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Suicide blast in Pakistan: 26 killed, 52 injured

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Islamabad: At least 26 people were killed and 52 others injured in a suicide blast, which hit a government building in Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.

Provincial Information Minister, Mushtaq Ghani, told the media that at least 26 people lost their lives and 52 others are injured in this suicide attack, while six others were in critical condition.

According to Deputy Inspector General of Police, Sayyad Khan, the incident took place when a suicide bomber detonated his jacket at the main gate of the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) at theDosehra Chowk area of Mardan, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Khan said the attacker was around 20-25-year-old and wanted to light up the bomb inside the building, but he exploded himself at the security gate when the guard searched him.

The bomb disposal squad estimated eight kilograms of explosives, along with ball bearings, was used in the attack.

A splinter group of Pakistani Taliban named “Jamaat-ul-Ahrar” claimed responsibility for the attack. (IANS)

(Photo: BBC)

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Man Accused in Christchurch Mosque Shootings Charged with Terrorism

The single charge filed Tuesday against Australian Brenton Tarrant is the first of its kind

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Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the mosque attacks, is lead into the dock for his appearance in the Christchurch District Court, New Zealand, March 16, 2019. (Suspect's face blurred at source) VOA

Authorities in New Zealand have charged the self-avowed white supremacist who killed 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques back in March with terrorism.

The single charge filed Tuesday against Australian Brenton Tarrant is the first of its kind under New Zealand’s Terrorism Suppression Act, which was passed in 2002 in the wake of the al-Qaida-led terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. the previous year. Prosecutors have also charged him with an additional count of murder over a worshipper who died in the hospital earlier this month, along with two additional counts of attempted murder, bringing that number to 40.

Up to 200 family members of the victims and survivors of the attack were informed of the new charges at a private meeting with police.

The 28-year-old Tarrant live-streamed the March 15 shootings at the al-Noor and Linwood mosques on Facebook from a head-mounted camera.

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Authorities in New Zealand have charged the self-avowed white supremacist who killed 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques. Flickr

He is currently being held at a maximum security prison where he was ordered to undergo psychiatric tests to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial. His next court date is June 14.

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The 28-year-old Tarrant e-mailed a lengthy white nationalist manifesto to more than 30 recipients just minutes before the attacks – including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern – in which he allegedly denounced Muslims and called immigrants “invaders.” (VOA)

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