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US releases new photos of tanker attack linked to Iran ahead of Pompeo CENTCOM meetings

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) released new images Monday showing the aftermath of mine attacks against two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week, including some images purporting to show Iranian forces removing an unexploded device from the hull of one of the vessels.

The military says that some of the 11 new images taken from a Navy helicopter show members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy removing a limpet mine from the side of the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous oil tanker. Other photos show a large hole on the side of the Courageous, above the water line, that officials say appears to have been caused by another mine.

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Members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy remove an unexploded mine from the hull of the M/T Kokuka Courageous in the Gulf of Oman last week (U.S. Central Command)

In a statement, Central Command reaffirmed the Trump administration’s previous claim that Iran was responsible for the attacks on the Kokuka Courageous and the Front Altair “based on video evidence and the resources and proficiency needed to quickly remove the unexploded limpet mine.”

The images were made public one day before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to meet with CENTCOM commanders Tuesday. Pompeo has said that a new deployment of U.S. troops to the Middle East is an option in response to last week’s attack.

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The early Thursday attack severely damaged both vessels and forced the evacuation of 44 sailors. The incident took place near the Strait of Hormuz, a key strategic water route through which about 20 percent of all oil traded worldwide passes.

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Damage to the Kokuka Courageous from Thursday’s blast. (U.S. Central Command)

Relations between Iran and the U.S. have deteriorated in recent months. The U.S. has accelerated the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier battle group to the region, sent four nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Qatar and bolstered its defenses in the region by deploying more Patriot air defense systems.

Earlier Monday, Iran announced that it would break a limit on uranium stockpiles established by the 2015 nuclear agreement with the U.S. and five other world powers that was intended to restrict Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for an easing of international sanctions. President Trump withdrew the U.S. from that agreement last year.

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Material left on the hull of Kokuka Courageous after the removal of a limpet mine (U.S. Central Command)

Under the deal, Iran can keep a stockpile of no more than 660 pounds of low-enriched uranium. Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for Iran’s atomic agency said it would pass that limit on Thursday of next week. Iran has shown no willingness to negotiate another deal and vowed not to enter into talks with the United States while the administration maintains its “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions.

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In addition to reinstating economic sanctions, Trump recently ended waivers that allowed some countries to continue buying Iranian oil. That has deprived Iran of oil income and has coincided with what U.S. officials said was a surge in intelligence pointing to Iranian preparations for attacks against U.S. forces and interests in the Gulf region.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pakistani politician dons Facebook ‘cat’ filter during press conference

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That’s paw-litics.

An official livestream in Pakistan was mocked Friday after a regional minister appeared to be wearing kitty ears after a mishap involving part of Facebook’s “cat filter.”

Shaukat Yousafzai was speaking with reporters after a cabinet meeting when the purr-fect filter — with whiskers and bright pink ears — appeared.

Users quickly noticed the mishap on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party’s official page, and it was deleted within minutes, AFP reported. But not before amused viewers screenshotted it for posterity.

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Yousafzai confirmed what happened to AFP, saying it was an accident.

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“The cat filter was turned on by mistake…Let’s not take everything so seriously,” he said. “I wasn’t the only one — two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter.”

The political party’s social media team in a statement blamed “human error” for the accident, and said “all necessary actions have been taken to avoid such incident in future.”

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ‘disintegrated into confetti,’ captain appears to have run ‘amok,’ report says

The ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was piloted by a captain who was often “lonely and sad” and experimented with a flight profile which nearly matched the aircraft’s doomed path that a new report reveals left a slim chance of finding remains of what really happened in the skies that calamitous evening.

In the July issue of The Atlantic, writer and aviation specialist William Langewiesche delves into what happened to the missing aircraft including the disclosure that Malaysian officials knew far more about where the aircraft was the night it went missing and that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah had “indications of trouble.”

The Boeing 777 carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing vanished March 8, 2014, and is presumed to have crashed in the far southern Indian Ocean. A safety report into the disaster by an international team last July revealed the plane was likely steered off course deliberately by someone and flown for several hours after communications were severed.

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The night the aircraft went missing, control was seized in the cockpit in a 20 minute period between 1:01 a.m. and 1:21 a.m. and radar records show the autopilot was probably switched off, according to Langewiesche.

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Debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is displayed during a Day of Remembrance for MH370 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

The Boeing 777 then made a tight turn to the southwest that Mike Exner, an electrical engineer and member of Independent Group investigating the disaster, told The Atlantic probably coincided with a climb of up to 40,000 feet meant to “accelerate the effects of depressurizing the airplane, causing the rapid incapacitation and death of everyone in the cabin.”

While drop-down oxygen masks may have deployed, passengers would have had little use since they are only intended for 15 minutes of use during emergency descents, not cruising at high altitudes. Whoever was in the cockpit, however, would have had access to four pressurized-oxygen masks with a supply that could last hours.

“The cabin occupants would have become incapacitated within a couple of minutes, lost consciousness, and gently died without any choking or gasping for air,” Langewiesche writes.

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This map shows the intended route of MH370 and the area that plane debris was found in September 2018. MH370 was less than an hour into its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared from radar. Investigators believe it veered off course and went missing somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean.

As MH370 kept rocking across the sky, the aircraft appeared on radar while approaching Penang island at nearly 600 mph where the Malaysia air force had F-18 interceptors stationed at Butterwoth Air Base. A former official told the Atlantic that air force officials made sure an accident report was edited last year to say the radar had been “actively monitored” and the aircraft was not intercepted since it was “friendly.”

That appears to be far from the truth. Military officials initially searched for MH370 in the wrong body of water to the east, when the aircraft actually flew in the opposite direction.

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When the report by a 19-member international team was released last July, Chief investigator Kok Soo Chon said during a media briefing there was no evidence of abnormal behavior or stress among the two pilots – Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah and co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid – that could lead them to hijack the plane.

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MH370 Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was often “lonely and sad,” and had experimented with a flight profile similar to that of the missing plane, according to a new report. (Facebook)

Langewiesche notes that while the co-pilot had nothing but a bright future ahead and no red flags in his past, Zaharie’s life raised multiple concerns. After his wife moved out, the captain who was reported to be “lonely and sad” also  “spent a lot of time pacing empty rooms” and obsessed over two young internet models.

Forensic examinations of the pilot’s simulator by the FBI also revealed he experimented with a flight profile that roughly matched MH370, that ended in “fuel exhaustion over the Indian Ocean.” New York Magazine reported in 2016 that Shah conducted the simulated flight less than a month before the plane vanished.

A fellow 777 captain who wished to not be identified out of fear of repercussions did not offer a possible motive to The Atlantic, but said that Zaharie’s emotional state was not good.

“Zaharie’s marriage was bad. In the past he slept with some of the flight attendants. And so what? We all do,” the pilot told the magazine. “You’re flying all over the world with these beautiful girls in the back. But his wife knew.”

While Langewiesche notes the idea of “a pilot who runs amok” may be hard to conceive, it has happened before.  On a similar incident, EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed off the coast of Massachusetts in October 1999 on its way to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York from Cairo. Audio captured by the co-pilot heard pilot Gameel Al-Batouti say 11 times in Arabic, “I rely on God.”

Two years later, the National Transportation Safety Board determined that Al-Batouti had been suicidal and purposely crashed the plane while the first pilot was out of the cockpit. Egyptian Civil Aviation Agency adamantly denied the NTSB’s findings, saying that their report was “flawed and biased.”

The doomed Germanwings Flight 9525, which crashed into the French Alps in 2015, was also determined to be a suicide-by-pilot. Officials determined co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who had previously been treated for suicidal tendencies, descended the airliner into the mountains on purpose. The plane was heading to Dusseldorf Airport in Germany from Spain.

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Malaysia’s government has said that investigative reports released thus far are not a final accounting because the plane’s wreckage or so-called black boxes haven’t been found. But even when — or if — they are discovered, Langewiesche writes that it may “accomplish little” since the cockpit voice recorder self-erases after a two-hour loop and probably only has the sounds of the final alarms going off.

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Debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is displayed during a Day of Remembrance for MH370 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, March 3, 2019. Five years ago, Flight MH370, a Boeing 777, had gone missing the day before while over the South China Sea with 239 people on board. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

The flight-data recorder may show when the aircraft was depressurized and how the satellite box was powered down, but give no further explanation as to what happened in the cockpit.

Scattered pieces of debris that washed ashore on African beaches and Indian Ocean islands indicate MH370 crashed in a distant stretch of the ocean, but a multi-government search by Australia, Malaysia and China failed to pinpoint a location.

Additional debris, however, may take a while to local since the aircraft is believed to have gone into a “vicious spiral” before colliding with the sea that “disintegrated into confetti when it hit the water,” according to Langewiesche.

Instead of focusing on finding the physical parts of the Boeing 777, the aviation expert believes some of the key parts of the timeline of what happened could be revealed by what authorities in Malaysia know and are keeping from the public.

“Unless they are as incompetent as the air force and air traffic control, the Malaysian police know more than they have dared to say,” Langewiesche notes. “The riddle may not be deep.”

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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London police increase patrols after four people killed in as many days

The murders of at least four people in as many days have triggered a massive investigation by London police and an increase of patrols across the British capital in a bid to stem the eruption of violence.

Scotland Yard said Sunday that, while police have made a “significant number of arrests,” officers are following up on additional “investigative leads to ensure that we achieve justice for the families of those affected by violence in the last few days.”

Deputy Assistant Matthew Twist said “specialist units” were undertaking “high-visibility patrols” in targeted areas across London.

“We have been using a number of operational tactics in targeted locations to prevent further violence and to provide reassurance to the communities in those areas,” he said.

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But even amid Scotland Yard’s increased patrols, a 42-year-old man was stabbed to death early Monday in east London.

Later, a 28-year-old man was shot in the city, but he was hospitalized with injuries police said were non-life threatening.

Twist’s update comes as London police race to investigate a spate of deaths since Friday, when, in separate incidents, an 18-year-old man was fatally stabbed and 19-year-old Eniola Aliko was shot dead.

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Eniola Aluko, 19, was shot dead in London during a violent weekend that saw at least four dead. (Met Police)

Aluko died of a gunshot wound to the neck and chest, a post-mortem examination showed. Five people were arrested in connection with his death.

UNITED KINGDOM KNIFE CRIME GROWING TO EPIDEMIC LEVELS

Two people — a 17-year-old man and 18-year-old Mohammed Nadir Dafallah — have been charged with murder in the other killing and were due in court Monday.

There have been no arrests yet in the Saturday death of a man in his 30s, who was fatally stabbed in Tower Hamlets.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted his praise for the work being done by the Metropolitan Police.

“Officers are working tirelessly in their efforts to keep our streets safe,” he wrote.

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The rise in violence appeared to also catch the attention of President Trump, who on Saturday described Khan as a “disaster” while retweeting images of news articles about the violence in London.

“LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster – will only get worse!”

He later added: “He is a national disgrace who is destroying the City of London!”

The two men engaged in a war of words ahead of and during Trump’s recent visit to the United Kingdom.

On Monday, a spokesperson for Khan told Sky News the mayor would not “waste his time responding to this sort of tweet” as he was “focusing on supporting London’s communities and over-stretched emergency services.”

Knife crime, in particular, rose to record levels in England and Wales in 2017-18. This year, there has been one fatal stabbing every 1.45 days, the BBC reported last month.

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Sudan protesters urge night rallies amid standoff with army

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Sudan’s protest leaders are calling for nighttime demonstrations and marches in the capital, Khartoum, and elsewhere in the country, amid a tense standoff with the ruling military.

The protest leaders said on Monday they’ve begun a “revolutionary escalation” to pressure the country’s generals to hand over power to civilians and to condemn the military’s violent dispersal of their sit-in camp in Khartoum earlier this month.

At least 128 people have died in the military’s crackdown since the June 3 dispersal.

The group representing the protesters — known as the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change — says the night rallies will begin on Tuesday and marches on Thursday.

The military, which took over after ousting longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April following mass protests, refuses to relinquish power.

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Albania: Parliament starts procedure to oust the president

Albania’s parliament has started the procedure to oust President Ilir Meta for violating the constitution with his attempt to cancel upcoming municipal elections.

Taulant Balla of the governing Socialist Party parliamentary group said Monday 55 lawmakers had made the request.

Earlier this month Meta said he was canceling June 30 local elections because he feared the balloting would be “undemocratic” without the participation of Albania’s center-right opposition parties and would spark social conflict.

Prime Minister Edi Rama insists the municipal elections will go ahead as scheduled to prevent political “blackmail” to force the calling of early parliamentary elections.

Albania’s center-right opposition has led protests since mid-February, accusing the government of links to organized crime and demanding a new general election.

The Socialists deny the allegations.

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Iran to break uranium stockpile limit set by nuclear deal, spokesman says

Iran is set to break its uranium stockpile limit set by the nuclear deal within 10 days, according to a spokesman for the country’s atomic agency.

The comment was broadcast live during a news conference on Iranian state television on Monday.

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FILE: A false-color image showing the Norwegian-owned MT Front Altair, bottom right, ablaze with smoke rising from it in the Gulf of Oman after what the U.S. described as a limpet mine attack by Iran.  (European Commission via AP)

The spokesman, Behrouz Kamalvandi, spoke to journalists at Iran’s Arak heavy water facility. He acknowledged that Iran has already quadrupled its production of low-enriched uranium.

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His comments come less than a week after suspected attacks on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, a key route for oil shipments in the region. Washington has blamed the attacks on Iran.

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Hostilities between the two countries are at an all-time high after President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the nuclear deal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Prince Philip advised Prince Harry not to marry Markle because ‘one doesn’t marry’ actresses: report

Prince Philip advised Harry to be careful in his wooing of Meghan, telling him: “One steps out with actresses, one doesn’t marry them”, it is claimed.

Outspoken Philip, 98, is said to have made the remark to his grandson as the pair’s whirlwind romance got serious.

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FILE: Britain’s Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry ride in a carriage to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. (AP)

But Harry, 34, proposed and tied the knot with the former Suits actress, 37, in May last year.

The Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Edinburgh are known to have a very strong relationship.

Last week Harry and Meghan’s Instagram account wished “Grandpa” a happy birthday.

Philip was also featured in one of the couple’s first snaps of baby Archie, alongside the Queen and Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland, 62.

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The Duke was actually one of the first people to see the tot as Meghan revealed during a brief interview during a photocall.

She said: “We just bumped into the Duke as we were walking by, which was so nice.”

Philip also made a surprise appearance at their Royal Wedding, despite recovering from a hip operation at the time.

This is not the first time he has given advice on marriage.

In 1997 he said: “Tolerance is the one essential ingredient. You can take it from me that the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance”.

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The alleged remark featured in a Sunday Times Magazine article by Sophie Money-Coutts.

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Pakistan police seek to unravel networks trafficking women

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With waves of arrests, Pakistani investigators are trying to unravel trafficking networks that convince impoverished Pakistanis to marry off their daughters to Chinese men for cash, and they say evidence is growing that many of the women and girls are sold into prostitution once in China.

At least two dozen Chinese nationals and dozens of their Pakistani partners have been arrested in recent weeks in raids by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency. Pakistani government officials, however, have ordered police to remain quiet about the extent of the networks, fearing it could hurt increasingly close economic ties with Beijing, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

“We are interested only in stopping the trafficking. Make no mistake, this is trafficking,” said one of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the government order. “We think the majority are sold as prostitutes,” he said of the women married in the trafficking schemes.

The AP spoke to seven girls who had been forced to marry Chinese men, four of them still in China. Each described how their new husbands handed them over to paying clients to be raped.

“I was living in hell-like conditions, silently weeping, silently praying for help,” said 20-year-old Natasha Masih. She told of how her husband locked her in a hotel in the remote northwest Chinese city of Urumqi and forced her into prostitution. The AP does not name rape victims, but Masih agreed to her name being used and now after her escape works to help other victims speak out.

Pakistan became a focus of Chinese marriage brokers last year, and activists say that since then as many as 1,000 women and girls have been married off to Chinese men. Most of the women are from Pakistan’s small Christian community, who are among the country’s most desperately poor. Brokers offer families cash to give their daughters as brides, promising them well-off Chinese husbands who would give them a good life. The business is fueled by demand in China, where men outnumber women.

In Pakistan, some Christian pastors are paid to help brokers lure members of their flock into marriages, and the girls — married against their will — become isolated in China, vulnerable to abusive husbands, previous AP reporting found .

China’s ambassador to Pakistan, speaking on local television, denied girls are trafficked to China and sold into prostitution. Trafficking was not discussed during a visit to Pakistan this month by China’s vice president, Wang Qishan. In comments carried in the Pakistani press, Wang denied trafficking was taking place.

“China is denying it is happening, but we are showing the proof,” said Saleem Iqbal, a Christian activist who has helped bring girls back from China.

The two law enforcement officials said one of the trafficking networks raided by police, based in the city of Lahore, had been operating for at least a year. It was protected by corrupt policemen, and the son of a former senior police official served as the lynchpin between the Chinese and Pakistani operatives, the officials said.

One woman, Sumaira, told the AP how her brothers were paid by brokers and forced her into such a marriage in July last year. The 30-year-old said her husband took her first to a house in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, and there she was raped each night by Chinese men for a week.

Before they were to leave for China, she convinced her husband to allow her to go home to say farewell to her sisters. There, she refused to return to the husband and screamed at her brothers, “Why did you sell me? How much money did you get for me?'” she said. The brothers beat her, but she managed to escape to the home of an uncle.

Before her marriage, Sumaira had run a beauty salon in a poor, mostly Christian neighborhood of the Punjab town of Gujranwala. “I was a very different person than what you see now,” she said. “Then I had hope. I believed in my future. Now I don’t know.”

Masih told the AP she was married off in November and soon after left her home in Faisalabad, flying to China with her husband. He took her to the northwest of the country, to a small house in a forested area. Three male and two female friends of her husband shared the house.

Her husband forced her to have sex with the men. Then he took her to the Urumqi hotel, where he confined her to a room and sold her into prostitution.

“I bought you in Pakistan,” she said her husband told her. “You belong to me. You are my property.”

Natasha made furtive calls to her parents on her mobile phone, and her mother turned to her church for help. One parishioner, Farooq Masih, formed a group of men from the congregation to try to recue Natasha. One of the men had a younger brother who was a student in China, said Masih, who is not related to Natasha. The brother agreed to pose as a client and pay him to sleep with Natasha.

Instead, when the student went to the hotel in a taxi, he called Natasha and told her to slip out to meet him.

“I saw him and quickly I took my clothes and got into his taxi,” she said. “I didn’t ask his name. I didn’t ask anything, I just said, ‘Brother, thank you.'” Soon she was on a plane to Pakistan.

Farooq Masih and the men from the church have since dedicated hours to unearthing trafficking networks. They recently conducted their own sting operation in Faisalabad, orchestrating a fake marriage that led the Federal Investigation Agency to the brokers and the pastor who solemnized the unions for a fee.

“I am lucky,” Natasha said. “Many girls who were taken there by their husbands are still living a terrible life. … Now I know what is freedom and what is slavery. In China, I was treated as a slave by my husband.”

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Pakistani police say an activist known for his online criticism of the country’s military and politicians has been killed by unknown assailants in a wooded area of the capital, Islamabad.

Local police official Ayaz Khan says Mohammad Bilal Khan was killed Sunday night, drawing condemnation from his friends on social media.

Police said Monday that an unknown person called the activist to come to the Karachi Company neighborhood, where he and his cousin were attacked with daggers.

The cousin was in critical condition.

In addition to his activism, Khan was a freelance journalist.

The attack took place hours after Khan bluntly criticized the newly appointed spy chief Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed, who had previously worked as the head of internal security at Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence.

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