Afghan governor vows to fight on
KABUL, Afghanistan An Afghan warlord who led the worst factional warfare in the country since the fall of the Taliban vowed yesterday to fight on rather than step down as governor of a province where tribal leaders refused to accept his rule.
Bacha Khan said he has 6,000 fighters ready to do battle again with forces loyal to the town council, or shura, of Gardez, that opposes his appointment as governor of surrounding Paktia province.
“They are no town council,” Mr. Khan said. “They are an al Qaeda council and a Taliban council.”
The shura leaders deny being al Qaeda or Taliban members and accuse Mr. Khan of being unscrupulous and corrupt. Fighting between the two sides in January killed at least 60 persons.
Jilted lover kills 10 and self in Africa
CAPE TOWN, South Africa Outraged at being dumped by his girlfriend, a South African man shot and killed her and nine others before turning the gun on himself, police said yesterday.
Seven more were seriously wounded in the shooting spree by security guard Bulelani Vukwana on Saturday night in the Mdantsane suburb of East London, about 560 miles east of Cape Town.
Police said Vukwana, 29, shot dead his girlfriend, Nulovuyo Mbenya, after they broke up over an argument. “After that, he went on a rampage and shot whoever he could see,” a police spokesman said.
Crime chief linked to consulate attack
NEW DELHI Federal investigators yesterday charged a suspected crime boss linked to an attack on a U.S. cultural center with sending explosives and weapons from Pakistan to India for an Islamic holy war.
Indian police say Aftab Ansari, also known as Farhan Malik, has close ties to Pakistani militants, including a man suspected of involvement in the abduction of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Mr. Ansari was extradited Saturday to India from the Gulf emirate of Dubai and was arrested immediately on charges of smuggling arms and explosives. Prosecutors said Mr. Ansari, an Indian citizen, and three others could face up to seven years in prison.
Arafat sends letter to Powell over ship
RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat insisted in a letter to the U.S. government yesterday that the Palestinians had no military ties with Iran and pledged not to smuggle in weapons, a senior Palestinian official said.
The letter, addressed to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, was in response to Israel’s seizure last month of a ship loaded with weapons in the Red Sea. Tel Aviv said the arms were from Iran and destined for areas run by the Palestinian Authority.
“The letter said that Arafat, who is responsible for the Palestinian people, will try and punish those who are involved in the issue of the ship,” the official told Reuters news agency.
Conference seeks help for Korean refugees
TOKYO The United Nations should spearhead relief efforts for North Korean refugees in China and Russia, delegates said yesterday on the final day of an international conference on human rights in North Korea.
Defectors who flee oppression and famine in North Korea often face new problems once they sneak across the border into neighboring countries.
Up to 150,000 North Korean migrants live in China, according to estimates by activists. If China were to classify them as refugees, they would be one step closer to receiving U.N.-supplied food and shelter. Instead, a treaty between allies China and North Korea requires Beijing to deport them