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A Team Of ISIS Militants Accidentally Blew Themselves Up In Afghanistan
Roughly a dozen Islamic State militants accidentally blew themselves up and injured 21 other militants in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on March 13, during a failed attempt to plant a roadside bomb, reports Phillip Walter Wellman of Stars and Stripes.
According to Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar province’s provincial governor, “they were attempting to move an IED (improvised explosive device) to a crowded area of Achin, but it went off before they reached the planned place.”
A statement from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense said the militants were attempting to transport the device from the Mazdaki area of Achin District near the Pakistani border, to Shedil Bazar, in the same district, when it detonated prematurely, reports the Khaama Press in Afghanistan.
There were no civilian casualties reported.
The Islamic State’s presence in Afghanistan has faced strong resistance from both security forces and the Taliban, with most of its estimated 1,000 - 3,000 members believed to be former Taliban fighters.
Additionally, American commanders in Afghanistan have stepped up their attacks against ISIS targets in Afghanistan.
Following an Islamic State attack on the Pakistani consulate in the Jalalabad, Pakistan, on Jan.14, President Barack Obama gave U.S. commanders the authority to strike Islamic State targets inside of Afghanistan, reports the Washington Post.
Since that time, the U.S. has increased its air strikes in Afghanistan, with U.S. warplanes engaging enemy forces 128 times in January 2016. Roughly 20 air strikes were directed at Islamic State targets in late January and early February of this year, Reuters reports.
A collision between a Coast Guard boat and a Navy vessel near Kodiak Island, Alaska on Wednesday landed six coasties and three sailors to the hospital, officials said.
The Navy has identified the two Defense Department civilians who were killed in a shooting Wednesday at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii.
A shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida has left four people dead, including the gunman, law enforcement officials said at a Friday news conference.
The shooter and two victims were killed at the base and another victim died after being taken to the hospital, said Chip Simmons, deputy chief of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.
Another seven people remain hospitalized, including two sheriff's deputies who engaged the gunman, Simmons said at Friday's news conference. One was hit in the arm and the other was shot in the knee. Both are expected to recover.
Widespread sexism and gender bias in the Marine Corps hasn't stopped hundreds of female Marines from striving for the branch's most dangerous, respected and selective jobs.
Six years after the Pentagon officially opened combat roles to women in 2013, 613 female Marines and sailors now serve in them, according to new data released by the Marine Corps.
"Females are now represented in every previously-restricted occupational field," reads a powerpoint released this month on the Marine Corps Integration Implementation Plan (MCIIP), which notes that 60% of those female Marines and sailors now serving in previously-restricted units joined those units in the past year.
The troubled 22-year-old Pearl Harbor sailor identified as shooting three shipyard workers Wednesday and then killing himself may have come from a troubled ship.
Gabriel Romero, a sailor on the submarine USS Columbia, fatally shot two civilian workers and wounded a third while the Los Angeles-class vessel is in Dry Dock 2 for a two-year overhaul, according to The Associated Press and other sources.
Romero "opened fire on shipyard personnel with his M-4 service rifle and then turned his M9 service pistol on himself," Fox News Pentagon reporter Lucas Tomlinson reported, citing a preliminary incident report.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was not able to provide information Thursday on a report that multiple suicides have occurred on the Columbia.
Hawaii News Now said Romero was undergoing disciplinary review and was enrolled in anger management classes.