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9 dead in attack on church in Pakistan, IS claims responsibility

Islamabad, Dec 17 (IANS) At least nine people have been killed, including two of the attackers, and another 30 injured after four armed insurgents attacked a Methodist church on Sunday in Quetta in Pakistan. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack on the Bethel Memorial church on Imdad square, where around 400 people were present, started at 12.10 p.m. whe...

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IS claims responsibility for Pakistan church attack

Islamabad, Dec 17 (IANS) The Islamic State terror organisation on Sunday claimed responsibility for the suicide bomb and gun attack on a Methodist church in Quetta, which killed at least nine people and wounded another 30. In a statement published via the messaging service Telegram, IS said two of its members launched the attack on the Bethel Memorial Church in Imdad Square in Quetta, wh...

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BSF seizes 60 kg ganja near Bangladesh border

Kolkata, Dec 17 (IANS) Border Security Force personnel seized around 60 kg of ganja (cannabis) near the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal's Nadia district after a clash with smugglers, a BSF officer said on Sunday. Acting on a tip-off, the troopers from Hoogly district's Meghna border outpost had laid a vigil near the border on Saturday evening when they saw a gang of 15-20 people w...

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Protests in Kashmir after civilian gets killed

Srinagar, Dec 17 (IANS) Protests erupted on Sunday in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district against the killing of a civilian driver allegedly by the Army, but the military said the man died in cross-fire between security forces and militants. Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the Army placed an ambush in Thandipora village on Saturday night after being tipped off about...

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Four killed in Pakistan church attack

Islamabad, Dec 17 (IANS) At least four people were killed and 20 others seriously injured when a suicide bomber detonated himself inside a church in Pakistan's Quetta city on Sunday, police said. Four suicide attackers attacked the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church while a service was on, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti told Dawn News. One of the attackers detonated a su...

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Protests over driver's death in J&K Army ambush

Srinagar, Dec 17 (IANS) Protests erupted on Sunday in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district after a civilian driver was killed during an Army ambush the previous day, a police official said. The victim, Asif Iqbal, was injured when an Army ambush party fired at a vehicle in Thandipora village on Saturday evening following reports about the presence of militants in the area. He was...

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Iraqi forces launch operation to clear IS remnants in Iraq

Baghdad, Dec 16 (IANS) Iraqi security forces launched an operation on Saturday to hunt down remnants of Islamic State (IS) militants in the rugged rural areas in northern central Iraq, the Iraqi military said. On Saturday morning, the troops backed by para-military Hashd Shaabi brigades advanced from three directions to clear Mteibijah area near the border between the provinces of Salah...

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Two NDFB terrorists gunned down

Guwahati, Dec 16 (IANS) Two cadres of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland's (NDFB) anti-talk faction were gunned down by Assam Rifles personnel during a joint operation with Assam and Meghalaya Policealong the inter-state border on Saturday, a defence official said. Defence spokesman, Lt. Col. Suneet Newton said the operation was carried out at Umrangsho, based on specific informat...

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Tripura celebrates 46th Vijay Diwas

Agartala, Dec 16 (IANS) Tripura observed 46th Vijay Diwas on Saturday to commemorate the sacrifices of Indian soldiers who died in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. The signing of the Instrument of Surrender by Pakistan forces' Eastern Command chief Lt Gen A.A.K. Niazi on December 16, 1971, in Dhaka brought the nine-month war for the liberation of Bangladesh to an end. This day is cele...

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A year of comparative normalcy, but permanent peace eludes J&K

Jammu/Srinagar, Dec 16 (IANS) Even though permanent peace remained a distant dream for the people of beleaguered Jammu and Kashmir, 2017 was a comparatively better year for the state -- security forces registered huge successes against militants, mainstream politicians once again moved out to meet people, the Centre appointed a special representative for a sustained dialogue, and the common man f...

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Clashes in West Bank over Trump's Jerusalem move

Ramallah/Gaza, Dec 15 (IANS) Clashes broke out on Friday between Palestinians and Israeli forces in several West Bank locations during protests over US President Donald Trump's decision of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The violence occurred after scores of Palestinians performed Friday prayers at the Israeli military checkpoint of Qalandia, north of the West Bank between Ram...

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Centre to spend Rs 1,054 cr on modernising paramilitary forces

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Union Home Ministry is set to spend Rs 1,054 crore in the next two years on the procurement of modern weapons, vehicles and other equipment for central paramilitary forces, an official said on Thursday. To help the law enforcement agencies in detecting, arresting and prosecuting criminals expeditiously, the official said three more central forensic laboratori...

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BSF seizes smuggled gold biscuits in Bengal

Kolkata, Dec 14 (IANS) The BSF on Thursday seized seven gold biscuits, being smuggled in from Bangladesh, in West Bengal's Nadia district, a BSF official said. Acting on a tip-off, Border Security Force troopers planned a special ambush near the unfenced India-Bangladesh border in Nadia's Gangolia village under the Krishnanagar sector and seized the biscuits. The smuggler, however, fled ...

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Eight Maoists killed in Telanagana gunfight

Bhadradri (Telangana)/ Dec 14 (IANS) Eight Maoists were killed in a gunfight between the rebels and security forces in Telanagana's Bhadradri Kothagudem district, adjoining Chhattisgarh, on Thursday morning, a senior police officer said. No security personnel was injured, said Telangana Director General of Police Mahendar Reddy. The gunfight broke out when a security force team,...

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How come BJP doesn't object to Doval's son having a Pakistani business partner: Congress

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday questioned the government over its approach to fighting terrorism and corruption, and sought response to allegations that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval's son had a business partner based in Pakistan. Reacting strongly to BJP President Amit Shah's charges that Manmohan Singh had quietly watched monumental loot and plunder when he w...

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Crackdown on nomads, hawkers on Goa beaches

Panaji, Dec 13 (IANS) The movement of nomads, vagabonds and hawkers will be restricted on Goa's beaches so that tourists are not disturbed, the government said on Wednesday. Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told the Assembly that Lamanis, members of a nomadic tribe, harass tourists who frequent coastal regions. Any person who disturbs the tourists and hampers tourism will not b...

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Crackdown on nomads, hawkers on Goa beaches

Panaji, Dec 13 (IANS) The movement of Lamanis, members of a nomadic tribe, vagabonds and hawkers will be restricted on the state's beaches so that tourists are not disturbed, the Goa Assembly was told on Wednesday. Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said this in answer to a question by Congress legislator Francisco Silveira about whether the government would restrict the movement of Lama...

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BSF's 'Operation Arjun' forced Pakistan Rangers to talk

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) After a month of heavy exchange of fire with Pakistan, it was finally the BSF's Operation Arjun that brought the Pakistani border guards to commit themselves to a peaceful resolution of issues, say defence officials. Operation Arjun, targeting farms and residences of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officers and retired Pakistani Army officers, was unleashed aft...

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Taliban commander arrested, two others killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, Dec 12 (IANS) Afghanistan's security forces on Tuesday captured a key Taliban commander and killed two other militants in Kunduz province, an Army official said. The security forces also injured three other militants in the ambush, said Afghan Army spokesperson Abdul Khalil. Acting upon intelligence report, the security forces attacked Taliban militants on motorbikes in Ku...

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Afghan couple held for entering IGI airport with 'edited' ticket

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) An Afghan couple was arrested on Tuesday on the charge of gaining entry to the Indira Gandhi International airport here by showing an 'edited' ticket, an official said. Sayed Omar and his wife Nazila Sayed were held around 6.30 p.m. in the check-in area of Terminal-3. We caught the couple as they were roaming suspiciously in the check-in area. The coupl...

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