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21 killed in Parachinar vegetable market blast

From: The Express Tribune

At least 21 people, including two minors were killed and scores injured in a blast at Eidgah Market in Kurram Agency’s Parachinar area on Saturday.

The blast occurred in Eidgah Market’s Sabzi Mandi as people shopped for vegetables, killing at least 21 people and injuring over 50, political agent Kurram Agency Ikramullah told The Express Tribune.

parachinar blast
Hours after the incident, the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast.

A senior security official claimed that the explosion was caused by a remote control bomb, which went off at 8:50am, peak hours of business in the area. The official added that it was too early to draw conclusions.

This was the fourth attack in recent years in Parachinar’s Eidgah Market. According to a political administration official, 2016 was relatively peaceful in the area, however, this incident was going to cast a shadow of doubt regarding peace in the area.

A statement from Inter Service Public Relations confirmed 20 casualties and 30 injuries. Some of the injured will be airlifted to Kohat and Peshawar if needed, read the statement.

“There was a loud bang and a thick layer of smoke,” an eyewitness Shahid Hussain told The Express Tribune. “We had to carry most of the injured on our backs to private vehicles for them be shifted to the hospital,” he added.

Other eyewitnesses said they saw children soaked in blood after the bomb exploded. The official list of the those killed and injured displayed outside the agency headquarter hospital in Parachinar included names of two minors, who were killed in the incident.

January 21, 2017 Posted Under: News update   Read More

Two soldiers martyred by firing from Afghan side in S.Waziristan

Two soldiers were killed and another one was injured in cross-border firing near the Afghan border in the country’s northwest, officials said Sunday.

According to an Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) statement, unidentified gunmen from Afghanistan fired at a checkpost in Baramal area. Resultant, two soldiers identified as Idrees and Arshad embraced martyrdom while Saeed was injured. It said that security forces also gave a befitting response. A senior security official, requesting anonymity, told AFP that the incident took place in the Barmal area of South Waziristan, which shares its borders with Afghanistan’s Paktika province. The incident was confirmed by local administration officials and other senior security sources. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Separately, an improvised explosive device (IED) blast on Sunday inured five security personnel in Kuz Chamarkand area of Mohmand Agency, an ISPR official confirmed.

According to the official, five officials of the Frontier Corps were on routine patrolling in the area when an IED planted by a road blew off with a big bang, injuring them on the spot. Soon after the blast, other officials of the security forces rushed to the spot and shifted the injured soldiers to Agency Headquarter Hospital Ghalanai, Mohmand Agency. Those injured include Qaiser Hayat, Akbarullah, Asad, Sada Muhammad and Noorzeb. He said the officials of the security forces cordoned off the area and started a search operation. The official also confirmed that all the five soldiers were stable.

October 17, 2016 Posted Under: News update   Read More

COAS Gen Raheel calls PM Nawaz before NSC meeting

Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Shareef called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif before the meeting of National Security Committee (NSC) on Tuesday and informed him of the situation on the Line of Control (LoC).

Gen Raheel Sharif, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at PM House. INP PHOTO

The PM is chairing an inter-provincial National Action Plan (NAP) meeting which is attended by all the chief ministers, key federal ministers and military top brass to discuss progress on various points of the anti-terror plan.

National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. (retd) Nasir Khan Janjua, who is the chief of NAP Task Force, briefed the leadership on its implementation and the problems faced by the provinces.

After the NSA brief, the chief ministers are updating the participants about the status of NAP execution in their provinces.

The NSC, which will meet after the NAP deliberations, will discuss Kashmir issue and Indian aggression on the LoC. On Monday, a meeting of all the parliamentary parties was held at the PM House which fully backed the government on its stance on Kashmir.

The PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs, National Security Adviser, the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Services Chiefs, Director General ISI, Director General Military Operations and foreign secretary will be present at the meeting.

October 4, 2016 Posted Under: News update   Read More

Researchers find deepest hole in the world. See it here

The blue hole was found to just over 984 ft. deep, easily surpassing the previous record of 663 ft.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 5:20 – Chinese researchers have confirmed the world’s deepest underwater sinkhole, or blue hole, lies at a site in the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea.

The blue hole was found to just over 300 meters deep [984 ft.], easily surpassing the previous record of 202 meters [663 ft.], the researchers confirmed on Friday.

Traditionally known as Longdong, or “Dragon Hole”, the natural marvel is located at 16.31 degrees north latitude and 111.46 degrees east longitude in Yongle, a major coral reef of the Xisha Islands. Locals call the phenomenon the “eye” of the South China Sea.

Some local fishermen’s interpretation of the 16th-century classic novel, “Journey to the West”, point towards the sinkhole being the site where the hero’s weapon, a golden cudgel, originates.

The latest exploration project, which lasted from August 2015 until June this year, found the hole to be 300.89 meters [987.17 ft.] deep with a 130-meter-diameter-wide [426.5-foot-diameter-wide] entrance, said Fu Liang, head of the Sansha Ship Course Research Institute for Coral Protection, at a press conference on Friday.

Supported by the Sansha City Government on south China’s island province of Hainan, the institute explored the sinkhole using an underwater robot fitted with a depth sensor.

Researchers from the institute have also detected more than 20 fish species and other marine organisms present in the upper levels of the sinkhole.

The blue hole is almost oxygen free below 330 ft., meaning life is unlikely at its deepest extremities.

The findings have been recognized by an expert panel headed by Meng Wei, a leading academic with the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

A blue hole is a roughly circular sinkhole, with the name reflecting the color contrast between the dark blue inside the hole compared with the light blue water surrounding it.

Prior to the new findings, the 202-meter-deep [663-foot-deep] Dean’s Blue Hole on Long Island in the Bahamas was considered the world’s deepest known blue hole with an underwater entrance.

Panel leader Meng said blue holes are peculiar marine landforms that are important for marine research and the construction of marine projects.

The panel has also advised authorities to take measures to protect and exploit the unique blue hole in the future.

July 27, 2016 Posted Under: News update   Read More