https://i0.wp.com/www.topnews.in/files/Islamabad-Pakistan.jpgMissiles have been fired from Afghanistan into Pakistan, killing at least eight people in a suspected hideout for Islamic extremists.

The suspected Islamic extremists were killed when two missiles hit a house in Pakistan’s tribal area in the South Waziristan town of Wana.

Pakistan security officials say the town is a known haven for Taliban and Al Qaeda rebels and confirmed the missiles came from Afghanistan.

Residents say the owner of the house was pulled from the rubble and many people fled because planes were flying overhead.

The missile strike against the suspected militants in Pakistan is one in a recent series of attacks attributed to United States-led forces or the CIA.

Last week, a suspected US coalition strike on an extremist training camp in the area killed at least 10 Islamic militants.

Source : abc.net.au

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https://i1.wp.com/www.adnkronos.com/AKI/Assets/Imgs/Geografia/Filippine/MORO_MILF_REBEL--200x150.jpgThe Philippine military chief has vowed to chase down Muslim rebels who attacked two towns in the south, saying the time to give peace a chance was now over.

At least 34 people, most of them civilians, were killed in the south of the Catholic-majority nation yesterday after hundreds of Muslim guerrillas attacked two towns, burning homes, raiding banks and forcing thousands to flee, officials said.

There have been no reports of fresh fighting today in the Mindanao region, where a decades-long rebellion has prevented any significant development of some of the richest mineral and hyrdrocarbon resources in south-east Asia.

Yesterday’s attack was the bloodiest since a territorial deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) stalled earlier this month and comes just days after government troops halted an offensive against MILF rebels in another part of Mindanao.

“You all know we have bent as far backward (as possible) to give peace a chance,” military chief General Alexander Yano said.

“The patience of our soldiers, in trying to uphold the primacy of the peace process, is very commendable but at some point we really have to act decisively.”

The military said 26 civilians and eight soldiers were killed in the fighting in Kolambugan and Kauswagan towns in the province of Lanao del Norte.

Dozens of civilians were used as human shields and some of them were shot dead by retreating rebels.

Many of the country’s Muslim minority live in Mindanao, but the towns and cities, most of which are on the coast, are dominated by Christians.

The MILF leadership has distanced itself from the latest attacks in Lanao del Norte, whose commercial capital Iligan, less than 20 kilometres from yesterday’s battles, is an important centre for steel and hydropower.

“We regret the loss of lives and property in Lanao del Norte, but we would to emphasise that the MILF leadership has not authorised these actions,” spokesman Eid Kabalu said, adding that the MILF remained committed to peace.

Gen Yano said the MILF leaders had no control over field commanders.

“If they can’t control them, the Government will certainly control them and we will undertake our mandate to protect the people and the communities and we cannot renege on that constitutional mandate,” he said.

“We will pursue and take aggressive action against the perpetrators of the dastardly acts committed against innocent civilians.”

Last week, the military bombed MILF positions for four straight days, triggering an exodus of around 160,000 people, after accusations that the rebels had occupied Christian-owned farmlands.

The situation on the ground has deteriorated rapidly since the Supreme Court earlier this month halted a territorial deal between the MILF and Manila that was meant to reopen formal peace talks to end a conflict that has killed over 120,000 people.

Hawks on both sides have seized on the stalling of the peace moves to reignite fighting that has been mostly dormant since 2003.

Legal experts expect the court will rule that the agreement, which gives a future government of an expanded Muslim homeland wide political and economic powers, is unconstitutional.

A further bout of violence is expected following such a decision but an all-out war is not considered likely as neither side has the resources to deliver a knockout blow.

Source : abc.net.au

At least nine Turkish soldiers were killed and two others injured after their military vehicle ran over a roadside bomb near a bridge in Kemah, Turkey. Originally, eight were reported dead, but one of the injured later died at a local hospital.

Governor Ali Gungor of the Erzincan Province has stated that after the explosion, the vehicle was attacked. Reuters states that militants with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party were responsible for the attack and that military personnel were searching for more attackers.

The attack occurred in an area where Turkey has been frequently fighting militants of the PKK. Recently, the Turkish military launched airstrikes in Iraq in an attempt to disable the group. Turkey has been fighting militants of the PKK since 1984.

Source : wikinews

Jason Safoutin, SieBot.

At least three people are dead after two small planes collided in a remote area of Wyoming in the United States.

The collision occurred between a Cirrus SR22 and a Cessna 172 near Rock Springs just before 12:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The Cirrus was carrying two people, both of whom died, and was traveling from Polson, Montana to Rock Springs. The Cessna had one person on board who also died, but its destination is not yet known. One deployed parachute is reported to have been seen near the wreckage, but reports state it does not appear to have been deployed by a survivor.

FOX News quotes KSL in Salt Lake City, Utah as saying that debris from the collision was scattered over five acres in an area that made it difficult for emergency officials to get to.

The names of the deceased have not been released, pending the notification of family members.