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September 21, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG -- At least 11 people were killed Saturday after masked gunmen attacked an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. The gunmen reportedly took others hostage in what police described as a terrorist attack, with witnesses reporting that non-Muslims were targeted. The Kenya Red Cross Society placed the death toll at 22, while a government official said that 11 deaths had been confirmed. Police had the building surrounded Saturday afternoon as military and police helicopters flew overhead, according to Kenyan media reports.
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September 18, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two Taliban gunmen on a motorcycle issued a cheery morning greeting Wednesday to Amanullah Aman, head of the Independent Election Commission in Kunduz province, then opened fire and killed him, raising fears of protracted violence in the run-up to next year's Afghan general election. “Aman was shot with three bullets in the chest,” said Enayatullah Khaliq, spokesman for the governor of Kunduz. “He was taken to the hospital, where he died an hour later.” The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call from spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid.
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August 27, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A civilian was killed Tuesday in crossfire between Palestinian security forces and gunmen in the Askar refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, officials and witnesses said. The forces came under fire when they entered the camp to make an arrest, said Adnan Damiri, a spokesman for the Palestinian security services. Residents burned tires in the streets and set fire to a police vehicle, witnesses said.   The civilian was killed during the heavy exchange of gunfire that followed, Damiri said.
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August 9, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Gunmen waylaid a minibus carrying a Turkish Airlines crew on a road leading from Lebanon's major international airport Friday, kidnapping two pilots in an incident that appeared to be the latest fallout from the war in neighboring Syria. A group claiming responsibility said the abduction was in retaliation for the continued detention of nine Lebanese hostages who have been held for more than a year by Syrian rebels. The crime reverberated in two nations - Lebanon and Turkey - that have been hard-hit by the civil war in Syria, which shares a long border with both.
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June 24, 2013 | By Alexandra Sandels
BEIRUT -- Deadly clashes raged for a second day Monday in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon as the army pressed an offensive against gunmen loyal to a radical Sunni Muslim cleric in the Mediterranean port city.  The bloodshed marks a serious escalation in spillover fighting from the civil war in neighboring Syria.  Twelve to 15 Lebanese soldiers have been killed so far, according to local media outlets.  It was not immediately clear how many...
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June 24, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
KABUL, Afghanistan-- In a brazen attack on the seat of Afghan government power, gunman struck near the palace in Kabul early Tuesday, reportedly exchanging fire with bodyguards of President Hamid Karzai. More than a dozen heavy explosions rocked the Shash Darak neighborhood of the capital, near the presidential palace, embassies and the headquarters of NATO's International Security Assistance Force about 6:30 a.m. Underlining the security challenges faced by the administration, the attack took place as journalists were attending a news conference hosted by Karzai at the palace.
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June 19, 2013 | By Lutfi Sherrif Mohammed and Robyn Dixon
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- At least 15 people died when an Al Qaeda-linked militia attacked a U.N. compound here Wednesday, government officials said. The dead included the attackers and four foreigners, including two South African de-miners who worked for the arms manufacturer Denel, the company confirmed. Dozens more were wounded. Witnesses said the attack began when a suicide bomber in a car detonated an explosion outside the United Nations Development Program headquarters in Mogadishu, the capital.
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May 28, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- Gunmen killed three Lebanese soldiers near the Syrian border early Tuesday, Lebanese authorities said, the latest apparent instance of cross-over violence from the conflict in neighboring Syria. Fears are running high that Syria's civil war could destabilize Lebanon, which shares a long and porous border with Syria and has close cultural and political ties to its bigger neighbor. The killings come two days after a pair of rockets struck a southern neighborhood of Beirut, injuring four people.
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May 20, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A 10-year-old girl who was killed Saturday night appears to have been watching TV inside the family home when she was shot. Elvira Campos and her two parents were shot Saturday in their home about 11 miles northeast of Sacramento when an unknown number of gunmen walked up to the front door, and without opening it, began shooting indiscriminately inside, according to police and media reports. “You have to be hard pressed to think a 10-year-old girl was the intended target,” Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos told the Associated Press . Investigators believe the shooting may have been gang related, according to the Associated Press.
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April 25, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Gunmen reportedly overtook a town north of Baghdad as battles continued to rage Thursday between Iraqi government forces and Sunni fighters. The violence began Tuesday after security forces stormed a Sunni Muslim protest encampment in Hawija, spurring clashes and revenge attacks that spread throughout Sunni areas. More than 100 people have reportedly lost their lives over the past three days. Protests had simmered for months ahead of the Hawija clashes, as Sunni demonstrators charged that they had been marginalized and mistreated by the Shiite Muslim-dominated government.
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