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Twin suicide bombers hit Damascus police station, killing 17

The Japan Times

BEIRUT โ€“ Two suicide bombers stormed a police station in the Syrian capital on Monday, killing at least 17 civilians and police, state TV reported, while a drone strike in eastern Syria killed 10 Hezbollah fighters who were helping Syrian troops battle the Islamic State group. The Syrian government is at war with the IS group as well as a local al-Qaida affiliate and an array of rebel groups, none of which immediately claimed the attack. He said the other bomber made it inside the compound, where police killed him, causing his bomb to explode. The blasts damaged the lower floors of the building, and shattered the windows along one side. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, said the Hezbollah fighters were killed Monday morning when their position came under attack from the sky.


Turkish police officer stabbed to death by suspected ISIS suicide bomber in Istanbul

FOX News

A Turkish police officer was stabbed to death in Istanbul late Sunday by a suspected Islamic State terrorist, state media reported. The knife-wielding attacker reportedly had been arrested on suspicion he was preparing to carry out a suicide attack, and was in custody en route to the police station when the stabbing unfolded. The suspect reportedly was shot and killed after the stabbing. The officer died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and the attacker was shot dead immediately after the attack. It is not yet known how the suspect was able to keep a knife hidden following his arrest.


Taliban uses drones to film attacks in Afghanistan

Al Jazeera

The Afghan Taliban has uploaded a drone footage showing a suicide bomber driving into a police base and blowing it up in the southern Helmand province. The fighters say the footage proves that they can now deploy drones as an "addition to their sophisticated possessions of advanced technologies". The 23-minute-long video, which begins with a self-proclaimed suicide bomber speaking in front of an explosives-rigged Humvee, was released on Saturday appears to be authentic, according to the Afghan defence ministry. "The remote-controlled drones to capture footage of their [Taliban] fighters conducting attacks is nothing but to instill fear among people and to indicate how far they can get in defeating us, but in fact, using a drone is not something they can call an achievement," Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the defence ministry, told Al Jazeera by telephone. "You can get a drone anywhere, in any shop.


Orlando gunman used gay dating app, visited LGBT nightclub on other occasions, witnesses say

Los Angeles Times

The gunman who attacked a Florida LGBT nightclub had attended the club before the attack and had used a gay dating and chat app, witnesses said. Kevin West, a regular at Pulse nightclub, said Omar Mateen messaged him on and off for a year before the shooting using the gay chat and dating app Jack'd. West was dropping off a friend at the club when he noticed Mateen โ€“ whom he knew by sight but not by name โ€“ crossing the street wearing a dark cap and carrying a black cellphone about 1 a.m., an hour before the shooting. "He walked directly past me. I said, 'Hey,' and he turned and said, 'Hey,'" and nodded his head, West said.


Afghan Taliban Appoints A New Leader, Kabul Urges Peace

International Business Times

The Afghan Taliban named an Islamic legal scholar who was one of former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour's deputies to succeed him Wednesday after confirming Mansour's death in a U.S. drone strike over the weekend. Within an hour of the announcement, a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a shuttle bus carrying court employees west of the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing as many as 11 people and wounding several others, including children. New Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada was named in a United Nations report last year as former chief of the Sharia-based justice system under the Taliban's five-year rule over Afghanistan, which ended with their ouster in 2001. Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of a feared network blamed for many deadly bomb attacks in Kabul in recent years, and Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, will serve as deputies. The announcement, following a meeting of the Taliban's main shura, or leadership council, ended days of confusion during which the Taliban declined to confirm the death of Mansour in a drone strike in Pakistan on Saturday.


Afghan Taliban Appoint A New Leader, Kabul Urges Peace

International Business Times

The Afghan Taliban named an Islamic legal scholar who was one of former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour's deputies to succeed him on Wednesday, after confirming Mansour's death in a U.S. drone strike at the weekend. Within an hour of the announcement, a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a shuttle bus carrying court employees west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing as many as 11 people and wounding several others, including children. New Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada was named in a United Nations report last year as former chief of the sharia-based justice system under the Taliban's five-year rule over Afghanistan, which ended with their ouster in 2001. Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of a feared network blamed for many deadly bomb attacks in Kabul in recent years, and Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, will serve as deputies. The announcement, following a meeting of the Taliban's main shura, or leadership council, ended days of confusion during which the Taliban declined to confirm the death of Mansour in a drone strike in Pakistan on Saturday.


Paris terror attacks suspect charged in shootout before Brussels bombings - Drone manufacturers combat growing terror threat

FOX News

Paris terror attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been charged over a deadly shootout with police days before the Brussels bombings. One Islamist suspect was killed and four police were wounded in a gun battle at an apartment in the Forest district of Brussels on March 15. The raid came three days before Abdeslam was arrested and a week before the Brussels attacks on 22 March. Abdeslam's lawyer Sven Mary told AFP: "He has been charged with attempted murder either alone or jointly." Abdeslam is due to be extradited to France in the coming days to face charges over last November's attacks in Paris.