At least 27 killed in Baghdad twin suicide attacks

A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up in central Baghdad early Monday, killing 27 people and injuring much more in the second attack in the Iraqi capital in three days.

“Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Tayyaran Square in central Baghdad,” said General Saad Maan, spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, which includes the army and the police.

The attackers struck during rush hour at the place which is a bustling centre of commerce and usually crowded by labourers seeking work. The second explosion came less than 10 minutes later.

There was no immediate claim for the bombings, which came just as electoral coalitions began taking shape this week ahead of expected national elections in May. Previous elections have also been marked by such terrorist activities. Monday’s violence raised concerns that despite the military victory over ISIS, this campaign season would be no different.

In December last year, the government had announced the “end of the war” against IS, expelling it from the Baghdad region and other urban areas of Iraq that it earlier controlled.

Sources – Financial Express, The Washington Post

Son of Taliban leader dies carrying out suicide attack

The son of current Taliban supreme leader Mawlavi Haibatullah Akhundzada died carrying out a suicide attack in the southern province of Helmand district. Reported by Reuters, the news broke out on a website affiliated with the Afghan Taliban.

The attacker is identified as Abdul Rahman, who registered himself to carry out the attack even before his father, current supreme leader replaced his predecessor in 2016. On Thursday morning, the insurgents began a series of fresh attacks in the southern province using High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle ( HMMWV) which belonged to the Afghan security forces. Rahman smashed the vehicle laden with explosives into the base of the forces on Saturday.

Rahman’s father, Mawlavi Haibatullah was appointed as the leader after his predecessor died in a drone attack in Pakistan operated by the American forces in May, 2016. Until his leadership, suicide attacks were mainly carried forward by close relatives and associates. Haibatullah has become the first supreme leader whose son sacrificed his life,” a Taliban spokesperson said.

The government officials are speculating the nature of the attack was to control the opium fields in the region. Security officials also said that with the recent, the insurgents were able to penetrate their first line of defense.

Sources: Daily News, Indian Express

Deadly blast hits Kuwait during Friday prayers


The attack killed at least 13 people. PC:
The attack killed at least 13 people.

Dubai (Kuwait), July 26: A suicide bomber attack at a Kuwaiti Shia Muslim mosque killed at least thirteen people in Kuwait City during Friday prayers. The attack also targeted Imam al-Sadeq Mosque in the Sawaber district. The exact number of casualties was expected to rise, according to local media outlets, as several casualties were in critical condition.

Saad al-Ajmi, Kuwait’s former information minister, told Al Jazeera that the attack was a reminder that no country was “immune from terrorism”. Ajmi said Kuwait had “a good record” in its relationship between Sunni and Shia groups, and was a small country with good security.

Militant group ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide attack. Kuwaiti parliament member Khalil al-Salih said worshipers were kneeling in prayer when a loud explosion ripped through, damaging the walls and ceiling. He said a suicide bomber who looked to be under 30 years of age caused the explosion and that he saw several bodies covered in blood on the floor.

For more information log on to Reuters and Al Jazeera

Nine more lives taken by Taliban blast

Another suicide bomber attack of Taliban killed nine people amongst which a senior minister of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was also included. The blast which took place in the south western city of the nation, Peshawar, left 20 people injured in addition to the number of casualties.

Loss of lives...again
Loss of lives…again