Armed Palestinian Hamas security forces patrol the streets of Gaza City. Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy warned Hamas of a “harsh response” if the Palestinian Islamist movement that rules the neighbouring Gaza Strip were to threaten Egypt’s national security.
Local Afghan police cadets take a window seat at their graduation ceremony at a police training centre in Mazar-i-Sharif, the fourth-largest city of Afghanistan, on Thursday. Afghan police have been killed and injured since March 21 this year in what would be an astonishing rate of about 22 a day. Afghanistan’s 350,000-strong security forces have experienced a steep rise in attacks as the Nato combat mission winds down
Iraqi citizens are searched before casting their votes during the country’s provincial elections in Fallujah, Iraq, on Thursday. Iraqis in two Sunni-dominated provinces voted Thursday in provincial elections marked by tight security measures that left streets in former insurgent strongholds largely deserted
Afghan security forces stand guard at the site of a suicide attack near the Kabul military airport on Monday. All seven militants who launched the attack died in the assault, Afghan police said, adding that no civilian and security force casualties had been reported. ‘There were seven assailants – two [suicide bombers] died detonating themselves and five others were killed in fighting,’ Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, chief of Kabul police, told reporters.
Opposition supporters cheer as they clash with security forces in Lomé on Thursday. Authorities have banned planned opposition protests in Togo’s capital city this week after a crowd of students smashed windows and torched cars on May 21.
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India’s Central Industrial Security Force sub inspectors and executives of the 38th batch at National Industrial Security Academy march during their passing out parade on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India. The CISF is a paramilitary security force that provides security cover for nuclear installations, space establishments, airports, seaports, power plants, sensitive government buildings and heritage monuments in India.
A Pakistani army soldier guards election material provided to polling agents for Saturdays elections, in Islamabad, Pakistan. An especially violent spate of killings, kidnappings and bombings marred the run-up to Pakistan’s nationwide election, capped on Thursday by the abduction of the son of a former prime minister as he was rallying supporters on the last day of campaigning before the historic vote.
Somali policemen keep an eye out for suspicious activity at a checkpoint in the country’s capital Mogadishu. Security in Mogadishu has been tightened following an attack on the country’s Supreme Court by al Shabaab on April 14 and multiple checkpoints have been set up around the city by the Somali Police Force as a result.
An exiled Tibetan Buddhist monk carries a portrait of spiritual leader the Dalai Lama during a candlelit protest gathering in Dharmsala, India on Thursday. Reports say three Tibetans have died after setting themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule in a western region where authorities have imposed a heavy security presence. More than 100 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2011 to protest Chinese policies in the region and call for the return of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, from exile.
Miller, a Transit Police dog, watches commuters at Back Bay Station a day after two explosions in Boston. Miller, a Transit Police dog with the Massachusetts Transportation Authority Explosives Detection Unit, watches as commuters enter the subway system at Back Bay Station a day after two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013.