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  1. Suicide attacks in Iraq are usually claimed by the Daesh group KIRKUK: A suicide car bomber killed at least 21 people in an attack on a busy market in a town north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a security official said. Dozens more were wounded when the attacker blew up the vehicle in the middle of the fruit and vegetable market in Tuz Khurmatu, the official said. A doctor at the town´s general hospital put the number of wounded at 80, some of them lightly injured. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Suicide attacks in Iraq are usually claimed by the Daesh group, which has suffered a string of military defeats and last week lost control of the last town the jihadists held in the country. Tuz Khurmatu is home to a mixed Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen population. It was the scene of deadly violence in mid-October when Iraqi forces retook it from Kurdish control in response to a Kurdish independence referendum. Turkmen MP Niazi Maamar Oglu said an attack of Tuesday´s magnitude had not been seen in the town "for years". A security chief in Salaheddin province, Mehdi Taqi, told AFP that a curfew was imposed immediately after the bombing. "There are still some areas west of Tuz Khurmatu that serve as hideouts for [Daesh]and we will soon be carrying out operations to clean them up," Taqi added.
  2. ADEN: Daesh claimed responsibility for a car bombing that security sources said killed 10 people, including civilians, at a security post in Yemen's government bastion of Aden on Tuesday. The militant group claimed the attack in the southern port city via the encrypted messaging app Telegram, adding that a Yemeni suicide bomber had detonated the vehicle. Aden's security chief told AFP: "Eight members of the security forces and two civilians were killed in a car bombing in the central district of Abdul Aziz." "There are a large number of wounded, some of them in serious condition," Brigadier Shalal Shaya said, attributing the blast to a car bomb. Witnesses earlier told AFP they heard a loud explosion followed by gunfire at the main office of UAE-trained security forces in charge of guarding state-owned facilities. The Zayed bin Sultan mosque, which is located near the security office and funded by the United Arab Emirates, was also damaged in the attack. The United Arab Emirates, which has trained government forces in southern Yemen, is a key member of a Saudi-led military coalition. The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 with the aim of rolling back gains made by Houthi rebels and restoring the government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to power. But the mission has expanded to include operations against militant groups, both Daesh and Al-Qaeda, which have used the chaos of the war to gain footholds in government-held southern Yemen. Daesh also claimed a major attack in Aden on November 5 that killed 35 people, sparking a hostage crisis in a city that had seen a period of relative calm in the war-torn country. The Yemen war has killed more than 8,650 people, the majority civilians, and pushed the country to the brink of famine.
  3. LEFT: An unexploded metal bomb ? filled with explosive powder and lined with metal pellets ? is seen in a still handout image, Boston, Massachusetts, March 18, 2015. US Attorney's Office/Handout via Reuters; RIGHT: Paul George Dandan, 30 ? a full-time employee of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) based at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Booking photo released on November 11, 2017. AFP/Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office1 WASHINGTON: Police in North Carolina have arrested and charged two men ? one an airport employee ? for possessing a homemade bomb, police said. They said a man named Derrick Fells, 39, had constructed the device. Upon his arrest Sunday ? following a 911 phone call from an unidentified informant ? Fells admitted making the device, which was described as a pipe bomb. Fells told police in Charlotte he had intended to use the bomb against a neighbour with whom he had been arguing, but changed his mind and gave it to Paul Dandon, 30, a full-time employee of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) based at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Police said Dandon's job gave him access only to an offsite air traffic control tower, but not to any restricted area in the airport terminal or to any aircraft. In a separate statement, the FAA said Dandon's access to those facilities had been terminated and that he was cooperating with authorities, including agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Dandon was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) and related charges. Fells was charged with three counts, including manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction. While the US Defense Department defines WMDs as those capable of causing mass casualties, the Justice Department has given prosecutors broad flexibility to apply the term to weapons including bombs, grenades, and certain guns.
  4. KARACHI: The District South police on Sunday claimed to have arrested a suspect who made the hoax bomb call to the Sindh High Court three days ago, from Sawan Goth. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) District South Javed Akbar Riaz stated that the team investigating the incident traced the call?s location to Sawan Goth in Gadap Town, situated in District Malir. The police then carried out a raid and arrested the man, identified as Pir Bux, added SSP Riaz. During the preliminary interrogation, the accused confessed to have made the call ?as a joke?. The police also collected the call record from Madadgar 15 since it could prove helpful in further investigation, added the police official. Requesting the citizens to not make prank calls to the police?s helpline, as they create a sense of panic in the public, SSP Riaz warned that whosoever made such calls the would be dealt with sternly and strict legal action would be taken against them. Further investigations are underway. It was on November 3, at around 2:50pm, that the Madadgar 15 received an anonymous call informing the police of a bomb having been planted inside the Sindh High Court?s premises. A Bomb Disposal Squad team was immediately summoned. After inspecting the premises thoroughly, officials of the Bomb Disposal Squad declared the building clear at around 4:20pm. Later, a first information report was registered at the Preedy police station under sections of the Telegraph Act and section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
  5. US President Donald Trump in Japan. Photo: AFP TOKYO: Japan was hit by a rare string of bomb threats as US President Donald Trump held talks in Tokyo, kicking off an Asia tour under heavy security, police said Monday. Bomb threats are extremely uncommon in Japan. No explosives were found and no arrests were made in any of the cases, which took place far away from the capital. In the western Shiga prefecture, a ferry company received a call from a man who "claimed to have set up a bomb inside a sightseeing ship that would explode in an hour?, a police spokesperson told AFP. Police located the threatened ship and conducted a thorough search but were unable to find any explosives. "A total of 290 passengers and crew members were safely evacuated," the spokesperson said, adding that police were hunting for the man who made the call. A ferry company in Hiroshima received a similar call and was told that a bomb would explode on one of its ships in an hour. Ferry operations were temporarily suspended between the prefecture?s shore to Itsukushima, where tourists flock to a Shinto shrine famous for its "floating" gate. A department store in Osaka also received a threat but police found no explosives. In Kyoto, a train operator received an anonymous tip, saying a bomb would explode in one hour at Sanjo Station, which is close to tourist destinations, according to Jiji Press. The train company closed the station temporarily, affecting 8,000 people.
  6. People gather at the site of an air strike in the northwestern city of Saada, Yemen November 1, 2017. Photo: Reuters ADEN: A suicide car bomber killed at least five soldiers in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Sunday, residents and a security official said. The attack took place at a checkpoint outside the main security headquarters in Aden?s Khor Maksar district, they said. Sunday?s bombing was heard across the city and a plume of smoke could be seen from miles away, residents said. Clashes erupted in the area immediately, they said. It was unclear who was behind the attack or the clashes that followed. The port city of Aden is the interim headquarters of Yemen?s internationally recognised government, which had to move there when Houthi rebels took control of the capital, Sanaa, in 2015 during Yemen?s civil war. More than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen?s conflict since the Houthis advanced on Aden, forcing President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee and seek help from Saudi Arabia. Aden is dominated by Yemeni forces backed by the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in Yemen?s war to restore Hadi. Saudi Arabia?s air defence forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen over the capital, Riyadh, on Saturday, state news agencies reported. The missile was brought down near King Khaled Airport on the northern outskirts of the city and did not cause any casualties.
  7. The communist-obsessed CIA cooked up several outlandish plots to murder Cuba´s Fidel Castro WASHINGTON: Cuban and Russian spies, false leads, strippers, bizarre CIA murder plots and a furious FBI director. Newly released secret records are full of intriguing details surrounding the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. But Kennedy scholars say the thousands of documents do not appear to contain any bombshell revelations about the November 22, 1963 murder that shocked the world. President Donald Trump ordered the release on Thursday of 2,800 classified Kennedy assassination records but held back other "sensitive" documents under pressure from the CIA and FBI. That last-minute decision left many Kennedy historians frustrated -- and provided more fuel for the thriving conspiracy industry around the shooting of the charismatic 46-year-old president in Dallas, Texas. "I was very disappointed," said Philip Shenon, author of "A Cruel and Shocking Act: the Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination." "Most of the documents that were released last night are documents we´d already seen before," Shenon told AFP. "We just saw them in redacted form previously." "The really important documents, sort of the super secret documents, most of them are not part of the release," he said. The Warren Commission, which investigated Kennedy´s murder, determined that Lee Harvey Oswald -- a former Marine Corps sharpshooter -- acted alone but that conclusion has failed to quell years of speculation that others were involved. Hundreds of books and movies such as the 1991 Oliver Stone film "JFK" have examined scores of conspiracy theories, pointing the finger at Cold War rivals the Soviet Union or Cuba, the Mafia and even Kennedy´s own vice president, Lyndon Johnson. ´Great transparency´ While the records released on Thursday by the National Archives contain reams of new information it will be months before the rest of the files are seen -- if ever. Trump gave the CIA, FBI and other agencies six months -- until April 26, 2018 -- to make their case for why the remaining documents should not be made public. In a tweet on Friday, the president said the JFK files were being "carefully released." "In the end there will be great transparency," he said. "It is my hope to get just about everything to public!" Later, Trump clarified in a tweeted statement that he would "be releasing ALL JFK files other than the names and addresses of any mentioned person who is still living." "I am doing this for reasons of full disclosure, transparency and in order to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest." Gerald Posner, author of "Case Closed," which determined that Oswald did indeed act alone, said the release was "frustrating" and that much of what is in the files has been known previously. Shenon said that while there were no new revelations in the documents there were nevertheless some "interesting tidbits." He pointed to one record in which then-FBI director J. Edgar Hoover expressed his anger with the "inexcusable" failure of Dallas police to protect Oswald despite repeated FBI warnings that his life was at risk. Oswald was shot by a striptease club owner, Jack Ruby, on November 24, 1963 -- two days after the Kennedy assassination -- while being moved to a county jail. Hoover goes on to add that the FBI had hoped to obtain a confession to "convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin." Many of the records are raw intelligence including scores of reports from FBI agents following up leads that led nowhere. Much of what they contain is previously known, such as that the communist-obsessed CIA cooked up several outlandish plots to murder Cuba´s Fidel Castro. One document detailed how in the early days of Kennedy´s presidency the CIA offered $150,000 to Italian-American mob boss Sam Giancana to organize the killing of Castro. Giancana in return sought the CIA´s help to place a listening device in the room of his mistress -- a Las Vegas entertainer -- whom he thought was having an affair. Seashell bomb Other possible ideas to kill the Communist leader -- said to be a keen diver -- included contaminating his diving suit with disease-causing bacteria, or booby-trapping a seashell with a bomb. The plan was scrapped when it was determined "there was no shell in the Caribbean area large enough to hold a sufficient amount of explosive." The files also contain new -- if inconclusive -- details about an intriguing chapter in Oswald´s life: a trip he took to Mexico City seven weeks before he killed Kennedy and his meetings there with Cuban and Russian spies. In his memo, Hoover referred to some of Oswald´s contacts with Cubans and Russians but dismissed them as being only about visas for him and his Russian-born wife. While many theories over the years are linked to Oswald´s ties to Cuban or Soviet operatives, an FBI memo in 1963 indicated Kennedy´s death was source of deep mourning in the Soviet Union. According to a source, "officials at the Communist Party of the Soviet Union believed there was some well-organized conspiracy on the part of the ´ultraright´ in the United States to effect a ´coup.´" The Soviets feared the killing would be used as a pretext to "stop negotiations with the Soviet Union, attack Cuba, and thereafter spread the war." The Soviets also insisted that they had "no connection whatsoever" with Oswald, who defected to the Soviet Union in 1959 but returned to the United States in 1962. Oswald, according to the Soviets, was "a neurotic maniac who was disloyal to his country and everything else."
  8. PESHAWAR: The counter-terrorism department arrested on Sunday four terrorists trying to plant a bomb on Peshawar?s Shah Alam bridge. The suspects had prepared the bombs in two oil cans, according to the CTD. Police also recovered pistols and cartridges from the suspects? possession. The Bomb Disposal Squad reached the area and defused the bombs, the CTD said. The CTD further said that the suspects belong to a proscribed organization.
  9. DUBAI: Militants attacked a Bahraini police bus near the Jidhafs area outside the capital Manama, killing one policeman and wounding eight others, the interior ministry said on Friday. The attack targeted the bus on the Khalifa bin Salman highway, the ministry said, adding that the militant group used a handmade bomb. ?Investigations are underway to determine the circumstances of this premeditated terrorist attack and arrest the group involved,? the ministry said in a statement on its website. The incident was the latest in a series of attacks targeting policemen in the country where the US Fifth Fleet is based. The government blames the attacks on extremists it says are backed by Iran to destabilize the country ? a charge Tehran denies. This month, a blast wounded five policemen on Budaiya road, near Manama, while they were guarding a procession by Muslims marking the annual Ashura festival.
  10. Police officers swarm the Dolphin Mall following unconfirmed reports of an active shooter in the area on August 19, 2017. Geo.tv via Miami Herald/C.M. Guerrero/Files A Honduras citizen with sympathies to Daesh and residing in Miami appeared in federal court on Monday on a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in a planned attack on a crowded Miami shopping mall, the US Justice Department said. Vicente Solano, 53, planned to detonate an explosive in a crowded area of the Dolphin Mall and if convicted, he could face up to life in prison, it said. Police issue 'all clear' following reports of gunshots fired in Miami mall Some of the people present in the mall at the time took to Twitter to inform others of what has transpired Solano discussed his plot with a confidential source and two Federal Bureau of Investigation undercover employees. Solano provided three videos to the source, in which he makes pro-Daesh statements and expresses anti-US sentiments, the department said. At his court appearance, a judge appointed an attorney, who has not spoken to media about the case. As a part of a federal sting operation, Solano took possession of what he thought was an explosive device, tried to arm it and walked toward a mall entrance to launch his attack. He was arrested, the department said. The device was inert and did not pose a risk to the public, it said. Solano is scheduled to have a pre-trial detention hearing on Thursday.
  11. MOGADISHU: A roadside bomb killed at least seven people on Sunday - mostly women farmers - in an area outside the Somali capital dominated by insurgents who have defied public protests to end years of violence, residents and the army said. A truck bombing in Mogadishu last weekend killed at least 358 people, with 56 people still missing. Almost all of the dead were civilians and the attack triggered angry demonstrations in the capital. Sunday?s bombing hit a minibus in Daniga village about 40 km (25 miles) to the northwest of Mogadishu. ?We heard a huge crash today and we went to the scene, we saw a ruined minibus and at least seven dead bodies, mostly women. We could not identify some people, they were just pieces of human flesh,? farmer Nur Abdullahi told Reuters by phone. The area of the bombing is close to areas held by al Shabaab, the al Qaeda-linked insurgents who want to overthrow the weak UN-backed government and impose strict Islamic law. ?We are scared,? Abdullahi said ?Hundreds of masked militants are everywhere and we anticipate the government will attack here. They also planted mines everywhere and today we pack our clothes to flee.? An army officer said the death toll might be higher. ?We know the minibus left Afgooye (town) this morning and it was carrying farmers, mostly women,? said Captain Isa Osman of the Somali National Army. ?It was carrying more than 10 people. We cannot get many details because the area is not controlled by government.? After last Saturday?s attack, the government promised new offensives against the insurgency. Somalia has been riven by civil war since 1991, when clan warlords overthrew a dictator then turned on each other.
  12. File photo/ Reuters KANDAHAR: Militants carried out suicide bombing attack on an Afghan National Army base in Maiwand district in Kandahar late on Wednesday night, killing at least 43 military personnel, said Afghan media reports. Of 60 soldiers manning the base in the southern province of Kandahar, 43 were killed, nine were wounded and six were missing after Taliban militants stormed the base in the middle of the night, the ministry said in a statement. The militants sought entry into the base through explosive-laden Humvee vehicles and detonated them at the gate. Following the suicide blast, the other militants entered into the military base and opened fire. The security forces fired in retaliation, while foreign troops carried out aerial firing to neutralise the enemy, killing at least 10 militants. The attack was confirmed by Gen. Abdul Raziq, provincial police chief of Kandahar. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
  13. ANKARA: A police vehicle in Turkey?s southern province of Mersin was hit in a bomb attack on Tuesday, wounding several people, security sources and Turkish media said. Broadcaster NTV said that some 12 people were injured in the attack, in Mersin?s Yenisehir district. Mersin Mayor Burhanettin Kocamaz told another broadcaster, Haberturk, that the attack took place on the street where the local governor?s office is located. He said the police vehicle was moving at the time of the attack. An image of the street published on NTV?s website showed smoke billowing from the area, which had been cordoned off by police. Ambulances, police and fire trucks were sent to the site of the attack, security sources said. A blast also occurred a day earlier, on Monday, when an improvised explosive device detonated in Hakkari province of the country, reports stated.
  14. geo_embedgallery VALLETTA: Daphne Caruana Galizia ? Malta?s best-known investigative journalist ? was killed on Monday when a powerful bomb blew up her car, police said, in a case that stunned the small Mediterranean island. Caruana Galizia, 53, ran a hugely popular blog, in which she relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged high-level corruption targeting politicians from across party lines. ?There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate,? she wrote in a blog published on her site just half an hour before an explosion tore into her car. Locals said Caruana Galizia had just left her house and was on a road near the village of Bidnija in northern Malta when the bomb detonated, sending her car flying into an adjacent field. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat ? who faced accusations of wrong-doing by Caruana Galizia earlier this year ? denounced her killing, calling it a ?barbaric attack on press freedom?. He announced that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had agreed to help local police investigate the killing and was flying experts to the island as soon as possible. ?I will not rest until I see justice done in this case,? he said in a statement, calling for national unity. Around 3,000 people held a silent, candle-lit vigil on Tuesday evening in Sliema, just outside Valletta. The hashtag #JeSuisDaphne circulated widely among social media users on the island of 400,000 people, the European Union?s smallest state. ?Everyone knows Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine, both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way,? Muscat said. ?The only remedy for anyone who felt slandered was through the courts.? Muscat sued Caruana Galizia after she wrote blogs earlier this year, saying his wife was the beneficial owner of a company in Panama, and that large sums of money had been moved between the company and bank accounts in Azerbaijan. Both Muscat and his wife denied the accusations. Looking for a vote of confidence to counter the allegations, Muscat called snap elections in June that he easily won. Recently, Caruana Galizia?s outspoken blog had turned its fire on opposition politicians. Malta Television reported that Caruana Galizia had filed a complaint to the police two weeks ago to say she had received threats. It gave no further information. 'Political murder' Opposition leader Adrian Delia said the blogger was the victim of a ?political murder?. ?Caruana Galizia revealed the Panama Papers and was the government?s strongest critic,? he said, calling for an independent probe of her killing. ?We will not accept an investigation by the Commissioner of Police, the Army commander or the duty magistrate, all of whom were at the heart of criticism by Caruana Galizia,? he said. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he would offer a 20,000-euro ($23,578) reward for information leading to the conviction of Caruana Galizia?s killers, and European politicians expressed dismay at her death. Frans Timmermans ? first vice president of the European Commission (EC) ? tweeted that he was ?shocked and outraged?, adding that ?if journalists are silenced, our freedom is lost?. Manfred Weber ? head of the conservative bloc in the European Parliament (EP) ? said the killing marked ?a dark day for democracy?. Caruana Galizia took aim at politicians and senior officials from across Malta, seeing the island as a hotbed of corruption. ?Malta?s public life is afflicted with dangerously unstable men with no principles or scruples,? she wrote last year. Her family asked that the magistrate assigned to investigate the case, Consuelo Scerri Herrera, be substituted because of an alleged conflict of interest, court documents showed. Herrera had sought libel damages after Caruana Galizia attacked her in her blog. COVER IMAGE: Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia poses outside the Libyan Embassy in Valletta April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/Files
  15. VALLETTA: Daphne Caruana Galizia ? Malta?s best-known investigative journalist ? was killed on Monday when a powerful bomb blew up her car, police said, in a case that stunned the small Mediterranean island. Caruana Galizia, 53, ran a hugely popular blog, in which she relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged high-level corruption targeting politicians from across party lines. ?There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate,? she wrote in a blog published on her site just half an hour before an explosion tore into her car. Locals said Caruana Galizia had just left her house and was on a road near the village of Bidnija in northern Malta when the bomb detonated, sending her car flying into an adjacent field. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat ? who faced accusations of wrong-doing by Caruana Galizia earlier this year ? denounced her killing, calling it a ?barbaric attack on press freedom?. He announced that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had agreed to help local police investigate the killing and was flying experts to the island as soon as possible. ?I will not rest until I see justice done in this case,? he said in a statement, calling for national unity. Around 3,000 people held a silent, candle-lit vigil on Tuesday evening in Sliema, just outside Valletta. The hashtag #JeSuisDaphne circulated widely among social media users on the island of 400,000 people, the European Union?s smallest state. ?Everyone knows Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine, both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way,? Muscat said. ?The only remedy for anyone who felt slandered was through the courts.? Muscat sued Caruana Galizia after she wrote blogs earlier this year, saying his wife was the beneficial owner of a company in Panama, and that large sums of money had been moved between the company and bank accounts in Azerbaijan. Both Muscat and his wife denied the accusations. Looking for a vote of confidence to counter the allegations, Muscat called snap elections in June that he easily won. Recently, Caruana Galizia?s outspoken blog had turned its fire on opposition politicians. Malta Television reported that Caruana Galizia had filed a complaint to the police two weeks ago to say she had received threats. It gave no further information. 'Political murder' Opposition leader Adrian Delia said the blogger was the victim of a ?political murder?. ?Caruana Galizia revealed the Panama Papers and was the government?s strongest critic,? he said, calling for an independent probe of her killing. ?We will not accept an investigation by the Commissioner of Police, the Army commander or the duty magistrate, all of whom were at the heart of criticism by Caruana Galizia,? he said. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he would offer a 20,000-euro ($23,578) reward for information leading to the conviction of Caruana Galizia?s killers, and European politicians expressed dismay at her death. Frans Timmermans ? first vice president of the European Commission (EC) ? tweeted that he was ?shocked and outraged?, adding that ?if journalists are silenced, our freedom is lost?. Manfred Weber ? head of the conservative bloc in the European Parliament (EP) ? said the killing marked ?a dark day for democracy?. Caruana Galizia took aim at politicians and senior officials from across Malta, seeing the island as a hotbed of corruption. ?Malta?s public life is afflicted with dangerously unstable men with no principles or scruples,? she wrote last year. Her family asked that the magistrate assigned to investigate the case, Consuelo Scerri Herrera, be substituted because of an alleged conflict of interest, court documents showed. Herrera had sought libel damages after Caruana Galizia attacked her in her blog. COVER IMAGE: Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia poses outside the Libyan Embassy in Valletta April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/Files
  16. A general view shows the scene of an explosion in KM4 street in the Hodan district of Mogadishu, Somalia, October 14, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar MOGADISHU: More than 300 people died after twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, an official said on Monday, as locals packed hospitals in search of friends and relatives caught up in Somalia?s deadliest attack in a decade. geo_embedgallery The death toll has steadily risen since Saturday, when the blasts - for which no organization had claimed responsibility by Monday morning - struck at two busy junctions in the heart of the city. ?We have confirmed 300 people died in the blast. The death toll will still be higher because some people are still missing,? Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of the city?s ambulance service, told Reuters on Monday. Aden Nur, a doctor at the city?s Madina hospital, said they had recorded 258 deaths while Ahmed Ali, a nurse at the nearby Osman Fiqi hospital, told Reuters five bodies had been sent there. Nur said 160 of the bodies could not be recognized. ?(They)were buried by the government yesterday. The others were buried by their relatives. Over a hundred injured were also brought here,? he told Reuters at the hospital. Some of the injured were being evacuated by air to Turkey for treatment, officials said. Locals visiting their injured relatives or collecting their bodies filled every available space in Madina hospital. Somali government forces secure the scene of an explosion in KM4 street in the Hodan district of Mogadishu, Somalia October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar ?My last time to speak with my brother was some minutes before the blast occurred. By then he told me, he was on the way to meet and was passing at K5,? Halima Nur, a local mother, told Reuters, referring to one of the junctions that was struck. ?I am afraid he was among the unrecognized charred bodies that were buried yesterday. I have no hope of getting him alive or dead. But I cannot go home.? Deadliest since insurgency began Saturday bomb attacks were the deadliest since militant group al Shabaab began an insurgency in 2007. Neither it nor any other group had claimed responsibility, but al Shabaab, which is allied to al Qaeda, stages regular attacks in the capital and other parts of the country. The group is waging an insurgency against Somalia?s UN-backed government and its African Union allies. The militants were driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 and have been steadily losing territory since then to the combined forces of AU peacekeepers and Somali security forces. But Al Shabaab retains the capacity to mount large, complex bomb attacks. Over the past three years, the number of civilians killed by insurgent bombings has steadily climbed as al Shabaab increases the size of its bombs. Some of those seriously injured in Saturday?s bombing were moved by ambulance to the airport on Monday morning to be flown to Turkey for further treatment, Nur added. Workers unloaded boxes of medicine and other medical supplies from a Turkish military plane parked on the tarmac, while Turkish medical teams attended to the cases of injuries moved from the hospital for evacuation.
  17. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pauses in his remarks welcoming Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro (not pictured), prior to a bilateral meeting, at the State Department, in Washington, US, October 13, 2017. WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that President Donald Trump had instructed him to continue diplomatic efforts to calm rising tensions with North Korea, saying ?those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops.? Speaking on CNN?s ?State of the Union,? Tillerson downplayed messages that President Trump had previously posted on Twitter suggesting Tillerson was wasting his time trying to negotiate with ?Little Rocket Man,? a derogatory nickname Trump has coined for North Korea?s leader Kim Jong Un. Trump ?has made it clear to me to continue my diplomatic efforts,? Tillerson said.
  18. The blast struck on Saturday afternoon at a busy road junction, reducing buildings to heaps of rubble and leaving vehicles in flames. Photo: Reuters MOGADISHU: The death toll from Saturday´s truck bombing in a shopping district in the Somali capital Mogadishu surged to at least 137 with 300 people injured, police said on Sunday. "We are getting different numbers in terms of the casualty from the medical centres, but we have confirmed so far 137 (dead), most of them burned beyond recognition, police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP. "The death toll could be higher because there are more than 300 wounded, some of them seriously." The blast struck on Saturday afternoon at a busy road junction, reducing buildings to heaps of rubble and leaving vehicles in flames. Officials said it was one of the worst-ever bombings in this war-torn east African country. "This is the deadliest attack ever," Mohamed said. "It is very difficult to get a precise number because the dead bodies were taken to different medical centres and some of them (were taken) directly by their relatives for burial." There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The Shabaab, a militant group aligned with Al-Qaeda, has carried out dozens of suicide bombings in its bid to overthrow Somalia´s internationally-backed government. Rescuers were digging through the rubble at the junction in Hodan, a bustling commercial district of shops, hotels and businesses in the city´s northwest. "What I have seen at the hospitals I have visited is unspeakable," Mohamed said.
  19. An evacuation was ordered throughout Mercy College ? located in Manhattan, New York ? late Wednesday night over an alleged bomb threat, the institution's social media accounts and local reports indicated. The school's officials received "an unsubstantiated letter with the [bomb] threat", NBC New York said citing the local police department. In an "emergency update", the College through its Twitter account advised students and any other person present in or around Manhattan campus ? on West 35th Street, near Penn Station ? to leave the premises and that "the building is closed until further notice". As of now, authorities and college officials "are continuing to monitor the situation", one of the tweets said. In addition, evening classes at Mercy College have also been cancelled. When Geo.tv reached out to Mercy College for further information, Catherine Cioffi, J.D. ? the director of public & community relations and marketing at Mercy College ? reiterated that evacuation is still in order and all classes for the evening have been cancelled. "I cannot reveal any more or anything regarding the threat [level] right now, but police are still on the scene," Cioffi said. On the other hand, Midtown Precinct South ? the closest to Mercy College ? declined to comment on the matter when Geo.tv reached out to them over the phone.
  20. BERLIN: About 10,000 people in Berlin were forced to leave their homes on Monday as bomb disposal units prepared to defuse an unexploded World War II bomb. Construction workers found the 250-kilo device earlier in the day, prompting police to seal off the area within a 500-metre radius of the site in west Berlin´s Innsbrucker Platz. Underground and suburban rail traffic was disrupted, and officers went house to house to ensure that the area was cleared before disposal experts moved in. More than 70 years after the end of the war, unexploded ordnance is regularly found buried in Germany, a legacy of the intense bombing campaigns by Allied forces against Nazi Germany. At least 60,000 people were evacuated in central Frankfurt in September, the biggest operation of its kind in post-war Germany, after a 1.8-tonne British bomb nicknamed "Wohnblockknacker", or blockbuster, was discovered. In May, 50,000 residents were ordered out of their homes in the northern city of Hanover over several WWII-era bombs. And on Christmas Day 2016, the discovery of an unexploded 1.8-tonne British bomb prompted the evacuation of 54,000 people in the southern city of Augsburg.
  21. Bo,b blast in Swat. Photo: File SWAT: A man was killed and two others injured in a remote-controlled blast in Swat valley on Monday, said Police. The law enforcement personnel informed that the blast targeted an Amn Council member Ahmed Zeb in the Ghat area of Malam Jabba. Zeb was targeted when he was in his car with his father and two other people on route to Mingora from his home. Zeb's father was killed and the two others were seriously wounded from the attack, local police officials said. The injured were immediately shifted to a nearby hospital, and the area was cordoned off by security forces to begin a search operation in the area. Separately, two people, including a woman were killed when armed men opened fire on a car in Nokhara area of Swat. Police claim that the incident occurred due to a family dispute.
  22. Afghan policemen stand guard at the site of a blast/File photo KABUL: At least 12 Afghan police were killed and four wounded when a Humvee packed with explosives drove into their checkpoint in the southern province of Kandahar late on Wednesday, a government official said. Abdul Bari Baryalai, a spokesman for the provincial government, said the attack took place in Maruf district, bordering Pakistan. The attack, in one of the Taliban´s heartlands, underlines the threats faced by Afghan security forces, notably police units on the front lines of the battle against insurgents who control or contest about 40 percent of Afghanistan. The incident came on the same day that militants attacked Kabul airport while US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was visiting the Afghan capital.
  23. SITTWE: Twenty homes caught fire and a bomb was detonated near a mosque in Myanmar´s Rakhine state, the government said Friday, the latest unrest in a region that has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohinyga Muslims flee in under a month. The violence comes days after Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared that the military had ceased its "clearance operations" in the border area. The army claims it is trying to flush out Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25. But civilian refugees streaming into Bangladesh say they were terrorised by soldiers and vigilante Buddhist mobs who torched their villages to the ground. The testimony, alongside satellite images of some 200 villages reduced to ash, has fuelled accusations that Myanmar's army is systematically purging a Muslim minority haunted by years of persecution. The UN has described the military campaign as "ethnic cleansing". The latest violence saw 20 homes catch fire in Maungdaw´s Kyain Chaung village on Thursday night, according to a statement posted by the government´s Information Committee. "Security members went and checked the fire and are investigating its cause," said the statement, adding that the flames burned through a community previously hit by fire. The following morning a bomb detonated outside of a mosque in Mi Chaung Zay village in nearby Buthidaung township, according to the government. The statement said "terrorists" were to blame for the blast, without specifying if they were linked to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) - the Rohingya militant group behind the ambushes on police posts. No deaths or injuries were reported in either incident. Myanmar's government admits that scores of villages have been burned down over the past month. But it has previously accused Rohingya militants of setting the fires and driving the communal violence that has also displaced some 30,000 Buddhists and Hindus. Those refugees have largely fled south, with some cramming into temples and even a derelict football stadium outside the state capital of Sittwe. The government has blocked independent media access to the conflict zone in northern Rakhine, making it difficult to verify the swirl of claims and counterclaims that have amplified Myanmar's already bitter ethnic divides. Suu Kyi, who lacks control over the army in a delicate power-sharing agreement, broke her silence on the crisis Tuesday in a televised address pitched to an international community baffled by her failure to speak up for the Rohingya. The Muslim minority is denied citizenship by the state and has been the target of festering Islamaophobia in mainly Buddhist Myanmar for years. The Nobel laureate expressed sympathy for the "suffering of all people" swept up in the violence. But she also tried to paint a glass-half-full picture of the situation in Rakhine, announcing that "more than 50 percent of the villages of Muslims are intact." She said armed clashes and clearance operations had ceased since September 5th, even though AFP reporters have seen homes on fire in the weeks since.
  24. Emergency personnel attend to a person after an incident at Parsons Green underground station in London, Britain, September 15, 2017. Photo: Reuters LONDON: British detectives have arrested a 17-year-old youth in connection with a bomb attack on an underground train in London last week that injured 30 people, bringing the total number of arrests to six, police said on Thursday. The young man was arrested in the early hours of Thursday in Thornton Heath, south London. The other arrests had taken place in Dover on the south coast of England, Hounslow in west London and Newport in Wales. A home-made bomb went off on September 15 during the morning rush hour on a packed underground Tube train at Parsons Green station, sending flames through the carriage, although it appeared that the device did not fully explode. It was the fifth major terrorism incident in Britain this year. ?This continues to be a fast-moving investigation. A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday,? said Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Metropolitan Police?s Counter Terrorism Command. ?We now have six males in custody and searches are continuing at five addresses. Detectives are carrying out extensive inquiries to determine the full facts behind the attack,? he said. The other men in custody in a south London police station are an 18-year-old, a 21-year-old, a 25-year-old, a 30-year-old and a 48-year-old.
  25. KANDAHAR: A roadside bomb in Afghanistan?s southern province of Kandahar killed at least six civilians traveling in a car that hit the device, officials said on Monday. ?It was a bomb which had recently been planted by the Taliban to target Afghan forces but a civilian car went through it,? said Fazel Bari Baryalai, a spokesman for the provincial governor, adding: ?All the people killed in the car were young people from the area.? The incident highlights the threat from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) such as roadside bombs, one of the deadliest threats to civilians in Afghanistan. In the first half of the year, according to United Nations figures, 252 civilians were killed and 295 injured by pressure plate devices that typically explode when hit by a vehicle.