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December 27, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan--Three international service members were killed Friday and at least seven civilians were wounded in a suicide car bomb attack in eastern Kabul, authorities said. In an email sent to journalists, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. According to the International Security Assistance Force, the name given to the U.S.-led NATO forces in Afghanistan, the three died when the vehicle exploded nearby. Their names and nationalities were not immediately available.
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February 21, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nine militants and two Somali government officials were killed when an Al Qaeda -linked terror group attacked the presidential compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Friday. President Hassan Sheik Mohamud, whose residence and office are in the compound known as Villa Somalia, was unharmed. Two suicide bombers in two cars attacked the compound, triggering  massive explosions, before a group of seven armed gunmen opened fire, according to Somali security officials.
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April 3, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bombing and armed attack rocked a government compound in western Afghanistan near Iran on Wednesday, leaving at least 49 people dead, including the nine attackers, and wounding more than 50, officials said.   The attack in Farah, capital of the far-western province with the same name, relied on tactics increasingly seen in attacks on Afghan government targets, analysts said. The approach includes a number of insurgents  using stealth, surprise and teamwork to breach the state's defenses and deliver a message that few areas of the country are beyond their reach.
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December 27, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan--Three international service members were killed Friday and at least seven civilians were wounded in a suicide car bomb attack in eastern Kabul, authorities said. In an email sent to journalists, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. According to the International Security Assistance Force, the name given to the U.S.-led NATO forces in Afghanistan, the three died when the vehicle exploded nearby. Their names and nationalities were not immediately available.
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August 16, 2009 | Associated Press
A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a checkpoint in Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley, killing at least five people Saturday. It was the first suicide attack in Swat since July, when the government said its forces had mostly driven out Pakistani Taliban fighters from the area in its largest offensive against the militants in years. About 2 million people fled the area during the fighting. A day earlier, Swat residents who had returned staged celebrations of Pakistan's independence day. In some places, women danced in the streets -- an act of defiance, since the hard-line Islamist Taliban banned women from public during their rule.
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October 19, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman and Ramin Mostaghim
In a brazen attack on Iran's military elite, a suicide bomber today killed five Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commanders and 26 others at a gathering of tribal leaders in a southeastern province near the Pakistan border that's known for drug running and religious extremism, according to the official Iranian news agency. The assault was carried out by a lone man who reportedly disguised himself in tribal dress and detonated an explosives belt at a gymnasium in the city of Pisheen in the Sistan-Baluchistan province, a harsh land plagued by heroin smuggling and ethnic animosities.
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July 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An explosion in a house in the Israeli village of Kfar Yavetz near the West Bank killed two people, and police were investigating the possibility that a suicide bomber was involved. The bodies of the female homeowner and a young man were found. Police Cmdr. Amihai Shai said that "there are signs that this was an attack." Fire chief Eli Barza said the initial assessment was that a gas leak caused the blast, but there were questions about the man's identity.
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February 6, 2009 | Monte Morin and Tina Susman
A suicide bomber killed 16 people and injured 12 others Thursday at a crowded restaurant in Khanaqin, a hotly disputed city bordering the Kurdish-controlled region of Iraq. The attack at the Abu Dilshad restaurant occurred just after 2 p.m., as Iraqi officials prepared to release preliminary results of Saturday's provincial elections. "I was sitting at the back of the restaurant having my lunch when a very huge explosion took place," said Majid Hussein, 25.
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June 23, 2009 | Megan K. Stack
A suicide car bomber struck the presidential motorcade in the restive Russian republic of Ingushetia on Monday morning, killing at least one aide and sending the president to the hospital amid conflicting reports of his condition. The attempt to assassinate Yunus Bek Yevkurov, a career military and intelligence officer charged with taming the violence in the largely Muslim republic, underscored the instability and insurrections in Russia's southern borderlands.
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September 22, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Two explosions outside a crowded church in northwest Pakistan just as Sunday services ended killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 100, authorities said, one of Pakistan's worst attacks against Christians in years. While officials placed the death toll at more than 60, humanitarian organizations reported handling at least 75 corpses. [Updated, 7:35 a.m. PDT Sept. 22: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Home Secretary Akhtar Ali Shah now said in his latest statement that the official death toll had reached 75. ]
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August 31, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama plans to make a statement Saturday as his administration considers missile strikes on Syria, but a White House official said he would not announce imminent military operations. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the president's remarks and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Obama would provide an update to the American people about his decisions on how to proceed. The White House said the president would speak from the Rose Garden at 1:15 p.m. Eastern time (10:15 a.m. Pacific)
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August 30, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber slipped into a crowd of mourners at a funeral in northern Afghanistan on Friday morning, waited until the district governor and two of his bodyguards were leaving the mosque, and detonated his vest, killing eight people and wounding 16, officials said. The attack, the latest incident in a particularly bloody week, succeeded in killing Sheikh Sadruddin Saadi, the governor of the Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province and the apparent target, said Mohammad Khalil Andarabi, the provincial police chief.
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July 23, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
KABUL, Afghanistan  -- A suicide bomber on a donkey killed three NATO troops and wounded four Afghan soldiers in Afghanistan's Wardak province Tuesday, underscoring the often ingenious low-tech tactics insurgents have employed in the decade-long conflict. The U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force confirmed the deaths in a statement without giving their identity or nationality, in keeping with policy. Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of the province, said the attack took place about 8:30 a.m. as Afghan and international security forces conducted an operation in Sayedabad district in eastern Afghanistan.
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June 21, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- At least 15 people were killed and dozens more wounded Friday when a suicide bomber, apparently a teenager, blew himself up inside a mosque in northern Pakistan, police said. The bomber shot at police guards, then made his way into the Shiite mosque adjacent to the Hussaini Seminary in the Gulshan neighborhood of Peshawar, said Aamir Shakiri, the seminary's principal. He then detonated his explosives in the mosque's main hall as people prepared for Friday prayers.
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May 29, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan -- In the second attack on a humanitarian organization in Afghanistan in less than a week, insurgents in Jalalabad struck the compound of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Wednesday, killing a security guard and wounding a member of the staff, police said. The attack occurred about 5:30 p.m. when two insurgents wearing explosive vests approached the compound, said Mohammad Sharif Amin, police chief of eastern Nangarhar province, where Jalalabad is located.
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May 16, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan - The death toll from a powerful suicide car bomb that shook the Afghan capital of Kabul on Thursday morning has increased to 15, including two American troops and four foreign civilian contractors, according to U.S. and Afghan officials. The attack took place about 8 a.m., said Gen. Mohammad Daud Amin, deputy chief of Kabul police, a time when many people were commuting to work. A suicide bomber in a Toyota Corolla pulled up beside a NATO convoy, Police Chief Mohammad Ayob Salangi said.
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April 8, 2013 | By Ned Parker and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT -- A powerful bombing in central Damascus killed at least 15 people and wounded 53 others on Monday, Syrian state television reported. Details were still emerging as state news agencies offered contradictory accounts of what happened, with official news services calling it both a bombing and a suicide attack. A state television channel showed video of flaming cars, mutilated bodies and charred buildings. Somber music played as images of bodies being lifted to ambulances were on screen.
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