Three U.S. Marines have been shot dead by an Afghan worker on a military base in southern Afghanistan, in a deadly 24 hours for NATO-led forces during which six American soldiers were killed in rogue attacks.
The shooting took place on Friday night in the Garmsir district of Helmand province, where three U.S. special forces soldiers were killed by an Afghan policeman and comrades earlier in the day.
"Let me clearly say that those two incidents clearly do not reflect the overall situation here in Afghanistan," the chief NATO force spokesman, Brigadier-General Gunter Katz, told reporters on Saturday.
The three Marines were shot by a base employee who turned a gun on them, in the third rogue attack in four days. Foreign military sources said the man had not been wearing a uniform and it was unclear how he got hold of the weapon.
The gunman had been detained and a joint Afghan-NATO investigation team was reviewing security and looking into the reason for the attack.
You know if you start treating actions like this just as they've treated collateral damage civilian deaths with relief and career ending admonishments to the chain of command, you'd see a change of behavior.
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] For the first time since 2007 there have been no successful piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia.
The last hijack was on June 19, when a fishing dhow was seized, and no ship has been fired upon or a boarding attempted since June 26, when a Maltese-flagged fat merchantman was attacked, according to data from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).
"This is traditionally a quiet time for pirate attacks, but there has always been at least a handful of incidences even during the monsoon months of July and August," Mr Cyrus Mody an official at the IMB's London office told the Telegraph newspaper.
"Since June 26 this year, we have seen no activity whatsoever in the southern Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Arabia or the Somali Basin.
"It's the first time we've had a full month where nothing's happened since before Somali piracy really grew into a major problem in 2007."
Statistics from the IMB for the first six months of this year show that piracy attacks off the Somali coast have dropped from 163 to 69, a fall of more than 40 per cent.
The IMB puts the drop down to three factors: the deployment of an international naval force; better management practices by shipping companies and 'ship hardening,' including the use of privately armed security personnel.
The use of which, if I recall correctly, was met with much alarum and finger-wagging by so-called experts.
[Iran Press TV] Kenyan fighter jets have pounded a base, run by Somalia's al-Shabaab ... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... fighters in the southern region of lower Juba, reportedly causing casualties and damage, Press TV reports.
Local residents said on Thursday the missiles fired by the warplanes on Wednesday struck the fighters' outpost in the Birta-Dheer village near the strategic Kismayu port.
"We heard several blasts on the outskirts of Birta-Dheer on Wednesday. We can't confirm how many people died in the attacks," said local resident Ibrahim Hassan.
The Somali military confirmed that the Arclight airstrike had left casualties and caused damage to the base.
Kenya has already carried out similar Arclight airstrikes in Somali border regions.
Somalia has not had an effective central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
The weak Western-backed transitional government in Mogadishu has been battling al-Shabaab for the past five years and is propped up by a 10,000-strong African Union ...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful... force from Uganda, Burundi, and Djibouti.
[An Nahar] Moslem jihadists occupying northern Mali on Thursday said they had cut off the hand of a thief in accordance with strict Islamic law which they have imposed on the population.
The first reported amputation since the Orcs and similar vermin seized the north of the country four months ago came as diplomats warned of a ticking time-bomb which could put the world at risk if the region becomes a safe haven for terrorists.
As west African mediators attempt to engage in talks with the Islamist groups and the option of military intervention lies untried, the Orcs and similar vermin carried out a further grisly religious punishment.
They have already stoned an unwed couple to death and beaten other people.
"Yes, I confirm it. We applied sharia in Ansongo yesterday (Wednesday). The hand of a thief was cut off. Sharia demands it," a leader of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), Mohamed Ould Abdine, told Agence La Belle France Presse.
A local government official in the town south of Gao, one of the chief centers of the vast desert region in northern Mali, said he witnessed the public amputation.
"I am in Gao now, but yesterday I was in Ansongo. There was a lot of blood when the hand was cut. It was the hand of a thief who stole a cycle of violence," he told AFP.
Abdine said the sentence was "the law of God".
On Sunday scores of protesters swarmed the main square in Gao to prevent Islamists from cutting off the hand of a another thief, but Abdine said the sentence had only been put off.
"We will do the same thing in Gao soon. Last time we postponed because of the intervention of important people and not the population. The population can't do anything," he said.
In the small town of Aguelhok, another armed Islamist group, Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith), publicly stoned an unmarried couple to death in late July. They have forced women to cover up and whipped smokers and drinkers.
In the ancient city of Timbuktu, Ansar Dine have destroyed World Heritage shrines dating back to the 15th century, denouncing them as idolatrous.
The Islamist groups, which security experts say are acting under the aegis of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), seized key northern cities in the chaos following a coup d'etat in Bamako on March 22.
The takeover was spearheaded by Tuareg rebels seeking an independent state for their nomadic desert tribe, but the Orcs and similar vermin have pushed them aside and seek an Islamic state in the zone -- an area larger than La Belle France or Texas.
U.N. leader the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon ... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan... on Wednesday called on the Security Council to impose sanctions against the bad boys, slamming the "callous" destruction of nine of Timbuktu's 16 religious shrines.
Ban said the 15-nation council should "give serious consideration to the imposition of targeted travel and financial sanctions against individuals or groups in Mali engaged in terrorist, religious bad boy or criminal activities."
In Bamako, the interim authorities who took over from the junta have stood by helplessly as the Islamists have deepened their hold, and are now working to form a stronger unity government on the orders of west African mediators.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has 3,300 troops on standby to deploy in Mali, and the U.N. Security Council is ready to approve this, but is awaiting a formal request from Bamako.
Meanwhile diplomatic efforts to solve the crisis have been stepped up and chief ECOWAS mediator, Burkina Faso ...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and may be in the process of being chased out now... Foreign Minister Djibril Bassole, met with leaders of Ansar Dine in Mali on Tuesday.
Ansar Dine leader Iyad Ag Ghaly said he accepts the mediation efforts, but Bassole urged them to distance themselves from "terrorists" such as AQIM as a pre-requisite for peace talks.
But French U.N. envoy Gerard Araud has predicted that military action to recover the lost territory is unavoidable.
"There will be a military intervention because you do not negotiate with al-Qaeda. You have to fight these people," he said in an interview Tuesday.
Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, ECOWAS commissioner for political affairs, warned that if Mali is allowed to become a safe haven for terrorist networks "no country in Africa or outside the continent will be safe."
"We are running out of time in Mali. Every day that we dither and postpone concrete action offers the bully boyz and criminal networks yet another opportunity to consolidate, another opportunity to commit atrocious war crimes," she said.
[An Nahar] Gunmen rubbed out Libyan army general and high-ranking defense ministry official Mohamed Hadia on Friday in the eastern city of Benghazi, one of his sons told Agence La Belle France Presse.
"My father was returning from the mosque after Friday prayers with a neighbor when a car stopped in front of them with four people on board," Ahmad Hadia said.
"They asked for his identity, then shot him dead," he added.
The motive for the murder was not immediately clear and the identity of the gunnies unknown.
Hadia was one of the first officers to defect and join the opposition during last year's revolution that ousted Muammar Qadaffy ...whose instability was an inspiration to dictators everywhere, but whose end couldn't possibly happen to them... After the revolution he was appointed head of armaments at the defense ministry.
Hadia is the latest of dozens of security officials murdered in Benghazi, especially of officers who had served under Qadaffy.
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Egypt massed troops and carried out arrests on Friday to quell Islamist forces of Evil in Sinai as President Mohamed Morsi visited an outpost where forces of Evil killed 16 soldiers, prompting the unprecedented crackdown.
Egypt also temporarily reopened the Rafah border crossing into the Gazoo Strip, which was closed after Sunday's ambush on the border guard outpost, to allow stranded Paleostinians back into Gazoo.
The government and the military appeared determined to restore their grip on the lawless peninsula, but residents say their claims to have already killed 20 forces of Evil and captured six "terrorists" were mere propaganda.
State news agency MENA said six "terrorist elements" were incarcerated Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! during patrols in the North Sinai province and a security source branded them as Islamist hardliners suspected of belong to a jihadist group.
But residents of the town of Sheikh Zuayyed said nine people, including two elderly men, were incarcerated Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! in the morning from their homes, with all insisting the men were devout Moslems without links to Islamist bully boys.
One woman told AFP that her husband, Eid Saeed Salama, 72, was feeding his goats when he was taken away.
And a neighbour said government forces stormed her impoverished house and seized her 68-year-old husband Selmi Salama Sweilam who was sleeping, dragging him away "naked".
"Armed men came in. One of them hit me and I fell to the ground," she said, adding that the government forces also made off with 45,000 pounds (around $7,450, 6,000 euros).
[Iran Press TV] Egypt has reopened the Rafah border crossing, shut after 16 Egyptian border guards were killed during an attack in the Sinai Peninsula.
The move came on Friday, a day after Paleostinian resistance movement, Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, urged Cairo to reopen the vital border crossing.
"I call upon my brother, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to open the Rafah crossing, to regain a lifeline for Gazoo," Rooters quoted democratically-elected Paleostinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh ...became Prime Minister after the legislative elections of 2006 which Hamas won. President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Haniyeh from office on 14 June 2007 at the height of the Fatah-Hamas festivities, but Haniyeh did not acknowledge the decree and continues as the PM of Gazoo while Abbas maintains a separate PM in the West Bank... as saying on Thursday.
"Gazoo could never be anything but a source of stability for Egypt," Haniyeh added.
Or an example of what not to emulate...
Egypt closed the Rafah crossing after an attack on a security checkpoint in Sinai, which left at least 16 Egyptian border guards dead and seven others injured on Sunday night.
On Monday, an official statement by the Islamic resistance movement condemned the attack and dismissed the idea that forces of Evil from inside Gazoo may have been involved.
Some 800 people normally leave for Egypt and beyond through the Rafah crossing, the only passageway leading to the rest of the world for most Gazooks.
Egyptian troops capture nine faceless myrmidons suspected of killing 16 Egyptian soldiers
An Egyptian security official says troops have enjugged Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up! nine Islamic faceless myrmidons in northern Sinai, believed to be behind a deadly attack that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers last weekend.
The official told News Agency that Dare Not be Named that early Friday the troops stormed a house in Sheik Zweid, close to Rafah border crossing with Gazoo Strip, and caught the nine while they were asleep.
Among them was Selmi Zeyoud, whom the official described as a "dangerous element" and a brother to a slain jihadist. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
The arrests are the first since Sunday's surprise attack in which armed Islamic fascistifrom Sinai breached Israel's border in an armored personnel carrier they seized during a raid on an Egyptian border checkpoint as the border guards broke their daily fast for the holy month of Ramadan with a sunset meal.
After the gunnies stormed the checkpoint, they killed 16 Egyptian soldiers, then drove into Israel.
[An Nahar] Residents in central Nigeria said Thursday that police have raided scores of homes and beaten unarmed civilians while searching for the perpetrators of a church massacre that killed 19 people this week.
The police front man in Kogi state, where the church slaughter occurred late Monday in the city of Okene, denied the allegations. No, no! Certainly not!
"Police are going around in the area (Okene) trying to get at the criminals, so there is not anything to worry about," front man Simon Ile said.
One Okene resident told Agence La Belle France Presse that police "went door to door" early Thursday and that many people have fled the city.
"They beat up residents and made arrests," he said. "Policemen broke into my home and whipped me as I couldn't flee because of the fracture on my leg."
Another resident offered a similar account. "We had to run away from our homes because of the raids by armed coppers who went house to house," he said.
Asked if there had been any reports of violence between residents and officers, Ile said, "no," adding that police had cast a "dragnet everywhere until the case is solved."
A top U.S. rights group urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ... sometimes described as For a good time at 3 a.m. call Hillary and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Charles Evans Hughes ... to press the issue of abuses by security forces when she meets with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan ... 14th President of Nigeria. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). He is a lover of nifty hats, which makes him easily recognizable unless someone else in the room is wearing a neat chapeau... later Thursday.
Under the guise of investigating violent attacks, "security agents have rounded up hundreds of people and routinely tossed in the clink Please don't kill me! them incommunicado without charge or trial," Human Rights Watch ... dedicated to bitching about human rights violations around the world... said in a statement this week.
Gunmen stormed an evangelical church in Okene on Monday and cut the electricity before opening fire on the worshippers inside, killing at least 19 people.
On Tuesday, assailants shot at troops guarding a government building in central Okene, killing two soldiers.
No group has claimed the attacks, but Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... Islamists have repeatedly targeted both Christians and the security services in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country.
Police said they have tossed in the slammer ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... three suspects in connection with the Kogi church massacre and subsequent shooting.
[Yemen Post] A Yemeni senior army officer died on Thursday after targeting his car with an bomb in the Mukalla city in the south, the defense ministry reported.
Brigadier Omer Salim Barashid, who held the post of director of leadership and staff colleague at the defense ministry, was maimed after the kaboom that was believed to be planted inside his car while parked in the Bajuman area, it said.
He was admitted to hospital and died from his wounds, it added.
No one has grabbed credit for the attack and the ministry said an investigation is underway.
Yemen, which is experiencing a democratic transition under a power-transfer deal sponsored and closely watched by the West, is facing increasing bombings including suicide ones as the country is continuing an extensive hunt for Al-Qaeda operatives.
In recent weeks, the authorities defused many bombs which were planned to target key installations in main cities including the capital Sanaa amid fragile security and persistent political and economic unrest.
In April and May, the Yemeni army launched a US-backed offensive against Al-Qaeda beturbanned goons and retook control of key towns in Abyan ...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues... and Shabwa. Hundreds of beturbanned goons including big shots were killed and placed in long-term storage Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up! in the offensive.
Al-Qaeda has carried out deadly attacks against military and security chiefs, personnel and offices in retaliation for the severe blows in Abyan and Shabwa provinces.
[Yemen Post] The military cooled for a few years Please don't kill me! four Al-Qaeda gunnies while on their way to carry out terrorist attacks in the port city of Aden in south Yemen, the September 26 website reported on Thursday.
A Law Rocket ready for launch and an bomb were seized with the bad boys, it quoted a security source as saying.
Yemen is facing increasing bombings in main cities amid an extensive hunt for Al-Qaeda operatives who were reported to have planned to regroup and recruit new fighters after their defeat in Abyan ...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues... and Shabwa provinces in the past few months.
Many terrorist suspects and cells including those responsible for suicide kabooms have been cooled for a few years Please don't kill me! since the army drove Al-Qaeda gunnies out of their strongholds in the south.
In recent weeks, gunnies carried out the deadliest ever attacks in the country including those in the capital Sanaa and Abyan targeting military and security chiefs, personnel and pro-government tribal fighters.
Separately, the website reported that a woman and a child were killed and two children injured in a rockslide in the province of Mahweet.
Heavy rain has hit most of the Yemeni cities in the past few weeks triggering warnings for the people in mountainous areas where rain usually causes devastating rockslides.
[Dawn] A young factory worker was killed, three other persons were maimed in firing and two buses and a shop torched on Thursday in Orangi Town violence that erupted after a man was killed in a clash over collection of Zakat and Fitra in Bangla Bazaar, police said.
The violence was sparked on Wednesday evening when three people, including an activist of the Pakistain People's Party, were attacked in the market in a dispute over collection of money by a group distributing Zakat and Fitra slips in the market, said a police brass hat of the area.
"The dispute was over how another group was distributing slips of 'Fitra' to collect money from the market," the officer added.
Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... PPP leaders said that the party worker, Javed Behari, was rubbed out for refusing to take the slip for payment of Fitra.
Immediately following the incident, the area reverberated with intense firing forcing closure of all markets within the remit of the Pakistain Bazaar cop shoppe.
In the early hours of Thursday, Mr Behari died during treatment at a private hospital.
In the morning, almost all the markets and shops remained shut and as the news of the death spread, violence broke out in the area. Sector 13 and 15 of Orangi Town were the worst-hit areas, with reports of complete market closure and heavy firing.
Three passengers and a pedestrian were maimed in firing on a bus, the police said, adding that one of them, Adil aka Bablu, was shifted to Qatar Hospital where he died.
The other victims -- Farzana Naseem, 35, Rani Bibi, 20, and Mohammad Naeem -- were rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where they were admitted for treatment.
Adil was a resident of Orangi Town Sector 13-G and heading to a garment factory, where he used to work, when he sustained fatal gunshot wounds, the police said, adding that his family took away the body from the hospital without completing medico-legal formalities.
Following the gun attack on the passenger bus, a tailor's shop, a bus of Z-4 route and a 7-star coach were set on fire near Islam Coach. Around a dozen of pushcarts were torched in Sector 15.
Bloody Karachi Division PPP General Secretary Syed Najmi Alam strongly condemned the killing of the party worker, Mr Behari.
He said 'terrorists' were distributing slips for Zakat and Fitra in Bangla Bazaar and they opened fire on him when he declined to accept the slip.
Mr Alam said that every citizen of Bloody Karachi knew who distributed and collected Zakat and Fitra here and those refusing to pay were murdered. He called upon the law-enforcement agencies to rid the people of the menace of extortion in the name of Zakat and Fitra. He also demanded immediate arrest of the 'identified' suspected killers.
Following the funeral at a local mosque, Mr Behari was laid to rest in the Orangi Town Sector 15-D graveyard.
[Dawn] A security man was killed when an improvised bomb went off in Sandokhel area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand ... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar... tribal region on Thursday.
Sources said that the bomb, planted by unidentified persons along Peshawar-Bajaur Highway, went off with a big bang and killed an official of Khasadar Force.
The dear departedkhasadar ...a rural policeman in Pakistain or India... was identified as Gul Amin, a resident of Qandahari area. Security forces launched a search operation in the area after the blast. However, facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable... no arrest was made during the operation.
Taliban front man Ihsanullah Ihsan called local journalists from Qazi's guesthouse an undisclosed location and grabbed credit for the blast.
In Khyber Agency, security forces closed Sam Ghakhi-Shahkas Road in Bara for an indefinite period, causing hardships for local tribal people. Sources said that announcements were made through loudspeakers regarding closure of the road and all markets
in Bar Qambarkhel area for an unspecified period.
The closure of the road will affect movement of Kamarkhel, Qambarkhel, Malikdinkhel and Shalobar rustics. The road links most parts of Bara with the main bazaar and Peshawar district.
The residents of the area told Dawn that closure of road had caused great inconvenience to them in the month of Ramazan. The closure of road not only restricted their movement but could also create shortage of food and other necessary items, they added.
However, facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable... Assistant Political Agent Mohammad Nasir said that some suspected hard boyz wanted by security forces were hiding in the area and there were also reports about smuggling of illegal goods through the same route.
"The security forces had warned elders of the area about smuggling of illegal goods and voluntary handing over of suspected turbans," he said and added that alongside closure of the road and markets, some suspects were also taken into custody.
[Dawn] A house and a private clinic were damaged when a powerful improvised bomb went off at Scheme Chowk in the limits of Badhber cop shoppe here on Thursday.
Police said that the bomb was planted near the residence of Ghulab Sher that destroyed a wall of his house and a portion of a private clinic. The family members of Mr Sher remained unhurt in the blast.
They said that a charity organization was also functioning in the building where the bomb was planted. However, you can observe a lot just by watching... it was learnt that owner of the building had close association with the leaders of Bazidkhel Qaumi Lashkar and he might have been targeted by beturbanned goons.
Police said that the owner of the building had so far nominated no one in the case.
A police official said that about five kilograms of kaboom was packed in a pressure cooker that was planted near the building. It was a time device, he added.
Also, anther bomb planted at a cycle of violence that was parked in the middle of Matani Bazaar was defused by police.
"We timely informed the Bomb Disposal Unit officials, who defused the bomb," an official of Matani cop shoppe said.
He said that a search operation was launched in the area to arrest the people involved in the sabotage bid.
[Bangla Daily Star] The lone surviving gunman of 26/11, Ajmal Kasab, was on Thursday night confronted with terror suspect Abu Jundal at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai and he identified the latter as "one of the main conspirators" behind the attacks in Mumbai.
After the Maharashtra government gave permission to bring the two face to face, the Crime Branch of the Mumbai police took Jundal to the high-security jail, where Kasab has been lodged in a bomb-proof egg-shaped cell since 2008.
The two were interrogated together for at least one-and-a-half hours. During the interface, Kasab said Jundal was one of the main conspirators, police sources said.
Earlier during interrogation, Jundal, one of the handlers of the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack, made some revelations about training imparted to forces of Evil in Pakistain. He allegedly told the police that he had taught Hindi to the 26/11 attackers.
Jundal was allegedly in contact with two forces of Evil during the siege of Chabad House, a Jewish outreach centre, on November 26, 2008.
Jundal also said he had met Lashkar-e-Taiba ...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI... operative David Headley, a co-accused in the 26/11 case.
[Iran Press TV] Unidentified gunnies have opened fire on a Shia procession in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... , injuring two people.
The incident happened on Friday evening, near Bloody Karachi's Bolton Market, as the Youm-e-Ali procession passed through the area, Dawn News reported.
The martyrdom anniversary of Imam Ali (peace be upon him), also known as Youm-e-Ali, was observed on Friday, with religious processions being held across Pakistain amid strict security arrangements.
[Bangla Daily Star] A bombing and a shooting against a police patrol and a city council member in Iraq killed four people and maimed four others yesterday [Friday], security and medical officials said.
"Three coppers were killed and two others maimed by a bomb targeting their patrol in Al-Muqdadiyah this morning," said a police lieutenant colonel in the town, which lies in restive Diyala province.
And just outside the city of Haditha, in Anbar province northwest of the capital, city councilman Nabil Shaaker was killed and two of his brothers maimed when gunnies fired on their car, according to a police lieutenant colonel and doctor Dr Omar Adil at the city's hospital.
[An Nahar] An Indian man beat feet from al-Qaeda-linked faceless myrmidons Friday after being held captive in the southern Philippines for nearly 14 months.
Bijo Kolara Veetil escaped before dawn Friday as his Abu Sayyaf ...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder... captors were preparing breakfast, said Sulu provincial police chief Antonio Freyra.
A heavily bearded Veetil, 37, later told news hounds at a hospital that after he slipped out of the thugs' encampment in the hinterlands of Patikul township, a villager brought him to a provincial official, who handed him to police. He was then taken to the hospital.
Veetil, who worked as an operations manager for a garment company in Kuwait, said he was kidnapped in June 2011 while visiting his wife's family in Patikul.
The kidnappers demanded about 300,000 pesos ($7,100) in ransom, but his family refused to pay. He said he wasn't harmed because he is a Moslem.
Syrian troops and rebels fought fierce battles on Friday in the city of Aleppo ...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins... , where several people died when a shell crashed into a bakery as hundreds queued for bread, Agence La Belle France Presse reported.
The Local Coordination Committees, the main activist group spurring protests on the ground, said regime forces rubbed out 115 civilians and rebels across the country.
Sixty-five people were killed in Aleppo, 22 in Idlib, 12 in Damascus ...Home to a staggering array of terrorist organizations... and its countryside, five in Deir Ezzor, four in Daraa, three in Hama, three in Homs and one in Latakia, the LCC said.
Around a dozen people were killed and 20 maimed at the bakery in the increasingly desperate city, AFP reported. At least three children were among the dead in the eastern Tariq al-Bab district of Syria's commercial capital.
And troops repelled a rebel attack on Aleppo's international airport, state news agency SANA reported. "Mercenary terrorists" had tried to attack it but the "army hit back and killed most of them."
Rebels vowed to fight on in Aleppo, a day after being driven out of a key district under heavy shellfire.
In the latest festivities, Aleppo's historic Citadel, part of a UNESCO-listed world heritage site, was heavily damaged by bombing, according to the opposition.
A rebel commander, Hossam Abu Mohammed, said his men were still fighting in parts of Aleppo's southwestern district of Salaheddin after most fled on Thursday in the face of heavy bombing and advancing troops.
"We will not let Salaheddin go," the Free Syrian Army's Abu Mohammed told AFP by telephone on the third day of a government offensive to take the city.
The army again bombed parts of Salaheddin, as well as the Sakhur and Hanano districts in the northeast, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that five civilians were among 56 people killed nationwide.
Before dawn, a MiG 21 fighter jet dropped four bombs on rebel positions in Hanano, an AFP correspondent said. One struck the courtyard of the FSA headquarters in the area and another a nearby house, wounding a number of people.
Angry residents shouted hostile slogans against La Belle France and the United States, saying: "No one is helping us."
"We are behind the Free Syrian Army, but it is because of them that all of this is happening," one of them lamented.
The opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) said Aleppo's 13th-century Citadel, part of a complex of sites in the city's historic heart that the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization says is of "outstanding universal value" had been damaged in army shelling.
Regime forces rubbed out a 19-year-old protester in New Aleppo, an upscale district of the embattled city, as they met the demonstrators with hot lead, according to monitors.
The Observatory said the youth died from a gunshot to the head, adding that three other demonstrators were maimed in the army-controlled district.
Britannia said on Friday it would give the rebels five million pounds ($7.82 million, 6.3 million euros) in non-lethal assistance, including body armor and communications equipment.
"The people of Syria cannot wait indefinitely, people are dying. In the absence of diplomatic progress the UK will do much more," Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
On the humanitarian front, the International Committee for the Red Thingy said the Syrian Red Islamic Thingy had suspended most of its work in Aleppo because of the extreme danger, but that dozens of volunteers were still working.
A statement in Geneva said the ICRC had managed on Thursday to deliver food and other essential to cover the needs of at least 12,500 people in the city of some 2.7 million people.
[Iran Press TV] At least 10 civilians have been killed in a mortar attack carried out by Islamic fascistiin the Syrian village of Damina al-Sharqiya in the Homs governorate, Press TVreports.
Meanwhile, ...back at the ranch, Butch and the Kid finally brought their horses under control... Syrian security forces have regained control of the main square in the Mashhad district of the northern city of Aleppo ...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins... , but Syrian forces are currently still fighting Islamic fascistiin the district.
In addition, the Syrian Army killed dozens of Islamic fascistiin the Manin district of Damascus ...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world... on Friday.
[Iran Press TV] Syrian security forces have regained control of the main square of the Mashhad district of Aleppo ...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins... , Press TV reports.
The Syrian Army pushed out foreign-backed cut-throats in the area early on Saturday morning.
Syrian troops also foiled two attempted bombings in the city's Bab al-Nairab district as part of a major military operation to clear the flashpoint city of gangs on Friday.