Bomb kills 17 Afghans on way to wedding: officials

Updated 16 November 2012
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Bomb kills 17 Afghans on way to wedding: officials

KABUL, Afghanistan: A roadside bomb planted by Taleban insurgents killed 17 civilians — mostly women and children — on their way to a wedding party in western Afghanistan on Friday, officials said.
The victims were traveling in a minibus from one village to another for the celebrations when the explosion ripped through their vehicle in Farah province, provincial government spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhewandai told AFP.
“The latest toll we have shows that 17 civilians, the majority of them women and children, were killed and 14 more were wounded,” said provincial police chief Aqa Noor Kintoz.
“Among the wounded are nine women, one child and four men,” he said, blaming Taleban militants for planting the bomb.
Roadside bombs are the weapon of choice of the hard-line Islamists fighting Afghan forces and some 100,000 NATO troops in an effort to topple the government of President Hamid Karzai.
While the Taleban says their targets are military, civilians using the same roads are frequently the victims.
In the first six months of 2012, a total of 1,145 Afghan civilians were killed and around 2,000 were wounded, mostly by roadside bombs, according to United Nations figures.
Women and children accounted for about 30 percent of this year’s casualties.
Earlier this week a mother and her newborn baby were among six family members killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan.
The victims were heading home from the hospital after the mother had given birth when the bomb planted by Taleban insurgents tore through their vehicle in eastern Khost province.
And little more than a week ago, a roadside bomb killed 10 civilians, including women and a child, heading for a wedding party in southern Afghanistan.


France arrests 10 ultra-right suspects over plot to attack Muslims

The suspects were being monitored by France’s DGSI intelligence agency, intercepted messages showing they were seeking to buy arms. (REUTERS)
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France arrests 10 ultra-right suspects over plot to attack Muslims

  • France is home to an estimated 5.7 million Muslims or almost nine percent of the population
  • Sources said the gang was looking to hit “targets linked to terrorists

PARIS: Ten people with links to the radical far-right have been arrested by anti-terrorist police in France over an alleged plot to attack Muslims, judicial sources said Sunday.
The arrests were made late Saturday in operations across France, including the Mediterranean island of Corsica, the sources told AFP.
The suspects had an “ill-defined plan to commit a violent act targeting people of the Muslim faith,” one source close to the probe said.
Another source said the gang was looking to hit “targets linked to terrorists.”
France has been hit by a string of militants attacks since early 2015, often by people who have become radicalized or claim to have acted in the name of the Daesh group.
More than 240 people have been killed in the attacks, including 130 who lost their lives in a wave of bombings and shootings mainly in Paris nightspots in November 2015.
The suspects were being monitored by France’s DGSI intelligence agency, intercepted messages showing they were seeking to buy arms, and searches turned up some weapons, the sources said.
France is home to an estimated 5.7 million Muslims or almost nine percent of the population, according to a report by US-based think-tank the Pew Research Center at the end of last year.