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Man in Afghan police uniform kills 3 British soldiers

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) — A man wearing an Afghan police uniform attacked foreign troops in southern Afghanistan on late Sunday, killing three British service members and injuring another, officials said on Monday. The suspected gunman was later taken into custody.

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said the attack happened when members of an Afghan Police Advisory Team were leaving Kamparack Pul checkpoint in Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province, which is located in Afghanistan’s south. They had been to the checkpoint to conduct a shura (consultation).

Task Force Helmand spokesman Major Ian Lawrence said two soldiers serving with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and one serving with the Royal Corps of Signals died at the scene of the attack. “Their loss will be felt deeply across Task Force Helmand,” he said. “However, this will be nothing compared to the grief experienced by the soldiers’ families. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely difficult time.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the attacker, an individual wearing an Afghan National Civil Order Police uniform, was later taken into custody. “The suspected perpetrator is in custody and we will do everything in our power, with the Afghan National Security Forces, to ensure that justice is done,” he said. “This tragic incident again demonstrates the very real risks that our brave soldiers face every day.”

British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond condemned the attack, calling it a “cowardly act” by the suspected Afghan police officer. “An investigation is now under way; we are determined to get to the bottom of exactly what happened yesterday at Checkpoint Kamparak Pul, and to pursue those who are responsible,” he said.

If Sunday’s shooting is confirmed to have been carried out by an Afghan police officer, it would add to an increasingly frequent series of attacks by Afghan security forces against foreign troops. At least 26 coalition service members have been killed by Afghan security forces this year alone.

Also on Monday, the Australian Department of Defense confirmed an Australian soldier was injured and a military dog was killed during an operation in southern Afghanistan on June 25. A statement from the department said a soldier suffered a minor fragmentation wound while the four-year-old dog was shot dead by insurgents.

There are currently more than 130,000 ISAF troops in Afghanistan, including some 90,000 U.S. troops and more than 9,500 British soldiers. U.S. President Barack Obama previously ordered a drawdown of 23,000 U.S. troops by the end of this summer, and foreign combat troops are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Police buses involved in Argentina road accident; 12 killed

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (BNO NEWS) — Two police buses and a cargo truck were involved in a serious road accident in southern Argentina on Tuesday morning, killing twelve people and injuring nearly 50 others, local authorities said on Wednesday.

The accident occurred at around 6:45 a.m. local time when a cargo truck carrying cereals crashed into one of the buses, after which the bus was read-ended by a second bus. It happened on the No. 3 National Highway in the southern province of Chubut, located in the Patagonian region.

The police buses were returning from the Cerro Dragon oilfield in Comodoro Rivadavia where the officers had helped to subdue a strike of more than 400 workers, with reports of vandalism. The scene of the crash is approximately 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of Arroyo Verde and about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Puerto Madryn between the provinces of Chubut and Rio Negro.

Police said a total of twelve people were killed, including nine police officers and the drivers of the buses and cargo truck. 48 people were injured in the crash, including some who were seriously injured, but fourteen others survived unharmed. One of the buses was mangled almost beyond recognition.

Argentina President Cristina Kirchner announced a national period of mourning following the accident. Chubut Governor Martin Buzzi and Security Minister Nilda Garre both also expressed sorrow and offered their condolences to the families of the victims.

Rogue Afghan police officers kill U.S. soldier, injure 9 others

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) — Three men wearing Afghan police uniforms opened fire at coalition service members in southern Afghanistan on early Monday morning, killing an American service member and injuring at least nine others, officials in both countries said. It may be the latest incident in a series of Afghan security forces turning their weapons against foreign troops.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said one of its service members was killed when three individuals in Afghan Police uniforms opened fire at coalition service members in Afghanistan’s south, killing one of them. “The three individuals immediately fled the area and are currently being sought,” the alliance said in a brief statement.

It was not immediately clear if the gunmen were official members of the police force or if they were insurgents who were simply dressed as police officers. It is believed the attack took place in Kandahar province, but military officials would neither confirm nor deny that.

The nationality of the victim was also not immediately released, but a U.S. military official speaking on the condition of anonymity said it involved an American service member. The U.S. official said at least nine other American service members were injured in the attack, but he gave no details about their conditions.

If Monday’s shooting is confirmed to have been carried out by Afghan police officers, it would add to an increasingly frequent series of attacks by Afghan security forces against foreign troops. At least 22 coalition service members have been killed by Afghan security forces this year alone, not including the victim of Monday’s attack.

Also on Monday, the Army Operational Command in Denmark said a Danish soldier was seriously injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near a military base in Helmand province. “The soldier received first aid at the scene and was soon after flown to the field hospital at Camp Bastion,” the command said in a statement. The soldier was able to inform his family himself.

There are currently more than 130,000 ISAF troops in Afghanistan, including some 90,000 U.S. troops and more than 9,500 British soldiers. U.S. President Barack Obama previously ordered a drawdown of 23,000 U.S. troops by the end of this summer, and foreign combat troops are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Police chief fired after 32 inmates escape Afghan jail

SAR-E-PUL CITY, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) — A senior police chief and a prison director were fired on Saturday after more than 30 prisoners escaped during a suspected Taliban jailbreak in northern Afghanistan, the government said. Several prisoners have since been recaptured.

The jailbreak began on late Thursday evening when a group of prisoners detonated an explosive device inside the central prison in northern Sar-e-Pul province, destroying a key wall which allowed them to escape. Gunmen then attacked the jail from the outside, clashing with security guards.

Provincial officials said five people were killed, including three inmates, a police officer and one of the gunmen, while around 30 others were injured. It is believed 32 prisoners managed to escape the facility, including Taliban militants, but 18 of them were recaptured by Saturday afternoon.

“Details of the operation state that a group of Mujahideen (Muslim fighters) initially attacked the surrounding enemy security posts while a second group proceeded towards the main prison wall, blew a hole with explosives and overran the check post inside,” Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said. He claimed Taliban fighters blew up the prison’s wall, but Afghan officials said inmates had likely smuggled the explosive device inside the facility.

The Taliban spokesman claimed it was able to free 170 militants, a figure which was rejected by Afghan officials. “170 Mujahideen inmates, including governors and group commanders, were freed and transferred to a safe location,” he said. “This successful operation demonstrates that the enemy deeply lacks the moral and military skills despite being deeply entrenched and still failing in protecting the prison.”

In response to the dramatic jailbreak, the Afghan Interior Ministry said it had fired several officials, including the police chief and prison director for Sar-e-Pul province, for alleged negligence of duty. Also fired was the police chief for the Tagab district of central Kapisa province, but other details were not immediately released.

In April 2011, a total of 474 Taliban fighters and one criminal managed to escape from the Sarposa prison in Kandahar province, which is the birthplace and main stronghold of the Taliban. Afghan officials said prisoners had dug a 360 meters (1,181 feet)-long underground tunnel. A Taliban spokesman said preparations for the jailbreak had taken some five months.

The prison break last year was the largest of its kind since June 2008, when Taliban insurgents drove a truck filled with explosives into the main gate of another prison in Kandahar province. The co-ordinated attack allowed more than 1,200 inmates to escape, among them at least 350 Taliban fighters.

Police investigate human remains sent to Vancouver schools

VANCOUVER, CANADA (BNO NEWS) — Canadian police are investigating two packages containing human remains which were delivered to two elementary schools in Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon, officials said on Wednesday. Investigators believe they may have been sent by murder suspect Luka Magnotta.

The first package containing a right hand was opened by a staff member at False Creek Elementary School in Vancouver shortly after 1 p.m. local time on Tuesday. Another package containing a right foot was opened by staff members at St. George’s School about an hour later, after which police were called.

“The schools are currently cordoned off as forensic examination continues at each location,” said Vancouver police Deputy Chief Warren Lemcke. “There is no indication that any students or staff have been targeted at either school. And I just like to say that this must have been a very, very traumatic incident for all involved at the schools that were involved in opening these packages and the Vancouver Police Department will assist in any way we can with our victims’ services section.”

Police on Wednesday morning said authorities in Montreal are taking over the investigation because investigators suspect the packages are linked to the Magnotta case. “The decision to turn the investigation over to the Montreal Police Homicide Unit came late Tuesday after Vancouver Police Homicide investigators noted that the packaging and addresses on the boxes sent to Vancouver was similar to that of the packages discovered earlier this week in eastern Canada,” a Vancouver police spokesperson said in a statement.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, who has been dubbed the ‘Canadian Psycho’ by media organizations, was arrested in the German capital of Berlin on Monday afternoon after a nearly week-long global manhunt. He is accused of killing and dismembering 33-year-old Chinese student Lin Jun at his Montreal apartment and mailing one of his feet and hands to political parties in Ottawa.

In a note along with one of the packages delivered in Ottawa, Magnotta warned he had sent a total of six packages containing human remains. Police previously said they did not believe Magnotta had sent other packages besides the ones delivered in Ottawa, but they confirmed one of Lin’s hands, feet and his head were still missing. Lin’s torso was earlier discovered in a suitcase in Montreal.

Also on Wednesday morning, a passerby in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-GrĂ¢ce neighborhood called police after he found what appeared to be a human foot, triggering a major police response. Police initially said they believed it was an actual human foot, but later confirmed it was a hoax. “We can confirm that this is a fake,” a police spokesperson said. “This is not a human foot.”

Suicide bomber kills 5 police officers in southern Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) — An suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside a police headquarters in southern Afghanistan on Thursday morning, killing five police officers and injuring several others, officials said.

The attack took place at around 10 a.m. local time when the attacker detonated his explosives outside the police headquarters in Argistan district, which is located in Kandahar province. Governor spokesman Javid Faisal confirmed the attack, which damaged the headquarters’ building and several vehicles.

A government official said five police officers were killed and six others were injured, but their conditions were not immediately known.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack, adding it was part of its so-called spring offensive against Afghan and foreign troops. “As many as 10 puppets were killed and several dozen more got injured in a martyrdom attack carried out by a lone Mujahid (Muslim fighter) of the Islamic Emirate (Taliban) who slammed his explosive-filled vehicle into the district police station,” he said. The Taliban frequently exaggerates casualty figures.

Danish police arrest two Somali terror suspects

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (BNO NEWS) — Danish security services have arrested two Danish brothers originally from Somalia on suspicion they were plotting a terrorist attack, officials said on Tuesday. Few other details about the case were immediately released.

The two brothers, aged 18 and 23, were arrested on late Monday evening at two separate locations. One of them was arrested at his place of residence in Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark, while the other was arrested upon his arrival by plane at the international airport in Copenhagen.

“The detainees are suspected of planning a terrorist act by, among other activities, having discussed the method, the target and the weapon types to be used,” the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) said in a statement on Tuesday. One of the brothers is believed to have underwent training at a camp belonging to the Somali militant group al-Shabaab.

Al-Shabaab is the militant wing of the Somali Council of Islamic Courts which took over most of southern Somalia in the second half of 2006. Despite efforts from the Somali and Ethiopian governments, the group has continued its violent insurgency in southern and central Somalia. The African nation has been without an effective government since Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown two decades ago.

Danish authorities said the two brothers, who are both Danish citizens of Somali origin, have been living in Denmark’s Aarhus region for approximately sixteen years. Officials carried out searches at their two addresses in Aarhus on Monday and Tuesday.

“As a result of the arrests, PET believes that a specific act of terrorism has been averted, and as such the perceived threat level against Denmark is not affected, although it remains high,” the security service said in its statement. It did not identify when or where the alleged terror attack was to be carried out.

Men in Afghan police uniforms attack NATO troops, killing 2

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) — Two coalition service members were killed in southern Afghanistan on Saturday when two men wearing Afghan police uniforms opened fire at them. It may be the latest event in a series of Afghan security forces turning their weapons against foreign troops.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said two of its service members were killed when two individuals wearing Afghan police uniforms opened fire at coalition service members, killing two of them. “One of the individuals who opened fire was killed when coalition forces returned fire; the second individual is being sought,” the alliance said in a brief statement.

It was not immediately clear if the gunmen were official members of the police force or if they were insurgents who were simply dressed as police officers. However, a spokesman for police in Helmand province – where the shooting took place – said the gunmen are believed to have joined the force in 2011.

The nationalities of the victims were not immediately released, but Helmand province is home to mostly British service members. “The incident is under investigation,” ISAF said, although other details about such incidents or the outcome of any investigation are rarely made public.

If Saturday’s shooting is confirmed to have been carried out by Afghan police officers, it would add to an increasingly frequent series of attacks by Afghan security forces against foreign troops. At least 20 coalition service members have been killed by Afghan security forces this year alone, not including the victims of Saturday’s attack.

On Friday morning, one American service member was killed and two others were injured when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them at a check-post in the Ghaziabad district of eastern Kunar province, reportedly after a verbal argument. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed one of its fighters was behind the shooting, although the insurgent group frequently claims credit for attacks or accidents it played no role in.

There are currently more than 130,000 ISAF troops in Afghanistan, including some 90,000 U.S. troops and more than 9,500 British soldiers. U.S. President Barack Obama previously ordered a drawdown of 23,000 U.S. troops by the end of this summer, and foreign combat troops are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

UK police arrest seven on suspicion of funding terrorism

LONDON, ENGLAND (BNO NEWS) — British police on early Tuesday morning arrested seven people on suspicion of financing terrorism in Somalia by smuggling the drug khat to the United States and Canada, officials said.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), which is better known as Scotland Yard, said six men and one woman were arrested in various parts of London at around 6 a.m. local time on Tuesday. “The arrests were a part of a pre-planned, intelligence-led operation, into suspected fundraising for terrorism overseas,” the force said in a statement.

Police believe the seven suspects are part of a network suspected of illegally exporting the stimulant khat, which is legal in the United Kingdom, to the United States and Canada where it is a controlled substance. Homeland Security Investigations, the investigative branch of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was also part of the investigation.

“We are not prepared to discuss at present where overseas funding is allegedly being sent,” a Scotland Yard spokesperson said. A U.S. official however, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the khat was smuggled from Africa to Britain and then to the U.S. and Canada. Funds raised were then used to finance terrorism in Somalia, which has been without an effective government since Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown two decades ago.

Scotland Yard said the seven suspects are aged between 30 and 49, but their identities were not immediately released. “They have been taken to a central London police station where they remain in custody,” the spokesperson said, adding that search warrants were being executed at eleven residential addresses and one business premises.

Although unrelated, Tuesday’s arrests came exactly a week after five men from Luton, a large town about 27 miles (45 kilometers) northwest of London, were arrested on suspicion they were preparing acts of terrorism. Four of the men were charged with a number of terrorism offenses on Monday, and the fifth man was released without charge.

Former Libyan prime minister Ghanem drowned, Vienna police say

VIENNA, AUSTRIA (BNO NEWS) — Former Libyan prime minister Shokri Ghanem, whose lifeless body was found in a river in the Austrian capital of Vienna over the weekend, died by drowning and there are no indications of foul play, police said on Monday.

Ghanem’s body was found by a passerby at around 8:40 a.m. local time on Sunday near a popular beach known as Copa Cagrana in New Danube, a side channel of the Danube river. He was found fully-clothed but was not carrying personal identification documents, except a paper belonging to a company he worked for.

Wien police spokesman Roman Hahslinger said, based on preliminary results from an autopsy carried out on early Monday morning, Ghanem died as a result of drowning. There are no indications of suicide or a third party being involved, he said, although several Libyan officials have questioned whether Ghanem may have been pushed into the water by agents who supported the regime of Muammar Gaddafi.

Educated in the United States, Ghanem was one of the few senior Libyan officials who attempted to use their influence to allow reform in the African country and open it to Western investment. But his plans were often blocked by other Libyan officials, including long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi, who were opposed to reform.

Ghanem, who was 69, took over as prime minister in June 2003 but was forced out in March 2006 after which he assumed the role of Oil Minister. But when pro-democracy protests erupted across Libya in February 2011, which were met with a violent crackdown by security forces, Ghanem expressed his unhappiness and fled to Rome where he announced his defection.