Sheohar, India: Over 100 armed Maoists attacked a bridge construction site in Bihars Sheohar district, police said on Friday.
The Maoists on Thursday night blasted a storeroom at Mallipokharbhinda, where a bridge was being constructed over the Bagmati river, and destroyed machinery worth over Rs.10 lakh , sub-divisional police officer Vinod Kumar Mishra told PTI. The police did not rule out the possibility of contractors refusal to pay extortion money as the reason behind the attack.
A suspected U.S. missile strike killed at least 13 people near the Afghan border Friday, security officials said, the latest in a surge of attacks that a top American general said has eliminated three militant leaders.
The strikes are likely to trigger fresh anger from Pakistan's civil and military leaders, who say they undercut support for their anti-terror efforts, and from many of its 170 million people.
The suspected cross-border attack took place in Kam Sam village in North Waziristan region, a stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaida militants blamed for attacks on U.S. troops in neighboring Afghanistan and rising attacks within Pakistan.
A Pakistani intelligence official said an agent who visited the village reported that 13 suspected militants had died. The official said the targeted house belonged to a local Taliban commander and that authorities were still trying to determine who exactly was killed.
Posted by: ed ||
11/07/2008 06:56 ||
Top|| File under: al-Qaeda
Just two days ago this story appeared here:
Armed men kidnap 15 children in Swat
Unidentified armed men abducted 15 schoolchildren in Matta tehsil of Swat on Tuesday
This doesn't "trigger fresh anger..." yet our missile on the hideout of the kind of criminals who do this triggers anger against US? What's wrong with this story?
Update: "It's remote so information is coming slowly but we can confirm that four missiles killed eight Pakistani Taliban and five guests," said the intelligence official, referring to five foreign militants.
Also: On Thursday, a suicide bomber attacked a meeting of about 200 pro-government ethnic Pashtun tribesmen drawing up plans to drive militants out of their area, killing 25 of them. Up to 40 militants were killed in air strikes launched in response to the bomb attack, said Fazl-e-Rabi Khan, a senior government administrator in Bajaur.
The government released three Taliban prisoners, including Baitullah Mehsud's deputy Maulvi Rafiuddin, while the Taliban released 10 soldiers taken hostage in Hangu district on Wednesday, official sources said on Thursday.
Sources said the exchange, which took place at Thal tehsil of Hangu district, was made possible by the efforts of the Hangu Aman Jirga (peace council) in facilitating talks between the local administration and the Taliban. Hangu district, which has a history of violence between minority Shia and majority Sunni sects, is close to Pakistan's Tribal Areas bordering Afghanistan where Taliban are active.
The Taliban released seven soldiers, including Hawaldar Tanveer, Ghulam Mustafa, Imran, Rizwan, Imran Ali, Mohammad Nisar and Arshad, and three Kurram Militia personnel, Shahid, Subhan and Dawar. The three Taliban released on Wednesday were among the seven arrested by the Hangu police in Daoba area on July 9. The Taliban had besieged the Daoba Police Station in retaliation and taken 15 security personnel hostage.
The release of the three men had been a key Taliban demand since their arrest in July. Earlier in September, Rafiuddin and the other two Taliban were released on bail by an anti-terrorism court in Kohat but were re-arrested under the Frontier Crimes Regulation for failing to give security for good behaviour. The release was negotiated after tribal elders said Rafiuddin's release would help restore peace in the troubled region.
(AKI) - At least eight people were killed and 45 others were injured on Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up during a meeting of tribal elders in northwestern Pakistan. A remote-controlled bomb ripped through the tribal jirga or meeting of elders in the area of Salarzai in the country's troubled Bajaur agency. Civil, well-reasoned discourse, tribal style. If they didn't enjoy it they'd stop it.
The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital, Geo News reported.
Thursday's attack came just hours after government officials said 15 militants were killed in an air strike by the army, which has been conducting a military offensive in the semi-autonomous region since August.
Bajaur, which borders Afghanistan, is considered a key area for insurgents. The army is encouraging local tribes there and elsewhere in northwest Pakistan to stand up to militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
More, from Pak Daily Times
Twenty-two tribesmen were killed and 45 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Salarzai jirga in Bajaur Agency on Thursday. The blast targeted a lashkar (volunteer militia) in Batmalani, about 40 kilometres northeast of agency headquarters Khar.
"Two to three hundred members of the lashkar were finalising their strategy after demolishing houses of Taliban when the blast occurred," said local police official Fazal-e-Rabi. Malik Rahimullah, a tribal elder, said the explosion occurred as soon as armed contingents began to move. mong the dead were lashkar head Malak Fazal Karim and his aides Malak Wazir Khan and Malak Sakhi.
Officials initially said it appeared that a remote-controlled bomb was used, but later said body parts of an apparent suicide bomber were found, and that witnesses said they saw a young man rushing into the crowd.
Hospital officials said the death toll was likely to rise because several of the injured were in critical condition.
A man claiming to be a member of a previously unheard-of 'Karwan-e-Nematullah' accepted responsibility for the attack in telephone calls to journalists.
US missile strikes in Pakistan's Tribal Areas in recent months have killed three of the top 20 Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders in the area, US Central Command chief Gen David Petraeus told The Associated Press in an interview on Thursday.
He did not identify the leaders he said had died in the US strikes.
Petraeus described the insurgents on both sides as a 'mutual enemy', who in the case of Pakistan represent 'an existential threat, and they recognise it as such'.
Tribal support: He said Afghanistan's government was looking at new initiatives to engage Afghan tribes in the fight against insurgents. "[Afghanistan] is a country in which support of the tribes, of the local communities, for the overall effort is essential," he said.
"Certainly there is a long tradition of working with the tribes in (Pakistan's) Tribal Areas and so it is very natural that they should engage those tribes and endeavour to get their assistance in confronting the extremists who have turned what used to be fairly peaceful areas into strongholds for individuals who . . . believe that they have the right to blow up other people who do not see the world the way they do," Petraeus said.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/07/2008 00:00 ||
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(AKI) - Fifteen Taliban militants have been killed in an air raid in northwest Pakistan, government officials say. Security forces targeted a compound in Airab, a village in the troubled Bajaur region bordering Afghanistan.
Jamil Khan, described as the second top government representative in Bajaur, said on Thursday a Pakistani commander called Wali Rehman was among the dead. He claimed that Rehman was known to have sheltered foreign fighters who had links to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
The Pakistani authorities launched an offensive in the troubled Bajur region three months ago in an attempt to disrupt the Taliban's influence over the area.
More than 1600 militants have been killed in the Bajaur Agency since the government launched military action against militants three months ago. The United Nations refugee agency said recently it was trying to provide urgent shelter and other aid for some 190,000 people displaced by the conflict in Bajaur.
A senior al-Qaida in Iraq leader was killed yesterday during a combined cache-clearing operation by Iraqi security forces and a Sons of Iraq citizen security group, supported by coalition forces, military officials reported.
Abu Ghazwan, a key link in the network operations for al-Qaida in Iraq, was killed during the cache-site raid in the Tarmiyah area, north of Baghdad, officials said.
Coalition officials said Ghazwan commanded numerous terrorist cells in the Taji and Tarmiyah areas, and advised and financed other terrorist cells throughout northern Iraq and was responsible for building and facilitating vehicle bombs in the Baghdad area.
Additionally, officials said, he was responsible for other terrorist groups that recruit and train children and females to conduct suicide attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces.
Based on tips from local citizens about possible enemy activities and caches at three locations, the combined forces moved to the areas to investigate. They found nothing at the first location and moved on to the second location, where they detained a suspected Ghazwan associate who was wanted on an Iraqi warrant. The patrol also found a cache consisting of various ammunition rounds, knives, gun powder and a small amount of plastic explosives.
The patrol then moved to a house in a third location. An explosion detonated behind it, followed by small-arms fire. The patrol returned fire. Two Sons of Iraq members were wounded in the explosion, officials said.
While searching the area, a Sons of Iraq member found a trail booby-trapped with grenades and an unidentified man hiding in grass. The man showed no movement or response to the patrol's commands, and it was later determined he was Ghazwan and that he was killed by Sons of Iraq and Iraqi army small-arms fire, officials said.
Coalition forces positively identified Ghazwan, and his body was turned over to the Iraqi army.
Posted by: Anonymoose ||
11/07/2008 16:34 ||
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good signs are that the locals reeally are turning in alot of these ppl lately
(AKI) - A civilian was killed and four others were wounded in a bomb explosion in central Baghdad, the fourth of its kind on Thursday, a police source said. "An explosive charge was detonated near Imam Abdul Qader al-Kilani shrine in central Baghdad, killing a civilian and injuring four," the source told the news agency, Voices of Iraq. "The explosion caused material damage to two cars and light damage to nearby buildings," he said.
Three earlier blasts struck the capital earlier in the day, killing two and wounding eleven.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/07/2008 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency
In any future conflict with Hizbullah, Israel will likely cite the Shi'ite group's increasing influence within the Lebanese cabinet as a legitimate reason to target Lebanon's entire infrastructure, government sources have told The Jerusalem Post. Better late than never---a message for Iran, so to speak. However, I doubt that it will be at all credible, because
In the Second Lebanon War, the IAF did target some of Lebanon's infrastructure but was asked to stop by the US and others.
Security forces shot dead two terrorists insurgents in a pre-dawn gun battle in the southern province of Yala on Friday, police said. The bodies of two men, aged 21 and 25, were found outside a hut after 20-minute gun fight. Along side their bodies were two hand grenades and a rifle. Three suspects were able to escape the battle. About 100 soldiers and police officers were deployed for this operation.
The assault came two days after terrorists insurgents killed five people and burned down a school, following bomb blasts that wounded 74 people a day earlier in the province.
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