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Fatal explosion hits Afghan capital Kabul

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Huge explosion has rocked the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least five people and wounding more than 120, the country’s health ministry said.



The Taliban claimed responsibility for blast near the Green Village compound, which houses several international companies and charities, in eastern Kabul.

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Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish confirmed the incident stating that three military personnel were among the dead but failed to specify what nationality they were.

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India’s foreign ministry also express dismay on the fatal explosion that leaves One Indian national killed.

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Afghanistan’s Public Health Ministry Spokesperson Wahidullah Mayar has laud the different hospitals in the city for there quick response in treating the civilians involved in the fatal blast.

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Northern Ireland: Police arrest two in connection with the murder of a journalist

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Two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee during a riot in Londonderry on Thursday, police said, as politicians in the divided British region united to condemn the attack.

McKee, an award-winning 29-year-old journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during decades of violence in Northern Ireland, was shot dead as she watched Irish nationalist youths attack police following a raid.

“Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement.

Northern Ireland’s political parties, which are broadly split between Irish nationalists aspiring to unite the British region with Ireland and unionists who want it to remain British, united to condemn the attack.

In a joint statement, six parties said they were “united in rejecting those responsible for this heinous crime.”

Hundreds gathered in cities across Northern Ireland on Friday to hold vigils for McKee, who was also known as an activist for lesbian and gay rights.

Politicians around the world condemned the attack, with former U.S. President Bill Clinton saying he was “heartbroken.”

“We cannot let go of the last 21 years of hard-won peace and progress,” Clinton, a key player in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement peace accord, said on Twitter.

The 1998 deal largely ended three decades of violence in the region, in which over 3,600 died, but several smaller militant groups remain active and launch occasional attacks.

Police said they believed the shooting was likely carried out by the small New IRA group of “dissident” Irish nationalist militants opposed to the Good Friday deal. The group was blamed by police for planting a car bomb outside a courthouse in Londonderry in January.

Politicians in Northern Ireland have also warned that Britain’s plans to leave the European Union could also undermine the peace deal and that any return of restrictive infrastructure along the Irish-Northern Irish border would become targets for militants.

Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, said the peace accord had to be preserved.

“The tragic murder of Lyra McKee is a reminder of how fragile peace still is in Northern Ireland,” he said.“SENSELESS”

Police said Thursday’s rioting began after a raid aimed at preventing attacks during Easter weekend.

Saoradh, a political party with links to dissident militants, said in a statement on Friday that it understood McKee was killed accidentally by a “Republican volunteer.

McKee was watching with a crowd of bystanders as local youths attacked police with petrol bombs and set cars on fire, video footage showed. Police said McKee was hit when a gunman opened fire in the direction of police.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday described the attack as “shocking and truly senseless.”

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JKUAT Students Stage Protests Over Tabitha Muthoni Stabbed to Death

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The students’ Union of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) have taken to the streets of Juja and its environs to protest against the killing of  incessant Tabitha Muthoni and killing of innocent students of the school.

The protests which came as a reaction to the death of a first-year student at the institution, Tabitha Muthoni, who was allegedly stabbed to death on Thursday night after she resisted thugs while walking together with a friend near Segal Hotel.

It was reported that they were ambushed by thugs who demanded their cellphones.

Meanwhile the management of JKUAT in a statement signed by the school vice chancellor Professor Victoria Wambui Ngumi, commiserated with the parents, colleagues and friends of the diseased.

“JKUAT management is deeply affected by the death of this young soul and shares its grief with the parents, her colleagues, friends and relatives of the late Tabitha. May her precious soul rest in peace,” 

While appealing to the Students’ union to be peaceful in their conducts, the management promised to do its part in bringing the perpetrator to book and curbing the menace.

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