A hidden improvised bomb in a cycle of violence killed a child and a policeman in southern Kandahar province Thursday evening, officials said.
The bomb was planted in the cycle of violence and exploded as a police convoy was passing in an area of Kandahar city at around 7:00PM, provincial front man Javid Faisal told TOLOnews.
Two other children and another police officer were maimed in the incident which also damaged the police Ranger vehicle, he added.
It comes as a NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... soldier was killed Thursday in southern Afghanistan during an jihad boy attack, according to an Isaf statement.
No further details of the location of the incident or the nationality of the solider were released, as per Isaf protocol.
The death brings the total number of foreign troops killed this year in the Afghan war to 340.
There are around 117,000 international soldiers, mostly Americans, fighting cut-throats in Afghanistan.
No group including the Taliban has grabbed credit for the Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... blast.
[VOA News] At least 15 people were killed Thursday and many more maimed in a suicide kaboom on a restaurant in the Somali capital. Several journalists were among those killed in the attack.
Officials say two jacket wallahs attacked the Village Restaurant on Thursday evening in downtown Mogadishu.
The restaurant, owned by a British-Somali businessman, is popular with students, politicians and journalists.
Hassan Ali Geesey, director of Dalsan Radio, said at least three journalists were killed in the attack and reported seeing many more bodies at the scene.
"Me, I saw at least nine bodies of dead and at least 22 people, including journalists and civilian people who were maimed at the place," said Geesey.
The Director of Somali National Television, Liban Ali Nur, was among those killed in the attack. He had survived a previous suicide kaboom targeting journalists in April at the National Theater, just across the street from the Village restaurant.
(Sh.M.Network)-- At least one person was confirmed dead and ten others injured, most of them seriously in an indiscriminate bombardment in Mogadishu on Wednesday night, Witnesses said.
"Mortar rounds fired from unknown locations smashed over night into residential area in Shibis and Bondhere districts and at least one civilian died and 10 others maimed who were taken to the hospitals for medical treatment," a resident said.
Somali government officials in the areas of bombardment were unavailable to reach for comments on the shelling and no group has grabbed credit for the attack.
(Sh.M.Network) -- As Kenyan troops close in on the 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... jihad boy stronghold of Kismayo, Somalia, United Nations ...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks... officials are urging armed forces to try to minimize civilian casualties.
U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Mark Bowden met with the Kenyan defense minister and military officials in Nairobi Wednesday to discuss ways to protect civilian lives as the military operation heats up around the port city.
"The concern is that their interests are safeguarded and hopefully we can then make sure these people don't become long-termed displaced populations, and are able to return to safety as soon as possible," he said.
Accounts of civilian casualties
According to Kenyan military officials, ships have been shelling al-Shabaab targets in Kismayo, and receiving return fire from jihad boys, in the past few months. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch ... dedicated to bitching about human rights violations around the world... urged Kenyato investigate an August shelling incident in which two children and a pregnant woman were killed.
Although Kenya's military was integrated with 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... forces (AMISOM) in June, its naval ships continue to operate independent of the AMISOM mission.
Kenyan military front man Colonel Cyrus Oguna said that, in operating independently, Kenyan forces are doing nothing illegal.
"We're not entirely banned from using maritime forces as long as it's in line with our national interests," he said. "So yes, that's why we're using maritime forces [to shell Kismayo], including air forces. As long as we're using it to protect our national interests and we're also taking care of collateral damage, we have not broken any law whatsoever."
Oguna also said Kenyan and Somali forces captured the town ofJana Cabdalla, which is within 50 kilometers of Kismayo, on Wednesday.
A fight to the death
Military officials and witnesses have said al-Shabaab commanders have been fleeing Kismayo this week, but that some fighters may be staying behind to defend the city.
VOA Somali service reports an al-Shabaab radio transmitter dismantled earlier this week in Kismayo is again up and running, broadcasting the group's message and urging residents to stay calm, but vowing to fight to the death.
Bowden said there has been a spike in the number of civilians fleeing the coastal city, one of the Somali jihad boy group's last remaining bastions.
"At the moment there appears to be a level of panic or concern about military operations, and yesterday we recorded over a thousand people leaving Kismayo," said Bowden, explaining that plans for providing humanitarian access to those in need must be made as soon as possible.
(Sh.M.Network)--140 officers of the Nigerian Police Force have arrived in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia to participate in the ongoing Africa Union (AU)Missionin Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeeping operations. I feel more secure already. And I don't even live there.
A statement by the Peace and Security Department of the AU Commission on Wednesday said that the Formed Police Unit (FPU) from Nigeria would join other unit from Uganda who were already in Mogadishu.
The Special Representative of the AU Chairperson for Somalia, Boubacar Diarra in a statement said the arrival of the second AMISOM Formed Police Unit was a clear demonstration of the AU's commitment to support Somalia in its endeavour to improve the security situation in the country especially in the liberated areas.
Mr Diarra thanked the AU Commission, the government and the people of Nigeria for honouring the pledge to provide additional police personnel to the mission.
(Sh.M.Network)--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 in Somalia has called for calm among residents of the southern port city of Kismayo following reports of Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab ... the personification of Somali state failure... Islamic fascistifleeing the town.
"AMISOM is concerned about reports that civilians are being attacked by hard boyz in their homes and being forced to flee the town," said AMISOM Deputy Force Commander Maj. Gen. Simon Karanja.
"We appeal for all to remain calm. AMISOM's intent remains to liberate the people of Kismayo to enable them to lead their lives in peace, stability and security," he added.
Troops from AMISOM's Kenyan contingent have captured a string of towns on the road from Afmadow to Kismayo, most recently the strategic town of Bibi.
"We urge all the fighters remaining in Kismayo to lay down their arms. Already a number of them have contacted us indicating their wish to cease fighting and we have assured them of their safety if they give themselves up to our forces," Gen. Karanja said.
Gen. Karanja also appealed to humanitarian agencies to come to the aid of the people fleeing to areas liberated by AMISOM and Somali security forces. "We stand ready to facilitate any efforts to ease the suffering of the population," he said.
[Al Ahram] Tunisia said it was banning all demonstrations on Friday after receiving a tip-off about preparations for violence over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published by a French satirical weekly. "The interior ministry, using its powers under the state of emergency and in order to maintain public order, announces that it is outlawing any form of demonstration anywhere in Tunisian territory on Friday," a ministry statement said on Thursday.
"The ministry notes that it has received information suggesting the protests would be exploited for the purpose of committing acts of violence and causing unrest," it added.
Calls for Friday protests were circulating on social networks following the publication by French weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday of cartoons featuring obscene images of the founder of Islam.
The interior ministry called on "all Tunisians and civil society to demonstrate understanding" and "urge (people) not to follow the call" to protest.
The French embassy has announced it will close on Friday and said all French schools in Tunisia would remain shut from Wednesday until Monday morning, as a precautionary measure.
Tunisia's ruling Islamist party responded to the printing of the controversial images by saying Moslems had "the right to protest" against them, as long as they do so peacefully.
"Ennahda backs the right of Moslems to protest and calls on the use of peaceful and civilised means," said Ennahda, which heads Tunisia's governing coalition, while also branding the cartoons "a new attack against the Prophet."
Publication of the cartoons comes against a background of violent protests across the Moslem world, which first erupted early last week over an anti-Islam film made in Caliphornia and posted on the Internet.
One of the most noticeable - and interesting - aspects of the Muslim world today (Friday) is the LACK of response to the Muhammed cartoons published in France. There is almost nothing in the way of huge street demonstrations or emabssy burnings. Yet at the same time there are still active protests going on about the USA film in places like Islamabad and Nigeria.
The question is WHY???
Why would the French cartoons be any less offensive than the movie clip? There appears to be no logical reason.
This leads to the conclusion that the original protests against the film were part of a plan that may have been much deeper and wider than western Govt's suspected. The film was simply used as a catalyst to motivate people on the streets. Underneath the protests there may have been a carefully organized effort of subversion. If you look at the words of ambassador Chris Stevens - he suspected he was high on the hit list of aL Qaeda. Yet the State Dept has confirmed no evidence that the ambassador was on the AQ target list. Discrepancy? Possibly - that kind of intel is not strong. But could it be that both statements are correct? Stevens was not targeted by AQ - instead he was targeted by Iranian agents. It would certainly benefit Iran to be causing widespread anger against the USA at the current time.
Finally, it is worth noting that many intelligence agencies are capable of "false flag" operations. We should not discount the sophistication of the Iranians and al Quds. It is entirely possible that highly trained Shiite agents may be masquerading as Sunni Muslims, and operating within jihadist groups.
It would certainly benefit Iran to be causing widespread anger against the USA at the current time
The other possibility is the objective of weakening what central government there is in Libya, by showing them to be powerless and by removing/weakening whatever Western support they and pro-government militias might be receiving (not to mention weakening whatever western influence there is within Libya.)
Long term, it'd allow one or more militias (at least one of them Iranian-backed) to then become the 'strong horse' within the country.
[Al Ahram] Thousands of Moslems marched in the Nigerian city of Zaria and burnt US and Israeli flags on Thursday to protest a US-made anti-Islam movie that has drawn demonstrations in various countries.
I have one word of investment advice for you, dear Reader: flag makers. OK, that's two, but thoughts of our beloved vice president made me think like him momentarily.
The protesters under the auspices of the pro-Iranian Shiite group Islamic Movement of Nigeria carried banners and placards denouncing the United States and Israel while calling for the prosecution of the film producers.
They dragged the US and Israeli flags along the dusty streets and burnt them at the end of the 10-kilometre (eight-mile) march amidst cries of "Death to America™" and "Death to Israel."
"The film, apart from outward mockery on tenets and beliefs of Islam, presented Prophet Mohammed in a display of an unspeakable immoral manner and personality," read a leaflet circulated by the group during the protest.
Armed coppers in vans escorted the protesters to ward off potential violence in the northern city that is home to Nigeria's Vice President Namadi Sambo.
The city has seen violent attacks blamed on 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, including gun attacks on Sambo's house.
Last week, Moslems in the central city of Jos as well as the northern cities of Katsina and Sokoto poured into the streets in protest against the movie without any incident, although soldiers dispersed the protesters in Jos.
The crudely made "Innocence of Moslems", produced by US-based Death Eater Christians, has triggered protests in at least 20 countries since excerpts were posted online, and more than 30 people have been killed in violence linked to the film.
Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation with 160 million people, is roughly divided between a predominantly Moslem north and a largely Christian south, and Moslem-Christian tensions have often led to deadly confrontation.
An article in one of Nigeria's leading newspapers in 2002 considered blasphemous by Moslems helped spark deadly riots in the northern city of Kaduna in which 3,000 people were killed.
The article, published a few days before the Miss World Pageant planned to be held in Nigeria, said the Prophet Mohammed would have taken one of the beauty queens as a wife, in reaction to strong opposition by Moslems against hosting the pageant in the country.
[Bangla Daily Star] Members of an army intelligence agency yesterday tossed in the slammer Please don't kill me! Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... Nayeb-e-Ameer Maulana Abdus Subhan at Bangabandhu Bridge toll plaza in Tangail yesterday in connection with a case of violence.
A war crimes suspect, Subhan was sent to Pabna jail after he was produced before the executive magistrate's court here around 8:00pm, said sources in police.
Earlier, police had taken him from Tangail to Pabna.
"A case was filed in April this year against Subhan and 30 other BNP-Jamaat men on charges of looting, torching and vandalising houses in four villages of Chartarapur union under Sadar upazila in 2003," Jahangir Hossain Matobbar, Pabna superintendent of police, told The Daily Star.
Protesting the arrest, activists of the Jamaat put up barricades of timber in Rajapur, Jafrabad, Jalalpur and a few other places on the Dhaka-Pabna highway around 6:30pm.
Movement of vehicles on the highway remained suspended till the filing of this report at 9:30pm.
The former politician was tossed in the slammer Please don't kill me! at 8:30am when he along with his two sons was on his way to Pabna from Dhaka by a jeep.
After his arrest, he was taken to Bangabandhu Bridge East Police Station and later handed over to Pabna police around 4:45pm, reports our Tangail correspondent.
Witnesses said as the news of his arrest spread, activists of the Jamaat and Islami Chhatra Shibir ... the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh... , carrying bamboo sticks, brought out a procession after Zohr prayers before Chanpa Masjid in Pabna town.
When the procession drew close to the Doi Bazar point, some unruly activists threw brickbats at police, prompting the law enforcers to use batons on them.
The clash left at least 20 people, including three police and three journalists injured.
A sub-inspector of Pabna Sadar Police Station was admitted to Pabna Medical College Hospital for treatment.
SUBHAN'S ROLE IN 1971
Subhan served the Jamaat-e-Islami as acting Ameer (chief) of its Pabna unit during the Liberation War.
He was vice-president of the Pabna unit of the Peace Committee, an organization of Pak collaborators, according to the report on the findings of the People's Inquiry Commission on the activities of the war criminals and the collaborators.
Field level investigations have revealed that Subhan organised the Al-Badr and Razakars; formed the Peace Committee and was involved in a number of criminal activities.
He was implicated in a special tribunal case for his alleged activities against the Liberation War and killing of freedom fighters, innocent people and assaulting and repressing women.
He was asked to appear before the sub-divisional magistrate's court on February 29, 1972. But he fled to Pakistain with Ghulam Azam at that time. (Source: "Ekattorer Dalalera" by Shafiq Ahmed and Advocate Shafiqul Islam Shibly, Patahrtala Pabna)
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By Chris Covert
A total of 14 individuals have been killed in drug and gang related violence in Tamaulipas state, including three Tamaulipas state police agents, according to several Spanish and English language reports.
According to a news item posted Thursday evening on the website of Animal Politico, the three police agents were killed Wednesday night aboard their official vehicle in Nuevo Laredo.
The agents were identified as José Luis Orozco, Arturo Alvarado, and Guillermo Hernandez,, all of the Tamaulipas state Secretaria de Seguridad Publica Estatal (SSPE) or state police.
The shooting took place near the intersection of calles Jesus Carranza and Paseo Colon.
Meanwhile eight other individuals were killed on drug related violence since last September 15, according to an translated account published on the website of San Antonio Express English language news daily Thursday evening.
A total of seven unidentified individuals were killed over last weekend in Tamualipas state. The news report did not specify the number or locations of the incidents.
A total of four armed suspects were killed by a Mexican Army road patrol just outside Nuevo Laredo city along Anahuac highway Monday afternoon. Soldiers in the patrol observed a vehicle with suspects and gave chase when the driver attempted to elude the patrol.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
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By Chris Covert
A total of 11 individuals were killed or were found dead in ongoing drug and gang related violence in Durango and Coahuila states including three Policia Federal (PF) agents, according to Mexican news accounts.
According to a news account on the website of Animal Politico, the three PF agents had been ambushed in Gomez Palacio by armed suspects travelling aboard several vehicles. The ambush took place near the intersection of calles Victoria and Zaragoza in Zona Centro at around 1100 hrs Thursday.
The three PF agents who died in the encounter were identified as Pedro Cano Rodriguez, 34, Refugio Hernandez Ramirez, 41 and Antonio Lopez Mendez, 33.
Meanwhile, eight individuals died in drug or gang violence elsewhere in Durango state, according to a news report posted on the website of El Siglo de Durango news daily.
A decapitated body was found in Tlahualilo municipality Tuesday morning near Ejido Banco Nacional. The victim was an unidentified male in his 20s with tattoos, whose hands were bound. His head was found nearby.
Two women were found shot to death inside a minivan in Gomez Palacio municipality late Tuesday night. The victims were identified as Ema Martínez Sainz, 55 and Dora Alicia Regalado Ramirez, 40. They were found aboard a Toyota Quest minivan near the intersection of Avenida Madero and Calle Zaragoza.
An unidentified man in his 20s was found shot to death along the Durango city to Gomez Palacio highway at Kilometer 41.
Another unidentified man in his 20s was found shot to death in Gomez Palacio municipality Wednesday night. The victim was found in San Alberto colony in Ejido Filadelfia. He had been shot once in the head.
According to a news item posted on the website of El Diario de Coahuila news daily, three armed suspects were killed by Mexican security forces in Piedra Negras municipality in Coahuila state Wednesday evening. According to the report, the gunfight took place near the intersection of calles Lopez Mateos and Alejo Gonzalez in Buenavista colony. A unit of the Coahuila state Grupo de Armas y Tacticas Especiales (GATE) located the armed suspects who were travelling aboard a van, and who had fired their weapons at state security forces. Piedra Negras is under heightened alert due to a mass prison break last Monday,which had sprung 132 criminals.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
unfortunately, I think the dull constant thump in Mexico is submerged via the noisy Arab spring and regional ME frolics. If China goes against Japan, same disinterest. Amazing. This is on our f*cking border!
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What Frank said, too. ;-p
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[Al Ahram] Police tossed in the clink Please don't kill me! a young man in southern La Belle France on Thursday on suspicion that he was planning a Dire Revenge™ attack on the staff of a satirical magazine which published cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammad.
Anti-terrorism magistrates near the Mediterranean port city of Toulon questioned the 18-year-old after he threatened in a message on Facebook to cut the throats of anyone he could find at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a judicial source said.
The magazine's publication of cartoons ridiculing Mohammad added to the anger of Moslems already outraged over an anti-Islam film produced in the United States and posted on the Internet.
The suspect had no police record but he was already known to security services, the source said, without giving further details.
Police in La Belle France are on high alert for attacks by Islamist thugs. They were criticised for failing to stop an al Qaeda-inspired gunman shooting dead seven people in March, including three Jewish children, in the southern city of Toulouse ...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France... The shooter, Mohamed Merah, had been interviewed by police after returning from a visit to Afghanistan and had a violent criminal record.
The government, which has criticised the cartoons, plans to shut schools and diplomatic offices in 20 countries on Friday as a precaution against protests after attacks on U.S. and German embassies, some of them deadly.
Police have refused a request to hold a protest against the film in Gay Paree, after some 150 participants in an illegal demonstration near the U.S embassy were tossed in the slammer Book 'im, Mahmoud! on Sunday. La Belle France has Europe's largest population of Moslems.
"People in the suburbs are very upset over the publication of these cartoons," said Mohamed Mechmache, head of the ACLEFEU association for urban youths, created in the wake of riots that swept French suburbs in 2005.
"They feel there is a double standard when it comes to free speech: it's okay to mock the Prophet, but we can't protest against it ... All it would take for things to spiral out of control is a police check that goes wrong."
In another incident which might exacerbate strains, an 18-year-old young French woman was sentenced to two months in jail for refusing to comply with a police identity check while she was wearing a banned full-face veil in public.
The woman resisted police when they asked to check her identity in front of a mosque in central Marseille in July, during the holy Moslem fasting period of Ramadan.
Under a French law from 2010, a person wearing a "burqa" or "niqab" style full-face veil can be stopped by police. If she refuses to remove her veil, she can be fined or sentenced to community service. Repeat offenders face jail.
In addition to being incarcerated Please don't kill me! and receiving a six-month suspended prison sentence, the veiled woman was ordered to pay damages of 1,000 euros ($1,300) to a female police officer whom she bit during the altercation.
Two young men who were accompanying the woman were also sentenced to two months' jail for fighting with police when they tried to carry out the identity check.
[Al Ahram] A US judge rejected Thursday a request by an actress in the anti-Islamic video that set off violent Moslem protests to ban YouTube from showing the trailer in the United States. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Louis Lavin refused the request by lawyers for actress Cindy Lee Garcia for a restraining order to prevent the online video-sharing service from continuing to show the trailer.
Garcia is one of three actresses in the film to have come forward with similar accusations since the kaboom of violence that destroyedMoslem countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia last week.
She sued YouTube and its owner Google ...contributed $814,540 to the 2008 Obama campaign... for releasing excerpts of the very amateurish film, which was later dubbed into Arabic and made to show Mohammed as a thuggish womanizer.
YouTube said Wednesday it extended its restrictions on the video to "countries where it is considered illegal by local authorities; that is, to date, India, Indonesia. Malaysia and Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face... YouTube last week restricted access to the film in Egypt and Libya after unrest in those countries, and has been adding countries to the list. Some others including Pakistain and Sudan, have blocked access themselves.
The US actress also filed a lawsuit against the reported producer of the film, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, on grounds of invasion of privacy, fraud, slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The 55-year-old Egyptian Copt and convicted fraudster -- out on parole -- lives in Los Angeles and has admitted to working on the film, "Innocence of Moslems."
US media say Nakoula wrote and produced the film, using the pseudonym Sam Bacile before being identified. He was questioned overnight Friday by police before going into hiding with his family.
[Al Ahram] Up to 50 people were maimed on Thursday as police clashed with thousands of protesters, some carrying the banners of jihad boy groups, demonstrating in Islamabad against an anti-Islam film. Officers fired tear gas and live rounds as the demonstrators, many armed with wooden clubs, tried to reach Islamabad's heavily-guarded diplomatic enclave, home to most Western embassies, including the US, British and French missions.
The government called in the army to protect the enclave after protesters broke through a barrier of shipping containers set up by police to block a road leading to the area.
The crudely made "Innocence of Mohammedans", produced by US-based jihad boy Christians, has triggered protests in at least 20 countries since excerpts were posted online, and more than 30 people have been killed in violence linked to the film.
There have been dozens of demonstrations around Pakistain over the past week and at least two people have been killed, but Thursday was the first time protests in the capital had turned violent.
An initial demonstration of around 1,000 swelled to around 5,000 with the arrival of protesters carrying the flags of hardline Islamist groups Jamaat-ud-Dawa ...the front organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba... , Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... and Sipah-e-Sahaba -- which is banned by the Pakistain government.
Police fired tear gas and live rounds as the protesters, chanting "We are ready to die to safeguard the Prophet's honour", stormed the container barrier.
The firing scattered the crowd, but they returned to pelt officers with stones and breach the cordon, before torching a police post next to the nearby five-star Serena hotel.
The luxury hotel, much used by visiting Westerners, came under attack as a few demonstrators managed to enter the car park and damage vehicles, while others picked up tear gas shells fired by police and threw them into the Serena compound.
Doctor Razia Sultana of the Federal Government Services Hospital said at least 44 police and six civilians were hurt in the festivities, with the majority of injuries caused by stones and tear gas shells.
Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said the government would protect the diplomatic enclave at all costs and accused political groups of trying to fan violence.
Pakistain has declared Friday a national holiday and "day of love for the prophet" in response to "Innocence of Mohammedans" and called for peaceful protests.
"I appeal to the people to remain peaceful tomorrow as any violent protest will harm the country," Kaira said.
"Indulgence in violence will not convey any positive message abroad."
Student Asif Mehmood demanded police let protesters through to the US embassy and urged harsh treatment for American pastor Terry Jones, who is notorious for past Koran-burning episodes and is reportedly connected to the film.
"Terry Jones and the filmmaker should be sternly punished for playing with the feelings of Mohammedans. We will not tolerate this blasphemy," Mehmood said.
Fellow protester Rehan Ahmad said: "Islam is often ridiculed by America and the West and blasphemy is committed against our prophet in the name of freedom of expression."
[Dawn] At least 10 people, including two children, were killed and 30 others injured when a car-bomb went kaboom! in a busy commercial-cum-residential area here on Wednesday.
The Superintendent of Police (Rural) told news hounds that the bomb planted in a parked car hit a van passing through the Scheme Chowk on Kohat Road in the suburbs of 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.
He said the explosives might have been detonated by remote control. The target of the attack, he added, was a Pakistain Air Force vehicle going to the PAF base located near the main highway in Badbher.
Nasir, a witness, said he was passing through the area in a pick-up when a huge blast took place. There was dust and smoke all around with the victims crying for help, he said.
Local people took the injured and the bodies to hospitals.
He said most of the injured were in the van going to Dera Ismail Khan ... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
Siraj, an auto mechanic, told Dawn at the Lady Reading Hospital that he was going home from his workshop when the blast took place.
He said his workplace was destroyed and some of his colleagues were maimed.
"Since it is a busy place and with vehicles parked in the area we did not suspect that the car was laden with explosives," he said.
Additional IG and head of the bomb disposal squad Shafqat Malik told newsmen that 30 to 40 kilograms of high quality explosives had been used in the attack. He said artillery shells had also been planted in the car to maximise the impact of the blast. "Yes we have found splinters of shells from the blast site," he said.
A police official said another bomb concealed in a pushcart had been defused in the city on Tuesday night.
He said that Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain might have carried out the attack. However, a hangover is the wrath of grapes... the TTP or any other group did not claim responsibility till late Wednesday night.Hospital sources said that 10 of the maimed people, a woman among them, were in a critical condition. A large number of people rushed to the Lady Reading and Combined Military hospitals to donate blood.
The blast destroyed several vehicles and about a dozen furniture shops and auto workshops.
Vehicular traffic remained gridlocked on the busy Kohat Road for about an hour.
According to police, the blast was so powerful that it also damaged some nearby houses.
On Aug 31, a car boom had killed 11 people at Mattani Bazaar.
[Dawn] The Interior Ministry called on the Pakistain Army in Islamabad on Thursday as over a thousand enraged protesters attempted to reach Islamabad's heavily-guarded diplomatic enclave in a bid to register their protest against a US-made anti-Islam film.
At least 11 people were maimed Thursday as police fired live rounds and tear gas to break up a large crowd of over 1,000 students, many armed with wooden clubs.
The enraged students clashed with law enforcement agencies, pelting them with stones. Several protestors were eventually able to enter the high security Red Zone.
Islamabad's heavily-guarded diplomatic enclave is home to most Western embassies, including the US, British and French missions.
The crudely made "Innocence of Mohammedans" has triggered protests in at least 20 countries since excerpts were posted online, and more than 30 people have been killed in violence linked to the film.
There have been dozens of protests around Pakistain over the past week and at least two people have been killed, but Thursday is the first time protests in the capital have turned violent.
Police fired tear gas and live rounds as the protesters tried to break through a barrier of truck containers set up to block access to the diplomatic enclave.
"I was ordered by my boss to disperse the crowd and that is why I had to open live fire but the aim was nearby trees and not the demonstrators," Zaman Khan, a police officer deployed at the picket said.
The firing forced the protesters to scatter, but they returned later to pelt the police picket with stones.
Student Asif Mehmood demanded police let the protesters through to the US embassy.
Fellow protester Rehan Ahmad said: "Islam is often ridiculed by America and the West and blasphemy is committed against our prophet in the name of freedom of expression."
Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said that "It is our responsibility to protect all our diplomats, all the foreigners."
He criticized protesters for resorting to violence and suggested that various religious and turban groups among the crowd were to blame.
Most of the protesters appeared to be students affiliated with the Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... party.
Flags from other Islamic groups, Jamaat-u-Dawa and the Death Eater turban group, Sipah-e-Sahaba, could also be seen flying among the crowd.
[Dawn] US Embassy advertisements condemning an anti-Islam video appeared on Pak television on Thursday in an attempt to undercut anger against the United States, where the film was produced. Hundreds of youths, however, clashed with security officials as they tried in vain to reach the embassy in Islamabad amid outrage in many countries over the film's vulgar depiction of the Prophet Muhammad (PTUI!).
The ads reflected efforts by the US government to distance itself from the video in a country where anti-American sentiment already runs high. Violence linked to the movie has left at least 30 people in seven countries dead, including the American ambassador to Libya. Two people have died in protests in Pakistain.
[Dawn] The political administration of Orakzai Agency ... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers... has asked four non-governmental organizations including partners of USAID and Unicef to stop working in the troubled area forthwith, sources say.
They said that the administration through a letter, issued on September 9, directed four non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to stop their activities in the area till obtaining formal permission from Corps Headquarters 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.
The political agent said, in the letter, that the decision to stop the four organizations from working was taken in view of the directives he received from Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) on August 10.
The four persons to whom the instructions had been issued included chief of party Fata Children Project, agency coordinator National Research and Development Foundation, agency health communication support officer Chip Training Consultants and Field Monitor APEX, sources said.
They said that most of those organizations had been working in Orakzai Agency for the past one year for which they had been already issued no objection certificates.
Sources alleged that governor and other government functionaries were committed to allow private relief aid organizations but the local authorities created problems for them.
The no objection certificates are required by the organizations that take part in early recovery process of the residents of Orakzai Agency but the ones involved in improvement of polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... and other immunisation activities stand exempted from the NOCs. According to sources,
these organizations have also been working in other six tribal agencies of Federally Administered Tribal Areas and signalling out only Orakzai will affect the child health and immunisation programmes.
Sources said that two of the organizations, which had been carrying out projects with the financial support of Unicef and United States International Agency for Development (USAID), were now trying to get NOCs from the 11 Corps through Fata Secretariat.
Official sources in Fata Secretariat said that the move was part of the government's programme to maintain law and order in the militancy-stricken areas. In such circumstances, the government wanted to tight scrutiny of all those working in development of health, education and other social sectors, they said.
"Genuine organizations will be allowed to work and help the government in the gigantic task of rehabilitation of people affected by militancy," they said, adding that the government required the services of relief agencies but not at the cost of national security. Officials said that each and every organization would have to apply for NOC before launching projects in all parts of Fata. The army, which conducted military operations, should know about the operations of the relief organizations to facilitate them in the troubled area, they added. Orakzai Political Agent Khushal Khan, when contacted, declined to comment on the issue.
[Dawn] The Khasadar Force on Wednesday frustrated an attack on a container, supplying goods to NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization.... forces in Afghanistan, in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency.
Officials said that a group of masked men opened firing on the container near Takhta Beg checkpost. However, today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday... the khasadar ...a rural policeman in Pakistain or India... s, posted at the checkpoint, reacted to the attack and forced the assailants to flee, they added.
Officials said that the windscreen of the vehicle was smashed in exchange of fire between the attackers and khasadars.
Also in Jamrud, Khasadar Force foiled an attempt to smuggle charas in Shahkas area.
Sources said that khasadars signalled a motorcyclist to stop on Shahkas road but he opened firing on them. The khasadars returned the fire but the man managed to escape on foot leaving behind his cycle of violence, they added. The khasadars recovered 17 kilograms of charas from the cycle of violence.
In Lakki Marwat, 10 bully boys, wanted for their alleged involvement in terrorism and subversive activities, surrendered to law enforcers on Wednesday.
A police official said that 10 faceless myrmidons belonging to Shah Hasankhel village surrendered to police in the presence of DPO Idrees Khan and
SDPO Bashar Khan.
Seven of the surrendered faceless myrmidons were wanted by police in Shah Hasankhel suicide kaboom that killed over 100 villagers in Jan 2010, sources said.
[Dawn] At least six persons including an industrialist and two employees of a cellular phone company were kidnapped by suspected hard boyz at gunpoint from main 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. -Kohat Road in Matani area early on Wednesday morning.
The hard boyz armed with sophisticated weapons dared enough to block the main Peshawar-Kohat Road, just a few miles away from the site of kaboom occurred later in the day, and intercepted and combed passing vehicles to pick up people of their own choice in absence of law-enforcers.
The drama on the main road continued for several hours. However, it's easy to be generous with someone else's money... later police reportedly rushed to the site and forced the hard boyz to flee. The fleeing hard boyz succeeded in whisking away the six denizens with them.
The incident further increased the prevalent fear among the residents, who had already been bearing brunt of militancy. "In an aggressive defiance, the hard boyz strike at their sweet will whenever they want," residents said.
A police official told Dawn that a group of hard boyz blocked the main road in Darwazgai area in the limits of Matani cop shoppe and stopped vehicles coming from either side.
He said that the kidnapped persons included an industrialist Ijaz Rafiq and his driver Ahmed. They were on their way from Kohat side to Peshawar in a vehicle bearing registration number SZ-888 that was left behind on the road. Similarly, employees of a cellular phone company Akbar Khan and his driver Nadeem Siddiqui were also among the kidnapped persons.
The hard boyz also made hostage the district revenue officer of Bannu, Sajid Nawaz, his gunman and driver at gunpoint. However, it's easy to be generous with someone else's money... the revenue officer managed to flee while his driver and gunman were kidnapped.
Police claimed that after getting information they reached the spot and exchanged fire with the beturbanned goons. The vehicles of the kidnapped persons were brought to the cop shoppe and cases against the kidnappers were registered under anti-terrorism law.
DSP Fazl Maula, when contacted, told Dawn that five of the hard boyz were maimed in exchange of fire. It was dark and police could not properly see them to chase, he said.
The DSP said that hard boyz fled towards Akakhel area of Frontier Region of Peshawar. "We tried to chase them but they attacked our armoured personnel carrier and burst its tyres," he said, adding that the encounter continued for over three hours.
The official said that police had got some information about the presence of suspected people but tribal region was very close and they could not be chased with limited arms and ammunitions.
Another official said that later during search operation about 15 suspected persons of the area were jugged Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
The people, he said, were living in the area close to the tribal regions and might give some clues to police about the beturbanned goons' group. The official did not confirm as the hard boyz were Taliban or belonged to outlawed Lashkar-e-Islam.
[Dawn] Around a dozen people, including three activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement ...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead... , were killed in different parts of the city on Wednesday, police said.
The officials added that Ghulam Sarwar, 30, and Abdul Ghani, 32, were rubbed out by gunnies riding a cycle of violence in Gharibabad, Malir.
The police shifted their bodies to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, said an official at the Khokhrapar cop shoppe.
Sarwar was a Muttahida Organising Committee office-bearer of the MQM Unit 2 for the Malir area and Abdul Ghani was an active party worker, the police said.
Following the killings, tension gripped different parts of Malir and all the markets and shops in the area were closed. Only an hour earlier, a resident of Sahibdad Goth, SLearned Elders of Islamn Baloch, was brought in a car to Millat Garden near Malir Halt, where he was rubbed out, the police said, suspecting that the two incidents could be related.
A duty officer of the Saudabad cop shoppe said that SLearned Elders of Islamn Baloch, 40, had been kidnapped before being brought to the place near Malir Halt where he was murdered. The victim sustained gunshot wounds to the head and chest, while the killers escaped in their car, he added.
The body was shifted to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities, the official said.
The police said SLearned Elders of Islamn Baloch was employed at a roadside restaurant.
Two rubbed out in N. Nazimabad
An MQM activist and a supporter of the Awami National Party were killed and several others were maimed in separate gun attacks in Block S of North Nazimabad within the span of half an hour, police said.
The MQM activist was killed and his sister was maimed at their residence in Bilalabad, North Nazimabad Block S, police said.
Four gunnies riding two motorbikes arrived at their house, police Sherlocks quoted area residents as saying. They added that the gunnies barged into the house and opened fire on the two siblings before fleeing.
A duty officer of the Shahrah-e-Noor Jehan cop shoppe said that Waheed, 36, and his sister, Ammna, 30, sustained gunshot wounds and were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where Waheed was pronounced dead.
The police said that Waheed was a worker of MQM Unit 175.
SP Gulbahar Division Latif Siddiqui suspected personal enmity as a possible motive for the killing.
Almost half an hour later, a man was killed and several others were maimed in a gun attack on a shop in the same block of North Nazimabad, police said.They added gunnies riding a motorbike opened fire on the dabbu shop near Shipowners' College, leaving Bahadur Husain, 30, dead and Faisal Mujeeb, 30, Jehangir Khan, 20, and Shahid, 18, maimed.
The body and the maimed were shifted to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities.
The Shahrah-e-Noor Jehan SHO said that Bahadur Husain was supporter of the Awami National Party.
Former policeman killed
An ex-policeman, who was dismissed from service, was bumped off in the trans-Lyari ...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot.... area, officials said.
They added that Sarwar Shah was killed outside his house in a drive-by shooting in Agra Taj Colony within the remit of the Kalri cop shoppe.
The police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital 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... for medico-legal formalities. They suspected that he could have been killed by gangsters in Lyari on suspicion of being a police informer though he had been dismissed from service.
Man found rubbed out
In the old city area of Ramswami, a man was found rubbed out early Wednesday morning, police said.
A duty officer of the Nabi Bakhsh cop shoppe said the victim had been shot twice in the head and chest. The body was found near the Pak Masjid on Mir Ayub Khan Road, he said.
"The victim looked like a beggar, suffering from polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... in one leg," the officer added.
The police shifted his body to the CHK for medico-legal formalities.
Man killed in Dalmia
A 30-year-old man was rubbed out on Dalmia Road in a gun attack that police suspected could be a result of drug peddlers' rivalry.
Obaid Jan Baloch, 30, was rubbed out within the remit of the Aziz Bhatti cop shoppe.
The police said that the victim was a resident of Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Block 10-A. He used to hang out with a drug peddler in Shanti Nagar. The police suspected that the victim might have been killed by the rival gang of drug peddlers.
The police shifted the body to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities.
Gunsex Celebratory fire leaves one dead
A man was killed at a wedding ceremony in Orangi Town on Wednesday, police said.
They added that Akram Ashraf, 25, was hit by a bullet during firing at a wedding in Sector 13-C in Bangla Bazaar within the remit of the Pakistain Bazaar cop shoppe.
The victim was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He's dead, Jim! on arrival.
The police later found spent bullet casings of 9mm pistol at the scene of the crime and incarcerated Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages! seven suspects for questioning.
The victim was an electrician and an area resident, the police added.
The body of an unidentified man was found on the Northern Bypass early Wednesday morning, police said.
They added that the victim had been strangled to death before his body had been dumped by the roadside.
The police later shifted the body to the CHK for medico-legal formalities.
A decomposed body of a eunuch was found in a house in Gulistan Colony, Lyari, police said.
They suspected that the victim, identified as Sana, 35, had been killed six days back. The body was found within the remit of the Chakiwara cop shoppe.
The police shifted the body to the CHK for medico-legal formalities.
A man was rubbed out in Gulshan-e-Hadeed Phase 2 on Wednesday, police said.
They added Wazeer Dad, 45, was fired at near his house. He sustained gunshot wounds to his neck and chest and was struck down in his prime.
The police shifted the body to the JPMC for a post-mortem examination.
A duty officer at the cop shoppe said that the victim belonged from Swat.
Police on Wednesday released the sketch of a man believed to be involved in Tuesday's twin blasts near the Bohra compound in North Nazimabad.
Seven people, including an infant and a minor girl, were killed and 22 others maimed in the terror attack.
The police said that the cycle of violence rigged with explosives used in one of the blasts was snatched on Sept 3 in Rizvia Society.
With the help of the owner of the cycle of violence, the police prepared the sketch of the bike snatcher who they believed was also involved in the Tuesday terror attack.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wine tasting, Vince was about to start tasting his third quart... the police started the paperwork but haven't done much else (FIR 448/2012) under Sections 302 (premeditated murder), 324 (attempted murder), 34 (common intention) of the Pakistain Penal Code, Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 and Section 3/ 4 of the Explosives Act against person or persons unknown on behalf of the state at the North Nazimabad cop shoppe.
Investigators estimated that over 3.5 kilograms of explosives laced with ball bearings were hidden in the cycle of violence while 500 grams of explosive was hidden near a tree.
A heavily armed terrorist cell from the Sinai Peninsula opened fire on IDF soldiers on the Israeli - Egyptian border on Friday, killing one soldier and injuring a second, before the gunmen were killed in return fire. The IDF announced the name the 20-year-old victim, Netanel Yahalomi, and promoted him posthumously to the rank of corporal.
The IDF confirmed that the terrorists ambushed the group of IDF soldiers while they were providing water to African migrants who had arrived at the border trying to cross into Israel.
Shots were fired at IDF Artillery Corps and Karkal (Wildcat) battalion soldiers from a distance of 100 meters. One soldier sustained a bullet wound to the head and was killed immediately, IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai said.
The soldiers instantly returned fire, shooting dead two terrorists. A group of Border Patrol undercover soldiers also responded to the incident, giving chase and killing the third, the Border Patrol stated.
One of three assailants who crossed from Egypt's Sinai peninsula to attack Israeli soldiers on Friday went kaboom!", an Egyptian security official told AFP.
"Three gunnies infiltrated Israeli territory from central Sinai. Two were killed by the Israeli army, the third detonated the explosives vest he was wearing," the source said.
"According to our information, an Israeli soldier was killed," he said, in the attack in which the Israeli military said all three assailants also died.
The Israeli army confirmed that one of its soldiers was killed and another maimed in in the operation along the Egyptian border, AFP reported.
"I can confirm he is dead," a military spokeswoman said, adding that another soldier was "moderately injured" in the attack by three gunnies who infiltrated from Egypt's Sinai.
The Israeli military earlier said their forces had prevented a major assault.
"A big terror attack was thwarted. Three cut-throats infiltrated from Sinai into Israel and opened fire towards IDF soldiers guarding the border," army spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Avital Leibovich said.
"The cut-throats were well armed and carried boom belts upon their bodies," she added.
Libya closed its air space over Benghazi airport temporarily because of heavy anti-aircraft fire by Islamists aiming at U.S. reconnaissance drones flying over the city, days after the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an attack.
The closure of the airport prompted speculation that the United States was deploying special forces in preparation for an attack against the militants who were involved in the attack.
A Libyan official said the spy planes flew over the embassy compound and the city, taking photos and inspecting locations of radical militant groups who are believed to have planned and staged the attack on the U.S. consulate on Tuesday.
(SANA)- The armed forces on Thursday carried out a qualitative operation in Bustan al-Qasr in the city of Aleppo in which they killed more than 100 Afghani terrorists who were stationed near al-Fidaa al-Arabi school. SANA = Syrian Arab News Network, an Assad controlled media outlet
It isn't likely there are many Afghanis in Syria. There are, however, a smattering of various non arabic speakers fighting with the rebels.
(Reuters) - At least 54 people were killed when a jet fighter blew up a fuel station amid heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual light or desultory fighting... between government and rebel forces in northern Syria on Thursday, a British-based monitoring group said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists across Syria reporting on government violence during the 18-month-old revolt, cited an activist in al-Raqqa province as saying more than 110 people were dead or maimed.
A video published by activists, said to be from al-Raqqa, showed black clouds of smoke rising from the wreckage of the petrol station as bewildered residents examined the scene following the attack by an air force jet.
Government forces shelled rebels near a border crossing with Turkey some 30 km (18 miles) away on the northern fringes of al-Raqqa, a day after it was seized by the bully boys.
A Rooters witness on the Turkish side of the border heard heavy gunfire and kabooms close to the Tel Abyad border post, where an opposition flag still fluttered. Residents rushed towards the border as the gunfire intensified.
It was impossible to verify the authenticity of the activists' video, and most foreign journalists are barred entry into Syria, making accounts of events difficult to confirm.
[Dawn] A helicopter crashed in the town of Douma east of the Syrian capital Damascus ...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world... on Thursday, Syrian state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
It gave no details, but an activist in Damascus said rebels had shot down the helicopter. No rebel group has claimed the attack yet.
Rebel fighters seeking to overthrow Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs... have often fired at planes and helicopters used by the Syrian military to bombard opposition strongholds, bringing down a helicopter on the outskirts of Damascus on Aug 27.
Three days later fighters in the northern province of Idlib said they had shot down a fighter plane in the northwestern province of Idlib near the Turkish border.
Rebels short of anti-aircraft capability have also launched ground attacks on airforce bases in the north and east of Syria to try to counter the military's air power.