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pakistan says attack by militants kills 5 soldiers


peshawar, pakistan — islamic militants attacked three pakistani military border posts in a tribal region along the afghan border, killing five soldiers, the army said monday.pakistani troops repulsed the attackers, who had crossed overnight from afghanistan into the mohmand tribal region, the military statement said. it added that 10 of the attackers were believed to have been killed before the militants retreated to safe havens over the border.no group has claimed responsibility. pakistan has long been home to both local and al-qaida linked foreign militants.several pakistani military offensives have targeted the bases and infrastructure used by the militants in the country's tribal regions, and islamabad says some of the groups have shifted to sanctuaries across the afghan border.the mil






pakistan says attack by militants kills 5 soldiers


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roadside bomb kills 3 paramilitary soldiers in nw pakistan


dera ismail khan, pakistan — pakistan's military says a roadside bomb attack has killed three paramilitary soldiers in the south waziristan tribal region near the afghan border.a military statement monday said the three men were wounded during a search and cordon operation in the zarmilan area late sunday night and later died at a hospital.mohammad khurasani, a spokesman for the banned militant organization tehrik-e-taliban pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack saying five soldiers were killed in the bomb attack and a vehicle completely destroyed.the army has carried out massive operations in tribal regions but militants still strike sporadically.khurasani also claimed responsibility for a sunday night attack on a media van in the port city of karachi that killed a technician. he






pakistan says attack by militants kills 5 soldiers


peshawar, pakistan (ap) — islamic militants attacked three pakistani military border posts in a tribal region along the afghan border, killing five soldiers, the army said monday.pakistani troops repulsed the attackers, who had crossed overnight from afghanistan into the mohmand tribal region, the military statement said. it added that 10 of the attackers were believed to have been killed before the militants retreated to safe havens over the border.no group has claimed responsibility. pakistan has long been home to both local and al-qaida linked foreign militants.several pakistani military offensives have targeted the bases and infrastructure used by the militants in the country’s tribal regions, and islamabad says some of the groups have shifted to sanctuaries across the afghan border.mo






pakistan says attack by militants kills 5 soldiers


peshawar, pakistan — islamic militants attacked three pakistani military border posts in a tribal region along the afghan border, killing five soldiers, the army said monday.pakistani troops repulsed the attackers, who had crossed overnight from afghanistan into the mohmand tribal region, the military statement said. it added that 10 of the attackers were believed to have been killed before the militants retreated over the border.a pakistani taliban breakaway faction, jamaat-ul-ahrar, claimed responsibility. pakistan has long been home to both local and al-qaida linked foreign militants.several pakistani military offensives have targeted the bases and infrastructure used by the militants in the country's tribal regions, and islamabad says some of the groups have shifted to sanctuaries acro






pakistan says attacks by militant kills 6 soldiers


peshawar, pakistan — islamic militants attacked several pakistani military posts in tribal regions along the afghan border, killing six soldiers, the army said monday.pakistani troops repulsed the attackers, who had crossed overnight from afghanistan into the mohmand tribal region where three military posts were ambushed, the army statement said. it added that 10 of the attackers were believed to have been killed before the militants retreated over the border.a pakistani taliban breakaway faction, jamaat-ul-ahrar, claimed responsibility. pakistan has long been home to both local and al-qaida linked foreign militants.several pakistani military offensives have targeted the bases and infrastructure used by the militants in the country's tribal regions, and islamabad says some of the groups ha






pakistan pm seeks help from clerics in war against militants


islamabad — pakistan's prime minister is seeking help from the country's clerics to fight extremism.nawaz sharif, in a speech at a seminary on saturday, called on religious scholars to help him dismantle a "narrative" characterized by militants killing thousands of people over the last decade in hopes of overthrowing the government and enforcing taliban-style laws in pakistan.sharif says pakistan is close to success in the battle against terrorism and asked clerics to join him in rejecting militancy.sharif's appeal comes a day after a bill was introduced in pakistan's parliament that would legalize trials of suspected militants before military courts. along with such trials, pakistan has carried out operations against militants but violence has continued.






pakistan unveils reforms for tribal areas as drone kills 2


peshawar, pakistan — pakistan took a key step on thursday to bring the country's remote northwestern tribal areas into its mainstream judicial and political system, as a u.s. drone strike in the lawless region killed two suspected militants from a taliban-allied faction, officials said.later in the evening, the military said troops killed four militants in a gunbattle in the area of bannu, near the north waziristan tribal region, and that the exchange also left two soldiers dead.under the five-year plan adopted by the cabinet, the tribal regions along the border with afghanistan will be merged with pakistan's khyber pakhtunkhwa province, making the residents equal in the eyes of law for the first time since 1947, when pakistan gained independence from britain.the tribal regions have been t






pakistan to open afghan crossings closed in wake of attacks


peshawar, pakistan — pakistan said monday it will temporarily open two border crossings with afghanistan that were closed after a string of militant attacks, while a new wave of assaults targeting several military posts near the porous frontier killed six pakistani soldiers.pakistan's foreign ministry said the torkham and chaman crossings will be open tuesday and wednesday. afghans with valid visas will be allowed to return home, as will pakistanis who traveled to afghanistan with valid visas, the ministry said.pakistan shut the two main crossings with afghanistan three weeks ago after a wave of suicide bombings that authorities said was linked to a group operating on the other side of the border. the two countries have long accused each other of ignoring militants that operate along the f






3 indian soldiers, kashmir woman killed during rebel attack


srinagar, india — three indian soldiers and a woman were killed after rebels ambushed soldiers in the disputed region of kashmir, police said on thursday.inspector-general syed javaid mujtaba gillani said the militants tossed grenades and sprayed bullets at soldiers after they were returning from a search operation in the southern shopian area early thursday.gillani said the attack triggered a brief exchange of gunfire and a stray bullet hit the 60-year-old woman while she was sleeping in her home.three soldiers, including two officers, were also injured in the attack.there was no independent confirmation of the incident.locals said that shortly after the firing stopped, soldiers ransacked homes and smashed dozens of cars in the area.rashid ahmed, a villager, said the soldiers "barged into






clashes on pakistan-afghanistan border kills 15 | pakistan news


at least 15 people were killed in clashes on the pakistan-afghanistan border after taliban fighters attacked three border posts in pakistan's mohmand tribal area, the military said.a pakistan military statement confirmed that 10 fighters were killed and five soldiers lost their lives in the attacks that took place late on sunday.the attacks were carried out by people who had sanctuary on afghan soil, according to pakistan's foreign office and the military, and were launching the attacks by crossing the largely unpatrolled and disputed 2,500km-long border. closure of pakistan-afghanistan border crossings causes chaos"[this attack] emphasizes need for required physical presence on afghan side of the border for matching and effective border security," the statement said."terrorists are common






pakistani troops clash with militants near afghan border


pakistan's military says troops have clashed with militants during a raid in a tribal region near the afghan border, with two soldiers and five "terrorists" killed.






4 suspected rebels, 2 indian soldiers killed in kashmir


srinagar, india — four suspected rebels and two indian army soldiers have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in indian-controlled kashmir, officials said sunday.fighting began after police and soldiers cordoned off southern frisal village overnight following a tip that militants were hiding in a civilian house, said police inspector-general syed javaid mujtaba gillani.he said that militants sprayed automatic gunfire to break the cordon, leading to an exchange of gunfire with police and soldiers that killed four militants and two soldiers.the indian army said three soldiers were injured. according to residents, government forces blasted the house with explosives.as the fighting raged, clashes erupted between security forces and neighboring villagers who tried to march to frisal in solidarity






4 suspected rebels, 2 indian soldiers killed in kashmir


srinagar, india — four suspected rebels and two indian army soldiers have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in indian-controlled kashmir, officials said on saturday.fighting began early saturday after police and soldiers cordoned off southern frisal village overnight following a tip that militants were hiding in a civilian house, said police inspector-general syed javaid mujtaba gillani.he said that militants sprayed automatic gunfire to break the cordon, leading to an exchange of gunfire with police and soldiers that killed four militants and two soldiers.the indian army said three soldiers were injured. according to residents, government forces blasted the house with explosives.as the fighting raged, clashes erupted between security forces and neighboring villagers who tried to march to






pakistani army says 3 convicted islamic militants executed


islamabad — three islamic militants convicted by military courts were executed in a prison in central pakistan on wednesday, the pakistani army announced.the militants were associated with the pakistani taliban and a second extremist group named harkat-ul-jihad e-islami, the army said in a statement. they were convicted of involvement in the killing of soldiers and police officers, it said.the pakistani government began trying alleged islamic militants in military courts and lifted a moratorium on executions following a december 2014 taliban attack on a school that killed more than 150 people, most of them schoolchildren. human rights groups have criticized the fairness of the military courts, but the army says all defendants have a right to appeal.the two-year mandate for the military cou






indian army: 3 soldiers, 1 rebel killed in kashmir gunbattle


srinagar, india — three indian soldiers and a militant were killed tuesday in a gunbattle in the indian-controlled portion of kashmir.army spokesman col. rajesh kalia said the army launched an operation early tuesday to flush out militants from a northern village following a tip that some rebels were hiding there. the soldiers had cordoned off hajin village when a fierce gunbattle broke out in which three soldiers and a rebel were killed.at least five other soldiers, including an army officer, were wounded in the firefight, kalia said.there was no independent confirmation of the incidents.both india and pakistan claim the himalayan territory in its entirety. rebel groups in indian-controlled kashmir have been fighting for independence or a merger with pakistan since 1989. more than 68,000






pakistan shuts key border crossing in wake of shrine attack


islamabad — two pakistani officials say a second key chaman border crossing into afghanistan has been closed, halting trade supplies to the neighboring landlocked country.the border closure in pakistan's southwest baluchistan province comes after a suicide bombing at a sufi shrine in southern pakistan that killed 88 people. it was seen as a tactic to pressure kabul to act against militants who pakistan says have sanctuaries in afghanistan.the pakistani officials asked to remain anonymous because they are not authorized to brief the media on the record.earlier, pakistan closed a border crossing at torkham, which connects pakistan to afghanistan's nangarhar province.the islamic state says it was behind the shrine attack and pakistani security forces have launched nationwide operations that t






clashes on pakistan-afghanistan border kill eight | pakistan news


islamabad, pakistan - eight people, including two soldiers, have been killed in a raid on a pakistani military border post in the khyber tribal area, according to the pakistan military.the raid was launched from afghan territory on friday, the statement said, and resulted in the killing of six attackers and two pakistani soldiers.the tehreek-e-taliban pakistan's jamaat-ur-ahrar faction claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued via email to media, claiming it had attacked three border posts, capturing one."one of the pakistani forces' posts was defeated by the mujahideen and set on fire," said asad mansoor, spokesman for the group. read more: afghan refugees return home amid pakistan crackdown pakistan shares a largely unpatrolled 2,500km-long mountainous border with afgha






clashes on pakistan-afghanistan border kill eight | pakistan news


islamabad, pakistan - eight people, including two soldiers, have been killed in a raid on a pakistani military border post in the khyber tribal area, according to the pakistan military.the raid was launched from afghan territory on friday and resulted in the killing of six attackers and two pakistani soldiers."last night, there was an aerial operation targeting terrorists locations in the rajgal valley of khyber tribal area," the statement said.the tehreek-e-taliban pakistan's jamaat-ur-ahrar faction claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued via email to media, claiming it had attacked three border posts, capturing one."one of the pakistani forces' posts was defeated by the mujahideen and set on fire," said asad mansoor, spokesman for the group. read more: afghan refugees






4 rebels, 2 indian soldiers, civilian killed in kashmir


srinagar, india — four suspected rebels, two indian army soldiers and a civilian have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in indian-controlled kashmir, officials said sunday.the fighting began after police and soldiers cordoned off the southern village of frisal overnight following a tip that militants were hiding in a house, said police inspector-general syed javaid mujtaba gillani.he said the militants sprayed automatic gunfire to break the cordon, leading to an exchange of gunfire with police and soldiers that killed four militants and two soldiers.the indian army said three soldiers were injured. according to residents, government forces blasted the house with explosives.police also recovered the body of a civilian, reportedly the young son of the house owner, from the debris.as the figh






pakistan police raid taliban-linked militant hideout, kill 6


multan, pakistan — a pakistani counter-terrorism official says security forces have raided a hideout of taliban- linked suspected islamic militants, killing 6 of them.mohammad saleem says the raid took place on thursday in the central district of khanewal and was based on intelligence that the militants were planning an attack.the raid comes on heels of a series of suicide bombings this week by a pakistani taliban's breakaway faction, jamaat-ul-ahrar, or freedom movement, following an almost three-month lull.the group has carried out three suicide bombings this week, killing 19 people. also, two of its bombers were killed before they could set off their explosives and another blew himself up prematurely before reaching his target.pakistan has for over a decade fought islamic militants, who






roadside bomb kills 3 paramilitary soldiers in nw pakistan


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us drone strike kills 2 militants in pakistani tribal region


peshawar, pakistan — a suspected u.s. drone strike in pakistan's northwestern tribal region on thursday killed two militants, three intelligence officials said.the latest strike took place in the kurram tribal region bordering afghanistan and the identity and nationality of the slain men were not immediately known, said the officials. they spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to media on the record.pakistan's military and the cia's drone strikes have killed thousands of pakistani and foreign militants in the tribal regions since sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the united states.the drone strike came on the same day that pakistan's cabinet approved a set of reforms that will bring the tribal regions under government control, an aide to prime minister nawaz sharif s






4 suspected rebels, 2 indian soldiers killed in kashmir


srinagar, india (ap) — four suspected rebels and two indian army soldiers have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in indian-controlled kashmir, officials said sunday.fighting began after police and soldiers cordoned off southern frisal village overnight following a tip that militants were hiding in a civilian house, said police inspector-general syed javaid mujtaba gillani.he said that militants sprayed automatic gunfire to break the cordon, leading to an exchange of gunfire with police and soldiers that killed four militants and two soldiers.the indian army said three soldiers were injured. according to residents, government forces blasted the house with explosives.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.as the fighting raged, clashes erupted between security forces and n






clashes on pakistan-afghanistan border kill 15 | pakistan news


at least 15 people have been killed in clashes on the pakistan-afghanistan border after pakistani taliban fighters attacked three border posts in pakistan's mohmand tribal area, according to the military.a pakistan military statement said on monday that 10 fighters were killed and five soldiers lost their lives in the attacks that occurred late on sunday.pakistan and afghanistan share a 2,500km-long border, which is largely unpatrolled and disputed by afghanistan. closure of pakistan-afghanistan border crossings causes chaos"[this attack] emphasises the need for required physical presence on the afghan side of the border," the statement said."terrorists are a common threat and must be denied freedom of movement or action along the border."in a statement emailed to journalists, the jamaat-u






anti-india protester killed following kashmir gunbattle


srinagar, india — a protester was killed and dozens of others wounded sunday as government forces fired at demonstrators demanding an end to indian rule in kashmir following a gunbattle that killed four suspected rebels, two soldiers and a civilian, officials said.the gunbattle began after police and soldiers cordoned off the southern village of frisal overnight following a tip that militants were hiding in a house, said police inspector-general syed javaid mujtaba gillani.he said the militants sprayed automatic gunfire to break the cordon, leading to an exchange of gunfire with police and soldiers that killed four militants and two soldiers.police also recovered the body of a civilian, reportedly the young son of the house owner.according to local residents, government forces blasted the






clashes hit pakistan-afghanistan border | pakistan news


islamabad, pakistan - eight people, including two soldiers, have been killed in a raid on a pakistani military border post in the khyber tribal area, according to the pakistan military.the raid was launched from afghan territory on friday and resulted in the killing of six attackers and two pakistani soldiers.the tehreek-e-taliban pakistan's jamaat-ur-ahrar faction claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued via email to media, claiming it had attacked three border posts, capturing one."one of the pakistani forces' posts was defeated by the mujahideen and set on fire," said asad mansoor, spokesman for the group. read more: afghan refugees return home amid pakistan crackdown pakistan shares a largely unpatrolled 2,500km-long mountainous border with afghanistan, which the lat






clashes hit pakistan-afghanistan border | pakistan news


islamabad, pakistan - eight people, including two soldiers, have been killed in a raid on a pakistani military border post in the khyber tribal area, according to the pakistan military.the raid was launched from afghan territory on friday and resulted in the killing of six attackers and two pakistani soldiers.the tehreek-e-taliban pakistan's jamaat-ur-ahrar faction claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued via email to media, claiming it had attacked three border posts, capturing one."one of the pakistani forces' posts was defeated by the mujahideen and set on fire," said asad mansoor, spokesman for the group. read more: afghan refugees return home amid pakistan crackdown pakistan shares a largely unpatrolled 2,500km-long mountainous border with afghanistan, which the lat






pakistani pm orders the reopening of border with afghanistan


pesawar, pakistan — pakistan's prime minister has ordered the reopening of the country's border with afghanistan, ending a protracted closure that has cost businesses on both sides millions of dollars and deepened tensions between the two neighbors.prime minister nawaz sharif on monday issued the order to open all the crossings along the boundary, considered the busiest and most lucrative border crossings in south asia.pakistan closed the border in mid-february following a string of deadly militant attacks which islamabad has blamed on militants hiding in afghanistan.since then, traders have complained of daily losses and prices of goods imported from pakistan rose sharply in afghanistan.pakistan and afghanistan often accuse the other of harboring militants. they have also exchanged lists






clashes on pakistan-afghanistan border kill eight | pakistan news


islamabad, pakistan - eight people, including two soldiers, have been killed in a raid on a pakistani military border post in the khyber tribal area, according to the pakistan military.the raid was launched from afghan territory on friday and resulted in the killing of six attackers and two pakistani soldiers.the tehreek-e-taliban pakistan's jamaat-ur-ahrar faction claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued via email to media, claiming it had attacked three border posts, capturing one."one of the pakistani forces' posts was defeated by the mujahideen and set on fire," said asad mansoor, spokesman for the group. read more: afghan refugees return home amid pakistan crackdown pakistan shares a largely unpatrolled 2,500km-long mountainous border with afghanistan, which the lat






hundreds of suspected militants detained in pakistan sweep


lahore, pakistan — about 1,300 suspected militants were arrested in a sweep of hideouts in pakistan's largest province of punjab, police said friday.the roughly two-week operation comes despite the provincial law minister's defense of some groups designated as terrorist organizations and banned by pakistan but resurrected under new names.rana sanaullah also embraced some sectarian leaders whose groups have been accused of fomenting violence against minority islamic sects, raising questions about his commitment to ridding punjab of militants.two police officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the operations, said another 36 militants died in shootouts with police and in paramilitary operations since the sweep began last month.in an interview with the assoc






official: suicide attack kills 5 in northwestern pakistan


peshawar, pakistan — a suicide bombing targeted the administrative headquarters of a tribal region in northwestern pakistan on wednesday, killing three policemen and two passers-by, officials said.the explosion went off at the main gate of the tribal headquarters in ghalanai in the mohmand tribal region, just as the workday was about to start, said hameedullah khan, a local government official.no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.khan, whose office is inside the compound, said the grounds are home to residences, offices and training facilities for the local administration and police employees. hundreds of local residents come daily on business to the tribal headquarters, located 45 kilometers (28 miles) outside peshawar, the provincial capital.the bombing was followed b






clashes on pakistan-afghanistan border kill 15 | pakistan news


at least 15 people were killed in clashes on the pakistan-afghanistan border after pakistani taliban fighters attacked three border posts in pakistan's mohmand tribal area, the military said.a pakistan military statement confirmed that 10 fighters were killed and five soldiers lost their lives in the attacks that took place late on sunday.pakistan and afghanistan share a 2,500km-long border, which is largely unpatrolled and disputed by afghanistan. closure of pakistan-afghanistan border crossings causes chaos"[this attack] emphasises the need for required physical presence on the afghan side of the border," the statement said."terrorists are a common threat and must be denied freedom of movement or action along the border."in a statement emailed to journalists, the jamaat-ur-ahrar faction






russia: 6 militants, 6 soldiers killed in chechen firefight


moscow — russian authorities say six suspected militants and six soldiers were killed during a firefight in the volatile north caucasus region.the national anti-terrorism committee said in a statement friday that armed militants, including two with suicide belts, tried to break into a national guard base in chechnya in the early hours of the morning.the national guard, a powerful new security agency created last year by president vladimir putin, said in a statement that the attack took place in heavy fog.the kremlin has relied on chechen leader ramzan kadyrov to stabilize the situation in the mainly muslin region in the wake of two bloody separatist wars that followed the fall of the soviet union.






car bomb kills 2 soldiers, wounds 3 others in afghanistan


kabul, afghanistan (ap) — an afghan official says a suicide car bomb has killed at least two soldiers and wounded three others in southern helmand province.omar zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the attack took place friday morning when a suicide car bomb exploded at an army post in the district of girishk.no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but taliban insurgents are active in southern provinces.






pakistan mourns 13 killed in lahore suicide bombing


lahore, pakistan — markets and businesses were closed across much of pakistan's punjab province tuesday in mourning for 13 people killed in a suicide bombing claimed by a breakaway taliban faction, police said.flags at government buildings flew at half-staff, and lawyers boycotted court proceedings a day after the attack in the provincial capital, lahore, said police officer nazar hayat.the bomber targeted police escorting a rally by pharmacists protesting amendments to a law on drug pricing. official funerals were held tuesday for seven police, including two senior officers, who were killed in the attack.nearly 60 people were wounded in the bombing.the attack was claimed by jamaat-ul-ahrar, which said it was revenge for pakistani military operations against militants in tribal regions nea






pakistan mourns 13 killed in lahore suicide bombing


lahore, pakistan — markets and businesses were closed across much of pakistan's punjab province tuesday in mourning for 13 people killed in a suicide bombing claimed by a breakaway taliban faction, police said.flags at government buildings flew at half-mast, and lawyers boycotted court proceedings a day after the attack in the provincial capital, lahore, said police officer nazar hayat.the bomber targeted police escorting a rally by pharmacists protesting amendments to a law on drug pricing. official funerals were held tuesday for seven police, including two senior officers, who were killed in the attack.nearly 60 people were wounded in the bombing.the attack was claimed by jamaat-ul-ahrar, which said it was revenge for pakistani military operations against militants in tribal regions near






indian army: 3 soldiers, 1 rebel killed in kashmir gunbattle


srinagar, india (ap) — three indian soldiers and a militant were killed tuesday in a gunbattle in the indian-controlled portion of kashmir.army spokesman col. rajesh kalia said the army launched an operation early tuesday to flush out militants from a northern village following a tip that some rebels were hiding there. the soldiers had cordoned off hajin village when a fierce gunbattle broke out in which three soldiers and a rebel were killed.at least five other soldiers, including an army officer, were wounded in the firefight, kalia said.there was no independent confirmation of the incidents.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.both india and pakistan claim the himalayan territory in its entirety. rebel groups in indian-controlled kashmir have been fighting for indep






punk tech versus consumer tech / boing boing


the interview i recently did for the working together podcast is live. here's a link to the episode with lots of detailed shownotes on stefan's working together blog. we talked about my upbringing, the maker movement, "punk tech" versus "consumer tech", the blockchain, and some of the books and mentors who have inspired me over the years. if you like what you hear, you can subscribe to his show through the usual directories: itunes, google play, stitcher, tunein and so on. the host of the show, stefan, also encouraged anyone using itunes to rate and review the podcast as he welcomes your feedback and support, and it helps the show get discovered by more listeners! report this adthe first iteration of dial-a-grue, in 2011, was to kit out an old rotary dial phone with an embedded computer an