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Huge truck bomb kills 12 schoolchildren as ‘spectacular’ attack by Taleban goes awry

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Huge truck bomb kills 12 schoolchildren as ‘spectacular’ attack by Taleban goes awry

Taleban militants detonated a huge truck bomb south of the capital Kabul this morning killing 25 people, including 12 primary school children, according to local officials.

However, officials said they suspected the device was detonated prematurely after the truck crashed and had been intended for a “spectacular” attack on a target in Kabul ahead of presidential elections in August.

The blast in Mohammad Agha district of Logar Province, on the main route into Kabul from the south of the country, was powerful enough to throw pieces of the vehicle more than a mile, one local police official said.

“The blast has left 25 people dead,” Zmarai Bashiry, an Interior Ministry spokesman, told The Times.

“21 of the dead are civilians and four are policemen. Three nearby shops have been completely destroyed.”

Abdul Hamid, the district governor of Mohammad Agha, said that 12 of the dead were children attending a boy’s primary school close to the scene.

The police chief of Logar, Mustafa Khan, said that he believed that the truck was intended for a target in Kabul.

Officials said that the truck, which also contained a cargo of timber, appeared to have suffered a mishap and rolled into a stream at some point during the hours of darkness. When police arrived to clear the obstacle at 7am the insurgents detonated it remotely.

In recent weeks Western officials in Kabul have been receiving increased levels of intelligence “chatter” suggesting a Taleban plan to detonate a truck bomb in Kabul ahead of August presidential elections.

“There are certainly heightened threat warnings,” said one Western official.

“The election period presents security complexities and certainly everyone is a little bit tense about the possibility of an attack in the next eight weeks.” The most likely targets of the would-be “spectacular” attack were diplomatic missions, government buildings or the United Nations.

The last major Taleban attack in Kabul was in February when militants wearing suicide bomb vests carried out co-ordinated assaults on a number of government ministries, in an attack apparently intended to ape the Mumbai terror attacks. At least 20 people were killed but Afghan police commandos regained control within four hours.

Many Kabulis have noted tangible improvements to the police operating in and around the city in recent months, while the new Interior Minister, Hanif Atmar, has been widely praised for bringing greater coordination to Afghan security forces.

Some 4,000 additional police have been drafted into the city ahead of the elections, many of them from more thoroughly trained Civil Order police units.

With checkposts on all roads into the city, Kabul police have successfully thwarted a number of recent attempts to smuggle explosives into the city. Last week police recovered 150 kilograms of explosives from one vehicle but Taleban bomb cells are still thought to be still operating inside the city.

The bomb attack came as Nato announced the deaths of two further Western soldiers in the south of the country amid intense fighting in Helmand and across the south of the country.

British and US forces are involved in coordinated offensives against the Taleban in Helmand Province. The nationality of the two soldiers killed has not yet been announced.

Overnight 15 Taleban fighters were reported killed and another detained after a battle involving Afghan security forces and Coalition forces in the southern province of Zabul.

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Scientists crack Black Death’s genetic code

Scientists crack Black Death’s genetic code

Scientists have mapped out the entire genetic map of the Black Death, a 14th century bubonic plague that killed 50 million Europeans in one of the most devastating epidemics in history.

The work, which involved extracting and purifying DNA from the remains of Black death victims buried in London’s “plague pits,” is the first time scientists have been able to draft a reconstructed genome of any ancient pathogen.

Their result — a full draft of the entire Black Death genome — should allow researchers to track changes in the disease’s evolution and virulence, and lead to better understanding of modern-day infectious diseases.

Building on previous research which showed that a specific variant of the Yersinia pestis (Y. pestis) bacterium was responsible for the plague that ravaged Europe between 1347 and 1351, a team of German, Canadian and American scientists went on to “capture” and sequence the entire genome of the disease.

“The genomic data show that this bacterial strain, or variant, is the ancestor of all modern plagues we have today worldwide. Every outbreak across the globe today stems from a descendant of the medieval plague,” said Hendrik Poinar, of Canada’s McMaster University, who worked with the team.

“With a better understanding of the evolution of this deadly pathogen, we are entering a new era of research into infectious disease.”

Major technical advances in DNA recovery and sequencing have dramatically expanded the scope of genetic analysis of ancient specimens, opening up new ways of trying to understand emerging and re-emerging infections.

Experts say the direct descendants of the same bubonic plague still exist today, killing around 2,000 people a year.

A virulent strain of E. coli bacteria which caused a deadly outbreak of infections in Germany and France earlier this year was also found to contain DNA sequences from plague bacteria.

For this study Poinar’s team analysed skeletal remains from Black Death victims buried in London’s East Smithfield “plague pits,” which are located under what is now the Royal Mint.

By focusing on promising specimens from the dental pulp of five bodies, which had already been pre-screened for the presence of Y. pestis, they were able to extract, purify and enrich the disease’s DNA and at the same time reduce the amount of background non-plague DNA which might interfere.

Linking the 1349 to 1350 dates of the skeletal remains to the genetic data allowed the researchers to calculate the age of the ancestor of Y. pestis that caused the mediaeval plague.

Poinar, whose work was published in the journal Nature, said the team found that in 660 years of evolution, the genetic map of the ancient organism had only barely changed. “The next step is to determine why this was so deadly,” he said.

Johannes Krause Of Germany’s University of Tubingen, who also worked on the study, said the same approach could now be used to study the genomes of all sorts of historic pathogens.

“This will provide us with direct insights into the evolution of human pathogens and historical pandemics,” he said in a statement.

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