Six killed, over 20 injured as sessions court in Charsadda comes under attack

CHARSADDA / ISLAMABAD: At least six people, including a lawyer were killed and more than 20 others injured as a sessions court in Charsadda was hit by multiple suicide bombers Tuesday morning.

District Nazim Charsadda Fahad Riaz confirmed the casualties.

Attackers attempted to enter the court premises through the main gate, witnesses said, adding they opened fire and also threw hand grenades, prompting retaliatory fire by police and security forces deployed at the court premises. The attackers were killed.

“The explosions took place at the entrance of the sessions court,” said Charsadda DPO Sohail Khalid.

An explosion, witnesses said, took place at the entrance of the court, and one near the bar room. “One of the suicide bombers tried to enter the court, however, was shot dead by security officials.”

“One of the attackers lobbed a hand grenade at the gate of the court and then opened fire,” said Naeem Iqbal, a witness.

“Initial estimates suggest the explosives used in the attack weighed around 9kgs,” Mardan DIG Aijaz Khan told reporters.

The bodies and injured were shifted to Charsadda Tangi Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.

“One of the attackers lobbed a hand grenade at the gate of the court and then opened fire,” said Naeem Iqbal, a witness.

“Initial estimates suggest the explosives used in the attack weighed around 9kgs,” Mardan DIG Aijaz Khan told reporters.

The bodies and injured were shifted to Charsadda Tangi Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.

Army chief lauds security forces

Army chief general Qamar javed Bajwa lauded response by security forces to Charsadda explosions, saying “first tier police response saved many lives.”

Two killed in bomb attack in southern Turkey

Two killed in bomb attack in southern Turkey

Two people were killed and 16 wounded on Thursday in a car bomb explosion outside a local government building in the southern Turkish city of Adana, officials said.

The bomb exploded in the car park of the governor’s office for the Adana region, close to the vehicle entrance, the governorate said in a statement. The explosion sparked a fire, and a cloud of dark smoke spewed into the sky. The force of the blast caused damage to the governorate itself, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, describing the blast as a “terror attack”.

“Two people were killed and 16 were wounded,” the governor of Adana, Mahmut Demirtas, was quoted as saying by Anadolu.

“A vehicle blew up at 8.05am (0505 GMT) at a parking lot next to the entrance of the governor’s office,” Demirtas said.

The attack is believed to have been carried out by a woman, the governor said, without providing further details of the nature of the blast. As has been the case with previous attacks, the Turkish authorities immediately slapped a broadcast ban on footage of the blast.

“This accursed terror continues to target our people,” Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik, a ruling party MP from Adana, wrote on Twitter.

“We will fight against terror until the very end in the name of humanity,” he added.

source The Express Tribune news

52 killed in suicide attack on Balochistan shrine

52 killed in suicide attack on Balochistan shrine

QUETTA/KHUZDAR: At least 52 people were killed and over 100 others wounded when a teenage suicide bomber blew himself up in a packed-to-capacity courtyard of the Shah Noorani shrine in a remote mountainous region of Khuzdar district on Saturday evening, officials said.

According to an AFP report, the militant Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The caretaker of the Shah Noorani shrine, Nawaz Ali, said that between 1,000 and 1,500 visitors came to the shrine every Saturday where traditional sufi dance was held in the evening.

An FC soldier stands guard next to injured blast victim awaiting treatment in an ambulance at a hospital in Hub. -AFP
An FC soldier stands guard next to injured blast victim awaiting treatment in an ambulance at a hospital in Hub. -AFP
Area Tehsildar Javed Iqbal said that on Saturday over 1,000 people, who reached from all across the country, particularly Karachi which is at a distance of 250 kilometres, were present on the premises of the shrine and many devotees were performing the traditional dhamaal in the courtyard when the blast took place.

TV footage showed blood, human flesh, debris and shoes scattered all around the site of the blast.

Sunny, who went to the shrine along with his 40 relatives, said that the blast took place as soon as the muezzin began calling for Maghrib prayer.
Eyewitnes said he was watching the dhamaal when the bomb struck.
“God has saved my mother,” said the young man at the Hub hospital.

Kalat Commissioner Mohammad Hashim Ghalzai said that according to preliminary information it was a suicide blast carried out by a teenage boy, who “blew himself up after reaching the centre of the people participating in dhamaal”.

In a remote area where mobile phones do not work, the initial rescue operation was launched on a self-help basis by devotees. Levies personnel and area people shifted the dead and wounded to the nearest hospital, which is in Hub, in their own vehicles.

Doctors at the Jam Ghulam Qadir Civil Hospital, Hub, said that in addition to over 100 wounded, at least 40 people, women and children included, were brought dead to the hospital.

Till late in the night, 12 bodies were brought to the Civil Hospital Karachi.

Because of scarce resources in Hub, around 50 ambulances of different charities and a team of doctors with necessary medicines were dispatched from Karachi to Shah Noorani to bring the critically wounded patients.

The Inter-Services Public Relations said that Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif also ordered his troops and medical teams to reach the scene from Karachi and Khuzdar to evacuate the victims and treat them on the spot. All army-run hospitals in Karachi were also put on alert.

A state of emergency was declared in all government hospitals in Karachi and doctors and paramedics called for the treatment of the wounded.
Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said that the provincial government had no helicopter but it was focused on the rescue operation.

“According to confirmed reports provided to me by the law enforcement agencies, 43 people have been killed and several others injured in the Shah Norani blast,” he said.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan directed the authorities to immediately provide Cessna aircraft to the Frontier Corps to transport the wounded to Karachi at the earliest.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, who was in Gwadar, strongly condemned the incident and said: “We are not afraid of acts of terror. We will continue our actions against terrorists.”

National Party president Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, who is also the federal minister for ports and shipping, said that the Shah Noorani carnage might be the reaction of the recent killing of the chief of a banned militant organisation, Jundullah, in Hub.

“The Shah Norani blast could be linked with sectarianism and not with the China-Pak Economic Corridor,” he said.

Following the Shah Noorani blast, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah directed the provincial police chief to beef up security for the urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai scheduled to begin from Monday.

Army rescue teams reach Shah Noorani

Fifty soldiers and two medical teams reached the scene in the night. The ISPR chief Lt Gen Asim Bajwa said that the teams would treat and evacuate the wounded.

He said that helicopters had been dispatched from Quetta to the place of the incident and they would try to land there despite darkness.

He said that evacuation through aircraft was not possible since the area had no landing strip.

The ISPR chief said that it took more time to reach the scene due to difficult terrain and long distance. However, another 100 soldiers and four medical teams with 45 ambulances were heading towards Shah Noorani, he said in a series of tweets.

Published in Dawn, November 13th, 2016

German Attack 30 killed

German Attack 30 killed 

A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a wall around the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif late on Thursday, killing at least six civilians and wounding scores, officials said.

A NATO spokesman said the explosion had caused “massive damage” to the building, where around 30 people normally worked. Heavily armed attackers followed up the blast, battling with Afghan and German security forces late into the night.

 

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in retaliation for NATO air strikes against a village near the northern city of Kunduz last week in which more than 30 people were killed. The Islamist movement’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said by telephone that heavily armed fighters, including suicide bombers, had been sent “with a mission to destroy the German consulate general and kill whoever they found there”.

Afghan security forces and NATO troops arrive at the site of explosion near the German consulate office in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan November 11, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Noor Mohammad Faiz, the head doctor in Mazar-i-Sharif provincial hospital, said four dead bodies and 120 wounded had been brought to the hospital and that the numbers may rise.

The attack highlighted the security problems spreading across Afghanistan in recent months, with heavy fighting in areas from the volatile southern province of Helmand to Kunduz in the far north.

More than 30 people, many of them children, were killed last week when US aircraft carried out air strikes in support of Afghan and US special forces who came under attack during a raid against suspected Taliban militants threatening Kunduz.

Germany, which heads the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in northern Afghanistan, has about 850 soldiers at a base on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif, with another 1,000 troops coming from 20 partner countries.

A foreign ministry spokesman in Berlin said the attack was suppressed in the early hours of Friday by Afghan and German security personnel, as well as NATO special forces.

“All German employees of the Consulate General are safe and uninjured,” he said. It was not yet known how many Afghan civilians and security personnel were killed or wounded, the spokesman said.

SHATTERED WINDOWS

The explosion occurred about an hour before midnight local time, a spokesman for the German military joint forces command in Potsdam said. Witnesses reported sporadic gunfire from around the consulate and said the huge blast had shattered windows in a wide area around the compound.

 

“It was a prepared attack for which we made all arrangements,” Mujahid said. “As per our plan, first a suicide bomber driving an explosives-laden vehicle rammed the main building of the consulate and that enabled other fighters to move in and kill all the foreigners there.” By the early hours of the morning, Afghan special forces were conducting search operations but were not encountering any more resistance, said Sayed Kamal Sadat, police chief of Balkh province.

 

Afghan security forces and NATO troops investigate at the site of explosion near the German consulate office in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan November 11, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Another provincial official, deputy police chief Abdul Razaq Qaderi, said at least one suspect had been arrested from the area of explosion. The NATO spokesman said at least one car packed with explosives had been rammed into the high outer wall surrounding the consulate, but authorities were investigating if a second car had been involved. The heavily protected consulate is located in a large building close to the Blue Mosque in the center of Mazar-i-Sharif, where the Indian consulate was also attacked by militant gunmen earlier this year.

A crisis task force was set up in Berlin and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was receiving continual updates, the German foreign ministry spokesman said.

Attack on Indian army camp in Baramulla kills one

Attack on Indian army camp in Baramulla kills one

Attack on Indian army camp in Baramulla kills one

At least six fighters attacked an Indian army camp in occupied Kashmir on Sunday night, killing one border guard and wounding another, two weeks after a similar attack killed 19 of its soldiers and ratcheted up tensions between India and Pakistan.

The attack on the camp of India’s 46 Rastriya Rifles in Baramulla, which also houses a unit of the Border Security Force (BSF), started at around 10:30pm (1700 GMT) and repeated exchanges of fire ensued.

India claims arrest of ‘Pakistani pigeon’ with message for Modi

“One BSF personnel was killed and one injured when militants tried to enter an army camp,” said local Superintendent of Police Imtiyaz Hussein. Local reports that two attackers had been killed could not immediately be confirmed.

Baramulla is a district capital that lies on the road from Srinagar to the frontier settlement of Uri where the Sept 18 attack on the army base took place.

So-called surgical strike: Indian farce throws up a few challenges

India launched what it called “surgical strikes” after a September 18 attack on the Uri army base near the Line of Control with Pakistan, saying it inflicted significant casualties.

Pakistan flatly denied the Indian claims, saying two of its soldiers were killed from unprovoked cross-border firing at the Line of Control (LoC) by Indian security forces.

 source Tribune

Attack on Peshawar’s Christian Colony: Civilian killed, all terrorists dead

Attack on Peshawar’s Christian Colony: Civilian killed, all terrorists dead

PESHAWAR: Four terrorists trying to attack a Christian colony on Peshawar’s outskirts were killed during a stand-off with security forces Friday morning.

Soldiers cordon off a street leading to the Christian colony following the attack. ─ AFP
Soldiers cordon off a street leading to the Christian colony following the attack. ─ AFP

A civilian was also killed in the attack, security sources told DawnNews.

The Jamaatul Ahrar militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Soldiers backed by Army helicopters exchanged gunfire with militants in suicide vests who entered the colony around 6am after hitting a security guard, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

All four attackers detonated their suicide jackets, Additional Inspector General Bomb Disposal Squad Shafqat Malik said, adding that rifles and five hand grenades were recovered from the attackers.

Two Frontier Corps soldiers, a police constable and two civilian guards were injured during an exchange of fire with terrorists, ISPR said.

Two of the terrorists took cover in under construction houses, one hid inside a house, and one was found outside in the colony, the AIG said.

The AIG termed the colony clear after a house-to-house search operation was carried out.

Army men at the site of the attack. ─ AFP
Army men at the site of the attack. ─ AFP

Peshawar has suffered numerous terrorist attacks but it was not immediately clear who was behind today’s assault. The city suffered its worst terror attack in December 2014 when Taliban gunmen massacred more than 150 people, most of them children, at an army-run school.

But recently there had been a lull in violence. The last deadly attack in the city came in March this year when a bomb ripped through a bus carrying government employees, killing 15.

Christian Colony is situated on the outskirts of Peshawar near the borders of Khyber Agency and Mohmand Agency. Situated close by are an FC training centre, a cadet college, and an Army Public School.

Soldiers cordon off a street leading to Christian colony.— AFP
Soldiers cordon off a street leading to Christian colony.— AFP

These installations were initially the target of the attack, security agency sources told DawnNews, but since security forces had already received intelligence and were alert to the threat, the terrorists moved in to attack the Christian Colony instead, they said.

The area, which is situated near the Pak-Afghan border, is susceptible to cross-border movement of terrorists. Tehreek-i-Taliban splinter group Jamaatul Ahrar has a presence in the area, the sources said.

The attack on Christian Colony comes barely a day after Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asim Bajwa gave an exhaustive rundown of progress made against militants in the country’s northwestern region in Operation Zarb-i-Azb which was launched in June 2014.

He highlighted that Pakistan had suffered a cumulative loss of $106.98 billion in the war on terror between 2001 and 2015. “We are not doing it for anyone but ourselves,” he stressed.

He said 3,500 terrorists had been eliminated during the course of Operation Zarb-i-Azb, while 2,272 soldiers were and 537 personnel had embraced martyrdom, including 18 officers, 35 junior commissioned officers and 484 soldiers.

Source : Dawn News 

Nine killed and 64 wounded in Turkey car bomb attack

Nine killed and 64 wounded in Turkey car bomb attack

ANKARA: Nine people were killed and 64 people were wounded in a car bomb attack at a police headquarters in the town of Cizre in southeast Turkey on Friday, hospital sources said.

State-run Anadolu Agency says the attack on Friday targeted a checkpoint some 50 meters away from a police station in the town of Cizre, in Sirnak province that borders both Syria and Iraq and has a largely Kurdish population.

It said the blast caused severe damage to the police station.

Militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, have carried out a string of car bomb attacks on police and military in recent months.

Violence between the PKK and the security forces resumed last year, after the collapse of a fragile peace process.

Source Dawn News


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42 dead as blast hits Quetta Civil Hospital after lawyer’s killing

42 dead as blast hits Quetta Civil Hospital after lawyer’s killing

QUETTA: At least 42 people were killed following a loud explosion inside the Civil Hospital here on Monday, police said. Over 30 people have been injured in the attack.

“The blast occurred after a number of lawyers and some journalists had gathered at the hospital following the death of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association in a separate shooting incident early this morning,” said Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Harifal.

It is suspected that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti told DawnNews.

Source/Credit: Dawn

UK: Scots Muslims speak out over racist abuse after terror attacks

UK: Scots Muslims speak out over racist abuse after terror attacks

High profile Scots Muslims have spoken of the racist abuse they and their friends and families have suffered in the wake of the terror attacks across Europe this summer.

Many have had to endure everything from verbal abuse to physical attacks – which are not always reported to the authorities.

Despite this, high profile Muslims were keen to praise the vast majority of Scots who offer support after such incidents.

Ahmed Owusu-Konadu, a spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Scotland – which was the target of an extremist attack when Tanveer Ahmed murdered Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah in March – said atrocities on the continent can “feed mistrust and seek to divide communities”.

However, he added: “The reaction of local communities in Glasgow when a member of our community was murdered shows that Scotland has a strong bond and a resilient, caring nature.”

Source/Credit: Asianimage