Posts Tagged ‘ terrorism ’

Bill C-51: Anti-terrorism or anti-liberty?

March 11, 2015
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Vanessa Walsh  

"Because Bill C-51 promotes the idea that anyone can be arrested on the belief that they are a terrorist, allows CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) the power to remove that which they think may be terrorist propaganda from the internet or directly from citizens, and does not specify exactly what are 'reasonable grounds' to justify throwing someone in jail for five years, I believe it must be re-evaluated before it passes as law, not only to promote anti-terrorism, but also to maintain civil liberties of Canadians across the count[r]y." (03/09/15)

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Nigeria: Teenage girls suspected as dozens die in suicide attack

March 10, 2015
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Los Angeles Times    

"A teenage girl carried out a suicide bombing Tuesday at a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing at least 34 people, witnesses said. The blast occurred late afternoon in the market near the Old Elkanemi Cinema, said Musa Danbaba, a member of a civilian protection militia. He said 34 bodies were counted and many more were wounded. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, but it bears the hallmarks of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group, Boko Haram." (03/10/15)

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Nigeria: Boko Haram purportedly pledges loyalty to Islamic State

March 9, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Boko Haram, the Nigeria-based Islamist terror group, has pledged allegiance to ISIS, according to an audio message purported to be from Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau. In the audio, which was posted online Saturday, the speaker says Boko Haram is announcing its 'allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi,' which is another name for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi." (03/08/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/07/africa/nigeria-boko-haram-isis/  

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Egypt: One dead, six wounded in Alexandria blast

March 8, 2015
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Melbourne Herald Sun    

"A bomb has exploded outside a supermarket in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, killing one person and wounding six. Sunday's blast took place at a branch of the French supermarket chain Carrefour in Alexandria's eastern district of Seyouf. It is the latest in a bombing campaign blamed on Islamic militants who are targeting foreign and local economic and financial establishments." (03/08/15)

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Nigeria: Dozens killed in raid on village

March 5, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed at least 64 people in a village in Borno state, north-east Nigeria, witnesses have said. The gunmen who stormed Njaba targeted men and boys before setting the village on fire, survivors added. The raid happened early on Tuesday but was not reported immediately because of the remoteness of the area." (03/05/15)

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Nigeria: Boko Haram releases beheading video echoing Islamic State

March 3, 2015
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Reuters    

"Nigeria's Islamist sect Boko Haram released a video purporting to show it beheading two men, its first online posting using advanced graphics and editing techniques reminiscent of footage from Islamic State. The film, released on Monday, shows militants standing behind the two men who are on their knees, their hands tied behind their backs, with one man standing over them, holding a knife. One of the men is made to tell the camera that they had been paid by authorities to spy on the militant group, before the film moves to another scene showing their decapitated bodies. It was not possible to confirm the film's authenticity or date." (03/03/15)

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Egypt: Nine injured in central Cairo blast

March 2, 2015
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allAfrica    

"A bomb exploded in front of Egypt's High Court where Egypt's top prosecutor's office lies, in central Cairo on Monday resulting in nine injuries, one of whom is critically injured, a health official told state television. ... This is the second blast in Greater Cairo in less than a week. A man was killed and seven others were injured in several explosions which occurred in Greater Cairo on Thursday." (03/02/15)

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Yemen: US drone strike kills two

March 2, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Tribesmen and witnesses say a US drone strike killed two suspected al-Qaida militants in southern Yemen. The witnesses, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, say the suspected militants were traveling in a car when the strike took place at dawn on Monday in the Shabwa province, in an area called Markha." (03/02/15)

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Nigeria: Explosions kill at least 34

February 26, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Explosions in Nigeria's north central city of Jos and the northeastern town of Biu over the past two days have killed at least 34 people, witnesses said Thursday. Residents say at least 15 people were killed in two bomb explosions at a bus station and motor park in the city of Jos. ... Another resident Mark Lipdo told AP the first explosion went off at a bus stop near a university. The second bomb detonated near a motor park, he said. On Wednesday, a suicide bombing in the northeast Nigerian town of Biu killed about 19 people and injured 17." (02/26/15)

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Jerusalem: Church building torched in apparent hate crime

February 26, 2015
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The Daily Mail [UK]    

"Suspected Jewish extremists set fire to a Greek Orthodox seminary building in Jerusalem early Thursday, police said, 24 hours after a mosque was torched in the West Bank. The vandals torched an annexe of the seminary near the walls of the Old City and scrawled 'graffiti insulting Jesus,' police spokeswoman Luba Samri said, describing it as a 'nationalist' attack. ... Following a police request, a gag order has been imposed on all details of the investigation which will remain in force until March 4. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat condemned the attack as 'deplorable' and pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice. On Wednesday, a mosque near Bethlehem in the southern West Bank was set alight and anti-Arab slogans in Hebrew sprayed on a nearby wall." (02/26/15)

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Afghanistan: Gunmen abduct 30

February 24, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Masked gunmen abducted 30 members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara minority who were traveling along a dangerous highway from the south, local authorities said Tuesday. ... The 30 men taken -- women and children were reportedly spared -- were said to be Afghan refugees returning from Iran. Though officials released few other details, local sources said all 30 were members of the Hazara minority, a predominantly Shiite Muslim group." (02/24/15)

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Nigeria: Child bomber kills herself, four others at market

February 23, 2015
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Maclean's [Canada]    

"A girl suicide bomber as young as 10 blew herself up at a busy market in the northeastern Nigerian town of Potiskum on Sunday, killing four others and seriously wounding 46 people, a witness and hospital records show. The girl who appeared no more than 10 years old got out of a tricycle taxi in front of the cellphone market and detonated her explosives on Potiskum’s main market day, according to survivor Anazumi Saleh, who suffered injuries to his head." (02/23/15)

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Nigeria: Multiple bombs kill eight in northeast town

February 18, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"At least three bomb explosions killed eight people at a military checkpoint in the northeast Nigerian town of Biu on Tuesday, witnesses and a hospital source said. The military fired back on the attackers and killed 17 insurgents, a security source told Reuters. Witness Auwalu Ibrahim, a local pro-government vigilante, said there were children around the checkpoint when the blasts went off. 'Everyone has been told to go home due to apprehension about the blasts,' he said. Biu has been repeatedly attacked by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram and the use of multiple bombs planned to go off in quick succession is a trademark tactic of the jihadists." (02/17/15)

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Denmark: Two dead in Copenhagen terror attacks, police kill gunman

February 16, 2015
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"Three people have died and five police officers were wounded after terrorist attacks on a synagogue and a cultural centre, and a later police shootout in Copenhagen. A 55-year-old man was killed and three police officers were wounded in the shooting attack at a cafe at the Krudttonden cultural centre on Saturday. ... A young Jewish man died after being shot in the head outside Copenhagen's main synagogue in Krystalgade. Two police officers were wounded in that attack. Hours later, police shot and killed a man near a train station. Police said video surveillance indicated the man was behind both shootings." (02/16/15)

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Nigeria: Teen suicide bomber kills at least 16 at bus station

February 15, 2015
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The Guardian [UK]    

"A teenage suicide bomber blew herself up at a crowded bus station in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least 16 and wounding 30 others. Witnesses said most of the victims were children who had either been selling peanuts or begging for money at the time of the explosion. The bomber managed to get through the security check at the entrance to the bus station in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state, and detonated herself at 1pm local time." (02/15/15)

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Pakistan: Taliban attack Shia mosque in Peshawar

February 13, 2015
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Taliban militants have attacked worshippers at a Shia mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar with guns and grenades, killing at least 19. Police killed one of the militants in a gunfight around the mosque, in the wealthy Hayatabad district. Another of the militants blew himself up with a suicide vest, and a third was arrested, police said. Two weeks ago, another attack on a Shia mosque Sindh province's Shikarpur district left more than 60 people dead." (02/13/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-31451201  

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Nigeria: Suicide bomber kills at least seven in northeast market

February 12, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"A suicide bomber killed at least seven people after she set off explosives at a busy market in the northeast Nigerian town of Biu on Thursday. At least 15 people were also injured, Yau Mohammed, a witness who helped take victims to the hospital after the blast, said by phone from Biu. ... No group immediately claimed the attack. Islamist militants Boko Haram has been battling for six years to establish Islamic law in Africa's largest economy." (02/12/15)

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Australia: Police arrest two, claiming “imminent” terror attack

February 11, 2015
posted by

Detroit News    

"Two men were charged on Wednesday with planning to launch an imminent terrorist attack in Australia, after police seized a homemade flag associated with the Islamic State group, a machete and a hunting knife in a counterterrorism raid. The men, aged 24 and 25, would have carried out the attack on Tuesday if they had not been arrested that day in the raid in the Sydney suburb of Fairfield, New South Wales state Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn told reporters." (02/11/15)

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Cameroon: Boko Haram “kill 70″ in border town

February 4, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Boko Haram militants have reportedly killed at least 70 people in an attack on the Cameroonian town of Fotokol, on the border with Nigeria. The Islamist militants attacked civilians in their homes and in the town's mosque, local officials said, setting many buildings on fire. The attack comes a day after a regional force said it had driven the militants from a Nigerian town near Fotokol. The Boko Haram insurgency has left thousands dead over the last six years." (02/04/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-31141097  

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France: Assailant wounds three soldiers in Nice Jewish centre attack

February 4, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A man wielding a knife has attacked three soldiers patrolling outside a Jewish community centre in Nice, in the south of France. The soldiers were wounded and police said the assailant was captured. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi told French TV that a second man had been arrested in connection with the stabbing. The attacker was expelled from Turkey last week and questioned upon his return, French media reported." (02/03/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31118020  

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Somalia: US military targets al-Shabab in drone strike

February 4, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"The U.S. has conducted a Special Operations-led airstrike just south of Mogadishu targeting senior al-Shabab leader Yusuf Dheeq, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. 'A little bit after 9 a.m. eastern time [Jan. 31] U.S. Special Operations Forces conducted a strike south of Mogadishu using unmanned aircraft and several hellfire missiles,' Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters at a Pentagon briefing." (02/03/15)

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Bangladesh: Firebombing of bus kills seven

February 3, 2015
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch    

"Attackers threw crude fire bombs at a packed bus in Bangladesh early Tuesday, setting it alight as it moved along a highway and leaving at least seven people dead and 16 injured during a nationwide strike called by the opposition. ... Political attacks -- mostly fire bombings of vehicles -- have killed at least 53 people since early January, when an opposition alliance led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia ordered a nationwide transportation blockade in an attempt to force Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to step down. The two politicians have long battled for political supremacy in the South Asian nation." (02/03/15)

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Egypt: Alexandria blast kills one; other explosives target Cairo airport

February 3, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A roadside bomb near Egypt's second-largest city, Alexandria, killed a bystander and injured two others Tuesday, and authorities defused two more explosives at Cairo International Airport, officials said. The latest reports are part of recent increase in small bombs being planted around Egypt. Many of the devices have been so-called flash-bang grenades, designed to sow panic but cause minimal damage or casualties. Larger and deadlier bombs have been targeted almost exclusively at members of the Egyptian police and army." (02/03/15)

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Nigeria: Car bomb explodes in Gombe after Jonathan rally

February 2, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"A car bomb went off near a stadium in the northeastern Nigerian city of Gombe on Monday, a few minutes after President Goodluck Jonathan left a party rally there, killing one person and wounding 18. A Reuters photographer said the bomb exploded about 200 metres (220 yards) from the stadium, engulfing the car in flames, while residents fled in panic. ... There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although suspicion is likely to fall on Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has attacked Gombe several times." (02/02/15)

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Thailand: Small blasts rattle Bangkok mall shoppers

February 2, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Police in Thailand on Monday were investigating a pair of bombings outside a luxury shopping mall in the heart of Bangkok, the first such violence reported in the capital since last year’s army coup. One person was slightly injured in the blasts Sunday night, and police said the small homemade bombs were designed to sow panic, not kill. ... The incident came at a time of slightly raised political temperatures in Thailand, as the country’s ruling junta has tightened its clampdown on critics of its rule." (02/01/15)

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