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Explosions rocks Kabul, 4 terrorists killed

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A massive, third explosion was heard in the Kabulcity late Monday night, hours after back-to-back explosions left at least 30 persons dead and over 90 wounded.

Security sources said the blast was caused by a vehicle packed with explosives that was detonated in the city’s Shahr-e-Naw area, Khaama Press reported.
The Ministry of Interior said Tuesday that the target of Monday night’s bombing in Kabulcity appears to have been a charity by the name of CARE (Pamlarana), Tolo news reported.

Four attackers were killed, reported Xinhua news agency. “One terrorist was killed after detonating a car bomb near Pamlarana, an NGO office building, late Monday night and three attackers were killed by security forces during a counter-attack which ended Tuesday morning,” the ministry said in a statement. One civilian was also killed and six others injured in the attack and firefight which lasted 11-hour, it said.

Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi the organisation was targeted in a bombing and attackers then entered the building in Shar-e-Naw.

At least 42 persons were rescued during the operation, including 10 foreigners, he added. Sporadic gun firing and explosions were also heard early Tuesday as security forces exchanged fire with gunmen who seized a building in central Kabul, a security source said. Traffic was blocked in several parts of the city and schools were closed.

No group has admitted to carrying out the attack, BBC reported. Earlier on Monday, twin explosions rocked the city close to the Ministry of Defence compound, leaving at least 30 people dead, with the majority of the victims said to be security personnel

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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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