- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 29, 2002

Explosion rocks Kabul neighborhood
KABUL, Afghanistan A powerful explosion shook the northeastern part of the Afghan capital last night, shattering glass in a multistory apartment complex but causing no serious injuries. The blast occurred in the neighborhood of the U.S. Embassy.
A security chief at the Interior Ministry said the blast in a trash pile was detonated by about 11 pounds of explosives.
The explosion left a small crater and strewed rubble across the street from an apartment building. One woman was injured in the explosion, and several people were slightly injured by flying glass.

NATO ships in Hamburg moved after threat
HAMBURG, Germany Hamburg authorities relocated a fleet of NATO ships to a more secure part of the city's harbor yesterday after receiving information of a potential threat, a security official said.
British authorities had tipped off their German counterparts to information that their ships within the fleet could be facing threats from the open side of the harbor, Hamburg security official Walter Wellinghausen told NDR radio.
Hamburg authorities have become especially vigilant to possible terrorist threats in since the September 11 attacks. Former students in the city who were known as the Hamburg cell were reportedly involved in the attacks.

10 killed, 200 injured in Bangladesh blasts
DHAKA, Bangladesh At least four bombs exploded inside a packed movie house and a crowded circus show yesterday in southwestern Bangladesh, killing at least 10 persons and injuring 200, local police said.
Two bombs went off at a movie theater in Satkhira, 110 miles southwest of the capital, Dhaka, when a capacity crowd was watching the evening show. Within minutes and a few blocks away, two more bombs blew up in a crowded circus show at a stadium in the town center.
The explosions occurred as thousands of people, many of them children, were in the streets to celebrate Gurpukur Fair, a century-old festival honoring a local Hindu king. Muslims also participate in the festival.

14 die in stampede in Indian city
LUCKNOW, India At least 14 persons died and more than a dozen were injured as the result of a stampede yesterday after a mammoth political rally ended in the northern Indian city of Lucknow, police said.
The stampede at the railway station at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, followed a rally by the low-caste Bahujan Samaj Party, attended by 200,000 people.

France helps Ivory Coast as rebels advance
YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast France pledged logistical help to its embattled former colony of Ivory Coast yesterday as rebels moved to secure their territory ahead of a showdown with government forces.
U.S. Special Forces and French soldiers settled into makeshift staging points for any rescue missions for their nationals after overseeing an evacuation of thousands of Westerners from the threatened rebel-held city of Bouake.
The mutineers in the north spread out along the country's western border, meeting little resistance as they moved into Odienne and then pressed south to Touba, rebel and Western military officials said.

Zimbabweans vote in local elections
HARARE, Zimbabwe Zimbabweans in rural areas voted yesterday in elections for local councils, and the main opposition party said hundreds of its candidates were barred from running for office.
Ruling-party militants, backed by police, blocked about 700 opposition candidates from registering, officials from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change said.
About 20 opposition candidates were assaulted during campaigning, and at least 70 more were arrested on false charges, opposition officials said. The government has denied the charges.


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