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US asks citizens to defer non-essential travel to Pakistan

The US has asked its citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan.

Published: September 8, 2013 1:29:57 am

US asks citizens to defer non-essential travel to Pakistan

Washington: The US has asked its citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan,noting that presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a potential danger to them throughout the country. The warning replaces previous one issued last month to remind US citizens of ongoing security concerns in Pakistan. On August 9,the State Department had ordered departure of non-emergency US government personnel from its Consulate General in Lahore. PTI

Nigerian army kills 50 Islamists in stronghold

MAIDUGURI: Nigerian soldiers have tracked down and killed 50 members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram in its northeastern stronghold,an army spokesman said on Saturday. Army units mounted the operation after suspected Boko Haram fighters killed 20 people in two attacks on Wednesday and Thursday in villages in northeastern Borno state. reuters

Pak frees 7 Afghan Taliban commanders

Islamabad: Seven Afghan Taliban leaders,including Mansoor Dadullah,were Saturday freed by Pakistan to boost the troubled reconciliation process in Afghanistan,taking the total number of commanders released so far to 33. “To further facilitate the reconciliation process,Pakistan is releasing seven Taliban detainees,” the Foreign Office said in a statement. PTI

Taliban release abducted Afghan MP

kabul: The Taliban Saturday claimed that an Afghan woman MP held hostage by the militant group since August 10 has been freed in exchange for six prisoners who were relatives of their fighters. Fariba Ahmadi Kakar,one of the 69 woman Afghan MPs in the 249-seat of the lower house of Afghanistan’s parliament,and her three children were taken at gunpoint last month by insurgents in the central province of Ghazni on the main highway from Kabul to Kandahar city. PTI

IED blast at Cairo police station,no injuries

CAIRO: An improvised hand grenade exploded at a police station in Cairo Saturday,but caused no injuries,Egyptian state television reported. Experts arrived at the police station in Bulaq El-Dakrum to search the area,state news agency MENA said. reuters

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