Entries in Suicide Attack (15)


Security Guard Killed from Bombing Outside of the US Embassy in Turkey Identified

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ANKARA, Turkey) -- U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone said on Saturday that Mustafa Akarsu died a hero for protecting the U.S. embassy and saved his American and Turkish colleagues from a suicide bomber.

Akarsu was the only person killed from the embassy by a suicide attack that occurred on Friday, and he worked as a security guard for the U.S. embassy for more than 20 years, according to Ricciardone.

Hundreds attended Akarsu’s funeral on Saturday, including a dozen members of the U.S. embassy.

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Suicide Bombers Attack US Base in Kabul

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Two men wearing suicide vests blew themselves up near a U.S. base in the Afghan capital of Kabul early Wednesday, killing two Afghan guards. The Taliban has claimed responsibility.

According to police officials, the goal was to attack a U.S. base located in the area of the attack.

Kabul police chief Gen Ayub said the attackers wore private security guards uniforms.

Police on duty identified the attackers and opened fire on them. But at the same time, the attackers’ suicide vests exploded killing them and the two guards on duty.

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Suicide Attack Kills Three NATO Troops in Afghanistan

ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) – Another suicide attack in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of three more NATO troops Monday. The attack comes just a day after the 2,000th American casualty of the war in Afghanistan.

The insurgent crashed a motorcycle equipped with IEDs into a U.S. military convoy traveling in the eastern province of Khoost. According to local officials, three American ISAF soldiers and 11 civilians, including an ISAF-contracted translator, were killed in the attack. Another 50 or so were injured. 

The Taliban has claimed responsibility.

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Suicide Attacker Targets Funeral in Eastern Afghanistan

ABC News(JALALABAD, Afghanistan) -- As many as 25 civilians were killed when a suicide attacker blew himself up at a funeral Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan, a local government spokesman said.

The French news agency AFP reports that the suicide bomber was targeting the district governor, who was one of at least 36 people injured in the attack.

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Suicide Attacks in Afghanistan Leave Several Cops Dead

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Suicide attacks in western and southern Afghanistan on Tuesday left over a dozen people dead, including 11 police officers, according to local authorities.

In one attack, a suicide bomber driving a four wheel drive vehicle detonated his explosives at the entrance of the Guzara district building in Herat province.  The provincial police chief says more than 10 people were killed, including three policeman, and more than 20 others were injured.

Three other suicide bombers, armed with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, attacked the police office in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province.  A spokesperson for the provincial governor says one attacker detonated his explosives at the entrance of the building, while the other two attackers were killed by police.  Eight policemen died in the attack and a few others were wounded.

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At Least 20 Killed in Separate Attacks in Iraqi Cities

Getty Images(BAGHDAD, Iraq) -- At least 20 people were killed in separate attacks in Iraq on Sunday.

More than 18 police died and 26 were injured following a suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad near the Iraqi Police Academy.

In the northern city of Baquba, suspected al-Qaeda gunmen shot and killed four police informants, in addition, three law enforcement officials were also killed by gunmen at a security checkpoint in Abu Khamis, reports BBC News.

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Five Dead After Suicide Bombing in Southern Afghanistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KANDAHAR, Afghanistan) -- At least five people are dead and 14 others injured after a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a police checkpoint in southern Afghanistan Tuesday.

According to officials, the suicide attacker detonated his explosives to kill a border police officer at a checkpoint in Kandahar's first district. One officer and four children were killed in the bombing. Other children were also wounded in the blast.

The Taliban has since claimed responsibility for the attack. The Obama administration has expressed its eagerness to negotiate with the Taliban regarding Afghanistan's future, with Vice President Joe Biden recently commenting, "The Taliban, per se, is not our enemy."

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Suicide Attackers Storm Afghanistan Police Station

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Several suicide attackers stormed a police station in district five of Kabul City on Friday, and a gun battle between the attackers and Afghan security forces immediately followed.

The gunmen escaped after the battle.

The police station is located on the outskirts of Kabul on a main highway linking Kabul to Kandahar.

The Kabul police chief has confirmed the incident but little is known about those who may have been injured or killed.

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77 ISAF Troops Injured in Suicide Attack on Afghan Base

NATO(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Seventy-seven servicemembers of NATO's International Security Assistance Force were injured Saturday evening when a Taliban suicide bomber driving a truck full of explosives targeted a U.S. base in central Afghanistan.

The attack at Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Wardak province also killed two Afghan civilians and injured 25 others, according to NATO.

NATO said none of the injuries against its personnel were life-threatening, noting that "most of the force of the explosion was absorbed by the protective barrier at the outpost entrance."

"The explosion damaged the compound entrance and was not followed-up by any subsequent attacks," NATO added.  "The impact to the compound is readily repairable and operations are continuing."

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ISAF Admits Reporter Accidentally Killed by American

NATO(LONDON) -- The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has admitted it mistakenly killed BBC reporter Ahmed Omed Khpulwak in Afghanistan earlier this year.

The attack occurred in July when a U.S. soldier mistook him for an insurgent after troops responded to a militant attack in the town of Tarin Kowt in the southern Uruzgan province.

Khpulwak was one of 19 people killed in the attack.

NATO launched an inquiry after the initial reports that Khpulwak had been killed by insurgents were questioned. According to the report, the soldiers were responding to an insurgent attack on the offices of Radio Television Afghanistan and attempting to clear the building after two suicide bombers had detonated devices when they noticed a man "with something clinched in one of his fists and reaching for something on his person with his other hand.”

Based on the preceding events, the soldier assessed the situation and responded to Khpulwak’s actions as those of a suicide bomber. The report concludes that he was shot dead by the American soldier.

ISAF said Khpulwak's death was tragic and has expressed condolences to his family, but also expressed confidence that its soldiers had complied with the laws of armed conflict and rules of engagement.

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