Dahab was killed by a “perfidious American air raid” in the el-Manaseh region of Bayda Province, along with one other person. Officials reported his death last month, saying the strike was likely by a US drone. They said two were killed with al-Dahab. Al-Dahab was believed to be al-Qaeda’s leader in the southern province of Bayda, one of its former strongholds. The statement praised him for having waged jihad for years, saying he had lost a hand in a previous battle. The US conducts regular drone strikes in the country, but rarely confirms individual attacks.
UK Aid used to kill traffickers
The government is under pressure to stop aid for anti-narcotics programs in countries where drug traffickers are executed. The country leads the way in opposing the use of the death penalty around the world and the claims are potentially embarrassing. The government stopped funding Iran’s anti-narcotics program amid concerns that the money was helping to capture drugs mules who were then executed. The human rights group Reprieve wrote to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg requesting guidance on where the foreign aid was going. The charity’s research suggests that London is funding and training Pakistan’s
Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF). “As a result of this aid, the ANF and the wider justice system in Pakistan — known to have problems with widespread torture and corruption — is better able to send people to the hangman’s noose on drug offenses,” Reprieve director Clive Stafford-Smith told Clegg. “The ANF itself boasts that 106 prisoners have been sentenced to death on drugs offenses in Pakistan alone.”
Mine collapse kills 24
Officials say a tunnel collapse in a coal mine in the north has killed at least 24 workers and left three missing. Provincial government spokesman Sediqullah Azizi yesterday said that 20 more were injured. The accident occurred on Saturday in Ruyi Du Ab District of Samangan Province, one of the safer parts of the country from the standpoint of insurgency-related violence. A police official said more than 1,000 residents rushed to help, using shovels to try to rescue the workers. Workplace safety standards are poor in the country, as in many developing nations, and such accidents are common. The government hopes to develop a wealth of mineral resources on its territory, a challenging goal as it battles a Taliban insurgency.
Council chief escapes bomb
The head of Baghdad provincial council escaped assassination when a car bomb hit his convoy yesterday, part of a wave of nationwide violence that left eight people dead. The attacks were the latest in a surge of unrest in recent months that has sparked concern the country is slipping back into the all-out sectarian bloodshed that plagued the country in 2006 and 2007. The bomb against the convoy of Riyadh al-Adhadh, the chief of the provincial council and a Sunni lawmaker belonging to the party of the national parliament speaker, killed two people and wounded four others, police and a medical source said. Adhadh was unharmed, but one of his bodyguards was killed in the bombing, which struck in the Waziriyah neighborhood of north Baghdad.