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A terrorist group that is said to be linked to Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the recent bombing of the St. Petersburg subway system, according to a statement by the organization posted on Tuesday by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist communications.

Russian investigators identified Akbarzhon A. Dzhalilov as the suicide bomber who carried out the April 3 attack, which killed 15 people and wounded at least 60. Security officials at the time said they were unsure whether Mr. Dzhalilov had acted alone, and they detained several other people in connection with their investigation.

The group claiming responsibility, the Imam Shamil Battalion, said in its statement that Mr. Dzhalilov acted on the orders of Ayman al-Zawahri, the leader of Al Qaeda, and it threatened additional attacks. The claim of responsibility was issued by a Qaeda channel out of North Africa, unusual for a Europe-based attack. Al Qaeda has not claimed a successful attack in Europe since the 2015 assault on the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

Read more: New York Times

Indian police said suspected Maoist militants killed at least 25 security personnel and injured six others deployed in the state of Chhattisgarh in an ambush on Monday.

Witnesses said up to 300 rebels carried out the attack. Maoists in India -- known as Naxals or Naxalites -- support the Communist Party of India and seek to impose communist rule and advocate fighting for greater rights for tribal people and the rural poor.

"Attack on [Central Reserve Police Force] personnel in Chhattisgarh is cowardly and deplorable. We are monitoring the situation closely. We are proud of the valor of our CRPF personnel. The sacrifice of the martyrs will not go in vain. Condolences to their families," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter. "May those injured in today's attack in Chhattisgarh recover at the earliest."

Read more: UPI

North Korea might be talking about building missiles that can reach the United States, but Kim Jong Un's regime already has lots of missiles that can reach Japan.  So the Japanese government is preparing its citizens to be ready in case a missile comes their way — something that could come with less than 10 minutes' warning.

The prime minister's office issued new "actions to protect yourself" guidelines this week, including for the first time instructions on how to respond if a North Korean ballistic missile is heading toward Japan.

Three of the four missiles that North Korea launched March 6 fell within Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan, the body of water that separates Japan and the Korean Peninsula.  North Korea later said that it was practicing to hit U.S. military bases in Japan.

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The Taliban attack on an army base outside Mazar-e Sharif on Friday was the deadliest single attack on a military installation in the entire 16-year history of the Afghan conflict.  The Taliban subterfuge had been particularly thorough.

The Taliban fighters arrived in Ford Ranger trucks painted in a perfect facsimile of Afghan army vehicles.  They had full uniforms and plausible paperwork; one of the team was disguised as a casualty complete with a bloodied bandage around his head and an IV drip in his arm.  The 10 Taliban attackers are believed to have killed around 170 Afghan soldiers. 

Officially the spring offensive has not started yet this year.  Nevertheless last month the Taliban retook the key district of Sangin in the southern Afghan province of Helmand; a significant strategic advance.  Public statements about the US mission have increasingly focused on the effort to tackle IS and other international terrorist organisations in Afghanistan.  But the truth is the US recognises that the main threat to the Afghan government comes from the Taliban, and so the overwhelming focus of American involvement here remains anti-Taliban.

Taliban successes in the almost two and a half years since the Nato combat mission in Afghanistan officially ended have led senior Afghan officials and American top brass here to argue that the US needs to boost its training and assistance mission.  The suggestion is a few thousand more troops are needed.  It emphasises once again the key problems the Afghan forces face: inadequate training and a lack of commitment from recruits, exacerbated by terrible conditions, corruption in the officer class and poor air support.

Read more: BBC News

Police in northeastern Spain arrested nine suspected members of a jihadi group Tuesday in raids that might help resolve recent deadly attacks in Belgium and France.

Police said the arrested were one Spaniard and eight Moroccans living in Catalonia between 30 and 40 years old.

A regional police spokeswoman said at least four of the detained are suspected of being linked to people arrested following the 2016 Brussels airport and subway attacks that killed 32 people and wounded 300 others. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with police regulations.

Regional police spokesman Josep Lluis Trapero told TV3 regional television that four of the detained were clearly members the Islamic State group. He said the arrests could help solve investigations into attacks in France and Belgium.

Trapero said the group was also being investigated for drug trafficking and other crimes.

A police statement said police made 12 raids in five Catalan towns including the regional capital, Barcelona.

It said the arrests followed an eight-month investigation in coordination with Belgian police.

Spanish police have arrested some 200 suspected jihadis since Spain raised its national security alert to one step below the maximum in 2015.

Source:  AP