Taliban suicide bombers have attacked a government building in Afghanistan sparking a gun fight with police which has lasted more than four hours.
Insurgents launched the attack on the police traffic headquarters before dawn in the Afghan capital, with at least two of the attackers said to have been killed but no civilian casualties as yet reported.
Kabul police officer Mirza Mohammad said at least one insurgent blew himself up at the entrance to the compound and a number of others wearing suicide vests entered the building.
Another police officer said at least three attackers entered the building.
The unnamed officer said a gun battle was taking place inside the three-story building.
Mohammed Zahir, chief of the Kabul Police Investigation Unit, said: 'There are still there are two or three suicide bombers inside the traffic department compound. They are still fighting.'
The number of dead is unconfirmed but explosions could be heard inside the building.
Update 8 killed, 12 wounded in Taliban Kabul attack Up to eight people were killed and 12 others wounded as the headquarters of Afghan traffic police came under attack in capital Kabul on Monday, the Kabul police said.
"Five suicide bombers armed with guns and suicide vests raided the Kabul Traffic Police Headquarters in western Kabul at about 5: 30 a.m. local time Monday," the statement said.
The killed include five attackers and three traffic police officers.
[REUTERS] A group of Eritrean ...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age. ... soldiers laid siege to the information ministry on Monday and forced state media to announce a call for the release of political prisoners, a senior intelligence official said.
There was no immediate indication it was an attempt to overthrow the government of Eritrea, which has been led by Isaias Afewerki, 66, for some two decades since it broke away from bigger neighbor Ęthiopia.
The renegade soldiers forced the director of state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
to make an announcement, the Eritrean intelligence official said.
"The soldiers have forced him to speak on state TV, to say the Eritrean government should release all political prisoners," the source told Rooters on condition of anonymity.
There was no immediate official comment.
The United Nations ...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society... last year estimated that 5,000-10,000 political prisoners were being held in the secretive Horn of Africa country, which is accused by human rights ...which often include carefully measured allowances of freedom at the convenience of the state... groups of carrying out torture and summary executions.
[An Nahar] Four people were killed overnight Sunday in a northern Cairo district as festivities erupted after a police officer accidentally killed a man while chasing a drug pusher, official sources said.
The festivities broke out outside a cop shoppe in the Shubra el-Kheima district when relatives and neighbors of the dead man gathered and then attacked the police with guns and Molotov cocktails, a security source said.
Three of the attackers were killed in festivities, taking to four the total number of people dead, according to a ministry of health report, which added that 12 others were also maimed, including two coppers and a soldier.
[MAGHAREBIA] Libyan Defence Minister Mohammed Mahmoud al-Barghati was uninjured Saturday (January 19th) after being caught in a fire fight between his bodyguards and former rebels in Tobruk, AFP reported.
"As the minister prepared to leave the airport by car, his bodyguards shot it out with angry soldiers and ex-rebels, but the minister was not hurt," the minister's deputy, Khaled al-Sherif, said.
Al-Barghati had been meeting with military brass to discuss means of bolstering the armed forces, according to the defence ministry.
In other Libya security news, the local council of Ghadames appealed for help in lifting a siege by an unknown militia group, Libya Herald reported.
The rogue militia is refusing to let people in or out of the border town and threatening to enter the city itself, according to a posting on the council's Facebook page.
[REUTERS] French troops advanced cautiously toward northern Mali on Sunday amid fears of ambush by al Qaeda-linked fighters, while its fighter jets pounded the Islamists' strongholds in the desert near Timbuktu.
Forces were moving slowly toward Diabaly after reports that Islamist fighters had abandoned their turbans and flowing robes to blend in with local residents
In the central Malian town of Diabaly, seized by Islamist fighters on Monday, the wreckage of the Islamists' charred pick-up trucks lay abandoned among the mud-brick buildings, television images showed.
Residents of the town, some 350 km (220 miles) from the capital Bamako, said Islamists had fled into the bush after French Arclight airstrikes.
The commanders of French and Malian forces, who set up their operations center in the nearby town of Niono, said their forces were moving slowly toward Diabaly after reports that Islamist fighters had abandoned their turbans and flowing robes to blend in with local residents. Simple enough: intern all men of fighting age, starting with anyone who looks like he's had a beard lately. Then separate all the locals from the immigrants from places like Soddy Arabia or Pakistain. Shoot the immigrants. Separate the local beards. Shoot them in public. Let the rest go.
"There are risks of mines and booby traps in houses, that is why we have to be careful," a French commander who would be identified only as Colonel Frederic told news hounds sheltering from the sun in a grove of trees.
La Belle France has deployed 2,000 ground troops and its war planes have pounded rebel columns and bases for 10 days, turning back an Islamist advance towards the riverside capital which Gay Paree said would have toppled Mali's government.
French now aims, with international support, to dislodge the Islamists from Mali's vast desert north, an area the size of Texas, before they use it to launch attacks on the West.
The Islamist alliance, grouping al Qaeda's North African wing AQIM and home-grown Malian krazed killer groups Ansar Dine and MUJWA, has imposed harsh sharia law in northern Mali, including amputations and the destruction of ancient shrines sacred to moderate Sufi Mohammedans. The locals will likely be happy to point out who did what to whom.
Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said French Rafale and Mirage planes had bombed Islamists' camps and logistics bases around the ancient caravan town of Timbuktu as well as Gao, the largest city of the north. The strikes were aimed at preventing Islamist fighters from recovering to launch a counterattack.
"The terrorists...have diversified tactics. They can leave a town at any time or mingle with the population to avoid air strikes," he said. "It's urban guerrilla warfare as well as a war so it's very complicated to manage." It's a little easier to separate the wheat from the chaff, though.
In Sevare, the main military base in central Mali, a French military commander told Rooters his forces were hanging back to allow Malian troops to mop up Islamist resistance near the town of Konna. Malian troops lost several vehicles and soldiers to Islamist counterattacks, Colonel Didier Dacko said.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius denied Mali could spiral into another Afghanistan, saying that Islamist fighters did not have the support of the local moderate Mohammedan majority.
The stakes in Mali rose dramatically this week when Islamist gunnies cited La Belle France's intervention as their reason for attacking a desert gas plant in neighboring Algeria, seizing hundreds of hostages. Algeria carried out an assault on Saturday to end the siege and said on Sunday it expected a heavy corpse count.
Veteran jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtargrabbed credit in the name of al Qaeda for the Algeria attack, Mauritanian news website Sahara Media said on Sunday.
"We are ready to negotiate with the West and the Algerian government provided they stop their bombing of Mali's Mohammedans," Belmokhtar said in a video, according to Sahara Media. Except that Mokhtar isn't a Malian, nor are the Algerians and other riff-raff that invaded the country. And the (Moslem) Tuaregs have already said they'll help root the bastards out. And they weren't offering to negotiate until they were slapped around a little.
Egyptian authorities have seized a record 1 tonne of explosives bound for the Palestinian Gaza Strip, a security official said Sunday, DPA reported. The official said the explosives were seized when a suspicious-looking lorry was searched at a checkpoint between mainland Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Gaza and Israel.
The shipment was the largest single haul of explosives captured by Egyptian authorities in Sinai, which has been the scene of turmoil in recent months.
Police have seized a total of 5 tonnes of explosives as well as disassembled rockets and automatic weapons in the past three months, according to local media reports.
Egyptian authorities say the weapons are shipped from Libya, which is awash with arms, and smuggled into Gaza by gangs operating in Sinai.
A South African court found suspected Niger Delta militant leader Henry Okah guilty of terrorism on Monday for his role in two car bombs that killed at least 10 people in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, at an independence day ceremony in 2010.
Judge Neels Claassen said Okah, who was charged with leading the militant MEND group in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta region, was found guilty on 13 counts ranging from conspiracy to commit terrorism to detonating explosives.
Claassen told the court, "The evidence that was given by his accomplices was not contradicted."
MEND, or the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, carried out a number of attacks on oilfields and pipelines across the region, which is home to Africa's biggest oil and gas industry, until a government amnesty in 2009.
Security experts think Okah - who accepted the 2009 amnesty after gun-running and treason charges against him were dropped - was at one time the mastermind behind MEND although he has denied ever being its leader.
The 2010 explosions hit the official celebrations laid on in Abuja for Nigeria's 50th anniversary of independence.
[BBC.CO.UK] Nigeria gunnies have attacked the convoy of the prominent religious leader, the Emir of Kano. The emir survived, but his driver and two guards were killed.
No-one has admitted the attack, but suspicion is bound to fall on the thug group Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... , which has previously killed Mohammedanholy mans.
The emir is highly revered by Mohammedans and the attacks have caused shock in northern Nigeria, says the BBC's Lagos correspondent, Will Ross.
Men on cycle of violences and in a car opened fire on the emir's convoy as he was returning from a ceremony at a mosque.
"There was an unfortunate incident today. The emir's convoy was attacked by unknown gunnies as he was returning from Koranic graduation ceremony in Kano city, Kano state governor Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso told AFP news agency.
"Three people in his convoy were killed but the Emir is unhurt," he said.
Emir al-Haji Ado Bayero - who is in his 80s - has been on the throne for almost 50 years and has been careful not to openly denounce the activities of the Islamist thugs, he says.
More than 10 suspected al-Qaida operatives were killed by an explosion in a house in south Yemen where they were making bombs and at least three others died in a drone strike, tribal and official sources said on Sunday.
A bomb ripped through a house in the province of al-Bayda on Saturday night, the state news agency, Saba, and a local official said. Three other suspected militants were killed in a drone strike in the central province of Maarib, also on Saturday, tribal sources and the Ministry of Defence said.
The house that was destroyed in al-Bayda had been used for making bombs, an official from the area told Reuters on Sunday. "We heard a massive explosion that terrified people and when we went to the house it was destroyed and everyone there was dead," the official said.
In Maarib, a pilotless plane carried out two strikes against a car, a witness said.
[Yemen Post] A riot erupted in the central prison of Hajja governorate in northern Yemen on Sunday and there have been reports of deaths and injuries, Almasdar reported.
The website quoted statements by locals as saying they heard fire inside the prison.
It also quoted one of the inmates who said by telephone that some prisoners have been killed and others injured after the prison guards fired at them, but no officials or independent sources were available to confirm that.
However, it was a brave man who first ate an oyster... the website reported the names of three inmates who were maimed in the riot that came amid disagreements between the governor of Hajja and the newly appointed security director by the council of ministers.
Furthermore, sources were quoted as saying the governor had ordered the prison director to ignore the security director.
Some of central prisons in Yemeni key provinces have witnessed riots, most of which led to deaths and injuries.
[Yemen Post] Yemeni intelligence authorities have launched a massive hunt for a number of explosives-laden cars that were prepared by Al-Qaeda gunnies to attack key installations in key cities, Alahale reported quoting a statement by official sources on Sunday.
"The intelligence authorities have got information about the boom-mobiles and are not searching for them in Sanaa and other main cities," the sources were quoted as saying.
The boom-mobiles come a week ahead of an extraordinary meeting of the United Nations ...an international organization whose stated aims of facilitating interational security involves making sure that nobody with live ammo is offended unless it's a civilized country... Security Council which will be held in the capital Sanaa on January 28.
In the meantime, the Yemeni government is continuing a campaign to control the situation before the meeting with large forces and patrols dispatched to all streets.
After mass protests in late 2011,the UN issued resolutions to back the GCC-brokered power-transfer deal in Yemen and has since held several meetings on the transition.
Yemen has been hunting Al-Qaeda operatives killing many and targeting their hideouts with direct support from the US whose drones have killed key AQAP leaders since last year.
[Yemen Post] Gunmen shot up the headquarters of the cop shoppe in Yemen's Hajja province Sunday injuring four people including two soldiers and two passersby, Almasdar reported quoting eyewitnesses.
A bullet pierced the neck of one of the victims and emerged from the other side leaving him at death's door, according to the eyewitnesses.
"The gunnies from the Sheraqi area carried out the attack from the Heswi mountain which looks over the cop shoppe and the governmental complex in Hajja," they added.
The attack triggered the local security committee to meet and decide to take action to prevent all armed scenes in the province.
Earlier this week gunnies who were believed to be fans of the General People's Congress of the former president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh ... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it... tried to prevent the newly appointed security director Abdul Malik Al-Madani from entering his office.
Apart from the Hajja incident, three people including a woman were maimed after an unknown attacker detonated a bomb at the Juhaim market in downtown Yemen's southern Taiz province on Sunday, the website reported.
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By Chris Covert
Mexican naval infantry units as well as Durango state police units in the Durango side of La Laguna region have arrived since Friday, according to Mexican news accounts.
Since last Thursday, when a large part of the municipal police forces of Ciudad Lerdo and Gomez Palacio were detained and sent to the Durango state capital to face investigation -- and in some cases charges -- rumors have abounded on Twitter that Mexican naval infantry units had been dispatched to the region to beef up security.
Last Thursday Mexican Army units, probably from the 10th Military Zone, arrived on the Durango side of La Laguna to disarm local police. Under normal circumstances such an action would be routine, as the Mexican Army is charged with enforcement of the Mexican national Firearms and Explosives Act. It appears to be standard operating procedure for Mexican military zone commanders to disarm police units en mass for weapons checks.
Instead, the local police had apparently been disarmed in anticipation of the mass detention of 158 police agents, including two municipal police chiefs from Ciudad Lerdo and Gomez Palacio, Durango.
According to a report posted on the Animal Politico website, the action left the Durango side of La Laguna with no active local police. Since Friday's mass detentions only 30 police agents have been released.
According to a news report posted on the website of El Diario de Coahuila news daily, fresh reinforcements have arrived since Friday, including Durango state ministerial police and Direccion Estatal de Investigacion (DEI) police agents to help with security in the La Laguna region.
The news report said that checkpoints have been erected in the Durango side of La Laguna and that both levels of security -- Durango state and federal units which include Mexican Army, naval infantry and Policia Federal -- are all involved in security operations in La Laguna.
All the renewed security activity is being coordinated by the Vice Fiscalia, the Mexican equivalent of a district attorney, although the Animal Politico report said the Emergency Telephone number 066 in La Laguna is being answered by the army. The report also characterized the Vice Fiscalia as being paralyzed by the severe increase of crime, especially in armed robberies. The report also claimed the Vice Fiscalia offices are without support staff to carry on their work.
The closing of Centro de Readaptacion Social (CERESO) Number 2 in Gomez Palacio by the Mexican interior ministry last month has presented new challenges now that detainees must be transported to the state capital to face trial and charges.
In the previous iteration of the Seguro Laguna security operation, a Mexican Army commander had the task of coordinating security operations among the three levels of government, but news reports seem to point to a paralyzed legal staff forced to coordinate security in the Durango side of the region.
Last Saturday night, Durango journalist Ruben Cardenas tweeted that the Torreon and Coahuila side of La Laguna had been shut down and that night life on the Coahuila side had all but ended because of security concerns.
A day later there were several reports of gunfights, presumably between criminal gangs that operate in the area.
According to a news article posted on the website of El Siglo de Torreon news daily, gunfire was reported in several colonies in Torreon municipality including ejido Ana and Torreon Jardin and Jacarandas colonies. A Sunday tweet by Ruben Cardenas also reported gunfire in "various zones", as he put it, in Ciudad Lerdo in Durango including on Bulevar Miguel Aleman.
Cardenas also reported on Twitter Saturday that several dead were reported in Anna colony as well as the village of Oribe Peralta in Torreon municipality.
In most of the news reports the idea being put forth is that the Durango side has been enjoying reinforced security, albeit with a civilian staff barely able to handle their new task, but the Coahuila side has been all but abandoned. Little activity by the Coahuila state government has emerged even as gunfights and deaths have been reported on the Coahuila side of La Laguna.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
Police have killed the leader of an armed group in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. The terrorist militant "offered armed resistance" to police who came to arrest him in Nalchik, and was killed by return fire.
The slain terrorist militant is suspected of having masterminded a series of attacks on local police and officials, the local Interior Ministry said. The gang operated in the eastern Urvansk district.
[Dawn] A 60-year-old prayer leader was rubbed out early Saturday morning near his house in Korangi, police and witnesses said.
They added that Haji Ghulam Hussain, son of Mohammad Bukhsh, was returning home after offering Fajr prayers at a nearby mosque when he was bumped off.
The police said he was a resident of Sector 33-E, Korangi 1 ½ and a local chief of the Tableeghi Jamaat.
The police quoted his family as saying that he had left for Tahajjud prayers in the early hours of Saturday. He was targeted by two gunnies riding a cycle of violence near the mosque as he was returning home, the police said.
The victim was fatally maimed in the attack and died before he could be shifted to hospital.
Later, the police shifted the body to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where medico-legal sources told Dawn that the victim received four bullets in his upper torso from a very close range as all the bullets went through his body.
The police found four spent bullet casings at the crime-scene and said that the attackers had used 9mm pistol in the murder.
They said that the elderly victim ran a provision shop in the locality.
The police said no case had been lodged as the victim's family was still engaged in the funeral.
Young man kills self
A 30-year-old man shot himself dead in his house in Gulshan-e-Hadeed, police said.
Steel Town police said that Saleem Ahmad Kanasro, son of Mushtaq Ahmad Kanasro, was an ex-employee of the Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... Electric Supply Company.
Sub-Inspector Baqar Hussain told Dawn that the man, who got married two years ago, left a suicide note in his diary that was found lying beside the body. He had been sacked from the KESC and had since been jobless, the police said, suspecting that he, driven to despair, killed himself.
The police said that the victim's wife was a teacher at a nearby private school and her husband was alone in the house when he did away with himself with his pistol.
They said that the woman had left for school at her usual time and she found her husband dead in their house when she returned home at around 2pm.
The body was shifted to the JPMC for medico-legal proceedings and later handed over to the victim's family.
The couple hailed from Larkana, the police said.
Hand grenade hurled at mill
Panic gripped parts of Ittehad Town, Baldia Town, after a hand grenade was hurled at a silk mill in the early hours of the morning.
The Mochko police said that no one was hurt and no damage was caused to the mill in the kaboom.
They said that the mill owners had earlier received an extortion demand of Rs500,000.
A case against unidentified culprits was later registered at the Mochko cop shoppe.
Two killed in accident
Two people were killed and four others injured in a collision between a truck and a pick-up near Swat ...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat... Colony within the remit of the Mauripur cop shoppe.
The dead and injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi where the dear departed were identified as Farman, 30, son of Haji Ashraf, and Asghar, 25, son of Gul Hasan.
The injured were identified as Khalid, Salim, Tariq and Rashid.
[Ynet] It has been released for publication that in a joint Shin Bet-Police Central Unit in the Negev operation, two Bedouin brothers from the Negev were locked away Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! at the beginning of the month. The two admitted to their intention of carrying out terror attacks in Israel, having contact with terror organizations in the Gazoo Strip and abroad, preparing bombs and attempting to assemble rockets to be shot at Israeli targets.
Two Jewish Israelis are also involved in this case; one is an IDF soldier who in exchange for narcotics provided the locked away Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! with stolen IDF weapons. They have been arrested by the police.
I'm reminded of Monty Python: "Run away, run away!"
Odd, surrendering their diplomatic mission AND running a Naval exercise.
I wonder if in review we'll find that ALQ/IRN has supplanted the original dissenters.
Posted by: Frank G ||
Just the high-priority Russians are being taken out by airplane. There are a lot more who are still waiting to be evacuated - and some who plan to stick around during the "armor blitzkrieg" that Assad is about to dump on his kinsmen.
It must be a bit discouraging to be a "low-priority Russian" ... and be living in an unstable third world country :-)
[An Nahar] Five members of one family were killed in air raids on a town in Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... province on Sunday, as Syrian warplanes bombarded a battleground town southwest of the capital, a watchdog said.
A couple and their three children were among seven civilians killed in air strikes on the village of Baraka, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that the toll may rise as a number of people were buried under debris.
The Britannia-based watchdog also reported artillery shelling and air raids on Daraya as army reinforcements arrived in the town, strategic for its location next to Al-Mazzeh military airport east of Damascus.
Pro-regime daily Al-Watan said on Sunday that "the cut-throats on the outskirts of Daraya and Moadamiyet al-Sham have appealed for help after being hit very hard by the Syrian army, which destroyed several of the hideouts where they barricaded themselves."
Syrian authorities use the term "terrorists" to describe rebels against the rule of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators... "The army continued its assault yesterday and completely destroyed these hideouts and plans to conduct a qualitative ground operation to root out the remaining terrorists," the newspaper said on Sunday.
In Damascus on Sunday, a man was rubbed out in the southern district of Qadam as troops and rebels clashed, and another man was killed in shelling on the northeast suburb of Douma, the Observatory reported.
The army also bombarded several districts in the central city of Homs which have been under siege for months, as well as locations in the northern province of Aleppo, the northwest province of Idlib and Latakia on the coast.
In the southern province of Daraa, two rebels died in festivities near Busra al-Harir, while one civilian was killed and another critically maimed by regime gunfire in the town, the watchdog said.
The Observatory, which relies on a network of activists and medics, said that 138 people were killed nationwide on Saturday: 62 civilians -- including 13 children -- 35 soldiers, 39 rebels and two Kurdish fighters.