Conflict watch: From Syria to Afghanistan, all you need to know about the week that was

The Turkish government continued to grapple with Kurdish militants who killed two police officers in a car bomb attack in the country’s southeast last Sunday.

Updated: September 21, 2015 12:12:19 am

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban insurgents raided a jail in eastern Afghanistan last Monday, setting 350 inmates free. The attack killed four police officers and wounded another seven. The Taliban fighters detonated an explosives-laden vehicle in front of the jail in Ghazni. Then six militants dressed in police uniforms raided the jail. Meanwhile, four people were killed and 41 injured in a suicide attack last Wednesday near Kabul.

YEMEN: Strikes by Saudi-led coalition aircraft killed 54 people across Yemen last Tuesday, including four children. In another set of airstrikes last Thursday that targeted the home of a Houthi leader in Sanaa, nine civilians were killed. The leader, Ibrahim al-Shami, was not in the house at the time. 14 pro-government troops were killed when a Saudi-led coalition airraid targeted their position “by mistake” last Friday. Firing from the rebel forces, on the other hand, killed five Saudi soldiers near its Yemen border.

PAKISTAN: Taliban gunmen killed 42 people, including 16 praying in a mosque, when they stormed an air force base last Friday in the deadliest Taliban attack on a military installation in the country’s history. The 13 militant gunmen were also killed in the attack on Badaber air base, near Peshawar. Just a day after the attack, 28 terrorists were killed after air force jets carried out strikes in different areas close to the Afghan border. Last Sunday at least 10 people were killed and 50 injured in Punjab province when explosives carried by a suicide bomber went off after the auto-rickshaw he was in collided with a bike.

TURKEY: The Turkish government continued to grapple with Kurdish militants who killed two police officers in a car bomb attack in the country’s southeast last Sunday. Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) militants killed three police officers Tuesday night in a bomb attack on their armored vehicle along a highway. Another five officers were killed in two separate PKK attacks last Tuesday carried in the southeastern provinces of Mardin and Hakkari.

GERMANY: An Islamic extremist was killed by police in Berlin after he stabbed a police officer in an terror attack last Thursday. The 41-year-old Iraqi citizen, identified as Rafik Mohamed Yousef, was shot dead by police after they got calls of a man wielding a knife. Rafik was one of three who were convicted for plotting to assassinate the former Iraq PM, Iyad Allawi, during his visit to Berlin in 2004.

NIGERIA: Nigerian soldiers last Saturday rooted out terrorists from the Boko Haram Takfiri group from two villages in the country’s northeast, freeing 90 people. Army said that “troops rescued 23 men, 33 women and 34 children from the terrorists” a day earlier.
— Compiled by Jamie Mullick

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