Grenade attack at Pakistan army facility wounds 10

Updated 18 December 2012
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Grenade attack at Pakistan army facility wounds 10

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Two men on a motorcycle hurled hand grenades at the main gate of an army recruiting center in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, wounding 10 people, police said.
The injured in the attack in the garrison town of Risalpur in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province included civilians and security personnel, said senior police official, Ghulam Mohammed.
Mohammed told The Associated Press that the police have launched a manhunt to trace and arrest the attackers, he told The Associated Press.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a string of assaults in recent days that illustrate the continued challenge Pakistan faces from militants despite military operations against the Pakistani Taleban and their supporters.
Tuesday’s attack came a day after a car bomb exploded in a crowded market in Pakistan’s northwestern town of Jamrud near the Afghan border, killing 17 people and wounding more than 40 others.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is located on the edge of Pakistan’s tribal region, the main sanctuary for Al-Qaeda and Taleban in the country. The province has witnessed scores of attacks, most of them blamed on the Taleban.
Ten Taleban fighters armed with rockets and car bombs attacked the military section of an international airport in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Saturday night, killing four people and wounding over 40 others. Five of the militants were killed during the attack and the other five died Sunday after hours-long shootout with security forces.


Russian briefing at OPCW chemical arms body is stunt: UK envoy

Updated 44 min 17 sec ago
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Russian briefing at OPCW chemical arms body is stunt: UK envoy

  • OPCW is investigating possible use of chemical weapons in an April 7 attack
  • UK ambassador to OPCW says briefing arranged by Russia and Syria on the OPCW’s premises was a 'stunt'

THE HAGUE: Britain’s ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Thursday that a briefing arranged by Russia and Syria on the OPCW’s premises was a stunt.
Russia and Syria say they have brought several Syrians from Douma, where the OPCW is investigating possible use of chemical weapons in an April 7 attack, as proof that no chemical attack took place.
Ambassador Peter Wilson said any witnesses should be interviewed by OPCW investigators instead, adding that Britain and its allies would not attend.
“The OPCW is not a theater” he said in a statement.