Intelligence officials shot dead in Kabul

Afghan police have sealed off the eastern District 9 area of Kabul as they search for the assailant. (AFP file photo)
Updated 02 December 2019

Intelligence officials shot dead in Kabul

  • Police searching for the gunman who carried out the attack early Monday
  • Police have sealed off the eastern District 9 area of Kabul as they search for the assailant

KABUL: An Afghan official says a gunman has opened fire on a vehicle in the capital, Kabul, killing two intelligence officials and wounding three others.
Afghan interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi says that police were searching for the gunman who carried out the attack early Monday. Police have sealed off the eastern District 9 area of Kabul as they search for the assailant, said Rahimi.
No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the assault, but both Taliban and a Daesh affiliate have carried out attacks in the capital.
The Taliban control or hold sway over nearly half of Afghanistan, staging near-daily attacks that target Afghan forces and government officials but also kill scores of civilians.


Pope urges international solidarity for Lebanon

Updated 09 August 2020

Pope urges international solidarity for Lebanon

  • The church in Lebanon should stay close to the people in their hour of need, the Pope said

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis urged international solidarity with Lebanon Sunday, in the wake of the explosion that devastated the capital Beirut and as France hosts an international donors conference to aid reconstruction efforts.
He also called on church leaders in Lebanon to lead by example.
“Last Tuesday’s catastrophe calls on all of us, starting with the Lebanese people, to work together for the common good of this beloved country,” he said.
The church in Lebanon should stay close to the people in their hour of need, with “solidarity and compassion,” he said, speaking after weekly prayers in Saint Peter’s Square.
“I also renew my appeal for generous help from the international community.
Pope Francis was speaking as French President Emmanuel Macron hosts a UN-backed virtual conference to drum up aid for Lebanon after the massive Beirut port blast.