In brief: Two die, 60 injured in suicide attack
KABUL, Afghanistan – A suicide attacker detonated a car laden with explosives today in eastern Afghanistan, killing two civilians and wounding about 60 others, officials said.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying in a statement that the attack was in response to the recent execution of four Taliban detainees at the Afghan government’s main detention center in Kabul.
A spokesman for Wardak province said the blast went off shortly before 7:30 a.m. on a street where international and Afghan security forces have a coordination office.
Syrian rebels seize artillery base
MAYADIN, Syria – After a siege that lasted nearly a month, Syrian government soldiers abandoned an artillery base in the town of Mayadin Thursday morning, handing anti-government rebels in southeastern Deir al-Zour province a key victory that will allow them to move next to the airport near the provincial capital, one of the last positions the Syrian military controls in the province.
The struggle for Deir al-Zour is an important one, with the rebels hoping to use their advance to cut off the government’s access to its oil fields.
The Syrian military still controls the roads leading into the provincial capital, also known as Deir al-Zour, though the rebels are in the process of effectively surrounding the military there.
Helicopter crash leaves one dead
NASSAU, Bahamas – A helicopter crashed Thursday in an upscale Bahamas resort community, killing one U.S. citizen and injuring four others, police reported.
Abaco police Superintendent Noel Curry said all five people on board were Americans. He did not release the identities or genders of anyone.
Livingston Marshall, spokesman for the exclusive Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club on Great Guana Cay, said the pilot died in the crash.
“The four surviving passengers were evacuated from Baker’s Bay and are currently receiving medical attention,” Marshall said. He added that he had no information on their conditions and didn’t say where they were taken.