghan security agencies illustrates their capabilities and determination,” said Lt. Col. Davenport. “Improvised explosive devices continue to be a threat to civilians throughout the country and there is no telling how many lives were saved by their actions.”

By Khushnood Nabizada - December 14 2012, 12:21 pm

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Separate attacks in Iraq kill 11

BAGHDAD, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- As many as 11 people were killed, most of whom security force personnel, in a series of attacks on Thursday in several Iraqi cities, said the police.
A police official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that gunmen clashed with security forces at a village in Baaj town of the northern Nineveh province, killing Colonel Khalid Naddawi, the commander of a regiment and wounding two of his guards.

Meanwhile, an unidentified armed group with light and medium weapons, attacked a military convoy in Aljughaifi district in the city center of Fallujah, killing three soldiers and injuring two others, said the police official.

In another incident, armed militants travelling in a civilian car attacked a police checkpoint in Nuaimiya area near the city of Fallujah, killing two policemen.

Also in the city of Fallujah, gunmen planted a bomb under a watchtower in al-Askari district and blew it up, killing two soldiers, said the police source.

Elsewhere in the capital city of Baghdad, gunmen attacked a police checkpoint at al-Rabea Street, leaving two policemen killed and four others wounded.

Two road-side bombs exploded at the Jordan interception near Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding five others.

2012-12-14 03:18:57

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Dec. 14., 2012. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed one insurgent, detained six, and cleared one improvised explosive device during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours Dec. 13.

Kunar province

Afghan National Army soldiers killed one insurgent during an engagement in Bar Kunar (Asmar) district.

Nangarhar province

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces detained six insurgents during an engagement in Bati Kot district. The detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.

Afghan National Army soldiers and coalition forces also found and safely cleared one IED in Bati Kot district.

Operations in RC-East are ongoing.

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