Bomb in Pakistan kills 2 men of pro-govt militia

Updated 23 June 2013
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Bomb in Pakistan kills 2 men of pro-govt militia

KHAR, Pakistan: A bomb killed two members of a Pakistani pro-government militia yesterday in a tribal region near the Afghanistan border, officials said.
The blast went off in Chamarkand town, 40 km northwest of Khar, the main town of Bajaur tribal region in the northwest of the country.
“Two members of a pro-government tribal peace committee were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near them,” local administration official Ghulam Saeedullah said.
He said that the men were inspecting the site of an earlier IED blast when a second device went off.
Local tribal police officials also confirmed the incident and casualties.
The attack came two days after about a dozen insurgents attacked the homes of two tribal elders near Khar and later killed them.
Pakistan has for years been fighting homegrown Taleban insurgents in its northwestern border areas with Afghanistan.
A US-led NATO combat mission across the border is due to withdraw next year after a 12-year Afghan Taleban insurgency.
Also yesterday, security agencies intercepted a truck in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta and recovered 50 rockets with fuses.
Local chief of paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) Col. Maqbool Ahmad said that the rockets were hidden under piles of straw.


Japan halts missile drills after Trump-Kim summit

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Japan halts missile drills after Trump-Kim summit

TOKYO: Japan has halted evacuation drills simulating a North Korean missile attack in the wake of historic talks between Washington and Pyongyang, local media reported Thursday.
Government officials did not immediately confirm the reports, but authorities in one town said they were suspending a drill planned for next week on orders from Tokyo.
The decision comes after US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un met last week in Singapore, with the pair signing a joint document calling for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Yaita in Tochigi prefecture north of Tokyo had been planning an evacuation drill for next week involving some 800 residents including 350 school children, city official Yutaka Yanagida said.
But the city suddenly canceled all preparations late Wednesday after being instructed by the government that “drills should be postponed for the time being following a change in the environment after the US-North Korea summit,” he said.
Contacted by AFP, a Cabinet Office official said the government would announce its policy on evacuation drills on Friday, declining to comment further.
Last year, Pyongyang fired two missiles over Japan and it has splashed others into the sea near the country, sparking a mix of panic and outrage.
Earlier this year, hundreds of Tokyo residents scrambled for cover in the Japanese capital’s first evacuation drill for a military attack by Pyongyang.
North Korea has singled out Japan, a key US ally in the region, for verbal attacks, threatening to “sink” the country into the sea and to turn it into “ashes.”
But the regional mood has turned toward diplomacy since the Winter Olympics hosted by South Korea, which set off a series of diplomatic moves culminating in the Trump-Kim meet.