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  1. BEIRUT: An explosion at a guesthouse near the Fatima Masumeh shrine in the Iranian city of Qom on Thursday left four dead and 15 wounded, most of them Iraqi pilgrims, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency. The explosion was caused by a pilgrim mishandling a leaking cooking gas canister, Mehr said, citing local witnesses. A spokesman for the Qom fire department told Mehr the cause is still being investigated. Some of the dead and wounded may still be under rubble inside the guesthouse, according to Mehr. Photos posted by Mehr showed bloodied pilgrims laid out in the street and firemen rummaging through the ruins of the guesthouse. The shrine in Qom, which is approximately 150 kilometers south of the capital, Tehran, is the second-most sacred spot in Iran for pilgrims.
  2. Shantanu Bhowmick, the reporter who was killed while covering political unrest in India´s northeast NEW DELHI: A reporter covering political unrest in India´s northeast was beaten to death during violent clashes, officials said Thursday, two weeks after the high-profile murder of another prominent journalist. Shantanu Bhowmick was set upon with sticks as he reported on violence Wednesday between warring political factions and police outside Agartala, the capital of remote Tripura state. State police superintendent Abhijit Saptarshi said more than a dozen officers were also injured in the fracas and tensions remained high in the troubled region. "We later found the journalist´s body at the site of the clashes," he told AFP from Tripura. No arrests have yet been made in connection with the reporter´s death, but four people were detained on separate charges related to the political violence, Saptarshi said. Bhowmick´s death brings the number of reporters killed in India since the early 1990s to 29, according to figures from the Committee to Protect Journalists. It comes just a fortnight after the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a newspaper editor and outspoken critic of the ruling Hindu nationalist party whose death sparked an outpouring of anger. The 55-year-old was shot dead by three unknown gunmen as she entered her home in the southern city of Bangalore in Karnataka state on September 5. No one has yet been identified or arrested in connection with the killing. In 2015 India was ranked the deadliest country in Asia for journalists by Reporters Without Borders -- although most deaths occur in remote rural areas away from the major urban centres. And in April, the press freedom group ranked the country 136th of 180 countries in its world press freedom ratings, blaming "Hindu nationalists trying to purge all manifestations of ´anti-national´ thought from the national debate".
  3. SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, three civilians including a woman, Pinki were killed and thirty others were injured in a blast in Tral town, today. According to the Kashmir Media Service, the blast took place near a bus stand in the town when an official cavalcade was passing through the area. Indian troops and police personnel, who were part of the cavalcade, resorted to indiscriminate firing after the blast. Three civilians, identified as Ghulam Nabi Trag, Muhammad Iqbal Khan and Pinky Kaur, were killed while more than thirty others were injured during the blast. Indian troops and police personnel have cordoned off the area and launched a massive siege and search operation. Soon after the incident, people took to the streets and staged massive anti-India demonstrations. The protesters said that the civilians were killed in the firing of Indian troops. Meanwhile, Indian forces? personnel also launched door-to-door searches in Banihal town after the killing of an Indian soldier and injuring of several others including an officer in an attack near Jawahar tunnel in Banihal, last night. The attackers also snatched away an INSAS Rifle and an AR-41 Rifle from the soldiers.
  4. 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.
  5. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/337d45bd4d6e162685b79fd86aa17a24.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS8xOC8yMDE3IDI6MDM6NTEgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1hQ3duMjY2c0w5d3ZtU3NoblFxUE5RPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] CHAMAN: At least one person was killed and 17 including security personnel injured in a blast near the Pak-Afghan border in Chaman on Monday. According to reports, the blast targeted a vehicle of security forces near the border taxi stand. The Pakistan-Afghan border was closed and the area was sealed by security forces soon after the incident took place. The injured have been shifted to District Headquarter Hospital Chaman. Chief Minister (CM) Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri issued a statement condemning the blast. He expressed regret at the loss of live and issues orders to provide best-in-class medical care to the injured. "Those involved in planning and executing the explosion must be immediately arrested and brought to justice," the CM said. This is a developing story and will be updated as further details are available.
  6. File photo of Multan police. MULTAN: Two suspected terrorists were killed in a raid by the Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in Chak 23 of Jalalpur Pirwala Sunday night. According to CTD officials, information was received that a suspected terrorist, Ijaz Asghar, along with five associates, is hiding in the area. As the CTD officials reached the site to nab the suspects, an exchange of fire took place in which two suspected terrorists were killed, said officials. The remaining suspects, however, managed to escape. CTD officials said one of the deceased was the group?s leader, Asghar. They claimed to have recovered weapons, grenades and explosives from the possession of the deceased.
  7. KHOST: Four people were killed and 14 others wounded in an explosion at a mobile phone market in southeastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said, in the latest attack to hit the war-weary country. The deadly blast comes as the Afghan government considers a plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight the Taliban and other insurgent groups which have gained ground since US-led NATO combat troops left in 2014. "The blast happened at around noon in a market where people go to download music and videos to their mobile phones," Khost provincial police chief Faizullah Khairat told AFP. He said the explosion was caused by a "remote-controlled bomb". Khost health department director Habib Shah Ansari confirmed four people had been killed and said "over a dozen wounded" had been taken to hospitals in the provincial capital of the same name. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but the volatile province bordering Pakistan is contested by the Taliban. Music was one of the many forms of entertainment banned during the Taliban´s 1996-2001 rule and the militants have previously attacked such markets. The province has come under attack by the Taliban in recent months. As Ramadan began on May 27, a Taliban car bomber targeted a CIA-funded Afghan militia group, leaving 13 people dead and six injured in Khost. It was the deadliest Ramadan since the US-led invasion in 2001 with over 200 killed and hundreds wounded, according to an AFP count based on official figures, underscoring the deteriorating security situation. Afghan security forces have been struggling to beat back a resurgent Taliban, which last month vowed to make Afghanistan a "graveyard" for foreign forces after US President Donald Trump made an open-ended commitment to keep American boots on the ground. As it searches for a security quick fix, the Afghan government is considering a proposal to train and arm civilians to defend territories where Islamic militants have been driven out. The plan has sparked concern the local forces could become another thuggish militia and end up terrorising and abusing the people they are supposed to defend. In Afghanistan, militias ? private armies and government-backed armed groups ? have a long and chequered history and many Afghans are wary of them. "The Afghan government´s expansion of irregular forces could have enormously dangerous consequences for civilians," said Patricia Gossman, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch.
  8. LONDON: A public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed at least 80 people in June held its first session on Thursday with its chairman promising to explain the causes of what he called ?a tragedy unprecedented in modern times?. The 24-storey social housing block, home to a poor, multi-ethnic community, was destroyed in an inferno that started in a fourth-floor apartment in the middle of the night and quickly engulfed the building. The session started with a minute?s silence to honour the victims, whose exact number remains unknown because of the devastation inside the tower. ?(The inquiry) can and will provide answers to the pressing questions of how a disaster of this kind could occur in 21st century London, and thereby I hope provide a small measure of solace,? the inquiry?s chairman, retired judge Martin Moore-Bick, said in his opening statement. Grenfell Tower was part of a deprived housing estate in Kensington and Chelsea, one of the richest boroughs in London, and the disaster has prompted a national debate about social inequalities and the neglect of poor communities. The inquiry will examine the cause and spread of the fire, the design, construction and refurbishment of the tower, whether fire regulations relating to high-rise buildings are adequate, whether they were complied with at Grenfell Tower, and the actions of the authorities before and after the tragedy. But it has faced criticism from survivors of the fire and relatives of the dead, as well as from opposition politicians and campaign groups, who say its remit fails to address the social and political issues underlying the tragedy. Many of those affected have also expressed disquiet about the fact that Moore-Bick and the other lawyers appointed to run the inquiry are all white and from establishment backgrounds, whereas the Grenfell community is largely made up of people from ethnic minorities and immigrant backgrounds. ?The experience of many residents of that tower is that they were ignored because of their immigration status, because they were not really British, whatever that means,? lawyer Jolyon Maugham, who is advising some residents, told the BBC. ?We need someone on the inquiry team that can speak to that experience and at the moment on the panel we have a bunch of white privileged barristers,? he said.
  9. The aftermath of a bombing. Photo: File NORTH WAZIRISTAN: One person was killed and four injured when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blew up in the Darpa Khel area of North Waziristan on Tuesday, sources told Geo News. According to sources, the IED exploded near a school, killing one person identified as Irfanullah. Student injured in South Waziristan explosion A landmine detonated in Ladha area of the agency The army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb in June 2014, entering for the first time the militant safe-haven of North Waziristan. After the army cleared the region, the displaced population is now returning to the conflict-hit zone.
  10. Chakri stop along the Motorway. Photo: Asif Alvi/Panoramio ISLAMABAD: Five people were killed when a van collided with a truck near Chakri on Tuesday on the motorway. A spokesperson for the National Highways and Motorways Police said the passenger van, travelling from Jhang to Rawalpindi, caught fire after the accident. The fire was doused by fire brigade officials who reached the site along with motorway police officials. Six of the passengers in the van were injured due to the fire and were shifted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad. The motorway police said the identities of the passengers has yet to be ascertained.
  11. DALLAS: A gunman killed seven people at a home in a Dallas suburb on Sunday evening before being shot dead by police called to the scene, authorities said. The shooting took place in Plano, a suburb north of Dallas. David Tilley, a spokesman for the Plano Police Department, said the shooter was killed by the first responding officer after an exchange of gunfire. The officer was not injured. Seven people were found dead in the Plano home. Two additional shooting victims were taken to a local hospital. Their condition was unknown. ?We?re trying to put all the puzzle pieces together,? Tilley said. There was no information yet on the relationship between the suspect and the victims. Local media reports that the shooting occurred at a Dallas Cowboys viewing party could not be confirmed either.
  12. ODRF personnel are seen near the under construction bridge which collapsed in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. | Photo Credit: Biswaranjan Rout BHUBANESWAR: At least one person was killed and several others injured when an under-construction flyover bridge collapsed on Sunday in eastern India, officials said. A portion of the bridge collapsed in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha state where over a dozen workers were working. ?We have suspended two engineers who were supervising the work,? engineer-in-chief and secretary of Odisha?s works department Nalini Kanta Pradhan told Reuters. An inquiry has been ordered into the bridge collapse and appropriate action would be taken, said Naveen Patnaik, the chief minister of the state.
  13. KARACHI: Police on Thursday recovered an abductee following a shootout with suspected kidnappers in Karachi, which resulted in the killing of two suspects, DIG CIA Dr. Jamil Ahmed said at a press conference. He said the abductee, Masood Feroze, is a resident of Karachi and came from the United States two months ago to celebrate Eid with relatives. The kidnappers abducted him from Dhoraji area of the city on August 23 and demanded Rs150 million in ransom. A police team, headed by SSP Abdullah Ahmed, continued to conduct raids in Karachi and different districts of Sindh for 14 days, he said. The law enforcers faced off suspected kidnappers in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area of the city Thursday morning. In the ensuing exchange of fire, two suspected kidnappers were killed and two others were arrested, the DIG said. Police safely rescued the abducted man and seized two handguns, 12 rounds and cell phones from the suspects, he added. It has been learned that the arrested suspects are residents of Dera Murad Jamali, whom the Sindh and Balochistan police wanted in different cases. Further investigations regarding the suspects are underway.
  14. Renowned journalist Gauri Lankesh was murdered at her home in Bengaluru yesterday. An avowed critic of right-wing extremism, she frequently wrote and spoke about the perils of fanatic Hindu nationalism and caste politics. Having worked for several newspapers and publications throughout her career, she was editing ‘Lankesh Patrika', a local Karnataka tabloid. © Twiter Her work had earned her quite a few haters and she once said in an interview with Newslaundry, “Unfortunately, today anybody talking in support of human rights and against fake encounters is branded a Maoist supporter. Along with that, my criticism of Hindutva politics and the caste system, which is part and parcel of what is considered ‘Hindu dharma', makes my critics brand me as a ‘Hindu hater'. But I consider it my constitutional duty to continue - in my own little way - the struggle of Basavanna and Dr Ambedkar towards establishing an egalitarian society.” The murder is being investigated into and the identity of the culprits is not known yet. © BCCL As the journalist and intellectual fraternity reeled in shock and despair over the cold-blooded murder, comments poured all over social media lamenting the death of freedom of speech. This is not the first time people raising their voice against established powers and conventions have been found dead. Ram Chander Chhatrapati, the journalist who exposed the truth about rapes in the Dera arena was shot at point-blank range in 2002. © Twitter In 2013, Narendra Dabholkar who worked towards eradicating superstition and black magic was shot dead while he was on his morning walk. Govind Pansare, his close associate and a Communist leader, who worked towards shattering caste and class myths was also shot dead in 2015. © BCCL There has been a lot of talk about freedom of speech on social media. The atmosphere in the country these days is one of distrust and anger. Anyone who decides to voice an opinion that is even slightly against the established mainstream ideology gets branded as anti-national and is bashed virtually. Online trolling is like a full-time job now. The Press has been bastardized to ‘presstitudes' and dissenting opinion is translated loosely as and grouped with irresponsible journalism. Hate flows freely on the internet and off it. We seem to have lost our ability to sit down and debate on controversial issues without getting heated up. Conflicting ideologies can get you killed, it seems. © BCCL We don't know yet who got Gauri Lankesh killed, but we do know an important voice of India has been silenced. While India grieved over the loss of a brilliant journalist, there was sheer apathy in some: So, Commy Gauri Lankesh has been murdered mercilessly. Your deeds always come back to haunt you, they say. Amen.#Bengaluru#GauriLankesh — Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) September 5, 2017 The hate is nauseating and we wonder how did we get to this. As we try to come to terms with what happened yesterday, this quote rings loud in our ears. Time to read lines of Pastor Martin Niemoller on Nazi Germany and remember if we don't speak out now, it may soon be too late#GauriLankesh pic.twitter.com/mGaNqpQbMN — Atishi Marlena (@AtishiMarlena) September 6, 2017 If being a journalist kills you, your country definitely needs more journalists. If raising your voice gets you killed, it just proves your society needs more voices to be raised.
  15. MOSCOW: Two Russian servicemen have been killed in Deir al-Zor province after Daesh militants shelled a convoy they were escorting, the Russian Defence Ministry was cited as saying on Monday by the Interfax news agency. The convoy was transporting Russian ceasefire monitoring military staff when it came under mortar attack, the ministry was quoted as saying. One soldier was killed on the spot and the other died in hospital after sustaining serious injuries. Both were awarded posthumous military awards, the ministry said. Russia said earlier on Monday that its air force was helping the Syrian army push ahead with an offensive on the Euphrates city of Deir al-Zor, where Islamic State has besieged 93,000 civilians and an army garrison for years.
  16. At least four people were killed in separate incidents of firing across the country on Monday. Two incidents took place in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). In the first incident in Mullagori area, one person was killed over personal enmity. According to the Khasadar Force, the assailant was arrested. In a seperate incident near Chota Neher area, another person was killed, levies force said. The assailant managed to flee the site of incident. In Lahore, a person was killed while another was injured in firing near Defence Mor. According to the police, the three men were in a car when they got into an altercation. Subsequently, one of them opened fire, killing one and injuring the other. The suspect later fled the site, police said. In Faisalabad, a 12-year-old boy was killed when a security guard opened fire. Police said the incident took place when a group of children entered a mall on Sargodha Road trying to catch a kite. Subsequently, the security guard on duty opened fire, killing one of the children, police added.
  17. Police patrolling in Karachi. Photo: File KARACHI: A policeman was killed and another injured on Monday during a raid at Kaneez Fatima Society. Malir SSP Rao Anwar said the raid, involving intelligence and paramilitary personnel, was conducted after receiving a tip-off about the presence of terrorist in a house situated in the area. "Terrorists fired from the rooftop when police reached the place," he said. Anwar added that the assailants managed to flee from the area. He informed that the alleged terrorists were involved in recent attacks on police personnel. According to the police, the deceased police officials was identified as Ijaz and the injured as Khalid. Meanwhile, two bodies were found from Karachi's Ittehad Town area and Shafiq Morr Block 15, informed rescue sources. Pakpattan 'encounter' In Pakpattan, Punjab, a suspected robber was killed during an encounter and two of his accomplices managed to escape in an alleged police encounter near Chak Bodla. Police said that deceased was killed by his accomplices' gunfire. A pistol and bullets were recovered from the deceased.
  18. CCTV footage of the incident. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: One of the suspects who allegedly shot at Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan on Saturday was assaulted by witnesses before being killed by the police, CCTV footage has revealed. Geo News reported on Sunday that the initial post-mortem of the victim, Hassaan, reveals that he bore torture marks on his body and was shot in the head. Police had claimed to have killed him in a shootout following a chase after the incident. Hassan and MQM leader Faisal Subzwari after the attack. Photo: Twitter Four assailants on two motorcycles opened fire on Hassan, the opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly, as he exited a mosque in the city?s Buffer Zone area after Eid prayers, police said. One of the assailants was killed in an exchange of fire but the other managed to escape. Talking to Geo News on Sunday, Sindh Inspector General AD Khawaja said there has been substantial progress in the investigation, explaining that one of the suspects has been identified. He added that the incident was an attempt to incite feud in the metropolis. "There were reports of threats after the recent political divide in Karachi and the MQM-P was informed of this," he said in response to a question. We will keep the media informed of the developments but I request the media to restrain from speculation as to who could be behind the attack, he implored. Our MPAs have poor security, govt to be responsible if anything happens: Sattar MQM-P spoke to media after the attack on Khawaja Izhar A child and one of Hassan's security guard ? a police constable ? were killed as the attacker opened fire on Hassan while several others were injured, Deputy Inspector General Police West Zulfiqar Ali Larik had said after the attack. Sources said the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) identified the alleged attacker as Hassaan, an engineer, and resident of Sohrab Goth. According to the sources, Hassaan's father, Dr Israr, is a lecturer at an educational institute. Sources had added that Hassaan had recently gotten into a brawl with workers of a political party over a dispute involving extortion money. After identification, CTD personnel raided the house of the alleged attacker in Sohrab Goth and arrested his family members, including his father. Hassan, a senior member of MQM-Pakistan, had said the attackers were wearing helmets and donned police uniforms. PM Abbasi summons report of attack on Izhar PM condemns assassination attempt, expresses sorrow over two deaths in the attack The police had claimed they chased the assailants after the suspects made a run for it following the incident, and an exchange of fire took place, leading to the death of one of the attackers. A second assailant, however, managed to escape. Officials had recovered 9mm bullet casings from the crime scene, Larik informed further. A detailed post-mortem report of the suspect will be made available in the next 24 hours. In August last year, the MQM parted ways with its London-based founder after he made several controversial remarks against state institutions. Following the split, there has been a bitter war of words between the MQM's London and Pakistan factions.
  19. KARACHI: Two suspected robbers were shot by a security guard in Karachi on Thursday evening, who later succumbed to their injuries at a hospital. The suspects looted a computer shop located in Zamzama, Clifton. They were getting away with cash, laptops and other valuables when the security guard opened fire on them. Consequently, the two suspected robbers were injured. Police arrested the suspects and shifted them to a hospital, however, they succumbed to their wounds during treatment. The deceased suspects were identified as Danish and Riaz.
  20. KABUL: At least 11 Afghan civilians were killed and 16 wounded on Wednesday when a NATO helicopter attacked a house where Taliban insurgents had taken shelter in Logar province, east of the capital, Kabul, the local governor said. There was no immediate confirmation that NATO or US aircraft were involved, but a spokesman for Resolute Support, the NATO-led mission in Kabul, said in an emailed statement it was aware of the reports and was looking into them. Logar Governor Halim Fedaee said the incident occurred in Dashte Bari district near the provincial capital Pul-e Alam. "The Taliban took position in a civilian house and fired a rocket at a NATO helicopter," the governor said. "The house owner begged the Taliban to leave, but they didn´t.? The helicopter took a turn, came and hit this house that caused these deaths. "The incident, a day after reports that an Afghan air strike killed at least 13 civilians in the western province of Herat, underlines the risk that a recent increase in air raids by US and Afghan forces will increase civilian casualties. United Nations figures showed a 43 per cent spike in civilian casualties from both Afghan and US air strikes in the first half of the year, with 95 killed and 137 wounded, as the pace of air operations has increased. Civilian casualties caused by US air strikes have long been a source of friction in Afghanistan, and the risk of further casualties may increase if the US steps up operations as part of President Donald Trump´s new strategy for Afghanistan. Earlier, Resolute Support denied a Taliban statement that a US helicopter had been shot down in Logar province. It said a helicopter had made a precautionary landing for a maintenance issue.
  21. KARACHI: A suspected robber was killed in a police encounter in Lines Area late Sunday, officials said. The suspect was said to be involved in over 100 robberies and his name was also included in the police?s most-wanted list, claimed officials. Police said that three robbers were looting valuables from citizens when the incident occurred. Officials said two of the remaining robbers fled the scene following the shootout. According to SSP East Irfan Baloch, three robbers were looting citizens near Tunky Ground locality of Lines Area when a routine police patrol approached them. An exchange of fire ensued as the police attempted to stop the robbers which left one suspect dead, the SSP informed. He added that an investigation is under way and that a weapon was recovered from the deceased. Exactly a week ago, on August 20, three suspects were shot dead during a similar police 'encounter' in Super Highway Industrial Area, security officials had said. According to the police, the deceased suspects were looting citizens when they were shot. Two TTP terrorists killed in CTD encounter in Karachi They were involved in two attacks on police, SSP CTD First encounter of 2017 in Karachi reported to be fake One person was killed another was injured when police opened fire at them on January 1 in Soldier Bazaar area
  22. LAHORE: Four robbers were allegedly killed in a police encounter on Saturday in the city's Harbanspura area, while two managed to escape. The robbers had created a blockade around the area and opened fire at the police when it reached the site on the information that the robbers were involved in the killing of a man during robbery on August 24 in the area. The robbers were killed in retaliatory fire by police. The robbers had on Wednesday shot dead a man during a robbery and snatched Rs0.2 million from him. Faisal was enroute to the cattle market to buy a sacrificial animal for Eid-ul-Azha when he encountered the two robbers. Police claim the robbers opened fire at him after the victim resisted the robbery and fled the crime scene immediately with the cash. Faisal died on spot.
  23. PANCHKULA: Four people were killed in northern India Friday when violent protests erupted over a court's decision to convict a controversial Indian guru for raping two devotees, police said. "There are four fatalities and some injuries. We are trying to bring the situation under control," said a senior police officer who asked not to be named. An Indian court found self-styled spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of raping a woman follower. The woman, a former follower, had accused Singh of repeatedly raping her inside the campus of Dera Sacha Sauda, Singh's organisation, in Haryana in 1999. The Haryana government had earlier imposed a curfew in the town of Sirsa and ordered thousands of followers to home as he headed to court on Friday for a decision in a rape trial that had raised fears of mass unrest. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the head of a social welfare and spiritual group, commands a following that he claims in the millions, many of whom have been in the streets since Thursday, protesting his innocence.
  24. Ghulam Hayat Baloch KARACHI: The son of a special assistant to the Sindh chief minister was rescued after police gunned down five of his alleged kidnappers at the Northern Bypass on Wednesday night. Special Assistant for Katchi Abadis and Spatial Development Ghulam Murtaza Baloch?s son, Ghulam Hayat Baloch, was abducted from the Super Highway area late Monday night. Malir SSP Rao Anwar said one of the kidnappers was a police officer ? Mukhtiar Ali ? based in Shikarpur. Anwar said the police traced the victim through ground surveillance and technical assistance, adding that when the rescue team arrived on the site, the kidnappers opened fire on them. The SSP said the law enforcers retaliated and after an exchange of fire, they killed the five abductors and rescued the victim. In a statement following the successful recovery of Baloch, Karachi police chief Additional Inspector General Ghulam Qadir Thebo appreciated SSP Anwar?s efforts and announced a Rs100,000 cash reward for the SSP and his team. Baloch was returning home to Defence with his cousin and other family members after attending a dinner in his hometown of Haji Faqeer Muhammad Wadhelo Goth in Gadap Town when he was abducted. SHO Khan Nawaz said Baloch?s cousin, Akhlaq Ahmed, told the police that a group of six men appeared in front of their car at around 11pm. ?They let everyone, except Hayat, leave.? The victim, a permanent resident of London, had arrived in Karachi a few days ago. The kidnappers were aware of the route he was going to take to return to Defence. SSP Anwar had told The News on Tuesday night that the police had managed to locate Murtaza. He said the Anti-Violent Crime Cell had tracked the group involved in the abduction. He said Murtaza was kidnapped from an area that was near Hub, and the police had set up checkpoints to avoid his transportation to Balochistan. Earlier, Home Minister Suhail Siyal had taken notice of the abduction and ordered expediting the efforts to rescue the victim. Moreover, Ghulam Murtaza Baloch had told the media that he had no enmity with anyone, saying that the kidnappers had not attempted to contact him since the abduction. He had appealed to the president, prime minister, army chief and the provincial chief executive to take measures to rescue his son from the abductors. This report was originally published in The News
  25. LASHKAR GAH: At least five people were killed and 42 wounded when a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb near a police headquarters in Afghanistan's Helmand province on Wednesday, officials said. The explosion struck a crowd of policemen and soldiers who had gathered to collect their pay in Helmand's capital city, Lashkar Gah, provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Safai said. Two local women, two soldiers, and a child died in the blast and their bodies were taken to the hospital, along with more than 40 wounded, a doctor at the hospital told Reuters. He said the toll could rise. Militants had previously attacked security forces gathered to collect their pay at a bank in Lashkar Gah in June. That prompted officials to move a bank branch into the city's police headquarters to improve security.