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Afghanistan: Canadian Tourist Released after four years as a hostage reported… Canadian tourist taken hostage by Taliban in 2011 freed in AfghanistanmColin Rutherford was 26 years old when he was reported missing in February 2011 while visiting the war-torn nation as a tourist, and was accused of spying. A Canadian man has been freed from captivity in Afghanistan after being taken hostage by the Taliban five years ago, Canada’s foreign minister said Monday.

Colin Rutherford, who was 26 years old when he was reported missing in February 2011 while visiting the war-torn nation as a tourist, was released with the help of Qatar, according to Stephane Dion, who provided no further details. Read Article

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Indian author killed by unknown gunmen in Afghanistan

Al Jazeera reports that unidentified gunmen have shot dead an Indian author in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika, police say. Sushmita Banerjee, the writer of a popular book about her dramatic escape from the Taliban in the 1990s, was shot dead on Wednesday night, police announced on Thursday. “We found her bullet-riddled body near [...]

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Afghanistan: Attack in Kabul kills three Chinese nationals, two others remain missing

Xinhua reports that three Chinese citizens were killed and another two remained missing Thursday in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul, said Chinese Embassy here Friday. The fatal crime occurred in an apartment building in Kabul and was believed to target on Chinese citizens, the embassy said in a statement. The embassy had urged the Afghan government [...]

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Insurgents attack Indian consulate in Afghanistan

Reuters reports that insurgents attacked the Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s eastern capital on Saturday, killing nine people and reinforcing fears that a bloody regional power struggle will be played out in the country once most foreign troops leave. Twenty-three people were wounded when checkpoint guards stopped three attackers in a car as they approached the [...]

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Bombing at Afghan-Pakistan border kills eight, injures 15 reports that at least eight people were killed and fifteen others injured on Friday in a suicide blast that took place at the Pak-Afghan border, Geo News reported. According to security sources, a suicide bomber was on foot and blew himself up at Friendship Gate at Pak-Afghan border, killing eight people including five Afghan [...]

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British national among those killed in Taliban attack on NATO compound in Afghanistan

According to, a suicide truck bomber followed by heavily armed men stormed a NATO supplier’s compound Tuesday in Kabul, prompting a gun battle that left a dozen people dead in the latest Taliban attack on a high-profile target in the Afghan capital. The bold strikes have signaled the Islamic militant movement has no plans [...]

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Contractor killed in attack in eastern Afghanistan

According to a report, two soldiers and a civilian contractor of the NATO-led coalition forces were killed Saturday in two separate incidents in eastern Afghanistan. “One International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service member and one ISAF Civilian was killed during a direct fire attack in eastern Afghanistan today,” said the NATO-led ISAF in a [...]

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Afghanistan: Red Cross office attacked in Jalalabad

Al Jazeera reports that a guard at the gate of a humanitarian charity in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad has been killed after attackers hit the compound. A large explosion was heard on Wednesday near the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. The provincial governor’s spokesman confirmed [...]

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