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

Two powerful bombs exploded at a peace rally near the main train station in Ankara, killing at least 95 people and wounding 246 others.

October 12, 2015 1:03:45 am
Turkey blasts, bombs blast, peace rally blast Ankara, Turkish rally blast, Nigeria Suicide bombers, IS, world news Bodies of victims are covered with flags and banners after an explosion in Ankara, Turkey on Saturday. (Source: AP)

Turkey: Two powerful bombs exploded at a peace rally near the main train station in Ankara last Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 246 others in the deadliest attack in the Turkish capital in recent memory. The blasts took place near the city’s central train station as people gathered for a march organised by leftist groups. Meanwhile, a bomb blast killed one policeman and wounded six others in the Sur district of southeastern Diyarbak·r province last Saturday, the provincial governorate said in a statement.

Nigeria: Suicide bombers, some screaming “God is great,” killed at least 40 people in two northeastern Nigerian states last Thursday, including explosions in two mosques. Earlier in the day, Boko Haram Islamic extremists had attacked a rural military camp in northeastern Yobe state overnight but were repulsed by troops who killed at least 100 of the insurgents. Meanwhile, 17 people were killed in a series of suicide attacks in northeast Nigeria last Wednesday, as Boko Haram released a video saying its leader was still alive.

Syria: The Russian Defence Ministry said 200 Islamic militants, including two senior IS members, were killed in an attack last Friday in Syria as Moscow intensified its anti-terror operation in the Arab country. In an announcement on Friday, the ministry announced that Russian planes had struck the headquarters of the so-called Liwa al-Haqq militant group in Syria, killing 200 militants, including two IS field commanders. Meanwhile, IS captured a string of villages near Aleppo on Friday in a lightning attack that brought them closer to the prized city in northern Syria. In Tehran, state media reported that a senior commander in Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard was killed by the Islamic State group on the outskirts of Aleppo city, but it was not clear if Gen. Hossein Hamedani’s death was related to the new IS offensive.


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Afghanistan: The death toll may increase significantly from an October 3 airstrike by the United States Air Force that devastated the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz officials from the organisation said last Thursday, as the search continued for 24 staff members, many of them feared to be dead. The deaths of 12 hospital staff members and 10 patients have been confirmed in the American airstrike.

Iraq: At least 63 people were killed in a series of car bomb attacks in Iraq last Monday. One of the largest bombs was in the Shia-majority town of Khalis in the eastern province of Diyala, where 40 people were killed. Another attack in the town of al-Zubair, about 15km south-west of the oil town of Basra, is reported to have killed 10 people. A third bomb in Baghdad killed at least 13 people.

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