Attacks aimed at Iraqi police, including two in which assailants slammed explosives-packed cars into police stations, killed 25 people today and maimed dozens in the worst violence in the capital since August.
A suicide attacker with a bomb in his turban posed as a Taliban peace envoy and assassinated a former Afghan president who for the past year headed a government council seeking a political settlement with the insurgents.
Amir Shah and Deb Riechmann
, September 20, 2011
A suicide bomber struck a mosque in a Pakistani tribal region during prayers Friday, officials said, killing at least 40 people and wounding 85 others in the deadliest attack in the country in recent weeks.
Wounded man: 'This is our destiny' The surprising scope and sophistication of the bloodbath suggested that al-Qaida remains resilient despite recent signs of weakness. Such attacks, infrequent as they are deadly, will likely continue long after American forces withdraw from the country.
Hamid Ahmed and Rebecca Santana
, August 15, 2011
At least one suicide bomber blew himself up late Tuesday night inside a Western-style hotel in Kabul, police said. Afghan police were battling the assailants with machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades as tracer rounds went up over the blacked out building.
The blast, which thundered across the capital, came as the Taliban have stepped up attacks as part of a spring offensive against NATO, Afghan government installations and officials. Insurgents also have promised revenge attacks after the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden.
Two Americans suffered minor injuries, but one Pakistani passer-by was killed and at least 10 others were wounded in the attack in the city of Peshawar, officials said. The strike was the first on Westerners since the May 2 raid by American commandos on Osama bin Laden's hideout in an army town around three hours from Peshawar.
Hundreds of protesters, angered by an overnight NATO raid that they believed killed four civilians, clashed Wednesday with security forces on the streets of a northern Afghan city. Twelve people died in the fighting, government officials said. There was also deadly violence in the east Wednesday.
A team of suicide bombers shot their way into the compound of a road construction company in eastern Afghanistan and detonated a truck loaded with explosives, killing 23 people and wounding about 60, the Afghan government said today.
A suicide bomber struck a funeral attended by anti-Taliban militiamen in northwestern Pakistan Wednesday, killing at least 36 mourners and wounding more than 100 in the deadliest militant attack in the country this year.
UPDATED 4:55 P.M. A suicide bomber set off an explosion that ripped through Moscow's busiest airport today, coating its international arrivals terminal in blood. The attack killed at least 35 people and wounded 180, Russian officials said.
The bomber, dressed in the head-to-toe burqa robes that women commonly wear Pakistan and Afghanistan, was challenged by police at a check point, officials said. She then charged toward a group of 300 people lined up outside the food aid distribution center in the town of Khar, tossing two hand grenades before blowing herself up, officials said. The crowd was made up of people who have fled conflicts elsewhere in the area.
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