Iraq attacks kill 3

Updated 01 April 2013
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Iraq attacks kill 3

BAGHDAD: Attacks mostly targeting security forces in and around Baghdad and in northern Iraq, one of them a suicide bombing, killed three people yesterday, the latest in a spike in unrest ahead of elections.
The suicide bomber blew up a car at a military checkpoint in Abu Ghraib, just west of the capital, killing one person and wounding seven, including at least three soldiers, a security official and a medical source said.
And on the capital’s northern outskirts, a magnetic “sticky bomb” attached to a car detonated near a checkpoint, killing the vehicle’s driver. Five shootings and bombings in Kirkuk and Mosul, both northern cities, killed one person and wounded six. All of the injured were policemen or soldiers.
The attacks come ahead of provincial elections scheduled for April 20, due to be held in 12 of Iraq’s 18 provinces, the country’s first polls since a parliamentary vote in March 2010.
But questions have been raised over the credibility of the polls as they have been postponed in two provinces roiled by months of protests, and 11 candidates have been killed.


Afghan, Pakistani military officials renew push for peace

Updated 1 min 41 sec ago
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Afghan, Pakistani military officials renew push for peace

ISLAMABAD: Senior military and intelligence officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to enhance efforts to ensure sustainable peace in the region.
The two sides reached the understanding at talks Sunday at Pakistan army’s headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
The Afghan delegation was led by the national security adviser, Hanif Atmar, and also included the intelligence chief and other officials.
A military statement early Monday said Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, told the delegation that “we must begin with the trust that neither covets an inch of the other’s territory nor is letting its land being used against the other.”
Pakistan has been under pressure from Kabul to stop giving safe havens to militants blamed for attacks in Afghanistan. Pakistan denies the charge.