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KABUL: Hundreds of archaeological treasures looted from Afghanistan were returned to the war-torn country’s National Museum on Sunday after being recovered with the help of the British Museum. Many of the 843 artefacts were seized as they were being smuggled into Britain after some 70 per cent of the museum’s contents were stolen during Afghanistan’s civil war in the early 1990s. Others were identified on the black market and acquired on behalf of the museum by private donors. The returned treasures include “exquisite examples” of the Begram Ivories, a series of decorative inlays dating back to the first century AD, the British Museum said ahead of Sunday’s handover ceremony. —
Naked parade: Cops
ISLAMABAD: Four Pakistani policemen have been suspended after allegedly parading a man and two women naked in a town in the deeply conservative Muslim country, police officials said on Sunday. It was unclear clear why the three were naked while being escorted to the police station in the southern town of Gambat on July 28. The man, businessman Mumtaz Mallah, 52, told Reuters police were punishing him for refusing to pay him a bribe. Irfan Baloch, a senior local police officer, said all three were part of a prostitution ring and authorities were responding to community pressure by arresting them. The three were already naked when police raided Mallah’s home, he said. —
Explosion kills two
QUETTA: A suspected militant killed himself and two children on Sunday in southwest Pakistan when a bomb in the car he was driving exploded before he reached his intended target, police said. A woman was also killed and 12 people wounded when the bomb detonated close to the home of the militant on the outskirts of Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province. “We have recovered the bodies of a woman and two children from the debris and also found a severed head, believed to be of a militant who was killed in the blast,” police officer Mukhtar Ahmed said.