Taliban attacks kill 13 Afghan policemen

An Afghan security personnel keeps watch at a checkpoint on Highway One in Ghazni on October 30. (AFP)
Updated 08 November 2018

Taliban attacks kill 13 Afghan policemen

  • The insurgents attacked a police outpost early on Thursday morning in Khugyani district, killing eight policemen
  • Near-daily Taliban attacks on Afghan security forces have been relentless in recent months

KABUL: Afghan officials say the latest Taliban attacks in the country’s central and eastern region have left 13 policemen dead.
Council member Ghulam Hussain Changiz in eastern Ghazni province says the insurgents attacked a police outpost early on Thursday morning in Khugyani district, killing eight policemen, including a district commander.
The attack set of a firefight that lasted for hours until the government sent reinforcements and drove Taliban from the compound. He says the Taliban still managed to confiscate weapons and ammunition.
The Taliban also attacked a police outpost in central Wardak province on Thursday morning, killing five policemen. Police spokesman Hekmat Durrani says three policemen were wounded.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Near-daily Taliban attacks on Afghan security forces have been relentless in recent months.


Woman charged in London with planning to bomb St. Paul’s cathedral

Updated 15 min 28 sec ago

Woman charged in London with planning to bomb St. Paul’s cathedral

  • Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, was remanded in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to appear again at the Old Bailey court on Nov. 1
  • Shaikh was charged with preparing terrorist acts between August and October this year including making contact with someone she believed could help her make explosives

LONDON: A woman appeared in court on Wednesday charged with terrorism offenses including scoping out St. Paul’s cathedral as a possible bomb target.
Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, was remanded in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to appear again at the Old Bailey court on Nov. 1, police said.
Shaikh, of Hayes, west London, was charged with preparing terrorist acts between August and October this year including making contact with someone she believed could help her make explosives.
The preparations also included traveling to London and staying at a hotel to conduct reconnaissance, police added in a statement.
The statement of charges said she “noted the hotel’s suitability as a target for a bomb (and) attended St. Paul’s to scope it, for security and for the best place to plant a second bomb.”
She is also charged with preparing the words of a pledge of allegiance to Daesh.