Suicide attack on Kabul bus kills three

KABUL – A Taliban suicide bomber struck a government bus in Kabul on Sunday, killing three and wounding at least 16 others, officials said, the second such attack in less than a week in the Afghan capital. The bus was transporting employees of the attorney general’s office to their homes when a man on foot detonated explosives strapped to his body, they said. “We can confirm three dead including a woman among them, and at least 16 others were wounded, three of them were women,” Gul Agha Rohani, deputy police chief of Kabul, told AFP. “The shuttle bus was carrying the attorney general office staff to their homes when it came under attack,” Rohani said, with all casualties civilians. Kabul’s criminal investigative director Farid Afzali confirmed the account, putting the number of wounded at 18. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes after the launch of their spring offensive last month, saying a number of staff of the attorney general were killed and wounded in the attack. The Taliban are known to exaggerate and distort their public statements as part of a propaganda drive accompanying their campaign against the Afghan and US-led foreign forces who ousted them from power in 2001. Scores of shuttle buses take government and military personnel to work every morning in the capital, and they have often been targeted by insurgents despite efforts by security forces to provide better protection. This year’s Taliban push marks the first fighting season in which Afghan forces will battle the insurgents without the full support of US-led foreign combat troops. NATO’s combat mission formally ended in December...

Edhi Foundation Buries 27 Unclaimed bodies

LAHORE  – The Edhi Foundation buried at least 27 unclaimed bodies in Lahore in the month of April, a spokesperson for the charity said on Monday . The foundation provided ambulance services to at least 3915 patients during the last month and also shifted 48 bodies to the morgue after they died in road mishaps in different parts of the provincial metropolis. The welfare organization also provided free treatment and medicines to 6605 patients in its free dispensary in Allama Iqbal Town during the month of April. The spokesman further said that 365 patients including women and children were admitted to Edhi Home in Gulberg and Bilquees Edhi Home in Township out of which 344 were later sent to their homes after locating their home addresses. He said that volunteers of Edhi Foundation provided services in shifting 3915 patients from hospitals to homes and homes to hospitals. The foundation also served free food to 13,959 persons during the last...

IS gunmen massacre 45 Ismailis in Karachi

KARACHI – Pistol-wielding gunmen in Karachi Wednesday stormed a bus carrying members of the Ismaili minority, killing at least 45 in the first attack in the country officially claimed by the Islamic State group. “According to the initial information which we have received from hospitals, 45 people have been killed and 13 wounded,” Ghulam Haider Jamali, Sindh police chief told reporters at the site in Malir district. “Six terrorists came on three motorcycles; they entered the bus and began firing indiscriminately. They used 9mm pistols and all those killed and injured were hit by the 9mm pistols,” he said. The attack occurred in the city suburbs where Ismaili community had recently constructed residential apartments, Al-Azhar Garden. The bus would pick the residents from the apartments and take them to the central city areas including Water Pump, Aaisha Manzil and Karimabad, and then bring them back. Paramilitary Rangers and police conducted a series of targeted raids in Sohrab Goth and Safoora Goth neighbourhoods after the attack and arrested 70 suspects. Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the world Ismaili community, confirmed the toll in a statement sent by his office in France. “This attack represents a senseless act of violence against a peaceful community,” the philanthropist and business magnate said.  ...

Islamic Relief USA Feeding  and Sheltering the Most Vulnerable in Nepal

  Islamic Relief USA is providing 500 meal packages and more than 700 tents to those affected by the recent Gorkha earthquake in Nepal.   More than 7000 Nepalis have been reported dead and millions of others are homeless or displaced. At times of such destruction, it’s critical for humanitarian aid organizations and agencies to get on the ground, assess the needs of the people, prioritize the emergency response and collaborate with other NGO’s so as not to duplicate efforts and waste valuable resources.   Generous Islamic Relief USA donors have already contributed  $110,000 USD to provide a one week supply of food to 4,500 households in four of the most affected districts of Nepal: Dhading, Gorkha (the earthquake epicenter),   Lamjung and Sindhupalchowk. Each food package contains the following for a family of five: rice, dal, oil, biscuits, noodles, salt and a Matchbox. Five-hundred food packages have already reached the most vulnerable people in Sindhupalchowk. The remaining food packages are scheduled for delivery in the coming days.   IRUSA Disaster Response Team Director W. Derrick Lea said that local residents were really grateful for the help, as they usually keep a couple of weeks supply of food during this time of year to prepare for the monsoon season and many lost everything during the earthquake.   “Even though the people of Nepal have in many cases lost all their material goods, they have a spirit that you can’t help but be encouraged by observing their fortitude in these difficult times,” he said.   For more protection from the rains and due to the impending monsoon season, Islamic Relief...

Al Imdaad Foundation Australia is ready to distribute 500 food pack in Nepal

  After the powerful earthquake in Nepal, Al-Imdaad Foundation (AIF) teams have been mobilized and are responding to the disaster. The team has joined the network of NGO’s and Relief organisations that are responding to the request for international humanitarian relief.   Al Imdaad Foundation Australia purchased and packed 500 food and hygiene packs. It’s almost 1 am on May 5, 2015 in Nepal and the team has just packed the last of the boxes into the truck. Tomorrow AIF will be distributing them to a predominantly Muslim region in Gorkha, 5 hours away, very close to the epicenter of the quake.   Source:...

Taliban kill 17 Afghans but say they ‘welcome’ peace push

 KABUL — Taliban militants who have been waging war on the Afghan government for more than a decade expressed a willingness on Monday to soften their position on a range of issues, an apparent shift that could lead to peace talks.   But despite those positive signs after two days of informal talks in Qatar, a wave of Taliban attacks targeting police checkpoints late Sunday night in the remote Afghan province of Badakhshan killed at least 16 police officers.   The insurgents said in a statement to media that the assaults were part of their annual spring offensive, which began late last month.   And on Monday morning, a Taliban suicide bomber struck a bus carrying government workers in the capital, Kabul, killing one person and wounding 13. The Taliban also claimed responsibility for that bombing. The attacks underscored how elusive peace is after decades of war in this Central Asian country.   During the informal discussions between Afghan government representatives and those of the Taliban in Qatar, both sides emphasized that peace talks were not on the agenda.   The Taliban have so far ignored calls from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for the group to join the government. However, their statement following Qatar meetings indicated flexibility on previously intractable issues such as the presence of foreigners in Afghanistan and acceptance of a constitution.   ‘‘The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan once again as a policy clearly states that it does not want to harm others and also won’t allow anyone to use Afghan soil against others,’’ it said, using the group’s formal name. The statement said that ‘‘for the...