Afghan police chief: Suicide car bombing in Helmand kills 15

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A local police chief in Afghanistan says a suicide car bombing targeted Afghan soldiers lining up outside a bank in southern Helmand province, killing at least 15 people.

Provincial police chief Gen. Agha Noor Kentoz says the attacker struck on Thursday in Lashkargah, the provincial capital. He says at least a dozen people were wounded in the explosion outside a Kabul Bank branch.

People likely had gathered there to collect salaries ahead of the upcoming holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

Haji Moladad Tobagar, health director in Lashkargah told The Associated Press that the hospital received 25 bodies after the attack, as well as 60 wounded.

He says he fears an even higher casualty toll as more victims were being brought in. The discrepancies in the casualty tolls could not immediately be reconciled.

Source: Afghan police chief: Suicide car bombing in Helmand kills 15

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Isis blowing up Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul is ‘formal declaration of defeat’, says Iraqi PM

mosul-grand-mosque.jpgBy blowing up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Isis has issued a “formal declaration of defeat,” Iraq’s Prime Minister has said.  Haider al-Abadi said the destruction was an admission the militants are losing the fight for Iraq’s second largest city.

“Daesh’s bombing of the al-Hadba minaret and the al-Nuri Mosque is a formal declaration of their defeat,” Mr al-Abadi said, using the Arabic acronym for Isis.

Isis “terror gangs committed another historical crime by blowing up the al-Nuri mosque and its historical al-Habda minaret”, the Iraqi military said in a statement.

The mosque was named after a noble who fought in the early crusades and had stood for more than 840 years.

The minaret, which leaned like Italy’s Tower of Pisa, gave the landmark its popular name: al-Hadba, or the hunchback.

Source: Isis blowing up Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul is ‘formal declaration of defeat’, says Iraqi PM | The Independent

UK Birmingham school in ‘lockdown’ after shots fired outside

A man ran into the building for safety after the shots were fired at him from a car.

The two shots were fired from a car at the man, who was on a bicycle outside St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School in Springhill, Birmingham, said West Midlands Police.

The man later fled, said police.

A member of staff’s car was damaged but no-one was injured. Police will be at the school on Thursday to reassure staff and parents.

“It is not believed that the school or any of the children or staff were the target of the attack.

“We are still searching for the victim, who is also thought not to have been injured, and the offender who made off in the vehicle,” police said.

Source: Birmingham school in ‘lockdown’ after shots fired outside – BBC News

Two prisoners who escaped from Bali’s Kerobokan jail arrested

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Jakarta: Indonesian police say two of the prisoners who escaped from Bali’s Kerobokan jail on Monday have been arrested in Dili, the capital of East Timor.

Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev, 43, who was serving seven years for an ATM fraud scam and Indian Sayed Mohammed Said, who was jailed for 14 years for drug offences, have both been apprehended.

However there is still no sign of Australian Shaun Edward Davidson and Malaysian man Tee Kok King, 50, who was serving 7½ years, also for drug offences.

Bali police’s vice-director of Special Criminal Investigation, Ruddi Setiawan, said Indonesian authorities had arranged to pick the men up soon…

Source: Two prisoners who escaped from Bali’s Kerobokan jail arrested

Pauline Hanson: Parents react to call to remove children with disabilities from classrooms

Parents of children with special needs have reacted strongly to Pauline Hanson’s controversial calls for them to be removed from mainstream classrooms, with many calling the comments “offensive”.

They say while schools do need more resources to help children with disabilities, Senator Hanson’s claims the education of other children is suffering are unwarranted.

They argue that rather than disadvantaging their classmates by monopolising teachers’ time, children with special needs actually enrich the learning environment.

But some say mainstream schools simply cannot cope with the demands of children with special needs.

‘I want my son to have an impact’

Annette McLaren’s son Scott, 9, has Asperger’s. He attends a mainstream state school in Sydney.

Ms McLaren said she encountered some resistance from other parents at the school who were concerned about the disruption he may cause in the classroom.

She recognised children with special needs can take up more of the teachers’ time and their behaviour can often be disruptive. But she argued all children benefited from diversity in the classroom, which added “strength and richness” to their education.

Source: Pauline Hanson: Parents react to One Nation senator’s call to remove children with disabilities from classrooms – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Iraq: Canadian JTF2 sniper breaks longest confirmed kill record 3450 metre

A SNIPER with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for longest confirmed kill from a staggering distance of 3450 metre

A member of Joint Task Force 2 killed an Islamic State terrorist with a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle, The Glode and Mail reported.

“The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces,” said a military source, who stressed the operation fell within the strictures of the Trudeau government’s advise and assist mission.

“Instead of dropping a bomb that could potentially kill civilians in the area, it is a very precise application of force and because it was so far way, the bad guys didn’t have a clue what was happening.”

The shot took just under 10 seconds to hit the target and was fired from a high-rise location during an operation within the past four weeks.

A SNIPER with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for longest confirmed kill from a staggering distance of 3450 metres.

The kill was independently verified by video camera and other data, The Globe and Mail reported.

“Hard data on this. It isn’t an opinion. It isn’t an approximation. There is a second location with eyes on with all the right equipment to capture exactly what the shot was,” another military source said.

“This is an incredible feat. It is a world record that might never be equalled.”

The longest confirmed kill world record was previously held by British sniper Craig Harrison, who shot a Taliban soldier with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle from 2475 metres away in 2009.

Previously Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong had set the world record in 2002 at 2430 metres when he gunned down an Afghan insurgent carrying an RPK machine gun during Operation Anaconda.

An Australian sniper killed a Taliban commander at 2815 metres with a Barrett M82A1, The Daily Telegraph reported in October 2012.

SAS SNIPER KILLS ISIS terrorist from almost 2.4km away

CANADA’S ROLE IN IRAQ

Canada is not part of The Multi-National Force — Iraq which consists of military from the US, UK, Australia, Spain and Poland.

But Candaa is reported to have about 200 JTF2 elite special forces operating in northern Iraq, primarily tasked with counter-terrorism, sniper operations and hostage rescue.

The Trudeau government has expanded the military commitment in Iraq, committing 207 Canadian special forces trainers in an assist, train and advise mission. Canadian commandos are not meant to be involved in direct combat.

For operational security reasons, sources would not reveal the names of the elite Canadian sniper and his partner, nor the location where the action took place.
“Canada has a world-class sniper system. It is not just a sniper. They work in pairs. There is an observer,” a military source said. “This is a skill set that only a very few people have.”

The skill of the JTF2 sniper in taking down an insurgent at 3450 metres required math skills, great eyesight, precision of ammunition and firearms, and superb training.

“It is at the distance where you have to account not just for the ballistics of the round, which change over time and distance, you have to adjust for wind, and the wind would be swirling,” said a source with expertise in training Canadian special forces.

“You have to adjust for him firing from a higher location downward and as the round drops you have to account for that. And from that distance you actually have to account for the curvature of the Earth.”

Source: Iraq: Canadian JTF2 sniper breaks longest confirmed kill record | Perth Now

Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is “an official declaration of defeat” by so-called Islamic State (IS).

Iraqi forces say IS blew up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri and its famous leaning minaret as jihadists battled to stop advancing pro-government troops.

IS said American aircraft had destroyed the complex, a claim denied by the US.

Aerial photographs show the complex largely destroyed.

The mosque, which was more than 800 years old, was where in July 2014 IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi commanded allegiance in his first and only public appearance following IS’ declaration days earlier of a “caliphate”.

The mosque’s destruction has brought widespread condemnation.

A senior US commander in Iraq said IS had destroyed “one of Mosul and Iraq’s great treasures”.

“This is a crime against the people of Mosul and all of Iraq, and is an example of why this brutal organisation must be annihilated,” Maj Gen Joseph Martin said.

Source: Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’ – BBC News

Coward’s punch: Police hunt man over one punch attack in Perth suburb of Claremont | Perth Now

DO you know this coward?

This horrific footage of a coward’s punch was captured in Claremont early on Monday, June 5.

It shows a man in a white cap and an acquaintance approach a teenager on St Quentin Avenue about 12.30am.

They talk to him briefly, before, without warning, the man in the white hat punches or elbows the 17-year-old in the face.

The teenager is thrown backwards and is knocked to the ground.

The assailant – who is wanted by police – then jogs away with his mate without checking on the teenager. The pair was last seen heading towards Bay View Terrace.

Cottesloe Police do not know what sparked the attack but they believe it was unprovoked and the men were strangers.

“It’s a punch or an elbow to the left cheek… without provocation or warning,” Sgt Paul Gelmi said.

“There was no lead-up, they’re unknown to each other… it looks like a random attack. “It’s pretty shocking.”

Source: Coward’s punch: Police hunt man over one punch attack in Perth suburb of Claremont | Perth Now

Ch9, AFL Footy Show + Sam Newman slammed for ‘disgraceful’ gag

AFL Footy Show panellist Sam Newman has been forced to apologise after he and Channel Nine were slammed for a “disgraceful” gag at the transgender community’s expense in Wednesday night’s episode.

Newman made the “unacceptable” comments when fellow panellist Billy Brownless asked if he knew who Caitlyn Jenner was when a banner appeared on screen with her face on it.

“I know who he … it is,” Newman said. “Oh well, what is she? Is it a he or a she?”

Co-host Rebecca Maddern tried to steer Newman down the right path, saying: “He is a she now.” But Newman continued to stumble.

“Is it transgender, is it? Or what is it?” he said before co-host Craig Hutchison moved quickly off the topic…

Source: AFL Footy Show slammed for ‘disgraceful’ gag

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