Violence rocks Punjab

JALANDHAR: Violence sparked by the killing of a Dera leader spread to more parts of Punjab and Haryana on Monday as protesters resorted to large scale arson, prompting authorities to call out the army in Jalandhar and neighbouring areas and imposing indefinite curfew there. One person was killed and four others injured as army personnel opened fire in Lambra village, about 30 kms from Jalandhar, police said. Earlier, protesters had attacked the convoy of IG (zonal) Sanjeev Kalra and set afire the vehicle of SP (city-II) Sarabjeet Singh in the village, police said. Security men guarding Kalra opened 20 rounds of fire when the convoy was attacked, they said. Violence spread to several parts of Punjab and

Ambala in Haryana with arsonists setting fire to four bogies of Jammu

Tawi-Kanyakumari Express at Jalandhar cantonment station, besides damaging bogies of a train in

Phagwara. — Agencies

Four civilians killed

KABUL: A roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan killed four civilians while an operation by US-led forces left three people dead and a woman and child wounded on Monday.

The bomb struck the civilian’s vehicle and also wounded three civilians inside in Zabul province, said Jalani Khan, a provincial police official. He blamed the Taliban for planting the bomb. Separately, US-led troops killed three men and wounded a woman and a child during a raid against a Taliban commander in southern Helmand province on Monday, the force said in a statement. It did not say whether the men were armed militants or civilians. The wounded woman and child were transported to a coalition hospital

for treatment. — AP