Pakistani troops kill 13 suspects behind deadly dam attack

Updated 13 April 2015
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Pakistani troops kill 13 suspects behind deadly dam attack

QUETTA, Pakistan: A spokesman for Pakistan’s paramilitary Frontier Corps says troops have killed 13 members of a militant group that claimed responsibility for a weekend attack on a dam project in southwestern Baluchistan province that killed 20 construction workers.
Abdul Wasay said Monday that the troops carried out an operation in the mountains of Turbat district, where the dam construction is underway, searching for “terrorists who massacred” the workers on Saturday.
Wasay says a commander of the separatist Baluchistan Liberation Front was among those killed. The troops suffered no casualties.
BLF, which claimed responsibility for the attack later on Saturday, is among several nationalist and separatist groups behind a years-long, low-level insurgency in Baluchistan demanding a greater share of gas and mineral revenue for the Baluch minority and complete autonomy from Islamabad.


Venezuelans fleeing crisis deserve refugee status: UN

Updated 28 min 20 sec ago
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Venezuelans fleeing crisis deserve refugee status: UN

  • UN urged other states not to deport or force them back
  • “It is incredibly important that given the situation in Venezuela that there aren’t deportations, expulsions or forced returns,” UNHCR said

GENEVA: Venezuelans fleeing the worsening crisis in their country deserve protection as refugees, the United Nations refugee agency said in updated guidance issued on Tuesday.
It urged other states not to deport or force them back.
Some 3.7 million people have left Venezuela, the majority since 2015, it said. “It is incredibly important that given the situation in Venezuela that there aren’t deportations, expulsions or forced returns,” UNHCR spokeswoman Liz Throssell told a news briefing.