Taliban kill 5 Afghan forces days ahead of truce

A member of Afghan security personnel gestures at the site of suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)
Updated 10 June 2018
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Taliban kill 5 Afghan forces days ahead of truce

  • The attack late Saturday comes ahead of a three-day cease-fire timed to coincide with the Eid Al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan
  • The Taliban announced the upcoming cease-fire on Saturday, saying they would continue to defend themselves if attacked and would continue targeting foreign forces

KABUL: An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked a checkpoint in the southern Kandahar province, killing five security forces.
The attack late Saturday comes ahead of a three-day cease-fire timed to coincide with the Eid Al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for the provincial governor in Kandahar, says three other forces were wounded in the attack.
The Taliban claimed the attack in a statement to media.
The Taliban announced the upcoming cease-fire on Saturday, saying they would continue to defend themselves if attacked and would continue targeting foreign forces. The government announced the cease-fire last week.
The holiday, and the cease-fire, is expected to begin later this week.


Hungary detains Syrian Daesh member accused of killings: prosecutors

Updated 22 March 2019
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Hungary detains Syrian Daesh member accused of killings: prosecutors

  • Eurojust, the European agency that oversees judicial co-operation in crime investigations, working with Belgian and Hungarian authorities, found evidence later that he was a member of Daesh
  • Prior to being detained, the man was already awaiting deportation to Greece

BUDAPEST: Hungarian authorities have detained a Syrian man on Friday accused of taking part in beheadings in Syria as a member of Daesh, Budapest prosecutors said in a statement.
The man, not identified in the statement, is suspected of executing about 20 people in 2016, all family members of a person in Homs city who refused to join Daesh, the prosecutors said.
The statement said the man, prior to being detained, was already awaiting deportation to Greece.
He had been caught with forged documents in Budapest's main airport on Dec. 30 last year, given a suspended prison sentence for human trafficking and other crimes, and ordered expelled from Hungary.
Eurojust, the European agency that oversees judicial co-operation in crime investigations, working with Belgian and Hungarian authorities, found evidence later that he was a member of Daesh, the prosecutors said.