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US steps up hunt for Boston 'pressure cooker' bombers

US investigators told Tuesday how two suspected pressure cooker bombs sprayed nails and metal pellets into Boston marathon crowds, killing three people and injuring more than 180. But with no claim of responsibility made and police not committing to blaming foreign or domestic militants, Boston harbored widespread questions about the perpetrators as the city and the nation paid tribute to the dead US President Barack Obama condemned Monday's attack at the marathon finish line as "an act of terror." He will attend a special service for the victims in Boston on Thursday.

9 Civilians die in Afghanistan explosion

Kabul, Apr 8 (EFE).- At least nine civilians died and another 22 were wounded Monday when their bus ran over a land mine in the central Afghan province of Wardak, a police official told Efe. The mine was detonated in the Sayed Abad district around 8:20 a.m., the deputy director of provincial police, Quraishi, said, adding that a woman was among the dead. He said the explosive device had been planted recently by the Taliban, but Efe was unable to confirm the statement since no spokesperson of the insurgent movement could be contacted.

Troops defuse 600-kilo bomb in north Mali: French military

French troops on Wednesday defused a homemade bomb they said contained 600 kilos (1,300 pounds) of explosives in the centre of northern Mali's largest city Gao, the target of several attacks by Islamist rebels in recent days. The bomb, which was made of four metal barrels filled with explosives and connecting wires, was in the courtyard of an abandoned house, with heavy machine gun cartridges lying on the ground nearby and several smaller bombs inside the building, an AFP correspondent said.

Car bomb kills five soldiers in Thai south

Five soldiers were killed Sunday in a bomb attack by suspected insurgents in Thailand's violence-wracked deep south, police said. The bomb, which also wounded a sixth soldier, was detonated as the troops passed by in their patrol vehicle in a village in Yala, one of several Muslim-dominated provinces near the border with Malaysia. "About 10 insurgents are believed to have hidden nearby and detonated the bomb, which was attached to another car," Police Major Torphan Phusuntiae told AFP by telephone.
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