Quetta brought to halt by at­tack

Hob­bits lure tourists to New Zealand

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Fig­ures re­leased yes­ter­day re­veal that tourism has over­taken dairy as New Zealand’s top earner of overseas dol­lars. And tourism of­fi­cials say the suc­cess of the fan­tasy movie tril­ogy The Hob­bit has helped. The dairy in­dus­try is strug­gling to re­cover from a slump in prices, while a record 3.4 mil­lion vis­i­tors ar­rived in New Zealand in the year end­ing Septem­ber. The Pa­cific na­tion is par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar among tourists from Aus­tralia, China and the US. Spend­ing by in­ter­na­tional tourists was up by 20 per cent in the year end­ing March when com­pared with the previous year. Pak­istan’s city of Quetta was com­pletely shut down yes­ter­day fol­low­ing a mil­i­tant ram­page at a po­lice academy the day be­fore while fam­i­lies buried 60 po­lice cadets and an army of­fi­cer killed in the at­tack – one of the dead­li­est tar­get­ing Pak­istani se­cu­rity forces in re­cent years. The as­sault, in which un­armed cadets and po­lice trainees – many of whom were asleep in their dorms when the at­tack started – jumped from win­dows and rooftops, flee­ing for their lives, saw troops bat­tle the at­tack­ers for four hours be­fore the siege was over. The academy houses about 700 cadets, nearly all in their early 20s. Lo­cal Quetta hos­pi­tals were treat­ing 123 wounded from the at­tack. In con­flict­ing claims, an ISIS af­fil­i­ate and a Tal­iban splin­ter group both said they were be­hind the at­tack in Quetta, the cap­i­tal of Baluchis­tan province. But of­fi­cials later said they in­ter­cepted com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the at­tack­ers and their pur­ported handlers in Afghanistan, blam­ing an Al Qaeda and Tal­iban-linked group, Lashkare-Jhangvi Al Almi, for the as­sault.

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