Newborn baby among six killed in Afghan blast

November 12, 2012 - 6:50:05 am


Khost, Afghanistan: A mother and her newborn baby were among six family members killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan overnight, police and witnesses said yesterday. 

The victims were heading home from the hospital after the mother had given birth when the bomb planted by Taliban insurgents tore through their vehicle in Khost province on the Pakistan border, police said.

“Six people - three women, two adult men and a newborn baby - were killed,” deputy provincial police chief Mohammad Yaqoub said. Relatives said the family was returning home after the mother delivered her baby in hospital in the town of Sabari. 

Five other civilians were killed in two separate roadside bomb blasts in the southern province of Kandahar yesterday, President Hamid Karzai’s office said in a statement offering condolences to the families of all those killed.

Roadside bombs are the weapon of choice for the Islamist militants who are fighting to bring down the Western-backed government in Kabul.AFP


Tax authorities go after cricketers, professionals


KARACHI: The regional tax office of Pakistan’s Federal Board of revenue in Karachi has issued a large number of notices to cricketers and professionals for the recovery of liabilities against undeclared income, said sources here yesterday. 

“The notices have been issued to taxpayers after cross verification of their declared income in the returns with the real income,” an official said on the condition of anonymity.Internews