Pakistani Taliban kill four government paramilitary troopers in gun attack

Quetta is plagued by attacks from militant movements like the Pakistani Taliban, who are separate from but loosely allied with the Taliban movement that ruled neighboring Afghanistan in the 1990s. (Reuters)
Updated 14 February 2018
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Pakistani Taliban kill four government paramilitary troopers in gun attack

QUETTA, Pakistan: Pakistani Taliban militants shot dead four paramilitary soldiers in Pakistan’s western city of Quetta, where last month seven security men were killed in a suicide attack, police and the militant group said.
The Frontier Corps troopers were patrolling the residential neighborhood of Langoabad on motorcycles when they were fired on by gunmen also riding bikes, said Naseebullah Khan, Senior Superintendent of Police for Quetta.
“The four men were shot in the head,” Khan said, adding that handguns were used in the attack.
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.
Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, rich in resources and at the heart of $58 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor stretching from the Arabian Sea to China’s Xinjiang region.
The province, the poorest and least developed in Pakistan, has suffered nearly a decade of separatist violence against the government.
The area also is plagued by attacks from militant movements like the Pakistani Taliban, who are separate from but loosely allied with the Taliban movement that ruled neighboring Afghanistan in the 1990s and has fought an insurgency against western and Afghan government forces since 2001.


Zika outbreak in northern India state exceeds 100 cases

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Zika outbreak in northern India state exceeds 100 cases

NEW DELHI: The number of Zika virus cases has crossed 100 in Rajasthan, a state in northern India where palaces and forts draw large numbers of tourists each year.
The Press Trust of India news agency reports eight new cases were reported from the state capital of Jaipur on Saturday.
The agency says that the new cases come amid a state health department investigation to track the outbreak of Zika in pregnant women in their first trimester.
Zika symptoms include fever, rashes and joint pain, and the disease has been linked to birth deformities in some cases.
The World Health Organization says that the first case in India was reported from Ahmedabad in the western state of Gujarat in January 2017.
WHO says Zika has been reported in 86 countries.