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In brief: Panel expels nine Afghan lawmakers

Mon., Aug. 22, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s election commission on Sunday announced the expulsion of nine lawmakers because of allegations of vote fraud, an apparent attempt to bring an end to months of turmoil over last year’s fraud-tainted parliamentary election.

The controversy had severely hampered the Afghan government’s operations at a time when the international community was looking to President Hamid Karzai’s administration to shoulder more responsibility for governance of the country.

Two lawmakers from Herat province and one each from the provinces of Paktika, Badakhshan, Baghlan, Samangan, Helmand, Faryab and Zabul will lose their seats, Independent Election Commission chairman Fazal Ahmad Manawi said.

Suicide bombings kill 11 tribesmen

SANAA, Yemen – A pair of suicide bombings targeting anti-al-Qaida tribesmen in southern Yemen killed 11 people on Sunday, tribal and security officials said.

Both blasts took place in Abyan province, where al-Qaida-linked militants have been taking advantage of a breakdown in security linked to Yemen’s political turmoil to take over towns and large swaths of territory.

In the deadliest attack, a suicide bomber slammed an explosives-laden car into a checkpoint manned by anti-al-Qaida tribesmen, killing eight and wounding 20.

A suicide bomber also carried out the second attack, blowing himself up in the middle of a gathering of tribesmen, killing three, the officials said.

The officials said suspicion immediately fell on al-Qaida-linked militants in the area who have routinely targeted tribesmen hostile to the terror network or formed militias to fight its members.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.


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