Bomb kills two in northwest Pakistan

Updated 12 July 2013
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Bomb kills two in northwest Pakistan

PESHAWAR: At least two people were killed and five others wounded yesterday when a motorcycle bomb exploded at a roadside restaurant in northwest Pakistan, police said.
The remotely detonated bomb exploded on the main highway between the towns of Kohat and Hangu in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which is rife with Taleban and Al-Qaeda led militancy.
“The motorcycle was parked at a roadside restaurant 20 km from Kohat city. Two people were killed and five others wounded in the attack,” Dilawar Khan Bangash, district police chief of Kohat, told AFP.
“One person died at the spot while another died while being shifted to hospital,” he said.
Hospital officials confirmed receiving one dead body and five injured.
“We received one dead body and five wounded from the blast site,” Mohammed Shamshad, a doctor at Kohat’s main hospital, told AFP.
Police said the motive for the attack was not immediately clear.
“The motorcycle carrying the bomb was parked close to a small mosque, built at the restaurant to facilitate customers for prayers. But, we don’t know the reasons why and who managed this attack,” said Bangash.
Pakistani troops have been fighting for years against homegrown insurgents in the tribal belt, which Washington considers the main hub of Taleban and Al-Qaeda militants plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan.


White House Mideast team holds talks with Jordanian king

Updated 22 min 25 sec ago
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White House Mideast team holds talks with Jordanian king

  • Jared Kushner is in the Middle East to help lay the groundwork for an expected Israeli-Palestinian peace plan
  • Kushner’s team also plans stops in Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia

AMMAN: President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is in the Middle East to help lay the groundwork for an expected Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
Kushner, along with White House envoy Jason Greenblatt, arrived in Jordan on Tuesday for talks with King Abdullah II, a key US ally. A White House statement said the talks included discussions on the Gaza humanitarian situation and US efforts to “facilitate peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.”
US officials have said their plan is near completion and could be released this summer. But it faces resistance from the Palestinians, who have cut off ties since Trump recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Kushner’s team also plans stops in Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. No talks with the Palestinians are scheduled.