Afghani gunmen kill 13 policemen

April 20, 2013 - 12:00:00 am



Kabul: Armed gunmen killed 13 policemen in Southern Afghanistan, officials here said yesterday. The gunmen were allegedly from Taliban. 

Several news agencies reported today that the gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in the province of Ghazi and opened fire while the policemen were sleeping. District Governor Mohammad Qasim Desiwal said that the gunmen used AK-47 in their attack. 

Deputy Governor Mohammed Ali Ahmadi told DPA that the gunmen then took the ammunition, weapons and a vehicle from the checkpoint. 

In Eastern Afghanistan, four men and a woman who allegedly planned to launch a suicide attack, Afghani police said today. The suicide attack was allegedly going to take place on the Victory Day for the Mujahideen, celebrated on April 28. 


Rockets wounds 8 near Islamabad  election rally


PESHAWAR: A rocket attack close to a Pakistani election rally wounded at least eight people yesterday in a troubled tribal district on the Afghan border, officials said.

The attack took place in Wana, the main town of South Waziristan, where the Taliban and other Islamist militants have strongholds.

“At least eight people were wounded when three rockets fired by unknown people exploded near an election meeting,” a senior security official in the area said by telephone on condition of anonymity.

One rocket fell in Wana bazaar, a second exploded outside the house of local independent candidate Malik Naseerullah Khan and the third near the rally being attended by “hundreds of people”, the official said.

It was not immediately clear if anyone at the rally was hurt, he added. A second security official confirmed the attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

But local tribesmen said the Taliban had banned political rallies in or around Wana bazaar and Khan had been fined for holding a rally in the area two days ago.