Posts Tagged ‘ terrorism ’

Tunisia: Leading suspect in museum attack killed

March 29, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Tunisia's prime minister said Sunday a leading suspect in a deadly museum attack on foreign tourists has been killed in anti-terrorist operations, as tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital to denounce extremist violence. State news agency TAP cites Prime Minister Habib Essid as saying that Khaled Chaieb, also known as Abou Sakhr Lokman, was one of nine terror suspects killed overnight in an operation near the Algerian border." (03/29/15)

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Tunisia: 23 arrested in connection with deadly museum attack

March 27, 2015
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Detroit News    

"Tunisia police have arrested 23 people so far from the group behind the attack on the museum that killed 21, but Moroccan and Algerian suspects are still at large, said the country's top security official Thursday. Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli told journalists that the arrests included a woman and the group was connected to the al-Qaida-linked Oqba Ibn Nafaa brigade. The March 18 attack at the national museum in which 20 tourists were killed was claimed by al-Qaida rival, the Islamic State group, but members of the Oqba Ibn Nafaa brigade, which has been fighting Tunisian security forces for the past few years, have claimed allegiance to both extremist groups." (03/26/15)

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Afghanistan: Indigenous terrorists kill 13, US terrorists kill nine

March 25, 2015
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Iron Mountain Daily News    

"Gunmen in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 13 people during a midnight assault Tuesday on a highway as a suspected U.S. drone strike near Pakistan killed at least nine militants, authorities said. ... gunmen opened fire on three separate vehicles in the attack, including a bus traveling from Kabul and heading to Ghazni province, said Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor. ... Meanwhile, two intelligence officials in Pakistan said the suspected U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province killed at least nine [alleged] militants with the Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Islam." (03/24/15)

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Libya: Islamic State claims Benghazi suicide bombing

March 24, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"Islamic State militants claimed a suicide bombing that killed seven people at an army checkpoint in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday and triggered retaliatory air strikes by army forces. In a separate incident in Libya’s second-largest city, where army forces are fighting Islamist militants, a rocket hit a residential building, killing a 17-year old girl and another person, medics said." (03/25/15)

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Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks town, killing 11

March 20, 2015
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KVVU TV    

"Boko Haram extremists have attacked on a Nigerian border town, killing 11 people who had recently come home after military forces ousted the insurgents, witnesses said. Resident Mohammed Umara said Cameroonian forces immediately crossed the border when gunfire erupted Wednesday evening and drove the militants from Gamboru-Ngala." (03/20/15)

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Tunisia: 21 dead in attack on museum

March 19, 2015
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Santa Rosa Press Democrat    

"Attackers opened fire Wednesday at a major museum in Tunisia's capital, gunning down 17 tourists as dozens more sprinted to safety. At least 21 people in all were killed, including two gunmen, but some attackers may have escaped, authorities said. The attack on the famed National Bardo Museum in Tunis was the first on a tourist site in years in Tunisia, a shaky young democracy that has struggled to keep Islamic extremist violence at bay." (03/18/15)

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How the FBI created a terrorist

March 16, 2015
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Trevor Aaronson  

"[Sami] Osmakac was the target of an elaborately orchestrated FBI sting that involved a paid informant, as well as FBI agents and support staff working on the setup for more than three months. The FBI provided all of the weapons seen in Osmakac's martyrdom video. The bureau also gave Osmakac the car bomb he allegedly planned to detonate, and even money for a taxi so he could get to where the FBI needed him to go. Osmakac was a deeply disturbed young man, according to several of the psychiatrists and psychologists who examined him before trial. He became a 'terrorist' only after the FBI provided the means, opportunity and final prodding necessary to make him one." (03/16/15)

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Pakistan: 14 killed, 70 injured as blasts target Lahore churches

March 16, 2015
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The News International [Pakistan]    

"Twin blasts targeted the Roman Catholic Church and Christ Church during Sunday mass in Youhanabad area of the provincial capital, killing 14 people including two policemen and injuring at least 70 others. According to initial reports, two suicide bombers attacked the churches located in the Christian locality. Eye witnesses told Geo News that a man blew himself up outside one of the churches as a police guard stopped him from entering, while the other blast took place inside the church during Sunday mass. However, police have yet to confirm the nature of the blast. Two suspected men were caught from the venue but the enraged mob burnt them alive after subjecting them to severe torture in the presence of police." (03/15/15)

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Somalia: US drone strike allegedly kills Westgate planner

March 13, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"A U.S. drone strike in Somalia on Thursday is believed to have killed a senior member of the al-Shabab extremist group who allegedly helped plan the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, officials said. Adan Garar and two others are suspected to have been killed after their car was targeted near the town of Bardhere, the Kenyan and U.S. officials said." (03/12/15)

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How governments twist terrorism

March 12, 2015
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Philip Giraldi The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi  

"The Washington Post reports that 'terrorism trend lines are 'worse than at any other point in history.'' But what is terrorism? It has frequently been pointed out that 'terrorism' is a tactic, not an actual physical adversary, but it is less often noted that a simple definition of what constitutes terrorism is hardly universally accepted, while the designation itself is essentially political. The glib assertion that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter fails to capture the distinction's consequences as the terror label itself increasingly comes with a number of legal and practical liabilities attached. Describing an organization as terroristic in order to discredit it has itself become a tactic, and one that sometimes has only limited connections to what the group in question actually believes or does." (03/11/15)

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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)

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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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