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#1: Three bus passengers were killed and 12 others injured when a bomb planted in a parked motorbike exploded in Pakistan's insurgency-hit province of Baluchistan on Monday, officials said. The motorbike fitted with explosives had been left on the road linking the provincial capital Quetta with Iran, senior government official Naseebullah Bazai told AFP. The incident happened near Dreengar town in Mastung district, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Quetta. "Three people were killed and a dozen others were wounded. It was a remote-controlled bomb," Bazai said, adding that the bus was badly damaged. "The target of the attack was not immediately clear," he said.
#2: The Afghan Interior Ministry says an ambulance struck a roadside bomb, killing a pregnant woman who was being rushed to the hospital and four of her family members. The statement says the ambulance was driving on a road Monday in the northern province of Sar-e-Pul when it hit the buried explosive. It says the dead included two women and two children.
#3: Meanwhile, an official says another 4 civilians were killed in an attack in the east. Ghazni provincial spokesman Fazel Ahmad Sabawon says two women and two children died when a mortar fired by insurgents hit their home. He says the militants appeared to be aiming for a government building nearby, but missed their target. He says the incident happened in Ghazni province's Gilan district.
#4: Four Taliban militants lost their lives as their bomb went off prematurely in Afghanistan 's Paktika province, 155 km south of capital Kabul, Sunday night, spokesman for the provincial administration Mukhlis Afghan said Monday. "Four Taliban insurgents were busy in planting a bomb on a road in Jani Khil district last night to target security forces but the device went off prematurely killing all the four on the spot," Afghan told Xinhua. Three of the dead insurgents are Pakistani nationals, he added.
#5: Up to 33 Taliban insurgents have been killed in military operations carried out by the Afghan force and NATO-led coalition troops within the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Sunday morning. "Afghan police, army and coalition forces launched 10 joint cleanup operations in Kabul, Laghman, Parwan, Helmand, Uruzgan and Farah provinces, killing 33 armed Taliban insurgents over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.
#6: According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province district intelligence, national directorate for security (NDS) chief for Dangam was shot dead by unknowng gunmen on Tuesday. Provincial governor spokesman Wasifullah Wasif confirming the report said Dangam district NDS chief Hajji Ghulam Habib was assassinated by unknown gunmen today. Mr. Wasif further addded he was shot dead by unknown gunmen while he was meeting a local civilian.
#7: According to local authorities in northern Kunduz province at least 3 people including an Afghan child was killed following an explosion in this province. The incident took place late Monday afternoon in Imam Sahib district. Imam Sahib district chief Imanuddin Quraishi confirming the report said the incident took place inside a house where suspected militants were busy to manufacture improvised explosive device. Mr. Quraishi further added an Afghan kid along with 2 suspected militants were killed following the incident.
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