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November 21, 2012 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan -- In an attack on a coalition military base in downtown Kabul, two suicide bombers set off explosions Wednesday morning that killed two Afghan security guards but caused no Western military casualties. The two bombers approached the entrance of Camp Eggers, a fortified military base, at around 8 a.m. and were fired on by Afghan security guards, said police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai. Camp Eggers is occupied primarily by U.S. military personnel, along with soldiers from the International Security Assistance Force and some civilian workers.
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February 24, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suspected suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives outside the Iranian consulate in an upmarket section of this northwestern city Monday evening, killing two Pakistani paramilitary soldiers and wounding 10 people, officials said. The latest violence to rock Peshawar came when the vehicle was stopped by soldiers outside the consulate in the University Town district, which houses offices of the United Nations and international aid agencies. The blast occurred outside tents belonging to members of Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps, who were guarding the consulate, officials said.
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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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February 21, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A suicide car bomber attacked the Somali presidential palace in Mogadishu on Friday, triggering a massive explosion, before about 10 heavily armed gunmen jumped out of two more vehicles and opened fire. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed, whose residence and office is in the presidential palace compound, known as Villa Somalia, was unharmed. Al Shabab, the Al Qaeda-linked Somali terror group that carried out last year's attack on a shopping mall in Kenya, claimed responsibility for the attack, Reuters reported.
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March 26, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Alex Rodriguez
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A team of eight suicide bombers stormed a police compound in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, killing five police officers and injuring four others, a provincial police chief said. The attack comes on the second day of Secretary of State John F. Kerry's visit to Kabul. Kerry met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai a second time Tuesday morning after an initial sit-down upon his arrival in the Afghan capital Monday. Kerry and Karzai have been trying to tamp down tensions between the two countries in the wake of Karzai's remarks earlier this month that the U.S. was colluding with the Taliban, a statement that infuriated officials in Washington.
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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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January 30, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Two suicide bombers whose attacks last month in Volgograd raised fears of terrorist strikes in Russia during the coming Olympic Games have been identified and two accomplices arrested, authorities said Thursday. The two bombers struck the Volgograd's railroad station Dec. 29 and a crowded trolley bus the next day, killing 34 people in all. The city is about 400 miles northeast of Sochi, site of the Games, and near the Caucasus region, which has long been a battleground between Islamist militants and security forces.
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June 11, 2013 | By Alexandra Sandels and Jeffrey Fleishman
BEIRUT -- A twin suicide bombing targeted a square in central Damascus on Tuesday morning, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 30 others, Syrian state media reported. The official Syrian news agency said "two terrorist suicidal bombings" had struck near the police department headquarters close to Marjeh Square, causing the fatalities, casualties and extensive damage. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Images from state-run media outlets showed blood-streaked pavement and blown-out shop fronts.
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April 26, 2009 | M. Karim Faiez
Three suicide bombers attacked a provincial governor's office Saturday in southern Afghanistan, killing five policemen and wounding three, an official said. The attackers targeted employees entering the Kandahar governor's office. One blew himself up at the entrance, and two detonated their explosives inside the compound, said Ahmed Wali Karzai, head of the provincial council and brother of President Hamid Karzai.
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May 6, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
A squad of suicide bombers and gunmen on Wednesday stormed a provincial governor's compound in southwestern Afghanistan, setting off a fierce gun battle. Security forces managed to fight off the attackers, but 13 people died, including all nine assailants, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault in Zaranj, the capital of Nimruz province. The attackers wore police uniforms, a tactic commonly used by insurgents to cause initial confusion when striking government buildings and security installations.
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January 30, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Two suicide bombers whose attacks last month in Volgograd raised fears of terrorist strikes in Russia during the coming Olympic Games have been identified and two accomplices arrested, authorities said Thursday. The two bombers struck the Volgograd's railroad station Dec. 29 and a crowded trolley bus the next day, killing 34 people in all. The city is about 400 miles northeast of Sochi, site of the Games, and near the Caucasus region, which has long been a battleground between Islamist militants and security forces.
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January 26, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Extending a spate of bloodshed in the Afghan capital, a suicide bomber attacked a military bus Sunday morning, killing two soldiers and two civilians and injuring 20, officials said. The bomber was on foot and detonated his explosives around 7 a.m. as the bus carrying air force officers approached in the eastern Kabul district of Karte Naw, according to Afghan defense officials.  Two Afghan army officers and two civilians, a man and a woman, were killed, said Zahir Azimy, a spokesman for the Afghan defense ministry.  The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to journalists.
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January 19, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin said Russian authorities will "do our best" to prevent terrorist attacks at the Sochi Winter Olympics, which will take place in the shadow of an Islamist insurgency in the restive Caucasus region. "We have a perfect understanding of the scope of the threat and how to deal with it and how to prevent it," Putin said in an interview broadcast Sunday. "I hope that our law enforcement agencies will deal with it with honor and dignity, the way it was during other major sports and political events.
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January 12, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide attacker on a bicycle detonated a large bomb near an Afghan police precinct in the capital Sunday, killing two police officers and wounding 21 police and civilians, including three children.  The attack occurred about 3:30 p.m., targeting a bus carrying police from a training center on Kabul's busy Pul-e-Charki road, said Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai.  The force of the blast was so great the bus was...
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December 29, 2013 | By Sergei Loiko
MOSCOW - At least 14 people were killed and 43 injured in a suicide bombing Sunday afternoon at the railway station in Volgograd, an industrial city in southern Russia, officials said. Shortly after 1 p.m. local time, a woman approached a metal detector frame at the railway station's entrance, where she stopped and detonated the explosives after a police officer started walking toward her, authorities said. "When the suicide bomber saw the metal detector frame and saw the policemen on duty as she entered the railway station, she got nervous and her behavior seemed suspicious to the policemen," Interior Ministry spokesman Andrei Pilipchuk told Rossiya-24, a news television network.
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December 18, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Hashmat Baktash
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Five security personnel were killed and 34 wounded Wednesday evening when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden mini-truck into a mosque near a checkpoint in Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency, officials said. Army and Frontier Corps troops were praying at the roadside mosque when the explosion took place, said an official who asked not to be identified for security reasons. Five bodies were retrieved from the debris and 34 wounded soldiers were rescued.
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October 21, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated and corrected. See the notes below for details.
MOSCOW -- Five people were killed by an explosion inside a passenger bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, officials said Monday. Officials said the explosion was set off by a female suicide bomber, and Russia's Investigative Committee revealed the name of the suspect as Naida Asiyalova. [Updated, 7:32 a.m. PDT Oct. 21: Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the Investigative Committee, later gave a different spelling of the name, identifying the bomber as Naida Akhiyalova, 30, of Dagestan.
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