Taliban militants kill five police forces in western Afghanistan

AfghanistanKabul  - Taliban militants stormed a police post in western Afghanistan overnight and killed five police forces, officials said Sunday.

Dozens of militants driving several vehicles overpowered the policemen, who were manning a checkpoint in Karez Shaikha area of western Farah province, said deputy provincial governor Mohammad Younus Rasouli.

"Tens of enemy forces attacked one of our police posts in an area some 20 kilometres from center of Farah city last night and killed five policemen," Rasouli said.

At least 13 killed in latest Afghan violence

At least 13 killed in latest Afghan violence Kabul  - Five Afghan security guards, two civilians, five suspected militants, and two unidentified persons were killed by Afghan and international forces in the latest clashes and explosions in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday.

A bomb hidden in a bicycle went off Saturday in Kandahar city, capital of the province of the same name, killing two civilians including a woman and wounding four more, provincial police chief Matiullah Qateh said.

At least four Taliban killed in clashes in Afghanistan

AfghanistanKabul - Afghan and international forces killed four suspected militants in two opera

Australia investigates deadly explosion on refugee boat

AustraliaSydney- Authorities have begun interviewing witnesses to a deadly explosion on a fishing boat carrying 49 Afghan refugees off Australia's west coast as another boat with 100 asylum seekers aboard was heading toward Australia Saturday, news reports said.

All surviving passengers, along with two crew members and 51 Australian Defence Force personnel, are to be interviewed as part of the investigation into the cause of Thursday's explosion, which left three people dead, two missing and 31 injured, some with serious burns.

Pak needs more aid to pre-empt global terror strikes from its soil: Holbrooke

PakistanTokyo, Apr. 16 : The US Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke has said that the international community should ensure giving more financial aid to Pakistan, as the terrorist groups based on its soil are on the verge of carrying out attacks around the world.

Addressing delegates at the donors’ conference here in which countries have pledged five billion dollars for Pakistan as aid, Holbrooke said the world must keep supporting the country.

“The terrorists in western Pakistan are planning other attacks around the world. So, we should remind ourselves that the problem is far from over,” The News quoted Holbrooke, as saying.

Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (Hekmatyar) contacts US for troops pullout

Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (Hekmatyar) contacts US for troops pulloutPeshawar, Apr. 18 : The United States based Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) (Hekmatyar) stalwart Daud Abidi has confirmed holding meetings with high-ranking American officials and handing over a letter of Engineer Hekmatyar addressed to US President Barack Obama.

"Yes, I held three meetings with high ranking US authorities," Daud Abidi remarked in a telephonic conversation with The Nation on Friday. He said that all such meetings were held on behalf of Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan headed by Engineer Gulbadin Hekmatyar.