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India       Examination of witnesses in IC-814 hijacking case to begin on August 2
India       Examination of witnesses in IC-814 hijacking case to begin on August 2
India       Examination of witnesses in IC-814 hijacking case to begin on August 2
India       Three NDFB terrorists killed in Assam encounter
India       Three NDFB terrorists killed in Assam encounter
India       Three NDFB terrorists killed in Assam encounter
India       Three unidentified terrorists killed in Manipur
India       Three unidentified terrorists killed in Manipur
India       Three unidentified terrorists killed in Manipur
Sri Lanka      Senior LTTE leader killed in claymore mine blast in Oddusudan
India      NLFT terrorists kill two persons; eight NLFT supporters held in Tripura
Bangladesh      Six killed in bomb blasts in Sunamganj, Sylhet
India      Naxalites attack Giridih district police chief in Jharkhand
Pakistan      PADC calls for interim national government
Pakistan      Freedom struggle is different from terrorism, says Foreign Minister Sattar
India      Explosives seized from bus, three arrested in Assam
India      NSCN-IM promises to respond positively to Kuki outfit’s cease-fire offer
India      Naxal front revives activities in Nizamabad district, Andhra Pradesh
Pakistan      Toll in Karachi bomb blast rises to 16; 12 Frenchmen among those killed
India      Andhra Pradesh government accepts PWG’s cease-fire offer
Pakistan      Al Qaeda behind Karachi bomb blast, says French Chief of Staff
India      Seven terrorists among nine persons killed in separate incidents in J&K
India      Three ULFA, two NDFB terrorists killed in separate encounters in Assam
Pakistan      Two police personnel killed in Rawalpindi
India      Naxals kill suspected police informer in Andhra Pradesh
Pakistan      Rocket attack on US quarters in Miranshah
India      Abducted village officials found dead in Manipur
India      LTTE sympathisers arrested in Tamil Nadu
Pakistan      300 Al Qaeda cadres present in the country, indicate intelligence reports
India      Naxal blockade in affect economic activities in Jharkhand
Sri Lanka      Parliament to debate on government-LTTE truce today, May 9
India      No unilateral cease-fire with ULFA, says Union MoS for Home ID Swami
India      Peace talks moving through despite rough sailing, says NSCN-IM
India      United Committee Manipur expresses fear over talks with NSCN-IM
Sri Lanka      Spy planes spotted over Vanni, claim reports
India      Maoists kill Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Jharkhand
India      Two suspected militants killed in Manipur
      
Pakistan      Two militants killed in Karachi
India      Police remand of IM operative Afzal Usmani and his nephew extended by Court
India      Arms discovery puts Andhra Pradesh Police on high alert, says report
Sri Lanka      India provides development assistance to launch several projects in Northern Province






 
 
 
 
India
Examination of witnesses in IC-814 hijacking case to begin on August 2

According to official sources, a designated court in Patiala, Punjab will begin examining the witnesses in the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane by five Pakistani nationals in December 1999.

The move follows framing of charges on April 28 against Abdul Latif alias Patel, Bhupalmar Damai alias Yusuf Nepali and Dilip Kumar Bhujel, who had helped the five accused and their two accomplices. The charges include murder, attempt to murder, wrongful confinement, kidnapping, grievous injury, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy along with offences under various sections of anti-hijacking law of 1982 and Arms Act.

In addition, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has also reportedly secured a ‘red corner’ notice against the five hijackers-- Ibrahim Athar, Sunny Ahmed Qazi, Zahoor Ibrahim, Shahid Akhter Sayed and Shakir -- and their two accomplices, Yusuf Azhar and Abdul Rauf, from the Interpol. The special court has also declared the seven absconding terrorist-hijackers as proclaimed offenders.

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India
Examination of witnesses in IC-814 hijacking case to begin on August 2

According to official sources, a designated court in Patiala, Punjab will begin examining the witnesses in the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane by five Pakistani nationals in December 1999.

The move follows framing of charges on April 28 against Abdul Latif alias Patel, Bhupalmar Damai alias Yusuf Nepali and Dilip Kumar Bhujel, who had helped the five accused and their two accomplices. The charges include murder, attempt to murder, wrongful confinement, kidnapping, grievous injury, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy along with offences under various sections of anti-hijacking law of 1982 and Arms Act.

In addition, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has also reportedly secured a ‘red corner’ notice against the five hijackers-- Ibrahim Athar, Sunny Ahmed Qazi, Zahoor Ibrahim, Shahid Akhter Sayed and Shakir -- and their two accomplices, Yusuf Azhar and Abdul Rauf, from the Interpol. The special court has also declared the seven absconding terrorist-hijackers as proclaimed offenders.

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India
Examination of witnesses in IC-814 hijacking case to begin on August 2

According to official sources, a designated court in Patiala, Punjab will begin examining the witnesses in the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane by five Pakistani nationals in December 1999.

The move follows framing of charges on April 28 against Abdul Latif alias Patel, Bhupalmar Damai alias Yusuf Nepali and Dilip Kumar Bhujel, who had helped the five accused and their two accomplices. The charges include murder, attempt to murder, wrongful confinement, kidnapping, grievous injury, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy along with offences under various sections of anti-hijacking law of 1982 and Arms Act.

In addition, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has also reportedly secured a ‘red corner’ notice against the five hijackers-- Ibrahim Athar, Sunny Ahmed Qazi, Zahoor Ibrahim, Shahid Akhter Sayed and Shakir -- and their two accomplices, Yusuf Azhar and Abdul Rauf, from the Interpol. The special court has also declared the seven absconding terrorist-hijackers as proclaimed offenders.

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India
Three NDFB terrorists killed in Assam encounter

On August 12, three terrorists of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) were killed in an encounter at Bagajuli in Nalbari district. The Army also recovered two AK-47 Rifles, two AK-47 magazines, 95 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, two Chinese Grenades and 3 fired cartridges from the slain terrorists.

Earlier on August 11, another NDFB terrorist was killed in an encounter at Tamulpur in Nalbari district.

On August 10, a suspected terrorist of the Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF) was killed in an encounter at Bhuban Hill in Cachar District. One AK-56 rifle with ammunition was recovered from the slain terrorist.

On the same day, ‘Monjit Nath’ alias Lachit Kalita, a ‘second lieutenant’ with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) was killed in Udmari village, Dhubri district. According to sources, the terrorist was arrested earlier and was leading a group of security force personnel to Chakrasila Hill for recovery of concealed arms and ammunition. However, he was shot dead as he tried to escape during the search.

Meanwhile, according to media reports, on August 12, a 10-member ULFA group is likely to surrender before Minister of State for Home Pradyut Bordoloi in Tinsukia on Independence Day, August 15, 2001.

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India
Three NDFB terrorists killed in Assam encounter

On August 12, three terrorists of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) were killed in an encounter at Bagajuli in Nalbari district. The Army also recovered two AK-47 Rifles, two AK-47 magazines, 95 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, two Chinese Grenades and 3 fired cartridges from the slain terrorists.

Earlier on August 11, another NDFB terrorist was killed in an encounter at Tamulpur in Nalbari district.

On August 10, a suspected terrorist of the Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF) was killed in an encounter at Bhuban Hill in Cachar District. One AK-56 rifle with ammunition was recovered from the slain terrorist.

On the same day, ‘Monjit Nath’ alias Lachit Kalita, a ‘second lieutenant’ with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) was killed in Udmari village, Dhubri district. According to sources, the terrorist was arrested earlier and was leading a group of security force personnel to Chakrasila Hill for recovery of concealed arms and ammunition. However, he was shot dead as he tried to escape during the search.

Meanwhile, according to media reports, on August 12, a 10-member ULFA group is likely to surrender before Minister of State for Home Pradyut Bordoloi in Tinsukia on Independence Day, August 15, 2001.

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India
Three NDFB terrorists killed in Assam encounter

On August 12, three terrorists of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) were killed in an encounter at Bagajuli in Nalbari district. The Army also recovered two AK-47 Rifles, two AK-47 magazines, 95 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, two Chinese Grenades and 3 fired cartridges from the slain terrorists.

Earlier on August 11, another NDFB terrorist was killed in an encounter at Tamulpur in Nalbari district.

On August 10, a suspected terrorist of the Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF) was killed in an encounter at Bhuban Hill in Cachar District. One AK-56 rifle with ammunition was recovered from the slain terrorist.

On the same day, ‘Monjit Nath’ alias Lachit Kalita, a ‘second lieutenant’ with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) was killed in Udmari village, Dhubri district. According to sources, the terrorist was arrested earlier and was leading a group of security force personnel to Chakrasila Hill for recovery of concealed arms and ammunition. However, he was shot dead as he tried to escape during the search.

Meanwhile, according to media reports, on August 12, a 10-member ULFA group is likely to surrender before Minister of State for Home Pradyut Bordoloi in Tinsukia on Independence Day, August 15, 2001.

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India
Three unidentified terrorists killed in Manipur

According to official sources, three unidentified terrorists were killed in two separate encounters with security forces on August 12. The encounters occurred in Manipur's Churachandpur district bordering Myanmar. Three Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were also injured in the encounters. One encounter occurred in the Jo area in which three terrorists were killed and two BSF personnel were injured. In another incident, at Henglep, one BSF jawan was injured.

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India
Three unidentified terrorists killed in Manipur

According to official sources, three unidentified terrorists were killed in two separate encounters with security forces on August 12. The encounters occurred in Manipur's Churachandpur district bordering Myanmar. Three Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were also injured in the encounters. One encounter occurred in the Jo area in which three terrorists were killed and two BSF personnel were injured. In another incident, at Henglep, one BSF jawan was injured.

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India
Three unidentified terrorists killed in Manipur

According to official sources, three unidentified terrorists were killed in two separate encounters with security forces on August 12. The encounters occurred in Manipur's Churachandpur district bordering Myanmar. Three Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were also injured in the encounters. One encounter occurred in the Jo area in which three terrorists were killed and two BSF personnel were injured. In another incident, at Henglep, one BSF jawan was injured.

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Sri Lanka
Senior LTTE leader killed in claymore mine blast in Oddusudan

Senior leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ‘colonel’ Shankar was killed in a claymore mine blast in Oddusudan, in the Wanni, on September 26, 2001, pro-Tamil sources said. The LTTE has strongly condemned the killing and blamed the Army for the act.

On September 26, 2001 a police officer in Ampara lost both his hands in a letter bomb explosion. The identity of the sender is being investigated.

Also, the Army said casualty figures now available indicate that the LTTE has lost 42 cadres, including 28 Black Tigers, in the sea confrontation off-Mullathivu, on September 23.

Besides, the Army said interviews for recruitment to the Volunteer Force would be held at 31 centres countrywide, on September 27, 28 and 29, 2001.

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India
NLFT terrorists kill two persons; eight NLFT supporters held in Tripura

According to police sources, on September 25, National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) terrorists killed two persons int Takarjala village, West Tripura district. This may have been in continuation of the internecine conflict between the rival NLFT factions, as one of the deceased was a suspected collaborator of the breakaway faction of the NLFT led by Nayanbashi Jamatia.

In a separate incident on the same day, security force personnel arrested eight collaborators of the NLFT from Karbuk village in South Tripura district. Several documents were recovered from their possession and further investigation was being carried out.

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Bangladesh
Six killed in bomb blasts in Sunamganj, Sylhet

Six persons were killed in bomb blasts in Sylhet and Sunamganj districts on September 25.

In the first incident, four persons, including an eight-year old boy, were killed and two others injured in an explosion near the venue of an Awami League election meeting in Shullah upzila (sub-division) in Sunamganj district. The Awami League blamed the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) for the explosion. However, the BNP denied the allegation.

Two persons were killed in another explosion on the same day in Sylhet town. The identity of the dead in the Sylhet blast could not be established immediately. One person has been arrested in this connection.

A team of Army officials visited the site of the blast. Officials said the Army’s explosives-experts would visit the spot soon.

Meanwhile, official sources said five persons had so far been arrested for their alleged involvement in the September 23-bomb blast at an election rally in Bagerhat in which eight persons were killed.

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India
Naxalites attack Giridih district police chief in Jharkhand
According to official sources, left-wing extremists, Naxalites of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC), attaced the Giridih district police chief, on September 24, when he was returning to Giridih from Hazaribagh after attending the meeting of police chiefs of Naxal-affected districtsThere were no casualties, however, in the incident.
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Pakistan
PADC calls for interim national government
Various religious outfits observed a protest day on November 16 to condemn the US strikes against Afghanistan and declared that the protest would continue till the end of war against the Taliban. According to Pakistan-Afghanistan Defence Council (PADC), the protest day was observed all over the country. While calling for the formation of an interim setup in the country, the PADC claimed that the military regime had failed to safeguard the interests of Pakistan. The PADC leaders demanded of President Pervez Musharraf to establish an interim national government representing all political and religious parties of the country. Munawar Hassan, acting Chief of the Jamaat-e-Islam (JeI) said, "Owing to lack of political vision President Musharraf has failed to safeguard country as well as Muslim Ummah's interests."
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Pakistan
Freedom struggle is different from terrorism, says Foreign Minister Sattar
Pakistani Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar said on November 16 that terrorism needs to be defined in a manner as to distinguish it from what he referred to as the ‘legitimate struggles’ of the oppressed people for their rights and ‘freedom from foreign occupation’. According to him, no double standards or selectiveness should be applied to define the term. He also claimed that international terrorism was the result of injustice, deprivation and denial of fundamental human rights and the international community must, therefore, take steps to resolve the conflicts in Kashmir, Palestine and elsewhere in accordance with the international law and the wishes of the people.
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India
Explosives seized from bus, three arrested in Assam

Media reports said Assam Police seized from a bus bound for Itanagar, at Chairduar, Sonitpur district, on November 15, a huge consignment of gelatine sticks and fuse wire rolls. The consignment, it is suspected, was being clandestinely routed to the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN).

Official sources said three Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Corporation (APSTC) personnel, who were in the bus, were arrested. Meanwhile, media reports quoting intelligence sources added that they did not rule out the possibility that the explosives may have been meant for new a terrorist outfit, the Arunachal Dragon Force (ADF), which is allegedly being assisted by the ULFA and the NSCN-Khaplang faction (NSCN-K). Sources further added that the ULFA and the NSCN-K were training the ADF at the Namsai camp, in Chaglang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

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India
NSCN-IM promises to respond positively to Kuki outfit’s cease-fire offer
A January 13-news report said the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM) is likely to make a positive response to the unilateral cease-fire announced recently the Kuki National Front (KNF), a terrorist outfit of Manipur which has been fighting the NSCN-IM. The news report cites senior NSCN-IM member W Shimray as saying that the KNF’s cease-fire offer is a positive sign and that his outfit would give a positive reply. However, W Shimray added that his outfit would not allow the KNF to continue with its demand for a separate Kuki homeland. He said the Kukis "… have settled in the land belong to the Nagas, so we will persuade them to settle their problems with our government, the GPRN". He added, "The KNF can even merge with the NSCN." The NSCN (IM) leader further said even the Paiteis of Manipur should come forward for truce forgetting their demand for a separate homeland.
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India
Naxal front revives activities in Nizamabad district, Andhra Pradesh
Media reports on January 14 from Nizamabad, Andhra Pradesh, said the left-wing extremist group, People’s War Group (PWG) of Naxalites, has revived the Singareni Karmika Samakhya (Sikasa), a front organisation that works among coal miners, in the district. Owing to intense police pressure and dwindling numbers of activists the Sikasa was wound up in the district two years ago, and the remaining activists were asked to join the armed movement in the forests. The Jaipur Local Guerrilla Squad has reportedly asked to revive the activities of the Sikasa in the district.
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Pakistan
Toll in Karachi bomb blast rises to 16; 12 Frenchmen among those killed
According to media reports, the toll in the May 8-Karachi bomb blast has increased to 16 with the death of two minors being reported. Among those killed where 12 French navy men. Initial reports had said that German nationals were among those killed. Reports added that four Pakistanis, including a woman, were also killed in the blast. Police source further said a suicide car bomber was responsible for the blast which occurred near Club Road where two five-star hotels are located. Inspector General of Police (IGP), Sindh, Syed Kamal Shah said the incident was a suicidal attack as a car rammed into the Pakistan Navy bus while it was going to the Dockyard from Sheraton Hotel carrying French technicians. The car, which was reportedly loaded with high explosives, was allegedly a stolen vehicle. The identity of the suicide bomber has not been ascertained thus far. The French technicians belonging to the state-owned shipbuilding company, Direction de la Construction Navale, were working with the Pakistan Navy on a submarine project at Karachi Port. Police sources said they suspect that the Al Qaeda terror network of Osama bin Laden was behind the terrorist attack.
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India
Andhra Pradesh government accepts PWG’s cease-fire offer
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Responding to the offer of left-wing extremists, Naxalites of the People’s War Group (PWG), for a cease-fire, the State government on May 8 announced that it was committed to creating conducive atmosphere for talks and invited PWG representatives for a dialogue with it. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu held a high-level meeting with some of his ministerial colleagues, including Home Minister T Devender Goud and senior officials, to take stock of the situation after the cease-fire offer made by the PWG.

Speaking to the media in Hyderabad, the Home Minister said Naxalites should finalise the time and date for talks with the government before May 20. Asked about the demand for cease-fire, Goud said, "We are not at war with the PW and more so it is not a war between two countries’’. He also said that the government would take every step to ensure safe passage for the representatives of the extremists. The Home Minister disclosed that the government had not yet decided on its representative for the dialogue.

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Pakistan
Al Qaeda behind Karachi bomb blast, says French Chief of Staff
According to media reports, France’s Chief of Staff Gen. Jean-Pierre Kelche said it is the "official" French belief that the Al Qaeda was responsible for carrying out the May 8-suicide bomb attack in Karachi in which 16 persons, including 12 French nationals, were killed. "It's a little early to say, but there is a significant likelihood" of Al Qaeda involvement in the attack, Gen. Kelche said. Meanwhile, Michele Alliot-Marie, the French Defence Minister, has been asked by President Jacques Chirac to take all measures necessary on the ground to ensure that French nationals in Pakistan are better protected against such attacks.
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India
Seven terrorists among nine persons killed in separate incidents in J&K

Two unidentified terrorists were killed in an encounter at Dara Sangla in Surankote, Poonch district on May 8. An AK rifle and a pistol with some ammunition were recovered from the encounter site.

In another encounter, a terrorist of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) was killed in the Bain Gali area of Gambhir Mugalan under the jurisdiction of Thanna Mandi police station. The slain terrorist was later identified as Mohammed Umran alias Umar, hailing from Faisalabad, Pakistan. Some arms and ammunition were also recovered from the encounter site. Official sources have indicated that the slain terrorist was operating in Manjakote for the last six months and was involved in three incidents of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosions. He was also involved in an attack on a security forces convoy at Manjakote in April 2002..

Meanwhile, a Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) terrorist was killed consequent to an encounter at Kungri in the Marmat area of Doda district. A security force personnel was injured in this encounter. Some arms and ammunition were also recovered from the incident site.

Besides, reports from north Kashmir indicated that, on receiving specific information, the Special Operations Group (SOG) Kupwara raided a terrorist hideout in Magam Naar, Handwara, in Kupwara district and in the ensuing encounter a terrorist of a group of three was killed. the encounter was continuing when reports last came in.

In the same district, security forces raided a terrorist hideout at Rainaar near Ring Top in the Kalaroos area and in the consequent encounter two terrorists were killed. While residents of the area believed the slain terrorists to be members of HuM, official sources described them as terrorists of the Al-Badr outfit. Some arms and ammunition were also recovered from the encounter site. Separately, in the same district, terrorists in Manigah, Haihama, killed a civilian, reportedly a surrendered terrorist. His son sustained injuries in the incident.

Also, a civilian was killed by unidentified terrorists on May 8 in Rajouri district. Official sources indicated that two terrorists entered the house of a civilian in Morha Bagla village, Thanna Mandi area, Rajouri, and asked him to show them a particular route which he did. At a distance of approximately one kilometer away, the terrorists killed him and later escaped.

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India
Three ULFA, two NDFB terrorists killed in separate encounters in Assam
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According to media reports quoting a press release, five terrorists from different outfits were killed in separate encounters in Assam.

Reports of May 8 said two United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) terrorists identified as ‘sergeant’ Vinay Barman and another, Bipul Sarma, were killed in separate encounters at Elangidal and Dahali villages respectively in Nalbari district.

Separately, two National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) terrorists were also killed in another encounter at Mahargaon under Charduar police station limits in Sonitpur district, along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. One of the slain NDFB terrorists was later identified as ‘sergeant’ W. Candao.

Meanwhile, separate reports said an ULFA terrorist was killed in an encounter with a patrol party of the 18th Sikh regiment on May 6, at Umananda village, under Goreshwar police station limits, on the Darrang Kamrup district border.

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Pakistan
Two police personnel killed in Rawalpindi
Two police personnel were killed and another injured on May 8 in Rawalpindi when a police patrol party came under fire from five unidentified gunmen. According to media reports, the five gunmen, reportedly Afghan nationals, managed to escape from the incident site and also snatched an MP-5 gun from the police personnel.
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India
Naxals kill suspected police informer in Andhra Pradesh
Left-wing extremists, Naxalites of the People’s War Group (PWG), on May 8 killed a person in Gamalapadu village Guntur district suspecting him to be a ‘police informer’. Official sources said three scooter-borne Naxalites accosted the youth at Andhra Cement company, beat him severely before shooting him at point-blank range.
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Pakistan
Rocket attack on US quarters in Miranshah
Media reports said a rocket hit a building housing US agents looking for Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists in Pakistan's northwestern tribal frontier. However, no casualties were reported. The rocket attack that destroyed the boundary wall of the vocational training institute in Miranshah, which is close to the Pakistan-Afghan border.
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India
Abducted village officials found dead in Manipur
According to delayed media reports, the dead bodies of the chairman and former chairman of Okoklong village, who were abducted by suspected terrorists of the Naga National Council (NNC) of Athuan (Thuangongpou) faction, on January 23, 2000 were recovered from the jungles of Thingou village on April 26.
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India
LTTE sympathisers arrested in Tamil Nadu

Tamils Nationalist Movement chief P Nedumaran was among 50 sympathisers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) taken into preventive custody on May 8 in view of the State-wide protest against the demand for extradition of LTTE chief V Prabhakaran.

Nedumaran had announced that he would, on May 9, burn copies of a State Legislative Assembly resolution demanding the Union government to take steps to extradite Prabhakaran to India for facing trial in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

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Pakistan
300 Al Qaeda cadres present in the country, indicate intelligence reports
According to a report in Dawn, a Pakistani daily, the government has not ruled out the possibility of Al Qaeda's involvement in the May 8-suicide attack in Karachi. "The attack has all the markings of a well-trained international terrorist organization," Federal Interior Secretary Tasnim Noorani said, adding, "This kind of operation is not carried out by terrorist organizations operating within the country." Intelligence reports, unnamed senior Interior Ministry officials said, had warned that approximately 300 suicide bombers linked to the Al Qaeda and Taliban are present in the country and could carry out more suicide attacks. Official sources indicated, most of the terrorist cells of the Taliban and the Al Qaeda network had the capability to be activated at short notices and most of them are believed to have spread their networks away from the main theatre in Afghanistan.
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India
Naxal blockade in affect economic activities in Jharkhand

The three-day economic blockade of Jharkhand sponsored by left-wing extremists, Naxalite groups the Communist Centre (MCC) and the People's War Group (PWG) jointly, passed off peacefully on the last day on May 8. However, media reports said the threat of violence affected the State's coal trade during the blockade. Reports said the coal town of Hazaribagh wore a deserted look and Khelari seemed like it was under curfew. Traffic was thin on the roads, while shutters of shops, banks, Life Insurance Corporation offices and petrol pumps were down. Schools too remained closed. Reports added that the mines of the Central Coalfields Ltd at Piparwara, which produce and supply over 50,000 tonnes every day, were also deserted as its entire 2,000-strong workforce, comprising workers, supervisors and managers, preferred to stay home.

On May 7 night, an estimated 150 armed Naxalites of the MCC attacked the railway station at Raibachra, 3 km from Khelari, destroyed the signal board, doors, windows and furniture, assaulted railway staff and burnt its records. For at least 48 hours, traffic of both passenger and goods trains on the entire Barkakana-Barwadih section of the Eastern Railways remained disrupted.

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Sri Lanka
Parliament to debate on government-LTTE truce today, May 9

Media reports said Sri Lanka’s Parliament will hold a comprehensive debate on the ‘permanent cease-fire agreement’ reached between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE), today, May 9.

"No purpose would be served debating about the cease-fire agreement, we should go for a discussions, The international Community is with us and they are backing us, this was not so at the time of last year's May day," Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said at his party’s May Day rally.

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India
No unilateral cease-fire with ULFA, says Union MoS for Home ID Swami

According to a media report, reiterating the Union government’s conditional offer for talks with the proscribed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Union Minister of State for Home I D Swami, on May 7, ruled out the possibility of a unilateral cease-fire with the terrorist outfit. While talking to press persons in Delhi on the sidelines of the national seminar organized by the All Assam Students Union (AASU), he said the offer has to come from the terrorist outfit. However, the ULFA has to stop perpetrating violence and give up arms before any such negotiation takes place, he further said. He said, ‘It is the first stated policy of the Government of India to talk to any militant outfit provided they give up violence’. The Minister also said Bhutan has co-operated with India in combating the terrorist outfits and has also assured that they will not be allowed to use Bhutanese territory for anti-India activities.

Meanwhile, separate reports said All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) president Rabi Ram Narzary and two Bodo Members of Parliament U G Brahma and S K Bwismutiary called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi seeking her intervention in resolving the Bodo problem, including expediting the process of creating the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC). Gandhi reportedly assured them that she would look into the matter and take up the issue with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

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India
Peace talks moving through despite rough sailing, says NSCN-IM

According to media reports of May 8, National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) Chairman Isak Chishi Swu has called upon the Naga people to come together to ensure the fulfilment of the desired outcome - the Nagas’ aspiration as a nation - from the ongoing political negotiation.

Reports quoted the NSCN-IM chairman, while addressing the 4-day Naga Consultation meeting at Bangkok, describing the present peace process as rough sailing. He however indicated that, despite opposition from many quarters, the NSCN leadership was able to continue moving ahead. "We have now been able to create international opinion and draw the attention of many countries. The Nagas can no longer be suppressed by any power," Isak Swu is believed to have said.

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India
United Committee Manipur expresses fear over talks with NSCN-IM

The United Committee Manipur (UCM) on May 8 expressed its concern over the renewed danger to Manipur’s territorial integrity posed by the current rounds of talks between the Union government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) leaders in Thailand and urged the public to be vigilant.

Addressing media persons at Imphal, UCM president Sapamcha Jadumani said Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and State Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh owed an explanation to the people of Manipur with regard to the NSCN-IM demand for unification of Ukhrul and Senapati districts of Manipur into Nagaland.

The UCM leaders warned that repeated betrayals of the people of Manipur by the Union government and the attempts in collusion with the NSCN-IM for the disintegration of Manipur would have harmful consequences for the country. They also warned the Prime Minister against taking up secretly any peace negotiations, or political dialogue concerning any issue of the State of Manipur with the NSCN-IM, in a foreign land, without the knowledge and participation of the people and government of Manipur.

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Sri Lanka
Spy planes spotted over Vanni, claim reports

Pro-Tamil sources claimed on May 9 that a drone, spy plane, of the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) conducted two sorties over the Vanni region on May 7) and said a similar incident was reported at the height of clashes between the Army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE).

The SLAF used some six Israeli-built drones extensively during major military offensives in the Vanni region in the late 1990s, reports said, and added that a majority were lost in LTTE attacks or in accidents.

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India
Maoists kill Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Jharkhand

 A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, identified as Mahadeo Sahu, President of Senah block (administrative division), was killed by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres in the Lohardagga district, Police said on May 17. The BJP leader was abducted by the Maoists along with and two others on May 16-night. While the Maoists released the other two, they killed Sahu and left pamphlets at the spot alleging that he was a Police informer.

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India
Two suspected militants killed in Manipur

Security force (SF) personnel shot dead two suspected militants during an encounter near Hiyangthang oil pump under Wangoi police station in the Imphal West district on July 27-evening, according to Imphal Free Press . One AK56 rifle with one magazine containing 18 live rounds and one vehicle were recovered from their possession.

In another incident, a school boy, identified as Bineet Ale Nepali, managed to escape from the abductors at Motbung area in the Imphal West district on July 26-evening. Meanwhile, another boy, Angom Indrajit alias Naocha, was assaulted by ten masked militants who were trying to abduct him from his residence at Yaingangpokpi on July 27. At least 45 cases of abductions by suspected militants or armed gunmen including 21 missing reports of children below the age of 18 years were reported at the different police stations in Manipur during the past around six and half months since the beginning of 2008, according to Imphal Free Press.

Elsewhere in the State, a militant of the M. I. Khan faction of the Peoples’ United Liberation Front (PULF), identified as Juma Khan, surrendered before the Deputy Inspector-General of the Border Security Force, G. K. Sharma, in the Thoubal district on July 27, reports Telegarph.

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Pakistan
Two militants killed in Karachi
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India
Police remand of IM operative Afzal Usmani and his nephew extended by Court

A local court on November 6 extended the Police custody of Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Afzal Usmani and his nephew Javed Khan till November 11, 2013, reports Outlook India. The two were produced before a Magistrate''s Court after the expiry of their police remand in the case related to Usmani''s escape. The court extended the custody of Usmani, an accused in July 26, 2008 Ahmadabad (Gujarat) bomb blasts, and his nephew after Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra Police said they have to conduct further investigation into the September episode.

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India
Arms discovery puts Andhra Pradesh Police on high alert, says report

The discovery of a Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) arms dump in Y Ramavaram mandal (administrative unit) in East Godavari District on July 29 has put anti-Maoist forces including the Greyhounds, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Andhra Pradesh Special Police and Armed Reserve Police on alert, reports The Hindu. The armoury contained a variety of munitions ranging from single barrel guns to eight rocket launchers. According to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) K. Phakeerappa there has been a “slight increase” in Maoist activity, but the Police are by and large in control.

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Sri Lanka
India provides development assistance to launch several projects in Northern Province

India has provided development assistance to launch several projects in Northern Province that was ravaged by the three-decade long war, reports Colombo Page on December 13. High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Y.K. Sinha visited Northern Province from December 10-11, 2015 to initiate the India-funded projects. During his visit, the High Commissioner held wide ranging discussions with various government officials including the Governor of Northern Province H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, Chief Minister of Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran and other officials of the Provincial Government to assess on the ground the impact of India''s aid projects and to understand local priorities and requirements with respect to development assistance.

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