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At least eight civilians killed in Kabul hotel attack: interior ministry

At least eight civilians, including children and foreigners, were killed in a Taliban attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, the spokesman for Afghanistan's interior ministry said Friday. In a brazen assault just weeks before Afghanistan's presidential election, four teenage gunmen with pistols hidden in their socks managed to penetrate several layers of security at the Serena hotel, a prestigious venue favoured by foreign visitors to the capital, on Thursday night.

At least eight civilians killed in Kabul hotel attack: interior ministry

At least eight civilians including children and foreigners were killed in a Taliban attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, the spokesman for Afghanistan's interior ministry said Friday. The assault by four teenage gunmen on Thursday night comes just weeks before Afghanistan's presidential election. emh/pdw/st

Four gunmen killed in attack on luxury Kabul hotel

Four suspected Taliban gunmen entered a luxury hotel in Kabul on Thursday evening before being shot dead, officials said, adding that three people were wounded as guests were rushed to reinforced safe rooms. Just two weeks before Afghanistan's presidential elections, the attackers hid small pistols in their socks and penetrated several layers of security at the Serena hotel, a prestigious venue favoured by foreign visitors to the Afghan capital.

18 Dead, 14 wounded in Afghanistan suicide attack

Kabul, Mar 20 (EFE).- At least 18 people - 10 police, a civilian and seven insurgents - died and 14 others were wounded Thursday in a multi-pronged suicide attack on a police station in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, a police spokesman told Efe. The early morning attack in the capital of Nangarhar province began with a vehicle-bomb blast outside a police station, followed by another explosion and an hours-long gun battle between the police and Taliban fighters.

Multiple suicide attack in east Afghan city kills three

At least six Taliban suicide attackers stormed a police station in the centre of the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Thursday, killing three people in a major assault ahead of the presidential election. The target of the complex assault was a police station close to the governor's house in Jalalabad city, which has been the scene of repeated militant attacks in recent years. The Taliban have vowed a campaign of violence to disrupt the vote on April 5, and a spokesman for the insurgents claimed responsibility for the early-morning suicide strike.

Egypt general, colonel killed in militant shootout

An Egyptian army brigadier general and a colonel were killed in a Wednesday raid on the hideout of jihadists suspected of involvement in a series of deadly attacks, the military and police said. Five jihadists with the Al-Qaeda-inspired Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group also died in what was an hours-long shootout north of Cairo, the interior ministry said. se/jds/al

Pakistan PM approves new counter-terrorism measures

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved the formation of a rapid response force and a national intelligence directorate Tuesday to boost efforts against a decade-long Islamist insurgency, his office said. Sharif confirmed the measures during a meeting with Pakistan's top civil and military officials, and said the establishment of high security prisons would be fast-tracked, his office said in a statement.

Egypt police stop pro-Morsi press conference

Egyptian police prevented supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi from holding a press conference on Tuesday, asking journalists to leave the venue. The press conference was called by the Islamist Anti-Coup Alliance in response to an official report on a deadly police crackdown on pro-Morsi protest camps in August. An AFP correspondent who went to attend found police deployed outside the venue. They took down the names of journalists in attendance and advised the AFP correspondent to leave.

Turkey PM Erdogan is worse than army, arch-rival says

An influential Muslim cleric locked in a bitter feud with the Turkish government has said the pressure piled on his movement now is "10 times worse" than in the era of military coups, in a rare interview published Monday. US-exiled Fethullah Gulen stands accused by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of using his influence in Turkey's police and judiciary to instigate a corruption probe to topple his Islamic-rooted government.

Pakistan, India, Taliban say know nothing about missing plane

By Sanjeev Miglani and Jibran Ahmed NEW DELHI/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Aviation officials in Pakistan, India and Central Asia as well as Taliban militants said they knew nothing about the whereabouts of a missing Malaysian jetliner on Monday after the search for Flight MH370 extended into their territory.
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