KABUL: NATO forces killed a local commander for the Haqqani insurgent group in an airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, the military alliance said on Monday. Sher Mohammad Hakimi was hit on Sunday in Logar province, the coalition said. Hakimi was sitting under a tree with some associates when the NATO strike killed him, said Logar province police chief, Raeis Khan Rahimzai. The police chief said four others were injured. According to Rahimzai, Hakimi was known for organising roadside bomb attacks and for training insurgents. The coalition said Hakimi transported arms and weapons through the region and served directly under Haqqani leader Muhammad Agha.
Blast claims 13 lives
BEIJING: An explosion at an illegal workshop in eastern China has killed 13 people. The official Xinhua News Agency said Monday another 14 people were hurt in Sunday’s blast in Wenzhou city in Zhejiang province. It said the family-run workshop, which made locks, was illegal. The blast happened when sparks from a polishing machine ignited dust in the workshop. Industrial safety is a problem in China, with safety rules standards widely ignored and many small factories operating without proper safety equipment.