Four Afghan Intelligence Officers Shoot Dead 16 Their Friends

Officials in Afghanistan say four officers of the national intelligence agency shot dead 16 of their colleagues, then fled to join the Taliban insurgency in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.

The rare "insiders" attack last night a facility of the National Security Directorate or NDS in the Gerishk region, security sources told VOA on Sunday.

Omar Zawak, the provincial government spokesman, confirmed the incident by saying the Taliban also attacked the NDS when the insurgent attack was (19659002) Zawak said the two sides suffered heavy casualties but gave no further details.

The Afghan officer killed was a member of the 'Songaryan' unit working for NDS in Helmand . The unit was named after the popular Turkish television soap opera and had played a key role in gathering intelligence information for NDS in Afghanistan.

The rebels controlled or seized most of the 14 regions in Helmand, Afghanistan's largest province and one of the main producing regions opium in the world.

Illegal drug trafficking funds 65 percent of rebel activity, and the US military has recently deployed new air strikes to destroy drug laboratories in an effort to stop Taliban financial resources in Helmand, which borders Pakistan. [gp]

Afghan Security Officers Visit Pakistan

Afghan security officials have made a surprise visit to Pakistan to discuss cooperation with civilian and military leaders following a series of deadly attacks by Taliban and other militant groups in Afghanistan.

The visit took place hours after Deputy Minister US Foreign Affairs John Sullivan urges Afghan leaders to hold bilateral discussions with their counterparts in Pakistan

Increased militant violence in Afghanistan has triggered tensions between Kabul and Islamabad amid allegations that rebels are using places of havoc in Pakistan for planning a recent suicide bombing, with the help of the country's spy agency, ISI.

The Pakistani authorities condemned the terrorist attack and denied the alleged Afghan allegations as unfounded and stressed the need for a "credible investigation" of the attacks an. [lt]

Bomb Attack in Barranquilla Colombia, 5 Police Officers Killed

The bombing struck near a police station in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia. Five people reportedly killed and 42 others injured in this incident.

Reported by Reuters on Sunday (28/1/2018), this attack occurred on Saturday (27/1) local time when the police gathered in the San Jose is receiving a referral or an apple in the morning.

"We think this could be retaliation by these groups that were recently affected," said Metropolitan Police Commander Brigadier General Mariano de la Cruz Botero. His remarks refer to the criminal group active in the coastal city.

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Police have arrested one person suspected of having a relationship with an alleged offender. Police also suspect there is another person's involvement again in this event.

Police will give a reward of 50 million pesos for anyone who can provide information about the perpetrators of the bombing. Furthermore, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos conveyed his condolences to the families of the dead and wounded.

Santos insists the Colombian government will not rest until the perpetrators have been arrested and brought to justice. In addition to Santos, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto also expressed his condolences.

(dkp / nif)

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Trump Praises Border Patrol Officers for Supporting Immigration Plans

President Donald Trump on Saturday praised the National Frontier Patrol Board for supporting the White House immigration reform proposal in a television interview.

As chairman of the Board, Brandon Judd represents about 18,000 agents and support staff of Border Patrol . In the television interview, Judd explains why he supports Trump's plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

Historically, he said, where there is a physical barrier, where illegal immigrants infiltrate sharply.

The Trump Plan will raise 25 billion dollars to build a border wall, which is the promise of the Trump campaign. The funds will also be used for other points of entry and strengthen the northern border with Canada.

In addition to funding the construction of the border wall, the plan also removes programs that allow immigrants to sponsor other family members to come to America.

immigration reform also proposes an end to the lottery sweep of immigrant visas for certain countries. For the 1.8 million young immigrants brought into the United States illegally while still a child, there will be a long track accompanied by conditions for citizenship status. [ds/sp]

Health Officers Concerned about Disease Outbreak in Rohingya Refugee Camp

Health workers are worried about an outbreak in the Rohingya refugee camp that houses more than 650,000 people. The narrow camps, malnutrition and poor health conditions that have occurred earlier add to concerns as a case of diphtheria is concerned about aid workers.

Here in the Balukhali refugee camp, dirty water and gross conditions are a breeding ground for disease outbreaks should be preventable. While 900,000 doses of cholera vaccine administered by mouth have been distributed in camps, yet other bacterial contagions have emerged.

"Diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease This is a description of how the Rohingyas live in this settlement, and they have little access to health care at their home base in Myanmar, "said Kate Nolan of Doctor without Borders.

The health sector of Myanmar is among the worst in the world, especially in areas where ethnic and poverty conflicts restrict medical care.

Now, potent diphtheria carriers should have antitoxin and antibiotics to prevent further bacterial spread in the body and kill it.

"Find all suspected cases in the camp and bring them all here to begin antibiotic treatment and keep them isolated for 48 hours, "said Dr. Thomas Hansen.

The Organization of Unlimited Doctors and other health partners such as the International Federation of Red Cross isolated measles and diphtheria patients to help prevent outbreaks from worsening. But one of the biggest challenges for health workers is to get to remote locations where potential outbreaks can occur.

"They live in hard-to-reach areas, we can not reach them by car or Tom Toms there is no way, just a dirt road, so they have to take patients to a place where they can get treatment, "said Dagne Hordvei of the Norwegian Red Cross.

With the implementation of a vaccination campaign to prevent future diphtheria outbreaks by Bangladesh's health ministry, at least some of the next generation of Rohingyas will be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. [ps/jm]