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Indonesia Suicide Bombing Fits New Pattern of Attacking Local Targets

Security analysts in Indonesia say a suicide bombing at a police mosque that killed the bomber and wounded 26 people is part of a new terrorist strategy. Rather than attacking Westerners in hotels and embassies, they say, smaller groups of Islamic extremists have begun targeting police and Indonesians who speak out against religious fundamentalism.

Mexico Arrests Suspect in Mass Grave Massacre

The Mexican navy says it has captured the suspected leader of the Zetas drug cartel believed to be the mastermind behind the killings discovered recently in a group of mass graves in northeastern Mexico.

The navy said Saturday it has taken Martin Omar Estrada Luna into custody in San Fernando in Tamaulipas state where the remains of at least 145 people were found in graves last week. Five other people were arrested with him.

Indonesia Suicide Bombing Wounds 26

At least 26 people have been wounded in a suicide bombing at a mosque in Indonesia.

The attack came during Friday prayers in the town of Cirebon, in West Java.

The mosque is inside a police compound, and many of the wounded were police officers.

The motive for the bombing was not immediately clear, but Islamic extremists are suspected.

It was the first such attack on a mosque since extremists began attacking targets in Indonesia a decade ago.

Mexico Discovers 145 Corpses in Mass Graves

Mexican authorities have pulled dozens of corpses from mass graves in a state near the U.S. border, with the latest body count standing at 145.

Authorities have arrested 16 municipal police officers accused of protecting drug gang hitmen believed to be behind the Tamaulipas state massacres.

Mexican officials say the Zetas drug gang is responsible for the killings. They say they have arrested 17 members of the gang so far.

At least some of the victims appear to have been passengers on buses traveling through the area.

Belarus Security Detains 5 Suspects in Metro Bombing

Belarus Deputy Prosecutor General Andrei Shved has announced that security officials have taken five suspects into custody in connection with Monday's deadly bombing at a Minsk metro station.

US Drone Strike Kills 6 in Pakistan

Pakistani officials say two U.S. drone missile strikes killed six militants Wednesday in the tribal region along the Afghan border.

The strikes, which hit vehicles in South Waziristan, were the first reported drone strikes since a controversial March 17 attack that killed up to 40 people.

Pakistan's army chief, General Ashfaq Kayani, strongly condemned the March incident, underscoring recent tension between Pakistan and the United States.

Pakistan Says No to Drone Strikes, CIA Operations

Pakistani authorities are demanding that the number of CIA operatives inside their country be reduced significantly and that U.S. drone attacks in the border regions near Afghanistan also be halted.

With high level meetings between the head of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, and the head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency taking place in Washington, there have been reports that Pakistani authorities are asking the United States to drastically reduce its presence here.

Clash Kills Militants, Soldier in NW Pakistan

Police say three militants and a police officer have been killed in a clash in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Explosions Target Iran's Gas Pipelines

Iran's semi-official Mehr News Agency says three explosions have hit gas pipelines near the country's holy city of Qom.

Mehr reports investigators are looking into what caused Friday's blasts. There were no reports of injuries.

In February, state-run media reported explosions on three gas pipelines near Qom. Officials said at the time that those blasts were not caused by technical failures.

The pipelines carry gas from Iran's refineries in the south to the country's northern areas.

Article by VOA News