At least 95 people were killed and another 158 injured Saturday by a Taliban suicide bomber who detonated an ambulance full of explosives in Kabul, Afghanistan. The attacker made it past two security checkpoints to explode the vehicle near the capital city's former interior ministry building in a bustling neighborhood hosting foreign embassies and the police headquarters.
Afghanistan's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, condemned the "insane, inhuman, heinous" attack on Twitter, labeling it a war crime and vowing both justice and "necessary measures to avoid such barbarism" going forward. "Our priority and focus right now is to help those in need and provide the best treatment for those wounded," he wrote in a second post. "This is the moment when we all need to stand together and punch our enemy hard. This is enough!"
"We condemn today's cowardly bombing in Kabul and those who perpetrated it," said a statement from the U.S. State Department. "Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and we stand with the brave people of #Afghanistan."
This is a breaking news story and has been updated throughout. Bonnie Kristian
A local branch of the Islamic State on Saturday claimed responsibility for a Friday attack on a Coptic church in Cairo, Egypt, that killed at least nine people. The church was full for a Friday Mass when a gunman opened fire, shooting at worshippers leaving the building. He was killed by police before he could get inside.
ISIS has killed more than 100 Coptic Christians in Egypt this year, targeting the minority population in a bid to gain new power as it loses territory in Iraq and Syria. President Trump issued a statement in which he "condemned the attack and reiterated that the United States will continue to stand with Egypt in the face of terrorism." Bonnie Kristian
At least eight people were killed and dozens more wounded, nine critically, on Sunday in a suicide attack on a Methodist church in Quetta, Pakistan, close to the Afghan border. Four attackers targeted the church, but only one detonated his suicide vest. Another was killed in a gunfight with police, and two more were intercepted at the church door, preventing further casualties.
More than 400 people were at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church when the attack occurred, reported Sarfaraz Bugti, the regional home minister. They were attending a Christmas service. The attack has yet to be publicly linked to a specific terrorist organization. Bonnie Kristian
Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for Saturday's missile attack on Riyadh in neighboring Saudi Arabia. The missile was intercepted and destroyed near the city's airport, and no one was injured.
"The capital cities of countries that continually shell us, targeting innocent civilians, will not be spared from our missiles," the rebels said in a statement to Al Jazeera, referring to the U.S.-facilitated, Saudi-led Sunni coalition intervening in Yemen's civil war to oppose the Shiite Houthis. The coalition blockade and bombing campaign have been accused of being war crimes as Yemen's civilian population suffers famine and a cholera epidemic on top of mass airstrike casualties.
Also Saturday in Saudi Arabia, 11 princes were arrested in a corruption investigation, including billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who is an investor in companies including Twitter and Citigroup. The arrests are seen as a way to consolidate the authority of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is a driving force behind the Yemen intervention. Bonnie Kristian
Local authorities say at least 10 people were killed and a dozen more wounded by two explosions in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Saturday.
One blast was a car bomb detonated near a hotel "frequented by lawmakers, [military] forces, and civilians," and another was a "minibus loaded with explosives which went off" in an intersection near a former parliament building. Militants stormed the hotel after the first bomb went off and are still shooting inside.
Both attacks were promptly claimed by al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked extremist group that seeks to overthrow the Somali government. The same group is thought to be responsible for another attack in Mogadishu earlier this month that ultimately left more than 300 dead and another 300 people injured. Bonnie Kristian
At least 30 people were killed and dozens more wounded by an explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Saturday when a truck bomb exploded near the entrance of a hotel.
While no terrorist group has claimed responsibility so far, Mogadishu civilians are a regular target of al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked extremist group that seeks to overthrow the Somali government. Police were trailing the truck before it exploded and are continuing rescue and investigation efforts Saturday afternoon.
Eyewitnesses said the attack, which comes two days after the head of U.S. Africa Command visited the Somali president in Mogadishu, was the worst they'd seen in years. It was "the biggest blast I have ever witnessed; it destroyed the whole area," said Mogadishu resident Muhidin Ali. Bonnie Kristian
French police on Sunday killed a man wielding a knife and shouting "Allahu Akbar" at the train station in Marseille after he fatally stabbed two women. Law enforcement sources told Reuters this is a "likely terrorist act." The identities of the attacker and his victims have not been released.
"After the attack carried out next to Marseille Saint-Charles, I am immediately going to the site of the attack," French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said in a tweeted statement.
Meanwhile, a police officer and four other people were injured Saturday night in Edmonton, Canada, in a pair of incidents also believed to be terror attacks. The officer was directing traffic near a soccer game when a man driving a white car rammed him with the vehicle. The driver then exited the car and attacked the officer with a knife before escaping on foot.
Later in the evening, the suspect was driving a moving truck with which he "deliberately attempted to hit pedestrians" in downtown Edmonton, police said. The driver was arrested, and an Islamic State flag was found in one of the vehicles. Bonnie Kristian
The terrorist cell responsible for the vehicle attack in Barcelona that killed 13, including one American, on Thursday originally intended to target the city's iconic Sagrada Familia cathedral, Spain's El Español reported Saturday, citing police sources. The church was reportedly chosen for its religious symbolism as well as its busy flow of tourists, but the plan was ultimately abandoned after the terrorists apparently mishandled their own explosives stockpile.
The cathedral instead became the site for a memorial service for the victims' families Sunday.
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Authorities believe the terror cell had 12 members and collected 120 gas cannisters to use in vehicle attacks. Five cell members were fatally shot by police; four were arrested; and three — including Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, believed to be the driver in the Barcelona attack — remain at large.
The manhunt for the final suspects continued Sunday, though two sets of unidentified remains could account for two of the three missing men. The remains are from an explosion at a house in Alcanar, Spain, on Wednesday, the incident thought to have canceled the cathedral plan. Abouyaaqoub fled the scene of the Barcelona attack on foot and may have crossed the border into France. Bonnie Kristian