Pakistan jet fighter crashes at Islamabad during aerobic rehearsals, the pilot dies

A Pakistani fighter jet rehearsing for the nation’s national day parade crashed in Islamabad on Wednesday.  The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said in a statement that the pilot of the aircraft, Wing Commander Norman Akram, died when the plane crashed near a park in the capital city. “Pakistan Air Force reports with regret that a PAF F-16 plane crashed near Shakarparian, Islamabad during the March 23 parade rehearsals,” the air force said in their statement. “Rescue teams were deployed toward the crash site.” There were no ground-level casualties or property damage, the air force said. The President of Pakistan Afif Alvi expressed condolences to the pilot’s family. Footage on social media and local television stations showed black smoke rising under overcast skies from a tree-filled region. One video appeared to show the plane coming out of a steep dive before going over a hill, then the jet engine’s roar ends in a thump followed by a fireball. Wednesday’s crash came ahead of the March 23 National Day…

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Mali: At least 30 people killed in an outbreak of violence

In 3 separate incidents in Mali, at least 30 people, including nine soldiers, were killed.  Twenty-one were killed when a village in central Mali was targeted by gunmen, who burned homes, crops, and livestock. A squad of eight soldiers also died in an ambush, while another was killed during an assault on a Gao area military camp.  Mali has been blighted by chaos since an Islamist uprising erupted in the north in 2012. Ogossagou village, where one of Friday’s attacks took place, is primarily home to Fulanis, a largely-Muslim ethnic group that typically operates as herders. Other ethnic groups in Mali-including the Dogon community-are accusing the Fulani of being related to Sahel-wide jihadi groups.  Such allegations have, in recent years, fueled interethnic abuse. In another attack at Ogossagou, last March 160 people were killed, which authorities blamed on a Dogon militia.  The attack led to a number of demonstrations over alleged government failure, and later resigned the prime minister of Mali at the time, Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga. No one has claimed responsibility for the latest incident, but village chief Aly Ousmane Barry has told local media that the gunmen struck several hours after government troops withdrew from the area. Malian security forces said on Twitter in a separate incident that they had sustained “material damage” during an ambush in Bintia village which killed eight soldiers.  Another attack at a camp in Mondoro killed a ninth soldier, who is regularly targeted by militants. Since 2012, with the aid of France, which has 4,500 troops deployed in the area, Malian forces have managed to regain control of large swathes of territory seized from militants. But as Mali struggles to control the conflict which has spread to neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger, thousands of lives have been lost.  Combating extremists in the Sahel region, including Europe, is seen as critical to maintaining security further afield. France’s Foreign Minister Florence Parly traveled to Washington last month, seeking to convince the US to continue its logistical support – drones, intelligence, and transportation – which she said was vital for the French operation.

A human rights group reports hundreds of people have been killed in Syrian airstrikes

At least 71 people were killed and 325 others wounded in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta after a series of airstrikes and artillery bombardments were carried out by the Syrian government, the United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday. Of the victims, 62 were civilians, including 9 children and 5 women. Nine militants have been killed, the group said during a 24-hour duration about the attacks near Damascus. CNN has been unable to independently verify the claim. For more than four years the Eastern Ghouta region has been surrounded by Syrian…

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