DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Plane carrying 5 Iranian-Americans freed by Iran in prisoner swap lands in Doha, Qatar.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Plane carrying 5 Iranian-Americans freed by Iran in prisoner swap lands in Doha, Qatar.
Armenia said its forces had suffered an unspecified number of “casualties” after Azerbaijani troops opened fire in a border region.
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Some 600 British soldiers will be deployed in northern Kosovo amid concern over violence and the build-up of Serbian military in the region, Nato has confirmed.
The Serbian army has cut the number of troops stationed on the border with Kosovo by nearly half, top Serbian military officials said on Monday, denying U.S. and other reports of a mass military buildup in the wake of a shooting over a week ago that killed four people and raised fears of instability in the volatile region. Troop numbers are now at their “regular” level of some 4,500 soldiers, reduced from 8,350 in the wake of violence on Sept. 24 in northern Kosovo between heavily armed Serb gunmen and Kosovo police, the Serbian Army Chief of Staff Gen. Milan Mojsilovic said at a press conference. Mojsilovic and Serbia's Defense Minister Milos Vucevic also denied reports by Kosovo officials that the Serbian army trained and armed the group of some 30 men involved in the shootout in the northern Kosovo village of Banjska that left a Kosovo police officer and three insurgents dead.
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A "terrorist attack" took place near Turkey's parliament in Ankara on Sunday leaving two police officers injured, the interior ministry said. The powerful explosion, which was followed by large flames, was heard for several kilometres from the site of the attack.The ministry said two attackers arrived in a commercial vehicle around 9:30 am (0630 GMT) "in front of the entrance gate of the General Directorate of Security of our Ministry of the Interior, and carried out a bomb attack.""One of the terrorists blew himself up and the other was neutralised," the ministry added on social media, saying two officers received "minor injuries".The targeted district is home to several other ministries and the Turkish parliament, which was due to reopen today with an address from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Turkish media.Media said the president was due to speak to deputies during the day's session.TV channel NTV reported gunfire in the cordoned-off area after the explosion, where many police vehicles and ambulances were seen.The Ankara police headquarters said on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, that it was carrying out "controlled explosions" of "suspicious packages" to prevent other explosions.The Ankara prosecutor's office said it was opening an investigation and banned access to the area.Local media was asked to stop broadcasting images from the scene of the attack.Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.- Ankara attacks -Erdogan was set to speak during the opening of this parliamentary session, which must validate Sweden's entry into the NATO alliance.Hungary and Turkey in July lifted their vetoes against Sweden's entry into the Atlantic alliance, but have been slow to ratify its membership.Erdogan indicated in July that ratification by the Turkish parliament would not take place before October, but it is expected to be approved during this parliamentary year. For months, Erdogan has been putting pressure on Sweden to take action against Koran desecrations that have strained relations between the two countries. Finland became NATO's 31st member country in April, after three decades of military non-alignment and in the midst of the war in Ukraine.The capital Ankara has been the scene of several attacks, particularly during the years 2015 and 2016 -- many claimed by the outlawed separatist group the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), or the Islamic State group. The PKK, which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984, is blacklisted as a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies.PKK-affiliated Kurdish militants control most of northeastern Syria.In October 2015 an attack in front of a central station in Ankara claimed by the Islamic State group killed 109 people.The most recent bomb attack in Turkey was in a shopping street in Istanbul in November 2022, where six were killed and 81 were injured.There was no claim of responsibility, but Turkey accused the outlawed PKK of being behind the attack and said it had detained 46 people including a Syrian woman suspected of planting the device.The bombing took place in the popular shopping street of Istiklal Avenue on a Sunday afternoon. bg-ach/rox/lcm
STORY: Turkey's government said two terrorists carried out a bomb attack in front of the interior ministry buildings in Ankara on Sunday (October 1). It said that one died in the explosion and the other was "neutralized" by authorities there.A recording of CCTV footage showed a person getting out of a vehicle and running towards the government building, followed by clouds of smoke from an explosion.A senior Turkish official told Reuters the attackers had hijacked the vehicle and killed its driver in Kayseri, a city 161 miles southeast of Ankara, before carrying out the attack. Two police officers were also wounded in the incident.Police announced they would also be carrying out controlled explosions for "suspicious package incidents" in other parts of Ankara.Authorities did not identify any specific militant group.The blast on Ataturk Boulevard was the first in Ankara since 2016, when a bomb-laden car exploded at a crowded central transport hub killing 37 people. During a spate of violence in 2015 and 2016, Kurdish militants, Islamic State and other groups either claimed or were blamed for several attacks in major Turkish cities. The incident also comes on the day that Turkey's parliament was set to open a new session.Ankara's chief prosecutor has launched an investigation into Sunday's incident.
ANKARA (Reuters) -Two attackers detonated a bomb in front of Turkish government buildings in Ankara on Sunday, leaving both of them dead and two police officers wounded, and a Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility for the attack. Authorities called it the first terrorist attack in the capital in years. CCTV footage obtained by Reuters showed a vehicle pulling up to the Interior Ministry's main gate and one of its occupants quickly walking toward the building before being engulfed in an explosion, while the other remains on the street.
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Turkish authorities have detained 20 people with alleged links to the Kurdish militant group that claimed responsibility for Sunday’s suicide bombing of a government building in Ankara. More than two dozen “operations” were carried out in Istanbul and Kırklareli, a city in Turkey’s far north-west, interior minister Ali Yerlikaya said on Monday. The arrests come a day after two suicide bombers attacked Turkey’s interior ministry in a busy part of the capital that is home to many government buildings and businesses.
Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes on suspected Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq on Sunday following a suicide attack on a government building in the Turkish capital, Turkey's defense ministry announced. Earlier on Sunday, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device near an entrance of the Interior Ministry, wounding two police officers.
Tuareg rebels in Mali said Monday they captured another military base from the army in the country's north as fighting intensifies. Attaye Ag Mohamed, spokesman for the Azawad armed movement, told The Associated Press that the rebels seized the military base in the city of Bamba between Timbuktu and Gao on Sunday, as part of a broader strategy to weaken the Malian army. Mali’s ruling junta didn’t comment on whether the base was taken but posted a statement Sunday on the platform X, formerly known as Twitter, saying there was intense fighting between its forces and “terrorists” in Bamba and that details would follow.
Azerbaijan’s prosecutor general issued an arrest warrant for ex-Nagorno-Karabakh leader Arayik Harutyunyan Sunday as the first United Nations mission to visit the region in three decades arrived in the former breakaway state. Harutyunyan led the breakaway region, which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but was largely populated by ethnic Armenians, between May 2020 and the beginning of September. Azerbaijani police arrested one of Harutyunyan’s former prime ministers, Ruben Vardanyan, on Wednesday as he tried to cross into Armenia along with tens of thousands of others who have fled following Baku’s 24-hour blitz last week to reclaim control of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Yemen’s state-run carrier has suspended the only air route out of the country's rebel-held capital to protest Houthi restrictions on its funds, officials said Sunday. Yemen Airways canceled its commercial flights from Sanaa's international airport to the Jordanian capital of Amman. The airline had been operating six commercial and humanitarian flights a week between Sanaa and Amman as of the end of September.
Five Papuan independence fighters were killed in a clash between security forces and a rebel group in Indonesia’s restive Papua region, police and rebels said Monday. A joint military and police force killed the five fighters from the West Papua Liberation Army, the armed wing of the Free Papua Movement, in a battle on Saturday with dozens of rebels armed with military-grade weapons and arrows in the hilly Serambakon village in Papua Highland province, said Faizal Ramadhani, a national police member who heads the joint security force.
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Pakistani Taliban fighters attacked a police post in eastern Punjab province early Sunday, killing one officer and injuring three others, and triggering a shootout that killed two of the attackers, officials said. The attack occurred in the Mianwali district of Punjab province and led to an intense exchange of fire as reinforcements arrived at the besieged police post, said Imran Nawaz, a spokesman for the counterterrorism police. A group of 10 to 12 militants attacked the Kundal police post in the Easa Khel area of Mianwali, close to the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, after midnight, Nawaz said.
Large parts of Poland’s capital come to standstill as Tusk tell supporters ‘change for the better is inevitable’