- - Monday, October 31, 2011

AFGHANISTAN

5 killed in attack near U.N. office

KANDAHAR — Insurgents driving a suicide truck bomb and attacking on foot killed five people, including three United Nations employees, near the offices of the U.N.’s refugee agency in the southern city of Kandahar on Monday, officials said.

Afghan forces and the militants exchanged fire for nearly seven hours before the militants were killed.


One insurgent slammed an explosives-rigged pickup truck into a checkpoint near the UNHCR’s offices at about 6:10 a.m., and immediately afterward, three insurgents rushed into area, which houses several international aid organizations, the Interior Ministry said.

The insurgents seized control of at least one building, and the ensuing gunbattle with Afghan and NATO forces lasted until 1 p.m., the ministry said.

BOSNIA

U.S. Embassy attacker rejects court, cites ‘Allah’

SARAJEVO — A suspected radical Islamist accused of firing at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo said he did not recognize the authority of Bosnian courts, calling them “worthless” at his first court appearance on Monday.

“I would rather stay quiet. I am here because I was forced, but I don’t recognize this tribunal. In Allah’s house, it is worthless”, said Mevlid Jasarevic, 22, who was arrested after opening fire at the embassy Friday and wounding a police guard.

Mr. Jasarevic, himself wounded during the attack, had hoped to be killed by embassy guards, allowing him to die as a martyr, said his lawyer, Senad Dupovac.

EGYPT

Egyptians protest activist’s arrest

CAIRO — More than 3,000 Egyptians marched through downtown Cairo on Monday, protesting the military’s arrest of a prominent blogger-activist in the latest sign of discontent with the ruling generals’ managing of the country.

The activist, Alaa Abdel-Fattah, was ordered held by the military a day earlier for questioning.

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