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Mozambique: IS attack in Palma

In Mozambique on Monday March 29 the Islamic State fighters, according to their own claims, had carried out an attack on the northern town of Palma, where dozens were killed, thousands displaced and some people remain missing. The total number of dead or missing following the attack is unknown. While tens of thousands of people may have fled, according to three aid workers. (Image above: illustration).

Islamist insurgents targeted Palma, situated next to gas projects worth $60 billion, with a three-pronged attack during last week. Fighting continued on Monday, March 29, according to a security source directly involved in efforts to secure the town.

The Mozambique government confirmed on Sunday, March 28, that dozens of people were killed, including seven when their convoy of cars was ambushed during an escape attempt.

Islamic State claimed the attack via its Amaq news agency, saying its fighters had taken control of the town after days of clashes with security forces.

They had killed at least 55 people, including a number of soldiers, destroyed and taken control of buildings including factories and banks, and seized vehicles, the news wire informs.

Most communications to Palma have been cut off since last week.

The country’s northernmost province of Cabo Delgado, where Palma is located on the border with Tanzania, has been plagued since 2017 by Islamist insurgency now linked to Islamic State.

“The jihadist attack on Palma, #Mozambique, is an attack on French interests and against the region’s economic development. It is also an attack of incredible barbarism. My condolences to the families of the victims” Member of French National Assembly Marine Le Pen wrote on her Twitter micro blog.

IS claims lives of 30 Nigeria military

Islamic State claims killings of 30 Nigerian military in an attack on January 26 in northeastern Borno state, a claim disputed by the Nigerian Army.

A Nigerian Army spokesman said an attack on troops by insurgents in the Borno village of Logomani was repelled, and eight soldiers were hurt, none with life-threatening injuries.

The information spread by Caliphate via their online  Amaq news agency contradicts the statement of Nigerian officials, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on a village it referred to as Lomani, and also gave different account of the losses during the combat. (Image: illustration)

According to the other sources Boko Haram is responsible for the attack in Logomani, and Pulka.

Morocco anti-terrorist raids continue

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.

 

Egypt Coptic Christian attack as “reminder” of security challenges

Today’s attack on a bus of Coptic Christian pilgrims in Minya, Egypt has again exacted a toll of civilian deaths and injuries. It is a stark reminder of the security challenges that Egypt is facing” – the European External Action Service spokesperson said.

Our thoughts  are with the victims and their families. The European Union expresses its condolences to the bereaved, and stands side by side with Egypt in its efforts to defeat terrorism in the country” – she added.

Islamic radicals ambushed a bus carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery south of Cairo, killing at least seven and wounding 12, the Egypt Interior Ministry said.

Coptic Orthodox Church spokesman Bouls Halim said the death toll is likely to rise. Local church officials in Minya province where the attack took place informed about dead and seriously wounded, some injuries were not compatible with life.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, however it bore the hallmarks of Islamic State (ISIS) militants who have been fighting security forces in the Sinai Peninsula and along Egypt‘s porous desert border with Libya.

Minya province attack is the second to target pilgrims heading to the St. Samuel the Confessor monastery after  previous raid in May 2017 left nearly 30 people dead.

The Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, said the attackers used secondary dirt roads to reach the bus carrying the pilgrims, who were near the monastery at the time of the attack. The attack last year was the latest in a deadly series that targeted churches in Cairo, the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and Tanta in the Nile Delta. Those attacks, all claimed by the Islamic State (Caliphate) militants, left at least a hundred dead and led to tighter security around Christian places of worship.

Egypt’s Christians, who account for some 10% of the country’s 100 million people, complain of discrimination in the Muslim majority country. The Coptic Church allied itself with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi when he, as defense minister, led the 2013 military overthrow of an Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi.

 

Libya pipeline blast

Armed men exploded a pipeline pumping crude oil to Es Sider port, cutting Libya’s output by up to 100,000 barrels per day (bpd), military and industry sources claimed.

The state-run National Oil Corporation (NOC) said in statement output had been reduced by 70,000-100,000 bpd. The cause of the blast was unclear, it added.

The attackers arrived at the site near Marada in two cars and planted explosives on the pipeline, a military source said.

Pictures purportedly showing a huge cloud from the blast in central eastern Libya circulated on social media.

The damage was still being assessed, one oil source said. Oil prices rose on the report.

Islamic State fighters had a presence in the area until government forces expelled them from their main stronghold in Sirte a year ago.

The operator of the pipeline is Waha, a subsidiary of the NOC and a joint venture with Hess Corp, Marathon Oil Corp and ConocoPhillips.

Abedi’s brother arrested in Tripoli

The younger brother of the suicide bomber Salman Abedi who killed 22 people at a concert venue in Manchester has been arrested in Tripoli on suspicion of links with Islamic State, according to the  spokesman for a local counter-terrorism force.

The force, known as Rada, detained Hashem Abedi, who was born in 1997, on Tuesday evening 23.05.2017, spokesman Ahmed Bin Salem told Reuters.