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  • Jaffar Express escapes bombing in Quetta

    2015-01-23

    QUETTA – The Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar Express near Quetta January 23 escaped disaster as a bomb planted near the railway track exploded but caused only minor damage to the fuel tank, Dawn reported. Service between Balochistan and the rest of the country was suspended after the blast, however, Pakistan Railway rescue teams and technical staff are working to restore service, the Levies ...

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  • Explosive-laden vehicle seized in Wah Cantt

    2015-01-23

    RAWALPINDI – Security forces in Rawalpindi foiled a terrorist attack by arresting two militants and seizing their explosive-laden vehicle January 23, SAMAA reported. Police seized the vehicle at a check post in the Wah Cantt area and found 1,000 detonators, 78 cartridges, wires and explosives hidden in secret chambers during a search, police said.

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  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities arrest 8,200 suspects

    2015-01-23

    PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) law enforcement personnel have arrested more than 8,200 suspects during 2,861 operations as part of the National Action Plan (NAP), Express Tribune reported January 23. Pakistan launched the NAP after the December 16 Army Public School massacre in Peshawar. The arrested people included 22 clerics accused of delivering hateful speeches and representa...

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  • Karachi police arrest 6 terror suspects

    2015-01-23

    KARACHI – Police in different parts of Karachi arrested at least six suspected terrorists January 22, SAMAA reported. Law enforcement personnel made the arrests in the Sohrab Goth, Super Market and Model Colony areas, Rangers officials said.

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  • Balochistan miscreants blow up 2 gas pipelines

    2015-01-23

    QUETTA – Miscreants recently blew up two gas pipelines in Balochistan Province, suspending gas supply to the Uch power plant and many other villages, media reported January 23. Miscreants blew up an 18-in.-diameter gas pipeline in Dera Murad Jamali City, police said. Meanwhile, miscreants also blew up a 6-in.-diameter gas pipeline in Sohbat Pur District, Muhammad Akram, a poli...

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  • Religious leader arrested for allegedly giving pro-Taliban sermon

    2015-01-23

    LAHORE – Authorities in Lahore recently arrested a religious leader in connection with charges of supporting the Taliban in a Friday sermon, Dawn reported January 22. Qari Ahrar was a cleric in the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) staff colony mosque in Lahore for the past 20 years. On January 16, he led a public dua (prayer) for the Taliban to emerge victorious, Dawn reported CAA sour...

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  • Pakistani, Afghan militaries discuss security issues

    2015-01-23

    KABUL – Lt. General Nasir Khan Janjua, the Pakistani army's Southern command chief, visited Afghanistan and discussed matters of mutual interest with his Afghan counterpart January 22, media reported. The military leaders discussed the security situation along the Durand Line and measures to improve border security, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

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  • Lashkar Gah suicide attack kills 2

    2015-01-23

    LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan – A suicide car bombing in Helmand Province recently killed two people and wounded 16 others, Khaama Press reported January 22. The culprit targeted an Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) convoy in the Lashkar Bazaar area of Lashkar Gah, Omar Zwak, a spokesman for Helmand's acting governor, said. The bombing killed a police officer and a civilia...

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  • Taliban judge arrested in Kandahar

    2015-01-23

    KANDAHAR CITY – Afghan security forces arrested Qazi Sher Muhammad, a purported Taliban judge, in the 9th police district of Kandahar city, Kandahar Province January 22, Pajhwok Afghan News reported. The insurgent judge has ties to Taliban commander Mullah Tahir and confessed to settling disputes on behalf of the Taliban, police spokesman Zia Durrani said.

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  • Qurghonteppa mayor warns of motives for Tajiks to go to Syria

    2015-01-23

    QURGHONTEPPA, Tajikistan – Qurghonteppa Mayor Amirullo Asadullo January 21 warned of various reasons that attract young Tajiks to join insurgents in Syria, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Tajik service reported that day. They include unemployment, failure by authorities to educate youth about patriotism, and parents who fail to spend enough time with their children, he sai...

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  • Kyrgyz find hidden weapons

    2015-01-23

    OSH, Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyz State National Security Committee (GKNB) personnel January 18 found weapons and munitions hidden in Kara-Suu District, Osh Province, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Kyrgyz service reported January 22, quoting the GKNB press office. The cache included a rifle, four grenades and other items, the GKNB said. Agents are trying to determine who stashed t...

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  • Tajik police seize 9.5kg of opium

    2015-01-23

    DUSHANBE – Tajik police recently confiscated about 9.5kg of opium from a Vanj District, Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province, the Interior Ministry (MVD) press office said, according to a January 23 CA-News.org report. The date and location of the seizure were not reported. Authorities have opened a criminal case.

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  • ISIL more dangerous to neighbours than to Afghanistan, Afghan official says

    2015-01-23

    KABUL – The "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) is more dangerous to Afghanistan's neighbours than to that country itself, a top Afghan security official told parliament January 22, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Tajik service. Afghan security agencies have the competence to deal with such extremist groups, Rahmatullah Nabil, acting director of the ...

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  • Afghan troops kill 17 insurgents

    2015-01-23

    KABUL – Afghan National Army (ANA) troops in the past 24 hours killed 17 insurgents in four provinces, Defence Ministry spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi tweeted January 22. One soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED), Azimi also tweeted.

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  • Ghani spends 2nd day in Turkmenistan

    2015-01-23

    ASHGABAT -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani January 22 spent a second and final day in Turkmenistan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported that day. He conferred with Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on economic matters like a proposed natural-gas pipeline and railway January 21. Ghani January 21 expressed willingness to protect the transit of Turkmen natural gas acros...

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  • Kyrgyz seized 30kg of drugs in 1 week

    2015-01-23

    BISHKEK – The Kyrgyz State Drug Control Service (GSKN) January 12-18 seized more than 30kg of drugs in various raids, the GSKN press office said in a January 22 statement. The haul included 652.3g of heroin. GSKN agents January 13 in Bishkek detained a man identified only as M. R., born in 1991, of Batken District, Batken Province, and found the heroin in his coat, the agency said. ...

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