Category Archives: Terrorism

Policeman killed in Ouagadougou in counterterrorist raid

Burkina Faso security forces neutralised three suspected terrorists and arrested one more on Tuesday (22/05/2017) morning in an operation on the outskirts of the capital Ouagadougou, state television reported.

One policeman was killed in the fighting in the Rayongo neighborhood, while five people, including one civilian, were injured, the report said.

Burkinian media reports the seizure of weapons, including explosives, while raiding the house of the presumed terrorist group.

Woman lapidated by al Shabaab

Somalia Islamist group al-Shabaab announced it has lapidated to death a woman accused of poliandria.

The al-Qaeda-linked group radio, Andalus, reports that the execution by lapidation took place on Wednesday (9/05/2018)  after an ad hoc al-Shabab court convicted the woman in Sablale town in Lower Shabelle region.

The report says masked men lapidated to death 30-year-old Shukri Abdullahi Warsame in the middle of a  public square according to the procedure of Sharia law.

The self-proclaimed Sharia judge said the woman had confessed to having secretly married 11 men without seeking a divorce.

Al-Shabab has been fighting for years to impose a strict version of Islam in the Horn of Africa nation.

Buhari vows to unite Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari, who took office in 2015 is vowing to end Boko Haram’s offensive to create an Islamic caliphate in the northeast, he also declared his priority to improve security in Africa’s most populous country of 150.53 million.

The issue has become politically charged in the run-up to an election next year which Buhari said he wants to contest.

At least four people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria this week, the national emergency agency said, the second such clash in Maiduguri city in a month.

Five suicide bombers were also killed in the attack, which Nigeria’s military confirmed had been repelled.

Blasts and gunfire were heard by residents in the city which is the major urban centre of Borno, the state worst hit by an insurgency which has killed more than 34,000 people since 2009.

However the tensions over security problems are mounting, and Catholic clergy joint the opposition to President Buhari, demanding his resignation.  Following the recent killings of two Catholic priests and other worshippers in Benue State by Fulani militant the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.

NATO to enhance cooperation with Tunisia

NATO continues to work with Tunisia on a defence-capacity building package and this including the support  for the development of special operation forces, intelligence, – said Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of NATO. “..We are also looking into other areas, like for instance border control and other areas which are relevant for the fight against terrorism” – Stoltenberg continued.

” The whole idea is that the best tool, or one of the best weapons we have against terrorism is to train local forces, to enable local governments to stabilise their own countries and to fight terrorism themselves. And therefore, the whole idea of projecting stability, stabilising our neighbourhood by training local forces, is one of the most important weapons we have against terrorism”.

Twin suiside attack in Timbuktu

Militants disguised as UN peacekeepers – in blue helmets and driving a vehicle marked with the UN logo – struck two bases near the airport in Timbuktu.

The UN mission confirmed one of its peacekeepers had been killed at spot.

More than a dozen others, including many French soldiers, were wounded, according to the government officials.

In a statement, the security ministry said the attack involved dozens of rockets fired by militants “wearing blue helmets”, and both vehicles used in the attack were packed with explosives.

One of the vehicles exploded, the ministry said, while the other, with the UN logo, was stopped.

The ministry said that while five people were seriously injured, but the fighting had ended and the situation was back under control.

Italy dismantels jihadist network

Italian police arrested five Maghrebins as part of  a major operation against suspected supporters of Islamist terrorism in central and southern Italy. Previously a teacher, indoctrinating children with martyrdom ideology was also arrested in counter-terrorism operation.

“A vast anti-terrorism operation” was being carried out by special investigation forces based in Rome and region, namely in the nearby town of Latina, police said in a statement.

 The five Tunisians detained are suspected of being part of a broader network connected to Anis Amri, the other migrant from Tunis who killed 12 people when he drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin (2016).

Amri was shot dead by Italian police near Milan four days after the Berlin attack.

 

EU solidarity with Burkinians

The European External Action Service expressed solidarity with the government of Burkina Faso and Burkinians in the wake of the terrorist attack on French Embassy in Ouagadougou targeting French Embassy, and Institute.

“The European Union expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims, and its full solidarity with the Government and all Burkinabe people” – says the text of the statement. “Our determination to support Burkina Faso as well as the states of the region in their fight against terrorism, at the national level as well as in the framework of the G5 Sahel and its joint force, remain unresolved, as emphasized on February 23 at the Conference. for the Sahel in Brussels. Faced with this common challenge, we remain united to meet them together.”

The information about the tall of the attack differs: the reports quote from 7 up to 28 dead and around 50 injured. At the moment there is no official confirmation from the behalf of French officials.

However the other channels reported 28 dead and 50 wounded as a result of multiple attacks in the capital, conducted simultaneously.

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