Philippine Airstrikes Kill 10 Soldiers
Philippine military officials said Thursday one of their airstrikes meant to hit Islamic State-linked militants in the southern city of Marawi instead killed 10 soldiers and wounded seven others. "The coordination was not properly done so we hit our own people," Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters.
The errant bombing was one of several airstrikes the military conducted on Wednesday as troops on the ground tried to dislodge the militants.
The violence in Marawi erupted last week when security forces tried to arrest Isnilon Hapilon, the so-called leader of Islamic State in the Philippines, and the fighters responded by taking over parts of Marawi and taking hostages.
Hapilon is one of the most wanted terrorists listed by the United States, which has posted a $5 million reward for his arrest.
The fighting in Marawi has killed at least 95 militants, 30 security forces and 19 civilians. Lorenzana said Thursday eight of the militants killed were foreigners, including Chechen and Arab fighters.
Afghan Capital Rocked by Deadly Bomb Attack
A massive truck bomb exploded Wednesday morning in the diplomatic section of Afghanistan's capital, killing at least 90 people and wounding more than 400 others.
The bomb ripped through the central Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul, home to foreign diplomatic missions and government offices, damaging dozens of vehicles and surrounding buildings. Afghan officials said the explosives were packed in a sewage tanker.
Most of the casualties were civilians, but the dead included Afghan security guards at diplomatic sites.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.
The Afghan Intelligence agency, NDS, in a brief statement, has blamed the Haqqani network, which allegedly is based in neighboring Pakistan and fighting alongside the Taliban. The NDS also asserted that Pakistan's spy agency, ISI, helped in planning the attack.
Afghan officials have blamed Islamabad previously for facilitating insurgent attacks in their country, charges Pakistani officials deny.
The Taliban has denied involvement, saying the insurgent group has nothing to do with Wednesday's bombing or any attacks that target civilians. The insurgents have lately intensified attacks on Afghan security forces, killing and wounding scores of them.
Islamic State has claimed attacks against high-profile Afghan targets in recent months, including a deadly suicide raid on the country's largest military hospital in Kabul in March.