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Archive for February 6, 2017

Newsline: Afghan diplomat killed in embassy in Pakistan

An Afghan diplomat was shot dead on Monday by a guard at the Afghan consulate in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi in a personal dispute, officials said. The consulate’s third secretary was killed by the consulate guard, also an Afghan national, who has been arrested, police official Saqib Ismail told Reuters. “The guard used his automatic weapon, firing multiple bullets,” Mr Ismail said. Afghanistan’s ministry for foreign affairs issued a statement identifying the murdered diplomat as Mohammed Zaki Abdu.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/afghan-diplomat-killed-in-embassy-in-pakistan-1.2965468

Newsline: US embassy in Iraq reports threat against Baghdad hotels

The U.S. embassy in Baghdad said on Monday it has limited the movement of its personnel after receiving “credible threats of possible attacks on hotels frequented by Westerners”. “As a reminder, U.S. citizens should maintain a heightened sense of security awareness and take appropriate measures to enhance their personal security at all times when living and working in Iraq,” an emergency security message for U.S. citizens on the embassy’s website said. It did not give details on the nature of threat. U.S. authorities advise citizens to avoid travelling to Iraq citing the risk of being kidnapped by armed political groups or criminal gangs and bombings by the group Islamic State.

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-us-embassy-in-iraq-reports-threat-against-baghdad-hotels-2314345