8 die in Baluchistan attack

Updated 26 May 2014
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8 die in Baluchistan attack

QUETTA, Pakistan: Gunmen killed at least eight tribal police in an attack on a local tribal police checkpoint on Sunday in Pakistan’s restive southwest, officials said. Three are reported to have been wounded in the attack.
The incident occurred in the Waadh area of Khuzdar district, some 350 km southwest of Quetta, the capital of oil- and gas-rich Baluchistan province which borders Iran and Afghanistan.
“Gunmen attacked the checkpost early in the morning and shot dead eight tribal police officials, known as Levies,” provincial home secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani told AFP.
He said one other officer was wounded in the attack but survived, adding police will question him over how the fighting occurred and who the gunmen were once his condition stabilizes.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but suspicion immediately fell on Baluch nationalist groups who have claimed responsibility for such attacks in the past.


Mike Pompeo urges Russia to cease ‘unconstructive behavior’ in Venezuela

Updated 25 March 2019
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Mike Pompeo urges Russia to cease ‘unconstructive behavior’ in Venezuela

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia on Monday the US will not "stand idly by" as Moscow inserts military personnel into Venezuela to support the regime of President Nicolas Maduro.
In a phone call with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Pompeo denounced the growing Russian military reinforcements as prolonging the political crisis in the South American country.
Pompeo told Lavrov that "the United States and regional countries will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela," the State Department said in a statement.
"The continued insertion of Russian military personnel to support the illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela risks prolonging the suffering of the Venezuelan people who overwhelmingly support interim President Juan Guaido," he said.
Guaido is supported by the United States and most Latin American and European nations but he retains the support of Russia and China, US rivals who have offered political and economic support to him.
Pompeo urged Russia to "cease its unconstructive behavior" and support Guaido.