Misaki Ito [Japanese] aka Hiroko Iijima in "Tengoku de kimi ni aetara(Life: Tears in Heaven )(2007)" aka Misuzu in "Tsuribaka nisshi 16 (Fishing Fool's Diary)(2005)" aka Kaoru Ueda in "Umineko(Sea Cat)(2004)" aka Yurina in "Nain souruzu(9 Souls)(2003)" aka Hitomi Tokunaga in "Ju-on (The Grudge)(2002) " aka Mariko Arima in "Mohou-han(Copycat Killer)(2002) " (age 35)
[Dawn] Five kabooms in Afghanistan Friday killed five people and maimed at least 11, officials said, as French President Francois Hollande ...the Socialist president of La Belle France... visited to discuss the early withdrawal of troops.
Two passengers died and three were maimed when a bus struck a roadside kaboom in southern Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province, said Daud Ahmadi, the Helmand government front man.
"It was a bomb planted by the enemy," he said, referring to Taliban forces of Evil trying to bring down President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai ... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use... 's Western-backed government.
In the same province, a man was killed and two children were maimed by an improvised bomb, NATO's ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization.... International Security Assistance Force reported.
"These are examples of how the forces of Evil plant IEDs with a complete disregard for the safety of innocent civilians," said Lt. Col. Stewart Upton, spokesperson for ISAF's Regional Command Southwest.
In southern Uruzgan province, a roadside kaboom killed a police officer and injured three others, while a local police commander was killed in neighbouring Kandahar province, Afghan officials said.
And in the Afghanistan-Pakistain border town of Spin Boldak in Kandahar province, a jacket wallah on a cycle of violencemaimed a policeman and two civilians, local government front man Jawed Faisal told AFP.
La Belle France has some 3,550 troops serving in the 130,000-strong NATO force fighting the Taliban insurgency, but Hollande has pledged to bring them home by the end of this year -- two years ahead of his Western allies.
The French leader met French troops in the eastern province of Kapisa and held talks with Afghanistan's Caped President Hamid Karzai in Kabul.
"We will respect the traditions of our visitors in their food, and clothing and lifestyle," PM Jebali says, in attempt to woo tourists.
Hundreds of Salafi Islamists attacked bars and shops and clashed with security forces in a Tunisian town on Saturday in the latest incident to raise religious tensions in the home of the Arab Spring uprisings.
Police and witnesses in the northwestern town of Jendouba said hundreds of Salafis - followers of a puritanical interpretation of Islam - began rioting to protest the arrest of four men in connection with previous attacks on alcohol vendors.
Police responded with tear gas, breaking up the crowd, but clashes had yet to die down, witnesses and police said.
"This morning, four men were arrested in connection with attacks on alcohol vendors in recent days," Interior Ministry official Lutfi al-Haydari told Reuters.
"So hundreds of Salafis attacked the security base, pelting it with rocks and petrol bombs before they were dispersed by tear gas. They also set fire to a police station and attacked three shops in the town ... they are now in the center of town and are being dealt with."
[Yemen Post] The jacket wallah who attacked a military parade rehearsal in Yemen's capital Sanaa this week was a Yemeni soldier, named Haitham Hamid Hussein Mufarih, Almasdar Online reported on Thursday, quoting a front man for the Sharia Supporters.
No more details were given.
A security source, who preferred not to be named, confirmed that Mufarih was a member in the Central Security Forces, the website said.
The interior ministry reported a day ago a 24-year old young man, Al-Worafi, was the bomber, but later this person, who lives in Sanaa, turned to be alive.
On Thursday, the ministry said two other suspects have been jugged You have the right to remain silent... in connection with the bombing.
More than one hundred central security forces were killed and more than three hundred others injured in the suicide kaboom at Al-Sabeen Square on Monday.
Some 67 of the victims were buried today, with families urging to find out who killed their relatives.
One of the troops, who participated in the parade rehearsal, said the bomber targeted a whole battalion.
"We suddenly heard a big kaboom and saw heads and parts of soldiers flying in the air," the soldier said.
The bombing, which drew large local and international condemnation, occurred amid an intensified offensive against Al-Qaeda gun-hung tough guys 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... province, killing and injuring hundreds of them.
[Yemen Post] At least 14 Houthi ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is "God is Great, Death to America™", Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews" ... followers and passersby were killed in a suicide kaboom in Yemen's Jawf province on Friday, security sources said.
An explosives-laden car were rammed into a school targeting a gathering of Houthi people in the northeastern province killing ten Houthi followers including a child and four passersby, the sources said.
Several others were maimed in the bombing coinciding with reports the Houthi Group thwarted another attempt to carry out a suicide kaboom in Saada province in the far north.
Media quoted a front man at the office of the group's leader as saying a jacket wallah with an boom belt tried to target a weekly gathering by the group on the highway but he became confused exploding himself away from the gathering.
The group, which the Yemeni army fought six times and allegedly receives Iranian support, did not accuse anyone.
Two years ago, Al-Qaeda bombed a convoy in Jawf killing and injuring tens of Houthis.
The Shiite group controls many parts in Saada, Jawf and nearby provinces.
Observers said the Houthi and Al-Qaeda are the most armed, krazed killer groups in the region and they pose serious threats to Yemen's stability.
Al-Qaeda grabbed credit for the deadliest ever bombing in the capital Sanaa this week, which killed more than one hundred security forces and injured hundreds others.
Meantime, the Yemeni army has been advancing on Al-Qaeda gun-hung tough guys in the southern province of 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... , killing and injuring hundreds of them including big shots. More recently, the army has stepped up the offensive to retake key towns including the capital Zinjibar, which were seized last year.
Separately, a soldier and two inmates were killed when a riot broke out inside the central prison in Taiz province on Friday, the interior ministry said.
Three prisoners were maimed and four others escaped, the ministry said.
In recent years, riots have erupted inside many Yemeni jails, with inmates sometimes demanding rights including good treatment and supply necessary needs for them.
[Yemen Post] At least 36 Al-Qaeda snuffies were killed in fierce battles with the army in and around their most notorious strongholds in Yemen's southern 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... province, military sources said on Thursday.
Most of the snuffies were killed in Zinjibar, the capital, into which the forces got the prior day, the sources said, adding several others were targeted by Arclight airstrikes in Jaar.
"The number of the snuffies who were killed might be more than 36 after the forces surprised many of them at their positions inside and around Zinjibar," the sources continued.
At least ten troops and tribal fighters have been injured amid irreversible plans to clear the snuffies from Abyan and nearby provinces, they added.
The US and tribal fighters are directly supporting the armed forces in the battles against Al-Qaeda Death Eaters, and the army has recently stepped up the offensive to recapture the towns sized last year.
Through more than a month, hundreds of snuffies have been killed and injured in Abyan and Shabwa including big shots.
The forces have also retaken some areas including the Lawder city, forcing many snuffies to flee to other parts.
On Wednesday, more than two dozen snuffies were killed in the battles which paved the way for the forces to reach the middle of Zinjibar, the defense ministry said.
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By Chris Covert
Two armed suspects were killed in two separate incidents, a third unidentified man was found shot to death, and several weapons and munitions were seized in in Zacatecas state, according to Mexican news accounts.
A posting on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily said that a Policia Federal (PF) road patrol unit attempted to stop several suspects travelling aboard three vehicles in Fresnillo municipality near the village of Purisima del Maguey Wednesday. The suspects refused to stop and instead opened fire on the PF unit.
The ensuing pursuit led the unit to the town of Caledon where one suspect was hit by gunfire, and presumably died at the scene. The suspects aboard the the two vehicles fled the scene.
Policia Federal agents seized one rifle and the vehicle at the scene.
In another action, a Policia Federal road patrol came under small arms fire in Calera municipality from individuals travelling aboard a pickup truck Friday. PF return fire killed one suspect. The press report indicates that a second suspect may have gotten away in the exchange of gunfire.
PF agents seized a small quantity of marijuana, one AK-47 rifle, 12 weapons magazines, 241 rounds of ammunition, tactical gear and the vehicle.
On Thursday, a Policia Federal road patrol discovered a cache of weapons in Villa de Cos municipality Thursday. The weapons cache was found in a vacant lot on Calle Nueva Aurora.
Seized weapons include 41 rifles, 43 40mm grenades, 28 weapons magazines and 569 rounds of ammunition.
On Wednesday morning police found an unidentified man shot to death on the road between Jimenez del Teśl and Chalchihuite. The victim was said to be a victim of an organized crime execution.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
Seized weapons include 41 rifles, 43 40mm grenades, 28 weapons magazines and 569 rounds of ammunition.
The RAB must be green with envy.
I notice this article has around 5-10 times the number of views compared with the others. Seems to indicate more than a little interest in a subject that seldom, if ever, makes the evening news. (or that badanov is exercising his mad script-kiddie skillz)
[Al Ahram] A suicide bomb squad killed a police officer and maimed nearly a dozen people in central Turkey on Friday after it drove into a cop shoppe and opened fire, reports said.
Three men sped their vehicle into a cop shoppe in the city of Kayseri, where they fired weapons before one of the attackers set off a bomb strapped to his body, it said.
One officer was killed instantly and another left at death's door.
Ten civilians, including several children, who were nearby were maimed, Turkey's Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin was quoted as saying.
Police suspect the attackers were members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and carried out the bombing in panic after fleeing a traffic stop earlier in the day, reports said.
It marked a rare suicide kaboom in Turkey, which frequently sees roadside kabooms and kabooms carried out by the PKK.
The group, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey and by much of the international community, took up arms in Kurdish-majority southeastern Turkey in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.
Last September a powerful bomb rocked the centre of the capital Ankara, killing three people and wounding at least 15 and a kaboom in May last year injured eight people near a bus stop in Istanbul. Both attacks were blamed on the PKK.
[Dawn] Gunmen on Friday rubbed out seven passengers on a bus in southern Pakistain and maimed three others in an attempted robbery, police said.
The attack took place on the highway near the town of Qazi Ahmad, nearly 200 miles northeast of 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...
"At least seven people were killed and three others were maimed in the bus firing," senior police official Sanaullah Abbasi told AFP by telephone.
He said the bus was going from Bloody Karachi to Attock town in Punjab province.
Two men boarded the bus just before Qazi Ahmad and later asked the driver to stop. Two accomplices were waiting on cycle of violences. They opened fire, then fled.
"We are investigating the incident and initially it appears to be a case of failed robbery," he said.
Local police official Hashim Leghari also confirmed the shootings.
[Dawn] Three people were rubbed out in incidents of violence 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... , taking the corpse count to 10 in the past 24 hours, DawnNews reported on Friday.
A body bearing torture marks was found in a gunny bag near Korangi's Zaman Town area. Police said the body was of a man who had been kidnapped and then killed. However, ars longa, vita brevis... the body had still not been identified.
Furthermore, two people were killed in incidents of firing in the city's Bilal Colony and Sharfabad areas.
Seven people had been killed in incidents of firing in Bloody Karachi on Thursday taking the corpse count to 10 in the past 24 hours.
Those killed on Thursday included two workers of the Pakistain People's Party (PPP) and a son of a party activist.
Moreover, law enforcement agencies claimed detaining 11 suspects, including those affiliated with gang wars, from the city's Lyari, Baldia and Gulberg areas. The police also claimed recovering arms and ammunition from the placed in durance vile Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! suspects, DawnNews reported.
[Dawn] The vehicle of the provincial chief of Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam ...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability... -Sami (JUI-S) was destroyed completely when an improvised bomb went off in it here on Thursday.
Police said that unidentified persons might have planted the bomb in the car of JUI-S provincial chief Maulana Yousaf Shah in the night. The bomb was detected in the car when it was taken in the morning to a nearby service station. The driver informed police and Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) but the bomb went kaboom! before the officials reached there.
The JUI-S provincial chief, who is also a close friend of party chief Maulana Samiul Haq, was the apparent target.
Later, BDS personnel collected evidence from the site of the blast. They said that two to three kilograms of explosives were used in the blast.
Maulana Shah told journalists that the people, who kidnapped and later killed Maulana Naseeb Khan Wazir, were involved in the act of terrorism. He alleged that some hidden hands were trying to target leaders of Defa-e-Pakistain Council and Darul Uloom Haqania.
He said that they could not be frightened by such tactics. "We will continue our efforts for supremacy of Islam and defense of our motherland," the JUI-S leader added.
The Akora Khattak cop shoppestarted the paperwork but haven't done much else against unidentified persons and started investigation.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wreckage, Captain Poindexter awoke groggily, his hand still stuck in the Ming vase... one primitive was killed and five persons were maimed seriously in a kaboom on a passenger vehicle in Ghulam Banda near the semi-autonomous tribal area of Kohat on Thursday.
The bomb was planted at a bicycle that was parked along the Kohat-Shindand Road. It was a remote controlled device, which went off as soon as the vehicle reached the place where the bicycle was parked, sources said.
A passenger identified as Khan Mohammad was killed on the spot while Noor Mohammad, Jalat Khan, Mohammad Nawaz and Shahid Mahmood were maimed in the blast.Police and volunteers rushed the injured to KDA divisional headquarters hospital. The Bomb Disposal Squad collected evidence from the scene.
More than 90 people, including 32 children, have been killed in a Syrian government "massacre", as William Hague calls for an urgent session of the United Nations Security Council.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Friday's shelling in the city of Houla, in central Homs province, had led to what seemed to be one of the bloodiest episodes so far of the 15-month long uprising.
Unconfirmed amateur videos posted by activists on YouTube showed around 20 bodies, mostly young children, lying in a room. One man holds up the limp body of a boy aged around seven, a gaping hole punched in the lower portion of his face. "This child, what did he do to deserve this?", he shouts.
Other footage shows the corpses of men and women lying under patterned blankets, including what is said to be one entire family. "We're being slaughtered like sheep here," says one voice. "Where are the UN observers?" adds another.
[An Nahar] The 11 Lebanese pilgrims who were kidnapped in Syria earlier this week were released on Friday as Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu confirmed the news to Prime Minister Najib Miqati.
Davutoglu told Miqati that the pilgrims are doing well and that they were on their way to Beirut, according to a statement issued by Miqati's office.
For his part, Speaker Nabih Knobby Berri Speaker of the Lebanese parliament, a member of AMAL, a not very subtle Hizbullah sock puppet... received a telephone call from former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's liquidation. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too. confirming the development.
Head of Syria's opposition Ahrar Party Ibrahim al-Zohbi also confirmed the release to al-Jadeed television.
He said that they were handed to Turkish authorities, adding that they were released without any conditions.
Thousands of people erupted into the streets and celebratory gunshots were fired in Beirut's southern suburbs at the news of the release.
The pilgrims will be transported from Turkey to Leb on board Hariri's private jet, state-run National News Agency reported.
NNA said Hariri's plane arrived at Turkey's Adana Airport at around 7:15 p.m. and that routine procedures had started ahead of the plane's takeoff.
On Tuesday, Leb's state news agency NNA said the pilgrims were kidnapped in northern Syria as they made their way home from a pilgrimage in Iran and accused the rebel Free Syrian Army of having kidnapped them.
The FSA denied the claim.
On Thursday the rebel army said it was making "every effort" to locate and release the pilgrims.
It was not immediately clear in what circumstances the pilgrims were freed.
[An Nahar] Helicopter gunships on Friday fired on rebel positions in the Latakia area of northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border, wounding at least 20 people, a monitoring group said.
"This is the first time that this area, known as the Mountain of the Kurds, has been the target of air strikes," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.
"It is an area of steep mountains where it is difficult for tanks to operate," he added.
"Before, helicopters just overflew the area. Today was the most violent operation" against the villages of Kansebba, Kabbaneh, Marj al-Zawiyah, Doueirkeh and Eido, between six and 25 kilometers (four and 16 miles) from the border.
"Using heavy machineguns, the helicopters are homing in on precise targets in an attempt to clear the area to allow troop transports to launch a ground assault to dislodge the rebels."
[An Nahar] Army tanks were deployed on Friday in Syria's second city 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... for the first time since an uprising against the regime erupted 14 months ago, a monitoring group said.
The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the tanks rumbled through the Kalasse and Bustan al-Kasr neighborhoods of the northern city, where thousands of people attended a funeral.
The Observatory reported earlier that a young man was killed in Aleppo when troops fired with live rounds and tear gas on protesters in the city, where 12 massive anti-regime rallies took place on Friday.
"Long live Syria! Down with Assad!" demonstrators chanted at the funeral, shortly after tens of thousands of people erupted into the streets to demand the overthrow of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs... 's regime, according to the watchdog.
"They are the most important protests in Aleppo" since the uprising started in March 2011, said the Observatory's head Rami Abdel Rahman.
[An Nahar] Syrian regime forces killed 19 people on Friday, as massive anti-regime demonstrations swept the northern provinces 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... and Idlib, activists and a monitoring group reported.
Seven people were killed in the central province of Hama, five in the northern province of Aleppo, three in the central province of Homs, two in the Damascus ...The place where Pencilneck hangs his brass hat... suburbs of Zamalka and al-Damir and two in the southern province of Daraa, the Local Coordination Committees, the main activist group spurring protests on the ground, said.
For the second Friday in a row, "tens of thousands of people marched in Aleppo city and province," calling for regime change, said the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman.
"They are the most important protests in Aleppo" since the uprising against Assad began in March last year, he added, specifying that 12 separate demonstrations had taken place in Syria's second city.
Syrian troops fired on them with live rounds and tear gas, killing a protester and wounding dozens, the Britannia-based Observatory said.
In northwestern Idlib province, tens of thousands also marched in the rebel-held localities of Maaret al-Numan, Saraqe, Kafrnoubol, Hass and Sarge, Abdel Rahman said.
Clashes reportedly pitted regime forces against army deserters in the Idlib village of Maarshurin.
And in the province of Daraa, birthplace of the uprising against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Lord of the Baath... , troops also fired on demonstrators, several of whom were maimed in Inkhel as they emerged from mosques after weekly Friday prayers, the Observatory said.
A civilian was killed in an ambush in the southern province.
Several protesters were maimed by gunfire in the town of Houla, in central Homs province, where demonstrations also took place in the city itself despite shelling by the army, the Observatory said.
Democracy activists had called for demonstrations on Friday under the slogan: "Our next rendezvous, Damascus," reflecting a desire to intensify their activities in the Syrian capital, despite the heavy presence there of security agents.
Protests were reported at dawn in at least five residential neighborhoods in Damascus in support of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA), made up largely of dissidents from the regular army, and calling for Assad's downfall.
"Al-Tadamon neighborhood will not bend," read one placard, while in Tabbale, the protesters called on "the Sheikhs of Damascus to distance themselves from the regime," according to videos posted by activists on the Internet.
Loyalist forces fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators marching in the Midan district, according to the Observatory, which also said a child was killed by sniper fire in the suburb of Irbin.
In the central province of Hama, four people were killed early Friday by regime forces, including three teenagers, as they guarded their farm in the village of Chizar, the Observatory said citing activists.
A fifth person reportedly died in the Sabounie district of Hama city.
The SANA state news agency, for its part, said six people were killed when a bomb placed by a "terrorist group" went kaboom! on their doorstep in the village of Rabla, in Homs province, employing a term it uses to refer to armed rebels.
More than 12,600 people have been killed in Syria since the revolt against Assad's rule broke out in March last year, including nearly 1,500 since the U.N.-backed truce took effect, according to Observatory figures.