US slaps sanctions on Pakistan-based terror groups

Washington : The US Tuesday targeted two terrorist groups based in Pakistan by slapping sanctions on their leader and financial supporters.

The Department of Treasury branded Fazl-ur Rehman Khalil, the leader of Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HuM), and Muhammad Naeem Sheikh and Umair Naeem Sheikh, two alleged financial supporters of Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT), as specially designated global terrorists, Xinhua reported.

Over 230 killed in Syria since launch of US-led attacks

Beirut : At least 233 people have died in Syria since the airstrikes launched by the US-led international coalition against Islamic State (IS) positions, the manager of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Rami Abderrahman, told Spanish news agency Efe Tuesday.

Abderrahman said during a phone conversation that at least 211 jihadis had died since Sep 23 when the coalition started its bombardments in Syria.

The activist added that this figure includes at least 60 members of the Nusra Front, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

Australian police detain one terror suspect

Sydney : Australian police during the counter-terror raids in the country Tuesday detained one man on charges of engaging in terrorism-related activities.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victorian police conducted raids in Kealba, Meadow Heights, Broadmeadows and Flemington suburbs of Melbourne Tuesday and arrested one person, Xinhua reported.

The arrested man is around 20 years old and worked in a pizza shop and will appear before the Melbourne magistrate's court Tuesday afternoon.

Maoists kill tribal in Odisha

Bhubaneswar : Maoist guerrillas killed a tribal man in Odisha by slitting his throat after accusing him of being a police informer, an official said Tuesday.

The murder took place late Monday in Padia area of the Malkangiri district, over 700 km from here, Inspector General of Police Yashwant Jethwa told IANS.

Two armed rebels dragged Munna Madhi, 21, a tribal from his home at Irbanpali village and killed him by slitting his throat with a sharp weapon, Jethwa said.

Maoists are active in over half of the state's 30 districts and the district is their strongholds.

Italy on terror alert

Brussels : Italy was put on a high level of alert for possible terrorist attacks even though no specific threats have been made, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Monday.

"The alert for Italy is high, even in the absence of a specific threat," ANSA news agency quoted Alfano as saying on the sidelines of a security conference in Brussels.

27 killed in Iraq airstrikes, clashes

Baghdad : At least 27 people were killed Monday in airstrikes and clashes between the Iraqi security forces and insurgent militants, including those of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group, security sources said.

In Salahudin province, at least 10 IS militants were killed in airstrikes believed to be carried out by US warplanes on IS positions at al-Zuwiyah village outside the city of Baiji, some 200 km north of Iraq's capital Baghdad, a provincial security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

LeT guerrilla held in Kashmir

Srinagar : A Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT) guerrilla was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district Monday, police said.

"Sopore police arrested LeT militant Mohammad Shafi Dar alias Ukasha, son of Mohammad Maqbool Dar, who had rejoined militant ranks along with a police rifle. The weapon was recovered from his possession," a police officer said here.

He said that acting on an intelligence input, police carried out a raid at Dangiwacha and arrested Dar.

Businessman stabbed to death in Delhi

New Delhi : A businessman was stabbed to death by a man over a trivial issue here Monday, police said.

Ishwar Singh, 50, was stabbed by Mannu after he enquired about the broken mirror of his car parked outside his house in Karol Bagh area of central Delhi around 8 a.m.

Ishwar Singh received several stab wounds in his abdomen and thighs and died before reaching a hospital. The attacker managed to escape.

Neighbours told police that Ishwar Singh had an altercation with Mannu earlier too. However, the reason of that fight is yet to be ascertained.

Five militants killed in Pakistan explosion

Islamabad : At least five militants were killed Monday and four injured in an explosion in Pakistan, media report said.

Official sources said the blast occurred in a militant post in Khyber Agency's remote Tirah valley, Dawn online reported.

Khyber is part of Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt on the Afghanistan border.

The Taliban and other Al Qaeda-linked groups, who stage attacks in both the countries, are known to have strongholds in the zone.

85 suspected militants surrender in Pakistan

Islamabad : A total of 85 suspected militants have surrendered in Pakistan, media reported Monday.

Khan Wasey, spokesman for the Frontier Corps (FC), Balochistan, said in a statement that the men belonged to various Bugti clans living in Dera Bugti, Dawn online reported.

They had been involved in attacks on security forces in Dera Bugti and other areas of the province.

They laid down their weapons Sunday in the presence of FC Inspector General Major General Muhammad Ejaz Shahid at a ceremony attended by tribal elders and senior officials.