Taliban attack kills 5 Afghan police

In this file photograph Afghan security personnel take part in a patrol during an operation against Taliban militants in the Jaghatu District of Ghazni Province. (Zakeria Hashimi/AFP)
Updated 18 March 2018
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Taliban attack kills 5 Afghan police

KABUL, Afghanistan: An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked security positions northwest of the capital, killing at least five police.
Mohammed Zaman, the provincial police chief for Ghazni province, says the attack late Saturday set off a two-hour gunbattle.
The Taliban have stepped up attacks across Afghanistan since the US and NATO formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014.
In the western Ghor province, meanwhile, a roadside bomb killed a young shepherd and wounded five others. Police spokesman Iqbal Nizami says the Taliban planted the bomb in order to target security forces.
In the eastern Khost province, police spokesman Basir Bina says a roadside bomb killed two children and wounded another nine. Both bombs went off on Saturday.


13 years later, guilty plea in post-Hurricane Katrina racial shooting

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13 years later, guilty plea in post-Hurricane Katrina racial shooting

  • Prosecutors said that Bourgeois had discussed shooting black people and defending the Algiers Point neighborhood of New Orleans from “outsiders” after the storm

NEW ORLEANS: A man has pleaded guilty in New Orleans to firing a shotgun at three black men in an act of racially motivated violence following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Roland Bourgeois (BOOH’-jwah) had been indicted in federal court in 2010. But his legal proceedings dragged on for years with a series of delays and hearings related to his physical and mental health.
Bourgeois pleaded guilty Wednesday to amended charges in a bill of information: interfering with the victim’s rights because of their race and using a firearm in a crime of violence.
Prosecutors said Bourgeois fired a shotgun at three black men, wounding one seriously, after he and others discussed shooting black people and defending the Algiers Point neighborhood of New Orleans from “outsiders” after the storm.