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January 20, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Gunmen armed with suicide vests stormed the headquarters of the Kabul traffic department before dawn Monday, setting off a firefight that continued hours later, officials said. Initial reports indicated that at least 10 people were injured, including four police officers and six civilians, said Gen. Mohammad Ayob Salangi, the city's police chief. The assault began about 5:30 a.m., when one of the assailants blew himself up at the entrance gate to the compound in western Kabul, Salangi said in a statement.
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December 22, 2012 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- At least eight people, including a senior provincial official on a Taliban hit list, were killed Saturday when a powerful bomb ripped through a narrow street where a political meeting was being held. Bashir Ahmad Bilour, the minister for local government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was attending the meeting of the ruling Awami National Party inside a school in Peshawar's Qissa Qhwani Bazaar neighborhood when the explosion occurred. The blast wounded at least 22 people, gutted nearby shops and destroyed vehicles.
WORLD
December 13, 2012 | By David Zucchino and Hashmat Baktash
TARIN KOT, Afghanistan -- A suicide car bomber attacked a coalition convoy near an entrance to the massive U.S. airbase in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing a coalition service member and two Afghan civilians, local authorities said. Ahmad Jawed Faisal, a spokesman for the Kandahar governor, said the suicide vehicle struck about 5 p.m. as an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) convoy passed about 100 yards from a gate leading to Kandahar Air Field. The blast also wounded four coalition service members and 18 civilians, the authorities said.
NEWS
December 2, 2012 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Taliban insurgents, including several suicide bombers, attacked a U.S.-Afghan military airfield in the eastern city of Jalalabad early Sunday morning, triggering an hours-long battle that left most of the attackers dead in a failed attempt to breach the base's fortifications. The attackers detonated two suicide vehicles at the gate of the base, followed by three more suicide bombers on foot who detonated explosive vests, according to an account of the attack provided by the Nangahar provincial governor's office late Sunday afternoon.
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August 20, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - A suicide bomber on Sunday attacked the funeral of a police officer shot to death by unknown gunmen the previous day in the volatile North Caucasus region of Russia, killing seven and injuring 10 others in the crowd of mourners, officials said. The explosion, on the outskirts of the town of Malgobek in the republic of Ingushetia, was one of a string of violent incidents to rock the smoldering North Caucasus region more than a decade after Russian leader Vladimir Putin, in his first stint as president, engaged in all-out warfare against rebels in the breakaway republic of Chechnya.
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July 19, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - As Israeli victims of the Bulgarian bus bombing arrived back home Thursday, security officials said they now believe the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber with a fake American passport. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - who has blamed Lebanon-based Hezbollah and its Iranian backers for the bombing - called upon the international community to further isolate the Islamic Republic, which he called "the world's No. 1 state exporter of terrorism.
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June 7, 2012 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - The dusty truck stop in southern Afghanistan, with its surrounding crush of humble, tumbledown shops outside an American-run military base, was every bit as chaotic and oh-just-give-me-your-business in attitude as always. Logically enough, it was during the busy late morning Wednesday when the attackers chose to strike, with a coolly thought-out plan. A violent initial hit, and then a short wait until rescuers arrived. Pause just until the crush of panicked bystanders had rushed in to help the bloodiest and most helpless of the victims of the first thundering explosion.
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March 21, 2012 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
A standoff with a gunman deemed France's public enemy No. 1 after he claimed responsibility for three shootings that left seven people dead entered its second day Thursday as heavily armed police tried to extricate the suspect from a barricaded apartment in Toulouse. Elite SWAT-style officers had cordoned off the four-story building and spent more than 24 hours trying to persuade 23-year-old Mohamed Merah to surrender after he boasted of a 10-day terrorist rampage that left three Jewish children, a rabbi and three French paratroopers dead.
NEWS
September 20, 2011 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai pledged Tuesday that the assassination of the head of the Afghanistan High Peace Council would not stop them from working toward a peaceful resolution to conflict in that country. But the death of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani cast a dark shadow over the talks in New York, where Obama and Karzai were meeting for the first time since the U.S. announced its schedule for withdrawing military troops from Afghanistan. The meeting took place in the aftermath of what is believed to be a suicide attack on Rabbani, who had been working to negotiate an end to the ongoing war with the Taliban.
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August 26, 2011 | By John Ndukauba and Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
At least 18 people were killed Friday when a suicide bomber smashed a car through the gates of the U.N. headquarters in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, raising fears that a homegrown Islamic militant group inspired by the Taliban is widening its attacks to include Western targets. A spokesman for Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack, the most serious by the group, which is based in Nigeria's Muslim majority north and that some believe is forging links to Al Qaeda. "More attacks are on the way, and by the will of Allah we will have unfettered access to wherever we want to attack," the spokesman, Abu Darda, said by phone.
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