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7 Taliban fighters killed in failed attack against Kabul airport

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) — A group of Taliban insurgents launched a coordinated attack Monday against Afghanistan’s main international airport in the capital Kabul, but all attackers were killed without casualties among civilians or security forces, the city’s police chief said.

The attack began at around 4:30 a.m. local time when seven insurgents wearing suicide vests seized a building under construction near Kabul International Airport, after which they opened fire against security forces and nearby buildings with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the attackers were quickly surrounded by police, after which a firefight ensued which continued for more than 4.5 hours. He said the quick response by Afghan security forces demonstrates the increasing capacity and professionalism of the forces.

“The situation is resolved. All insurgents are now dead, five [were] killed in battle [and the] last two blew themselves up,” Kabul police chief General Mohammed Ayub Salangi said. “Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) continue to clear the building. Five suicide vests and weapons have been recovered.”

There were no casualties among civilians or security forces, although two civilians were said to have been injured.

Captain Luca Carniel, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said none of its service members were injured and no ISAF facilities at or near the airport were damaged. “The Afghan National Police lead the operation with ISAF advisors in a mentoring role only,” he added.

2 medics, patient killed in ambulance crash in U.S. state of Georgia

DOUGLAS, GEORGIA (BNO NEWS) — Two paramedics and their patient were killed Thursday when an ambulance with its lights and sirens on collided with a tractor-trailer on a highway in the U.S. state of Georgia, officials said on Friday, adding that criminal charges against the truck driver are likely.

The accident happened at around 5 a.m. local time on Thursday when a car and a tractor-trailer were traveling westbound on Georgia State Route 32 near the small town of Ocilla in Irwin County, some 190 miles (305 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta. An ambulance from neighboring Coffee County was traveling eastbound with its lights and siren activated.

Franka Young, a spokeswoman for the Georgia State Patrol, said the car had pulled off the roadway to yield for the approaching ambulance, but the truck ended up colliding with the emergency vehicle. “The tractor-trailer jackknifed across the centerline and into the path of the ambulance,” she said.

The ambulance struck the left side of the tractor and trailer, killing the two emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and their patient who was being transferred from Coffee Regional Medical Center in Coffee County to Tift Regional Medical Center in Tift County. The truck driver was not injured.

Young identified the driver of the ambulance as 44-year-old Teresa Ann Davis of Axson and the second EMT as 56-year-old Randall Whiddon of Ashburn. The patient in the ambulance was identified as 65-year-old Charles Arvin Smith of Fitzgerald, but the nature of his injuries or illness prior to the accident were not released.

The Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) of the Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident, and Young said charges against the truck driver were pending. She identified the driver of the truck as Rockwell Lott of Tifton.

Three children among 4 killed in western Afghanistan roadside bomb

FARAH CITY, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) — Three children were among the four killed during Tuesday’s roadside bomb attack in western Afghanistan, local authorities said.

A couple and their three children on board a civilian vehicle were traveling in the Chah Shorab area of Javin District, which is located in the province of Farah, when a roadside bomb struck their car on Tuesday morning at around 7:30 a.m. local time.

According to the governor’s spokesperson, the father and his three children lost their lives during the blast, while the children’s mother, identified as Abdur Rahman Zhwandai, was injured, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.

Zhwandai was rushed to the Farah Civil Hospital for medical treatment, but her health condition was no immediately known.

No group or terrorist organization claimed responsibility of the attack, which came one day after the United Nations (UN) called for a stop in such attacks.

On Monday, a motorcycle suicide bomber targeted an International Security Assistance Force convoy that was driving in front of a school. As a result, two American soldiers, an Afghan policeman and ten children were killed in Gardez, the capital of Paktya province. At least 15 others were also injured.

In the city of Mihtarlam, the capital of Laghman province, an improvised explosive device was detonated on a roadside, reportedly killing seven members of one family, including four women and two children. The family was said to be returning home in a truck after collecting firewood.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš, said the attacks ” resulted in a high number of civilian casualties, with minimal impact on their purported military targets. Any such violence is unacceptable, but especially when it involves civilians and even more so when it involves children.”

“Any attacks which deliberately take place near a school can only be condemned for the heinous attacks that they are,” Kubiš added.

In 2012, over 500 Afghan children died following suicide bombings or in attacks using improvised explosive devices, according to a news release issued by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.

Over 100 killed in northeastern China poultry slaughterhouse fire

CHANGCHUN, CHINA (BNO NEWS) — Over 100 people were killed after a deadly fire broke out on Monday at a poultry processing plant in northeastern China, local authorities said.

The fire broke out at early Monday morning shortly after 6 a.m. local time at a Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Company slaughterhouse located in the Mishazi Township in Dehui City, which is located in the province of Jilin, around 100 kilometers northeast of the Changchun.

As of 4:25 p.m. local time, authorities in charge of the search-and-rescue operations told the state-run Xinhua news agency that at least 119 people had been killed. Over 50 others were also reported injured while around 100 managed to escape the fire safely.

The exact number of those inside the plant at the time of the fire is uncertain, but survivors told the media outlet that more than 300 workers were inside when the loud bang that apparently caused the fire was heard.

In addition, the plant’s gate was locked and its complicated interior structure as well as narrow exits caused difficulties for workers to escape and emergency teams to operate.

Two American soldiers, 10 children killed in southeastern Afghan suicide attack

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) — A suicide bomber killed ten children and two American soldiers in southeastern Afghanistan, officials said Monday.

The attack took place on Monday at noon in front of a school in the Chamkani district bazaar, located in the southeastern province of Paktia when a explosive-rigged motorcycle detonated.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said two service members were killed, although their identities were not immediately disclosed. In the statement, it said one ISAF civilian was also killed.

While Afghan security officials also confirmed the deaths of the two American soldiers, Brigadier General Zalmai Oryakhel told Pajhwok Afghan News that ten students were also killed, while fifteen others were injured.

No group has claimed responsibility of the attack, but such attacks are commonly blamed on Taliban forces.

1,000 killed in May: Iraq hit by worst wave of violence in 5 years

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (BNO NEWS) — More than 1,000 people were killed in a wave of violence across Iraq in May, making it the country’s deadliest month in more than five years amid fears that widespread sectarian strife will continue to escalate, the United Nations (UN) said on Saturday.

At least 1,045 Iraqis were killed and another 2,397 were wounded in violence across the country in May, according to figures released by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of fatalities includes 782 civilians, 181 civilian police officers, and 82 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).

The monthly figures are the worst in more than five years and includes May 27 when a wave of bombings killed 75 people and injured 200 hundreds at markets and Shi’ite neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The Iraqi government put last month’s death toll at nearly 700, but UNAMI said its figures are conservative and rely on direct investigation along with credible secondary sources.

“That is a sad record. Iraqi political leaders must act immediately to stop this intolerable bloodshed,” said Martin Kobler, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMI. It comes just days after he warned that systemic violence is “ready to explode at any moment” if the country’s leaders fail to take immediate action.

UNAMI said it recorded 560 security incidents across Iraq in May, including 176 incidents involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs), 82 car bombings, and 243 incidents involving small arms fire. Baghdad was the worst affected province last month with 1,817 civilian casualties, including 532 fatalities and 1,285 injured.

Although violence in Iraq had generally declined dramatically since its peak in 2006 and 2007, political turmoil and sectarian violence has been on the rise following the pullout of the last U.S. soldiers in mid-December 2011. UNAMI said a total of 712 people were killed and 1,633 were wounded in violence across Iraq in April, following 229 fatalities in March.

Philippines: At least 3 killed, 4 injured in the Metro Manila area

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (BNO NEWS) — At least three people were killed after an explosion inside a residential unit in the Metro Manila area of the Philippines, authorities said Friday.

The explosion took place at around 8 p.m. local time on Friday night at the Two Serendra building, a residential condominium unit located at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, which is in the southeastern part of Metro Manila in the National Capital Region.

According to authorities, large pieces of concrete from the building’s upper floor were blown off by the blast and slammed into a Abenson delivery van and killed three people on board, Inquirer News reported. In addition, four others were also injured and were taken to the St. Lukes Medical Center.

The loud explosion caused panic among locals, including customers at the nearby Market!Market shopping center, as the blast shook the floors in nearby blocks.

Authorities cordoned off the area where the van was crushed. Investigations were launched, but the cause of the incident was not immediately known. However, some media outlets said a appliance malfunction could have been the cause.

NY: 4 children among 7 killed in traffic accident

TRUXTON, NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — At least seven people were killed in a fatal traffic accident in the state of New York, officials said Thursday.

A tractor trailer and a minivan crashed on Wednesday night at around 6 p.m. local time on Route 13 between Crains Mills and West Keeney roads in the town of Truxton in upstate New York.

According to Cortland County Sheriff’s Department, the tractor-trailer was traveling southbound when the trailer apparently detatched, slid across to the other lane, and struck the minivan, which was traveling north, WXHC radio reported.

Emergency teams responded to the accident, and the coroner’s office later confirmed that seven of the eight people on board the minivan lost their lives. Among those killed were three adults in their 20s and four children, all under ten years old. One person survived the accident and was transferred to the University Hospital in Syracuse.

The powerful impact ripped the minivan apart. The driver and passenger of the tractor trailer, which is owned by Newton Salvage from Georgetown in Madison County, survived the accident. Both vehicles ended up on the east side of the road where the driver was clearly shaken by the incident. The trailer was carrying crushed vehicles.

The victims’ identities were not immediately revealed.

At least 14 killed in western India bus accident

MUMBAI, INDIA (BNO NEWS) — At least sixteen people were killed after a passenger bus accident in western India, local media reported on Wednesday.

The accident occurred on Wednesday morning at around 7 a.m. local time when a private luxury bus collided with a gas tanker on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in the district of Thane in the state of Maharashtra.

At least sixteen people were reported dead, according to the Sakal Times. The number of victims remains uncertain, but authorities believe more than 30 people were on the bus at the time of the accident. Among those killed were eight men, six women and two children.

Preliminary reports indicate the bus was traveling toward Mumbai when the gas tanker, coming from the opposite direction, lost control while managing a curve and collided against the bus. The powerful impact caused the side of the luxury bus to tear off, as it veered down the highway and into a river, trapping the passengers.

Search-and-rescue operations supervised by Resident Deputy Collector Manoj Gohad and Additional Collector Ashok Shingare moved quickly into the scene.

Report: Top Pakistani Taliban leader killed in U.S. drone strike

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN (BNO NEWS) — A United States drone strike on Wednesday reportedly killed a top terrorist suspect in Pakistan, local media reported.

The airstrike occurred near Miranshah, the main town of Pakistan’s tribal region of North Waziristan, near the Afghan border, when a small house was reportedly hit by two missile strikes.

The strike reportedly killed six people, including Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander Wali-ur-Rehman, who was set to succeed Hakimullah Mehsud to lead the country’s Taliban forces. However, death toll in drone strikes have been difficult to verify.

The total number of deaths caused by drone strikes in 2012 stood well over 300, according to the Washington-based think tank New America Foundation, and as many as 3,239 individuals have been killed as a result of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan alone between 2004 and January 2013.

TTP militants have launched attacks against both Pakistani military forces as well as civilians in different parts of the country. Local media outlets have cited foreign news agencies of the killing, but the Taliban has denied Wali-ur-Rehman’s death.

U.S. drone strikes have become relatively common during President Barack Obama’s tenure in which the unmanned aircraft have targeted suspected militants, their hideouts, and training facilities. However, the number of civilians also killed during such attacks has remained uncertain.

Over a year ago, in January 2012, President Obama, for the first time during his presidency, publicly acknowledged that U.S. drones regularly strike suspected militants along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. He confirmed that many of these strikes are carried out in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, targeting al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects in tough terrain.

Pakistan’s government has been public in its stance against the drone strikes, as local residents and officials have blamed them for killing innocent civilians and motivating young men to join the Taliban. Details about the alleged militants are usually not provided, and the U.S. government does not comment publicly on the strikes.

However, the U.S. has used them as an important tool in their fight against terrorism. In June 2012, al-Qaeda deputy leader Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed when an unmanned U.S. drone fired at least two missiles at a compound and a nearby pickup truck in the village of Hesokhel, located in the Mir Ali district just east of Miranshah. It was the most serious blow to al-Qaeda since U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden during a secret military operation in the Pakistani city of Abbotabad in May 2011.