Australian suicide bomber kills 5 in Iraq
Five people died and 90 were injured when an Australian suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest near a Shi’ite mosque in the heart of Baghdad. The extreme Islamist group ISIS claimed reponsibility and named him only as as Abu Bakr al-Australi. News.com has since reported that Australian intelligence sources say he was a Sydney teen who left Australia last year at 16, declaring he wished to “become a martyr”.
Tunisian soldiers killed by gunmen
Gunmen attacked military checkpoints near the Algerian border, killing 14 Tunisian soldiers and wounding 20, Tunisia’s ministry of defence announced. The gunmen were allegedly carried rocket-propelled grenades. Thousands of Tunisian troops have been deployed in the area since April to counter displaced al-Qaeda-affiliated fighters driven out of Mali last year with French military backing.
Chinese protestors attempt suicide
Twelve protestors have attempted suicide by drinking pesticides in protest against what they said were administrative injustices by China’s Communist Party. The petitioners, from Guizhou and Jiangsu provinces, travelled to Beijing to stage their protests outside the headquarters of China Youth Daily, a state-run newspaper. Four of the protestors remain in critical condition.
Kabul airport attacked by Taliban
Taliban militants fired grenades and bullets at Kabul Airport on Thursday in a four-hour attack that disrupted military and civilian traffic. Police special forces were sent in and killed four militants who had taken position on top of a nearby building. Afghan is still in a state of limbo as officials prepare to conduct a recount of votes cast in the disputed Afghani presidential election.
Putin denies Cuba spy base to reopen
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has denied allegations that Russia plans to reestablish the Soviet-era listening post, Lourdes, in Cuba, to spy on the US. The report was linked to news that Russia had cancelled most of Cuba’s multi-billion dollar Soviet-era debt during Mr Putin’s recent visit to Havana. – Compiled from internet and agency sources by Mohammad Rassawala