For­eign soldier killed in Afghanistan at­tack

Asian Journal - - Editorial -

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

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