Night Watch

North Korea: On 8 June, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that an American citizen entered the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as a tourist on 29 April and acted in violation of the DPRK law, contrary to the purpose of tourism during his stay. He was arrested in mid-May.

The agency said, "A relevant organ of the DPRK detained him and is investigating him."

Comment: Three American citizens are now in North Korean custody. One has been sentenced to 15 years at hard labor for subversion, meaning he engaged in Christian missionary activity. The North Koreans have not announced the sentence of an earlier tourist who was detained for acting strangely by requesting asylum.

It is worth repeating that would-be defectors who say they want to help North Korea or stay in North Korea are automatically considered spies. Detained Americans provide the North with the justification to deal with the US whenever the North considers it advantageous.

Note: This incident occurred weeks before the US hostage exchange with the Taliban.

Pakistan: Three deadly security incidents occurred on Sunday.

The most sensational was the attack at Karachi International Airport by a group of gunmen, in which at least 24 people died, including ten attackers. At least 14 people were wounded. The killed terminal staff personnel were said to be mostly security guards from the Airport Security Force (ASF) and some airline workers.

The authorities suspended flight operations, closed the airport terminal and evacuated staff and passengers. Army commandos engaged in a six-hour firefight until they killed the attackers and declared the airport secure.

During this Watch, gunfire resumed at Karachi, wounding one paramilitary Sindh Ranger on the morning of 9 June. In addition, the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack. A senior official claimed its purpose was to hijack an aircraft as passengers were boarding. The rampage followed after airport security personnel prevented the hijacking.

Comment: After the publicity about the fragmentation of the TTP, its leaders evidently feel the need to demonstrate their strength as a threat. If that is the case, Readers should expect more sensational attacks.

A spokesman for the Rangers said "Indian arms and ammunition" were found on the bodies of the dead militants. There is no corroboration of this statement.

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