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

Nine people were killed and 33 wounded last Sunday in a bomb attack at a football match in Paktika province. The government responded a day later with airstrikes that killed 85 IS men.

Published:October 5, 2015 2:44 am
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YEMEN: In the single deadliest incident since the civil war in Yemen started more than a year ago, jets with the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition bombed a wedding party on Yemen’s Red Sea coast last Monday, killing 131 civilians. At least 80 of the victims of the airstrike were reportedly women. Most of the fatalities occurred as there was no immediate means to transport the injured to the small nearby hospital. The Saudi Arabia-led coalition denied any role in the wedding party carnage. Meanwhile, a senior Saudi commander was killed in the country’s southwest near the border with Yemen. The commander was slain in rocket strikes from the Yemen side.

PAKISTAN: Three policemen and two suspected terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire between security officials and miscreants in Tank district last Tuesday. Pakistani forces killed 25 militants in airstrikes last Thursday near the border with Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif said last Saturday that his country wold not allow “even a shadow” of Islamic State and termed the group a greater threat than al-Qaeda.

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AFGHANISTAN: Nine people were killed and 33 wounded last Sunday in a bomb attack at a football match in Paktika province. The government responded a day later with airstrikes that killed 85 IS men. Taliban, meanwhile, managed to wrest control Kunduz for three days from government troops over the week. The city was taken back by Afghan troops after a day of intense fighting between the two sides. Doctors Without Borders said 19 people were killed Saturday when its clinic was bombed in Kunduz.

TURKEY: Clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurd rebels claimed 60 lives across the last week. More than 30 Kurdish rebels were killed overnight in a cross-border military operation in northern Iraq last Tuesday. Kurdish militants killed two police officers Monday in Adana. Turkey, meanwhile, said six rebels of the PKK were killed in Hakkari province. Turkey killed 19 in airstrikes Friday in Iraq’s Gara.

IRAQ: Twenty-four people were killed and 64 wounded when two suicide car bombs exploded in Baghdad last Saturday. IS claimed responsibility for the attack. Saturday seven people died in bombings and a shooting incident.

NIGERIA: Two suicide blasts in Nyanya and Kuje killed 18 people and wounded about 40 others. Meanwhile, four suicide bombers Friday killed 10 in Maiduguri.
— Compiled by Jamie mullick

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