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9 dead, 45 injured in Delhi High Court blast

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NEW DELHI: At least ten people have been killed in an explosion outside the Delhi High Court on Wednesday morning, Geo News reported.

The explosion took place outside Gate No. 5 of the Delhi High Court at 10:17 AM injuring 45 others. The injured have been rushed to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and the Safdarjung Hospital with some of them reportedly in a critical condition.

Earlier, Union Home Secretary RK Singh confirmed that nine people died in the explosion.

UK Bansal, Secretary (Internal Security) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, said that the explosive device was kept in a briefcase. He said that the blast was of was well planned and of high intensity.

National Security Guard (NSG) and National Investigation Agency (NIA) teams have also reached the blast site.

NSG Director General Rajen Medhekar said that ammonium nitrate has been used in the blast.

“Whatever we could gather from the blast investigations is that it is an IED (improvised explosive device) with ammonium nitrate. We are working with the Delhi Police to get details,” said Medhekar.

The Delhi Police said that Gate No. 5 is one of the busiest areas of the Delhi High Court and have cordoned off the area. Gate no. 5 of the Delhi High Court is where the passes are made for the litigants and the explosion happened outside the reception.

Police officials said that about 100 to 200 people were waiting in queue to get passes for entry into the court complex.

Forensic experts have reached the site and are examining forensic evidence to find out the nature of the blast. Fire tenders and ambulances have also reached the blast site.

Court business is usually heavy on Wednesday which is listed as a Public Interest Litation(PIL) day when the visitors come to the court in large numbers.

Suspected Maoists attack CPI (M) party office

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Suspected Maoists torched a Communist Party of India (Marxist) party office and bombed a building housing a self-helf group in West Midnapore district, police said on Monday.

A group of suspected Maoists attacked a CPI (M) party office and set it ablaze at Dibibaksol under Jhargram police limit on Sunday night. Nobody was injured, police said.

The rebels also razed down a two-storeyed building by exploding a landmine at Khaerboni. A self-help group was operating from the building.

Five hurt as security forces fire on Indian Kashmir protest

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SRINAGAR, India – Five people were wounded Tuesday when Indian security forces opened fire on protesters who attacked their vehicles with stones during a demonstration against Indian rule, police said.

An Indian Central Reserve Police Force serviceman stops a motercyclist during a curfew in Srinagar

“Security forces had to open fire to ward off violent protesters who attacked security force vehicles with stones and bricks,” a police officer said, asking not to be named.

The incident took place in southern Pulwama district.

Four more people, including two policemen, were injured in two separate clashes between police and stone-throwing protesters elsewhere in Muslim-majority Kashmir valley, the officer said.

Since a wave of violent anti-India protests began in June, 111 people have been killed by security forces, mostly when they have opened fire on stone-throwing protesters during some of the biggest pro-freedom demonstrations in two decades.

Indian Kashmir has been under rolling curfews and strikes since the protests began on June 11, when a 17-year old student was killed by a police teargas shell in Srinagar.

On Tuesday, a curfew was imposed in parts of Indian Kashmir summer capital Srinagar to pre-empt a separatist march, police said.

In other parts of Srinagar, where a curfew was not in force, a separatist strike closed down shops and businesses.

The fresh violence came as Indian experts trying to defuse tensions in Kashmir have been holding a series of talks, despite opposition by separatists who have been spearheading the recent protests.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram said last week that the government had selected senior journalist Dilip Padgaonkar and professors M.M. Ansari and Radha Kumar to hold talks with separatists and other people in the troubled state.

The team arrived in Indian Kashmir summer capital Srinagar on Saturday.

They have held talks with jailed militants, university students, pro-India politicians, ordinary citizens and the region’s chief minister, Omar Abdullah.

3 Indian UN peacekeepers killed in Congo

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KINSHASA – Suspected rebels hacked to death three Indian UN peacekeepers in their camp in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Indian and Congolese armies said, in an attack condemned by the UN and the Congolese government.

A further seven Indian troops were wounded in the attack on Wednesday in Kirumba, which the Indian military and local officials blamed on the Mai-Mai, a Congolese tribal militia.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the killings and urged Kinshasa to launch an immediate inquiry to “ensure that the perpetrators are swiftly identified and brought to justice.”

In its own statement, the 15-member Security Council “condemned in the strongest terms” the attack.

The head of the UN mission in DR Congo, Roger Meece, said it was “a very sad loss,” but added that his forces would continue their efforts to beat the threat of armed groups.

“At about 1:50 am (2350 GMT Tuesday), under the cover of darkness, the Unit?s Company Operating Base at Kirumba was approached by five innocent looking civilians,” the Indian army said in a statement.

“They asked the post for assistance. While they were engaging the guard on duty with conversation, a group of approximately 50-60 rebels — probably Mai-Mai rebel group — attacked the periphery of the post, from the surrounding jungle,” the statement said.

“This lasted for approximately five minutes. The rebels merged into the forest, taking advantage of darkness.

“In the ensuing incident, Indian troops suffered three fatal casualties and seven injured.”

General Vainqueur Mayala, commander of the 8th military region of the DR Congo army, said the motive for the attack was unclear.

“They did not use firearms, but knives and machetes, and they killed three Indians and critically injured another three,” the general told AFP by telephone from Kinshasa.

The victims all served with the United Nations’ Organisation for Stabilisation in Democratic Republic of Congo, abbreviated to MONUSCO.

“I can only reiterate the shock I felt, the sadness for the loss of our soldiers,” Meece said at his weekly press conference in Kinshasa.

“It’s a very sad loss but I can assure you that we will pursue our efforts… against the threats posed by the various armed groups, including the group which launched the attack this morning.”

In the wake of the UN calls for justice the Congolese government promised late Wednesday to submit the killers to “the law in all its rigour” and “firmly” condemned the attack.

A statement issued by communications minister and government spokesman Lambert Mende said: “Inquiries are already well under way to identify the guilty parties who will have to experience the law in all its rigour.”

Kirumba is around 140 kilometres (85 miles) north of Goma, capital of the volatile North-Kivu province.

An Indian peacekeeper was shot and killed in North-Kivu in May this year, and another was killed in a gun battle in the province in 2005.

The head city official of Kirumba, Egide Karafifi, told AFP the attackers were wearing civilian clothes, had raphia palm coverings on their heads and were singing Mai-Mai songs.

The mission, earlier known by its French acronym MONUC, has been present in DR Congo since late 1999 and its new mandate to consolidate peace runs until June 30 next year.

The Mai-Mai are just one of a number of armed groups fighting each other and the army in the east of the country. They were integrated in the Congolese army but control their own territory in Sud-Kivu province and are intent on overturning the military command in the area.

49 people killed as trains collide in east India

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CALCUTTA, India – A speeding express train collided with a passengertrain at a station in eastern India early Monday, mangling the carriages and killing at least 49 people, railway police said.

In this image made from TV footage, a crowd gathers near crashed trains at Sainthia station, about 125 …

The crash happened about 2 a.m. when the Uttarbanga Express slammed into the stationary Bananchal Express as it left the platform at Sainthia station, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) north of Calcutta.

The collision destroyed two passenger cars and a luggage car, turning them into a tangle of twisted metal. The passenger cars were reserved for those on the cheapest tickets and such carriages are usually packed to capacity.

The force of the crash was so intense the roof of one car flew into the air and landed on an overpass above the tracks. Local residents climbing through the debris searching for survivors were later joined by rescue workers using heavy equipment to cut through the metal.

Rescuers recovered 49 bodies from the crash site and about 100 other people were injured, said railway spokesman Samir Goswami. The cause of the crash was under investigation, he said.

Accidents are common on India’s sprawling rail network, one of the world’s largest, with most blamed on poor maintenance.