Gunmen Have Attacked And Entered A Pakistani Air Force Base Thought To House Nuclear Weapons
A Pakistan air force official said gunmen attacked and entered an air force base in central Pakistan early on Thursday, calling the attackers “terrorists”.
Security guards and the attackers were exchanging intense gunfire nearly three hours after the assault began at Minhas base in Punjab province, the official said.
“Terrorists” is the term Pakistani authorities use to describe militant groups such as the Taliban who are seeking to topple the U.S.-backed government.
This report was provided by Reuters.
Crash of Black Hawk chopper kills 7 U.S. troops in Afghanistan
A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashed in restive Kandahar province on Thursday, killing seven American troops and four Afghans, U.S. and Afghan military officials said.
Afghan officials said the crash site was in Shah Wali Kot, a volatile district where insurgents have long been active. The Afghan dead included three members of the Afghan security forces and a civilian interpreter, according to an Afghan provincial spokesman in Kandahar.
The NATO force said the cause of the crash was under investigation, and was tight-lipped about whether insurgent fire had been reported in the area. Usually, the military makes a quick announcement if there is no indication the craft was brought down by enemy fire, and if factors such as weather or mechanical failure are suspected.
20 Shiites pulled off Pakistani bus and shot dead
By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, August 16, 2012 7:27 EDT
Gunmen on Thursday pulled 20 Shiite Muslims from a bus and shot them dead in northwestern Pakistan, the second such incident in six months, police said.
The bus was travelling from the city of Rawalpindi to the northern city of Gilgit, and was ambushed in the hills of Babusar Top, around 100 miles (160 kilometres) north of the capital Islamabad.
Spate of terror attacks in Iraq kills 92, wounds over 200 (PHOTOS)
Published: 16 August, 2012, 12:18
Edited: 17 August, 2012, 05:07
Security personnel inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, August 16, 2012. (Reuters/Ako Rasheed)
A series of blasts and shootings in five Iraqi cities resulted in at least 92 deaths and more than 200 injuries, officials said. The attacks struck Baghdad, Fallujah and several other cities.
At least 27 people were killed when a car bomb exploded outside a cafe in Baghdad’s Zafaraniyah district.
In Baghdad’s Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, a bomb exploded next to an ice cream shop, killing 16 and injuring 40, Reuters reported police and hospital officials as saying.Five separate attacks throughout the country took the lives of seven people each. In the predominantly Shiite Husseiniyah district of the capital Baghdad, a car bomb went off in the morning, killing seven people and wounding 31 more.
At noon, another car bomb exploded at the headquarters of a security office in the northern city of Daqouq. As police rushed to the scene, a roadside bomb went off, killing seven and wounding 31, security officials said.
Seven soldiers at a security checkpoint near the town of Mishada were killed in a drive-by shooting. Eight more troops were wounded in the attack.
In the evening, seven people were killed and 10 wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a teashop in the northern city of Tal Afar, security officials reported.
A car bomb also went off next to a market in the Shiite city of Kut, killing seven people and injuring 25.
Eighteen more people were killed in other attacks throughout the country. At least two people died in eight separate bombings in the northern city of Kirkuk. Four policemen were shot dead in the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, while gunmen killed two civilians at a market in the northern town of Baaj. An explosion in Taji killed two, while a roadside bomb targeting an army patrol near Baqouba took the lives of four soldiers.
The total number of casualties is the highest since the deadly July 23 attacks, when over 110 people were killed in similar coordinated attacks throughout the country. The Islamic State of Iraq, al-Qaeda’s offshoot in the country, claimed responsibility for those attacks. While no one has claimed Thursday’s attacks, they bear all the hallmarks of attacks perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq.
Earlier this week, British security firm AKE Group warned that “[t]errorists in Iraq may be planning mass casualty explosive attacks against large gatherings of civilians to mark the end of Ramadan later this week.”
The attacks come ahead of the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which concludes on July 17 and 18.
An Iraqi policeman stands at the scene of a car bomb attack in the northern city of Kirkuk on August 16, 2012. (AFP Photo/Marwan Ibrahim)
An Iraqi police officer carries a wounded man outside a hospital in the northern city of Kirkuk on August 16, 2012. (AFP Photo/Marwan Ibrahim)
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