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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.

Latest attacks in Iraq kill 15, day after bombings killed 75

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (BNO NEWS) — Fifteen people were killed Tuesday and dozens more were wounded in a series of attacks across Iraq, just a day after a wave of bombings killed 75 people and injured hundreds at markets and Shi’ite neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

The violence on Tuesday was centered around Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul. The deadliest attack took place in Sadr City, a suburb district in eastern Baghdad, when an explosives-laden car blew up near a bus, killing seven people and injuring 34 others, including three traffic police officers.

In the town of Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, two people were killed and nine others were injured when a suicide bomber blew up his truck at a police checkpoint in the town’s main street. The explosion took place when police officers opened fire at the truck after the driver ignored orders to stop.

Meanwhile, a police captain and four other police officers were killed when unidentified gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in the Tamooz area west of Mosul. One person was also killed and another injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) struck a police patrol south of Mosul.

Tuesday’s attacks came just a day after a series of car bomb attacks shook Baghdad. Among the areas targeted were Nasr Square along Sadoun Street in central Baghdad, Habibiya in eastern Baghdad, Samara’e Mosque in the southeastern part of the city and the district of Kadhmiyah.

Medical officials said the death toll from Monday’s attacks stood at 75 by Tuesday, but some 200 others were injured and the death toll is likely to increase as some were critically wounded. The explosions also damaged a number of local shops, other businesses and residential homes, and parked vehicles.

Ongoing tension between Shia Muslims and Sunnis have continued to escalate in recent months, and sectarian violence is thought to be behind the attacks on Monday as they mostly targeted Shi’ite neighborhoods. Shia Muslims lead the country’s government, which has been accused by Sunnis of discriminating the minority.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for Monday’s attacks, which follow scores of other attacks in recent months. Last week, over 70 people were killed in a series of attacks throughout the country, and two weeks ago, nearly 40 people were killed in an attack at a Sunni mosque in eastern Iraq. In the month of May alone, violent attacks are estimated to have killed over 450 people.

Militants ambush army convoy in northern Colombia, at least 10 soldiers killed

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (BNO NEWS) — At least ten soldiers were confirmed killed and one kidnapped after militants ambushed members of the Colombian army, officials said Wednesday.

The incident occurred in the rural area of Chitaga, a municipality in North Santander, when suspected insurgents of the National Liberation Army (ELN) ambushed a military convoy, killing a lieutenant and nine other soldiers.

General Pablo Amaya of commander of the Second Division of the Colombian Army confirmed the killings, adding that third corporal Fabian Huertas was kidnapped. The number of those injured was not immediately known, but they were transferred to local hospitals.

ELN, founded in the 1960s by far-left catholic priests, is Colombia’s second biggest guerrilla organization after FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The group has claimed interest in peace talks, but it has yet to open dialogue with authorities.

Bomb attack strikes paramilitary truck in Pakistan, at leas 12 killed

QUETTA, PAKISTAN (BNO NEWS) — At least twelve people were confirmed killed after a bomb attack targeted western Pakistani paramilitary forces on Thursday, local authorities said.

The incident occurred in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan not far from the Afghan border, when the bomb, which was built with around 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of explosives, struck paramilitary truck. Reports said the bomb had been placed in a rickshaw.

A senior police official told Geo TV that the death toll rose to 12 after initial reports said two had died. Most of the victims were security personnel. Several others were also injured.

Similar attacks are not uncommon in the region as local government officials have been aided by paramilitary forces to maintain law and order in the region.

Council chief among 13 killed in northern Afghanistan suicide attack

PUL-I-KHUMRI, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) — At least thirteen people, including a council chief, were killed after a suicide attack in northern Afghanistan, officials said Monday.

The incident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. local time outside the provincial council office located in the n the 3rd police district of Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital of Baghlan.

Deputy Governor Abdul Qadim said senior public representative, Mohammad Rassoul Mohseni, was entering his office when a suicide bomber ran up, held him and detonated his suicide vest, according to Pajhwok News Agency.

Health officials later confirmed Mohseni’s, among thirteen others, adding that more than twelve people were also injured in the attack. Among the victims were civilians, bodyguards and provincial council members. Ten of the injured were reported in critical condition.

Russia: At least 3 killed in Dagestan twin bomb attack

MAKHACHKALA, RUSSIA (BNO NEWS) — At least three people killed and dozens injured after twin bomb attacks exploded in southwestern Russia, local authorities said Monday.

The incident took place near the Bailiff Service building in Makhachkala, the capital of Russia’s Republic of Dagestan, according to the country’s Interior Ministry, RIA Novosti reported.

No casualties were reported in the initial explosion, but around fifteen minutes after, the second blast detonated and reportedly killed two policement and one Bailiff Service Employee.

Earlier reports released by the local Investigative Committee issued a statement, placing a higher death toll of eight with an unspecified number of injuries. It added that the explosions were possible car bombs. However, most local media outlets have reported at least two deaths.

In addition, over forty others were injured in the twin blasts. No group or terrorist organization has claimed responsibility of the attack.

In recent years, Islamic militant activity that had mostly been seen in the Republic of Chechnya has spread out through North CauCasus. In Dagestan, it is not uncommon for security forces and civilians to face terrorist attacks.

Suicide bomber targets northern Iraqi mosque, at least 12 killed

KIRKUK, IRAQ (BNO NEWS) — At least twelve people were killed after a bomb attack targeted a mosque in northern Iraq.

A gathering was being conducted in Zahra Husseiniya in southern Kirkuk when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives, the National Iraqi News Agency reported on Thursday. According to reports, people were gathered for a funeral ceremony for an individual who was killed during Wednesday’s attacks.

Also on Thursday, at least eleven people were killed in Baghdad and Mosul, after a number of violent attacks involving car bombs and fire arms targeted mostly Shiite neighborhoods. Over 40 others were also reported injured.

At least 4 killed in Rwanda building collapse

KIGALI, RWANDA (BNO NEWS) — At least four people were confirmed killed after a building under construction collapsed in eastern Rwanda, local authorities said Wednesday.

The four-story building located in the district of Nyagatare in Rwanda’s Eastern Province was under construction when it collapsed on Tuesday afternoon at around 3:30 p.m. local time.

Local police confirmed four deaths, while several others were injured, according to the New Time Rwanda. The identities of those killed was not immediately known, but most of the victims were construction workers, although at least one passerby was affected as well.

Four among those injured were in critical condition and were airlifted to King Faisal Hospital in Kigali, the country’s capital. The others, including those killed, were taken to the Nyagatare Hospital.

The reason of the accident was uncertain, but local authorities launched an investigation to determine the cause.

Libya: At least 15 killed in car bomb attack outside Benghazi hospital

BENGHAZI, LIBYA (BNO NEWS) — A deadly car bomb attack in eastern Libya killed at least fifteen people, local authorities said Monday.

The attack took place at the parking lot of the Al-Jala Hospital located in in the city of Benghazi, the capital of the Cyrenaica region, at around 3 p.m. local time, which is visiting hours at the hospital.

Libyan Deputy Interior Minister Abdullah Masaud spoke to the press, confirming the deaths of fifteen people and over 30 injured. However, the Tripoli Post said at least seventeen were dead, including three children. Fears among local authorities remain, as the death toll could continue rising.

The powerful blast came from an explosive device planted in a vehicle. Nearby buildings were severely damaged, as reports said a three-story building was completely destroyed as was a restaurant.

Large crowds gathered in angry protest, blaming local Islamic militant groups.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) strongly condemned the bombing, expressing its sincerest condolences to the families of the victims, and wished those injured a speedy recovery.

In a statement, UNSMIL called on all Libyans during this “critical phase to stand in solidarity against all attempts of destructions, terrorism, and destabilization of Libya.

The Mission also underscored the need to support the legitimate authority of the State and enable it to shoulder its responsibilities in ensuring the safety and security of all citizens across the country.

Libya has suffered heavy violence since the toppling of Muammar al-Qadhafi two years ago. The former leader ruled the North African country for more than 40 years until a pro-democracy uprising in 2011 – similar to the protests in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa – led to civil war and the end of his regime.