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September 22, 2018

At least 24 people were killed and more than 50 injured Saturday when gunmen opened fire on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, state media reported. Civilians, including children and members of the press, were reportedly among the dead.

"Terrorists began shooting from a long distance while inside the park, at the armed forces as well as civilians watching the parade," said Brig. Gen. Abolfazl Shekarch. Three of the attackers were killed and one was arrested, and the attack was claimed by the Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement, a separatist organization.

Officials said the shooters were disguised as military members and accused Saudi Arabia of connection to the attack. "Terrorists recruited, trained, armed & paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahvaz. Children and journos among casualties," tweeted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. "Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attacks." Saudi Arabia has not responded to the allegation. Bonnie Kristian

May 13, 2018

The suspect who killed one person and wounded four more in a knife attack in Paris on Saturday was identified Sunday by French police as Khamzat Asimov, a French national who was born in Russia's Chechnya region.

Asimov, 21, shouted "Allahu akbar" as he attacked pedestrians near the Paris Opera, and his violence has been claimed by the Islamic State. Already on a French watchlist before the attack, he was fatally shot by police at the scene of the crime. Asimov's parents reportedly have been detained for questioning.

The victims of the attack have not been publicly named, but French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the victim who died was a 29-year-old man. None of the other four victims have life-threatening injuries. Bonnie Kristian

April 22, 2018

At least 57 people were killed and more than 100 wounded by a suicide bombing at a voter registration center at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted would-be voters lining up to receive ID cards for a parliamentary election scheduled for October.

"There were women, children," said Bashir Ahmad, who was nearby when the bomb exploded. "Everyone had come to get their identity cards." This is the deadliest attack Afghanistan has suffered since January.

Afghanistan's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, condemned the incident on Twitter. "I stand with those affected by this coward attack," he wrote. "Our resolve for fair and transparent election will continue and terrorists won't win against the will of the Afghan people."

This is a breaking news story and has been updated throughout. Bonnie Kristian

January 27, 2018

At least 95 people were killed and another 158 injured Saturday by a Taliban suicide bomber who detonated an ambulance full of explosives in Kabul, Afghanistan. The attacker made it past two security checkpoints to explode the vehicle near the capital city's former interior ministry building in a bustling neighborhood hosting foreign embassies and the police headquarters.

Afghanistan's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, condemned the "insane, inhuman, heinous" attack on Twitter, labeling it a war crime and vowing both justice and "necessary measures to avoid such barbarism" going forward. "Our priority and focus right now is to help those in need and provide the best treatment for those wounded," he wrote in a second post. "This is the moment when we all need to stand together and punch our enemy hard. This is enough!"

"We condemn today's cowardly bombing in Kabul and those who perpetrated it," said a statement from the U.S. State Department. "Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and we stand with the brave people of #Afghanistan."

This comes one week after a Taliban-claimed hotel siege in Kabul left 22 dead. The Taliban has reclaimed significant territory in Afghanistan since the U.S. invasion in 2001.

This is a breaking news story and has been updated throughout. Bonnie Kristian

December 30, 2017

A local branch of the Islamic State on Saturday claimed responsibility for a Friday attack on a Coptic church in Cairo, Egypt, that killed at least nine people. The church was full for a Friday Mass when a gunman opened fire, shooting at worshippers leaving the building. He was killed by police before he could get inside.

ISIS has killed more than 100 Coptic Christians in Egypt this year, targeting the minority population in a bid to gain new power as it loses territory in Iraq and Syria. President Trump issued a statement in which he "condemned the attack and reiterated that the United States will continue to stand with Egypt in the face of terrorism." Bonnie Kristian

December 17, 2017

At least eight people were killed and dozens more wounded, nine critically, on Sunday in a suicide attack on a Methodist church in Quetta, Pakistan, close to the Afghan border. Four attackers targeted the church, but only one detonated his suicide vest. Another was killed in a gunfight with police, and two more were intercepted at the church door, preventing further casualties.

More than 400 people were at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church when the attack occurred, reported Sarfaraz Bugti, the regional home minister. They were attending a Christmas service. The attack has yet to be publicly linked to a specific terrorist organization. Bonnie Kristian

November 5, 2017

Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for Saturday's missile attack on Riyadh in neighboring Saudi Arabia. The missile was intercepted and destroyed near the city's airport, and no one was injured.

"The capital cities of countries that continually shell us, targeting innocent civilians, will not be spared from our missiles," the rebels said in a statement to Al Jazeera, referring to the U.S.-facilitated, Saudi-led Sunni coalition intervening in Yemen's civil war to oppose the Shiite Houthis. The coalition blockade and bombing campaign have been accused of being war crimes as Yemen's civilian population suffers famine and a cholera epidemic on top of mass airstrike casualties.

Also Saturday in Saudi Arabia, 11 princes were arrested in a corruption investigation, including billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who is an investor in companies including Twitter and Citigroup. The arrests are seen as a way to consolidate the authority of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is a driving force behind the Yemen intervention. Bonnie Kristian

October 28, 2017

Local authorities say at least 10 people were killed and a dozen more wounded by two explosions in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Saturday.

One blast was a car bomb detonated near a hotel "frequented by lawmakers, [military] forces, and civilians," and another was a "minibus loaded with explosives which went off" in an intersection near a former parliament building. Militants stormed the hotel after the first bomb went off and are still shooting inside.

Both attacks were promptly claimed by al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked extremist group that seeks to overthrow the Somali government. The same group is thought to be responsible for another attack in Mogadishu earlier this month that ultimately left more than 300 dead and another 300 people injured. Bonnie Kristian

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