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Suspected bomb bound for Germany found in Namibia

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 3:26 am

Bomb kills 18 in attack on Pakistan police

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 4:23 am

Mail bomb campaign in Athens reaches Germany

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 at 6:12 am

US suspects ‘dry run” in parcel bomb plot

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 8:12 am

Saudi key suspect, parcel bomb went on ‘passenger plane’

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 4:11 am

Colombia arrests third suspect in car bomb attack

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 7:26 am

BOGOTA, Aug 18, 2010 (AFP) – Colombian investigators have arrested a man suspected of involvement in an August 12 car bomb attack north of Bogota, outside a Spanish radio station, the prosecutor’s office here said.

The suspect, identified as Edison Moreno, is accused of helping prepare the vehicle that was used in the attack, officials said.

He was arrested south of Bogota, after being identified by other suspects in the case who have always admitted forging license plates for the stolen car used in the attack.

Investigators have not yet named those they suspect of masterminding the attack, which injured eight and did extensive damage to the nearby buildings, including a building housing the offices of Radio Caraco, a subsidiary of Spain’s Grupo Prisa.

The attack came shortly after the inauguration of President Juan Manuel Santos, who dealt severe blows to the country’s leftist guerrillas during a stint as defense minister.

“We are not going to be frightened, to be intimidated. We are not going to fall into this trap,” he pledged after the attack.

Colombia has been beset for years by violence involving leftist guerrillas, right-wing paramilitary death squads, and powerful drug cartels.

The last major attack in Colombia occurred March 24 when a car bomb exploded near the mayor’s office in the Pacific port of Buenaventura, killing nine people.

Then-president Alvaro Uribe blamed the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Source: SGGP

France to join Japan atom bomb ceremonies

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2010 at 7:21 am

PARIS, Aug 2, 2010 (AFP) – France will join Japan’s commemoration of the World War II atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the first time this year, the French foreign ministry said on Monday.

France will send its Japan embassy’s charge d’affaires to take part in the annual remembrance ceremonies in the two cities on August 6 and 9, a deputy spokesman for the ministry, Christine Fages, told reporters.

“It is the first time France has participated in this event,” she added.

As well as remembering the dead, France aims “to reaffirm its will to achieve a safer international environment allowing all aims of the Non-Proliferation Treaty to be fulfilled, notably in terms of nuclear disarmament.”

On August 6, 1945, a US B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, incinerating the city and killing 140,000 people in the first nuclear attack in history.

Foreign tourists pose for souvenir pictures in front of the altar for victims of the 1945 atomic bombing at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park in western Japan on August 1, 2010. AFP

Three days later, the United States dropped a second bomb on the port city of Nagasaki. About 70,000 of the city’s 240,000 residents died instantly or succumbed to their wounds or sickness.

The bombings led to Japan’s formal surrender in the war on September 2, 1945.

Source: SGGP

US to attend Hiroshima atom bomb memorial for first time

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2010 at 7:19 am

HIROSHIMA, Japan, Aug 3, 2010 (AFP) – Sixty-five years after a mushroom cloud rose over Hiroshima, the United States will for the first time send an envoy this Friday to commemorate the bombing that rang in the nuclear age.

Its World War II allies Britain and France, both declared nuclear powers, will also send their first diplomats to the ceremony in the western Japanese city in a sign of support for the goal of nuclear disarmament.

Japan, the only country that has ever been attacked with atomic bombs — first on August 6, 1945 in Hiroshima, and three days later in Nagasaki — has pushed for the abolition of the weapons of mass destruction ever since.

A Japanese couple prays before the altar for victims of the 1945 atomic bombing at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park in western Japan on August 1, 2010. AFP

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who arrives in Japan on Tuesday, will be the first UN chief to attend the ceremony.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirsky said Ban wanted to draw attention to “the urgent need to achieve global nuclear disarmament”.

In Japan, a pacifist nation since its WWII surrender six days after the Nagasaki bombing, memories of the nuclear horror still run deep.

“Little Boy”, the four-tonne uranium bomb detonated over Hiroshima at 8:15 am, caused a blinding flash and a fireball hot enough to melt sand into glass and vaporise every human within a one mile (1.6 kilometre) radius.

An estimated 140,000 people died instantly as the white-hot blast turned the city centre into rubble and ash, and in the days and weeks afterwards from burns and radiation sickness caused by the fallout dubbed the “black rain”.

The death toll from the second bomb, the plutonium weapon dubbed “Fat Man” that hit Nagasaki on August 9, has been estimated at 70,000.

Japan surrendered on August 15, ending World War II in the Pacific.

The United States has never apologised for the twin attacks which, surveys show, most Americans believe were necessary to bring a quick end to the war and avoid a land invasion that could have been more costly.

Others see the attacks as unnecessary and perhaps experimental atrocities.

The US ambassador to Japan, John Roos, is due to attend and lay a wreath “to express respect for all of the victims of World War II”, the US State Department said.

Since the end of the Cold War, worries have grown about the nuclear ambitions of states such as North Korea and Iran, and the threat of “non-state actors” such as militant groups getting the bomb.

US President Barack Obama outlined his long-term goal of a world free of nuclear weapons in an April 2009 speech in Prague that was cited as a key factor in his winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

“The existence of thousands of nuclear weapons is the most dangerous legacy of the Cold War,” Obama said, stressing that “generations lived with the knowledge that their world could be erased in a single flash of light”.

Pointing to the danger of terrorist groups acquiring the deadly technology, Obama said that “in a strange turn of history, the threat of global nuclear war has gone down, but the risk of a nuclear attack has gone up”.

A year later, in April this year, Obama signed a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia and hosted a 47-nation summit that pledged to stop militant groups from acquiring fissile materials.

Many in Japan expect Obama to become the first US president in office to visit Hiroshima when he travels to Japan in October for an Asia-Pacific summit, after he earlier signalled an intention to do so.

The group Mayors for Peace, which now counts 4,069 local governments worldwide, last week reiterated its call on nations to immediately start talks for an international treaty to eliminate all nuclear weapons by 2020.

Two decades after the Cold War ended, the United States and Russia still have more than 22,000 nuclear warheads between them, and France, Britain, China, India, Pakistan and Israel have a combined total of about 1,000, says the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.

The global stockpile has a blast capacity of 150,000 Hiroshima bombs.

Source: SGGP

Large bomb found in Hanoi’s suburb

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Large bomb found in Hanoi’s suburb

QĐND – Friday, June 25, 2010, 20:7 (GMT+7)

PANO – A MK82 bomb weighing 500 pounds was found on June 23rd in the area of a school equipment workshop of Bao Chinh Ltd., Tien Duong Commune, Dong Anh, Hanoi. 

According to Major Tang Van Chi, a Director of environmental processing and explosive application firm under Lung Lo Company, Engineering Corps, sappers found the bomb only 1 meter deep under ground when they were clearing the area.

According to experts, the bomb was made in the US and dropped in 1972. They said that if the bomb were exploded, it would create a crater with 20 meters in diameter and 6 meters in depth, and cause damage and human casualties in a 500 meter-radius area while the location of the bomb is only 100 meters away from national highway 3.

On the afternoon of June 24th, military engineers moved the bomb to a safe place and were preparing to defuse it according to the technical regulations.

Translated by Thu Nguyen
Photo: Dantri

Source: QDND

Istanbul bomb kills four as Kurdish violence flares

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm

ISTANBUL (AFP) – A roadside bomb blew up a bus carrying military families in Istanbul on Tuesday, killing three soldiers and a girl, as Kurdish rebels stepped up their separatist attacks.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed the blast on the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which had threatened attacks in Turkish cities after targeting the military in the southeast.

Policemen and officials inspect the wreckage of a military bus that following a roadside bomb blast in Istanbul. AFP

“The terrorist organisation knows very well that it will reach nowhere with such attacks… This is a deadend,” Erdogan said in parliament in Ankara.

There was no formal claim of responsibility after the Istanbul bomb and noone was immediately detained, officials said.

The bus, carrying soldiers and their families, was passing through the Halkali district, a suburb on Istanbul’s European side which is home to military lodgings, when the bomb went off early Tuesday.

“This is a terrorist attack,” Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu told reporters. “According to initial information, it was a remote-control bomb planted at the roadside.”

Three soldiers, on their way to work at the headquarters of Istanbul’s paramilitary police, and a 17-year-old girl, the daughter of an officer, were killed.

Twelve other people were injured and two were in serious condition, Mutlu said.

Police cordoned off the vehicle, whose windows were shattered and had a large hole in its trunk, an AFP photographer said.

The Turkish army said seven PKK militants were killed overnight in two separate clashes.

Five rebels were shot dead after they attacked a gendarme station in southeast Turkey, killing one soldier. Two others were killed in a security operation in the northwest.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist group by Ankara and much of the international community, threatened attacks in Turkish cities as it killed 12 soldiers over the weekend.

Most of the troops were killed when dozens of rebels assaulted a border unit at the Iraqi frontier, prompting a Turkish air raid on PKK hideouts in northern Iraq, where the rebels have long taken refuge.

The PKK has stepped up its violence since its leader Abdullah Ocalan, who is held in a Turkish prison, said through his lawyers last month that he was abandoning efforts to end the 26-year Kurdish conflict through peace talks with the government.

Ankara has rejected dialogue with the PKK though it has sought to boost Kurdish freedoms and economic development in the southeast in a bid to discourage separatism and cajole the rebels into laying down arms.

The faltering initiative, announced last year, has met with public hostility amid persisting PKK violence, but Erdogan insisted Tuesday he remained committed to reform.

“We will not step back… We will not disappoint our (Kurdish) people once again,” he said. “The terrorist organisation can never be the representative or the spokesman of our Kurdish citizens.”

The PKK targets mainly the security forces but it has carried out bomb attacks on civilians in the past.

In 2008, the group was blamed for two explosions at a crowded street in Istanbul’s Gungoren district, killing 17 people and wounding more than 150.

In 2005, five people, among them Irish and British tourists, were killed when a PKK militant detonated a bomb on a minibus in the Aegean resort of Kusadasi.

The PKK took up arms for self-rule in the mainly Kurdish southeast in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

Source: SGGP