March 2018
3:20 AM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | About Deepika 
International News
IS suicide bomber kills 9 in Kabul; Taliban kill 16 in province
(Kabul, Mar 09, 2018):An Islamic State suicide bomber targeted Afghanistan's ethnic Hazaras on Friday, blowing himself up at a police checkpoint near a gathering of the minority Shiias in western Kabul, killing nine people and wounding 18, officials said.

In northern Afghanistan, the Taliban assaulted an army outpost overnight in an hours-long firefight, and ambushed policemen sent to help the troops, killing six soldiers and 10 members of the local police.

The attacks underscore the difficulties President Ashraf Ghani's government is facing as it battles a revamped Taliban insurgency and struggles to rein in the IS group, whose affiliate in Afghanistan has grown stronger since it emerged in 2014.

Kabul has recently seen a spate of large-scale militant attacks by the Taliban and also IS. In late January, a Taliban attacker drove an ambulance filled with explosives into the heart of the city, killing at least 103 people and wounding as many as 235.

Bomber was on foot

In Friday's attack, Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said the bomber was on foot and was trying to make his way to a compound where the Hazaras had gathered to commemorate the 1995 death of their leader, Abdul Ali Mazari, who was killed by the Taliban.

The bomber came as close to the gathering as he could and detonated his explosives at the checkpoint outside, the spokesman said. One policeman was among the dead.

Shortly after the attack, Mr. Ghani issued a statement condemning the bombing and promising that those behind it, if found and convicted, would be given the death penalty.

The attack was intended to frighten Afghans but the perpetrators would not succeed, he said.

"These people who do this are acting against humanity and against Islam," he said.

The Islamic State group, or the Khorasan Province as its affiliate in Afghanistan is known, claimed responsibility in a posting on an IS-linked website. IS said it targeted a gathering of Shiites as they were commemorating the death of a "tyrant," an apparent reference to Mazari.

Local Hazara leader Mohammad Mohaqiq told the Kabul gathering the explosion was an attempt to terrorize Afghans.

Most Hazaras are Shiia Muslims, and Sunni militant groups consider all Shias heretics and urge followers to kill them.

Death toll may mount

The spokesman for the Health Ministry, Wahid Majro, said several of the wounded were in critical condition and feared the death toll could rise further.

The overnight Taliban assault in northern Takhar province took place in a remote region of the district of Khwaja Ghar. The insurgents launched a siege of an army outpost there, killing six soldiers and wounding five in a blistering, hours-long attack, Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.

The Taliban also ambushed members of the local police who were sent to assist the soldiers, killing 10 policemen and wounding nine, provincial police spokesman Khali Aseir said.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the assault late on Thursday and the police slayings. He claimed the Taliban had inflicted a far higher number of casualties but the insurgents often exaggerate their claims. The report could not be independently confirmed because of the area’s remoteness.

In central Ghazni province, the Taliban attacked a police security post late Thursday, killing four policemen, said Arif Noori, spokesman for the Ghazni provincial governor. Another five officers were wounded in the gunbattle, he said.

Bangladesh Supreme Court cancels Khaleda Zia’s bail
Turkey-backed forces take 'total' control of Afrin
Crushed hopes greet Aung San Suu Kyi in Australia
Mauritius: Ameenah Gurib-Fakim resigns over credit card scandal
Trump fires former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe
Six dead in Florida university footbridge collapse
Trump's daughter-in-law files for divorce from her husband
Thousands flee in first mass exodus from Syria's besieged eastern Ghouta
Famed German director makes film about Pope Francis
British scientist Stephen Hawking dies at his home aged 76
Trump sacks Tillerson; CIA director Mike Pompeo to be new secretary of state
Palestinian PM Hamdallah survives Gaza roadside bomb attack
Shoe thrown at Imran Khan during rally in Pakistan
Official: Insurgents attacked police checkpoint, killing 5
Southwest passengers leap from wing after emergency landing
NASA probe set to uncover mysteries of rare 'relic galaxy'
US Defence Secretary Mattis arrives in Kabul on unannounced visit
Trump blocks Broadcom's USD 117 billion bid to buy Qualcomm
Krishna Kohli takes oath as Senator donning traditional Thari dress
Slovak interior minister quits after journalist murder
Watch Video: Fun filled trailer of 'Kuttanadan Marpappa' is here !
 (Mar 17, 2018, DG): The trailer of Kunchacko Boban starrer 'Kuttanadan Marppaappa' has been r  
Irrfan Khan diagnosed with tumour
There should be space for dissent, disagreement: Nandita Das
Amitabh Bachchan says he is fine
BJP leaders meet Mani at home
 (Kottayam, Mar 17, 2018, DG): BJP leaders visited Kerala Congress veteran KM Mani's house on
Lorries crash into each other at Kuravilangad, 2 killed
Nisha's controversial book: Jose.K.Mani responds to media
Three stars may be opened, Sudheeran warns govt
Sonia targets Modi, accuses him of making hollow promises
 (New Delhi, Mar 17, 2018): Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi today launched an all-out a
Rape attempt on university student
Congress urges EC to revert to paper ballots
Gorakhpur DM among 37 IAS officers shuffled in UP
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2017 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.