Posts Tagged ‘ terrorism ’

UN Security Council set to sanction Boko Haram leader, splinter group

June 11, 2014
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Reuters    

"The U.N. Security Council is set to sanction Abubakar Shekau, leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram, and its faction Ansaru, the first individual and entity to be designated by the world body since the Islamist militant group was blacklisted last month. Russia has delayed the process by placing a technical hold on the designations, but diplomats say it is simply to give Moscow more time to complete its review of the proposal made by Nigeria to the Security Council al Qaeda sanctions committee." (06/11/14)

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Nigeria: Boko Haram suspected of kidnapping another 20 women

June 10, 2014
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Time    

"Members of the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram are suspected to have kidnapped 20 women near the Nigerian town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were abducted in April. The Associated Press reports a vigilante group member said armed men abducted the women by gunpoint on Thursday, also kidnapping three men who made an effort to thwart the attack." (06/09/14)

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Pakistan: 23 Shia pilgrims killed

June 9, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"At least 23 people have been killed and a number injured in a gun and bomb attack on Shia pilgrims in south-western Pakistan, officials say. They say the gunmen targeted hotels in the town of Taftan, Balochistan province, where the pilgrims were staying after returning from Iran. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack." (06/08/14)

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Imperialism and Nigerian schoolgirls

June 3, 2014
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Ivan Eland Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland  

"Western efforts to fight terrorism in Africa have generally been incompetent and counterproductive. So how can these governments lecture a local government in doing so, such as Nigeria in the schoolgirl kidnapping? Yet they continue to do so. The Nigerian government had apparently reached an agreement with Boko Haram to free the schoolgirls in exchange for releasing members of the group held by the government. However the agreement fell through just after Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan met with Western leaders, who don’t want such a deal." (06/03/14)

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Nigeria: Football fans targeted in bombing

June 1, 2014
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The Australian [Australia]    

"A bombing at a football pitch in Nigeria's restive northeast has killed at least 40 people, in an area previously attacked by Boko Haram Islamists. The blast hit the town of Mubi in Adamawa state, one of three in the northeast which has been under a state of emergency for more than a year as Nigeria's military has tried to crush Boko Haram's five-year extremist uprising. 'There has been a bomb explosion at a football field this evening and so far more than 40 people have been killed,' said a police officer in Mubi who requested anonymity." (06/02/14)

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Nigeria: Boko Haram kill dozens in fresh terror attack

May 22, 2014
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"The death toll of the Nigeria's Islamist insurgency has risen to more than 200 in a single week after 48 people were killed in Boko Haram raids in the country's north-east. Militants stormed three villages near the town of Chibok, Borno State, where Boko Haram snatched nearly 300 girls from their boarding school dorm last month. Hours after a double car bombing killed at least 130 in a central Nigerian city, villagers were forced to bolt into the bush as their homes and possessions were burned and looted." (05/22/14)

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China: Marketplace bombing kills 31

May 22, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"Assailants in two SUVs plowed through shoppers while setting off explosives on a busy street market in China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang on Thursday, the local officials said, killing 31 people and injuring more than 90. The attack in the city of Urumqi was the bloodiest in a series of violent incidents that Chinese authorities have blamed on radical separatists from the country's Muslim Uighur minority." (05/22/14)

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Nigeria: Two bomb blasts kill at least 118

May 21, 2014
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Austin American-Statesman    

"Two car bombs exploded at a bustling bus terminal and market in Nigeria's central city of Jos on Tuesday, killing at least 118 people, wounding dozens and leaving bloodied bodies amid the flaming debris. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the twin car bombs. But they bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group that abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls last month and has repeatedly targeted bus stations and other locations where large numbers of people gather in its campaign to impose Islamic law on Nigeria." (05/20/14)

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Boko Haram: West African pols “declare war”

May 18, 2014
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euronews [EU]    

"West African leaders have vowed to wage ‘war’ against Boko Haram at a meeting with EU and US representatives in Paris. According to a Western diplomatic source, Nigeria may call for UN sanctions against the militant Islamist group. French President Francois Hollande announced that a global and regional action plan to share intelligence and coordinate efforts adding that the group posed a threat to the region." (05/18/14)

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Public hysteria over Boko Haram may be counterproductive

May 14, 2014
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"The State Department’s reasoning during the first Obama administration, backed up by the Nigerian government, was that putting the group on the U.S. list of terrorist groups would only raise the group’s status around the world and allow it the publicity needed to raise more money and recruit more fighters. Moreover, the thinking went that the group, which focuses largely on local issues, might start attacking U.S. interests. Furthermore, the U.S. designation is merely symbolic, because the group does not operate or raise money in the United States. Believe it or not, this logic was good at the time and still is, even in the face of the furor over the abducted schoolgirls. " (05/13/14)

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Pakistan: Gunmen kill two in sectarian flashpoint

May 13, 2014
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New Straits Times [Malaysia]    

"Gunmen on Tuesday killed two schoolteachers -- one Sunni Muslim, one Shia -- in a northwestern Pakistani town with a history of sectarian violence, police said. The double murder came in the Sunni-dominated town of Hangu, around 60 kilometres (40 miles) southwest of Peshawar, the main city of the northwest, as the teachers were going to the government high school where they worked." (05/13/14)

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Boko Haram and the imperative of self-defense

May 13, 2014
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Jonathan Carp  

"In Nigeria, radical Islamic group Boko Haram has carried out a series of horrific attacks, culminating in the recent abduction of 234 girls from a boarding school in the city of Chibok. The group allegedly intends to sell the girls into slavery. The Nigerian government pledges to free them, but thus far reports on the ground indicate little has been done while the government awaits foreign assistance. Provision of security is the most basic justification given for the existence of the state. The state is supposed to protect the population from predators, both foreign and domestic. However, in Nigeria, the state is clearly incapable of fulfilling this function." (05/12/14)

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Who can save “our girls” and Nigeria? Only the Nigerian people, not Washington

May 12, 2014
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"The kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian school girls has captured international attention and sparked a twitter campaign. Yet few outside of Nigeria paid attention as the terrorist group responsible, Boko Haram, killed thousands of people in previous attacks on churches, schools, police stations, newspaper offices, beer halls, bus terminals, and more. When the organization assaulted a school with male students, it simply murdered them. Americans understandably want to help, but Washington must avoid getting entangled in another interminable conflict, this one featuring relentless Islamic extremists battling brutal security forces. Only Nigerians can find a way to simultaneously defeat a terrorist organization which kills more indiscriminately than al-Qaeda and reform a political system which seems to guarantee failure." (05/12/14)

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Nigeria: Boko Haram would swap kidnapped girls for prisoners

May 12, 2014
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Reuters    

"The leader of the Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram has offered to release more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by his fighters last month in exchange for prisoners, according to a video seen on YouTube. About 100 girls wearing full veils and praying are shown in an undisclosed location in the 17-minute video in which Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau speaks." (05/12/14)

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Afghanistan: Bomb kills four girls at wedding

May 9, 2014
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NDTV [India]    

"A bomb attack killed four girls attending an Afghan wedding, officials said on Thursday, blaming the attack on Taliban rebels intending to target government employees at the event. The children, aged between seven and 12, died when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated as they collected water from a river during celebrations in the southern province of Helmand." (05/09/14)

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Gunmen abduct eight more girls in Nigeria

May 6, 2014
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Reuters    

"Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls from a village near one of the Islamists' strongholds in northeastern Nigeria overnight, while the United States made plans on Tuesday to help search for more than 200 schoolgirls seized by the militant group last month. ... Police and residents said the eight girls kidnapped overnight were aged 12 to 15. Lazarus Musa, a resident of the village of Warabe, told Reuters that armed men had opened fire during the raid." (05/06/14)

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China: Six wounded in train station attack, blamed on Muslim Uighurs

May 6, 2014
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The Australian [Australia]    

"people were wounded in a knife attack at a Chinese train station, after a series of violent episodes at transport hubs authorities blame on 'terrorists' from the restive region of Xinjiang. Chinese media reports said there were as many as four attackers in white caps -- often donned by Muslims -- at the station in the southern city of Guangzhou. But police said later that there was only one and did not offer any details on attire. The suspect was shot and taken to a hospital, Guangzhou police said on their official account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter." (05/07/14)

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Nigeria: Boko Haram threatens to sell schoolgirls on market

May 5, 2014
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Reuters    

"The Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility on Monday for the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria last month and threatened to "sell them on the market," the French news agency AFP reported, citing a video. Boko Haram on April 14 stormed an all-girl secondary school in the village of Chibok, in Borno state, then packed the teenagers, who had been taking exams, onto trucks and disappeared into a remote area along the border with Cameroon." (05/05/14)

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Kenya: Three dead in Nairobi blasts

May 5, 2014
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Three people were killed and at least 60 wounded when two homemade bombs exploded on buses along one of the busiest highways in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, authorities said Sunday, as this East African nation struggles to stop a series of terrorist attacks. Of the 60 wounded, 20 were in critical condition, according to the National Disaster Operations Center. Sunday's blasts were on two buses packed with commuters along Thika Highway, said Moses Ombati, the deputy police chief in Nairobi. Eliud Lagat, the deputy head of the bomb disposal unit said the blasts were caused by improvised explosive devices." (05/04/14)

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Egypt: Al Qaeda-inspired militant group claims responsibility for Sinai bombings

May 4, 2014
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Fox News    

"An Egyptian militant group has claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings that killed three people and wounded eight on Friday in the southern Sinai Peninsula. ... In the first attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a bus carrying workers, killing one and wounding three. Another bomber blew himself up at an army checkpoint, killing a soldier and a civilian passer-by and wounding five others." (05/04/14)

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Nigeria: Blast kills 19 as Islamist group targets Abuja

May 2, 2014
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Business Week    

"A bomb attack killed at least 19 people yesterday in the second explosion in less than a month to rock the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, Abuja. The explosion wounded 60 others, Ishaya Isah Chonoko, the National Emergency Management Agency’s coordinator for Abuja, said today by phone. The blast struck the same Nyanya district that was hit by a car bomb on April 14 which killed at least 75 people and was claimed by the Boko Haram Islamist militant group." (05/02/14)

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India: Twin blasts on train kill one, injure 14

May 1, 2014
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Business Week    

"A woman died and 14 people were injured after two bombs exploded in a passenger train that had just entered Chennai city’s main station in southern India this morning. The 'minor intensity' blasts occurred onboard the Bangalore-Guwahati Express that had pulled into the Chennai Central Station at 7:15 a.m., Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Misra told reporters. A remote control was probably used to set off the blasts, according to a home ministry official, who asked not to be identified pending a statement." (05/01/14)

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Kenya: Car bomb outside Nairobi police station kills four

April 23, 2014
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ABC News    

"Police in Kenya's capital intercepted a suspicious car at a traffic light Wednesday and were taking the occupants in for questioning when the car exploded, killing four people, including two police officers, officials said. The car exploded just outside a police station's main gate in central Nairobi, turning the car into an unrecognizable heap of twisted metal. David Kimaiyo, the inspector general of police, said two officers were killed, along with two other people." (04/22/14)

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Yemen: Death toll from attacks by regime troops, US drone terrorists rises to 68

April 22, 2014
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"An “unprecedented” US and Yemeni aerial campaign in Yemen killed at least 68 [alleged] Al Qaeda militants in a bid to head off attacks by the network’s local affiliate, officials said on Monday. ... A top Yemeni official said the 'unprecedented' Saturday-Sunday air war came after 'information that Al Qaeda was plotting attacks on vital installations, military and security, as well as foreign interests in Yemen.'" (04/22/14)

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Nigeria: Bus station blast kills at least 71

April 14, 2014
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Voice of America [US state media]    

"An apparent car bomb at a Nigerian bus station has killed at least 71 people and injured more than 120 others. President Goodluck Jonathan visited the bus terminal on the outskirts of the capital, Abuja, several hours after the bomb went off during Monday morning rush hour. The president urged Nigerians to be vigilant about suspicious movements, and suggested Islamist militant group Boko Haram was behind the blast, although there has been no claim of responsibility." (04/14/14)

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