Kashmir guerrillas' latest target - mobile phone operations

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Srinagar : Guerrillas in Kashmir have carried out three deadly attacks over three days against mobile phone operations after their communication equipment fitted on a mobile tower was seized -- leaving them with poor connectivity.

Two people were killed and three critically injured in the rebel attacks that were carried out on people engaged in mobile phone operations in north Kashmir.

Upholding of death sentence not end of road for convicts, says SC

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the right to live does not extinguish with the top court upholding the death sentence of convicts in murder cases as it quashed the execution of death warrants of Shabnam and her paramour Salim for killing seven members of the woman's family.

"Right to live under Article 21 does not end with the confirmation of the death sentence by the Supreme Court," said the vacation bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, as it quashed the execution of death warrants issued by the sessions judge.

20 detained in anti-terror raids in Istanbul

Istanbul : Turkish police detained at least 20 people in an anti-terror operation in Istanbul on Wednesday.

The semi-official Anatolian news agency reported that the arrested people are alleged to have attacked police with stones, sticks and Molotov cocktails during May Day protests in the city.

The Istanbul police department said they used a helicopter in the raid. About 800 policemen, including riot police forces and special operations teams, raided 30 addresses in 10 districts of Istanbul.

Six injured in Meghalaya IED blast

Shillong : Six people, three of them women, were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at a market complex in Meghalaya on Wednesday, police said.

The explosion took place at 11 a.m. at a hardware store in Meghalaya's Tura town.

"The blast took place at 11 a.m. inside a hardware store at Tura super market complex. It was an IED blast and we are collecting the details," Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) G.H.P. Raju told IANS.

Nigerian suicide attacks by women, children on rise: Unicef

Geneva : The UN Children's Fund (Unicef) has said there has been an increase in the number of women and children being used to conduct suicide attacks in northeast Nigeria.

Unicef child protection specialist Laurent Dutordoir on Tuesday said, "There has been a sharp increase of these cases since the beginning of 2015 as armed groups have shifted back to opportunistic attacks to recapture lost territories," Xinhua reported.

According to reports, 26 suicide attacks were carried out in 2014, compared to 27 carried out between January and May this year.

JD-U leader's bodyguard killed in parcel bomb blast

Patna : The bodyguard of a Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader was killed on Tuesday in Bihar's Gaya district when a bomb - wrapped in a parcel - exploded at the politician's house, police said.

"A parcel bomb has exploded at the house of JD-U's Gaya district (rural) president Abhay Kushwaha. His body guard was killed and his relative was seriously injured," said Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj.

Kushwaha's brother-in-law, who was seriously injured, has been admitted to a hospital in Gaya, about 100 km from here.

Three injured in Kashmir terror attack

Srinagar : Three people were injured on Monday when separatist guerrillas fired at a shop selling SIM cards of a mobile phone company in north Kashmir's Sopore town, police said.

"Militants fired at a shop selling BSNL SIM cards near the bus stand in Sopore town today (Monday)," a senior police officer told IANS here.

"Three persons were injured in the firing. They have been taken to hospital for treatment and the area has been surrounded to carry out searches," the officer said.

Maoists torch 32 vehicles in Bihar, enforce shutdown

Patna : Maoists burnt 32 vehicles in Bihar's Gaya district to enforce a two-day shutdown beginning Monday to protest the killing of a woman leader of the rebel group, police said.

They also blew up a mobile phone tower in Panapur area in Saran district, about 100 km from here.

"A group of Maoist guerrillas forcibly stopped vehicles on the busy Grand Trunk road in Gaya and torched them post midnight on Sunday to create panic," Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said.

Three killed in blast targetting Pakistan president's son

Islamabad : At least three people were killed and over a dozen injured in a blast targetting Pakistan president's son outside a restaurant in a Balochistan town, media reported on Monday.

Police sources said the device was placed on a motorcycle parked outside the restaurant at the industrial town of Hub and targeted President Mamnoon Hussain's son Salman's convoy on Sunday, Dawn online reported.

Salman was uninjured in the bombing attack, reports said.

Hub is 31 km from the port city of Karachi.

IS takes responsibility for attack on Saudi Shia mosque

Riyadh : Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for an apparent suicide bomb attack carried out on Friday at a Shia mosque in the town of Al Qudayh in the eastern Saudi Arabian, Shia-majority province of Al Qatif, in which at least 21 people were killed while 102 others were wounded, according to the Saudi health ministry.

The ministry's statement said that 50 of the wounded people had already recovered, while the other 52 were still undergoing medical care.