Alabama IS bride Hoda Muthana loses appeal for return to US

The US Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of an American woman who joined the Islamic State (IS) and is seeking re-entry to the US. Hoda Muthana grew up in Alabama and travelled to Syria to join IS in 2014. While she was abroad, authorities determined Ms Muthana, now 27, was not a US citizen and revoked her passport. In 2019, Ms Muthana’s father appealed against a federal court that barred her entry. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court declined the case without comment. Ms Muthana, the daughter of a Yemeni diplomat, was born in the US. But under … Continue reading Alabama IS bride Hoda Muthana loses appeal for return to US

Two dead, 14 injured in attack on police bus in India

Two policemen were killed and 14 injured after suspected militants attacked a bus carrying security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir, police officials said. Officials said three militants fired indiscriminately on the vehicle near a police camp in Srinagar city. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences, and has sought details on Monday evening’s terror attack. The area has been cordoned off, and a search operation is underway. Officials say the attack happened when the policemen were returning to their campus after work. The suspected militants managed to escape under cover of darkness as security forces retaliated. “Among the injured personnel, ASI … Continue reading Two dead, 14 injured in attack on police bus in India

Four West African states mount operation against Islamist insurgents

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo have carried out a joint military operation to counter increased attacks by Islamist insurgent groups in parts of West Africa, Burkinabe Security Minister Maxime Kone said on Tuesday. Over 5,700 troops were deployed in the borderlands between Burkina Faso and the other three countries under a security cooperation deal the countries agreed in 2017 to prevent jihadist violence spreading from the Sahel region. The five-day operation led to the arrest of over 300 suspects and the seizure of weapons, ammunition, vehicles, drugs and a large amount of material to make improvised bombs, Kone … Continue reading Four West African states mount operation against Islamist insurgents

Suicide bombings hit Ugandan capital

Suicide bombers have targeted the Ugandan capital Kampala, killing at least three people and injuring more than 30 others, police say. Three attackers on motorbikes blew themselves up near parliament and the city’s police headquarters. The number of dead is likely to rise, with the blasts leaving body parts strewn in the streets. The Islamic State (IS) group has said it was behind the attack, the militants’ Amaq News Agency reports. The attacks came within three minutes of each other. More bombs have been found in other parts of the city, officials said. “The bomb threats are still active, especially … Continue reading Suicide bombings hit Ugandan capital

3 detained after car explosion kills 1 outside Liverpool hospital

Counter-terrorism police in Britain have detained three men in connection to an explosion at a hospital Sunday in the city of Liverpool that killed one person and injured another. The Press Association reported that counter-terrorism police said the three men, whose ages ranged from 21 to 29, were detained in the Kensington area of the city. Police were called to reports of a blast involving a taxi at Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Sunday morning. Police said the explosion had not been declared a terrorist attack, but counter-terrorism police were leading the investigation and the men were detained under the Terrorism … Continue reading 3 detained after car explosion kills 1 outside Liverpool hospital

Senseless Killings: At least 69 killed in gun attack in Niger

Niger has declared two days of national mourning from Friday, after at least 69 people were killed in an attack by suspected Islamist insurgents. The attack happened in the country’s south-west, near the border with Mali. Victims included a local mayor and the leader of a self-defence militia, the government said. A search is under way for survivors. No group has claimed responsibility for the bloodshed, which took place on Tuesday. The assailants fled across the border into Mali, reportedly taking their own dead away with them. Niger’s interior ministry said a delegation led by the mayor of Banibangou had … Continue reading Senseless Killings: At least 69 killed in gun attack in Niger

Tragic: More than 20 killed in attack on Kabul military hospital

More than 20 people have been killed and at least 16 injured in a gun and bomb assault on a military hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul. Attackers targeted the 400-bed Sardar Daud Khan hospital starting with two massive explosions outside the building, officials said. Gunmen then broke into the hospital grounds, witnesses said. An affiliate of the Islamic State group, IS-K, later said it had carried out the attack. Photographs and video footage from Kabul showed a plume of smoke over the area and recorded the sounds of gunfire. A doctor in the building told the AFP news agency … Continue reading Tragic: More than 20 killed in attack on Kabul military hospital

One person killed in bomb attack at a bar in Uganda

One person has been killed and three others injured in a bomb attack in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. The explosion happened at a bar on Saturday night, killing a 20-year-old waitress and scattering panicked revellers on to the street outside. Three suspected bombers disguised themselves as customers before planting the explosives under a table, police say. The Islamic State group (IS) later said it was behind the attack. The explosion comes one week after the UK government issued an alert about terrorism in Uganda. It warned British citizens in the East African country – where attacks of this kind are rare … Continue reading One person killed in bomb attack at a bar in Uganda

Gunmen kill over 50 people after storming market in Nigeria

Gunmen killed over 50 people in Nigeria’s northern Sokoto state on Sunday, a particularly deadly attack amid a security crisis that the government has been attempting to push back on for the past year. One local resident, Iliyasu Abba, told Reuters that there were 60 bodies at the local Goronyo General Hospital mortuary and that others had sustained injuries while escaping the attack. “The gunmen stormed the market as it was crowded with shoppers and traders,” said Abba, adding that the gunmen were “shooting sporadically on us after they surrounded the market firing at every direction killing people.” Reuters noted that gunmen … Continue reading Gunmen kill over 50 people after storming market in Nigeria

Face Of Terror: Mastermind of deadly 2016 Baghdad bombing caught, Iraq says

Iraq has detained the Islamic State militant who masterminded a suicide bombing in Baghdad in 2016 that killed 300 people, its prime minister says. Ghazwan al-Zawbaee was captured in an “intelligence operation outside the country”, Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced. He accused the Iraqi national of being the “primary culprit behind the Karrada atrocity and many others”. The attack in the Karrada district was the deadliest single bombing in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003. A lorry filled with explosives was blown up next to a crowded shopping centre where people had been enjoying a night out after breaking their daily … Continue reading Face Of Terror: Mastermind of deadly 2016 Baghdad bombing caught, Iraq says

34 killed after deadly attacks in northeast Nigeria

Dozens of people were killed in three separate attacks in different states in northern Nigeria. In the northwestern state of Kaduna, at least 34 people were killed and seven wounded after gunmen attacked a village there. “Unidentified gunmen attacked Madamai village in Kaura … 34 residents have been confirmed dead following the attack. Seven others sustained injuries,” state security commissioner Samuel Aruwan said on Monday, later adding that the attack took place late Sunday. Troops came under fire before forcing the assailants to withdraw after an intense exchange, he said. Aruwan added that two suspects were being questioned in connection … Continue reading 34 killed after deadly attacks in northeast Nigeria

Police in Indonesia kill ISIL-linked leader in shoot-out

Indonesian security forces say they have killed a hardline leader with ties to the ISIL (ISIS) group in a shoot-out on Saturday, amid a sweeping counterterrorism campaign in remote areas of the archipelago. A joint operation by military and police personnel killed Ali Kalora of the East Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT) in a village on eastern Sulawesi island late on Saturday, according to Central Sulawesi’s regional military chief Brigadier General Farid Makruf. “Ali Kalora was the most wanted terrorist and leader of MIT,” Makruf said. Kalora had eluded capture for more than 10 years. Another hardliner, identified as Jaka Ramadhan, also … Continue reading Police in Indonesia kill ISIL-linked leader in shoot-out