[Tolo News] At least six people, including an Afghan soldier, were maimed in a kaboom near police headquarters in northern Balkh province on Monday.
The kaboom happened Monday morning in the capital of the province Mazar-e-Sharif, when a remote bomb placed in a bicycle went kaboom! in the area, the head of 303 Pamir Corps in northern Afghanistan Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai told TOLOnews.
"Five civilians including women, children and an Afghan soldier were maimed in the blast. Police have started investigating the incident," he said.
The injured were taken to a nearby hospital in the city, he said.
Officials in Balkh hospital confirmed that six people were maimed and were being treated in the hospital.
No group including the Taliban has grabbed credit for the blast.
(Sh. M. Network) -- At least one person was killed and another sustained injury in heavy Tribal festivities that have raged for hours on Monday in some remote villages that come under Galka'yo district of Mudug province in central Somalia, reports said.
The festivities erupted after gunman has shot and dead a civilian at Xero Jalle area near Galka'yo town, sparing armed fighting between two clans dwell together in the same vicinity, according to the local residents.
Ahmed Muse, an official in Somalia's northern semi-autonomous region of Puntalnd, told the Media on Monday that the police are hunting down the killer, calling upon both warring sides to stop the bloodshed fighting as soon as possible.
The city which locates just 750 Km north of Mogadishu is divided into two zones, where the main northern portion forms part of Puntland ...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion... state, while its southern tip is governed by the Galmudug ...a semiautonomous region in central Somalia, bordering Puntland on the north. Galmudug is not trying to obtain international recognition as a separate nation, but rather considers itself autonomous within the larger Somali federalism, for what that's worth... administration.
(Sh. M. Network)--Security forces in Somalia's southern region of Lower Shabelle began massive security operations in the port city of Merca,100 Km south of Mogadishu, to wash out the insecurity acts by gangs, reports said.
"The Somali national army (SNA) are doing new security manoeuvre in the town. We are fighting insecurity and Al shabab remnants are one our main targets. The government will not allow anything that can cause insecurity," an army official said who asked anonymity.
Merca residents confirmed the operations in the city.
Pro-government troops with the assistance of the 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... Mission Troops have pushed Al shabab out of Merca, the third-largest port inSouthern Somalia, without a fight.
(Sh. M. Network)--Witnesses said naval ships fired missiles on the strategic port city of Kismayo, the largest seaport town still held by Al-Shabaab ... Harakat ash-Shabaab al-Mujahidin aka the Mujahideen Youth Movement. It was originally the youth movement of the Islamic Courts, now pretty much all of what's left of it. They are aligned with al-Qaeda but operate more like the Afghan or Pakistani Taliban... faceless myrmidons in southern Somalia.
A resident, who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation, confirmed to Shabelle Media the naval attacks on Kismayo, about 500 Km (310 miles) south of Somalia's capital Mogadishu.
The situation is reportedly tense for the second day and the local residents began to flee their houses as the allied forces move closer to the town for fear of air, sea and ground attacks that could result heavy civilian casualties.
No casualties were reported so far as Somali and AU forces are trying to wrest control from Al shabab, which announced merger with Al Qaeda early this year.
SANAA: Two Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists militants and a pro-government tribesman were killed in clashes in Yemen's restive south yesterday, a local official and a tribesman said.
The two terrorists militants killed in yesterday's violence in Abyan province were from Somalia and Pakistan, the tribesman said. Al-Qaeda has attracted hundreds of foreign fighters since it seized the towns in the south. Some of those terrorists militants had previously fought in Afghanistan.
[Fox News] Griselda Blanco, Colombia's infamous "queen of cocaine" of the 1970s, was murdered in the northwestern city of Medellin, police said.
Blanco, who spent two decades behind bars in the United States, was bumped off on Monday as she left a butcher shop in the western section of Medellin, the capital of Antioquia province.
The 69-year-old Blanco was shot twice in the head outside the shop in the Belen neighborhood by a hitman who sped away on a cycle of violence.
She was with her pregnant daughter-in-law, who was not hurt in the shooting, police spokesmen said.
Blanco began smuggling cocaine into the United States before the rise of the Medellin cartel, led by Pablo Escobar and Carlos Lehder, and the Cali cartel, which was founded by brothers Miguel and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, officials said.
Blanco came up with the idea of "exporting cocaine" to the United States and was known for not hesitating to kill anyone, including one of her husbands, who got in her way.
The narco, who was also known as "The Godmother," was a pioneer in establishing smuggling routes from Colombia into the United States.
Blanco was convicted of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the United States in 1985, served two decades in prison and was deported to Colombia in 2004.
The former narco kept a low profile since returning to Colombia despite once being considered one of the wealthiest women in the world.
I'm amazed she lived in hiding as long as she did. Her MO was to kill people, chop them up, and spread the pieces over the streets of Miami. She killed dozens of people and the families were all looking for her.
Posted by: Frozen Al ||
and the families were all looking for her
Found her someone did, mmmm?
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[An Nahar] Colombia is on course for another try at ending Latin America's last armed conflict, with confirmation Monday from the FARC leftist rebel leader that preliminary talks have taken place with the government on launching a full-blown grinding of the peace processor.
"We come to the table for dialogue without rancor, or arrogance," FARC leader Rodrigo Londono said in a broadcast on the Caracol radio station.
It was the first comment from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC or FARC-EP, is either a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization or a narco mob based in Colombia. It claims to represent the rural poor in a struggle against Colombia's wealthier classes, and opposes United States influence in Colombia, neo-imperialism, monopolization of natural resources by multinational corporations, and the usual raft of complaints. It funds itself principally through ransom kidnappings, taxation of the drug trade, extortion, shakedowns, and donations. It has lately begun calling itself Bolivarian and is greatly admired by Venezuela's President-for-Life Chavez, who seemingly fantasizes about living in the woods and kidnapping people himself. He provides FARC with safe areas along the border. , Latin America's oldest guerrilla army, since the announcement a week ago by President Santos of preliminary talks to pave the way for ending a conflict that has ground on for nearly 50 years.
Londono gave no other details. Caracol said the statement was the audio portion of a video posted on the FARC website, which was down on Monday morning.
The video includes footage of young fighters singing a rap song in favor of dialogue with the government, Caracol said.
Colombian press reports said full blown peace talks are due to begin in October, first in Norway and then continuing in Cuba.
The discussions would likely address issues such as distributing land to peasants, rebels' links to drug trafficking and the idea of reincorporating guerrilla leaders into everyday life -- many of them have been convicted of crimes against humanity, so this is a sensitive point.
The president said in his announcement that the government would not cease military operations against the FARC or reduce their presence nationwide while contacts were underway.
But some in Colombia say a ceasefire is necessary as a confidence-building measure for any peace talks to yield fruit.
Founded in 1964, the FARC are Colombia's oldest rebel group and draw their roots from anger among landless peasants in a country with a gaping divide between rich and poor.
The FARC now have about 9,200 fighters, down by half over the past decade after a series of military successes by the army, and have been driven largely into rural areas.
Colombia has seen peace talks come and go before, three times since the 1980s. The last attempt was in 2002.
The government broke those negotiations off because it said a vast area it set up as a demilitarized zone for the FARC was used by them to regroup and rebuild.
President Santos said this past weekend a long haul again lies ahead.
"Peace does not come overnight. It must be sown and nurtured," he said.
Colombian media said Sunday that the preliminary talks took place in Venezuela and Havana, and produced a six-point negotiating agenda.
Santos is half-way through a four year-term. When announcing the fledgling talks he said peace was a priority for him.
"Since the day my government took office, I have respected my constitutional obligation to seek peace, and we have undertaken exploratory talks with the FARC, to seek an end to the conflict," Santos said in a speech to the nation on August 27.
Kurdish rebels wielding rocket launchers and machine-guns attacked a security base in southeast Turkey, triggering a firefight that left 30 people dead, local officials said Monday. Ten soldiers were killed and seven wounded in the attack in the province of Sirnak, the local government said, while other sources said about 20 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were also killed.
Provincial governor Vahdettin Ozkan said the militants had attacked the security complex at Beytussebap, which lies about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Iraqi border, late Sunday. Police and soldiers returned fire, triggering some of the deadliest clashes with the rebels seen in months.
'The fight against terrorism will continue in all its aspects,' Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said in televised remarks.
In another incident in the southeast late Sunday, clashes erupted when rebels refused to heed police calls to stop at a checkpoint on a highway in the province of Sanliurfa and instead shot at police, NTV television reported. Three members of the security forces and one civilian were wounded, along with one Kurdish rebel in the fighting in the province which borders Syria, according to the private television station.
Rebels in the vehicle attempted to run away flee the scene but were blocked by security forces, and one left the car and blew himself up, NTV said. It said police had received tip-offs that Kurdish suicide bombers had infiltrated from neighbouring Syria for attacks inside Turkey.
Suggesting that the Syrian Kurds are allowing the PKK to use their territory as sanctuary. That's gonna upset the Turks no end...
[Dawn] After the terrorist attack at a clinic on Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. Road, an explosives-laden device with inscription "first gift from Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP)" was discovered on a farm house in the outskirt of Westridge cop shoppe on Sunday night.
A bomb disposal expert told Dawn that the Russian-made device was six inches long and 2.5 inches wide, and contained 500gms of explosives.
"It was attached to the main iron gate of the farm house owned by Haji Sahib Khan, a businessman who hails from Mohmand Agency ... 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 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... ," he added.
The device was first found by a watchman of the farm house who informed his employer. The police and bomb disposal squad were contacted who arrived shortly after and defused the device. However, some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves... news spread fast as a large number of people from the surrounding areas gathered around the farm house.
According to details, Haji Sahib Khan had received threats on his cellphone at least three times in the last 10 days. He switched off his cellphone for a few days but did not report the matter to the police. When he switched on his phone again, he received a text message which stated: "You are under observation and on our hit list."
Later, Dawn spoke to SSP Operation Dr Akhtar Abbas who said the device had a detonator and was not timed.
When enquired whether the TTP was active in Rawalpindi, he replied: "Right now there seem to be no links between the Peshawar Road incident and today's incident. However, some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves... matters are still being investigated by the police."
He said the police had questioned certain suspicious people residing around the farm house.
[Dawn] Three persons, including a peace activist, were maimed while two rustics were kidnapped at gunpoint in different incidents in Khyber Agency, officials said.
They said that two brothers sustained injuries when an bomb, planted beneath a tree, went off in Bazaar-Zakhakhel area on Sunday morning. Both the brothers were working in fields near their house when the device went off.
In Sheen Qamar area of Akkakhel in Bara, unidentified beturbanned goons attacked a patrolling party of the local peace committee. A volunteer identified as Abdul Hayat received critical bullet injuries in the attack. He was shifted to a hospital in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
In Jamrud, masked gunnieskidnapped two residents of Bakarabad when they were returning from the local market. The kidnapped persons were identified as Haroon and Nouman.
Meanwhile, ...back at the barn, Bossy had come up with a new idea... a garments and grocery store in Peerokhel area was partially damaged when an bomb of mild intensity, planted near the shop along the road, went kaboom! on the night between Saturday and Sunday.
In Jamrud, Khasadar Force claimed to have seized three kilograms of heroin and tossed in the slammer Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! three drug peddlers during routine checking at Bhagiyarhi checkpost on the main Peshawar-Torkham Highway.
Meanwhile, ...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth had turned a paler shade of blue. Star-A-Star had struck again... Tehrik-e-Mutasereen Khyber Agency (TMKA) has demanded reopening of all business centres in Bara.
TMKA chairman Shah Faisal Afridi said in a statement that the three-year long military operation failed to achieve desired results. He urged security forces and local administration to ease curfew, reopen all business centres and convene a jirga of elders of all the major tribes of Bara to resolve the issue.
The TMKA also called upon provincial and Fata disaster management authorities to arrange for safe and honourable return of all internally displaced families from Bara to their respective areas.
Mr Afridi alleged that Frontier Corps failed to establish peace in Bara. He said that responsibility of maintaining law and order should be handed over to Khasadar Force alongside reinstatement of all suspended khasadar ...a rural policeman in Pakistain or India... s in Bara.
Mr Afridi also demanded of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central... governor and Fata additional chief secretary to announce a special package for the people of Bara as they had suffered loses worth millions of rupees during the last three years. In Kurram Agency ...home of an intricately interconnected web of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, where the laws of cause and effect are assumed to be suspended, conveniently located adjacent to Tora Bora... , beturbanned goons attacked a village on
Sunday and kidnapped five rustics, sources said.
They said that a group of gunnies besieged a village in Serkhui Darra area and took away five people with them at gunpoint. Officials
confirmed the incident and said that investigations had been ordered.
The kidnapped persons were identified as Gul Said, Naseeb Khan, Janat Laiq, Mir Khan and Khatir Gul.
[Dawn] Unknown gunniesbumped off three people, including a trader, in two separate incidents in Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... 's Khuzdar district on Monday.
According to SHO Khuzdar Abdul Qadir, a businessman, Hafiz Sanaullah, was killed in his shop when armed assailants shot up him at the Chakar Khan Road. The attackers managed to flee the scene. ... as though they had never been...
In a separate incident, unidentified gunnies riding a cycle of violenceshot up two persons at Chandani chowk and fled from the site.
As a result, one man was struck down in his prime while the other departed this vale of tears on way to a hospital.
The bodies of the dear departed were handed over to the heirs after completion of legal formalities.
The motives behind the killings could not be ascertained so far. Police registered both cases and started the investigations.
[Dawn] A policeman was killed and four others sustained injuries when their vehicle came under attack at Bazarak Khwar near Afghan refugees' camp in Lower Dir on Saturday night.
Sources said that police were on routine patrol in Jandol area on Sunday night. Their van was attacked by unidentified Islamic fascistiwhen they were coming back to Timergara after finishing the patrol duty, they added.
Sources said that constable Ikram Hussain, 22, was killed in the attack while four of his colleagues identified as Nizamud Din, Sajad Ahmad, Mohammad Ali Shah and Samiullah, driver of the van, were maimed.
The injured were rushed to district headquarters hospital in Timergara from where two of them were referred to Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. at death's door.
Police and security forces cordoned off the area after the incident, however, the attackers managed to escape unhurt, sources said, adding that nine suspects, most of them Afghan refugees, were taken into custody by Munda police on Sunday for interrogation.
It was the third attack on police in Jandol area during the last three months. In the past, two coppers were killed by unidentified Islamic fascistiwhen they were patrolling Munda Bazaar while another constable was rubbed out during the month of Ramazan.
Meanwhile, ...back at the sandwich shop, Caroline was experimenting with ingredients of increasing volatility... authorities of security forces in the area convened a meeting of local elders and asked them to help law enforcement agencies in identifying the attackers.
The dear departed constable Ikram Hussain was later laid to rest at Nagri Talash village with official honour. Senior coppers, social and political activists and a large number of local people attended his funeral
Five soldiers were injured, two of them seriously, by a bomb explosion in Narathiwat province on Monday afternoon.
Tak Bai district police said the attack occurred about 12:30 p.m. when a pickup truck carrying five soldiers on patrol was hit by a bomb buried at one end of a bridge on the road. The bomb was remotely detonated by a mobile phone by terrorists militants hiding nearby when the vehicle was passing over the bridge.
[An Nahar] A Syrian warplane bombed a building in the northern rebel-held town of al-Bab in 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... province on Monday, killing at least 10 men, six women and two children, a watchdog said.
"The victims included two children, a girl and a boy," Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Agence La Belle France Presse. "They died when the fighter jet bombed the building where they were sheltered."
The army also pounded several districts of the city of Aleppo, the Observatory said, more than six weeks after the start of what Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs... regime warned would be "the mother of all battles" in Syria's commercial hub.
The Arclight airstrike on Al-Bab followed a series of attacks on towns and villages in the Aleppo countryside, as regime forces fight to break rebel supply lines into the city.
State news agency SANA said on Monday that "our brave armed forces continued to purse terrorists... who sustained heavy losses," adding that the army "seized large quantities of arms and ammunition" from the rebels on the outskirts of Aleppo city.
The army, SANA said, destroyed a number of pick-up trucks equipped with heavy machine guns at Kafr al-Hamra, "at the northern entrance of Aleppo, while Islamic fascistitried to enter the city."
BEIRUT: At least 1,600 people were killed last week in Syria in the deadliest seven days since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011, the UN children's fund UNICEF said Sunday.
The watchdog Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said August marked the bloodiest month, with at least 5,440 people killed. According to the Observatory, at least 26,283 people have been killed in Syria since the revolt began in March last year -- 18,695 civilians, 1,079 defectors and 6,509 troops.
The toll does not account for thousands of people missing in Syria's jails, said Rami Abdel Rahman, the Observatory's director.
Last week, activists reported that between 300 and 600 people were killed in the Damascus suburb of Daraya during days of shelling.
AMMAN: Syrian army bulldozers razed houses in western Damascus on Monday, pursuing what activists called the first campaign of collective punishment targeting people's property in areas of the capital hostile to President Bashar Assad.
Bulldozers backed by combat troops demolished buildings in the poor Tawahin district, near the Damascus-Beirut highway, activists and residents said.
"They started three hours ago. The bulldozers are bringing down shops and houses. The inhabitants are in the streets," said a woman who lives in a high-rise building overlooking the area.
"This is an unprovoked act of collective punishment. The rebels had left, there are no longer even demonstrations in the area," said Mouaz Al-Shami, a campaigner collecting video documentation of the demolitions.
"The regime can't stop itself from repeating the brutality of the 1980s," he said, alluding to mass killings and wholesale destruction in the city of Hama in 1982 under Assad's father, the late Hafez Assad, who ruled Syria for 30 years.
"The regime has not changed. It will not," Shami said.
Activists also reported the razing or burning of at least 200 houses and shops in the old part of the southern city of Daraa in the past few days. Army shelling had largely emptied the area, prompting 40,000 people to flee to Jordan.
Opposition campaigner Rami Al-Sayyed said: "This the first time we see a systematic campaign to raze houses and shops using direct means like bulldozers that seems to be concentrating on Damascus and its environs."
Bulldozers entered the Khashabeh area of the northern Damascus suburb of Harasta on Monday and began razing houses in the neighborhood. The latest wave of demolitions follows the destruction of dozens of buildings in an area next to Tawahin in Damascus on Sunday and in the Sunni district of Qaboun last month.
"I visited Qaboun yesterday. It is no longer a dense neighborhood. I could see from one end of the neighborhood to the other because so many buildings have been razed," said another Damascus activist who gave her name only as Yasmine.
"This method is now being used to try and humiliate Damascenes."