World Briefs

Pune blast toll up

MUMBAI: A second Sudanese national has died from his injuries after a bomb ripped through a packed restaurant in western India earlier this month, taking the death toll to 16, police said on Wednesday. Anis Al-Fateh Suleman, 29, “succumbed to his injuries this morning in hospital,” Inspector Rashmi Shukla, of

Maharashtra state police, told AFP. “The death toll is now 16, including five foreigners,” she added. Suleman was a student at a local college in Pune, about 100 km southeast of Mumbai, where the blast happened on February 13.

‘US spies’ beheaded

MIRANSHAH: Taliban militants

have beheaded three men, including two Afghans in Pakistan’s lawless northwest tribal belt, accusing them of spying for the United States, officials said on Wednesday. The headless bodies were found dumped by the roadside in the Mir Ali area of the tribal North Waziristan district, which borders Afghanistan. Their throats were cut last night and the bodies were dumped early Wednesday. A note placed near the bodies said the men were beheaded because “they were US spies — anybody found engaged in espionage will meet the same fate”.