Foreign soldier killed in Afghanistan attack
Bangkok: A Thai court approved an arrest warrant against a new suspect in the August 17 bombings in Bangkok, bringing the total number of arrest warrants issued in connection with the case to 14. The new suspect is an unidentified man with short hair, who seems to be in his 30s and could speak Thai, Metropolitan Police Chief Srivara Rangsiprammanaku was quoted as saying by Xinhua. Closed-circuit camera footage showed that the suspect bought bomb-making materials at a shop in Bangkok’s Klongton area, which were later seized at an apartment in the capital’s Nong Chok District, according to Srivara. The new suspect is charged with illegal possession of explosives. So far, two of the 14 people facing arrest warrants have been apprehended. In a related development, Malaysian police announced Wednesday that they had arrested eight people with suspected links to the Bangkok blasts.
717 people killed on Thursday in a horrific Haj stampede in Saudi Arabia, the worst tragedy to hit the world’s holiest Muslim pilgrimage in 25 years. 805 pilgrims also injured in the disaster that took place on the first day of Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice. The incident took place near Mina and about five kilometres from Makkah, the Saudi Civil Defence said. Thursday’s stampede took place barely two weeks after a massive crane fell in Makkah’s grand mosque, killing over 100 people and injuring over 200. This was also highest number of deaths after 1990 when 1,400 people were killed in a stampede in an overcrowded pedestrian tunnel. It was not clear what caused the stampede on Thursday in the pilgrimage that draws millions from around the world and which had been incident free for nearly a decade. Kabul: One soldier of the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission was killed in an attack in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Parwan, the coalition said on Wednesday. “An RS service member died on Tuesday in an attack at Bagram airfield,” Xinhua news agency quoted the NATO-led RS as saying in a statement. IANS