Bomb blast kills 3, wounds 9 in Pakistan’s southwest

Pakistani police say a bomb has killed three people and wounded nine others in the southwestern town of Chaman near the Afghan border. (File/AFP)
Updated 28 September 2019

Bomb blast kills 3, wounds 9 in Pakistan’s southwest

  • Officer Mohammad Iqbal says the bomb Saturday was planted in a motorcycle parked outside the office of a religious party
  • Chaman is in the province of Baluchistan, where there is a yearslong low-level insurgency by Baluch separatists

QUETTA: Pakistani police say a bomb has killed three people and wounded nine others in the southwestern town of Chaman near the Afghan border.
Officer Mohammad Iqbal says the bomb Saturday was planted in a motorcycle parked outside the office of a religious party.
He said the bomb detonated remotely when Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party’s leader Maulana Mohammad Hanif was exiting the building, killing Hanif and two other men.
The blast took place amid heightened security in the town due to a presidential vote being held across the border in Afghanistan.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.
Chaman is in the province of Baluchistan, where there is a yearslong low-level insurgency by Baluch separatists. Extremist militants also operate there.


Italy considers extending COVID-19 emergency until Jan. 31

Updated 19 min 47 sec ago

Italy considers extending COVID-19 emergency until Jan. 31

  • The emergency, set to expire in mid-October, gives the government greater powers

ROME: Italy is considering extending until Jan. 31 next year its state of emergency over the COVID-19 crisis, two national newspapers said on Thursday.
The emergency, set to expire in mid-October, gives the government greater powers, allowing officials to more easily bypass the bureaucracy that smothers much decision-making in Italy.
Dailies Il Messagero and Corriere della Sera said a cabinet meeting discussed the issue late on Wednesday.
“It is not official yet.. while at first (the government) talked about pushing it back to Dec. 31, during the meeting (the government) considered going beyond the end of the year, given that the cohabitation with the virus is destined to go on for a long time still,” Il Messaggero said.