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At least 62 killed in Afghan mosque blast

Oct 18, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The blast comes after the UN released a new report saying an 'unprecedented' number of civilians were killed or wounded in Afghanistan from July to September

VIOLENCE. A volunteer carries an injured youth to hospital, following a bomb blast in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar Province on October 18, 2019. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

3 killed, dozens of children wounded in Taliban truck blast

Oct 16, 2019 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) The bomb outside a police headquarters building also partially destroys a nearby madrassa, or religious school

Huge tanker blast sparks fire injuring 12 in South Korea

Sep 28, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Nine of the injured are from South Korea, while the nationality of the others is not yet known

Taliban kill at least 48 in bloody day ahead of Afghan polls

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) In a statement claiming responsibility for both blasts, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says the attack near President Ashraf Ghani's rally was deliberately aimed at disrupting the September 28 elections

ANOTHER BLAST. A wounded Afghan man is wheeled on a stretcher at the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital following a blast in Kabul on September 17, 2019. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Female ‘suicide bomber’ in Sulu blast was from Abu Sayyaf – military

Sep 09, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The chief of the military’s Western Mindanao Command says terror groups in Mindanao could be weakening, while an analyst says they are evolving and could launch devastating attacks in the future

LESSONS LEARNED. Philippine Army soldiers survived a terror attack in Indanan, Sulu on Sunday, September 8, because of tactics drawn from past deadly bombings. File photo of soldiers in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Province. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Tanzania fuel tanker blast kills 60

Aug 10, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Tanzania's Morogoro region, where the blast happened, 'had never experienced a disaster of such magnitude,' says its governor

TANKER BLAST. A fuel tanker blast left 60 dead in Tanzania.

Egypt's Sisi calls deadly car blast 'terrorist incident'

Aug 06, 2019 - 12:24 AM

Egypt's prosecutor general has ordered an investigation to determine the causes of the collision

CAR BLAST. Onlookers gather around a charred car, following an accident just before midnight on August 4, 2019, outside the National Cancer Institute in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Photo by Aly Fahim/AFP

Lorenzana: 7 ‘foreign terrorists’ may be in Jolo

Jul 25, 2019 - 7:17 PM

The country's defense chief confirms an earlier report that the suspects may be training suicide bombers for an ISIS-linked faction of the Abu Sayyaf

FOREIGN TERRORISTS. The war-torn city of Marawi was an example of the impact of foreign terror groups' influence on local extremists. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

AFP reports 7 'foreign terrorists' in Sulu, Basilan, Maguindanao

Jul 23, 2019 - 4:18 PM

The commander of the Armed Forces in Western Mindanao says the 7 suspects are grooming suicide bombers among local extremist groups

AT LARGE. This image from the main battle area of the 2017 siege of Marawi City is a grim reminder of the lingering terrorist presence in the Philippines. Rappler photo

2 killed, 12 missing after huge blast rocks China gas plant – state media

Jul 19, 2019 - 9:01 PM

(UPDATED) Xinhua says the blast occurred in the air separation unit of the Henan Coal Gas Group factory and not in the gas tank areas, citing a source in the Yima city government

AFP, PNP: Filipino suicide bomber behind Sulu attack

Jul 10, 2019 - 5:35 PM

This is the first officially confirmed case of a suicide bombing in the Philippines perpetrated by a Filipino, and marks an escalation in terror tactics by local extremists

SUICIDE BOMBER. On July 10, 2019, the AFP and PNP announced that Norman Lasuca, a Filipino, was one of the suicide bombers behind the twin blasts in Indanan, Sulu on June 28, 2019, which killed at least 7 people. Photo from AFP WESTMINCOM

Erdogan says Turkey car blast may be terror-linked

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:08 PM

'Our colleagues are looking into who was behind this,' says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in televised comments

DEADLY BLAST. Security and forensic officials work at the site after a car blast in Reyhanli, Turkey, on July 5, 2019. Photo by Demiroren News Agency (DHA) / AFP)

Tunisia president in 'critical condition,' attacks rock capital

Jun 27, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) The violence revives fears for the stability of the North African state, which is seen as a rare democratic success story of the Arab Spring uprisings but has been hit by repeated Islamist attacks

AFTERMATH. Tunisian security forces cordon off the site of an attack in the Tunisian capital's main avenue Habib Bourguiba on June 27, 2019. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

At least 8 killed in Nigeria oil pipeline blast

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Authorities say the accident happened during maintenance work on the pipeline in Oyigbo near the West African country's oil hub Port Harcourt

4 Afghans killed, 4 U.S. troops wounded in Kabul suicide blast

May 31, 2019 - 4:28 PM

The blast, claimed by the Taliban, occurs around 8:40 am (0410 GMT) when an explosives-laden vehicle drives into the convoy travelling in eastern Kabul, according to interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi

3 dead, 6 injured in Nepal blasts

May 26, 2019 - 10:43 PM

There is no immediate claim of responsibility but police said they suspect involvement of a Maoist splinter group whose pamphlets were found in a house where one of the explosions took place

Blast hits Egypt tourist bus

May 19, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Images circulating online show some of the bus' windows shattered

CA rejects Alveo Land plea to dismiss 2013 Serendra blast case

May 19, 2019 - 4:51 PM

'Petitioners' negligence caused an explosion...and for petitioners to shift the blame to the victim is only adding insult to injury,' says the 8th Division of the Court of Appeals

SERENDRA BLAST. A wall from the Two Serendra unit fell onto a parked Abenson truck below, killing 3 people onboard the truck in 2013. Also killed was the unit tenant. File photo

Sri Lanka admits 'major' lapse over deadly Islamist blasts

Apr 24, 2019 - 8:22 PM

Police have so far arrested 58 people, all Sri Lankans, and security remains heavy, with bomb squads carrying out several controlled explosions of suspect packages

'MAJOR' LAPSE. Security personnel stand guard near St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 24, 2019, 3 days after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Sri Lanka blames Islamists for Easter attacks

Apr 22, 2019 - 7:22 PM

(UPDATED) Two additional blasts are triggered as security forces carry out raids searching for suspects

SECURITY. Sri Lankan soldiers secure an area near St. Anthony's Shrine after a car explosion in Colombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet then unleashed devastation

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Taprobane restaurant at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel was having one of its busiest days of the year for the Easter holiday weekend when the bombing took place

Philippines denounces Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our nation, together with the rest of the world, is outraged by these latest senseless acts of terror and violence,' says the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte

Sri Lankan police stand at the site of an explosion in a restaurant area of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - At least 42 people were killed April 21 in a string of blasts at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka as worshippers attended Easter services, a police official told AFP. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

Blast rocks Davao City police office

Apr 20, 2019 - 3:53 PM

(UPDATED) Police say no one was hurt in the 'accidental' explosion

6 more detained over China blast that killed 78

Apr 14, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Measures will also be taken against Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical, according to police

(FILES) This file picture taken on March 21, 2019 shows fire and smoke rising at an explosion site in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province. - The death toll from a chemical plant explosion in China rose to 78 on March 25, 2019, with hundreds still receiving medical treatment four days after one of the country's worst industrial accidents. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

China to close industrial park where deadly blast killed 78

Apr 06, 2019 - 12:18 PM

China's Jiangsu province will also begin closing chemical plants, with the number of producers to be cut roughly in half by 2020

DEADLY BLAST. This file picture taken on March 21, 2019 shows fire and smoke rising at an explosion site in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by STR/AFP

3 detained over China chemical blast that killed 78

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Three employees from Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical, whose facility was involved in the blast, had 'significant responsibility' for the accident, according to a statement on the Yancheng government's official Weibo account

CHEMICAL BLAST. This file picture taken on March 21, 2019 shows fire and smoke rising at an explosion site in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by AFP

15 killed as Shabaab bomb busy Somali restaurant

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:16 PM

(UPDATED) Security officials and witnesses report bodies strewn on the ground as plumes of smoke rose high into the air after the bomb detonated on Mogadishu's Maka Al-Mukarama road

Death toll in China chemical blast rises to 78

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Local authorities say more than 500 people are still in hospital. Among them, 13 are critically injured and 66 are seriously injured.

DEADLY BLAST. This file picture taken on March 21, 2019 shows fire and smoke rising at an explosion site in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by STR/AFP

At least 11 wounded in Somalia Al-Shabaab claimed attack

Mar 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

(UPDATED) Police say the assault began when two explosions were set off near the ministries of public works and labor

CAR BOMB. A car bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday, October 14.

China factory blast death toll jumps to 64, man rescued after 40 hours

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Rescuers are looking for 28 people who are still missing, state broadcaster CCTV reported, citing Yancheng mayor Cao Lubao

RESCUE. Paramilitary police officers and a medical staff transfer an injured man as smoke rises from an explosion site behind them in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 21, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

China probes factory blast after 47 killed

Mar 21, 2019 - 8:57 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The explosion on Thursday, March 21, in the eastern city of Yancheng, Jiangsu province is one of the worst industrial disasters to hit China

RESCUE. Paramilitary police officers and a medical staff transfer an injured man as smoke rises from an explosion site behind them in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 21, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

1 killed, 17 injured in grenade attack in Indian Kashmir

Mar 07, 2019 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) The blast in the city of Jammu comes amid heightened India-Pakistan tensions after 40 Indian troops were killed on February 14 in the part of Kashmir that New Delhi controls

GRENADE BLAST. Indian police inspect the site of a grenade blast at a bus station in Jammu on March 7, 2019. Photo by Rakesh Bakshi/AFP

At least 16 killed in attack in eastern Afghanistan – provincial spokesman

Mar 06, 2019 - 3:27 PM

(UPDATED) A clearance operation is ongoing, with security defusing two suicide vests, one car bomb, and multiple mines planted by the attackers

Chinese chemical firm 'misled' investigators over deadly blast

Feb 03, 2019 - 8:13 PM

In its report, local authorities also blamed the company's lack of safety measures and 'chaotic' management for contributing to the blast

The week in photos: January 26-February 1, 2019

Feb 02, 2019 - 12:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

'HOT SPRING'. People enjoy a dip in a hotpot-shaped hot spring pool at a hotel in Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang province on January 27, 2019, to promote a healthy lifestyle in the run-up to the Lunar New Year which begins the first week of February. Photo by AFP

Muslim religious leaders call for unity after Zamboanga City mosque blast

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:06 PM

'We call on everyone, Muslims and Christians alike, to maintain our solidarity and harmony as advocates of peace,' says the Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula

UNITE. Haji Ridwan Julpali, an elder of Jamaah Tableegh whose 2 members were killed in the mosque grenade attack, appeals to Muslims and Christians to unite for peace. Photo by Derkie Alfonso/The Asia Foundation

Police search for 3 persons of interest in Zamboanga mosque blast

Jan 31, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Philippine National Police searches for two possible suspects and one possible witness as it investigates the attack

GRENADE ATTACK. A grenade is thrown inside a Zamboanga City mosque where religious leaders were resting on Wednesday, January 30. PNP Zamboanga photo

Malacañang vows to hunt down 'godless murderers' behind Zamboanga mosque blast

Jan 30, 2019 - 1:37 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the mosque explosion is a 'taunting challenge to the capability of the government to secure the safety of the inhabitants in Mindanao'

GRENADE ATTACK. A grenade is thrown inside a Zamboanga City mosque where religious leaders were resting on Wednesday, January 30. PNP Zamboanga photo

Preacher spared from Zamboanga mosque blast recounts ordeal

Jan 30, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Muslim preacher Sukri Halling says he was up around midnight to get a drink of water when he heard a loud sound

SURVIVOR. Preacher Sukri Halling was outside the mosque to get water when the place of worship, where he and other preachers were resting, was bombed on January 30, 2019. Rappler screenshot

1 killed in double blasts in northeast China – official

Jan 25, 2019 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) Eyewitnesses report hearing over 20 explosions and people are evacuated from buildings surrounding the Wanda Plaza Apartment in Changchun

Fuel pipeline blaze in Mexico kills at least 66

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

(UPDATED) Scores of locals with jerrycans and buckets had been collecting gasoline pouring from the pipeline when the blast occurred on Friday, according to witnesses

FIRE. Firefighters are working at extinguishing the fire at the scene of a massive blaze trigerred by a leaky pipeline in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state, on January 19, 2019. Photo by Francisco Villeda/AFP

Rescuers pull more bodies from rubble of Russian gas explosion

Jan 02, 2019 - 7:01 PM

(UPDATED) The number of people killed in the deadly New Year's Eve gas explosion rises to 22, while 19 people are yet to be found

SURVIVOR. A 10-month old baby survives the gas explosion in Russia as rescuers continue to look for other remaining bodies. Photo by Ho/Russian Emergency Situations Ministry/AFP

14 confirmed dead in Russia high-rise blast

Jan 02, 2019 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) Rescuers pull more bodies from the rubble of the collapsed building

Rescuers pull baby alive from Russian block after gas blast

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The baby is found after rescuers are forced to temporarily halt the search for dozens of missing people in the rubble, for fear the rest of the block comes down

SURVIVOR. This handout picture released by The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry on January 1, 2019, shows emergency officers transporting a baby surviver after a gas explosion rocked a residential building in Russia's Urals city of Magnitogorsk. HO / RUSSIAN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS MINISTRY / AFP

Malacañang on 'ISIS-inspired' Cotabato blast: Do not speculate

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr also tells the public to be more 'sober' in dealing with rumors and calls the incident an 'isolated case'

BLAST. Two people died while 34 were injured in an explosion in a mall in Cotabato City on December 31, 2018. Sourced photo

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PNP suspects ISIS-inspired local terror group behind Cotabato blast

Jan 01, 2019 - 5:14 PM

The Philippine National Police says bomb experts prevent a second bomb from exploding inside the mall

BOMB SITE. Police scour the area where a bomb exploded outside the South Seas Mall in Cotabato City Cotabato bombing on December  31, 2018. Rappler photo

4 dead, dozens missing after gas explosion hits Russia high-rise

Dec 31, 2018 - 4:50 PM

(UPDATED) 70 people are still missing, feared to be trapped under the rubble

Powerful blast at Japan restaurant injures 42

Dec 17, 2018 - 7:50 AM

(UPDATED) Images from the scene show large flames and plumes of smoke rising in the night air after the blast in the northern city of Sapporo

RESTAURANT BLAST. Firefighters carry on rescue works after an explosion at a restaurant in Sapporo, in the northern Hokkaido prefecture on December 16, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

3 killed in blast in India's Punjab state

Nov 18, 2018 - 5:12 PM

(UPDATED) Police say about 20 other people are injured after 2 armed men on a motorcycle forced their way into a building where the Nirankari spiritual group was meeting