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Blast kills 10 in Pakistan tribal elder's home

At least 10 people were killed and another nine wounded Monday in an explosion at the home of a tribal leader in a restive area of northwest Pakistan, officials said. The blast came in a remote village in Khyber tribal district, close to the Afghan border in Tirah Valley, which last year saw fierce fighting between the Pakistani military and Taliban militants. "The initial information suggests that the blast triggered by explosives killed at least 10 people including three children and wounded nine others," a senior local administration official, Nasir Khan, told AFP.

French defence minister in Africa's Sahel for security talks

France's defence minister visited Mali on Tuesday at the beginning of a tour of Africa's Sahel region focused on coordinating action against "the threat of destabilisation" across the vast, rebel-infested hinterland. Jean-Yves Le Drian flew from Bamako to the northern city of Gao in a plane carrying cargo destined for troops from France's Operation Serval, a miltary mission launched in January to oust Al-Qadea-linked extremists who occupied northern Mali for nine months last year.

U.S. drone strike in Pakistan kills 4

New Delhi, Dec 26 (EFE).- Four people were killed Thursday in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, the Express Tribune newspaper said, citing an unnamed official. The unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a residence in Qutab Khel, 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the district capital of Miransha, the official said. The identities of those killed in the pre-dawn attack remain unknown, the daily said. "We can still hear the sound of the drones in the sky," a resident of Qutab Khel told the Express Tribune hours after the explosions.

Five wounded in Cairo bomb attack

A bomb went off near a public transport bus in the Egyptian capital on Thursday, injuring five people, security officials and a medic said. Security officials said the improvised bomb had been placed next to a bus in the north Cairo neighbourhood of Nasr City and police defused another bomb nearby. The victims received mild to moderate injuries, a health ministry official said. The interior ministry said the bomb had been planted in a grassy area at the intersection of two busy streets in Nasr City.

Six dead in clashes in Pakistan's southwest

At least six people were killed in an exchange of gunfire in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan, an official said Tuesday. The paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) said the clash began Monday night when insurgents attacked a construction company camp in the city of Turbat. Baluchistan, Pakistan's largest but least developed province, suffers a separatist insurgency and sectarian violence. "Workers were engaged in construction work in Turbat's Buleda area when militants attacked their machinery late on Monday," Khan Wasey, a Corps spokesman, told AFP.

Militants kill four Iraqi journalists in TV assault

Four suicide bombers attacked a local television station headquarters north of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least four journalists, police officers said. Two of the bombers blew themselves up, while security forces killed two others when they stormed the building, the officers said. At least five people were also wounded in the incident. The attack on the TV station came after a December 16 assault by militants on the Tikrit city council headquarters, in which a council member and two police were killed.

Protests on Pakistan route may force US to fly war cargo out of Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials, frustrated that hundreds of military shipments heading out of Afghanistan have been stopped on the land route through Pakistan because of anti-American protests, face the possibility of flying out equipment at an additional cost of $1 billion.

Raids, shells kill 36 after Pakistan suicide attack

Pakistani troops Thursday mounted helicopter and mortar attacks on militants in the lawless northwest, where officials said 33 insurgents and three civilians have been killed. The violence in North Waziristan tribal district came a day after a suicide bombing at a military checkpoint killed five soldiers and wounded 34 others. Ansarul Mujahideen, a little-known militant group linked to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for Wednesday's suicide attack.

Security forces kill 23 militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan

Security forces late Wednesday killed at least 23 militants who had attacked a military convoy in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. The ministry's press department said the convoy had gone to rescue injured security men from the Khajori check post in North Waziristan, which had been attacked by a suicide bomber earlier Wednesday. Five security men were killed and several injured when the suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a mosque at the check post.

Bomb kills two Sunni Muslims in Pakistan

A bomb Tuesday killed two Sunni Muslims and wounded two others in a restive Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said. The explosion occurred in the Shiite-dominated Pewaar area of the Kurram tribal region, in what appeared to be a targeted sectarian killing. "A vehicle hit a landmine in Pewaar, leaving two Sunni Muslims dead and two others wounded," a local intelligence official told AFP. He said the area had seen sectarian violence in the past and the bomb was planted on a route that Sunni Muslims use.
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