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September 23, 2002
"Palestinian Blast Kills Israeli, Ends a Lull in Suicide Bombings" (Sept. 19) correctly points out that there was a big gap prior to the Sept. 18 suicide bombing in Israel. What is overlooked is that during that gap, many potential bombers were caught before anyone was killed. Either Israel is getting better at prevention or is getting luckier. Either way, the terror is not winding down. Paul D. Blumstein Rancho Palos Verdes
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
In "Bethlehem," Israel's submission to the recent Academy Awards for the foreign language Oscar, first-time filmmaker Yuval Adler views entrenched political tensions through the template of a police procedural. Focusing on an Israeli intelligence agent and one of his Palestinian informants, the movie has the taut efficiency of a well-constructed crime thriller, while its real-world underpinnings play out with a less convincing sense of urgency. Tsahi Halevy carries himself with a mournful, in-over-his-head demeanor as Razi, an officer in Israel's secret service who's trying to prevent an impending suicide bombing in Jerusalem.
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WORLD
January 7, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A suicide bomber blew himself up Friday at a public bathhouse in southern Afghanistan that was filled with men washing themselves before the main prayers of the Muslim week. At least 17 were killed and 23 injured, provincial officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Spin Boldak, in Kandahar province. The district, a main crossing point to and from Pakistan, is a longtime nexus of drug and weapons smuggling. A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, claimed the explosion had killed the deputy commander of the province's border police force.
WORLD
December 30, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- At least 14 people were killed and 28 injured Monday morning by a suspected suicide bomb attack on a crowded trolley bus in the Russian city of Volgograd -- the second such attack on mass transit in the city in as many days. Ten passengers were killed immediately from the blast and four more died on the way to and in hospitals, officials said. Russian law enforcement agencies said the explosion was a terrorist act and that they suspect a connection between Monday's attack and a suicide bombing on Sunday, less than 19 hours earlier, at the city's main railway station.
WORLD
June 13, 2009 | Alex Rodriguez
A prominent Pakistani cleric who had publicly condemned the Taliban and its suicide bombing attacks was killed Friday by a teenage suicide bomber who detonated explosives in his office at an Islamic seminary in the eastern city of Lahore. The attack killed at least three other people. Sarfraz Naeemi, a renowned religious scholar, had spoken openly of his support for the government's military offensive to root out Taliban militants from the Swat Valley and surrounding regions.
WORLD
December 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A suicide car bomb exploded next to a British convoy in southern Afghanistan, and troops speeding from the scene fired at several civilian cars. As many as three Afghan civilians were killed and 19 people were wounded, including three British soldiers, in the chaotic violence in Kandahar, officials said. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack.
WORLD
November 1, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
A suicide bomber struck the commercial and cultural heart of Turkey on Sunday, injuring at least 32 people at a major Istanbul crossroads popular with tourists. Taksim Square, a vast transportation and commercial hub, is the city's busiest node. The apparent targets of the 10:30 a.m. explosion were police officers at a law enforcement substation at the square's northern end. At least 15 of those injured were police officers, and two of the wounded suffered life-threatening injuries.
WORLD
January 29, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
In a grim demonstration of insurgents' ability to strike even in tightly guarded districts, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a supermarket in a wealthy enclave of the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least eight people, including three foreign women and a child, and injuring more than a dozen others, police said. The Taliban claimed responsibility, declaring that the attack had been aimed at foreigners, in particular the head of a Western security firm. The bombing, the deadliest attack in Kabul in nearly a year, gutted the ground floor of the store, igniting small fires, splintering storefront windows, collapsing shelves and leaving the floor strewn with a jumble of canned goods, cookies and cereal.
WORLD
April 28, 2012 | By Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Two weeks after a supposed cease-fire was meant to bring an end to violence in Syria, an explosion Friday ripped through the capital, Damascus, killing at least nine people and injuring almost 30. A suicide bomber in the pro-opposition Midan neighborhood detonated an explosives belt near a school and the Zein Abidin mosque as worshipers were leaving Friday prayers, the Interior Ministry said. Those killed included civilians and law enforcement officers, state media said.
OPINION
March 15, 2002 | RANAN R. LURIE, Ranan R. Lurie, a senior adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, is a syndicated columnist and political cartoonist.
By early 1937, German generals unveiled with pride to Hitler their new dive bomber and Panzer tank. "We wish that we could have tested them in real combat," exclaimed one concerned but proud field marshal. Hitler raised his eyebrow and asked his officer, "Why don't you send these beautiful machines to the battleground in Spain to help our fascist friend Gen. Franco?" The generals did. Germany's planes proved themselves on the battlefields of Spain.
WORLD
December 29, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - A suicide bomber detonated explosives at the entrance to a railway station in Volgograd, an industrial city in southern Russia, killing at least 15 people and injuring 43, officials said, in an attack that sent jitters through the country as the Winter Olympics in Sochi approach. No group claimed responsibility for Sunday's deadly bombing, one of several to hit southern Russian in recent months. Volgograd is close to the troubled Caucasus region, where Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov has vowed to use "maximum force" to prevent Russia from staging the Olympics, which he called "satanic games held on the bones of our ancestors.
WORLD
December 22, 2013 | By Mohamed Juma
BENGHAZI, Libya -- A suicide car bombing at a security checkpoint in eastern Libya on Sunday killed at least 13 people, the government said -- a gruesome attack that left body parts strewn across a roadway. Officials declared three days of mourning. The powerful explosion took place in Bersis, about 30 miles from the increasingly restive city of Benghazi. An American schoolteacher was killed in the city earlier this month, and it was the scene of the September 2012 attack on the American consulate that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
November 16, 2013 | By David Zucchino and Hashmat Baktash, This post has been updated. See below
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber detonated a Toyota sedan Saturday next to an Afghan army vehicle protecting the site of an upcoming national assembly expected to consider a security pact with the United States. At least six people were killed and 22 wounded. The explosion tore into the armored military vehicle on a street outside a university campus, where a five-day gathering of prominent Afghans, known as a loya jirga, is to open Thursday. The assailant was killed in addition to six Afghan civilians and security force members, said Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Interior.
NATIONAL
October 3, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- A Tunisian has been extradited to Washington to face federal criminal charges of working with the late Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to set off a suicide bomb at a U.S. military installation in Europe in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, federal law enforcement officials announced Thursday. Nizar Trabelsi, a former professional football player in Germany, was arrested in Belgium two days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and had been held there the last 12 years on a terrorism-related conviction.
NEWS
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. ]
WORLD
February 4, 2009 | M. Karim Faiez and Laura King
Afghan authorities said Tuesday that they had broken up a suicide bombing cell responsible for a string of attacks in the capital, including a massive explosion last month that killed an American serviceman and wounded five other U.S. soldiers.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Film Critic
"The Attack" rewards your patience. Though it's never less than involving, it grows in stature as it unfolds and ends as a more subtle and disturbing film about love, loss and tragedy than we might initially expect. Co-written and directed by Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri ("West Beirut") and set in Israel and the Palestinian territories, "The Attack's" seemingly straightforward title can be read two different yet complementary ways. The most obvious approach concerns a physical attack, the suicide bombing in a Tel Aviv restaurant that kills 19 and causes painful chaos for everyone in this film.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Nasir Khan, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A suicide bomb blast at a funeral in northwest Pakistan killed at least 20 people Tuesday, including a newly elected provincial lawmaker, authorities said. [Updated, 7:56 a.m. PDT June 18: Authorities later revised the casualty toll upward, saying 27 people died and 57 others were injured. ] Police said they were looking into whether the target may have been Imran Mohmand, the independent candidate in the May 11 parliament and provincial assembly elections who was killed in the blast.
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