Weeks of relative calm in Kabul were shattered by a suicide attack on an educational centre in a mainly Shi’ite area in the west of the Afghan capital that killed at least 48 people and wounded 67. read more
The deceased attacker is identified as Rehan Baloch, a Baloch fighter and elder son of Balochistan Liberation Army’s (BLA) senior commander Aslam Baloch. Before his attack, Rehan issued a video statement asking China to vacate Balochistan and stop plundering their resources. He was seen holding an automatic weapon in the video. The Chinese nationals who were attacked are associated with the Saindak project in Dalbandin city of Chaghi district, from where they were traveling. Many are said to be injured in the attack, but no loss of life is reported. In his message Rehan accused that “With China’s help, Pakistan has intensified its offensive against Baloch nation and thousands have been killed and their villages destroyed in Pakistani military operations.” “Through this act I want to make China and its people realize that whosoever will try to meddle in Baloch issue without Baloch nation’s consent, it will face the wrath of Baloch nation,” he added. Balochistan is Pakistan’s resource-rich province where a large number of Chinese engineers and workers are engaged in development projects including multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The Saindak project pertains to mining of gold and copper that Pakistan is doing in partnership with China. The indigenous Baloch, who have been fighting for their independence, are opposed to any foreign presence in the region. (HT Correspondent)read more
The suicide attack claimed by the Taliban, occurred at around 5 am local time when a car bomber targeted the security convoy in the west of the city, Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said. read more
The suicide bombings in the city of Sweiba were apparently timed to coincide with attacks by a militant group linked to the Islamic state in a number of villages in the province, also called Sweida. read more
Two blasts ripped through the town of Damboa in Nigeria’s Borno state targeting people returning from celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday, in an attack bearing all the hallmarks of Boko Haram. read more
(An Afghan boy carries a sheep on his shoulders at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eid al-Adha festival in Kabul on September 22, 2015. Tributes from colleagues described AFP photographer Shah Marai as a charismatic, courageous journalist who was dedicated to reporting on Afghanistan’s wrenching conflict.
The US, along with its Afghan and international partners, are committed to destroying the Islamic State terror group in Afghanistan, which has claimed responsibility for this vicious attack, he added. read more