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An official says 12 people have been killed and 40 others wounded in a car bombing outside a sports stadium in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

Aminullah Abed, the chief of the province’s public health department, said the 12 killed and 40 wounded were received at a hospital in the province’s capital, Lashkar Gah, on Friday.

The explosion occurred after celebrations over the Afghan new year were winding down and revelers were on their way home, he added.

Read more: Washington Post

Gunmen have fired on police out jogging in Carcassonne in the south of France, before taking hostages at a supermarket in nearby Trèbes, firing on police before taking a number of people hostage, according to local media reports. Local authorities are treating the incident as a possible terrorist attack.

France’s interior ministry confirmed a response was underway by police and security services.

One of the gunmen claimed allegiance to Isis, AFP reported, citing French prosecutors.

Trèbes is located roughly mid-way between Toulouse and Montpellier.


Source:  Independent (UK)

At least 14 people were killed in an explosion outside a busy hotel in Somalia’s capital on Thursday that was followed by gunfire, police and rescue services said.

Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants claimed responsibility. The group carries out frequent bombings and other attacks in Mogadishu in a campaign to topple Somalia’s Western-backed federal government.

“The blast killed 14 people,” Abdiasis Ali Ibrahim, the spokesman for the internal security minister told Radio Mogadishu, which is run by the state.

Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin ambulances, had earlier said 22 people were injured in the blast.

Al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman said his group had been “behind the blast”, adding that the dead included soldiers and officers.

Reuters TV footage showed civilians carrying the wounded on makeshift stretchers to vehicles from Amin, which is the city’s sole ambulance service and is privately-run, as security forces stood around with guns.

At least five three-wheel scooters that were passing on the road had been overturned by the blast.


Source:  Reuters

The central Illinois men being held without bond on bomb plot charges are part of an anti-government militia group that "uses guerilla warfare tactics" to take back America.

During online videos that have been linked to the defendants, several masked men pledge allegiance to the "White Rabbit Three Percent Illinois Patriot Freedom Fighters Militia."

According to federal investigators, the 47-year old ringleader Michael Hari enlisted two other residents of Clarence, Illinois--Michael McWhorter, 29 and Joe Morris, 22 in a bombing plot at two Midwestern locations. Last August the trio drove to Bloomington, Minnesota and blew up a mosque there, court records state. Prosecutors say McWhorter told officials the attack was aimed at scaring Muslims into leaving the U.S.

Read more: ABC 7 (Chicago)

The plot to bomb an apartment complex housing Somali immigrants in western Kansas was just the beginning of a plan by three militia members to “exterminate cockroaches,” a prosecutor told jurors Thursday.

“Defendants wanted to send the message Muslims are not welcomed here — not in Garden City, not in Kansas, not in America,” prosecutor Risa Berkower said.

The comments were made during opening statements in the trial of Gavin Wright, Patrick Stein and Curtis Allen on charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction for allegedly planning to detonate truck bombs in the meatpacking town of Garden City, 220 miles (350 kilometers) west of Wichita. Stein also faces weapons-related charges and Wright has an additional charge of lying to the FBI.

Read more: Washington Post