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Pakistan blast toll touches 28; JuA claims responsibility

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Islamabad: Taliban group Jamaat ul Ahrar (JuA) claimed responsibility for the suicide attack in a mosque in Pakistan as the death toll touched 28.

In a statement released on Friday midnight it said its target was the peace committee of Anbar district as it killed 13 of the group’s mujahideens and handed over other members to the governments of Swat and Bajaur Agency.

JuA is a spin-off of the main insurgent group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Efe news reported.

“Our struggle against peace committees and the government will continue until sharia (Islamic law) is imposed,” the statement said.

A suicide bomber on Friday blew himself up in a mosque in Mohmand Agency’s Anbar tehsil, leaving at least 28 persons dead, including five children, and 31 injured.

The injured were transported to hospitals in Bajaur Agency, Charsadda and Peshawar for treatment.

The bombing took place in the village of Butmaina in the Mohmand tribal district bordering Afghanistan, where the army has been fighting against Taliban militants.

The Deputy Administrator of Mohmand agency, Naveed Akbar said the bomber came in as prayers were in progress and blew himself up in the main hall. A curfew was later imposed in the area.

The attack came a day after the nationwide celebrations of the Eid-ul-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).

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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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