Posts Tagged ‘ terrorism ’

Pakistan: US drone terrorists murder 15

July 17, 2014
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Columbus Dispatch    

"A suspected U.S. drone strike killed at least 15 people in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, the deadliest such attack in at least a year. The strike hit a house in North Waziristan -- where the Pakistani military is engaged in a month-old battle against the Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups -- as well as a vehicle that was passing nearby, local intelligence officials said." (07/17/14)

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Greece: Terror arrest after tourist area shooting

July 17, 2014
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Business Week    

"Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men -- a fugitive convicted of terrorism -- during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said. Police said the wounded included two tourists from Australia and Germany, a police officer and the fugitive, Nikos Maziotis. The 43-year-old has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since June 2012 following their release from jail in 2011 after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention." (07/16/14)

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Kenya: 22 dead in attacks on coast, Red Cross says

July 6, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Twenty-two people were killed in overnight attacks by gunmen on the Kenyan coast, the Kenya Red Cross said Sunday. Al Qaeda-linked militants claimed responsibility but Kenyan officials blamed local separatists. The Saturday night attacks left 13 dead in the town of Hindi and nine dead and one person missing in the town of Gamba, in neighboring Lamu and Tana Delta counties, Kenya Red Cross chief Abbas Gulet said." (07/06/14)

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Nigeria: 56 dead in market blast, civilian group says

July 1, 2014
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USA Today    

"A car bomb in a marketplace in Maiduguri, the northeast Nigerian city that is the birthplace of Boko Haram extremism, killed at least 56 people on Tuesday, the leader of a civilian group that recovered the bodies said. Sadiq Abba Tijjani, leader of the Civilian Joint Task Force, told the Associated Press his group recovered at least 56 dead bodies at the blast site, mostly elderly women who sold peanuts and lemon juice at the market.

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Afghanistan: US drone terrorists murder three

June 30, 2014
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PressTV [Iranian state media]    

"At least three people have been killed in a drone strike by US-led forces in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar. Abdul Habib Sayed Khel, the provincial police chief, says the deaths were a result of an overnight drone strike targeting a village in the Marawara district. Drone strikes by US-led forces in Afghanistan have surged in the recent weeks." (06/30/14)

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Nigeria: Pop star offers her virginity to Boko Haram for kidnapped girls

June 26, 2014
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Time    

"A Nigerian pop singer told the country’s Vanguard newspaper that she would offer up her virginity to the Islamist group Boko Haram in exchange for the safe return of about 300 girls who were kidnapped about two months ago in the Nigerian town of Chibok. 'I wish I could offer myself in exchange,' said up-and-coming pop singer Adokiye Kyrian. 'They are between 12 and 15 year old girls for Christ sake. I am older and more experienced. Even if 10 to 12 men have to take me every night, I don’t care. Just release these girls and let them go back to their parents,' the singer reportedly said." (06/26/14)

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Lebanon: Explosion rocks upscale Beirut hotel during security raid

June 25, 2014
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Fox News    

"A suicide bomber blew himself up in his room at a Beirut hotel Wednesday as Lebanese security forces raided the premises, causing an explosion that sent flames and a dark cloud of black smoke billowing out of the third-floor windows, security officials said. The blast toward the end of evening rush-hour took place inside the Duroy Hotel in Beirut's Raouche district, a posh neighborhood of apartment towers and upscale hotels perched on cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanese security forces, who detained a second suspected bomber in the sweep, sealed off the area around the hotel and armed gunmen fanned out on the street to secure the location." (06/25/14)

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Nigeria: Abuja bomb blast in Wuse district kills 21

June 25, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A bomb attack on a busy shopping district in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, has killed at least 21 people and injured 52 more. The blast, near the popular Banex plaza shopping complex in Wuse district, could be heard from miles away and sent plumes of smoke into the air. Police say a suspect has been arrested. No group has claimed responsibility. Islamist militant group Boko Haram has bombed targets in Abuja and across northern Nigeria recently." (06/25/14)

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Nigeria: 91 abducted in northeast

June 24, 2014
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"Extremists have abducted 60 more girls and women and 31 boys in weekend attacks on villages in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said Tuesday, another sign of the Nigerian military's failure to curb an Islamic uprising. Some married women were taken along with their children who range in age from three to 15, said witnesses. A local official confirmed the abductions but security forces denied them." (06/24/14)

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Lebanon: One dead, 20 hurt in Beirut blast

June 24, 2014
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Albany Democrat-Herald    

"A suicide bombing in a southern Beirut neighborhood killed a security officer and wounded 20 people, officials said Tuesday. The overnight attack -- the second such bombing this week -- heightened fears that Lebanon was reverting to a cycle of violence after a few months of respite. The explosion occurred near a checkpoint and a cafe in the Shatila area of the Lebanese capital just after midnight Monday. The area is a stronghold of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group, which has been heavily involved in fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's army in neighboring Syria." (06/24/14)

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Nigeria: Blast at medical school kills eight

June 23, 2014
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CNN    

"A bomb blast Monday killed eight people and injured at least 12 others at a medical school in Kano, Nigeria, the city's police commissioner said. The explosive devices went off around 2 p.m. local time in a parking lot at the School of Hygiene, said Adelere Shinaba, police commissioner of Kano, Nigeria's second-largest city. A suspect is in custody after being arrested on the scene, police said, and the suspect's car was discovered outside the school." (06/23/14)

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Bangladesh: Eight Islamists sentenced to death for 2001 attack

June 23, 2014
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The Star [Malaysia]    

"A Bangladeshi court sentenced eight Islamists to death Monday for a 2001 bomb attack that killed 10 people and wounded scores more during the country's main celebrations for the Bengali New Year. The head of the outlawed Harkat-ul-Jihad al Islami (HuJI) outfit, Mufti Abdul Hannan, was among the eight sentenced to hang for planning and carrying out the bombing in Dhaka's main park. It was one of the first deadly attacks by an extremist Islamist group in the country." (06/23/14)

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Pakistan: US drone terrorists murder six

June 18, 2014
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"At least six suspected militants were killed in a US drone strike early Wednesday in the Miramshah tehsil of North Waziristan tribal region where a comprehensive military operation launched by the Pakistani army against foreign and local terrorists is also under way. Intelligence sources said six missiles fired by a drone hit a compound and a vehicle in Dargah Mandi village in Miramshah. The identities of those killed in the strikes have not yet been ascertained, sources said." (06/18/14)

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Nigeria: “Fatalities” after blast at World Cup TV venue

June 18, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A suicide bomber has killed several people in northern Nigeria's Yobe state at a venue televising a World Cup match, residents and medics say. A hospital worker told the BBC that truckloads of injured people are being treated in overcrowded wards. 'The injured people are so numerous I cannot count them,' the worker said after the blast hit Damaturu town. An emergency has been declared in three states, including Yobe, amid attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants." (06/17/14)

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Kenya: At least 48 killed in “Islamist raid”

June 16, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"At least 48 people have died after suspected Islamist militants attacked hotels and a police station in a Kenyan coastal town, officials say. Witnesses in Mpeketoni said gun battles went on for several hours and reported seeing buildings set on fire. The town is on the mainland near Lamu island, a well-known tourist resort. Kenya has suffered numerous militant attacks since 2011 when its forces entered neighbouring Somalia to combat al-Shabab fighters." (06/16/14)

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Pakistan: After lull, US drone terrorists murder 13

June 12, 2014
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ABC News    

"Missiles from U.S. drones slammed into militant hideouts overnight in northwestern Pakistan, killing 13 suspected insurgents and marking the resumption of the CIA-led program after a nearly six-month break, officials said Thursday. The two separate drone strikes sparked swift condemnation by the Pakistani government. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the strikes, are a violation of Pakistani sovereignty and territorial integrity." (06/11/14)

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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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