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27 killed as blast hits Shia mosque in Kabul

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Kabul, 21 Nov 2016 : At least 27 persons were killed and 30 injured after a suicide bomber on Monday caused a powerful explosion at a Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital, Pajhwok News agency said.

The blast took place in the Darul Aman (Dar-ul-Aman) area of the city.

The suicide bomber reportedly detonated his explosive vest after entering the Baqer-ul-Oloom mosque.

1TV channel reported that the blast took place during a Shiite ceremony at the mosque, west of Kabul.

Several of the injured have been taken to hospital, local witnesses told Khaama Press.

This was the second blast to rock Kabul on Monday.

Earlier in the day two people were injured in an explosion in Bagrami district, Basir Mujahid, a Kabul police spokesman confirmed to Pajhwok.

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Pakistani man arrested for attacking Sikh shrine in England

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New Delhi/London, 25 May : A Pakistani man, who was trying to mobilise Sikhs against India over Kashmir in England, attacked the Guru Arjan Dev shrine in Derby on Monday morning. He was later identified and arrested.

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Italy registers 63,927 COVID-19 cases, toll touches 6,077

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Rome, March 24 : A total of 63,927 coronavirus cases have been assessed in Italy since the pandemic broke out in its northern regions on February 21, the Civil Protection Department managing the COVID-19 emergency has said, adding that 601 fatalities were also registered on Monday, with the death toll reaching 6,077.

The number of total infections grew by 4,789, or 8 per cent from 59,138 cases recorded on Sunday. The daily fatality figure dropped from Sunday’s 651 and Saturday’s 793, the department said, Xinhua reported.

Although still upward, the figures showed the daily rise in both the number of people testing positive and the number of deaths has been less marked for the second day in a row, Civil Protection Chief Angelo Borrelli told a press conference late Monday afternoon.

Health authorities, however, warned that it was still too early to confirm a decreasing trend in the ongoing pandemic.

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Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed sent to jail for five years

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New Delhi/Islamabad, 12 Feb : Just ahead of the FATF review, founder and patron of the banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed, was convicted in terror funding cases and sent to jail for five-and-a-half years by a Pakistani court on Wednesday.

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