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  1. Photo: Geo News screen grab LODHRAN: The six-year-old girl raped and killed in the district was attacked by her cousin, the police revealed. During a news conference, Lodhran DPO Ameer Taimur said the son of Aasma?s paternal uncle first kidnapped the minor from her house on February 19, then raped her. The police official added that the accused, 18-year-old Ali Haider, killed the girl as she had recognised him. Haider then dumped the six-year-old?s body in a ditch near her house, which was found on February 23. A case was filed by the girl?s brother Javaid, following which police had arrested four suspects, including two of Aasma?s cousins. During interrogation, the accused confessed to the crime. Although the rape and killing of minors is not an uncommon occurrence, the cases have started surfacing lately after murder of Zainab in Kasur, which sparked outrage throughout the country. The rape and murder of Zainab brought forth a number of similar cases in Punjab and other areas of Pakistan, springing authorities into action for arrest of the culprits behind the heinous crime.
  2. Afghan security forces keep watch at a checkpoint near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, February 24, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A series of militant attacks in Afghanistan killed more than 20 people, officials said on Saturday, ahead of an international meeting next week aimed at building diplomatic support for hoped-for peace talks with the Taliban. Taliban militants attacked an Afghan army post overnight on Friday, killing 18 government soldiers, while a suicide bomber in the capital killed three people and wounded five, and separate attacks in Helmand killed at least three others. The attacks came as a high-level NATO delegation visited Afghanistan, pledging support for President Ashraf Ghani?s government, which on Wednesday hosts the latest in a series of diplomatic meetings aimed at laying the groundwork for a possible political process involving the Taliban. Violence has intensified in Afghanistan since U.S. President Donald Trump in August unveiled a more aggressive strategy, with U.S.-led forces carrying out more air strikes, and the Taliban responding with bombs, ambushes and raids. The Taliban, fighting to drive out foreign forces and re-impose its version of strict Islamic law, said in a statement it had attacked a government army post overnight on Friday in the western province of Farah. Government officials confirmed the attack. ?A large number of Taliban attacked an army outpost and we lost 18 soldiers and two were wounded,? said government spokesman Dawlat Waziri. On Saturday a bomber blew himself up on a road in Kabul near an office of the Afghan intelligence services, the latest in a spate of attacks in the city in which hundreds of people have been killed and wounded. Islamic State claimed responsibility in a message carried by its Amaq news agency. The capital has been on high alert since a Taliban suicide bomber blew up an explosive-packed ambulance on a busy street on Jan. 27, killing more than 100 people and wounding at least 235. A week earlier, militants had killed more than 20 people, including four Americans, in an attack on one of the city?s top hotels. The Taliban claimed that attack too. Soft Targets General John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said NATO would help authorities improve security in the capital as well as aiding Afghan forces in pressuring the insurgents with air strikes. ?We expect the enemy to continue with these horrendous attacks,? Nicholson said, but added there had been a ?lowering of ambition? by the Taliban which he said had given up trying to seize cities or whole provinces in favour of soft civilian targets. ?The Taliban cannot win and their best hope for the future is to engage in reconciliation,? Nicholson told reporters at a news conference in Kabul. Although there appears to be no immediate prospect of any negotiations with the insurgents, officials say low-level contacts, aimed at establishing the basis for future talks, have been going on behind the scenes. ?Talks about those - beginning talks are certainly in the works in different forms,? Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. permanent representative to NATO, said. ?So don?t think that nothing is happening. A lot is happening in a very beginning stage ... of a way forward.? Islamic State?s Afghan affiliate, which first appeared near the border with Pakistan in 2015, has become increasingly active and has claimed several recent attacks, although Nicholson said its strength had been severely diminished and the movement had only between 1,500 and 2,000 fighters. ?We have cut their numbers in half over the last two years,? he said. Most fighters were Pakistani militants, with no sign of the flood of foreign fighters seen in Syria and Iraq.
  3. KARACHI: A security guard was shot dead during a robbery attempt Thursday night here in the city's Mehmoodabad area, Geo News reported citing police. Authorities said the guard was killed following resistance during the robbery. Two extortionists arrested On the other hand, two extortionists were arrested late night during an operation carried out in Pakistan Bazaar in the metropolis' Orangi Town area, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) said. According to the Superintendent of Police (SP) for Orangi Town, weapons were also recovered from the arrested extortionists.
  4. 'Just how I look at her': Serena Williams with her daughter Olympia. Image: Serena Williams' Instagram account (@serenawilliams) LOS ANGELES: Serena Williams says she lives in fear of blood clots, a condition that surfaced during a harrowing postnatal ordeal in September when she almost died giving birth to her first child. In an op-ed piece she wrote for CNN on Tuesday, the tennis legend lifted the lid on her near-death experience while giving birth to daughter Olympia after getting blood clots in her lungs. "I almost died after giving birth to my daughter," Williams said. The 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams said she had to have an emergency Cesarean section surgery after her heart rate plummeted dramatically during contractions. The surgery was successful and before she knew it she was holding the newborn. "But what followed just 24 hours after giving birth were six days of uncertainty," she said. In a Vogue magazine interview in January, Williams said that during her postnatal ordeal, she suffered a pulmonary embolism ? when blood clots block one or more arteries in the lungs. But this was not the first time the 36-year-old Williams has had a scrape with death from blood clots. In 2011, she spent nearly 12 months incapacitated after a cut on her foot from a piece of broken glass at a Munich restaurant led to a pulmonary embolism. "Because of my medical history with this problem I live in fear of this situation," the American said Tuesday. Williams said that while recovering in the hospital, one day after the emergency Cesarean, she felt short of breath and after some convincing on Williams? part, the hospital staff finally sent for a CT scan and then put her on a life-saving drip. Wound popped open But her ordeal wasn?t over. She started coughing so much from the blood clots that her Cesarean wound popped open. "I returned to surgery where the doctors found a large hematoma in my abdomen. Then I returned to the operating room for a procedure that prevents clots from travelling to my lungs. "When I finally made it home to my family I had to spend six weeks of motherhood in bed." Williams praised the hospital Tuesday staff saying "if it weren?t for their professional care, I wouldn?t be here today". She did not reveal the name of the hospital in the CNN piece. Her kind words though were in contrast to some sharp statements she made in the earlier Vogue article where she says she had to coax the hospital staff to send her for a CT scan and hook her up to an IV. "I was like a Doppler? I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip (blood thinner)," Williams told the magazine. Williams said it was a complicated experience and despite the agonizing ups and downs she "considers herself fortunate". Partly for surviving the ordeal and also because she can still live out her dream on the tennis court once she returns to competitive form. The former world number one staged her long-awaited tennis comeback earlier this month by playing alongside her older sister, Venus, in a Federation Cup doubles match but it didn?t go well. Serena ? looking rusty and slow-footed ? lost 6-2, 6-3 to the unheralded Dutch pairing of Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs.
  5. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/5ec39d4a1fa306cc582254cc60acbfb3.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8xOS8yMDE4IDk6MDg6MjQgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1PSTFHa0VCNVNXV0ZpUng2RFZ1R0pRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army claimed on Monday to have foiled a "major terrorist action" in Islamabad, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. A statement by the army's media wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said that two suicide bombers belonging to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan were tracked, in an intelligence-based operation, after they entered Bajaur Agency from Afghanistan through the Kagha Pass. The items recovered from the terrorists ? ISPR The terrorists were cordoned near Ghatki Kaga, Mena, Bajaur Agency, the ISPR statement said, adding that the suspects tried to escape but were killed by security forces. A suicide jacket, anti-tank mines, magnetic mines, prepared remote-controlled IEDs, remote-controlled receivers, detonators and communication equipment bearing Afghan mobile company signatures were recovered from the suicide bombers, the army said further. The action was taken as part of Operation Raddul Fasaad, a nationwide military operation involving all law-enforcement agencies launched in February 2017.
  6. A wounded Palestinian man arrives at the Rafah hospital in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 17, 2018. Photo: AFP GAZA: Israeli fire killed two Palestinian teenagers in Gaza, local health officials said on Sunday, after Israel launched attacks against 18 targets allegedly belonging to militant groups in the enclave in response to an explosion that wounded four Israeli soldiers. The flare-up, which started on Saturday and had died down by Sunday morning, was one of the biggest in the Gaza Strip since a 2014 war between Israel and Palestinian militants. It began with a bomb blast on the Israel-Gaza border that wounded the Israeli troops. Israel responded with what the military said were air strikes and tank fire against 18 targets belonging to Hamas, the dominant political and militant group in Gaza, and Islamic Jihad. The Israeli military said weapons-making facilities, training camps and observation posts were hit. Gaza medics said that on Sunday they retrieved the bodies of two 17-year-old Palestinians killed by the Israeli tank fire. According to Press TV, the deceased were identified as Salam Sabah and Abdullah Abu Sheikha, both 17. The Israeli military said the tank targeted suspects whom troops thoughts were trying to cross into Israeli territory. No militant group in Gaza claimed responsibility for Saturday?s explosion. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the Popular Resistance Committees, one of the smaller armed groups in Gaza, had detonated the bomb that wounded the soldiers. ?We will hunt down those responsible for yesterday?s incident,? Lieberman told Israel Radio on Sunday, adding Hamas was ultimately responsible for what happens in Gaza. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum blamed the violence on Israel. ?Hamas holds the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the consequences of its continued escalation against our people,? said Barhoum in a statement. Tensions have risen along the Gaza border since US President Donald Trump?s recognition in December of Jerusalem as Israel?s capital.
  7. JAMPUR: Four persons were killed and three others injured when a van collided with a trailer near the Jampur by-pass on Sunday, rescue sources said. The injured were rushed to the Tehsil Hospital Jampur, Geo News reported. At least eleven people were killed, including nine women and a child, in an accident on Tando Muhammad Khan road near Husri on Monday. A dumper truck had crushed a Suzuki van carrying members of a private company that distributes ration among rural areas of Sindh.
  8. View of the remains of the military helicopter that fell on a van in Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico, on February 17, 2018. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico on Friday, causing little damage but triggering a tragedy when a minister's helicopter crash-landed on the way to the epicenter, Oaxaca, killing thirteen people, including three children, on the ground. ? AFP MEXICO CITY: A 7.2-magnitude earthquake that rattled Mexico on Friday triggered a tragedy when a minister's helicopter killed 13 people during a crash-landing on the way to the epicenter. The UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopter landed on its side, crushing a van. There were no reported casualties from the quake itself, which damaged buildings. The chopper was carrying Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca state Governor Alejandro Murat, who were unharmed, President Enrique Pena Nieto said. "Unfortunately, multiple people on the ground lost their lives and others were injured," he wrote on Twitter late Friday. On Saturday the Oaxaca prosecutor's office said five women, four men, and three children were killed by the helicopter, while another victim died en route to hospital. Fifteen other people were injured, the office said in a statement. Rescuers quickly swarmed the accident site searching for survivors. Navarrete told the Televisa TV network that the helicopter pilot lost control of the aircraft about 40 meters (130 feet) above the ground as it was coming in to land. He added that some passengers were hurt. The helicopter went down in the southwestern town of Pinotepa de Don Luis ? 37 kilometers (22 miles) from the quake epicenter, according to the US Geological Survey. About 50 homes in the nearby town of Santiago Jamiltepec were damaged, as well as the town hall and church, but no one was killed in the quake, the interior ministry said. Oaxaca state authorities opened shelters for those affected, and nearly 6,000 soldiers and federal police were deployed to help with the emergency response. Both Mexico's National Seismological Service and the US Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 7.2. It struck at 5:39 pm (2339 GMT) at a relatively deep 24.7 kilometers, said the USGS. Panic and flashbacks The earthquake came less than six months after two quakes killed hundreds of people in the country. On September 7, an 8.2-magnitude earthquake shook the nation and killed 96 people, mostly in the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. Then on September 19 ? the 32nd anniversary of a 1985 quake that killed 10,000 ? a 7.1-magnitude quake hit the country, leaving 369 people dead. Friday's quake triggered Mexico City's alarm system and caused buildings to sway in the capital. It was also felt in the states of Guerrero, Puebla and Michoacan. Panicked residents flooded the streets, fearing a repeat of last September's deadly quakes. "To be honest, we're all pretty upset. We start crying whenever the (earthquake) alarm goes off," 38-year-old publicist Kevin Valladolid told AFP through tears after fleeing his building in La Roma, in central Mexico City. "We're stressed out, we have flashbacks. So we run out into the street. It's all we can do." Patients from a nearby hospital were forced outside, some in wheelchairs or carting their IV lines. Similar scenes played out in Veracruz. On the north side of Mexico City, Julia Hernandez said she felt like she was "in a boat" as the ground swayed beneath her feet. "Is it ever going to stop?" she said. Standing in the middle of the street, her eyes glued to her fifth-floor apartment, Graciela Escalante, 72, could hardly speak. "It was terribly strong. We barely managed to get down the stairs. It was the longest staircase in the world," she told AFP. "We thought everything was going to collapse again." Seismic hotbed Officials in affected states said they were inspecting buildings damaged by last year's quakes, which are especially vulnerable to collapse. "Obviously people are afraid," said the emergency response chief for the city of Puebla, Gustavo Ariza. Pena Nieto tweeted that the National Emergency Committee had been activated because of the magnitude of the quake. Mexico sits at a spot where five tectonic plates come together, making it particularly vulnerable to earthquakes.
  9. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/64cf75973bf280a6f6d9ff6dc76859df.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8xNy8yMDE4IDg6NDE6MzEgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1pRXFab21sQnNXZjJoSlZTR1JBMzJRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] RAWALPINDI: Security forces killed three terrorists during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Dera Ghazi Khan, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Saturday. Ammunition recovered during the IBO Punjab Rangers, along with Elite Police and Intelligence Agencies, conducted the IBO under Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, killing three terrorists in exchange of fire and recovering ammunition from the site, according to the ISPR. Two Rangers soldiers were injured in the operation, the statement said. Prepared IED, rocket launcher, AK-47, grenades and ammunition were recovered during the operation.
  10. Screen shot shows Indian post being hit by heavy weapons. -ISPR RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army on Thursday killed five Indian soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tatta Pani sector, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The retaliation by the Army comes after Indian forces opened fire on a school van earlier today and martyred its driver. In the action taken by Pakistani troops, the Indian post along the LoC was also destroyed and many other Indian soldiers were injured, added ISPR. "Indian terrorism against innocent citizens shall be responded befittingly." After the earlier attack today, the act was condemned by the Army spokesman. "Indian unethical and unprofessional approach across the LoC continues terrorising civilians." Major General Asif Ghafoor had reiterated that such attacks are a violation of the Geneva Convention and a clear violation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Skirmishes along the LoC have seen an increase after the right-wing government of Narendra Modi came into power in India. In 2018, Indian forces carried out more than 150 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary in just 20 days, resulting in the martyrdom of nine innocent civilians, while injuring 40 others. In 2017, Indian forces committed more than 1900 ceasefire violations.
  11. Representational image NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force said two of its pilots were killed Thursday after their plane crashed in a remote northeastern state. The microlight plane crashed soon taking off for a routine sortie from Johrat airbase in Assam state. An air force official said the pilots attempted an emergency landing but the plane crashed and burst into flames. "Both the pilots died in the crash and a court of enquiry has been ordered," the official told AFP. It was not immediately clear what caused the two-seater to crash, but accidents are not uncommon. More than 170 air force pilots have lost their lives in accidents in the past three decades, with crashes blamed on its ageing fleet. Most of the accidents involve Soviet-era MIGs unflatteringly dubbed "flying coffins". Last May two air force pilots were killed in Assam after their Russian-made fighter jet crashed near the border with China. India is investing billions of dollars to modernise its decades-old fleet.
  12. MOSCOW: Five Russian citizens may have been killed in Syria in clashes with US-led coalition forces this month, but they were not Russian military personnel, a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman told a news briefing on Thursday. The spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said media reports about dozens or hundreds of Russian dead in Syria were "disinformation". Associates of Russian private military contractors fighting alongside government forces in Syria have said there were large-scale casualties among the contractors when US-led coalition forces clashed with pro-government forces in Syria´s Deir al-Zor province on February 7.
  13. Morenada dancers participate in the traditional inaugural parade of Oruro's Carnival ? declared Unesco World Heritage ? in Oruro, Bolivia, February 10, 2018. AFP/Files LA PAS: A bomb triggered a blast that killed four people during carnival celebrations in the Bolivian city of Oruro, police said Wednesday. Police commander Faustino Mendoza said a device packed with three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of dynamite exploded late Tuesday, killing bystanders. "We have four people killed and nine injured," said Mendoza, adding that the blast occurred in a street near the scene of an even deadlier explosion on Saturday that killed eight people. Initially, a government minister said that explosion was likely caused by a street vendor?s gas cylinder. Following the second blast, army units patrolled the streets of the city and regional Governor Victor Hugo Vasquez said: "We are sure that this is a criminal attack." Defense Minister Javier Zabaleta said authorities were now considering "the possibility that the two explosions are coordinated events." Three suspects have been arrested, Interior Minister Carlos Romero said, without giving further details. Traces of ANFO, an industrial explosive widely used in the mining industry, were also found at the site of the latest blast, authorities said. President Evo Morales, in a statement on Twitter, said the South American country had been plunged into mourning. "Very saddened and concerned because we have a tragedy again, and the death of innocent bystanders in Oruro has our country in mourning after another explosion," he wrote. The northwestern Bolivian city is known for its cobblestone streets and colorful carnival celebrations that attract as many as half a million visitors to the city. Thousands of people had danced along a four-kilometer (2.5-mile) circuit of streets during the festivities on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the city?s university and schools located near the incidents remained closed.
  14. Picture credit: West Yorkshire police/PA In a bizarre ruling, a 30-year-old man was jailed for 10 years because of his pet bull terrier, who killed his neighbour in 2016, reported The Guardian. The man named Aaron Joseph was the owner of the dog that killed his 52-year-old neighbour David Ellam. Ellam died while saving his own pet from Joseph?s terrier in August 2016, in West Yorkshire. He sustained serious injuries and after 12 hours succumbed to them at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Police had taken the dog into custody after it attacked two people earlier, however, he was returned to the owner after it was determined it wasn?t of a banned breed. The Independent Police Complaints Commission launched an investigation after Ellam?s death. Judge Sally Cahill while giving sentence to Joseph said that his offence was nothing short of ?horrendous?. ?Because of your arrogance, this dog, which should have been carefully and strictly controlled, was kept in circumstances whereby she was able to escape and attack Mr Ellam. ?You did things and failed to do things which in my judgment were not minimal, they were the root cause of this death. You could have muzzled Alex. That one simple act, in compliance with the court order, would have prevented this tragedy,? the judge was quoted as saying by the publication.
  15. CAIRO: Egypt's military said Tuesday it has killed 38 militants and arrested more than 500 militants and suspects days after launching a major operation against a Daesh affiliate in Sinai. The military said it had killed 10 "extremely dangerous" militants, in addition to 28 militants it had previously announced as having been killed. A statement added that 400 "criminal elements and suspects" had been arrested, having previously announced the arrest of 126 people. The dead militants had been "hiding inside a house in the vicinity of El-Arish city following a shoot-out," spokesman Colonel Tamer al-Rifai said in the statement. The operation has also destroyed several vehicles and warehouses, he said. On Friday, the military announced the start of "Operation Sinai 2018" in the Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel, the central Nile Delta and the Western Desert near the border with Libya. The security sweep comes as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seeks re-election in March, after the first term in office that has seen him crack down on a militant insurgency and other opponents. Egypt's security forces have been increasingly targeted by militants since the army - then headed by Sisi - overthrew president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Militants linked to Daesh and based in North Sinai have waged a deadly insurgency against the country's security forces. Egypt's air force and navy have also been taking part in the operation, with the Sinai sweep focusing on targets in the north and centre of the peninsula.
  16. ISLAMABAD: The deputy chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has been killed in a US drone strike, the militant group said in a statement Monday, as Washington continues to intensify attacks along the Afghan border region. Khalid Mehsood alias Sajna, deputy leader of the TTP, died after the pre-dawn strike on February 8, the militants said in the emailed statement. The terrorist group nominated Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud to take his place, the statement added. The statement comes as the US has massively stepped up its air offensive in eastern Afghanistan, targeting Taliban drug labs and Daesh hideouts as President Donald Trump looks to the sky to force the insurgents to the table.
  17. Police patrol outside the Joy City Mall in the Xidan district after a knife attack, in Beijing, China. Photo: Reuters BEIJING: A woman was killed and 12 other people injured after a man carried out a knife attack in a mall in a busy shopping district in the Chinese capital, Beijing, police said on Sunday. Beijing police said in a short statement they had detained a man over the early afternoon attack at Joy City Mall in Xidan district. Three men and 10 women were sent to hospital after the attack and one woman died of her injuries, police said. The others were all expected to recover. Police said they acted quickly in handling the incident and identified the detained man as a 35-year-old surnamed Zhu from the northern province of Henan. The man had already confessed to carrying out the attack to ?express his discontent?, they said but did not elaborate. Beijing radio showed pictures on their WeChat account of blood spattered on the floor in part of the mall and at least one injured person being taken from the scene. Violent crime is rare in China compared with many other countries, especially in major cities where security is tight, but there has been a series of knife and axe attacks in recent years, many targetting children. In 2015, police arrested a sword-wielding man who killed a Chinese woman and injured a French man in Beijing's fashionable Sanlitun shopping and entertainment district. Such attacks are often blamed on people with mental illness or who have personal grievances. Knives are most commonly used because gun controls are extremely strict in China. However, the government has also blamed some knife attacks on militants from the violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang, where Beijing says it faces an insurgency, adding to China?s nervousness about such incidents. Thirty-one people were killed in 2014 during a knife attack at Kunming train station in southwestern China that the government said was the work of Xinjiang militants. Police shot dead four of the attackers.
  18. JAKARTA: At least 27 people died and 16 others were injured when a bus carrying domestic tourists crashed on the Indonesian island of Java, police said on Saturday. The crash happened when the bus, which had at least 40 people on board, hit a motorbike while heading down a hill at speed in the Subang region of West Java province, causing it to roll over multiple times. Most of the passengers, who were on their way to a hot spring, were from South Tangerang in Java's Banten province. Police are investigating the cause of the collision but said they suspect the vehicle's brakes failed to work. All victims have been evacuated from the bus and most have been taken to a local hospital, officers said. "Our morgue is now at full capacity, we cannot accept more bodies," Subang hospital spokesman Mamat Dudirakhmat told local broadcaster Metro TV. Transport accidents are common in Indonesia, where buses and trains are often old and badly maintained. In July last year, 10 people including an Austrian tourist and a 12-year-old child died when a bus travelling from resort island Bali to the town of Malang in East Java hit the back of a fertilizer truck, killing the sleeping passengers.
  19. File photo ANKARA: Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said two Turkish military personnel were killed when a helicopter was downed during Ankara's military offensive against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria. "At this stage, we can say that one out of two helicopters was downed. We have two martyrs," Yildirim said in televised remarks, but added that there was: "no evidence (yet) in our hands to prove that it was a result of outside intervention." On January 20, Turkey launched a military operation against the Kurdish People´s Protection Units (YPG) militia in its western enclave of Afrin, backing Syrian rebels with air strikes and ground troops. Ankara says the YPG is a "terrorist" offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency inside Turkey and is blacklisted by Washington and the European Union. State-run news agency Anadolu said the incident happened in the southern border province of Hatay, with private run Dogan news agency saying authorities were trying to reach the wreckage in the Kirikhan district. However, in a posting on Twitter, Mustefa Bali, spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces dominated by the YPG, said a helicopter had been hit in the Rajo area of northwest Afrin, near the Turkish border. Earlier, Erdogan said a helicopter had been shot down without saying who was responsible, admitting that such incidents were expected in times of conflict. "Of course, these kinds of things will happen. We are in a war. We will have losses, but we will cause the other side to have losses as well," he said in a televised speech, vowing to make the perpetrators pay "a much heavier price." On Friday, the military said one soldier was killed during clashes with the YPG the Afrin region. Last Saturday, seven Turkish troops died in the worst single-day loss of the operation so far, with five killed in a tank attack.
  20. Two Indian army officers were killed and six soldiers injured in an ongoing attack on an army camp in Indian Occupied Kashmir's (IoK) Jammu on February 10, 2018. Photo: Geo News file SRINAGAR: Two Indian army officers have been killed and six soldiers injured in an ongoing attack on an army camp in Indian Occupied Kashmir's (IoK) Jammu, the Kashmir Media Service (KMS) reported. Unidentified gunmen stormed into the army camp in Sunjwan area of Jammu early Saturday morning, leaving two army officers dead and six other soldiers injured. The camp located on the Srinagar-Jammu-Pathankot highway is surrounded by dense population. Reports of the killing of two children in the cross-firing between the attackers and the Indian forces have also emerged, KMS stated. Local people told journalists that gunshots were heard inside the camp and the area was later cordoned off by the Indian forces. The district administration has directed closure of the schools within 500 meters of the camp, a high alert has been sounded in Jammu, and tight security arrangements have been made around the city.
  21. LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan alleged on Thursday that former police inspector Abid 'Boxer? was involved in extrajudicial killings on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Boxer, a fugitive on the run for 11 years and wanted for dozens of extrajudicial killings, has been arrested from Dubai through Interpol. Known for the killing of several alleged criminals in fake encounters, a euphemism for execution without trial, Abid 'Boxer' was a symbol of terror during the 1990s owing to his links with the underworld of organised crime. He was later charged for extrajudicial killing and corruption and was sacked from the police force. Wanted for 11 years, former cop Abid 'Boxer' arrested from Dubai Wanted for several extrajudicial killings in fake encounters and known for his contacts with the underworld, the former police inspector will be handed over to Pakistani authorities soon, sources said Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Imran said ?the fugitive former inspector admitted that he used to kill people extra-judicially on the direction of Shehbaz Sharif,? adding that, ?He left the country after knowing that Shehbaz was planning to kill him. Boxer is on record saying that he never killed anyone without the consent of Punjab chief minister.? The PTI chairman announced to take Shehbaz to court over the issue. ?Give me one example of extrajudicial killing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. There is a difference between KP police and the one in Punjab and Sindh,? he said, adding, ?That is the reason why Supreme Court called them [government] a mafia.? The PTI chief also appreciated the professional role of the KP Police in the Asma and Mashal murder cases. Talking about Mashal's case, whose verdict was announced yesterday, Imran said: ?For the first time there has been action against mob violence. I have regrets for those parties who are making it a blasphemy issue. No one has even a doubt that Mashal ever committed blasphemy. Parties who are making a few people heroes must think that they are setting a precedent in which anyone can kill anyone. You are trying to bring a law of the jungle in the country.?
  22. MOSCOW: The body of a Russian pilot killed in fighting with terrorists in Syria has been brought back to his home country, the defence ministry in Moscow said Tuesday. "In cooperation with Turkish colleagues, Russian military intelligence brought back to Russia the body of an attack pilot, Major Roman Filipov, who died as a hero on February 3," the defence ministry said. In a separate statement, the Kremlin said that the Hero of Russia award, the country's top honour, had been posthumously bestowed upon Filipov for his "heroism, courage and bravery". Filipov will be laid to rest on Thursday with military honours in line with his family's wishes in the city of Voronezh, some 500 kilometres south of Moscow, the defence ministry said. After Filipov's warplane was shot down over Syria's Idlib province on Saturday he parachuted to the ground and was killed in a clash with terrorists as they tried to take him hostage. Moscow said its Su-25 warplane had been shot down by a portable anti-aircraft missile system. Armed with an automatic pistol, the badly wounded pilot opened fire on the terrorists closing in on him and then blew himself up with a hand grenade to avoid capture. Before taking his own life he shouted "This is for our guys!", according to video footage released by terrorists and broadcast by national television in Russia. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a powerful terrorist-dominated alliance, said the Russian warplane had been shot down in retaliation for a ferocious bombing campaign by Russian warplanes over Idlib. Moscow says Filipov's plane was shot down during a mission to monitor a ceasefire in the so-called Idlib de-escalation zone set up by Russia, Turkey and Iran to reduce violence in the war-torn country. Russia's defence ministry also said it had asked Turkey for help in receiving the wreckage of the Su-25 warplane. Russian experts want to identify the origin of the anti-aircraft missile system used to shoot down the plane. President Vladimir Putin announced on a visit to Syria in December that the task of Russian forces in Syria had been largely completed. More than 40 Russian servicemen have reportedly been killed in Syria since Moscow's intervention in the conflict on the side of President Bashar al-Assad in 2015.
  23. File photo. PESHAWAR: At least two people were killed on Tuesday evening when unknown assailants opened fire on a vehicle near a petrol pump situated on the provincial capital's Ring Road, said police. Two other people were injured in the incident and were shifted to hospital for medical treatment. The assailants managed to flee the crime scene after the incident.
  24. Turkish forces in Syria- AFP/File ANKARA: Three more Turkish soldiers were killed Saturday in Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia inside Syria, including one in an attack on a tank, the army said. The latest clashes brought to 10 the number of Turkish troops killed so far in operation "Olive Branch", launched by Turkey on January 20 against Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia seen by Ankara as a terror group. The Turkish army and allied Ankara-backed Syrian rebel forces are seeking to oust the YPG from its western border stronghold of Afrin but the operation so far has been marked by fierce clashes. The army said that one of the soldiers was killed in a clash and another on the border area, without giving further details. In a separate statement, it added a Turkish army tank had been hit in another attack, killing one serviceman and wounding another. In retaliation, Turkish warplanes carried out air strikes on the area from where the attack was carried out, destroying shelters and munitions dumps, it added. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday the Turkish army and Ankara-backed rebels had suffered 25 fatalities between them in the operation so far. Meanwhile, seven civilians have been killed in mortar fire on the Turkish side of the border that Ankara blames on the YPG. Ankara says that major progress has been made in the operation, with hundreds of YPG fighters killed so far although it is not possible to verify these figures. Erdogan said in a speech Saturday that the Turkish forces were beginning to take mountain positions and would now head towards Afrin itself. "There is not much to go," he said. Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin meanwhile told journalists in Istanbul that the operation was going as planned but there was no timetable for its duration and it would "continue until we clear all those areas." But analysts and monitors say Turkey so far has taken control of limited clumps of territory around the border without yet approaching near Afrin town. Turkey says the YPG is an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers´ Party (PKK) which has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state. But the YPG has been working closely with the United States to fight Daesh in Syria. The offensive by Washington's fellow NATO member Ankara on a US-allied force has even raised fears of a military confrontation between two alliance powers.
  25. File photo. SWAT: An explosion in Swat's tehsil Kabal on Saturday evening killed at least one person and injured 15 others. The explosion took place in the Shareefabad area of the tehsil. Security forces reached the spot of the incident and established a cordon and initiated their investigation into the blast. Government sources said rescue teams reached the area and shifted the injured to Saidu Sharif hospital. Earlier in December, security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation in Swat's Jahan Abad area and killed two wanted terrorists. The operation was conducted after intelligence agencies received accurate information regarding movement of terrorists, who were crossing over from Afghanistan and entering Swat valley. This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.