4 female aid workers killed in Pak former al-Qaeda bastion Feb 23, 2021 0 35 12345 dpa IslamabadGunmen in north-western Pakistan on Monday shot and killed at least four female aid workers, police said, amid a resurgence of violence in the former al-Qaeda stronghold region.The women from a Pakistani NGO working on poverty alleviation and conflict mitigation were targeted in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border, police official Zaneef Khan told dpa. North Waziristan had been under the control of various groups of Islamist militants including al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban’s Haqqani network until they were chased into neighbouring Afghanistan in a series of offensives starting in 2014. Violence has flared in the region in recent months amid reports that Pakistani Taliban were trying to regroup and recapture their former base. The women were travelling to Waziristan from the nearby town Bannu when their car was chased and attacked, another police officer Dost Eid Khan said. The incident occurred days after four Pakistani soldiers were killed in the same region in a shoot-out when a group of Taliban gunmen tried to overrun a military checkpoint. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Gaza Strip’s vaccination campaign kicks off using Russia’s Sputnik V Feb 23, 2021 0 299 Myanmar gripped by general strike amid massive anti-coup protests Feb 23, 2021 0 238 Iran, IAEA agree to continued but limited nuclear inspections Feb 23, 2021 0 251 Italian envoy to Congo killed in ambush on UN convoy dpa Kinshasa The Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was among three people killed when their humanitarian convoy was fired upon while travelling in a volatile part of the country, officials said. .. Indian activist Varavara Rao, 81, granted bail New Delhi: - An Indian Maoist ideologue and activist who has been in jail for over two years in a caste violence case that has grabbed global attention was granted bail by a court on medical grounds on Monday. Varavara Rao, .. Taliban oppose US plan to delay troop withdrawal Kabul: The Taliban strongly reject a possible postponement of the United States’ troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a spokesman for the insurgent group said in an interview with dpa. “Our fighters will never agree to an .. Wine ends petition against election result over ‘bias’ Kampala: Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine has withdrawn a petition to challenge election results that cleared the way for the re-election of long-term president Yoweri Museveni, Wine’s spokesperson said on .. Gang releases 53 kidnapped people in Nigeria Lagos: Fifty-three people, mostly women and children, have been released from the hands of a criminal gang in west-central Nigeria, a local government official said Monday. Most of the released had been kidnapped on ..