Posts Tagged ‘ terrorism ’

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)

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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
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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)

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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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Syria: Bomb on bus in central Damascus kills seven

February 2, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"A bomb exploded on a bus near Damascus' medieval city center on Sunday, killing at least seven people, including Lebanese Shiite pilgrims, according to Syrian activists and Lebanese media. Another 20 people were wounded in the blast, which occurred near the Damascus citadel and the centuries-old Hamidiyeh bazaar, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria. Rocket fire from nearby rebel-held towns routinely strikes Damascus, but bombings are rare in the heavily policed city center." (02/01/15)

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Islamic State thugs murder Japanese hostage Kenji goto

February 1, 2015
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Isil militants have murdered Kenji Goto, the second Japanese hostage to be killed in a week. The death of Mr Goto, a journalist, came within days of the slaughter of Haruna Yukawa .... The confirmation that Mr Goto had been killed came several hours after the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant posted a one minute video purporting to show his execution." (02/01/15)

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Afghanistan: Suicide attack on funeral kills at least nine

January 29, 2015
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"At least nine people were killed Thursday when a suicide bomber detonated himself at a funeral for the victims of a roadside bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan, provincial officials said. 'A suicide attacker detonated himself when he was identified by the police,' said Khawani, the deputy security chief of eastern Laghman province where the attack took place, who goes by one name. ... Laghman governor spokesman Sarhadi Zwak placed the death toll at 16, with another 39 wounded. No one has claimed responsiblity for the attack but suicide bombings are a hallmark of the Taliban's war against foreign and Afghan security forces, now in its fourteenth year." (01/29/15)

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Yemen: US drone terrorists kill three

January 26, 2015
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New York Times    

"Tribal leaders and security officials in Yemen say the U.S. has carried out its first drone strike in the country since its president resigned. They say the strike Monday on a vehicle in an area called Hareib, located between the provinces of Marib and Shabwa, killed three suspected al-Qaida militants." (01/26/15)

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France: Chechens arrested as alleged Paris accomplices charged

January 21, 2015
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Irish Times [Ireland]    

"Five Russians of Chechen origin were arrested in the Herault department of southern France yesterday. Police said they discovered 'extremely dangerous' explosives in their possession. However, the prosecutor of Beziers, Yvon Calvet, warned against jumping to conclusions. The men, aged between 24 and 37, were already known to police for criminal activities, not for links to terrorism. ... In Paris, the high court asked anti-terrorism magistrates to formally place four men who were arrested on January 16th under investigation for 'association with a terrorist conspiracy to commit a terrorist act.' Eight other people, including four women, who were arrested in the same dragnet were freed. The arrests were made in connection with Islamist violence that killed 17 people in Paris on January 7th, 8th and 9th." (01/21/15)

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“Terror” as victim rhetoric

January 21, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Calhoun  

"The entire purpose of the language of terrorism is to cloak the sentiments of war in a victim rhetoric. You see, France isn't 'at war,' they're merely responding to 'terror' attacks. Those wretched, vile gunmen are not warriors or soldiers, they're madmen, lone wolf terrorists. The attack on Charlie Hebdo's office on January 7 might otherwise be considered an invasion, an attack from outside forces France has declared war on. But war is far too brutish for the 21st century, where of course violence is on an inevitable downturn and world peace is just around the corner if not for a few meddling terror cells." (01/19/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/35159  

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Belgium: Police kill two in shootout, claim to have foiled terror attack

January 16, 2015
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Charlotte Observer    

"Belgian security forces killed two terror suspects in a fierce shootout in the eastern city of Verviers on Thursday and arrested another, foiling a major attack against police buildings, authorities said. The suspects immediately opened fire on police when they closed in on them near the city's train station, Magistrate Eric Van der Sypt said in Brussels. He said there was no link at this stage to the Paris attacks, and that the raid is the result of an investigation that has been underway for a few weeks." (01/15/15)

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We worry too much about terrorism

January 16, 2015
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"The chance that extremist violence will touch any of us directly was minuscule before the latest attacks, and it still is." (01/15/15)

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Nigeria: Bodies “littered on the streets” after Boko Haram attack on Baga

January 9, 2015
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Irish Times [Ireland]    

"Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram have attacked the northeastern town of Baga for the second time in a week, leaving bodies littering the streets, according to an official. Two locals said the Islamist insurgents began shooting indiscriminately and burning buildings on Tuesday evening in raids on the civilian population that carried on into Wednesday. More than 2,000 people are unaccounted for according to Musa Bukar, chairman of local government for the Kukawa district, which includes Baga." (01/08/15)

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Iraq: Suicide attacks kill 23

January 9, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Suicide attacks targeting security checkpoints and Shiite worshippers killed 23 people in Iraq on Thursday, officials said. Police said a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint in the town of Youssifiyah .... Later on, a suicide bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives struck a checkpoint manned by police and Shiite militiamen near the city of Samarra .... After noon prayers, a suicide bomber set off his explosives belt among Shiite worshippers who were leaving a mosque in western Baghdad ..." (01/08/15)

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France: Policewoman killed in shoot-out, hunt deepens for Charlie Hebdo murderers

January 8, 2015
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"A policewoman was killed in a shootout in southern Paris on Thursday, triggering searches in the area as the manhunt widened for two brothers suspected of killing 12 people at a satirical magazine in an apparent Islamist militant strike. Police sources could not immediately confirm a link with the killings at Charlie Hebdo weekly newspaper which marked the worst attack on French soil for decades and which national leaders and allied states described as an assault on democracy." (01/08/15)

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CO: FBI investigating explosion outside NAACP office

January 7, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"The FBI is investigating an explosion outside a local NAACP chapter in Colorado. The makeshift bomb, or improvised explosive device, detonated late Tuesday morning but failed to ignite a gasoline can placed alongside it. No one was injured but the incident left some in Colorado Springs shaken. ... The Denver office of the FBI said it's looking for a balding man, about 40 years old, who was seen leaving the scene in a white pickup truck with a missing or covered license plate." (01/07/15)

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/07/us/naacp-office-explosion/  

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France: Ten dead in attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

January 7, 2015
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The Globe & Mail [Canada]    

"Paris police say shots have been fired at the office of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and a witness says he saw multiple masked gunmen. A police union official in Paris says one journalist is dead and three officers have been wounded in the shooting. The official said the attackers escaped in two vehicles. French TV channel iTELE reported at least 10 people were killed in the shooting, which was firebombed in the past after publishing cartoons in 2011 joking about Muslim leaders." (01/07/15)

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Turkey: Female suicide bomber strikes in Istanbul, killing policeman

January 7, 2015
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Lexington Herald-Leader    

"A female suicide bomber blew herself up at a police station in Istanbul on Tuesday, killing a policeman and wounding another, according to Turkish news agencies. Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin said the woman entered the police station and reported a missing wallet before detonating a bomb. The attack occurred in the Sultan Ahmet district, a popular tourist destination. It is the second attack on police in a week in Istanbul. On Thursday, police subdued a man after he threw grenades and fired a weapon at officers near the prime minister's offices." (01/06/15)

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