A Taliban attack killed at least 30 police cadets and 4 civilians and wounded 60 people in the Afghan capital of Kabul overnight.
A convoy of five buses was carrying newly graduated officers from a training centre in the nearby Wardak province when it was hit by two bombs. One of the attackers was on foot while the other was in an explosive-packed car, according to Paghman District chief Musa Rahmati.
Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, officially claimed the Taliban’s responsibility for the attack in a statement.
Boris Johnson rules himself out of race to become prime minister
Boris Johnson, a lead campaigner for Brexit, unexpectedly announced on Thursday that he will not run to replace Prime Minister David Cameron who resigned after campaigning against the Brexit. The former London Mayor was considered a favourite to replace Cameron but withdrew after Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary, declared that he did not believe Johnson was competent and launched his own bid to be prime minister.
Johnson held a press conference in London hours later, saying that “London and and the whole UK will flourish mightily outside the EU” and that it was their chance to “think globally again”. He ended the speech by announcing he would not contest the leadership. “Having consulted my colleagues and in view of the circumstances of parliament, I have concluded that person cannot be me”, he said.
Boston police captain’s son accused of ISIS-inspired attack
Alexander Ciccolo, a 23-year-old from Massachusetts, has been indicted on new terrorism charges and accused of planning a bomb attack in support of ISIS. Ciccolo’s father allegedly alerted authorities with concerns about his son’s activities. Ciccolo was first arrested in July 2015 and charged with illegal possession of a firearm. It was also alleged he had planned to set off bombs filled with nails and gun powder in crowded public places and a college campus.
On Thursday Ciccolo was charged with attempting to use weapons of mass destruction and attempting to provide material to a “foreign terrorist organisation”, the Office of the US Attorney for Massachusetts said in a statement. Ciccolo faces life in prison if convicted.
US military lifts ban on transgender people serving
The US armed forces have scrapped rules dictating that transgender people be dismissed or denied re-enlistment. Transgender people can now serve openly in the US military and starting in October, the department will train commanders, medical personnel, recruiters and operating forces on how to integrate and accept trans people. According to the department, by next year openly trans individuals will be able to join the military, military academies or programs such as the reserve officer training program, once they are stable in their gender for 18 months and have “completed any medical treatment that their doctor has determined is necessary in connection with their gender transition”.
It’s been a positive week for transgender people in Pakistan, too. A group of 50 senior Muslim clerics issued a religious decree allowing transgender marriage under Islamic law and called for trans people to be treated with more respect in general. – Compiled from web sources by Ariana Norton and Samantha Besgrove
Screenshot of the Kabul blast site from the BBC’s website.