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Militant Islamist website calls for attacks on France and Hollande - SITE

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - A militant Islamist website has created a series of posters calling for attacks on France and for the assassination of President Francois Hollande in reprisal for the country's policies in Mali and the Central African Republic, the SITE monitoring service said late on Monday.

Up to 12 'terrorists' in Mali killed by French forces

As many as 12 fighters from the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) group have been killed in a counter-terrorism operation by French forces in Mali who used drones to track down the Jihadists, France's defence minister said Thursday. The offensive took place Tuesday night in northeastern Mali, Jean-Yves Drian said. Separately, a UN source confirmed that "a very large French operation" in the area had taken place.

Roadside bomb kills three Pakistani soldiers as violence spirals

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed at least three soldiers on Wednesday as militant violence spiralled across Pakistan despite the government's increasingly futile efforts to engage the Pakistani Taliban in peace negotiations. On Monday, gunmen burst into a court killing at least 11 people in a rare suicide-bomb and gun attack in the heart of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

At least 11 killed in brazen attack on Pakistani court

By Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Gunmen burst into a court in a busy shopping area in the center of the Pakistani capital on Monday, killing at least 11 people in a brazen attack likely to shatter any prospect of meaningful peace negotiations with Taliban insurgents. A loud explosion reverberated across central Islamabad just after 9 a.m., followed by bursts of gunfire. Police said at least 30 were wounded. A judge was among those killed.

Bomb kills two soldiers in NW Pakistan

A bomb Monday killed at least two paramilitary troops and wounded six others in a restive Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said. The incident happened in Sadokhel area of Khyber tribal region where Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam militant groups are active. "An improvised explosive device planted along the roadside went off as two vehicles of paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) passed by, killing two soldiers and wounding six others," senior local administration official Muhammad Tayyab Ali told AFP. He said the blast destroyed one of the vehicles.

Algerian army kills three Islamists in east

The Algerian army killed three Islamist militants Sunday during an operation in a mountainous area of the eastern Kabylie region, the defence ministry said. Their deaths bring to five the number of Islamists killed since Tuesday in Kabylie, a bastion of armed groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The ministry said troops seized weapons and ammunition and destroyed hideouts used by the militants in the Sidi Ali Bounab region during Sunday's operation.

Bomb kills three soldiers in Pakistan

A bomb blast on Saturday killed at least three paramilitary soldiers and wounded six others in Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, officials said. The roadside bomb hit a patrol vehicle around 200 kilometres (miles) south of Quetta on a main road linking Baluchistan to the port city of Karachi. "At least three soldiers were martyred and six others were wounded, when a bomb planted by miscreants exploded on the national highway," Frontier Corps spokesman Abdul Wasay told AFP.

Bomb kills three soldiers in Pakistan

A bomb blast on Saturday killed at least three paramilitary soldiers and wounded six others in Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, officials said. The roadside bomb hit a patrol vehicle around 200 kilometres (miles) south of Quetta on a main road linking Baluchistan to the port city of Karachi. "At least three soldiers were martyred and six others were wounded, when a bomb planted by miscreants exploded on the national highway," Frontier Corps spokesman Abdul Wasay told AFP.

Pakistan party ends blockade to Nato supply

A Pakistan party which has been staging sit-ins to block the NATO supply to Afghanistan in protest against covert US drone strikes in the country on Thursday announced an end to its campaign. The decision of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI), led by the cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, came after a local court ruled on Tuesday that no private individual has a right to block or check vehicles on roads.

Pakistan air strikes death toll rises to 30

Pakistani fighter jets and gunship helicopters bombarded hideouts of Taliban militants in the troubled northwest on Tuesday, killing at least 30 militants, officials said. "The death toll from the airstrikes has risen to 30," a security official in Peshawar told AFP, updating the earlier death toll of 15. The early morning attack on hideouts in the North and South Waziristan tribal districts were the fourth in a series of airstrikes by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) since February 20. hk-shk/sjd/ia/ac
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