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June 11, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber detonated his vehicle in front of the Supreme Court in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, several hundred yards from the U.S. Embassy, killing 17 people and wounding 38, police said. The Taliban claimed responsibility in a statement sent to reporters, adding that the bomber, whom it identified as an engineer named Abdul Wajid, detonated his explosives-packed Toyota Corolla in front of the “so-called Supreme Court of the Kabul government.” The dead and wounded were all civilians and included court employees, women and children, said Gen. Mohammad Daud Amin, Kabul's deputy police chief.
May 20, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Alex Rodriguez
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomb blast killed a top leader of a northern Afghan province and at least 12 other people Monday, the latest in a step-up of attacks by Taliban insurgents ahead of Washington's planned troop withdrawal at the end of 2014. The attack occurred in the city of Pul-e-Khumri at the offices of Mohammad Rasoul Mohseni, chief of the Baghlan provincial council, a government body akin to a legislature, said Mahmood Haqmal, spokesman for the Baghlan governor's office.
May 17, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Alex Rodriguez
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Bomb blasts tore through two village mosques in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 10 people and injuring more than 25, local authorities said. The bombings occurred in the village of Baz Darrah in the Malakand region, a rugged, mountainous area just west of Pakistan's Swat Valley. The bombs were detonated just as locals had arrived at the mosques for Friday afternoon prayers, said Malakand Deputy Commissioner Amjad Ali. Investigators were still trying to determine how the bombs were detonated, Ali said.
March 20, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - By choosing to deliver his landmark speech to Israel in an auditorium filled with students and young people, President Obama is once again turning to a core audience that has always been responsive to his message of hope and change. But although there's little doubt that the handpicked attendees at the Jerusalem convention center Thursday will cheer what is likely to be his tough-love call for Israel to embrace Palestinian statehood, Obama's political magnetism may prove less effective with the broader masses of Israeli youth.
March 18, 2013 | By Lutfi Sheriff Mohammed and Robyn Dixon
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Ten people died and more than 15 were wounded Monday in a suicide bombing close to the presidential palace in the capital, according to Somali officials. The attack in central Mogadishu targeted a vehicle carrying Somali intelligence chief Khalif Ahmed Ilig and other officials. But most of the dead were traveling in a commuter minibus that took the brunt of the blast when it passed between the suicide bomber's car and a government vehicle just as the bomb exploded, according to Somali officials.
February 21, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Three men accused of plotting what would have been the biggest terrorist attack in Britain since the 2005 London transit bombings were found guilty on terrorism charges Thursday. The trio, British Muslims from the central English city of Birmingham, were accused of planning to set off up to eight bombs in backpacks in crowded places as part of a suicide rampage. Although no date or target was set for the attack, authorities who secretly recorded conversations between the men arrested them in September 2011 out of concern that they posed an imminent threat.
February 8, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military checkpoint outside the northern Mali city of Gao on Friday, in the first sign that Al Qaeda-linked militias may be adopting new tactics since being driven back by a French-led invasion. A man on a motorcycle approached a group of soldiers at a military checkpoint and detonated explosives, according to a military officer contacted by The Times. The attack was confirmed by Gao Mayor Sadou Diallo in a telephone interview.
February 2, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - An outlawed far-left group that accuses the Turkish government of doing Washington's bidding in Syria and elsewhere claimed responsibility Saturday for the suicide attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front made the claim in a statement posted on a website linked to the group, according to news reports. The group, known by its Turkish initials DHKP-C, said the bombing Friday was in retaliation for U.S. policy in the Middle East, Turkish public broadcaster TRT reported The United States and Turkey are close allies and fellow members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
December 8, 2012 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday the suicide bombing that seriously wounded his nation's spy chief was planned in Pakistan, an accusation that further strained tensions between the neighboring countries. Karzai did not directly accuse the Pakistani government. He told reporters at the presidential palace that he intended to raise the issue with Pakistan. Afghan officials often accuse Pakistan of meddling in Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban and attempting to undercut the U.S.-backed government in Kabul.
November 23, 2012 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle loaded with explosives near a joint coalition-Afghan security center in a province west of Kabul on Friday, killing two Afghan civilian workers and a woman and wounding at least 90 others.   Shahidullah Shahid, a spokesman for the governor of Wardak province, said the bomber struck about 8:20 a.m., when a Mazda truck exploded in the provincial capital, Maidan Shaher. He said at least 11 women and four children were among those injured in the explosion, which also killed the bomber.
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