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  1. Afghan security forces keep watch at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan December 18 ,2017. Photo: REUTERS2 KABUL: Armed militants stormed an intelligence agency training facility in Kabul on Monday, officials said, triggering intense fighting with police in the latest attack to hit the Afghan capital. "Around 10:10 am, a group of armed attackers entered an under-construction building in (the) NDS training centre in (the) Afshar area of Kabul," interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP, referring to the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan´s spy agency. "The fighting is ongoing and we have also launched our operation." There were no immediate reports of any casualties. Nasrat Rahim, a deputy interior ministry spokesman, said the sound of large and small arms fire could be heard from the fighting. Roads to the area were closed and dozens of police and intelligence officers were blocking access to the public. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. Previously both the Taliban and, increasingly, the Daesh group have carried out devastating attacks in Kabul. In November, a suicide attacker blew himself up outside a political gathering in Kabul, killing at least 14 people. The bombing was claimed by the Daesh group.
  2. US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 7, 2017. ? Reuters FILE MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked his US counterpart Donald Trump on Sunday for the CIA?s help in thwarting a planned attack in Saint Petersburg, the second time in a week that the leaders have exchanged praise. Putin spoke by phone with Trump to convey his gratitude for intelligence provided by the CIA which allowed Russia?s FSB security service to break up a "terrorist cell" that was planning attacks in Russia?s second city, according to the Kremlin. "The information received by the CIA was enough to detect, hunt down and arrest the criminals," it added in a statement carried by Russian news agencies. Putin also pledged that Russian security agencies would pass on any information received about terrorist threats to the United States and its citizens. The White House said the foiled attack could have killed "large numbers of people." It stressed that the cooperation "serves as an example of the positive things that can occur when our countries work together." The FSB announced on Friday it had arrested seven members of a Daesh (Islamic State) cell that had been planning a suicide bombing and "the killing of citizens" in crowded areas of Saint Petersburg on December 16. On alert ahead of World Cup Police confiscated a large number of explosives used to make homemade bombs, automatic rifles, munitions and extremist literature, it said. On Tuesday, FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov said Russia was on alert for the possible return of militants from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the presidential election in 2018. Russia has suffered several attacks this year, including a bombing on the Saint Petersburg metro in April that left 14 people dead. The threat of attack has increased since Moscow?s military intervention in Syria in September 2015 to support President Bashar al-Assad?s regime, making Russia a priority Daesh target. As many as 40,000 fighters travelled from all over the world, including Russia, to join Daesh in Syria after the 2014 declaration of its self-styled "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq. In 2015, Russian security services estimated that 2,900 Russian citizens had joined the militant group, as well as several thousand Central Asians. In a phone call on Thursday, Trump and Putin discussed the crisis over North Korea?s nuclear programme, and the US leader took the unusual step of thanking his Russian opposite number for hailing the American economy. The pair have lavished praise on each other in the past, with commentators describing their cosy relationship as a "bromance." Diplomatic ties still fraught But diplomatic ties between Washington and Moscow are still fraught, with both expelling some of each other?s diplomats in September and the US designation last month of Russia?s English-language news channel RT as a "foreign agent." Nonetheless, "President Trump appreciated the call and told President Putin that he and the entire United States intelligence community were pleased to have helped save so many lives," the White House said. "President Trump stressed the importance of intelligence cooperation to defeat terrorists wherever they may be." He then called CIA Director Mike Pompeo to "congratulate him, his very talented people, and the entire intelligence community on a job well done!" the statement added. At his annual press conference this week, Putin said allegations of Russian interference in last year?s US election had been "made up by people who are opposed to Trump so as to delegitimise his work." The two leaders met in July on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany, after which Trump said he "accepted" Putin?s assurance that Moscow did not meddle in the vote. "The Trump that you see on TV is very different than the real Trump," Putin told reporters at the time. "There is every reason to believe that we will be able to at least partially re-establish the level of cooperation that we need."
  3. At least eight people were killed and over 40 injured when terrorists stormed a church in Quetta on Sunday. Officials said security forces intercepted and shot one bomber outside but the second attacker managed to reach the church?s main door where he blew himself up. Balochistan provincial home minister Sarfraz Bugti said around 250 people normally attend the church on Sundays, but the congregation had swelled to around 400 because it was close to Christmas. "God forbid, if the terrorists had succeeded in their plans more than 400 precious lives would have been at stake," tweeted the home minister. Pakistani security personnel take position after suicide bombers attacked a Methodist church during a Sunday service in Quetta ? AFP A policeman takes position after gunmen attacked the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta ? Reuters Army vehicles and ambulances gather outside the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church after an attack by gunmen, in Quetta ? Reuters Pakistani Christians are evacuated by security personnel from a Methodist church after a suicide bomber attack during a Sunday service in Quetta ? AFP A man carries a girl as he runs out with others after gunmen attacked the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta ? Reuters Policemen guide children after gunmen attacked the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta ? Reuters People are evacuated by security personnel from a Methodist church after a suicide bomber attack during a Sunday service in Quetta on December 17, 2017 ? AFP People seen evacuating the Methodist church after a suicide bomber attack during a Sunday service in Quetta on December 17, 2017 ? AFP
  4. COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned Sunday?s terrorist attack at Quetta?s Bethel Memorial Church, calling it ?an attempt to cloud Christmas celebrations/create religious cleavages.? ?Quetta church attack targeting our brotherly Christian Pakistanis is an attempt to cloud Christmas celebrations / create religious cleavages. Effective response by LEAs is commendable. We stay united and steadfast to respond against such heinous attempts? COAS,? DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted after the attack, which killed at least eight people and injured 44. Home Minister Balochistan, Mir Sarfraz Bugti told Geo News that two suicide bombers stormed the church when prayer service was underway. One of the bombers was shot dead at the entrance. The other suicide bomber blew himself up outside the church hall. Bugti said that law enforcement agencies took 16 minutes to complete the operation which was led by CCPO, DC Quetta and IGP Balochistan. Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Sanaullah Zehri has ordered a report pertaining to the attack from IGP Balochistan. Eight killed in terrorist attack on church in Quetta Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, located on Zarghoon Road, was targeted in attack The church had organised different programmes all throughout December to mark Christmas, according to its Facebook page, and was holding a ?Sunday School Christmas Programme? at the time of the attack. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal condemned the attack. "Attack of terrorists on Zarghoon road church in Quetta is condemned. Pakistan?s resolve against terrorism cannot be deterred by these cowardly acts," he tweeted. President Mamnoon Hussain strongly condemned the attack and said the terrorists' cowardly attacks will not weaken the nation?s resolve. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal condemned the attack as a sign of ?cowardice? and said Pakistan?s enemies want to spread violence in the country.
  5. LIBREVILLE: Two Danish nationals were wounded Saturday in a knife attack in Gabon´s capital apparently committed in retribution for "US attacks against Muslims", a minister said. The two men, who were reporters for the National Geographic magazine, were stabbed while shopping in a popular tourist area, said defence minister Etienne Massard. According to the first testimonies at the scene, the assailant was a 53-year-old Nigerien man. He was arrested on the spot," said Massard. The man, who has lived in Gabon for 19 years, "in his first statements said he acted in retaliation for US attacks against Muslims and America´s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel´s capital". The two victims were sent to a hospital in the capital Libreville, one in a serious condition, government spokesman Alain-Claude Bilie By Nze told AFP. Massard said the government was treating the attack as "an isolated act" and said an investigation had been launched. "Following this cowardly and despicable act, the government wishes to assure the people that Gabon will not become a theatre for attacks against our way of life," he said in a televised address. "Everything will be done to ensure that the perpetrator and any accomplices are punished to the full extent of the law." Gabon, a small French-speaking former colony with 1.8 million inhabitants, has so far been spared the militant attacks that have taken place in some neighbouring countries.
  6. MOGADISHU: A suicide bomber in a police uniform blew himself up inside a police training camp in Somalia´s capital Mogadishu on Thursday, killing at least 13 police officers, officials said. Police spokesman Major Mohamed Hussein said the attacker, with explosives strapped to his body, infiltrated the General Kahiye Police Training Academy and struck during a police parade. Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Amin Ambulances, told Reuters: "We have carried 13 dead people and fifteen others who were injured from the police academy." The militant group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. "We will give details of casualties later," said Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group´s military operations spokesman. Al Shabaab carries out frequent bombings in Mogadishu and other towns. It is waging an insurgency against the UN-backed government and its African Union allies in a bid to topple the weak administration. The militants were driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 and have since been steadily losing territory to the combined forces of African Union peacekeepers and Somali security forces.
  7. The martyred officials. Photo: ISPR RAWALPINDI: Two officials of Pakistan Army were martyred in a terrorist attack in North Waziristan Agency, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Monday. The ISPR said that Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed and Sepoy Basharat were martyred after terrorists fired on their vehicle from the surrounding mountains. Sepoy Basharat, 21, is from Danyor village of Gilgit-Baltistan while Majeed, also 21, hailed from Burewala, Vehari. Moeed had recently graduated from the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, while Basharat had three years of military service. North Waziristan was cleared of militants recently after the Pakistan Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb in June 2014. Pakistan Army captain, sepoy martyred in cross-border attack from Afghanistan Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Reham were martyred in the attack on a border post The agency, like others in the mountainous tribal areas, borders the restive provinces of Afghanistan from where cross-border attacks are launched frequently. Frequent attacks On November 13, a cross-border attack in Bajaur Agency led to the martyrdom of Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Raham. Four other army troops were said to have been injured in the attack. Following the attack, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, in a series of tweets, said Pakistan has done its part and has cleared areas on its side of the border from terrorist presence. He referred to the attack as the price Pakistan is paying for the security vacuum on the Afghan side of the border. On Nov 9, sepoy Mohammad Ilyas was martyred during an exchange of fire with terrorists in Khyber Agency. Lt Arsalan Alam Shaheed buried with full military honours in native village The 22-year-old officer was martyred in a cross-border attack in Khyber Agency On October 3, another soldier embraced martyrdom after terrorists fired from across the Afghan border on his post. The incident had occurred at the recently cleared area around Mustil pass, an important passage from Afghanistan into Rajgal, in Khyber Agency. The martyred soldier was identified by ISPR as Naib Subedar Azher Ali. On September 23, another officer embraced martyrdom during firing by terrorists from across the border in Rajgal, Khyber Agency. Lieutenant Arsalan Alam, who was commanding the post when he got hit, was 22 years old.
  8. Police arrive after a synagogue was attacked in a failed arson attempt in Gothenburg, Sweden, late December 9, 2017. No one was injured but Jewish community members told local media the synagogue was attacked by a group of masked men who threw multiple burning objects. - Sweden OUT / AFP STOCKHOLM: Three people were arrested early on Sunday after an attempted arson attack at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Prosecution Authority said. There were no reports of injuries and the fire did not reach the synagogue or an adjacent meeting house where Jewish youths had gathered when the attack took place late on Saturday, Swedish media reported. The spokeswoman gave no motive for the attack. It was not clear if it was linked to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel?s capital. Security for synagogues in Stockholm has been raised after the incident in Gothenburg, news agency TT reported.
  9. Image: Screengrab from Reuters TV/Files GOMA: Suspected Ugandan rebels killed at least 15 Tanzanian UN peacekeepers and wounded 53 others in a raid on a base in Congo that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called the worst attack on the organisation in recent history. Tanzania?s President John Magufuli said he was ?shocked and saddened? by the deaths, which come amid rising violence against civilians, the army and UN troops in Democratic Republic of Congo?s eastern borderlands. The UN chief said the attack constituted a war crime and called on Congolese authorities to investigate and ?swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice?. ?I want to express my outrage and utter heartbreak at last night?s attack,? Guterres told reporters at UN headquarters in New York. ?There must be no impunity for such assaults, here or anywhere else.? The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) condemned the attack on Friday and held a moment of silence for the victims. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert wrote on Twitter that the United States was ?appalled by the horrific attack?. UN troops were still searching for three peacekeepers who went missing during the more than three-hour firefight that broke out at dusk on Thursday evening, Ian Sinclair ? the director of the UN Operations and Crisis Centre ? said. UN officials said they suspected militants from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) staged the assault on the base in the town of Semuliki in North Kivu?s Beni territory. The ADF is an extremist rebel group that has been active in the area. MONUSCO ? Congo?s UN mission ? said it was coordinating a joint response with the Congolese army and evacuating wounded from the base. Five Congolese soldiers were also killed in the raid, MONUSCO said in a statement. Congo?s army said only one of its soldiers was missing, however, while another had been injured, adding that 72 militants had been killed. ?They don't want us there? Rival militia groups control parts of mineral-rich eastern Congo nearly a decade and a half after the official end of a 1998-2003 war, in which millions of people died, mostly from hunger and disease. The area has been the scene of repeated massacres and at least 26 people died in an ambush in October. The government and UN mission have blamed almost all the violence on the ADF but UN experts and independent analysts say other militia and elements of Congo?s own army have also been involved. In response to the growing unrest, and in an effort to protect civilians, the UN?s Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Jean-Pierre Lacroix said MONUSCO had stepped up its activities in the area. ?They don?t want us there. And I think this attack is a response... to our increasingly robust posture in that region,? he told reporters. Thursday?s raid was the third attack on a UN base in eastern Congo in recent months. Increased militia activity in the east and centre of the country has added to insecurity in Congo this year amid political tensions linked to President Joseph Kabila?s refusal to step down when his mandate expired last December. An election to replace Kabila, who has ruled Congo since his father?s assassination in 2001, has been repeatedly delayed and is now scheduled for December 2018. Established in 2010, MONUSCO is the United Nations? largest peacekeeping mission and had recorded 93 fatalities of military, police and civilian personnel.
  10. MONUSCO troops secure an area recently in DRC. ? MONUSCO GOMA, DR Congo: At least 14 United Nations peacekeepers were killed in the restive Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Friday, in the deadliest attack in the organisation's recent history. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the peacekeepers, who were from neighbouring Tanzania, were killed in the North Kivu province late Thursday, adding that around 40 were wounded, including several critically. "I condemn this attack unequivocally. These deliberate attacks against UN peacekeepers are unacceptable and constitute a war crime," Guterres said in a statement. Guterres put the death toll at "at least 12" but a statement from the UN's peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO, said later that 14 were killed. DR Congo's huge eastern region has long been wracked by violence, but fighting between government soldiers and militia groups, as well as inter-ethnic clashes, has increased significantly this year. North Kivu province, which borders Uganda and Rwanda, has seen a particular uptick in killings and kidnappings between rival ethnic groups. The UN in October declared a level 3 emergency in DR Congo -- a status afforded to conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. MONUSCO is believed to have been targeted on Thursday by the Ugandan rebel group ADF, one of several armed groups active in the North Kivu region, according to Congolese military sources. Guterres said it was the worst attack on UN peacekeepers in the organisation's recent history. "I call on the DRC authorities to investigate this incident and swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice," he said. "There must be no impunity for such assaults, here or anywhere else." He said at least five Congolese soldiers were also believed to have been killed in Thursday's attack. The medical evacuation of causalities is continuing, while military reinforcements have arrived on the scene, he said. 500 dead since June MONUSCO, an 18,000-member force, has suffered scores of attacks since its establishment in DR Congo, a vast, mineral-rich but chronically unstable nation home to myriad of warring and ethnic groups. The ADF was blamed for an ambush on UN peacekeepers in eastern DR Congo in October, which killed two peacekeepers and wounded 12. The ADF has been accused by Kinshasa and the UN mission of killing more than 700 people in the Beni region since October 2014. Human Rights Watch has documented more than 500 civilian deaths, at least 1,087 people kidnapped, and 11 reports of mass rape in North Kivu alone since June. The UN estimates that more than four million people are internally displaced in DR Congo, and 922,000 people were forced to flee their homes last year -- more than in any other country. Guterres warned in October against budget cuts to MONUSCO, the UN's largest and most expensive peacekeeping mission. The UN's Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said on Twitter he was "outraged" by Thursday's violence. The country has also faced violence after President Joseph Kabila, who was supposed to step down after his final term last December, pushed back a new vote until December 2018. Kabila, in power since 2001, told the UN General Assembly in September that he was moving "towards credible, transparent and peaceful elections" but concerns persist that tensions over the vote will escalate into large-scale violence. "This latest attack highlights the urgency of helping people in need and addressing the volatile situation," Guterres said.
  11. TOKYO: Two people, including a female priest, were killed and two others were wounded Thursday night in a knife attack at a Tokyo shrine, police and news reports said. A man and a woman in their 50s were confirmed dead in hospital after they were found bleeding at the Tomioka Hachimangu Shinto shrine, a police spokesman said. Further details, including their identity and information about a suspect, were not available, the spokesman said, adding: "No one has been arrested. The case is still under investigation." According to local media, police found a survival knife and a Japanese sword with blood on them near the attack site. One of the victims was the female chief priest of the shrine, located in a bustling area of the capital, Kyodo News said. It is believed there was some kind of confrontation among the four who were all associated with the shrine, Kyodo said. One of those wounded was in serious condition, while the other sustained a minor injury, news reports said. Japan has one of the lowest rates of violent crime in the developed world, and attacks involving weapons of any kind are unusual.
  12. French police and rescue forces vehicles are seen on the Promenade des Anglais July 15, 2016 after at least 60 people were killed in Nice, France, when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday July 14. REUTERS/file VIENNA: A 25-year-old Bosnian man has been arrested in the Austrian city of Graz on suspicion of planning an attack on its Christmas market, police said on Thursday. The Muslim man was detained on Dec. 1 at an emergency shelter where others saw him watching videos about last year?s attacks in Nice and Berlin on a computer, a force spokesman said. Witnesses heard him talking about Berlin and death, the spokesman added. He had visited mosques, but it was not yet clear whether he had been radicalized or had any accomplices, police said. A Tunisian man killed 12 people by driving a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin a year ago. The failed asylum seeker had pledged allegiance to Daesh.
  13. BEIJING: The official state-run newspaper in northeastern China?s Jilin city, near the border with North Korea, on Wednesday published a page of ?common sense? advice on how readers can protect themselves from a nuclear weapons attack or explosion. China has voiced grave concern over North Korea?s nuclear and missiles programme, as well as calling on the United States and South Korea to stop provoking Pyongyang. US bombers will fly over the Korean peninsula on Wednesday as part of a large-scale joint military drills with South Korea. The North has warned the drills would push the Korean Peninsula to the ?brink of war?. The full page article in the Jilin Daily, which does not mention possible attacks by North Korea or any other country, explains how nuclear weapons differ from traditional arms and instructs people how to protect themselves in the event of an attack. Nuclear weapons have five means of causing destruction: light radiation, blast waves, early-stage nuclear radiation, nuclear electro-magnetic pulses and radioactive pollution, the article explained. It said the first four kill instantly. People who find themselves outside during a nuclear attack should try to lie in a ditch, cover exposed skin in light colored clothing or dive into a river or lake to try and minimize the possibility of instantaneous death, it said. Cartoon illustrations of ways to dispel radioactive contamination were also provided, such as using water to wash off shoes and using cotton buds to clean ears, as well as a picture of a vomiting child to show how medical help can be sought to speed the expulsion of radiation through stomach pumping and induced urination. The paper also provided historical context, saying that when the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945, light radiation and the blast wave caused fires and storm winds that destroyed 81 percent of buildings in the city, killing over 70,000 people. North Korea last week tested what it called its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could reach all of the United States. US President Donald Trump has warned he would destroy the North Korean regime if it threatened the United States with nuclear weapons. China has rejected military intervention and called for an end to the war of words between Washington and Pyongyang. Beijing fears an outbreak of conflict or a chaotic collapse of the North Korean regime, which might see fighting or waves of refugees cross the 1,400 km (870 miles) border into China.
  14. Four of the eight students killed in an attack on the student hostel inside the Directorate of Agriculture Extension on University Road, Peshawar early Friday morning-Geo News A little after 8:00 AM on Friday, terrorists stormed a student hostel at the Directorate of Agriculture Extension on University Road in Peshawar. The attack was the deadliest on an educational institution in the city since the 2014 massacre at the Army Public School. Nine people among them eight students were martyred in the attack which was described by students as a horrifying ordeal. Security forces were quick to respond and killed all terrorists involved in an operation. Lives lost Those who lost their lives in the attack belonged to different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Bilal Ahmed, son of Hussain Ahmed, hailed from the Lelonai village in Shangla. Amin Jan, son of Saifur Rehman, belonged to Domail in Bannu. Sarzameen, son of Bakht Zamin, belonged to Kalpani village in Buner. Muhammad Wasim, son of Qudrat Hussain, had come to Peshawar from Orakzai Agency. Abdus Sadiq, son of Musa Khan Dasu, belonged to Kohistan. Qasim Ali Shah, son of Abdullah Shah, hailed from DI Khan. Bilal, son of Khairul Bashar, hailed from Lower Dir. Bilal, son of Mohammad Arif, hailed from Mansehra. 'Fortunately, it was a weekend' Speaking to Geo News on Friday, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IG Salahuddin Khan Mehsud said fortunately not many students were present due to the long weekend, adding that police APCs evacuated around a dozen students from the hostel. 'We were sleeping when it started' An eyewitness told Geo News he and his colleagues were sleeping when the firing started, around 8:15 AM. The eyewitness, a student, said he and his colleagues ran as fast as they could but two of their colleagues were injured in the firing. "We took them out with us and admitted them to the hospital," said Ariful Haq, adding that around 120 students live in the hostel but most had gone home due to the long weekend. He added that the students who board at the premises are undertaking their diplomas in Agriculture Sciences and Veterinary Sciences. Moreover, the premises houses offices of the Agriculture Directorate Extension, Agriculture Livestock Department, Peshawar Housing Authority and the office of the director general of agriculture.
  15. Terrorists on Friday morning attacked the student hostel inside the Directorate of Agriculture Extension on University Road in Peshawar-AFP PESHAWAR: Investigation authorities have started probe in the gun attack at Peshawar Agriculture Directorate, in which nine people were martyred and dozens injured on Friday, Authorities have filed a case in police stations of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), which includes a terrorism act. CCTV videos from various locations have also been gathered. The authorities have also sent body parts of killed terrorists to Lahore for DNA testing. Terrorists on Friday morning attacked the student hostel inside the Directorate of Agriculture Extension on University Road in Peshawar. The security forces later managed to kill all the terrorists after a gunfight which lasted over an hour. Nine martyred, 30 injured in attack on Agriculture Directorate in Peshawar The injured include security personnel, students, a security guard, and a reporter SSP Operations Sajjad Khan told Geo News that five attackers wearing suicide jackets reached the compound in a rickshaw. They were said to be wearing burqas in the rickshaw so as to avoid detection. The police official said the attackers' first target was the security guard of the premises, following which they made their way inside towards the students' hostel of the Agriculture Training Institute. Later, army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor praised the police performance during the operation. Speaking to a private news channel, Maj Gen Ghafoor said the terrorists were in contact with their partners in Afghanistan throughout the attack. He, however, put the number of killed terrorists at three. The police and army immediately reached the site and launched an operation to clear the area and neutralise the terrorists. The police and army immediately reached the site and launched an operation to clear the area and neutralise the terrorists-AFP Aerial surveillance of the operation was carried out by the army aviation division whereas armoured vehicles of security forces were also on site. Peshawar Capital City Police Officer Tahir Khan and SSP Operations Sajjad Khan were leading the operation. Intermittent gunfire and blasts could be heard from inside the premises throughout the operation. Later, during the combing operation, authorities recovered suicide jackets, two Klashnikovs, pistols, and explosives from the possession of deceased terrorists. The explosives and suicide jackets were disposed of later in a controlled explosion by the bomb disposal unit. 'Fortunately, it was a weekend' Speaking to Geo News, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IG Salahuddin Khan Mehsud said fortunately not many students were present due to the long weekend, adding that police APCs evacuated around a dozen students from the hostel. "Special units of the Pakistan Army were taking part in the operation [alongside police]," he said further. University Road, the major artery of the city, was closed down for traffic after the incident and reopened around noon. The injured were shifted to Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH), located next to the directorate. An emergency was declared in the hospital. The hospital's spokesperson, Dr Saud, initially said a total of 11 injured were brought to the hospital. He added that the injured included seven students, two military personnel, a police officer and a journalist. The wounded are said to have been injured in firing as well as hurting themselves while escaping the attack. However, later, the casualties were said to be 11 dead and more than 30 injured, including security personnel. 'We were sleeping when it started' An eyewitness told Geo News he and his colleagues were sleeping when the firing started, around 8:15AM. The eyewitness, a student, said he and his colleagues ran as fast as they could but two of their colleagues were injured in the firing. "We took them out with us and admitted them to the hospital," said Ariful Haq, adding that around 120 students live in the hostel but most had gone home due to the long weekend. He added that the students who board at the premises are undertaking their diplomas in Agriculture Sciences and Veterinary Sciences. Moreover, the premises houses offices of the Agriculture Directorate Extension, Agriculture Livestock Department, Peshawar Housing Authority and the office of the director general of agriculture. All terrorists killed: ISPR According to the army's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), all the terrorists were killed in the operation. Eight students were evacuated from the hostel, the ISPR said in a statement. The army said two of its injured were evacuated to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH).
  16. Nobel laureate and social activist Malala Yousafzai condemned the terror attack in Peshawar on Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH). The activist wrote on Twitter: ?When you pick up a gun in the name of Islam and kill innocent people, you are not a Muslim anymore. Strongly condemn the brutal attack in Peshawar killing innocent people on #EidMiladunNabi (PBUH) - a holy day for Muslims.? Photo credit: Malala Yousafzai Twitter Nine people were martyred and more than 30 injured after terrorists attacked the student hostel inside the Directorate of Agriculture Extension on University Road, Peshawar early Friday morning. The security forces later managed to kill all the terrorists after a gunfight which lasted over an hour. SSP Operations Sajjad Khan told Geo News that five attackers wearing suicide jackets reached the compound in a rickshaw. They were said to be wearing burqas in the rickshaw so as to avoid detection. Nine martyred, 30 injured in attack on Agriculture Directorate in Peshawar The injured include security personnel, students, a security guard, and a reporter The police official said the attackers' first target was the security guard of the premises, following which they made their way inside towards the students' hostel of the Agriculture Training Institute. "They could have wreaked havoc but the police and army successfully neutralised the threat," he said further. Later, army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor praised the police performance during the operation. Speaking to a private news channel, Maj Gen Ghafoor said the terrorists were in contact with their partners in Afghanistan throughout the attack.
  17. ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Friday expressed concern at the reported ballistic missile attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels on Saudi Arabia, said a statement released. "It strongly condemns the attack and commends the timely action by Saudi forces to destroy the missile preventing any loss of lives," said the FO. Pakistan reiterated its full support and solidarity with the government and the people of the kingdom. The statement further added that it condemns any threats aimed Saudi Arabia and demanded the "anti-Government forces in Yemen to desist from attacks against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia". On Thursday, Yemen's Houthi rebels said they fired a ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia and hit a military target, in the second such attack this month, after threatening to retaliate over a crippling blockade. "We confirm the success of our ballistic missile trial, which hit its military target inside Saudi Arabia," the Houthi-run Al-Masira television channel said. Hours earlier in a speech broadcast on Al-Masira, rebel chief Abdulmalik al-Houthi had warned against "prolonging the blockade" imposed on Yemen following a November 4 rebel missile attack that was intercepted near Riyadh international airport. "Should the blockade continue, we know what (targets) would cause great pain and how to reach them," he said. Saudi Arabia and its allies tightened the longstanding blockade on Yemen's ports and the main international airport in Sanaa in the wake of the November missile attack. The move prompted the Houthis to warn that they considered "airports, ports, border crossings, and areas of any importance" in Saudi Arabia, as well as its ally the United Arab Emirates, legitimate targets. The conflict has claimed more than 8,600 lives since the Saudi-led coalition joined the government's war against the rebel alliance. More than 2,000 people have also died of cholera this year. The United Nations (UN) has warned Yemen faces mass famine unless the Saudi-led coalition allows more food aid into the country, long the poorest in the region. The coalition allowed limited supplies into select areas in Yemen last weekend. Yemen's conflict ? which has enabled Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Daesh to flourish in the chaos of war ? shows no sign of waning. The Houthi-Saleh rebel alliance has also begun to unravel, with clashes between the Houthis and fighters loyal to the former president leaving at least 14 dead on Wednesday. Violence between the two ? whose alliance first began to show cracks in August ? flared again Thursday night, localised in southern Sanaa and around the residence of two of Saleh's nephews.
  18. Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Friday that the Peshawar terror strike?s admission by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan proves that terrorists and their abettors are based in Afghanistan. Speaking with a private media channel, the DG ISPR said that Afghan forces should play their role in eliminating terrorists based in their country. He said that a delegation under Afghan Director General Military Operations is on a visit to Pakistan following the meeting between Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani. Eleven martyred, 30 injured in attack on Agriculture Directorate in Peshawar The injured include security personnel, students, a security guard, and a reporter The ISPR chief said that in the meeting both the dignitaries agreed that Pakistan would continue to support Afghanistan. ?We are in dialogue with the Afghan DGMO. We have provided proofs of today?s attack to him. The Afghan government and forces must look into this issue to see how we can get rid of this danger. Our cooperation is with Afghanistan,? he said. ?We hope that there will be developments on the recommendations we have provided to the delegation?. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/baa5469127122213c6e0c6c54335c488.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvMS8yMDE3IDEwOjQwOjM5IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9eWhhOHFQVlRyY1BJZTdJTzdYNmZ3UT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] Ghafoor said that only Afghan forces can address the issues present within its border. He reiterated that the terrorists during their strike on the Agriculture Directorate in Peshawar were in touch on phone with their associates based in Afghanistan. He said that terrorists operating alongside border areas are continuously attacking Pakistani border forces. Giving his response to the recent statement of top US commander Gen John Nicholson, DG ISPR said that the US general?s statement that Pakistan is not doing enough is ?unjust?. ?Pakistan has done more than his capacity for the security, no country has done more than what Pakistan did to combat terrorism,? he said. ?Our initiatives are also for the security of Afghanistan.? Speaking on today?s terror incident, the ISPR head said that all three terrorists, wearing suicide jackets, were immediately killed by the security forces courtesy rapid and effective response by the police. He said that terrorists reached the site of the incident at 8:45 am by rickshaw; their strike killed eight students, including one security guard.
  19. Imran Khan sent prayers to victims and their families, and commended rapid response of KP police and army Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan condemned the terrorist attack at Peshawar Agriculture Directorate on Friday, in which 11 people were martyred and at least nine others injured. Taking to Twitter, Imran said he was ?saddened by condemnable terrorist attack in Peshawar this morning.? ?My prayers to to the victims and their families. Commend the rapid response of KP police and army that helped in containing damage and concluding the operation,? he tweeted. The PTI chief commended the ?reformed professional KP police force with its special rapid response unit? for its timely action. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the terrorist attack, and said security forces defeated terrorists with timely response. Eleven people were martyred as terrorists attacked the student hostel of the Directorate of Agriculture Extension on University Road, Peshawar early Friday morning. The injured included at least five security personnel. Security forces managed to kill all the terrorists after launching a timely operation and foiling the attack, which was intended to deliver maximum harm. SSP Operations Sajjad Khan told Geo News that five attackers wearing suicide jackets reached the compound in a rickshaw. They were said to be wearing burqas in the rickshaw so as to avoid detection.
  20. Locals and officials inspect a car that was bombed in Yemen. REUTERS/Nasser Awad/Files ADEN: Assailants detonated a car bomb outside the Yemeni Finance Ministry offices in the southern city of Aden on Wednesday, killing at least two people, hospital officials and residents said. They said the force of the blast shook the Khor Maksar area of Aden ? the temporary capital of the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi ? and causing severe damage to the six-storey building. The force of the blast also shattered windows of adjacent houses, they said. Ambulances were seen racing to the scene, as sounds of gunfire were heard in the area, they said. No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion. An official at the city?s main government-run Jumhouriya hospital said that two people have arrived dead to the hospital, while three others were in critical condition. He said that medics have said they believe that more casualties were at the scene of the blast, but no one could reach them due to an exchange of gunfire that was taking place in the area.
  21. Sayfullo Saipov ? the suspect in the New York City truck attack ? is seen in this handout photo released on November 1, 2017. St. Charles County Department of Corrections/Handout via REUTERS/Files NEW YORK: The Uzbek immigrant accused of killing eight people by speeding a rental truck down a New York City bike path in October pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to murder and other criminal charges. Sayfullo Saipov, 29, entered his plea before US District Judge Vernon Broderick in Manhattan. David Patton ? a court-appointed lawyer representing him ? declined to comment on the case after the hearing. Saipov was arrested immediately after the October 31 attack, in which he ploughed a truck down a bike lane on Manhattan?s West Side. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, which was the deadliest assault on New York City since September 11, 2001. Saipov ? a legal permanent US resident ? was hospitalized after he was shot by a policeman and arrested. On November 21, Saipov was charged in an indictment with eight counts of murder, 12 counts of attempted murder, one count of providing material support to Daesh, and one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle resulting in death. The most serious charges against Saipov carry the death penalty, though it is not yet clear whether prosecutors will seek it. US President Donald Trump repeatedly called on Twitter for Saipov to face the death penalty. Following the attack, Saipov told investigators he was inspired by watching Daesh videos and began planning the attack a year earlier, according to a criminal complaint filed by prosecutors the day after the attack. The complaint said Saipov was particularly motivated by a video where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ? the leader of Daesh ? exhorted Muslims in the US and elsewhere to support the group?s cause. Saipov also said ?he felt good about what he had done? and asked for permission to display the flag of the militant group in his hospital room, the complaint said. Umida Saipova ? Saipov?s sister ? told Reuters in a phone interview earlier this month from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, that she believed her brother had been ?brainwashed?. Mirrakhmat Muminov ? an Uzbek acquaintance of Saipov living in Ohio ? told Reuters that Saipov became religious after moving to the US in 2010. Five of the victims were Argentinians who were part of a group in New York to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation. A Belgian woman, a New Yorker, and a New Jersey man were also killed. The next hearing in Saipov?s case is set for January 23.
  22. Justin Bieber/File photo Getty Images LONDON: A British teenager was found guilty on Monday of planning to drive a car into a crowd in the Welsh capital Cardiff, with a Justin Bieber concert and a shopping center among the list of possible targets for his Daesh-inspired attack. The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, wrote a letter in which he said he was ?a soldier of [Daesh]?. Police found the letter in a rucksack in his bedroom which also contained a large knife and a hammer. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said he was planning an attack of a similar type to one near Britain?s parliament in March, where a man in a van drove into pedestrians on London?s Westminster Bridge before stabbing a policeman. ?This teenager?s behavior over many months leaves no doubt that he intended to kill and maim as many people as possible in an attack reminiscent of the incident on Westminster Bridge,? said Sue Hemming, head of the special crime and counter terrorism division at the CPS. ?He was also posting extremist content online that could have encouraged others to commit terrorist acts and downloading instructions on how to carry out ?lone wolf? attacks.? The Westminster attack was one of five major attacks this year that British authorities are treating as terrorism incidents. Five people including the policeman and the attacker, Khalid Masood, died in the Westminster incident. The CPS said the Welsh schoolboy had posted Daesh propaganda on his Instagram account, and his Instagram password was ?Truck Attack?. He researched possible targets including Cardiff Castle, a theater, a library and a shopping center, as well as the Bieber gig, which took place in June. The teenager admitted that he owned the knife and hammer and had written the letter, but denied intending to harm anyone. He will be sentenced in January.
  23. File Photo BAGHDAD: Two attackers shot several civilians on Monday in the Nahrawan area southeast of Baghdad before one blew himself up and the other was killed by security forces, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said, without providing official casualty figures. Local media reported at least 17 people were killed and 28 wounded. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, described by an interior ministry spokesman as ?a terrorist attack by two terrorist suicide attackers who fired indiscriminately on citizens in the Nahrawan area?. The extremist group?s Amaq news agency said it had killed 35 members of one of the Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces. Iraqi security officials say Daesh is likely to wage an insurgency after its self-proclaimed caliphate collapsed and its militants were dislodged from territories they held across a swathe of Iraq and Syria.
  24. It's been 9 years, Kasab has met his fate but the chills of that dark day can still be felt in the hearts of everyone, specially the ones who lost, survived and endured the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. The terrorists were caught but what about the terror of loss that was left behind? 9 years down the line, the nation condemns and mourns that black day. On the ninth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, we mourn with the families that lost their dear ones. And we recall with gratitude the security personnel who gave their lives in the battle against evil #PresidentKovind — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 26, 2017 My respectful homage to all who fell to the bullets of terrorists in Mumbai on this day. Let us vow to be prepared to defeat any such attempt in future. pic.twitter.com/XDqjhUvTmb — Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) November 26, 2017 Every story from that day sent chills down the spines of everyone who was listening to them. Some heroes were martyred, some heroes died at the cruel hand of bullets. One such brave story is that of Praveen Teotia, an ex-marine commando who fought with bravery that dreadful day. He was the pointman and led the group that day inside the hotel. The brave commando survived four bullet shots that went through his jacket. © Twitter 5 surgeries later, he was left with a damaged ear and a gunshot wound on his chest. Praveen wears his bravery like a badge and didn't let life take its toll on him. He has participated in over a dozen marathons. The gunshots that were fired that day echo in the lives of all those who lost someone. Twiterr is a mutual prayer ground right now and people are recalling the horrific day while remembering our heroes. Salute To The Bravehearts Who Selflessly Sacrificed Their Lives In The Service Of Motherland. ð®ð³ð®ð³ Never Forget Never Forgive !!!#MumbaiTerrorAttack #MumbaiAttack pic.twitter.com/BRCNMA5d6r — Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) November 26, 2017 Never forget. Never forgive. #MumbaiTerrorAttack pic.twitter.com/yn7wEQptbT — Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) November 26, 2017 #MumbaiAttacks We have learned a lot from that day..26/11 Now,We are much stronger than before On its 9th anniversary I salute to those who laid down their lives not only the policemen or commandos, bt also the people of our country ð#JaiHind #MumbaiTerrorAttack pic.twitter.com/Hebz7SmY4N — sparkle seeker ð (@Modifiedwave) November 26, 2017 We pray for peace and love for everyone.
  25. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Saturday for countries to unify their efforts against "terrorism" as he condemned an attack on a mosque in Egypt that left 305 people dead. Photo: AFP JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Saturday for countries to unify their efforts against "terrorism" as he condemned an attack on a mosque in Egypt that left 305 people dead. "Israel strongly condemns the horrific and criminal terrorist attack on the Rawda mosque near El-Arish," said a statement from his office. "Terrorism will be defeated even more quickly if all countries work against it together." Egypt was in mourning on Saturday as the death toll from the gun and bomb assault at the mosque in the Sinai Peninsula soared above 300, including children, in the deadliest attack the country has witnessed. The state prosecution said that up to 30 militants in camouflage flying the Daesh's banner had surrounded the mosque and proceeded to massacre the worshippers during weekly Friday prayers. The army said warplanes attacked militant hideouts in the insurgency-wracked North Sinai in retaliation. Daesh has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is the main suspect.