Gunmen kill eight Shiites
Police said gunmen riding on a motorcycle killed eight Shiite Muslims in a pair of sectarian attacks in the southwest of the country yesterday. Senior police officer Shaukat Ajmad said assailants opened fire on a car, killing six people in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan Province. Minutes later, they shot and killed two people in a rickshaw in the same area. Shiite Muslims are a minority in an overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim country. In recent years attacks against them have become increasingly common.
Hacker gets jail time
A judge on Friday sentenced a computer hacker to two years and eight months in jail for breaking into the Web site of the country’s biggest abortion providers and stealing the personal details of thousands of women. James Jeffery, who claimed to be a member of hacking collective Anonymous, said he targeted the British Pregnancy Advice Service because he opposed the decisions of two women he knew to have abortions. Prosecutors said the 27-year-old defaced the site with the Anonymous logo and stole personal information on about 10,000 women. Jeffrey pleaded guilty to two charges under the Computer Misuse Act.
Drone attacks to continue
Officials said the White House had no intention of ending CIA drone strikes against militant targets on Pakistani soil. That could set the two countries up for more diplomatic tensions after Pakistan’s parliament unanimously approved new guidelines for the country’s troubled relationship with Washington. The guidelines allow for the blockade of NATO supplies to be lifted, but also demand a halt to CIA-led missile attacks. Officials said they would work to find common ground with Pakistan over the coming weeks, but if a suspected terrorist target came into the laser sights of a CIA drone’s hellfire missiles, they would take the shot. Pakistan had suggested transferring the drones to its control.
Man guilty on terror charges
An Albanian man living in New York has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge after admitting he tried to go to Pakistan to join a radical jihadist group. Agron Hasbajrami entered the plea on Thursday in federal court. He faces up to 15 years in prison and has agreed to be deported. Authorities said he sent more than US$1,000 to support terrorist activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and communicated with someone in Pakistan who said he was a member of an armed group that had killed US soldiers. Hasbajrami was arrested at Kennedy Airport in September last year.
Texas drug gang nabbed
Members of a Texas-based drug-trafficking ring accused of shipping more than 500kg of marijuana to the island of St Croix were arrested on Thursday in the US Virgin Islands, authorities said. Among the 11 people arrested during early morning raids in was a local court officer, St Croix police chief Christopher Howell said. Six other people were arrested in the Dallas area last week. Authorities accused the group of mailing more than 100 parcels weighing anywhere from 2kg to 11kg to various addresses in St Croix over a period of almost three years. Authorities said they had documented about US$400,000 in alleged proceeds from drug sales, but said the total drugs shipped were likely worth much more.