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Two dead, 120 hurt as protests turn violent

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Army troops and police fired live bullets at rioting demonstrators Friday, and at least two people were killed and 120 wounded in the largest anti-government protest in sub-Saharan Africa this year.

Rioters burned tires in downtown streets as security forces fired tear gas and guns, and a Red Cross spokeswoman said 15 of the wounded had been hit by live bullets.

The protests are the first serious demonstrations in sub-Saharan Africa since a wave of anti-government protests swept leaders in Tunisia and Egypt out of power. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for a quarter-century, has vowed repeatedly that his government will not be taken down by protests.

The violence came one day after a brutal takedown of the country's top opposition politician, Kizza Besigye. Police smashed through the window of Besigye's vehicle with the butt of a gun and doused him with tear gas at close range before bundling him into the back of a pickup truck and speeding off.


Imam and his family among dead in attacks

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Attacks killed 10 people around Iraq on Friday, including the 8-year-old daughter of an imam who preached against violence and four police officers ambushed in Baghdad, officials said.

The string of bombings and shootings underlined the security concerns Iraq still faces as American troops prepare to leave by the end of this year. In Baghdad, a bomb went off in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in southeastern Baghdad, killing three police commandos and one civilian and wounding 24 policemen and five civilians, said police and medical officials.

In the mixed Sunni-Shiite province of Diyala, gunmen stormed the home of the imam in a small village 30 miles northeast of the provincial capital of Baqouba on Friday morning, police and medical officials said.

The imam, his wife and their 8-year-old daughter were killed.

In the town of Buhriz, a former Saddam Hussein stronghold about 35 miles north of Baghdad, gunmen broke into a house and shot and killed three brothers who worked in an anti-al-Qaida militia.


Insurgents expected to boost violent attacks

KABUL (AP) -- Afghan insurgents plan to stage a spate of violent attacks across Afghanistan in the next several days in a display of power as spring fighting accelerates, senior officers with the U.S.-led coalition said Friday.

U.S. military officials have long predicted a violent spring, but credible intelligence picked up in the past few days indicates that the Taliban -- aided by the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network -- have plans to conduct a brief series of high-profile attacks, such as suicide bombings, the officers said.

The officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence, said most action was expected in the east because the harvest of opium poppies, which bankrolls the insurgency, is still under way in the south and southwest.


3 al-Qaida suspects held in terror threat

BERLIN (AP) -- German police on Friday arrested three suspected members of al-Qaida who officials say posed a "concrete and imminent danger" to the nation.

Authorities did not say whether the three had planned specific targets and offered few details, but security officials said that all three suspects were of Moroccan origin. They also said that two who were arrested were in the western German city of Duesseldorf and one in nearby Bochum. The arrests were based on suspicion they were planning a terror attack, they said.

The arrests "succeeded in averting a concrete and imminent danger, presented by international terrorism," German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said in a statement. They showed "Germany remains a target of international terrorists."

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