Somalia’s army camp rocked by deadly suicide attack

At least 15 army recruits have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a military training camp in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. Army officer Mohamed Adan said the bomber behind Tuesday’s attack was disguised among recruits queueing up outside the General Dhegobadan Military Camp when the explosion occurred. “I have counted about 15 new recruits who have been killed in the blast,” Adan said, adding that the death toll could be higher. The injured people were taken to Mogadishu’s Madina Hospital, according to the Reuters news agency. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the deadliest in … Continue reading Somalia’s army camp rocked by deadly suicide attack

Several killed as blasts rock Afghanistan capital Kabul

Three bombs rattled the Afghan capital Kabul killing at least 10 people and plunging the city into darkness, an Afghan government spokesman has said. Two bombs exploded in quick succession in separate locations of a west Kabul neighborhood late on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding a dozen others, said deputy Interior Ministry spokesman Said Hamid Rushan. A third bomb heavily damaged an electric grid station in north Kabul, said Sangar Niazai, a spokesman for the government power supply department. The initial two bombings, both targeting minivans, happened in a mostly ethnic Hazara area of the capital, said … Continue reading Several killed as blasts rock Afghanistan capital Kabul

50 people killed in attacks on two DR Congo villages

At least 50 people have been killed in two overnight attacks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s deeply troubled east, a military official and monitors said. A local official blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which has been linked to the ISIL (ISIS) group. Military spokesman Jules Ngongo told the dpa news agency that ADF fighters attacked the villages of Boga and Tchabi in the eastern Ituri region. The two villages lie on the border between North Kivu and Ituri provinces in an area where the ADF is believed to be active. Other sources said the attacks may have … Continue reading 50 people killed in attacks on two DR Congo villages

39 people dead in two attacks in eastern DR Congo

At least 39 people have been killed in two new attacks in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, monitors said Monday, as a local official blamed a notorious group linked to the Islamic State group. “At least 20 civilians were killed overnight in the village of Boga and at least 19 in the village of Tchabi,” in Irumu territory in Ituri province, the Kivu Security Tracker (KST) group said. A local civil society leader attributed the attacks to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) a historically Ugandan Islamist group blamed for a string of massacres in the past 18 months. Two … Continue reading 39 people dead in two attacks in eastern DR Congo

Three sentenced over Barcelona and Cambrils jihadist attacks

Three men who assisted the perpetrators of jihadist terrorist attacks in and around Barcelona that killed 16 people in 2017 have been jailed in Spain. Two of the group were handed sentences of 53 and 46 years, while a third man was given an eight-year jail term. One of the perpetrators rammed a van into pedestrians in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas tourist area, before a twin attack was launched in a nearby town. The Islamic State group (IS) said it carried out the attacks. The trio were found to have helped the perpetrators, who were all shot dead by police. Mohamed … Continue reading Three sentenced over Barcelona and Cambrils jihadist attacks

Jihadist gets life for deadly attack on German gay couple

A Syrian jihadist received a life sentence Friday for stabbing a German tourist to death and severely wounding his life partner in a homophobic attack.Abdullah A., accused of stabbing a German tourist to death in Dresden, was sentenced to life in prison In a case described by German media as the country’s first deadly Islamist assault targeting gay people, the superior regional court of Dresden convicted the 21-year-old assailant, identified only as Abdullah A., of murder. It determined a “particular severity of guilt” meaning he is unlikely to be granted early release. He was also found guilty on charges of attempted … Continue reading Jihadist gets life for deadly attack on German gay couple

Failed State: Another 11 people killed in Afghanistan bus bombing

At least 11 people have been killed and dozens injured after a roadside bomb struck a bus in Afghanistan’s southern Zabul province, the interior ministry said. The blast took place late on Sunday night, according to Zabul’s provincial governor’s spokesman Gul Islam Sial. He added that 25 people were injured including women and children who were in critical condition. Violence in the country has been rising sharply in recent weeks after the United States announced it would withdraw its troops from the country by September 11. The Taliban announced late on Sunday that it would declare a three-day ceasefire for … Continue reading Failed State: Another 11 people killed in Afghanistan bus bombing

Afghanistan Attack: Families bury schoolchildren of blast that killed dozens

Afghan families have been burying their children who were killed in explosions outside a secondary school in the capital, Kabul, on Saturday. More than 60 people, mostly girls, are now known to have died in the attack that hit students as they left class. No-one has admitted carrying out the attack in Dasht-e-Barchi, an area often hit by Sunni Islamist militants. The Afghan government blamed Taliban militants for the attack, but the group denied involvement. The exact target for Saturday’s bloodshed is unclear, the blasts come against a backdrop of rising violence as the US looks to withdraw all its … Continue reading Afghanistan Attack: Families bury schoolchildren of blast that killed dozens

Turkish police say top ISIL figure captured in operation

A close aide of killed ISIL (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been caught in Istanbul. The Afghan national, only identified by the codename ASIM, was detained in the Atasehir district on the city’s Asian side on Wednesday, an Istanbul police statement said. News reports of the joint operation carried out by Istanbul police and Turkey’s intelligence agency said the suspect had been involved in helping hide al-Baghdadi in Syria’s Idlib province after the fall of the group in 2019. Al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid on his Syrian hideout by American special forces in October 2019. Turkish media published … Continue reading Turkish police say top ISIL figure captured in operation

Boko Haram fighters have hoisted flag and forcefully acquired wives in Nigerian town

Boko Haram fighters have reportedly hoisted the Islamist group’s flag in a remote district in Niger State, Nigeria’s Middle Belt region, and seized the wives of fleeing residents, the state’s governor has said.A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Gamboru. “I am confirming that we have Boko Haram elements in Niger State, around Kaure. They have taken over the territory… They have installed their flag,” said Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello, in a widely circulated video, on Monday. Bello disclosed during a visit to an Internally Displaced Persons Camp in the state capital Minna, that over 3000 persons … Continue reading Boko Haram fighters have hoisted flag and forcefully acquired wives in Nigerian town

Spaniards and Irishman killed in Burkina Faso

Two Spanish journalists and an Irish national abducted near a nature reserve in eastern Burkina Faso have been killed. The Europeans were part of an anti-poaching patrol that was ambushed by gunmen near Pama Reserve on Monday. Burkina Faso government officials confirmed their deaths on Tuesday. A local soldier was also abducted, but his status is unknown, it remains unclear who carried out the attack. The West African country is facing a deepening security crisis, like many of its neighbours, as Islamist armed groups carry out raids and kidnappings across much of the region. The patrol on Monday included soldiers, … Continue reading Spaniards and Irishman killed in Burkina Faso

Update: Total halts work after attacks in Mozambique gas field

French energy giant Total has suspended operations at a site exploring a major gas field in northern Mozambique weeks after Islamist militants attacked a nearby town. The company said that it was withdrawing all its staff because of the “evolving” security situation. Dozens of people were killed in the March raid, militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) group are behind the conflict in the predominantly Muslim region. During the 24 March attack contract workers and locals sought refuge at the Amarula Palma Hotel and later recounted their harrowing experiences. Last year Total began to develop a $20bn (£14.6bn) gas … Continue reading Update: Total halts work after attacks in Mozambique gas field