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Explosion in Karachi Pakistan kills soldiers, injuring 8 others | Instant News


KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – A remote-controlled bomb exploded on Monday in the Pakistani city of Karachi, killing a paramilitary soldier and injuring eight others, police said.

“Initial (investigations) show a motorbike equipped with explosives was used in the explosion,” senior police officer Suhai Aziz told Reuters, adding that the device was detonated via remote control.

The device, planted next to a security service vehicle, also injured six other people who happened to be in the area, according to Karachi police officers.

Separatist rebels from the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the explosion in a statement shared with Reuters.

The group has been battling an insurgency in the southwestern province of Balochistan, targeting security forces and infrastructure and mineral extraction projects that militants say exploit the region at the expense of local residents.

Last June, BLA was responsible for attacks on the Pakistan Stock Exchange, also in the city of Karachi, in which four militants armed with guns and grenades killed two guards and a policeman before security forces killed them.

In 2018, three BLA militants attacked the Chinese consulate in the city, killing four before committing suicide.

The group has allied itself in the past with the Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army, another separatist group active in Sindh province, of which Karachi is the largest city. The group killed four people, including two soldiers, in a blast in June 2020, and wounded 30 at a rally against India’s control of Kashmir in August that year.

Written by Umar Farooq; Edited by Paul Simao

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Germany bans Salafi Muslim groups | Instant News


BERLIN, February 25 (Reuters) – German authorities carried out raids at several locations in Berlin and Brandenburg on Thursday after banning Berlin’s Salafi Muslim group, police said.

Berlin’s senate interior department on Thursday said it had banned the “jihad-salafi” association Jama’atu Berlin, also known as the Berlin Tauhid, and that police had carried out the raid, without providing further details.

The German newspaper Tagesspiegel said the group glorified the battle for “Islamic State” on the internet and called for the killing of Jews, adding that criminal proceedings were awaiting decisions against some of its members.

The newspaper added that the group had been in contact with Anis Amri, a Tunisian asylum seeker who failed with Islamic ties, who hijacked a truck and took it to a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people in 2016.

Salafis – strict Sunni Muslims – include peaceful private individuals, activists seeking to implement Sharia law, and militants who advocate violence to establish a state they perceive to represent true Islam.

The number of Salafis has risen in Germany to an all-time high of 12,150 in 2019, Germany’s domestic intelligence said in its annual report last year, listing them among “Islamic extremists”.

It said the number of Salafis has more than tripled since 2011 and that Salafi groups in Germany are going through a consolidation stage, adding that followers remain a low profile in public. (Reporting by Riham Alkousaa; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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Italy repatriates its ambassador and bodyguards who died in Congo | Instant News


GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Reuters) – A military plane leaving eastern Congo bound for Italy on Tuesday loaded the bodies of the Italian ambassador and bodyguards in coffins wrapped in the Italian flag, a day after they were shot dead in an ambush at the United Nations Convoy.

Ambassador Luca Attanasio, 43, and his bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci, 30, died while traveling in a World Food Program convoy to visit a school feeding project. WFP driver Mustapha Milambo also died.

The two crates were loaded onto an Italian military cargo plane in the city of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, near the Rwandan border. The plane then took off for Rome.

According to the Congolese presidency, a two-car convoy was stopped on the road north of Goma by six gunmen, who killed the Milambo driver and took the other six passengers away. Soldiers and park rangers tracked the group and a gun battle ensued, during which the kidnappers shot the two Italians.

RWANDAN REBELS DON’T BLUE

Congo’s interior ministry blamed Rwandan Hutu rebel militias called the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) for the attacks. The FDLR, one of about 120 armed groups operating in eastern Congo, has denied responsibility for what it called the “cowardly killings”.

“The FDLR stated that they were not at all involved in the attack,” the group said in a statement.

The local governor said that the attackers spoke the Rwandan language Kinyarwanda.

The FDLR, set up by former Rwandan officers and militia blamed by the United Nations and others for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, has been blamed for previous kidnappings, including two British tourists who were detained for several days in May 2018.

President Felix Tshisekedi sent his top diplomatic adviser to Goma to support an investigation by local authorities, and the Congolese envoy in Rome will hand over a letter from Tshisekedi to Italian President Sergio Mattarella, the Congolese presidency said.

Dario Tedesco, an Italian volcanologist living in Goma, pays tribute to his friend Attanasio.

“He was able to talk to all of us, very differently because, he adapted to each of us, (made) us feel we were important,” said Tedesco. “He believes in what he is doing and this shouldn’t be his last trip.” (This story corrects the number of passengers to six, in paragraph 4)

Reporting by Fiston Mahamba and Hereward Holland; written by Hereward Holland; editing by Nellie Peyton, Philippa Fletcher, Giles Elgood and Peter Graff

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The government faces an internal rebellion: Ahsan | Instant News


ISLAMABAD: Leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Ahsan Iqbal said that the government is facing internal rebellion therefore, Prime Minister Imran Khan is playing with the Constitution and using the shoulder of the Supreme Court of Pakistan for this purpose.

If the SC becomes part of this constitutional issue, its dignity will be at stake. Speaking on the Geo TV program ‘Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Ke Saath,’ he said there was a right way to make amendments to the Constitution. If it is bypassed, every time they send a reference and after getting the SC node they can invalidate the 18th Amendment, he added.

Federal Minsiter Fawad Chaudhry, who was a member of the Senate election video examination committee last, said that there is no need to get video forensics, because the main character of this video has already recognized its credibility. Speaking with Shahzab Khanzada he said it was an ideal situation that Parliament should decide on Senate elections.

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Germany warned against withdrawing from Afghanistan immediately | Instant News


FILE PHOTO: Outgoing leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer removes his face mask ahead of the second day of the party’s 33rd congress held online amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Berlin, Germany January 16 2021. Odd Andersen / Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) – Peace talks for Afghanistan have not made sufficient progress to allow the withdrawal of foreign troops, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Wednesday ahead of a virtual meeting with his NATO counterparts.

The Afghan government and Taliban militants started peace talks in Doha last September, but negotiations have largely stalled.

NATO defense ministers will discuss on Thursday whether the Taliban make a separate 2020 peace deal with the United States, which calls on militants to curb attacks and foreign forces to withdraw by May 1.

Washington is currently reviewing this agreement.

“This (lack of progress on peace talks) means we must prepare for a changing security situation and an increasing threat to international forces and our own troops,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said in a statement.

Germany has contributed around 1,100 troops to the NATO mission, totaling 9,600, training and assisting Afghan troops. The mission also includes about 2,500 US military personnel.

Many fear that the progress of two decades of foreign intervention in Afghanistan could quickly unravel if NATO troops withdraw, threatening gains in areas from women’s rights to democracy.

In his statement, Kramp-Karrenbauer echoed comments by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who said on Monday that the Taliban must do more to meet the terms of the 2020 peace agreement with the United States.

Attacks in Afghanistan, including the bomb that killed the deputy governor of the capital Kabul in December, have prompted members of the US Congress and international rights groups to call for a postponement of the withdrawal agreed to under former President Donald Trump.

Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Edited by Madeline Chambers and Gareth Jones

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