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#ZabarmariMassacre: Super Eagles captain Musa and Shehu condemn killings of civilians in Northern Nigeria
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#ZabarmariMassacre: Super Eagles captain Musa and Shehu condemn killings of civilians in Northern Nigeria

Several individuals were beheaded by terrorists in the Northern part of Nigeria on Saturday Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa and Abdullahi Shehu have condemned the killings of tens of civilians by terrorists in Zabarmari town situated in the Jere local government of Borno State. According to reports, labourers were attacked and killed while working on their rice farms on Saturday afternoon. Immediately after the killings described as 'senseless' by the Nigerian government, a mass burial for 43 bodies was monitored by the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum.
Bandits kill Army colonel, two soldiers in Katsina
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Bandits kill Army colonel, two soldiers in Katsina

A Nigerian Army colonel, M.Z Manu and two soldiers have been killed by bandits in Unguwar Doka Village under Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State. It was gathered that the bandits, armed with AK-47 rifles invaded the villages on Thursday night and started shooting indiscriminately. In the process, the gallant officer, soldiers and some civilians were killed. The acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig. General Benard Onyeuko, who confirmed the incident in a statement issued to journalists at the Special Army Super Camp IV Faskari, said troops of Operation Sahel Sanity responded to a distress call on September 24, 2020 that bandits attacked Unguwar Doka Village and swiftly mobilised to the area where they cleared the bandits. During the encounter, troops neutralis...
Newly Recruited Soldiers Vow To Deal With Civilians In Viral Video
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Newly Recruited Soldiers Vow To Deal With Civilians In Viral Video

Troubling video purportedly shows newly recruited soldiers vowing to deal with Nigerian civilians A video making the rounds on social media shows the moment some newly recruited soldiers vowed to deal with any civilian who steps on their toes. In the video, the new recruits are seen warning civilians of what will happen if they err. One of the new recruits was asked what she thinks of civilians and she said: "They are very useless and hopeless. If I catch them, body go tell them. Tell them say make them no cross my lane o. If them try am..." Another said in the video: "The worstest thing on earth is to be a civilian." Another said "I'll flog them. I'll flog them," when asked what she will do to erring civilians. Sharing the video to Twitter, Ibn Rabiu wrote: "So, thi...
U.S condemns Brazen Killings in Nigeria and Urges FG to do More to Protect Civilians
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U.S condemns Brazen Killings in Nigeria and Urges FG to do More to Protect Civilians

The United States Government has condemned the killings of civilians in northern Nigeria. In a statement published on the Department of States website on Tuesday, June 16, the U.S. urged the Buhari-led administration to intensify efforts in protecting Nigerians as well as bringing those responsible for the killings to book. The statement signed by Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, reads: “We condemn the recent senseless and brazen killings of civilians in northern Nigeria. "In recent weeks, suspected ISIS West Africa militants launched multiple attacks in Borno State, killing more than 120 civilians, including women, children, and the elderly.  On June 9, unidentified armed bandits attacked a village in Katsina State, killing dozens. "These horrific crimes follow t...
Somalia blast kills at least 10 on bus
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Somalia blast kills at least 10 on bus

At least 10 people died and 12 were wounded when an explosive device ripped through a minibus outside the Somali capital Mogadishu on Sunday, the government said. The deadly explosion occurred near Lafole village along the Afgoye-Mogadishu where the passenger bus was travelling early in the day. “At least 10 civilians were killed in an explosion at Lafole area this morning, those who died were all civilians,” the information ministry said in a statement, adding that the victims were on their way to a funeral. Witnesses said the minibus was completely destroyed, and described a horrific scene with everyone on board either dead or wounded and many bodies ripped apart or burned beyond recognition. “This was a horrible incident this morning, the explosive device went off as the bus...
Army Denies Killing Civilians In Borno Airstrike
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Army Denies Killing Civilians In Borno Airstrike

The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) has denied killing civilians in an airstrike carried out by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole at Shokotoko village, in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, on Thursday April 9. It was reported earlier today that 13 civilians including children were killed in the airstrike conducted in the Borno village. Coordinator Defence Media Operation, Major General John Enenche however debunked the claim in a statement. He stated that the attack helicopter that executed the mission, was accompanied by an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to ensure proper targeting for avoidance of collateral damage. Enenche said; “The attention of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) has been drawn to some media reports indicat...
Mali announces coronavirus aid package, maintains election date
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Mali announces coronavirus aid package, maintains election date

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has announced a coronavirus aid package for poor people and hard-hit firms, as cases continue to rise in the war-torn West African state. The president warned on Friday that the country’s already war-battered economy was facing a shock, and declared a package worth some 500 billion CFA francs ($832 million). “The government of Mali… is willing to make the greatest sacrifice to lessen the negative impact of the pandemic on our economy and society,” Keita said in a televised address. Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world and has been struggling since 2012 to quell a jihadist insurgency that has killed thousands of soldiers and civilians. The conflict — which has left swathes of the country outside state control — has aggravated ...
Military Plane Carrying Sudanese Judges and Army Officials Crashed
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Military Plane Carrying Sudanese Judges and Army Officials Crashed

A military plane carrying carrying Sudanese Judges and Army officials crashed on Thursday January 2, 2020 shortly after taking off from an airport in Sudan's West Darfur. Though what caused the plane crash is still not known, however it reportedly occurred about 10 km (6 miles)from the airport. An official at el-Geneina airport said there were about 18 people on board and they were all killed in the plane crash. Army spokesman Amer Mohammed al-Hassan who confirmed the incident, told AFP that among the victims were seven crew members, three judges and eight civilians, four of which were children. El-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur which has received security reinforcements and visits by senior officials this week, has seen deadly clashes between ethnic groups in recent days. ...
All Christmas Celebrations Canceled In Burkina Faso After Terrorist Attack
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All Christmas Celebrations Canceled In Burkina Faso After Terrorist Attack

An attack in Burkina Faso has killed 35 civilians, almost all of them women, in one of the deadliest assaults to hit the West African country in nearly five years of violence. Seven soldiers and 80 armed fighters were also killed in Tuesday's double attack on a military base and Arbinda town in Soum province, in the country's north, according to the military. "A large group of terrorists simultaneously attacked the military base and the civilian population in Arbinda," the army chief of staff said in a statement. "The heroic action of our soldiers has made it possible to neutralise 80 terrorists," President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said. "This barbaric attack resulted in the death of 35 civilians, most of them women." Remis Dandjinou, communications minister and governmen...
Car bomb kills at least 7 civilians near Interior Ministry in Kabul
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Car bomb kills at least 7 civilians near Interior Ministry in Kabul

At least seven civilians were killed and seven wounded when a car bomb was detonated in the Afghan capital of Kabul during rush hour Wednesday, an interior ministry spokesman said. The spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, said the bomb had gone off in a neighborhood that is near the interior ministry and north of Kabul airport. He said the dead were all civilians, adding, "This is the initial information, more details later." Nasrat Rahimi added on Twitter that the death toll may change as the target area has not yet been cleared. At least five children were among the victims, Tolo News reported, citing security sources. The blast occurred at around 7:25 a.m. local time on Wednesday in the Qasaba area in Police District 15 of Kabul city, where several foreign NGOs are located. A sou...
Libya on Verge of Civil War – UN warns
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Libya on Verge of Civil War – UN warns

Libya risks descending into a civil war unless fighting around the capital Tripoli stops, UN Special Representative to Libya, Ghassan Salamé, warned on Tuesday. Salamé, who is also the Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), gave the warning while briefing the Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York. He said the damage already done to Libya would take “years to mend”, adding that the looming civil war could lead to permanent division of the country. The assessment follows weeks of raging fighting between forces of parallel administrations in and around the outskirts of Tripoli. The crisis was instigated by the self-styled Libyan National Army commanded by Gen. Khalif Haftar, who also leads a parallel administration based in the easter...
See what angry Ghanaians did to a Police officer
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See what angry Ghanaians did to a Police officer

Police brutality on civilians turned the other way round as a Policeman received the beating of his life from angry residents of Amasaman in Accra, Ghana. In a viral video posted online, angry residents at Amasaman, a suburb of Accra are filmed attacking the police officer identified as Sgt. Mahanadi at the SWAT Unit of the Ghana Police Service. What led to the assault on the police officer is yet to be ascertained.   View this post on Instagram   See what Angry #Ghanaians did to a #Police officer #Policebrutality on civilians turned the other way round as a Policeman received the beating of his life from angry residents of Amasaman in Accra, Ghana. The police officer is identified as Sgt. Mahanadi at the...
US Urges Sudan Army To Bring Civilians Into Government
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US Urges Sudan Army To Bring Civilians Into Government

The United States on Thursday urged Sudan’s army to bring civilians into government after ousting veteran leader Omar al-Bashir, saying an announced two-year timeline was too long. The United States calls “on transitional authorities to exercise restraint and to allow space for civilian participation within the government,” State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters. “The Sudanese people should determine who leads them and their future and the Sudanese people have been clear and are demanding a civilian-led transition,” he said. “The United States position is the Sudanese people should be allowed to do so sooner than two years from now,” he said. The United States has been in talks to improve relations with Sudan after years of tension with Bashir, who is wanted...
‘We Don’t Flog Civilians no Matter the Provocation – Nigerian Airforce
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‘We Don’t Flog Civilians no Matter the Provocation – Nigerian Airforce

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it would take action against any of its officers caught engaging in acts that disrespect and violate human rights. The NAF said this in response to reports that some NAF personnel were involved in flogging and physical assault of suspected bandits by some military personnel in Zamfara State. A video that went viral on social media showed some military personnel flogging suspected armed bandits at Shinkafi Local Government Area (LGA) in Zamfara State. However, while confirming that its officers were involved, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, spokesperson of NAF, said its officers are always directed to "respect the rights of innocent civilians as well as captured combatants, no matter the provocation". A statement issued on Saturday by Daramola...
12 Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Eastern Niger
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12 Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Eastern Niger

Ten people were killed along with two suicide bombers in a coordinated attack late Tuesday by Boko Haram jihadists on a town in eastern Niger, the local mayor said. “Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen then attacked civilians,” the mayor of the town of N’Guigmi, Abba Kaya Issa, told AFP on Wednesday. “We have a provisional toll of 10 dead plus the two suicide bombers,” he said, blaming “Boko Haram elements” for the assault.
Four Killed With Dozens Injured After a Huge Explosion At a Paris Bakery
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Four Killed With Dozens Injured After a Huge Explosion At a Paris Bakery

Four people have been killed including two firefighters after a huge explosion occurred at a Paris bakery this morning. The firefighters were said to be investigating a suspected gas leak when the explosion occurred, shattering windows and destroying nearby cars on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise. In total, 36 people were injured in the blast which happened in the city's 9th arrondissement at 9am local time. Authorities in Paris confirmed several people were injured while two firefighters and two civilians died Confirming the deaths, France's Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said: 'At 8.37 in the morning, the emergency services went to 6 Rue Trevise to investigate a gas leak. 'When they were there, a massive explosion happened. ...
Soldiers Force Travelers with Afro to Cut Their Hair – Lady claims
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Soldiers Force Travelers with Afro to Cut Their Hair – Lady claims

A lady returning from her village has narrated how soldiers stopped their bus and forced travelers with Afro to cut their hair. Soldiers force travelers with Afro to cut their hair – Lady claims She also reported that they questioned the driver for playing a certain kind of music, before asking the men in the bus with full hair to cut every other person’s hair.   Sharing photos of the male passengers being forced to cut each other’s hair with razor blade, Ify Nnamani wrote: This here, is so wrong on many levels I’m traveling back from the village and these soldiers stopped our bus. First, this one questioned our driver for playing music that reminds him of his days in the ‘depot.’ Then he asked these three guys to come down for carrying full hair....
Soldiers And Civilians Involved In Horrific Accident In Umuahia
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Soldiers And Civilians Involved In Horrific Accident In Umuahia

Some Nigerian soldiers and civilians were involved in a horrific motor accident, which occurred in Umuahia area of Abia State. Agudu Samuel, one of the injured soldiers who shared photos from the scene of the accident disclosed that they are currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Center, Umuahia. He wrote on Facebook; “Sorry to inform you that i was involved in a very serious accident yesterday with my colleagues & the civilians that were traveling towards Aba from Umuahia.” This is coming after it was reported that a young female Nigerian soldier, identified as Salo Roseline Tamarabrakemi, died in a road accident in Rivers State.
Nigerian Army Discovers New Terrorist Group In North-East
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Nigerian Army Discovers New Terrorist Group In North-East

The Nigerian Army has uncovered a new terrorist group, Jama’atu Nus’ratul-Islami Wal-Muslimina, believed to be operating in the North-East of the country, and vowed to fight the group with “advanced technologies.”   The army in a statement said it had also identified the leader of the new group as Abul-Fadl Iyad Gali, adding that the existence of the group “portends grave danger to Nigeria’s national security.”   The Army also said its troops also killed an Islamic State of West Africa Province media chief, Sale Ahmad, also known as Baban Hassan, in a joint operation with the Nigerian Air Force. According to the army, ISWAP is a faction of Boko Haram, directly affiliated to the Islamic State and has attacked military troops and civilians in recent times. The state...
Three Years Of Russia Strikes On Syria Kill 18,000
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Three Years Of Russia Strikes On Syria Kill 18,000

More than 18,000 people, nearly half of them civilians, have been killed in Russian air strikes on Syria since Moscow began its game-changing intervention exactly three years ago, a monitor said Sunday. A picture taken on December 4, 2017 shows Syrian baby Karim Abdallah who lost his left eye and his his mother in government shelling on the nearby town of Hammouria, being held by his brother in the rebel-held town of Beit Sawa, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. / AFP PHOTO Russia, for its part, said its “accurate” strikes had killed 85,000 “terrorists”. A steadfast ally of Syria’s ruling regime, Russia began carrying out bombing raids in the country on September 30, 2015 — more than four years into the devastating conflict. Since then, they ha...
Gunman Kills Two In Toronto Shooting Rampage
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Gunman Kills Two In Toronto Shooting Rampage

A 29-year-old gunman opened fire on pedestrians in a bustling Toronto neighborhood, killing two and wounding a dozen others, police in Canada’s largest city said Monday, adding the suspect was found dead in an alley after an exchange of gunfire with police. A video clip posted by Canadian media appeared to show a dark-clad man walking on the sidewalk in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood Sunday night and then turning to aim and fire a handgun. “At approximately 10 pm on July 22, 2018, a man walking along Danforth Avenue fired shots at groups of people several times. Several people were struck. Two civilians were fatally injured,” the Ontario Special Investigations Unit said. The unit, which investigates police-involved shootings, said officers located the man on a cross street “and...
Boko Haram School Kidnapping: An Attack Well-Planned
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Boko Haram School Kidnapping: An Attack Well-Planned

Boko Haram's abduction of more than 100 schoolgirls in Dapchi, northeastern Nigeria, shows the Islamist group still has the ability and means to stage major attacks. Since the raid last Monday, questions have been asked about how heavily armed fighters were able to storm the town in Yobe state without encountering any resistance, then disappear. Nigeria's military claims to have the region locked down, as part of a counter-insurgency effort against the group whose nearly nine-year campaign of terror has killed at least 20,000 people. But witnesses in Dapchi and analysts told AFP that it was a "well-planned attack" that specifically targeted the state-run boarding school. Residents in the dusty town near the border with Niger described seeing a convoy of at least 10 to 15 vehicl...
Al Shabaab Kills Five Kenyan Policemen
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Al Shabaab Kills Five Kenyan Policemen

Five Kenyan policemen were killed in an attack on their vehicle in the northeast county of Mandera near the border with Somalia, a government official in the area said on Wednesday. Dozens of Kenyan security personnel have been killed in recent months in the remote lands near the border with Somalia, in raids by the al Shabaab Islamist militants from Somalia. The group claimed responsibility for the latest attack. Daniel Bundotich, the deputy county commissioner for Mandera South, said those killed included three police reservists, local civilians who assist the police and were assigned uniforms and arms. “The militants also set on fire a police lorry, the police officers were on patrol along Elwak-Kutolo when they were ambushed,” he told Reuters. Al-Shabaab has also launche...
AU Rejects Allegations Of Rights Violations By Its Troops In Somalia
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AU Rejects Allegations Of Rights Violations By Its Troops In Somalia

The African Union Commission on Wednesday rejected allegations of human rights violations by its peacekeepers in Somalia, saying the United Nations did not carry out thorough probe into certain incidents on its mission’s operations. A report published the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) did not provide evidence to back the allegations, the AU Commission said in a statement issued in Mogadishu. “The commission has noted with concern that the report contains significant misrepresentations of certain incidents pertaining to AMISOM operations in Somalia,” the pan-African body said, using the acronym for the African Union Mission in Somalia. The UN report ignored conclusive investigations carried out by the AU...
UN Condemns Deadly Attacks In Borno
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UN Condemns Deadly Attacks In Borno

The Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, on Tuesday condemned the deadly attacks targeting innocent civilians in Konduga, Banki and Ngala areas of Borno. Kallon expressed this view in a statement by Biodun Banire, Public Information Officer, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Tuesday in Abuja He said that four attacks in recent weeks, three of which were carried out by suicide bombers, had claimed the lives of over 45 civilians and injured countless others. Kallon said that the incidents were indicative of a surge in the brutal violence triggered by a regionalised conflict that is now in its eighth year. “Civilians are routinely killed in direct and indiscriminate attacks in the north-east of Nigeria. “This conflict, with all i...
Five Killed In Fresh Boko Haram Attack On Borno Village
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Five Killed In Fresh Boko Haram Attack On Borno Village

At least five villagers have been killed and many wounded when Boko Haram terrorists attacked a village in southern part of Borno state yesterday, vigilantes source told Saharareporters. The terrorist group stormed a remote village of Azur in Damboa local government area at about 8:30 am, shooting sporadically and burning down houses after carting away foodstuffs and livestock. A member of vigilantes group in Damboa town, Abubakar Jojo told Saharareporter the attackers overpowered the vigilantes. "They came and opened fire on our men on guard, we lost three member and two others. They overpowered our members and wounded 9 persons" " They looted our foodstuffs and made away with livestock including goats and rams thereafter they set ablaze our houses," said Abubakar. The latest...
Roadside Explosion In Egypt Kills Four Policemen
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Roadside Explosion In Egypt Kills Four Policemen

Four Egyptian policemen were killed and six wounded on Monday by two roadside explosives in the restive Sinai Peninsula, security sources told Reuters. The sources said that the four policemen were killed in the city of Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, when their armored vehicle drove past a roadside bomb and three others were wounded. Another armoured vehicle rushed to the scene only for a second roadside explosive to go off, injuring three policemen. The sources said militants planted the explosives and detonated them remotely once the vehicles drove by. There was no immediate comment from the Interior Ministry. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by Islamic State in North Sinai, where hundreds of soldiers an...
Philippines’ Duterte Offers Muslim Self-Rule To Counter ISIS
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Philippines’ Duterte Offers Muslim Self-Rule To Counter ISIS

President Rodrigo Duterte offered self-rule to the Philippines’ Muslim minority on Monday in an attempt to defeat Islamist militants who seized a southern city in the gravest challenge to his year-old rule. Duterte hopes the promise of autonomy will persuade Filipino Muslims to reject the Islamic State group, whose followers still control parts of Marawi after nearly two months of fighting that had left more than 500 people dead. Duterte vowed to shepherd through Congress a “Bangsamoro Basic Law” bill jointly written and submitted to him Monday by government officials and the country’s largest Muslim guerrilla group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. “This moment is a significant step forward in our quest to end centuries of hatred, mistrust and injustice that cost and affected t...
Al-Shabaab Beheads 9 Civilians In Attack On Kenya Village
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Al-Shabaab Beheads 9 Civilians In Attack On Kenya Village

Kenyan officials say al-Shabaab extremists from neighbouring Somalia have beheaded nine civilians in an attack on a village in the southeast. James Ole Serian, who leads a task force of security agencies combating al-Shabaab, says the attack early on Saturday morning occurred in Jima village in Lamu County. Beheadings by al-Shabaab in Kenya have been rare. Al-Shabaab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops in 2011 to Somalia to fight the extremist group, which last year became the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa. The group in recent months has increased attacks with homemade bombs, killing at least 46 in Lamu and Mandera Counties.
Philippines Says Bodies Of Beheaded Civilians Found In Rebel-Held Town
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Philippines Says Bodies Of Beheaded Civilians Found In Rebel-Held Town

The decapitated bodies of five civilians have been found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels, the military said on Wednesday. The military also warned that the number of residents killed by rebel “atrocities” could rise sharply as troops retake more ground. The discovery of the five victims among 17 other bodies retrieved would be the first evidence that civilians trapped in besieged Marawi City have been decapitated during the five-week stand by militants loyal to the Islamic State group, as some who escaped the city have previously reported. Emmanuel Garcia, a lieutenant colonel of the Western Mindanao Command, said in a text message to reporters that the five decapitated were found with the other 17 civilians killed by militants. Mr. Garcia did not respond immed...
Boko Haram Kills Six Civilians In Cameroon
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Boko Haram Kills Six Civilians In Cameroon

A double suicide attack killed Cameroon’s restive Far North, which is regularly hit by Nigeria-based Boko Haram jihadists, security sources said. The deadly blasts happened in Kolofata, where nine people died in a double suicide bombing in early June. “There were eight killed, six civilians and the two attackers,” a source close to Cameroon’s security service said of Wednesday’s violence. Another security source confirmed the death toll, but no further details were immediately available. The Far North region, which borders Nigeria, has seen a resurgence in attacks blamed on Boko Haram after months of relative calm. In mid-June two civilians were killed in an attack in Limani, which is near Kolofata and the Nigerian border. Earlier in the month a soldier was also killed in Ko...
Iraq Warns Mosul Civilians, Tells IS ‘Surrender Or Die’
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Iraq Warns Mosul Civilians, Tells IS ‘Surrender Or Die’

Iraqi authorities have dropped leaflets over Mosul warning civilians to stay inside and are telling jihadists to “surrender or die” after launching an assault to retake the Old City. Iraqi forces launched an assault on Sunday to recapture the Old City, the last district of Mosul still held by the Islamic State group after a months-long offensive. Commanders say the jihadists are putting up fierce resistance and there are concerns for the more than 100,000 civilians believed to remain inside the Old City. Late on Sunday, Iraqi forces dropped nearly 500,000 leaflets over the city, warning that they “have started attacking from all directions”. The leaflets calls on civilians to “stay away from open spaces and… to exploit any opportunity that arises during the fighting” to escape....
Army Struggles As Marawi Siege Enters Fourth Week
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Army Struggles As Marawi Siege Enters Fourth Week

Fighting in Marawi City in the southern Philippines has entered its fourth week, with military officials conceding that troops were struggling to loosen the grip of ISIL-linked fighters on downtown precincts despite relentless bombing. Military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said the urban terrain was hampering the army’s progress because the rebels had hunkered down in built-up neighbourhoods, many of them with civilians they had taken as human shields. Asked when the fighting would end, Padilla said: “I can’t give you an estimate because of compounding developments faced by ground commanders.” Hundreds of other civilians were still trapped in the ruins of the town and – facing capture, starvation or bombardment from above – several have braved sniper fire to dash ...
Two Fake Soldiers Nabbed In Delta
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Two Fake Soldiers Nabbed In Delta

Troops of 3 Battalion Nigerian Army on Wednesday arrested 2 impostors identified as Emejo Benedict and Onwusuluke Kelechi, who were dressed in military camouflage uniform while extorting money from commercial tricycle (KEKE NAPEP) drivers and molesting their fellow civilians in Delta State. The impostors were arrested along Nnebisi Road, Asaba, Oshimili South Local Government Area, the Army said in a statement by its spokesperson, Brigadier General Sani Usman. He added that the suspects have since been handed over to Nigerian Police in Asaba for prosecution. The Army urged the public to be more vigilant and security conscious because of activities of impostors by reporting anyone claiming to be a soldier outside designated military locations to the appropriate authorities. Spec...
UNHCR Urges Israel To Withdraw From Palestinian Land
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UNHCR Urges Israel To Withdraw From Palestinian Land

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Zeid Al-Hussein, has urged Israel to pull out of territories captured in a 1967 war that Palestinians now seek for a state. He said it would benefit both sides after 50 years of enmity. In six days of war in June 1967, Israel seized the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, the Gaza Strip from Egypt and the Golan Heights from Syria. Palestinians want a state in the West Bank and Gaza with East Jerusalem as their capital. The last round of peace talks collapsed in 2014. In a speech opening a three-week session of the Al-Hussein observed the 50th anniversary of when he “first heard the sound of war” as a boy in Amman, Jordan. He said Palestinians were now marking “a half-century of deep suffering under an occupation imposed by ...
Fear Penetrates Kabul After Deadly Cycle Of Violence
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Fear Penetrates Kabul After Deadly Cycle Of Violence

"Today, Kabul looks like the city of the dead," Mohammed Asif Yousufi says solemnly from the photography studio he owns on the outskirts of the Afghan capital. "I have never seen this kind of sadness and fear spread across the city before," Yousufi adds. He is not alone in feeling like this. Kabul has just suffered one of the bloodiest weeks in years, leaving its streets devoid of life and its residents gripped by fear - and feeling unprotected. The cycle of violence began on Wednesday when a powerful truck bomb ripped through the city's diplomatic zone. At least 90 people, mostly civilians, were killed and hundreds were wounded. Officials described the attack as "one of the biggest" to have hit the capital. Two days later, residents took to the streets to demand answers fro...
Resorts World Manila Complex On Lockdown After Attack
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Resorts World Manila Complex On Lockdown After Attack

A resort and casino complex in the Philippine capital Manila is on lockdown after reports of gunfire and explosions from the area. Images and videos posted on social media on Thursday evening [Friday morning local time] showed emergency medical workers giving several injured people first aid. Witnesses interviewed by local media said the attackers were wearing masks and black shirts. Contrary to statements from witnesses, Ronald dela Rosa, the Philippine police chief, said authorities were looking for only one armed man. SITE intelligence monitoring agency quoted an ISIL "Filipino operative" as saying the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group "is responsible for the attack". The claim could not be independently verified. But dela Rosa played down the claim, saying "we cann...
Afghanistan Blames Pakistan And Taliban For Kabul Blast
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Afghanistan Blames Pakistan And Taliban For Kabul Blast

A war of words continues between Afghanistan and Pakistan after a deadly suicide attack in Kabul left at least 90 people dead. Afghan intelligence officials have blamed a Taliban-affiliated group and Pakistan for Wednesday's truck bombing in Kabul's diplomatic quarter. Pakistani officials have rejected the accusations and Taliban officials have said they had no hand in the blast. Al Jazeera's Zein Basravi, reporting from Islamabad, said Afghanistan's accusations on Thursday were part of an ongoing "war of words" between the two countries. It is "a signal of the distrust that is affecting both their bilateral relationship, and also more cooperation on counterterror issues", he said. At least 400 others were injured when a suicide attacker drove a tanker truck laden with explo...
ISIL Fighters Seal Off Mosul Mosque For Last Stand
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ISIL Fighters Seal Off Mosul Mosque For Last Stand

ISIL fighters have closed the streets around Mosul's Grand al-Nuri Mosque, residents said, apparently in preparation for a final showdown in the battle against Iraqi forces over their last major stronghold in the country. Dozens of fighters were seen by residents taking up positions in the past 48 hours around the medieval mosque, the site where ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in July 2014. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's black flag has been flying from the mosque since the fighters captured Mosul and seized swathes of Iraq and Syria in the summer of 2014. "Daesh's fighters know that the mosque is the most important target and they are preparing for a major battle there," said Hisham al-Hashemi, who advises several Middle East governments, including Ir...
Philippines: 10 Soldiers Killed In Misdirected Air Raid
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Philippines: 10 Soldiers Killed In Misdirected Air Raid

Ten Philippines soldiers were killed by "friendly" fire in a military air raid during efforts to take back a southern city sieged by fighters, the defence minister said on Thursday. Seven other soldiers were wounded on Wednesday when two air force SF-260 close air support planes dropped bombs on a target in the heart of Marawi City, Delfin Lorenzana told reporters. The first plane hit the target but the second missed. "It's very sad to be hitting our own troops," Lorenzana said. "There must be a mistake somewhere, either someone directing from the ground, or the pilot." The Philippine armed forces have been using a combination of ground operations by soldiers and helicopters air raids to try to dislodge Maute rebels linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, ...
Blogger Arrested In Lagos For Defrauding Uk-based Activist Of Millions
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Blogger Arrested In Lagos For Defrauding Uk-based Activist Of Millions

A Nigerian blogger, Apeh Peterhot has been arrested by the Nigerian Police in Lagos. The Benue born Blogger had allegedly opened a Facebook pseudo account in the name of Queen Ann Ochoga and used it to defraud Mr. Philip Agbese, to the tune of N2.2m. It could also be recalled that, an innocent pregnant woman, Ann Johnson, was implicated in the said transaction, as the blogger cunningly used her bank account details, under the pretence that he had issues with his BVN. Luck, however, ran out of him, when the pregnant woman turned herself in at the police station and made confessional statement. The culprit, who has been on the run for days, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, following a coordinated operation of civilians and undercover policemen, following a tip off. He is curren...
‘Roadside Bomb Kills Six’ In Afghanistan
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‘Roadside Bomb Kills Six’ In Afghanistan

An Afghan official says that at least six Afghan civilians were killed when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan. Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor in eastern Nangarhar province, said on Sunday that a woman and a child are among those killed in the attack. Two other civilians were wounded by the blast, which took place in Pachir-wa Gam district. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.  
Policemen & Two Others Stabbed During Hyde Park Water Fight
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Policemen & Two Others Stabbed During Hyde Park Water Fight

Two police officers and two civilians were rushed to hospital on Tuesday night after clashes broke out as the police tried to quell a huge water fight started by a mob chanting “Black Lives Matter” at Hyde Park, London. One of the officers was stabbed while another officer was hit by a bottle during the trouble in clashes later described by witnesses as ''resembling a war zone”. About 1000 youngsters had gathered at Hyde park’s Serpentine lake yesterday and when a water fight broke out around 9pm. Cops tried to disperse the crowd but they turned on the officers.  Many of the crowd were heard chanting “Black Lives Matter” – a slogan coined in the wake of police shootings of black youths in America. Witness Timi Marcel tweeted: “Hyde Park is a bit of a war zone.” Another terrified wit...