Afghan officials: Bombs attached to motorbikes kill 4 people

Afghan security personnel inspects the site of bomb blast in Jalalabad on March 19, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 19 March 2018
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Afghan officials: Bombs attached to motorbikes kill 4 people

KABUL: Afghan officials say bombs attached to motorcycles have killed four people in separate attacks.
One struck outside a sports stadium in eastern Nangarhar province, killing three on Monday. Akramuddin, a provincial police official, says the explosion occurred as former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was holding a rally at the stadium in Jalalabad, the province’ capital.
Akramuddin, who like many Afghans uses only one name, says the blast took place as the rally ended. Ten people were wounded.
Hekmatyar, previously a declared terrorist by the United States, signed a peace deal with President Ashraf Ghani in 2017 and was removed from the list.
The second motorcycle bomb exploded in western Herat province. Spokesman Jelani Farhad says one person was killed and seven were wounded.
No groups have taken responsibility for the attacks.


Japan deepens Southeast Asian ties with airmen program

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Japan deepens Southeast Asian ties with airmen program

  • The program hopes to promote shared values and interoperability among Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force and airmen of ASEAN countries

SINGAPORE: Japan’s defense minister says he plans to start a program for professional airmen to strengthen ties between his country and Southeast Asia.
Takeshi Iwaya says the program fits in with the government’s vision to raise defense cooperation with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which has “gained momentum” since it was announced in 2016.
The program hopes to promote shared values and interoperability among Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force and airmen of ASEAN countries.
Iwaya did not give details on when it will be launched or its frequency. He was speaking on the sidelines of an Asian security conference in Singapore, which was also attended by regional defense ministers, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Wei Feng.