A policeman perished, while attempting to defuse a bomb outside a Coptic Christian church in Egypt, security officials said.
Late Mustafa Abid was reportedly a specialist in mine clearance. The explosion injured two other officers and one pedestrian.
The device was hidden in a bag on a roof by the church in Nasr City outside Cairo.
Coptic Christmas is celebrated on January 7, following non-recognition of the canon of the Catholic Church (1582) Gregorian calendar reform.
Niger governmental troops have eliminated more than 280 Boko Haram militants in combat and in air strikes since an operation against the radical Islam group last week, the defence ministry said.
Boko Haram has intruded Niger, Chad and Cameroon from its base in northeast Nigeria, where it has been fighting for more than nine years to establish a religious Islamic state – Caliphate.
The defence ministry informed that the army mounted an intense operation against the militants in the end of 2018 along the Komadugu river, which separates Niger from Nigeria.
More than 200 militants were “neutralized” by air strikes and 87 were killed by Nigerien troops in combat it said.
Morocco arrested a Swiss-Spanish double national on December 29 in connection with the killing of two Scandinavian tourists (pictured above), the counter-terrorism agency confirmed.
The authorities said he also held Spanish nationality with residence in Morocco.
The suspect was arrested for “involvement in recruiting Moroccan and sub-Saharan nationals to carry out terrorist plots in Morocco against foreign targets and security forces in order to take hold of their service weapons”, the Central Bureau for Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) said.
Nineteen other men have been arrested in connection with the case, including four main suspects who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State in a video made three days before the tourists’ before killings of Scandinavian women.
However police and domestic intelligence spokesman Boubker Sabik this week described the four men as “lone wolves”, and said “the crime was not coordinated with Islamic State”.
Mutilated corpses of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway were found by passing by tourists on December 17 near the village of Imlil in the Atlas Mountains.
The raids, conducted at dawn Saturday, December 29, targeted three whereabouts of suspected terrorists who were planning hostile acts during the Christmas holidays, according to the state-run Al-Ahram online newspaper.
Ammunition, firearms and improvised explosive devices were recovered in significant numbers, Al-Ahram said, citing the Interior ministry statement.
The raids were ordered after the bus attack “as a continuation of the ministry’s efforts in chasing terrorist elements involved in the implementation of hostile operations seeking to destabilize the country’s security,” the statement said.
“Information was available to the national security sector about the preparation and planning of a series of terrorist attacks targeting state institutions, especially economy, tourism industry, armed forces, police and Christian houses of worship.”
Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian tour guide were killed and at least 11 people were injured in the attack December 28, in a lively tourist area of Giza, near Cairo, at proximity of Great pyramids.
According to the information of the Interior ministry two people died instantly, and 12 others were wounded in touristic bus explosion in Egypt. Among victims tourists from Vietnam and China. The incident took place next to a popular site of Great Pyramids of Giza.
Egypt authorities qualified the blast as a terrorist attack, highly likely of Islamic state (Caliphate).
The bus was carrying 12 Vietnamese tourists near near the Giza Pyramids, when an homemade device placed near a wall along the Mariyutiya street went off.
Two people died instantly, 10 were injured as well as the bus driver and the tour guide, both Egyptians.
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The Egyptian tour guide later succumbed to his wounds in hospital, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly told journalists. The death toll was then further raised to four as one of the tourists also died in the hospital, according to the office of the Egyptian Prosecutor General.
The suicide bombers attacked the building Foreign ministry in Tripoli (Libya) on December 25, leaving three dead and nine wounded according to Health ministry sources.
The assailants are suspected to be Islamic State (Caliphate) militants. Three attackers opened fire, entered the building and blow themselves up.
There are reports of fire going on, and photos of a cloud of a dense smoke above the roof of the building. The emergency services and security are working at spot.
Suicide bombers have targeted a number of institutions as militant groups take advantage of the collapse of the Libyan state after the assassination of the countries leader Colonel Qaddafi of 20 October 2011. Since then Libya has been fragmented, victim to political rivalry, and is widely considered to be a failed state.
“The terror attack today against the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs further threatens the fragile security situation in Tripoli. We offer condolences to the families of the victims and wish a quick recovery for those injured” – said the External Action Service spokesperson statement published 5:30 pm – 25 Dec 2018.
“This and similar attacks against the sovereign institutions of Libya are unacceptable and those responsible must be held to account. The Libyan people have suffered too much violence already, they deserve to live in a peaceful, stable and secure country.
“We expect all legitimate Libyan stakeholders to rally towards this goal by putting the interest of the Libyan people first. We continue to support the efforts by the UN Special Representative to implement the re-calibrated UN Action Plan to move forward with the transition and to end the political crisis in Libya.”
The triple explosion and following gunfire attack next to the hotel in Mogadishu area claimed lives of 39 people and left 17 wounded, media has been reporting since November 9 afternoon, when the suicide bomber used his device.
Security guards at the Sahafi hotel and an office next door opened fire after two suicide car bombs went off. A third blast from a bomb placed in a three-wheeled “tuk-tuk” vehicle near the hotel also hit the busy street.
“We have confirmed 39 civilians died and 40 others were injured in yesterday’s blasts,” said a police officer in the Mogadishu.
“The death toll may rise because some people are still missing.” The owner of Sahafi Hotel has been also killed in he attack just three years after his father died in a similar assault.
Al-Shabab claimed it targeted government officials staying at the hotel.
Some reports say armed militants stormed the building guarded by security officers after the first of at least three bomb blasts.
Eyewitnesses spoke of heavy gunfire in the area.