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Afghan official: 191 wounded in attack, death toll still 95

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan authorities have raised the number of wounded from Saturday's suicide bombing in Kabul to 191, saying the death toll from the Tal.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 28th, 2018

Afghan official: 191 wounded in attack, death toll still 95

Afghan authorities have raised the number of wounded from Saturday's suicide bombing in Kabul to 191, saying the death toll from the Taliban attack remains at 95......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Afghan official says death toll from bombing rises to 103

KABUL, Afghanistan --- Afghan authorities have raised the dead toll from Saturday's suicide bombing in Kabul to 103. The attacker drove an ambulance filled with explosives and was able to race through a security checkpoint by saying he was transferring a patient to a hospital. The explosion damaged or destroyed dozens of shops and vehicles. Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak provided the updated death toll on Sunday, saying another 235 people were wounded in the attack. He said police were among those killed and wounded. Ahmad Fahim, a shopkeeper who survived Saturday's attack, said several fellow merchants were wounded or killed. He said he had seen many victims who los...Keep on reading: Afghan official says death toll from bombing rises to 103.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

Afghan official: 191 wounded in attack, death toll still 95

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan authorities have raised the number of wounded from Saturday's suicide bombing in Kabul to 191, saying the death toll from the Tal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

Ambulance blast in Kabul kills at least 63, with 151 wounded

KABUL – The casualty toll in Saturday’s ambulance bomb attack in the Afghan capital Kabul has, so far, risen to at least 63 dead and 151 wounded, but the total may rise further, a health ministry official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for Saturday’s suicide blast. They also claimed the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

12 dead in suicide attack on Afghan funeral – officials

JALALABAD, Afghanistan – At least 12 people were killed and 14 others wounded when a suicide attacker blew himself up at a funeral in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said. "The latest death toll has jumped to 12 and 14 wounded," Nangarhar governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP. An earlier ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Afghan official: Massive US bomb death toll rises to 94

KABUL — The number of militants killed in an attack by the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the US military has risen to 94, an Afghan offic.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 15th, 2017

Islamic State suicide bomber kills 48 in Afghan capital

Published: 6:13 p.m., April 22, 2018 | Updated: 8:51 p.m., April 22, 2018 KABUL, Afghanistan --- A suicide bomber struck a voter registration center in the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing at least 48 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said another 112 people were wounded in Sunday's attack, updating an earlier toll. Gen. Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said the suicide bomber targeted civilians who had gathered to receive national identification cards. The large explosion echoed across the city, shattering windows miles away from the attack site and damaging several nearby vehicles. Police blocked all roa...Keep on reading: Islamic State suicide bomber kills 48 in Afghan capital.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

Kabul hotel attack killed at least 25 – official

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official said Thursday at least 25 people were killed in the attack on a Kabul hotel, as confusion reigned over the true toll with conflicting figures given and Afghan media reporting higher numbers. The health ministry official said at least 25 people had been killed, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

At least 5 dead in Kabul hotel attack – Afghan spy agency

KABUL, Afghanistan – Gunmen have killed at least 5 people and wounded eight others in an ongoing attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel, an official said Sunday, January 21, as panicked guests were seen climbing over balconies to escape.  More than 11 hours after the assault began Afghan security forces were ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Death toll from Somalia bomb attacks tops 300

More than 300 people were killed by twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, an official said on Monday, as locals packed hospitals in search of friends and relatives caught by Somalia’s deadliest attack in a decade......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 17th, 2017

Libyan-Canadian cleric linked to Manchester bomber plans return to Canada to clear his name – CBC News

A Libyan-Canadian cleric linked in U.S. and British media reports to Manchester bomber Salman Abedi says he will return to Canada in weeks with the intention of clearing his name. Abdul Baset Egwilla was an Ottawa-based imam until his return to Libya in 2007. In an exclusive interview with CBC News over Skype, Egwilla denied any connection to Abedi. &'8220;I challenge whoever accuses me of such a connection to produce evidence, such as a time, date and place where I met with the suicide bomber,&'8221; Egwilla said. CBC News has agreed not to disclose Egwilla's current location due to concerns for his safety, as he is the subject of death threats in Libya. Salman Abedi, 22, was identified on May 23 as the suicide bomber who killed 22 people and wounded more than 60 others, including children, at a pop concert in Manchester. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. The bomber's father, Ramadan Abedi, who denies his son was a member of ISIS, has since been arrested by Libyan counter-terrorism officers. U.S. and British media reports, citing anonymous sources, have claimed a link between Salman, his father and Libyan-Canadian cleric Egwilla. A senior American official told the New York Times on May 24 that Salman Abedi &'8220;had links to a radical preacher in Libya&'8221; identified as Abdul Baset Egwilla, and that Egwilla's son had died fighting for ISIS. Egwilla's son did die in 2016, but Libyan news reports and a martyrdom notice at the time said he was killed fighting for the Omar Mukhtar Brigade, a Libyan Islamist militia that is not a listed terrorist organization. The Times newspaper in the U.K. reported May 27 that Ramadan Abedi was an associate of &'8220;extremist Canadian-Libyan preacher&'8221; Egwilla, and that the Libyan-Canadian is believed to have radicalized Ramadan's son, Salman Abedi. The father would regularly meet with Egwilla at Friday prayers in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, in 2015, added the Times, citing a resident of the city who asked not to be named. The Greater Manchester Police Force would neither confirm nor deny to CBC News that Egwilla is under investigation for possible involvement in the Manchester bombing. Egwilla, who has been absent from Libya for several months since fleeing a plot to assassinate him, said he has never, to his knowledge, met either Salman or Ramadan Abedi. &'8220;I am a public figure, I appear in the media. I show up in mosques and preach to a multitude of people. People know me, but I do not know them,&'8221; Egwilla said. &'8220;And if I met him once or twice before, it could be that he changed his beliefs later on, but I never met him in the first place,&'8221; Egwilla said of the Manchester bomber. Declassified documents released by Canada's Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre in 2014 flagged a YouTube video in which Egwilla is seen &'8220;promoting violent jihad in Libya.&'8221; &'8220;In the video, Egwilla urged an audience of Libyan Islamist fighters to take part in jihad, stating that 'jihad is simply and easily accessible, and does not require moving as in the past, as it was for Afghanistan and Iraq,'&'8221; the report said. Egwilla says that call to jihad was made to recruit people to fight specifically against a militia led by a former general in Moammar Gadhafi's regime, and not a call to support the global jihadi movement. &'8220;I spoke about jihad only through Fajr Libya Dawn (a rebel militia alliance) and only when [Moammar Gadhafi] suppressed peaceful demonstrators and bombed them with anti-aircraft weaponry,&'8221; said Egwilla. &'8220;This was unjust and an act of tyranny.&'8221; Egwilla said people claiming to be with the government of Canada have attempted to reach out to him using the app Viber, though he says he has never agreed to an interview. Egwilla said he intends to speak to authorities to clear his name when he returns to Canada. After seven years in Ottawa, Egwilla left Canada for Libya in 2007, when Gadhafi's regime began sending signals that it would not persecute returning dissidents. ​ He began working at a Tripoli religious radio station and associated with a group of clerics that included Sadiq al-Ghariani, who today is the country's Grand Mufti, the top religious leader, and a strong supporter of Islamist militias. When rebellion broke out in 2011, Egwilla was a prominent supporter, and after the fall of Gadhafi's regime, was promoted to be the administrative director for the mosques in Tripoli. He said he became a prominent imam and broadcaster. In 2014, as splits emerged between liberals and Islamists over the direction post-Gadhafi Libya should take, Egwilla identified with the &'8220;Libya Dawn&'8221; coalition of Islamist militias that seized Tripoli from the UN-backed government. Libya Dawn soon found itself involved in a war with the secular forces of Gadhafi-era general Khalifa Haftar, and Egwilla's Ottawa-raised son Owais joined one of the Islamist militias battling Haftar. Owais died in combat in March last year. It was reported in some quarters that Owais Egwilla had died fighting for Islamic State. In fact, martyrdom notices posted at the time of his death show him as a member of the Omar Mukhtar Brigade, an Islamist militia that was part of the coalition that fought Islamic State and drove it out of its Libyan stronghold in Sirte. Egwilla says he fled Libya eight months ago following the kidnapping and murder of fellow cleric Nadir al-Omrani by assassins of the Madkhali sect of Sunni Islam. Madkhalis, followers of a school of thought founded by a Saudi cleric, have become increasingly active in Libya. Like Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Madkhalis in Libya have destroyed ancient shrines and manuscripts they deem un-Islamic and they consider voting to be heresy. In a videotaped confession seen by CBC News, one of [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2017

In west Mosul, ‘nowhere is safe for civilians’ – Al Jazeera

The Iraqi army on Sunday resumed operations against ISIL in Mosul after a one-day pause, amid growing concerns over an escalating civilian death toll as fierce fighting spreads to the city's most densely populated areas. The offensive was briefly put on hold after local officials and residents in west Mosul said suspected US-led coalition  air raids last week had killed scores of civilians at the ISIL-held al-Jadida  district. Security forces on Saturday did not permit journalists to get to where the strikes were said to have taken place, but the  coalition admitted that it had struck the area on March 17, and said it was investigating the reports of civilian deaths. Details about what exactly happened on March 17 are difficult to confirm as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters to recapture the heavily populated parts of the western half of Mosul, the armed group's last stronghold in Iraq. Witnesses and local officials said that more than 200 bodies were pulled from a collapsed building after a coalition air raid. But in a statement on Sunday, the Iraqi army said there was no sign that the destroyed structure had been hit by a strike &'' blaming its collapse on booby traps set by ISIL instead. &'8220;A team of military experts from field commanders checked the building where the media reported that the house was completely destroyed. All walls were booby-trapped and there is no hole that indicates an air strike,&'8221; it said, adding that 61 bodies were recovered from the rubble. READ MORE: Grief and questions amid wreckage of Mosul air strikes Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid, reporting from a hospital in Erbil, northern Iraq, spoke to people who confirmed that they had lost family members in the air raids of March 17. &'8220;We've been speaking to some of the patients and certainly the words air strikes come up a lot in the conversation,&'8221; she said, referring to a man who said 22 of his relatives had been killed in an air raid, while he had to spend several days under the rubble before being rescued. &'8220;When you ask them what happened … people here say the main problem is that you have ISIL fighters who are roaming around, going in and out of houses, on top of rooftops to take positions and then disappearing. &'8220;So apparently many of the air strikes, according to the people we spoke here, hit the wrong target &'' simply by the time the air strike arrives and is called in, the ISIL fighters have disappeared.&'8221; The US-backed offensive to drive ISIL out of Mosul, now in its sixth month, has recaptured most of the city. The Iraqi government announced that eastern Mosul had been recaptured from ISIL in January, but residents still report almost daily fighting in some areas. Iraqi security and medical sources on Sunday said a t least 16 civilians, including two children, were killed by ISIL shelling in a popular marketplace in  eastern Mosul. Another 43 civilians were wounded in the attack, according to the sources. In western Mosul, the Iraqi army's advances have stuttered in the past two weeks as fighting enters the narrow alleys of the Old City, home to the al-Nuri Mosque where ISIL group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate spanning large areas of Iraq and Syria in 2014. Iraqi forces on Sunday deployed snipers to target ISIL fighters who were using civilians as human shields, Joint Operations Command spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told the AFP news agency. The military was relying on &'8220;light and medium weapons, among them sniper [rifles], to hunt for Daesh [ISIL] members&'8221; located among civilians, he said. Rasool accused ISIL of gathering civilians together and then blowing up explosives-rigged vehicles nearby to make it look like &'8220;Iraqi forces &' are targeting innocent civilians&'8221;. However, Iraqi forces have also frequently fired mortar rounds and unguided rockets during the battle for west Mosul &'' weapons that pose a much greater risk to residents of areas where fighting is taking place. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are still inside the Old City and are exposed to the intense fighting. &'8220;Patients here say there is nowhere safe in western Mosul for civilians,&'8221; Al Jazeera's Abdel-Hamid, reporting from the hospital in Erbil, said. &'8220;They say the fight in western Mosul is not the same as the fight that happened in the east part of the city. They say it's much more brutal, with many more air strikes and much more shelling.&'8221; According to Iraqi authorities, more than 200,000 people have fled west Mosul since the operation to retake the area was launched on February 19. But the United Nations has said that about 600,000 are still present inside the city. Caroline Gluck, a senior public information officer in Iraq with the UN's refugee agency, said the situation is deteriorating daily. &'8220;The fighting is coming closer to people's homes. It's a very densely packed area, particularly in the Old City, so families have been terrified by the mortars, the shelling and the air strikes,&'8221; she told Al Jazeera from Baghdad. Gluck said a major factor in many residents' &'8220;very difficult decision&'8221; to flee is growing hunger. &'8220;Families have told us they rely on one meal a day &'' and that meal is really just water and flour. People are getting desperate; there is no fuel, no heating, and they are burning furniture and old [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 27th, 2017

Death toll from attack at American University in Kabul rises to 13

MOSCOW -- The death toll in an attack on the American University in the Afghan capital of Kabul has reached 13......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 25th, 2016

Afghan official: Bomb attack targets army in Kabul, wounds 2

An Afghan official says at least two people have been wounded in a bombing that targeted the Afghan military in the capital, Kabul......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 15th, 2016

IS claims responsibility for attack that killed Afghanistan’s top clerics

Kabul, Afghanistan --- The Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing the previous day that targeted a meeting of the country's top clerics in the capital, Kabul. At least seven people were killed and 20 were wounded in Monday's attack, which came shortly after the body of religious leaders, known as the Afghan Ulema Council, had issued a decree against suicide attacks and called for peace talks. The IS claim, posted on a website linked to the militant group, says the gathering in Kabul was a meeting of "tyrant clerics" who were discussing the fight against what they call "terrorism." Shortly after the bombing, the Ta...Keep on reading: IS claims responsibility for attack that killed Afghanistan’s top clerics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Blast at Afghan voter registration center kills 13 – health official

KHOST, Afghanistan (UPDATED) – A blast at a voter registration center in Afghanistan's restive east on Sunday, May 6, killed at least 13 people and wounded 33, a health official said, capping a bloody week in the war-torn country. The bomb had been placed in a tent being ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

Toronto van attack ‘deliberate,’ toll jumps to 10–police

TORONTO, Canada: The driver of the van that plowed into a crowd in Toronto did so in a “deliberate” act that killed at least 10 people and wounded 15 others Monday, police chief Mark Saunders said. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale wrote on Twitter that “there appears to be NO National Security connection to the horrible event” [...] The post Toronto van attack ‘deliberate,’ toll jumps to 10–police appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration center kills 31 – ministry

KABUL, Afghanistan (UPDATED) – A suicide bomber killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, the health ministry said, in the latest attack on  election preparations . The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

Minwoo of K-pop act 100% dies

Seo Min-woo of 100% died of a heart attack Sunday at the age of 33. The boy band's agency TOP Media announced the death of group leader Seo Min-woo, better known as just Minwoo, through its official website. "He was found at his home in Gangnam, Seoul. Paramedics rushed to the scene, who pronounced him dead," the announcement read. Seo debuted as an actor in 2006 through TV drama series "Sharp 3." He switched to pop music in 2012, as the leader of 100%. The group was scheduled to hold concerts in Japan on April 21 and 30. The agency said it hadn't been able to decide whether to postpone the concerts or not....Keep on reading: Minwoo of K-pop act 100% dies.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

10 killed in attack on Indian army camp in Kashmir

  SRINAGAR, India – The death toll from a militant attack on an army base in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir climbed to 10, police said, as a seige at the compound stretched into a second day. A firefight erupted Saturday, February 10 when an unknown number of heavily-armed militants stormed the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018