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Pakistan: Over 70 dead as ISIS claims responsibility for shrine massacre

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL A senior Pakistani police official says the death toll from an ISIS suicide bombing on February 16 at a crowded Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan has risen to 72 people, with more than 100 others wounded. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif immediately condemned what he described as an attack on Lal Shahbaz Qalandar — a Sufi philosopher and poet who has a shrine built in his honor at the site of his tomb in the town of Sehwan Sharif in the southern province of Sindh. Senior police officer Shabbir Sethar said from a local hospital in Sehwan Sharif, that “at least 72 are dead and over 150 have been wounded,” many of them seriously. Sethar said the death...

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Malaysian aid ship for Rohingya Muslims arrives in Bangladesh

By: Ruma Paul Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage DHAKA (Reuters) – A Malaysian aid ship arrived in Bangladesh on Monday carrying aid for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled from Myanmar, many citing abuses by the Myanmar security forces. Nearly 70,000 Rohingya have fled from Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh to escape a crackdown launched after nine policemen were killed in attacks on border posts on Oct. 9 that Myanmar blamed on Rohingya militants. The U.N. human rights office said in a report this month Myanmar’s security forces had committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims and burned their villages. Myanmar has...

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Afghanistan: suicide bomber kills 7, wounds 20

  By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net A suicide bomber killed seven people and wounded 20 others outside a bank in the capital city of Afghanistan‘s Helmand province on Saturday, February 11, the governor’s office said, according to Reuters. The bomber detonated an explosives-packed car next to an Afghan army vehicle as soldiers arrived at a bank in Lashkar Gah to collect their pay, the Helmand governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, said. Among the dead were four civilians and three soldiers. Sixteen civilians and four soldiers were wounded, he said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Taliban have seized large areas of Helmand and have often...

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