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14 killed in Afghan military base attack

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KABUL — At least 14 persons including three soldiers were killed during a clash at a military base in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province, a top official said on Monday.

“Several armed militants stormed the army base in Tirin Kot district late Sunday night,” the official told Xinhua news agency.

Among the derad, 11 were militants from the Taliban terror group, he said.

The attackers were also believed to have taken control of the base for hours before additional forces arrived early Monday.

Soldiers were also captured by the militants in the attack, a provincial official said.

“The additional forces are trying to secure the base and they launched a search operation to locate and rescue the captured soldiers,” he said.

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Groom killed, bride injured in India’s Odisha as wedding gift explodes

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BHUBANESWOR — A newly married Idian man his 85-year-old grandmother in Odisha’s Balangir district were killed and his wife was critically injured when a gift that they had received for their wedding reception exploded on Friday, just five days after their wedding, police said.

Soumya Sekhar Sahu of Patnagarh and his grandmother Jemamani Sahu succumbed to injuries in a local hospital. His wife Reema Sahu has been admitted in a critical condition in a government medical college in Sambalpur district, local media reported.

The couple got married on February 18.

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According to Sahu’s nephew Dipak Sahu, the parcel, which did not have the sender’s name, exploded as soon as it was unwrapped, seriously injuring the couple and the Sahus’ grandmother.

Preliminary police investigations on Saturday revealed that the parcel,which weighed nearly 2.10 kg, was dispatched from Raipur in Chhattisgarh through the SkyKing courier service. The forensic and bomb squads during investigations found that the bomb was highly sophisticated and was an electronic explosive.

Sources said that such types of explosives are usually used by the Army or by terror outfits. Reportedly, such a type of bomb had been used in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

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