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AFGHAN TRIAL RESUMES AGAINST CHRISTIAN WORKERS
KABUL/ISLAMABAD (ANS) -- The trial of eight Western aid workers accused of spreading Christianity in mainly Moslim Afghanistan resumed in the Afghan Capital Kabul Sunday, September 30, as family members pleaded to United States President George W. Bush to postpone retaliatory action against the country.
The US is considering military strikes against Afghanistan and has not ruled out to topple the Taliban regime for harbouring Osama bin Laden, the Saudi exile believed to be the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks against America.
Deborah Oddy, the mother of 24-year old American prisoner Heather Mercer, told reporters in the Pakistan Capital Islamabad that she had received a letter from her daughter written September 25 asking her to urge President Bush "not to take any retaliatory action until we've been freed." It was not clear if the letter was written under pressure from Afghanistan's ruling Taliban regime. Read More...
AS CHURCHES PRAY POLICE FORCES GATHER IN HUNGARY
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (ANS) -- As Hungarian churchleaders are praying for future peace and those who died, young NATO member Hungary is playing a key, police, role in America's war against terror. Hungary, which only a decade ago was one of America's cold war enemies, hosted the 70th General Assembly meeting of the international criminal police organization Interpol, to help the United States in its global fight against terror.
It has also opened its air space for possible U.S. war planes. The 135 countries attending the meeting, that ended Friday, unanimously condemned what they described as the "murderous attacks" perpetrated against citizens of the U.S. and over 80 countries. They especially paid tribute to the memory of police officials and rescue workers killed in the worst ever terrorist attacks against America.
Interpol, the world's largest police organization, is now suggesting the day of these attacks, September 11, should become an annual day of remembrance. But these events also underlined what some officials described as "the incompetence" of the international police organization in handling the terrorist challenges of the new century. Read More...
2 POWERFUL BOMBS EXPLODE; 9 KILLED, 21 INJURED
ZAMBOANGA CITY, PHILIPPINES -- At least two powerful bombs exploded at the heart of this City killing 9 persons including a 14-year-old girl, and injuring 21 others. The bombs exploded almost simultaneously before 8:00 last night at the hallway of Puericulture Center (food stand), 25 meters away from the City's largest catholic cathedral, the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral. Military intelligence disclosed that the bomb explosions can only be the handiwork of the Abu Sayyaf, a terrorist arm of Osama Bin Laden operating in the Southern Philippines. However, military officials are still looking for more evidence to trace the real culprit of those responsible in the terror attack. More than 20 Abu Sayyaf members were killed in Basilan when Philippine soldiers launched a military offensive there. The Abu Sayyaf is still holding captive American Christian missionary couple Martin and Gracia Burnham of New Tribes Mission, and 8 Filipino hostages. Read More...
16 CHRISTIANS KILLED IN PAKISTAN
ISLAMABAD/KABUL (ANS) -- A group of bearded men on motorcycles stormed a Church and opened fire early Sunday, October 28, killing at least 16 worshippers including a police officer, the Cable News Network reported. The attack took place in Bahawalpur, about 230 miles (370 kilometres) southwest of Lahore, and were seen as an apparent retaliation for the U.S.-led air strikes against neighbouring Afghanistan. It came as American Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told CNN he did not "rule out" the use of limited nuclear weapons against suspected terrorist targets in Afghanistan. "We have never ruled this out," he said, adding that the current weapons used appear to be sufficient for the time being.
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Rev. Jim Nuttle, a Catholic priest at the Church of Pakistan where the shooting happened, was quoted as saying that about 50 people were in the church when the attack began at the end of the first service at 9 a.m. local time. "The men rode up on motorcycles and shot a police officer who was a church security guard," Nuttle said. He stressed the men then stormed the church and began "shooting indiscriminately with automatic weapons." He added that "they were in the church for a full five minutes. ... They left as quickly as they came; they left a great deal of carnage in the church -- people dead, dying." Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, has sent two federal ministers to Bahawalpur, to express condolences to the families, CNN reported. Read More...