Suicide bomber kills Pakistani police officer, security escort

Security personnel inspect a destroyed vehicle at the site of suicide bomb attack that targeted a senior Pakistani police officer in Peshawar on November 24. (AFP)
Updated 24 November 2017
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Suicide bomber kills Pakistani police officer, security escort

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck a vehicle carrying the deputy provincial police chief in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Friday, killing him and his guard and wounding six others, police said.
The bombing targeted Ashraf Noor, who also holds the rank of inspector-general of police, in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, senior police officer Shaukat Khan said. He said Noor was going to his office in Peshawar when the attacker rammed his vehicle with his motorcycle.
Khan said police officers escorting Noor’s vehicle saw a man on a motorcycle hitting Noor’s vehicle, which quickly caught fire.
TV footage showed the burning vehicle as firefighters struggled to douse the flames.
No group immediately claimed responsibility but the Pakistani Taliban and Daesh group have been accused by authorities for previous such attacks in various parts of the country.
Peshawar is the capital of northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where authorities have carried our several operations against militants, but violence has continued.


Indian minor raped by 17 men over weeks

Updated 36 min 39 sec ago
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Indian minor raped by 17 men over weeks

  • Some 19,000 attacks on minors were reported in 2016, but vast numbers are never brought to police attention
  • Among those arrested were the 300-flat building’s security guards, plumber and elevator operator, state police said

NEW DELHI: Indian police said Tuesday that 17 men have been arrested for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl over several weeks, in the country’s latest horrific sexual assault case.
The girl, who has a hearing disability, was allegedly sexually assaulted inside a largely unoccupied apartment block in the southern city of Chennai.
Among those arrested were the 300-flat building’s security guards, plumber and elevator operator, state police said.
The 66-year-old lift operator was the first to attack the girl after she returned from school and was cycling around the complex, police said.
He allegedly invited other men who filmed each other raping the child. As the ordeal progressed she was sedated with injections and drug-laced soft drinks, reports said.
“This is the initial stage of investigation and we have to go in-depth to ascertain the details,” a local police official told AFP.
According to local reports, the accused took the girl to various places in the complex including the basement, terrace, gym and public restrooms to rape her.
The incident came to light after the girl told her family who then lodged a police complaint. She is now receiving medical attention.
India has a grim record of sexual violence. Some 19,000 attacks on minors were reported in 2016, but vast numbers are never brought to police attention.
In January India was rocked by a particularly shocking attack when an eight-year-old girl died after being kidnapped, drugged and gang-raped for days at a Hindu temple.
This led to the introduction of the death sentence for the rape girls under the age of 12.