- The Washington Times - Friday, August 11, 2006

AFGHANISTAN

NATO soldier killed in suicide attack

KABUL — A suicide car bomber struck a NATO-led convoy in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing one soldier, the alliance said.

The bomber plowed his explosives-laden pickup truck into the convoy in the Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province, said Maj. Vincent Tassel, a spokesman for the NATO-led force. The alliance did not disclose the nationality of the soldier.

A purported Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, claimed responsibility for the blast and said the bomber was an Afghan named Mohammad Ilyas.

PAKISTAN

Muslim militants attack military posts

DERA ISMAIL KHAN — Islamic militants fired dozens of rockets at two military posts in northwest Pakistan, an official said yesterday.

No injuries were reported in the renewed violence in South Waziristan, a tribal region along the border with Afghanistan where militants linked to al Qaeda and local tribesmen sympathetic to the Afghan Taliban militia operate.

The two posts were targeted in separate attacks Thursday in Shakai, a mountain valley and former militant stronghold north of Wana, the main town in South Waziristan.

SRI LANKA

Troops shell rebel positions

COLOMBO — Sri Lankan troops shelled Tamil Tiger positions in the northern peninsula of Jaffna yesterday shortly after launching air strikes elsewhere in the island, the rebels said.

The military began firing artillery across a de facto front line at Muhamalai in Jaffna, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam military spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan told Agence France-Presse.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The air strikes came as relief agencies awaited government approval to move into rebel-held areas of the island’s northeast where tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the conflict.

INDIA

Security increased at Taj Mahal

NEW DELHI — Authorities tightened security at the Taj Mahal, India’s famous monument to love, after top officials decided current arrangements were inadequate to thwart a terror strike, a report said yesterday.

More bunkers have been set up in Agra on the roads leading to the Taj after a security review Thursday and police units have been deployed on the side of the monument next to the Yamuna River, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Officials also want a “no fly zone” to be declared around the monument but so far defense authorities in New Delhi have not acted on the recommendation, the report said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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