Afghanistan

Civilians killed by car bomb

At least 18 people, mostly civilians, were killed Saturday when a suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of provincial security forces in eastern Afghanistan, an Interior Ministry official said. Najib Danish, the ministry’s deputy spokesman, said the bomber’s target was a group of guards providing security for U.S. forces in Khost province, but most of the victims were civilians. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for Taliban, claimed responsibility. Taliban insurgents have increased their attacks against security forces since announcing their spring offensive last month.

Colombia

Slayings of police continue

With a shot to the chest, Alejandro Caro fell from his motorbike while on patrol in a small town in northern Colombia, another victim of criminal gangs who have killed 11 officers over the past month. Caro’s mother, Consolacion Jabe, said he had always dreamed of being a policeman and even after being injured earlier, he “survived and kept fighting for his country.’’ Colombia’s largest illegal organization, the Gulf Clan, has distributed leaflets that call for killing police, and intelligence officials say the gang is offering would-be assassins up to $600 per death — nearly triple the nation’s monthly minimum wage.

India

Clashes erupt after killings

One civilian was killed and dozens of others injured Saturday after massive anti-India protests and clashes erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir following the killing of a prominent rebel commander and his associate in a gunbattle with government forces. Rebel leader Sabzar Ahmed Bhat and a fellow militant were killed after troops cordoned off the southern Tral area overnight following a tip that rebels were hiding there, police said. The gunbattle ended later Saturday and soldiers recovered the bodies of two militants. However, they were searching for at least one more body, police said. As the violence raged, hundreds of angry residents chanting anti-India slogans marched in an attempt to help the rebels escape.

Bangladesh

Lady Justice back in place

Authorities reinstalled a Lady Justice statue near the Bangladesh Supreme Court, two days after its removal following complaints by Islamist hard-liners. Sculptor Mrinal Haque said Sunday workers put the statue a few hundred yards from its original location and it would be less visible there. Security was tight during the reinstallation.

Compiled from wire reports.