30 killed in Iraq violence

Baghdad : At least 30 people were killed and 29 others wounded in clashes between security forces and Islamic State (IS) militants in western and eastern Iraq Wednesday, security sources said.

In Iraq's western province of Anbar, battles continued between security forces backed by allied Sunni tribesmen and the anti-government Sunni tribes, including the IS group, near the provincial capital city of Ramadi and the militant-seized city of Fallujah, a provincial security source told Xinhua.

65 Shia rebels killed in Yemen airstrike

Sanaa : At least 65 members of Yemen's Shia Houthi rebel movement were killed Wednesday in a military airstrike in the country's troubled north, a media report said.

The rebels were killed in the northern province of Jawf after Yemeni air force hit the house of a pro-government tribal leader which was stormed and held by the rebels, Press TV reported.

Thousands of Houthis have been staging protests in Sanaa for nearly a month with the Shia rebels accusing the government of corruption and demanding its resignation.

Israel reports Gaza mortar attack

Jerusalem : The Israeli Army Wednesday reported that a Palestinian mortar shell was fired from Gaza into the southern Israeli area of Eshkol, but said there were no casualties nor damage.

A military spokesman told Efe news agency that it was "the first attack since the end of Operation Protective Edge", referring to the Israeli offensive in Gaza over the summer.

The spokesman did not link the mortar attack to the Hamas militias active in Gaza.

Nearly 50 killed in Syrian airstrikes

Beirut : At least 48 people, including 12 children, have been killed in airstrikes by Syrian warplanes this week in the central province of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Wednesday.

The airstrikes Monday and Tuesday targeted opposition militia positions in the town of Telbise and the victims included leaders of the Islamist fighters and rebel brigades that operate there, according to SOHR.

The London-based NGO said it expected the death toll to increase as there were dozens of seriously injured.

40 militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes

Islamabad : The Pakistan army Wednesday said fighter jets bombed positions of militants in the North Waziristan tribal region and killed 40 local and foreign militants.

"Today in precise aerial strikes five terrorists hideouts and ammunition dumps were destroyed and 40 terrorists, including foreigners, were killed in villages Nawae Killi and Zaram Asar in area north of Datta Khel in North Waziristan Agency," Xinhua quoted an army statement as saying.

7 killed in bomb attack near Syria-Turkey border

Damascus : At least seven people were killed and many others wounded Tuesday when an explosives-laden vehicle exploded near a rebel-held Syrian-Turkish border, activists and al-Mayadeen TV reported.

The car blew up at a garage near the Bab al-Salam border crossing in the rebel-held northern town of Azaz in Aleppo province, Xinhua quoted the report as saying.

14 IS militants killed as their rocket explodes

Baghdad : At least 14 members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group were killed Tuesday near Baghdad when a rocket whose warhead they were filling with chlorine gas exploded.

Iraqi security officials said seven more IS militants were injured in the incident, which occurred near the town of al-Dhuluiya, about 90 km north of Baghdad.

Al-Dhuluiya was also where four members of the Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen suffered symptoms of asphyxiation after inhaling chlorine gas released by two improvised explosive devices.

Rs.70 lakh looted from Hapur bank

Hapur (Uttar Pradesh) : Seven unidentified robbers Tuesday looted over Rs.70 lakh in cash from a bank in Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh, police said.

The robbers, armed with pistols, knives and knuckle-dusters, looted the District Cooperative Bank in Dhaulana town.

They came on three motorcycles around 1 p.m. at a time when the bank employees were busy transferring cash from a van into the bank.

The robbers overpowered the security guard and snatched his gun, and then snatched the cash box from the bank employees.

Delhi court extends police custody of IM suspect

New Delhi : An Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative, who was allegedly involved in the 2010 Jama Masjid bomb blast in New Delhi, has been remanded in 20-day police custody by a court here Tuesday.

A sessions judge has extended the custody of Ajaz Sheikh, 27, a Pune resident, and allowed Delhi Police to quiz him further, till Oct 6. He was presented before the court after expiry of his 10-day police custody.

Police told the court that it has to analyse call details of the accused, his laptop and other things to know the whole conspiracy.

14 killed in Pakistan-Afghanistan border attack

Islamabad : At least 11 militants and three Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers were killed Tuesday in cross-border attack in Pakistan.

The Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) said that a group of terrorists from the Afghan side of the border attacked North Waziristan's Dandi Kuch area, Dawn online reported.

Security forces have arrested one militant.

Earlier, 20 militants were killed and five hideouts were destroyed during air strikes in Khyber Agency.