A suicide bomber blew himself…

Over 50 Killed, 70 Injured By Suicide Bomber In Kabul
A suicide bomber blew himself up in a banqueting hall where Islamic religious scholars had gathered in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, killing more than 50 people, three government officials said.
Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said more than 80 other people had been injured.
“A suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside a wedding hall where Islamic religious scholars had gathered to commemorate the anniversary of the Prophet Mohammad’s birth,” Danish said.
The attacker entered a banquet room in the Uranus wedding hall, a massive complex housing several large banqueting halls near Kabul airport, and detonated his explosives.

“Hundreds of Islamic scholars and their followers had gathered to recite verses from the holy Quran to observe the Eid Milad-un-Nabi festival at the private banquet hall,” said Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for Kabul police.
Officials at Kabul’s Emergency Hospital said 30 ambulances had rushed to the blast site and over 40 people were critically wounded.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the blast.


IED blasts in Maoist zone…

IED blasts in Maoist zone up, CRPF turns to Army for lessons from J&K
MAOISTS increasingly using Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in their operations, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has turned to the Army for lessons from its experience in J&K.
Last week, the Army trained a contingent of troopers from the CRPF’s Recruit Training Centre in Srinagar in an “IEDs sensitisation programme”, Home Ministry officials told The Indian Express.
“The CRPF personnel were shown how IEDs are planted, detected and deactivated. They were also told about equipment that helps in detecting IEDs. More such training sessions are being planned,” said an official.
According to officials, IEDs have maimed more policemen in areas affected by Left wing extremism (LWE) than in direct combat. “There were more than 900 IED attacks in LWE areas last year while this year, till October, the number has moved up to close to 1,400. A number of troops have been injured in these blasts. The CRPF recovered 21 IEDs planted by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh in October, which is more than double the recoveries made in September,” another official said.
“From the analysis of the recent IEDs attacks by Maoists, it has come to light that most of these attacks were successful due to certain lapses, including SoPs (standard operating procedure) not being followed. We are trying to teach our personnel to be alert, particularly during troop movement. Any unusual activity or movement should ring alarm bells,” the official said.
According to a 2016 report by the National Bomb Data Centre of the National Security Guard (NSG), 65 per cent of IED blast casualties across the country occurred in LWE-affected areas. According to the report, there were 337 IED blasts in India in 2016 — up from 268 in 2015, 190 in 2014 and 283 in 2013. It was, however, lower than the 365 IED blasts in 2012.
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IED incidents in Chhattisgarh increased by 50 per cent and Andhra Pradesh saw a five-fold increase over 2015. Odisha witnessed an almost 100 per cent jump in IED incidents from 15 blasts in 2015 to 29 blasts in 2016, according to the report.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has repeatedly said that Maoist violence is under control. Last month, while addressing troops of the Rapid Action Force in Lucknow, he said, “Naxals will be wiped out within three years. The Maoist violence has come down drastically.”

Chicago hospital shooting leaves four…

Chicago hospital shooting leaves four dead, including police officer and gunman
A gunman shot to death a doctor outside a Chicago hospital on Monday before bursting into the facility and killing a woman and a police officer during an exchange of gunfire and dying in the shooting, officials said.

The shooter knew the doctor he shot outside Mercy Hospital, but once inside he fired randomly at people, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference.

The shooting sent doctors and patients streaming out of the facility, some with their hands up as heavily armed police officers sought to secure the facility.

“The city of Chicago lost a doctor, a pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they love,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters.

“This tears at the soul of our city. It is the face and consequence of evil,” Emanuel said.

The police officer, Samuel Jimenez, died in an exchange of fire with the gunman after he entered the medical facility, Johnson said.

The gunman, whose name has not been released, also died, officials said. But it was not immediately clear if he shot himself or if he was struck by a police officer’s bullet, Johnson said.

Another officer was spared injury when a bullet lodged itself in his holster, Johnson said.

In Denver, another shooting left one person dead and three others wounded on Monday. At least one suspect remained at large after the shooting on a downtown street corner

Soldier Killed In Encounter In…

Soldier Killed In Encounter In Kashmir’s Shopian, 4 Terrorists Shot Dead
A soldier was killed and four terrorists were shot dead in a fierce encounter at a village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian early this morning, the police said. Three more soldiers were injured.
A joint team of the Army’s paratroopers, the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force were carrying out searches at Nadigam village 60 km from Srinagar when the terrorists opened fire at them. The army had intelligence inputs of terrorists hiding in the area and had launched a pre-dawn search operation.

“Four terrorists have been killed in the operation in Nadigam area of Shopian,” Srinagar-based defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

Two days ago, two terrorists associated with terror outfit Al-Badr were killed in an encounter in Rebban area in the district. On the same day, a jawan was killed when terrorists opened fire on a CRPF camp in Pulwama.

Just hours after a militant…

Just hours after a militant of the NSCN (faction yet to be established) was killed in a fire battle with Security Forces near Laptang Village, Tirap district on Saturday morning, another militant was shot dead in follow-up operation launched by the Khonsa battalion that evening.

It may be mentioned that the Khonsa battalion had on Saturday morning launched an operation after receiving inputs on the presence of militants in Tirap district. During the operation, the personnel were reported fired at, who retaliated resulting in the dead of one unidentified militant of the NSCN.

Pursuing various leads, the Khonsa battalion launched multiple columns, pursuing fleeing insurgents.

It was informed that one of its columns near Borduria village came under fire from fleeing insurgents on Saturday evening. The security forces retaliated with “controlled effective fire”, resulting in an intense fire fight in which a NSCN insurgent was killed, informed a Defence source.

During search of the area in the morning of November 18, the column found the body of the “hardcore” insurgent who had succumbed to bullet injuries, a HK33 automatic rifle, large quantities of ammunition and other incriminating evidence was also recovered from the body.

“The search of the area for the escaped militant is still in progress and identity of the killed insurgent is being determined,” added the source.


3 cadres of NSCN-U killed…

3 cadres of NSCN-U killed in gun battle with security forces
Security forces following a prolonged gun battle has neutralised three cadres of banned National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Unification (NSCN-U) in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh.

According to an official release from the Public relation officer, defence, two of the insurgents have been identified as self styled major Joiwang Mongchan and Ponngam Kamhua alias Vicky while the identity of the third insurgent is yet to be determined.

The encounters began yesterday when the security forces had specific inputs of the insurgents attempting extortion in Laptang village under Khonsa police station of Tirap district.

“The Khonsa battalions of Security Forces launched a well coordinated operation resulting in killing of the three insurgents of NSCN in three different encounters on November 17 and 18 near old Laptang, Laptang and Bourduria villages,” the statement mentioned.

Two HK33 automatic rifle, an AK series assault rifle, large quantities of ammunition and other incriminating evidence were also recovered from the insurgents.

The NSCN-U was formed on November 23, 2007 with an inter-factional ‘truce agreement’ signed between the warring factions NSCN Isak Muvah and Khaplang at Hivishe in Dimapur district in a bid to unify the two.

severely injured after being attacked…

severely injured after being attacked by wild elephants at Mekokla village under Wokha district of Nagaland on Friday night.

It was informed that Nchemo Kikon, 58 was killed while John, 59 narrowly escaped with injuries when elephants attacked them inside the hut in a paddy field.

plantation and farm house were also reported from the village.

Mekokla Village chairman Nyamo Z. Yanthan, informed that a herd of wild elephants were seen at the village’s vicinity since last month and the matter was reported to the deputy commissioner.