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Militants

Pak cops foil attack against PM's home

Pak cops foil attack against PM's home

Pakistani police fought for more than 10 hours with militants they said were planning to attack the home of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, officials said Thursday. An intelligence officer and two militants were killed when the shootout erupted during an overnight operation in the eastern city of Lahore, said police chief Zulfiqar Hameed. Shuja...

Israel downs Gaza drone

Israel downs Gaza drone

The Israeli military said it downed a drone launched by Gaza militants on Monday, the first time it encountered an unmanned aircraft since the start of its offensive last week, as new Israeli airstrikes pushed the death toll from Israeli airstrikes to at least 175. Israel began its campaign against militants in the Hamas-controlled...

Key oil refinery 'seized by rebels' in Iraq

Key oil refinery 'seized by rebels' in Iraq

Sunni rebels in Iraq say they have fully captured the country's main oil refinery at Baiji, north of Baghdad. The refinery had been under siege for 10 days with the militant offensive being repulsed several times. The complex supplies a third of Iraq's refined fuel and the battle has already led to petrol rationing. Insurgents, led...

Pak offensive displaces 350,000

Pak offensive displaces 350,000

Some 350,000 people have been displaced since the start of an army offensive against militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan a week ago, officials say. Long lines of buses and lorries are reported waiting in intense heat for security clearance to enter the nearest town of Bannu. There are fears the refugees could spread polio, as...

Obama can 'bypass Congress' over Iraq action

Obama can 'bypass Congress' over Iraq action

US President Barack Obama had told Congressional leaders he does not need lawmakers' approval for any action in Iraq, the top Senate Republican says. Senator Mitch Mc McConnell was speaking after a meeting between the president and senior members of Congress. Iraq has asked for US air strikes against advancing Sunni militants. Meanwhile US Vice-President Biden...

US drone hits resume in Pakistan

US drone hits resume in Pakistan

The US has resumed its drones programme in Pakistan, with two strikes on militant strongholds in the North Waziristan tribal region overnight. Officials say at least three militants were killed with reports of 16 dead. It comes days after militants attacked Karachi international airport, killing 39 people, including 10 attackers. Washington agreed to suspend its drones...

'Dozens killed' in Boko Haram attack on Nigeria villages

'Dozens killed' in Boko Haram attack on Nigeria villages

Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people in fresh attacks on villages in Borno state in northern Nigeria, the BBC has learnt. A local member of parliament confirmed the attacks and said that at least five other villages had been targeted. The Nigerian military has also denied reports that some of its men had...

Pakistani army kills 14 militants in border clash

Pakistani army kills 14 militants in border clash

Backed by helicopter gunships, Pakistani troops on Saturday killed 14 militants following an attack on army posts near the Afghan border, two army officers and a government official said. The attack began after dozens of insurgents sneaked across the border into Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Bajur and hit at least two military checkpoints,...

Afghan Taliban order fighters to disrupt vote

Afghan Taliban order fighters to disrupt vote

A Taliban spokesman says the group has warned Afghans not to take part in the April presidential election and that it has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote. Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says the Taliban are also telling clerics across to country to spread the word that the election is "an American conspiracy." Mujahid's statement,...

Small but dangerous

Law enforcers claim they have largely contained militancy through close monitoring and regular drives for the last seven years. Still, small splinter militant groups continue to pop up and carry out criminal activities. Sunday's armed attack on a prison van to snatch three JMB members is the work of such a group, according to sources in law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The murder of blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider in February last year and the six murders in Gopibagh on December 21...

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