- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 28, 2005

IRAQ

Woman carries out suicide bombing

BAGHDAD — A woman strapped with explosives and disguised as a man — in a traditional male robe and head scarf — blew herself up outside an Iraqi army recruiting center in a northern town yesterday, killing at least six persons and wounding 30.

It was the first known attack by a female suicide bomber in the country’s bloody insurgency.

Al Qaeda in Iraq took responsibility for the blast, saying in an Internet posting that it was carried out by “a blessed sister.”

The attack in Tal Afar, where U.S. and Iraqi forces routed militants in a major offensive two weeks ago, demonstrated the difficulty of maintaining security in the towns in the large northwestern region stretching to the Syrian border, where terrorists are most active.

ITALY

Terror simulation planned for Colosseum

ROME — The Italian capital will stage its first counterterror exercise Monday, with a simulated suicide bombing at the Colosseum landmark and two explosions on the subway and bus network, authorities said.

“This will be as realistic an exercise as possible, in the event of a serious attack,” Rome’s police chief, Achille Serra, told reporters yesterday, adding that about 500 volunteers would take part.

The authorities plan to stage the first “attack” at 9:30 a.m. with a “suicide bombing” among a crowd of tourists outside the city’s famous first-century Colosseum amphitheater.

VENEZUELA

U.S. lambasted for refusal to extradite

CARACAS — Venezuela yesterday criticized as “vile and sinister” a U.S. ruling that a Cuban exile wanted in connection with a 1976 airliner bombing could not be deported for trial in Caracas.

A U.S. judge ruled Tuesday that Luis Posada Carriles, a naturalized Venezuelan accused of masterminding the bombing that killed 73 persons, faced the threat of torture in Venezuela and in Cuba and could not be deported to those countries.

President Hugo Chavez, an ally of communist Cuba who often rages against U.S. foreign policy, said Mr. Posada is a terrorist and warned this year that his government could revise its diplomatic relations with the United States if he was not extradited.

AFGHANISTAN

Motorbike bomber attacks recruits

KABUL — A uniformed man on a motorbike detonated a bomb yesterday outside an Afghan army training center where soldiers were waiting to take buses home, killing nine persons and wounding 28 in a rare suicide attack.

The blast broke 10 days of relative calm after landmark parliamentary elections and underscored the terrorist threat still facing Afghanistan as it moves slowly toward democracy. It also added to fears that insurgents are copying tactics used in Iraq.

The attack targeted the U.S.-trained Afghan National Army, which numbers about 30,000 and is a key plank of international efforts to rebuild the country.

INDIA

Nations agree to glacier withdrawal

NEW DELHI — India and Pakistan have agreed to withdraw troops from an icy battlefield in the Himalayas but are at loggerheads on verifying each other’s positions before they pull back, the Indian defense minister said yesterday.

“We have agreed, they have agreed to withdraw troops from the present positions. There is no two opinions about it,” Pranab Mukherjee told Reuters.

But Islamabad will not agree to New Delhi’s demand that the two militaries mark their positions before demilitarizing the Siachen Glacier in Kashmir, he said.

Several thousand soldiers of the two countries have died on the glacier, the world’s highest battlefield, standing at an altitude of 18,000 to 22,000 feet in the mountains of northern Kashmir.

DENMARK

Santa compensated for Rudolph’s death

COPENHAGEN — The Danish air force has paid damages to one of the country’s many professional Santa Clauses after a blast from a low-flying fighter jet left Rudolph the reindeer lifeless, reports said yesterday.

The Father Christmas, whose real name is Olovi Nikkanoff and who lives on the central Danish island of Fyn, told TV2 station that he was devastated in February when he discovered his reindeer’s body.

The veterinarian who examined the beast concluded that Rudolph had died from the shock of the deafening noise made by the fighter plane.

After an official complaint from Mr. Nikkanoff, the Danish air force agreed to pay him $4,840 to buy a new reindeer.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide