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  1. Photo courtesy TOLO News JALALABAD: At least eight people were killed in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Thursday, reported TOLO News. The explosion also injured 15 other people in the city situated in Nangarhar province. The attack, which targetted civilians at a public demonstration, is being reported as a suicide attack but officials have yet to give a confirmation, added the Afghan media outlet. The demonstrators were protesting against insecurity in the province's Khewa district.
  2. WASHINGTON: US forces conducted an air strike against the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab group in Somalia on Tuesday, killing more than 100 militants, military officials said. "In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an air strike in Somalia against an al-Shabaab camp on Tuesday, November 21 at approximately 10:30 am local Somalia time (0730 GMT), killing more than 100 militants," the US Africa Command said in a statement. The operation occurred 125 miles northwest of the capital, Mogadishu. The US military has in recent months upped the tempo of its operations in Somalia, conducting a growing number of drone strikes against Shabaab and other militants. On November 13, the Pentagon said US forces had killed 40 Shabaab and Daesh fighters in a series of Somalia strikes over several days. The surge in US operations came after President Donald Trump in March loosened the constraints on the US military to take actions against alleged terrorists when they judge it is needed, without seeking specific White House approval.
  3. 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.
  4. SARCELLES: A 31-year-old French police officer shot three people dead before turning his gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend, police the local prosecutor said Sunday. The news comes with France already grappling with the surge in police suicides this year. The Paris officer, Arnaud Martin, finished his shift on Saturday evening and went to meet his girlfriend in Sarcelles, a suburb north of the capital city, to discuss ending their relationship. But after an argument broke out, Martin shot the young woman in the face and killed two men who were nearby, aged 30 and 44, one of whom had tried to intervene, said Eric Corbaux, prosecutor for the Pontoise department, said. He then went to his girlfriend´s home just a few yards away, where he killed the girl´s father and seriously injured her mother in the throat. He also shot the woman´s sister in the leg and killed the family dog. The attacker was later found "dead from a gunshot wound to the head, his gun in his hand, in the back of the garden," Corbaux said. His former girlfriend was in serious condition in hospital on Sunday. "According to his superiors, he was a good civil servant, a very serious former gendarme," Corbaux said. Saturday´s tragedy comes as French officials confront a sharp increase in police suicides, with more than 45 officers and 16 gendarmes killing themselves so far this year. But Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Sunday that he would not backtrack on allowing officers carry their weapons when off-duty, a practice France introduced after the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris. "It´s something that requires a lot of attention by police supervisors," Collomb said on France Inter radio, though he acknowledged that most police suicides are prompted by events in their private lives.
  5. All of us tired of getting countless notifications from applications on Facebook, there is good news! Facebook has finally announced to kill the app invites feature soon, which had become one of the most annoying features on the social media site. The countless notifications from games such as Farmville, Candy Crush among several others will become a thing of the past. Many people have already blocked these notifications. In case if anyone hasn't done that, Facebook will help them by blocking those requests by themselves. Facebook is officially killing support for any kind of app notifications on February 6, 2018. ?We're continuously evaluating how to best serve our developer community,? Facebook software engineer Ming Li wrote in a blog post. ?To support this effort, we recently reviewed our product offerings to ensure our resources are focused on building and enhancing the solutions that create the most value for developers. ?As a result, some products will sunset in order for us to build new products for our developer community.?
  6. Firefighters work at the scene of a major car accident on the highway near Yingshang, Anhui province in eastern China. -AFP SHANGHAI: A highway pile-up involving at least 30 cars killed 18 people in eastern China on Wednesday, local authorities said, leaving dramatic scenes of twisted and burnt-out wreckage and a towering column of black smoke. Grisly footage from the aftermath in the city of Fuyang in Anhui province showed sedans violently crushed to around half their original size under large cargo trucks and blood stains on vehicle doors as the sound of people crying could be heard. Police said another 21 people were injured including 11 severely in the latest horrific tragedy to strike China´s accident-prone highways. Officers said the brutal mash-up was caused by low visibility due to "fog", but China's notorious air pollution may have also played a role. The Fuyang government had issued a heavy pollution alert for the area, advising residents to minimise outdoor activities. The accident caused several of the vehicles to catch fire in a blaze that raged for more than two hours and left several cars completely charred. Video of the aftermath on Chinese news websites showed one shocked-looking man sitting on the road next to a car while a dead body lay just a few metres (yards) away. The local fire department said it dispatched 14 trucks and over 100 firefighters to the scene. Deadly road accidents are common in China, where traffic regulations are often flouted or go unenforced. China suffered more than 180,000 traffic accidents in 2015, killing 58,000 people, authorities said last year. Violations of traffic laws were blamed for nearly 90 percent of accidents that caused deaths or injuries that year. In August, at least 36 people were killed and 13 injured when a bus slammed into a wall at the mouth of an expressway tunnel in northern China, authorities said.
  7. 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.
  8. KOUT: An Iraqi army helicopter crashed Sunday south of Baghdad during a training exercise killing all three crew members due to a technical problem, military officials said. "A Mi-17 military helicopter crashed during a training exercise and its crew was killed," the army said in a statement. Three air force officers were killed in the crash in the province of Wasit, southeast of Baghdad, an air force official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Another air force officer said the helicopter came down at 0530 GMT "due to a technical problem". In January, a Russian-made Mi-35 attack helicopter went down south of the northern city of Mosul, killing all four crew members -- two pilots and two technicians -- also due to a technical failure. The accident came as Iraqi forces were battling the Daesh group and an Iraqi officer at the time said the intensity of the war on Daesh meant that necessary maintenance work on such helicopters was not always satisfactory. In February 2016, the crash of another Mi-17 -- also Russian made and used for transport mainly -- killed nine, with the accident also blamed on a technical problem.
  9. A woman carries her child as she drinks from a cup at a makeshift clinic at the Lake Tanganyika stadium, Kigoma, Tanzania, May 19, 2015, REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/Files NAIROBI: An outbreak of cholera in Tanzania has left 18 dead in two months, the health ministry said Saturday, warning the situation could worsen as the rainy season continues. The ministry said the outbreak had left "18 dead out of 570 cases recorded" between September 1 and October 30, and urged local authorities to take measures to avoid the disease from spreading. In 2015, Tanzania was struck by a major outbreak of cholera, which infected some 10,000 people and left 150 dead. Cholera is transmitted through contaminated drinking water and causes acute diarrhoea.
  10. NEW DELHI: India arrested a teenager Wednesday for allegedly slitting the throat of a seven-year-old schoolmate in hopes the murder would lead to an exam being postponed, federal investigators said. The 16-year-old is accused of killing his young schoolmate in September at a smart private school near Delhi in an attempt to delay an impending test and parent-teacher meeting. Police had initially detained a bus conductor over the murder, claiming he killed the boy after the young pupil resisted a *** attack. But a spokesman for federal investigators said they had credible evidence against the "academically weak teenager, whose motive was to postpone the examination and a forthcoming parent-teacher meeting". "He admitted during questioning that he wanted to shut the school to defer the exams and meeting," Central Bureau of Investigation spokesman RK Gaur told AFP. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, would be sent to a juvenile detention centre until his trial for murder, he added. Gaur said the bus conductor would remain in custody until cleared by a court of any wrongdoing. The crime made national headlines and stoked concern among parents over safety in schools. India's swelling middle class has fuelled the growth of private schools in a country where public education is under immense strain. Much prestige is placed on academic achievement and children face intense pressure to score good grades. Experts say this has aggravated stress and mental illness among teenagers. India, a nation of 1.25 billion, has the world´s highest rate of suicide. Students are particularly vulnerable. Official figures show nearly 9,000 students committed suicide in 2015. Health experts say many young people find it difficult to cope with the pressure to succeed and struggle to accept failure in examinations.
  11. A 62-year-old man died while taking part in a hunt in the Paris area Monday after being charged by a deer that fatally gored him, police said. The incident occurred around 10 am (0900 GMT) in the Compiegne national park, about 85 kilometres (53 miles) northeast of Paris. The man was acting as a beater when he was struck. He "was charged and pierced by a deer which stabbed him with his antlers," a police spokesman said. The hunter, who was not carrying a rifle, died of internal bleeding before emergency services could arrive. Police said this type of death was "uncommon".
  12. 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.
  13. An explosion at an Indian power plant Wednesday killed at least 10 workers and seriously burned dozens of others, with police warning the death toll could rise. Photo: AFP file LUCKNOW: An explosion at an Indian power plant Wednesday killed at least 10 workers and seriously burned dozens of others, with police warning the death toll could rise. The blast occurred at a coal-fired power plant in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, run by the government-owned National Thermal Power Corporation. ?Ten persons have died and around 40-50 persons are grievously injured. The death toll may rise,? said Anand Kumar, director-general of police in the state capital Lucknow. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion. The state operator said rescue operations were underway after the ?unfortunate accident in the boiler? at the coal plant in Rae Bareli district. Television footage showed ambulances rushing to the scene. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath offered his condolences to the families of the dead and offered each compensation of 200,000 rupees ($3,096). Workplace accidents are common in India, where poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations have led to horrific deaths. India?s power distribution system is prone to accidents, mostly because of poor maintainance and underfunding in rural areas. An electricity transformer exploded outside a wedding in the western state of Rajasthan Tuesday evening, killing at least 13 people including a pregnant woman. Dozens of guests had assembled for the ceremony in Jaipur when the transformer blew up, spewing hot oil and metal shards. Nearly 10,000 people died of electrocution in India in 2015, according to the most recent data available from the national crimes records bureau.
  14. NEW DELHI: At least 13 people including a pregnant woman were killed when an electrical transformer exploded outside a wedding ceremony in western India, police said Wednesday. Dozens of guests had assembled for the ceremony outside a family home in the western state of Rajasthan when the transformer exploded, spewing hot oil and metal shards. "Four people died on the spot," local police superintendent Rameshwar Singh told AFP. "We are ascertaining the cause of the blast." Singh said several others were being treated for severe burns after the disaster, which triggered protests against the electricity department. Locals said they had raised concerns about the maintenance of the transformer with officials, but nothing had been done. They also said a circuit-breaker failed to work after the blast, exacerbating the disaster as live wires fell onto the crowd late Tuesday in the state capital Jaipur. Transformers are part of the electricity distribution system and help maintain a uniform current. India´s power distribution system is prone to accidents, mostly because of poor maintenance and underfunding in rural areas. Nearly 10,000 people died due to electrocution in India in 2015, according to the most recent data available from the national crimes records bureau. Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident.
  15. CAIRO: Egypt's military said Tuesday its air force had carried out a desert raid, killing "a large number of terrorist elements" responsible for the deaths of 16 policemen earlier this month. The policemen were killed in an October 20 shootout with militants on the road between Cairo and the Bahariya oasis in the Western Desert, a rare flare-up outside the Sinai Peninsula. Authorities are fighting the Egyptian branch of Daesh, which has killed hundreds of security personnel in northern Sinai, more than 500 kilometres from the site of this month's clash. The state television said Tuesday the military had acted on "confirmed information" on the whereabouts of the militants involved. The air force attacked a hideout in "a mountainous area west of Fayoum" south of Cairo, it said. The raid destroyed three four-wheel-drive vehicles carrying large quantities of weapons, ammunition and "extremely explosive material", it said. Armed forces and police are combing the area for other fugitives, it added. The defence ministry said that on October 20 it had sent police to the area, less than 200 kilometres southwest of Cairo, after learning that militants there were "hiding, training and preparing to carry out terrorist operations". As they approached, militants opened fire with heavy weapons, triggering a shootout that lasted several hours and also left 13 police officers injured and one missing, the ministry said. No group has yet claimed responsibility.
  16. BERLIN/PRAGUE: Strong winds battered northern and central Europe on Sunday, killing at least six people in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, with authorities watching for oil leaks from a huge freighter that ran aground in the North Sea. Four victims in Poland and the Czech Republic were killed by falling trees. The storm also knocked out power to thousands of Czechs and Poles, and rail traffic in large parts of northern Germany remained suspended after heavy damage from fallen trees. Winds reached more than 100 kph (60 miles per hour) in several parts of the Czech Republic and topped out at 180 kph on Snezka, at 1,602 metres the country?s highest mountain, Czech Television reported. The two victims in Germany included a 63-year-old German man who drowned at a campsite in Lower Saxony as a result of a storm surge, and a woman whose motorboat overturned in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, German media reported. The ?Glory Amsterdam,? a 225-metre long freighter ran aground on the German island of Langeoog, and authorities were keeping a close watch for any signs of oil leaks. The ship?s crew of 22 were safe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported. The freighter was not carrying any cargo, but had 1,800 tonnes of heavy oil and 140 tonnes of marine diesel on board as fuel, it quoted local authorities as saying. In Germany, railway operator Deutsche Bahn cited what it called ?significant damage? on key routes, and said rail traffic on many routes in northern and central Germany would remain suspended until Monday. The decision left thousands of travellers stranded and cut rail access to cities such as Bremen, Hamburg, Berlin, Hanover and Kiel. Deutsche Bahn restored some service late on Sunday and provided sleeping cars at stations for stranded passengers. Hamburg saw widespread flooding in the inner city area, including the area around the new Elbphilharmonie symphony hall. The winds felled trees in the Czech Republic, with one man dying after being hit on a sidewalk in a town in the north of the country and one woman killed by a tree in a wooded area, media reported. The weather delayed or halted traffic on several railway lines and slowed road traffic, with a fallen tree blocking one highway just outside of the capital, Prague, the website of newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes reported. Prague Zoo closed because of the winds, but Prague Airport was running without problems, newspaper Lidove Noviny?s website reported. The winds also hit Poland, damaging a pipeline at Poland?s liquefied natural gas terminal in the port of Swinoujscie. They caused a small leak but no greater damage, according to a spokesman for the state gas pipeline operator, Gaz-System.
  17. 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.
  18. An armoured personnel carrier of The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is parked in Timbuktu, September 19, 2016. AFP/Sebastien Rieussec/Files ABIDJAN: Three United Nations soldiers were killed and two others wounded by an explosive device as they were escorting a convoy in northern Mali on Thursday, the peacekeeping mission in the West African nation said. More than 80 members of the UN mission ? known as MINUSMA ? have been killed since 2013 in attacks by militant groups active in the country?s north and centre. The mission said in a statement that the peacekeepers? vehicle struck the explosive device between the northern towns of Tessalit and Aguelhok around 2:30 PM (7:30 PM GMT). It did not identify the nationalities of the soldiers involved. ?I condemn with the greatest energy such abject acts, whose only objective is to destabilize the country and harm the peace process underway in Mali,? said interim mission chief Koen Davidse. The rise of extremist groups ? some linked to al Qaeda and Daesh ? in the arid Sahel has alarmed Western powers like France, which has deployed thousands of troops to the region in response. Four US Special Forces troops were killed earlier this month in neighbouring Niger by fighters believed to belong to a local Daesh affiliate operating out of Mali.
  19. JAKARTA: An explosion and a fire at a fireworks factory in an area west of Indonesia?s capital of Jakarta have killed 27 people and injured 35, media said on Thursday, citing police and firefighters. Television broadcast images of thick plumes of dark smoke billowing from a factory in Tangerang.
  20. A US drone strike has killed six suspected Daesh militants in central Yemen. Photo: AFP file. ADEN: A US drone strike has killed six suspected Daesh militants in central Yemen, security sources said Wednesday. The strike in Bayda province would be the second known US strike against Daesh in Yemen. The first came just over a week ago, when the US military said it had killed dozens of terrorists at Daesh training camps in the same province. The US is the only country known to operate armed drones over Yemen, but its previous known strikes have targeted Al-Qaeda. Daesh has however risen to prominence in the country's civil war. Washington has intensified its drone war against Yemen-based terrorists since US President Donald Trump took power in January. A Saudi-led coalition, which entered Yemen's conflict in March 2015 to prop up the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi against the Iran-backed Huthis. The Yemen war has killed 8,673 people and wounded 58,636 since 2015, including many civilians, according to the United Nations. Another 2,100 have died of cholera this year. The top UN aid official arrived in Yemen Tuesday on a five-day trip aimed at drawing attention to what his organisation has called the world's top humanitarian crisis.
  21. A council worker sprays disinfectant as a deadly outbreak of the plague spreads through cities across Madagascar- AFP KIGALI: A plague epidemic in Madagascar has killed 124 people since August in an outbreak that has hit the island?s two main cities the hardest, the authorities said on Wednesday. Plague is endemic in Madagascar, but the outbreak that has caused 1,192 suspected cases since August is especially worrying because it started earlier in the season than usual and has hit urban rather than rural areas. In addition, two thirds of the cases are of the pneumonic plague, the deadliest form of the disease. ?The total number of cases (1,192) is already three times higher than the average annual total,? the National Office for Risk and Disaster Management said in a report on Wednesday. Last week a World Health Organization report said the death toll stood at 94. The capital Antananarivo and Toamasina, the two largest cities in Madagascar, an island in the Indian Ocean, were the most affected, with 55 percent of cases recorded there. To date 54 medical staff have been infected, it said. The report said that of an estimated $9.5 million in aid needed to counter the epidemic, only $3 million has been raised.
  22. 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.
  23. WARSAW: A 27-year-old Pole on Friday knifed one person to death and injured seven others in a busy shopping centre in the southern city of Stalowa Wola that police did not immediately qualify as terrorism. The attack occurred around 3 pm local time before shoppers apprehended the knifeman, identified only as Konrad K., and handed him over to police. "The man acted irrationally, stabbing people in the back. One of the wounded women died. Seven other people are injured," police said in a statement. Officers said the man had no criminal record and was sober. He is being tested for drugs. Such attacks are extremely rare in Poland, an EU country of 38 million which has so far escaped the terrorism-related carnage experienced elsewhere in the bloc in recent years. "The police are trying to establish the circumstances of the incident and above all, the reasons behind it," government spokesman Rafal Bochenek told the Polish PAP press agency.
  24. PESHAWAR: A drone strike near the Pak-Afghan border killed at least 12 suspected militants on Friday, reported Geo News. According to sources six terrorist hideouts were destroyed during the strike. The attack took place in Khosh Kurram, Afghanistan and is the fifth strike this week. 41 deaths have been reported in the drone strikes including that of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar chief Umar Khalid Khorasani. Pakistan Army said operations are being carried out against terrorists in Afghanistan, which involves air activity. According to the ISPR, military operations are being conducted in Khost and Paktia province of Afghanistan, opposite Kurram Agency. It added the Resolute Support Mission, the coalition forces operating in the country against the Taliban and Daesh, are sharing details about the operation within Afghan territory and the Pakistan Army is vigilant in its own area along the border area.
  25. KAMPALA: Two people have died from the Marburg virus in eastern Uganda, in the country´s first outbreak of the deadly Ebola-like pathogen in three years, the health ministry said Thursday. "Blood samples were taken from two people who have since died and were found positive for Marburg", Uganda´s health ministry permanent secretary, Dr Diana Atwine told AFP. She said a team of experts had been sent to Kween district, near the Kenyan border, to contain the virus. "At moment we don´t know if there are other people apart from the dead who have contracted the disease because the health experts are still investigating in addition to sensitising the population about the dangers of Marburg and we call for public vigilance," she added. One individual was a male hunter who died on September 25. His 50-year-old sister died on October 11. "The second victim had taken care of her brother during his sickness and burial preparation rituals when we suspect she contracted the disease," Health Minister Ruth Achieng said. The two are the first recorded cases of Marburg in Kween district. According to the Uganda Virus Research Institute, the first known case of Marburg in the country was in the western district of Kamwenge in 2007. A 2012 outbreak killed 10 people and in 2014 one man died. The Marburg virus is one of the most deadly known pathogens. Like Ebola, it is a haemorrhagic fever -- it causes severe bleeding, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. It has a 21-day incubation period. Like Ebola, the Marburg virus is also transmitted via contact with bodily fluids and fatality rates range from 25 to 80 percent. The name of the disease comes from the city of Marburg in central Germany, where the virus was first identified in 1967 among workers who had been exposed to infected African green monkeys at a research lab.