Archive for Saturday, February 10, 2001

World Briefs

February 10, 2001


Kashmir rebels attack police station

Gunmen stormed past tight security into the main police compound in Kashmir's capital Friday, lobbing grenades in an attack that left at least four people dead. Officials said one of the four attackers was killed near the entrance of the compound in Indian-ruled Kashmir's summer capital, but others were still inside a control room long after the attack.

A guerrilla group, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, claimed responsibility for the attack. Lashkar-e-Tayyaba is one of several militant Islamic groups that have been fighting to wrest the Indian-ruled portion of Kashmir from New Delhi's control.

Protestant churches allowed to meet

Vietnam has bestowed official approval on the country's southern Protestant churches by allowing them to convene a two-day meeting to elect a board and adopt a new charter, the official media said Friday.

The Federation of the Evangelical Church of Vietnam concluded its gathering in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday, the group's first such conference since the Vietnam War. The group represents several hundred churches.

'No-fly zone' sought to protect Christians

A pastor in the diocese of Lui in southern Sudan, which was bombed in December by the Sudanese air force, has appealed to President Bush to declare the region a "no-fly" zone for military aircraft.

Drawing from the example of air exclusion zones in Iraq designed to protect Kurds and Shiite Muslims from the central government in Baghdad, Pastor Jeffrey whose full name was unavailable requested urgent action to protect Sudanese Christians from bombing campaigns directed at civilian centers in southern Sudan.

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