(KABUL, Afghanistan.) JUST IN: At least three teachers have died and 15 more people have been wounded after a roadside bomb hit a bus carrying university staff on Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.31: Professors and staff from Al-Biruni university were travelling through Charikar, the capital of Parwan province, about 70km (43 miles) north of the capital Kabul:

Afghanistan: ‘Bus blast kills three university staff and has seen increasing violence in recent weeks as the US and Nato prepare to withdraw all troops’ and NO group has claimed responsibility’

An Afghan police officer holding a rifle, May 2021
Afghan security forces are struggling against a rising wave of violence ahead of the US troop withdrawal in September

The deadline for the withdrawal is 11 September – 20 years to the day since the attack on the World Trade Center in New York. In the months which followed, the US and its allies invaded Afghanistan, forcing the Taliban – a hardline Islamist movement – from power and beginning an almost two-decade long war. 

Saturday’s blast happened at around 15:15 local time (10:45 GMT), Bagram police reportedly said. 

A spokesman for the ministry of higher education said some of the wounded teachers are in a critical condition. The university’s chancellor was also reportedly injured in the attack.

US and Nato officials have recently said that the Taliban has so far failed to live up to commitments to reduce violence in Afghanistan. The group has denied the allegation. 

Earlier in May Taliban militants captured a district near Kabul, the second district in a week to fall to the group. The Islamic State group are also active in the country. 

Saturday’s attack comes just weeks after blasts close to a secondary school in Kabul killed at least 60 people and injured more than 100. 

Students were killed as they left their classrooms. Most of the victims were girls. 

On Tuesday Australia announced it was closing its embassy in Afghanistan due to the “increasingly uncertain security environment” in the country. Tens of thousands of Afghan soldiers have been killed and injured. This 2019 video tells their story.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.31: 2021:

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#AceWorldNews – PERU:Jan.11: More than 20 people died as a result of a bus swerving off a cliff in Peru, as the driver struggled to make a sharp turn at an altitude of 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) above sea level and the bus plunged into a 100-meter-deep ravine, killing 23 and injuring a further 30 people.

The incident took place at 14:00 local time in the south-east of the country, on a road connecting the Santa Barbara and Sicuani districts.

According to AFP, local law enforcement says that weather conditions could have contributed to the accident, as well as the poor state of the country roads.


#bus, #crash


#AceWorldNews – NEPAL – Nov.29 – At least 11 people have been killed and 29 others injured after a bus veered off a mountain road near the village of Sahajpur in western Nepal.

According to police officials, the driver lost control of the vehicle due to a punctured tire.

The accident happened about 400 kilometres west of the country’s capital, Katmandu.

I reported on the dangerous roads and drivers who drive far too fast.


#bus, #injuring, #killing, #veered


#AceWorldNews – KENYA – Nov.22 – Latest updated news: The Al-Shabab militants in Somalia have claimed responsibility for the Saturday attack in neighbouring Kenya, which left 28 people killed.

The killing of bus passengers was retaliation for raids on mosques in the city of Mombasa by the Kenyan military, the group’s spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage told Reuters in an emailed statement.


#al-shabab, #bus, #killed, #militants, #military


#AceWorldNews – KENYA – Nov.22 – Authorities say al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants from Somalia have hijacked a bus in northern Kenya and killed 28 non-Muslims on board.

Two police officers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the bus was hijacked 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the town of Mandera on its way to the capital Nairobi, AP reported.

Kenya has witnessed a rise in attacks by al-Shabab militants since it sent troops into Somalia in October 2011.

There have been over 100 attacks since then, including the 2013 Westgate Mall massacre that left 67 people dead.


#al-shabab, #bus, #hijacked, #killed, #militants, #non-muslims


#AceNewsServices – JERUSALEM – Nov.18 – A Palestinian bus driver has been found hanged inside his vehicle at a depot in Jerusalem, with the Israeli police saying the man committed suicide, while the driver’s family claim he was lynched by Israelis RT reported. 

Palestinian protesters burn a tyre in front of Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17, 2014.(AFP Photo / Ahmad Gharabli)

Palestinian protesters burn a tyre in front of Israel’s controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17, 2014.(AFP Photo / Ahmad Gharabli)

The bus driver, who has been identified as Youssef al-Ramouni from al-Tur in East Jerusalem, worked for Egged, an Israeli company.

Other drivers were, according to the Ma’an news agency, alarmed to see al-Ramouni’s bus parked in the terminal late on Sunday evening, when it was supposed to be out on its route. They entered the vehicle and discovered al-Ramouni’s body hanging from a steel bar.

Israeli police say a preliminary investigation showed no sign of an assault.

“The bus driver committed suicide, there is no other indication other than it was a suicide case,” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, according to Reuters.

Al-Ramouni’s relatives are not convinced, arguing that Youssef, the father of two young children, could not possibly have killed himself.

“I saw the body last night and I saw bruises and marks that he was beaten up,” al-Ramouni’s brother Louy told Reuters. “There were marks of fingers on the body and also on his back there was a bruise, as if he was hit by a hard object.”

The family supports their allegations with pictures of the dead body, which are currently circulating online.

The body is now in Abu Kabir Forensic Insitutute in Tel Aviv, where it was transferred for an autopsy. Al-Ramouni’s family wants a Palestinian pathologist to be present, but it’s not yet clear if this will be allowed.

Al-Ramouni’s colleagues have, according to the Haaretz, said that Palestinian bus drivers have long been targets of attacks by Israelis.

Rumors of the driver’s death in a possible assault spread across the Palestinian media, sparking riots in several neighborhoods of Jerusalem – At-tur, Ras al-Amud and Abu Dis, the Times of Israel reported. Palestinian youths hurled stones and firebombs at police, who responded with stun grenades and tear gas.

The Israeli media have meanwhile reported that a Jewish man, aged 32, was stabbed with a screwdriver also on Sunday evening.

The man managed to make it to a police station and was eventually taken to hospital.

Source: RT – Times of Israel – Haaretz – Reuters – Ma’an News Agency 


#bus, #crime, #dead, #driver, #hanged, #killed, #riots, #suicide


#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – Nov.11 – At least 56 people, 17 women and 18 children among them, were killed on Tuesday, as a passenger bus collided with a truck in southern Pakistan, officials said.

“The Karachi-bound passenger bus, which was coming from north-western city of Swat went on the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with a goods container, killing 56 people,senior local police official Nasir Aftab told AFP.

Conflicting reports have come about the number of victims. AP reported the death and injury toll issued by police official Ghulam Jhokhio.

AFP, however, estimates the body count at 56 people at least, with a much higher rate of kids – including 17 women and 18 children. The latter death toll was confirmed by a senior doctor at the Khairpur civil hospital, who added that the condition of three of the injured was critical.

The accident happened in the morning, 450km north of Karachi, near the city of Khairpur, which is the capital of southern Sindh province. A police official told AP, the most likely cause of the accident was heavy fog.

Bad road infrastructure, combined with reckless driving makes fatal accidents quite common in Pakistan.


#bus, #killed, #pakistan

#Argentina : “Eighteen People Dead After `Stolen Truck Collides with Bus’ on route from Buenos Aires to Santiago”

#AceWorldNews says Eighteen people have died after a truck travelling on the wrong side of the road smashed into a passenger bus en route from Buenos Aires to Santiago on Friday.

Both vehicles burst into flames upon impact, 660km north-east of the western city of Mendoza. Thirty passengers and two drivers were on the bus, with both drivers being among the dead.

Local reports state that the truck had been stolen and was travelling at high speed.

#argentina, #buenos-aires, #bus, #santiago, #stolen, #truck