December 7, 2011 |
Bomb blasts targeting Shiite Muslim gatherings Tuesday in two Afghan cities killed at least 59 people and injured 150, a rare outbreak of sectarian violence in a country racked by 10 years of war with Taliban insurgents. A noontime blast in Kabul, the capital, involved a suicide bomber hidden among a throng of Shiite worshipers outside the Abul Fazal Abbas shrine, said Gen. Mohammed Zahir, head of criminal investigations for the Kabul police. That attack killed at least 55 people and injured 134, the Interior Ministry said.
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October 16, 2011 |
Federal environmental officials were planning to detonate at least one canister of highly volatile gas at a Sylmar industrial park early Sunday and were set to shut down a portion of the 210 Freeway as a safety precaution. Authorities say that a canister of gas, a mixture of oxygen and hydrogen, is too volatile to move. Instead it will be exploded on site at Rainbow of Hope, an alternative energy company at 12349 Gladstone Avenue. An August explosion at the building ripped a hole in the roof and blew two workers onto the street, officials said.
August 11, 2011 |
A coordinated attack involving a remote-control bomb blast and a female suicide bomber killed seven people in Peshawar on Thursday, ending a stretch of relative calm in the volatile northwest city. The blasts occurred at a police checkpoint in the city of 1.4 million people perched on the edge of Pakistan's tribal belt along the Afghan border, where Taliban militants and their allies maintain strongholds. Plagued by scores of suicide bomb attacks in recent years, Peshawar has seen a lull in militant violence in the last few weeks.
July 6, 2011 |
A car bomb and a smaller explosive device detonated Tuesday morning close to a parking area for municipal employees in a town outside Baghdad, leaving 36 people dead and 54 wounded, according to police and hospital sources. The blasts occurred as people reported to work at the municipal building in Taji, 12 miles north of the capital. Late Monday, at least three more people were killed and 13 wounded when a Katyusha rocket was fired into Baghdad's Green Zone enclave, home to enbassies and the Iraqi government.
July 1, 2011 |
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" will easily crush the competition at the box office this holiday weekend, but its debut won't be as mighty as the previous installments in the robot franchise. The third "Transformers" film, which cost about $200 million to make and is the first in the series to be released in 3-D, opened Tuesday evening in the U.S. and Canada. On its first full day in theaters, the movie collected $37.3 million, marking the biggest single day for any picture released so far this year.
April 18, 2011 |
An insurgent dressed as an Afghan soldier opened fire Monday inside the Defense Ministry, killing two soldiers in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate the Afghan and French defense ministers, officials said. The attacker, who was also armed with explosives, struck the ministry before noon, ahead of a joint press conference the ministers had scheduled. He was shot and killed by Afghan soldiers before he could detonate his explosives, said Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, a Defense Ministry spokesman.