Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Africa The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Sat, 18 Apr 2015 06:54:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kenya University attack: 147 people killed Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:21:31 +0000 Read the full article...]]> kenyaAl Shabaab gunmen on Thursday stormed the campus of Garissa University College in the western part of Kenya leaving 147 people killed and 79 others wounded in the attack that lasted for about 13 hours.

Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said that most of the 147 dead were students, but two security guards, one policeman and one soldier also were killed in the attack.

Nkaissery added that some of the more seriously wounded were flown to Nairobi, capital of Kenya for treatment

Officials said when militants burst into the campus of Garissa University College they separated non-Muslims from Muslims and massacred the non-Muslims.

Al Qaeda-Al Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for the attack and said that the attack was in response to Kenya sending troops alongside African Union peacekeepers for fighting against them.

A bounty of $220,000 was posted for Mohammed Mohamud who is identified as a possible mastermind of the attack.  Mohammed Mohamud leads Al-Shabaab’s cross border attacks into Kenya.

Students who managed to escaped say five gunmen wearing masks broke into the campus at the time that the morning prayers were taking place and some students were still asleep.

“Some of us were still asleep in that mist of confusion, no one had an idea what was going on, screams from ladies and every person, it was evident everyone was running for their lives,” one student who managed to escape said.

The United Nations and White House condemned the attack. Kenya is father’s homeland of United States president Barack Obama. Barack Obama had planned a visit to Kenya in July.

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Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia left 17 killed, 28 injured Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:28:07 +0000 Read the full article...]]> SomaliaA 12 hours long attack by Al-Shabaab insurgents at a hotel in Somlia ended Saturday leaving 17 people killed and 28 others injured.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somalia President, said that Somalia’s ambassador to Switzerland was among those killed in the attack.

Senior police officer Capt Mohamed Hussein said that there is no resistance at Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel. Adding that it is now in full control of the security forces.

“The operation has ended we have taken full control of the hotel,” he said.

Al-Shabaab insurgents started the attack at Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, at around 04:00 PM (local time) Friday by carrying out a suicide motor bomb explosion at its gate.

Officials say gunmen quickly moved in to Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel after the explosion and took the hotel into siege.

The hotel was took back into control by security forces after 12 hours of siege which left 17 people killed and 28 others wounded.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack at Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel which is famous for Somalia officials and foreigners in Mogadishu.

Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen or Al-Shabaab active in east African region since 2006 is linked to Al-Qaeda.

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ISIS accepted allegiance of Boko Haram from Africa Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:44:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISIslamic State has published a message online in which the terrorist group has welcomed the allegiance of Boko Haram militant group from Africa.

Boko Haram militant group which is based in West Africa last week announced its support to the Islamic States and accepting Abu Bakar Albaghdadi as their Khalifa (caliphate).

The announcement of the allegiance of Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad which is commonly known as Boko Haram was made by its leader Abu Bakar Shekau, states the Site Intel Group which collects news and information about insurgent groups.

Claiming of establishing an Islamic government in Nigeria Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad or Boko Haram announced its existence in 2002 but their actual bloodshed began in 2009 in which they have killed around 13, 000 people so far.

According to a report only in 2014 the group has killed 6,000 people in separate attacks.

About two months before the terrorist group in a single attack killed at least 2, 000 people and burned their villages in northern Nigeria.

The group last year kidnapped more than 200 school girls from Borno state of Nigeria and later announced that the girls were married to their fighters.

Observers believe now that ISIS has support in West Africa and looking at the announcement of Khurasan, ISIS may announce a province (Walayat) in West Africa with Abu Bakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram as its Governor (Wali) leader.

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5 killed in Japan knife attack Mon, 09 Mar 2015 09:06:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> JapanA knife attack has left five people killed in western Japan.

Security officials have arrested Tatsuhiko Hirano, a 40 years old suspect, on Monday morning after five persons were found dead in his neighborhood.

Security officials say they suspect the killing was the work of Tatsuhiko Hirano as his house is in the neighborhood of the victims.

Police say five bodies aged between 60 to 80 years of age were found in two houses that were stabbed to death.

Police add that by the time they arrived at the sites of the incidents, the bodies were covered by blood and there was blood everywhere on the floor.

The motive behind the attack is unknown. Police say they will issue details of the incident after their interrogation is completed.

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Boko Haram joins Islamic State Sun, 08 Mar 2015 06:44:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Boko Haram, a terrorist group based in west Africa which is responsible for the killing of thousands of people has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State also known as ISIL.

Site Intel Group which collects news and information from insurgent sources says that a message has been published online by an account related to the insurgent group of Boko Haram from Nigeria which is announcing the groups allegiance with the Islamic States.

Site Intel Group states that the announcement of allegiance is made by Abu Bakar Shekau, the leader of the Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad what is known as Boko Haram.

The message states that Boko Haram will from now on listen and obey the orders of Abu Bakar Albaghdadi, the caliphate-announced by Islamic State.

Boko Haram came into existence in 2002 but the group’s insurgency raged in 2009. Although a specific number of the people killed by the militant group are not reported but estimation shows that around 13, 000 people have been killed by the group since 2009.

Boko Haram started its militancy in Nigeria but now it has spread to the neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon countries also in the west Africa.

Before Boko Haram some militant groups in Pakistan, Egypt, Libya, Algeria and other countries have also announced their allegiance with the militant group of Islamic State.

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Boko Haram rebels mulling allegiance to IS Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:27:57 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Site Intel Group which collects news and information from insurgent sources quotes a media outlet connected to the armed rebels Boko Haram in West Africa as mulling a possible allegiance to the Islamic States (IS).

Site Intel Group quoting Afriqiyah Media, a media group that publishes information regarding insurgents, as stating that the group’s Shura (Council) is conducting a study over the possible allegiance to the IS under the leadership of Abu Bakar Albaghdadi.

Led by Abdubakar Shekau, Boko Haram a terrorist group came into existence in 2002 in west Africa’s Nigeria but spread to the neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon countries.??????????????????????????

The group has killed thousands of people in West Africa with at least 2, 000 killed during a single attack in Nigeria in 2014.

The group has also carried out several other deadly attacks in Nigeria and is blamed for also using kids in their attacks.

Yesterday a seven years old girl carried out a suicide attack in a market area in the town of Potiskum in Nigerial killing herself and five others.

Officials blamed Boko Haram for the attack as the group has previously used children in their attacks.??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Boko Haram has also kidnapped at least 500 girls and women during raids in Nigerian towns and villages.

During one attack in April 2014 the militant group kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in Chibok town of Borno state in Nigeria and later claimed that all of the girls have converted to Islam and are married to the group’s fighters.

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Taliban fighters divert to ISIS: NBC NEWS Sun, 01 Feb 2015 03:58:39 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISNBC NEWS, a US based media organization says to have talked to some insurgent commanders in Afghanistan and Pakistan who have confirmed that hundreds of Taliban have diverted to Islamic States in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) or DAESH.

NBC NEWS claims to have talked to four insurgent commanders in Afghanistan who have said that a number of Taliban fighters have joined DAESH and more are talking about it.

“A small number of people of the Afghan Taliban who weren’t happy with their leadership joined Daesh, but others are discussing meeting and waiting for a suitable time to become part of it,” NBC NEWS quotes a Taliban commander in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan who has spoke to them on condition of anonymity.

“Our people are now getting frustrated and asking us why did we fail in getting a space in Afghanistan to implement Shariah, despite the loss of thousands of people in their war against the U.S. and its allies,”, the unnamed Taliban commander was quoted as saying.

NBC NEWS further quotes the Taliban commander as saying “Their concerns are genuine as we don’t have an inch of land in our possession in Afghanistan where we could live freely.”

Afghan Taliban leadership has not accepted that their fighters have diverted to ISIS but has ordered fighters not to let ISIS operate in Afghanistan.

NBC NEWS also claims to have talked to some insurgent commanders in Pakistan who have confirmed that hundreds of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) fighters are now part of DAESH’s new branch in Pakistan.

NBC NEWS quotes a Mufti Hassan Swati, who according to NBC NEWS was TTP commander for Peshawar, now claims to be the deputy of ISIS in Pakistan, as saying “Hundreds of militants quit their groups and joined us [after it started]. Initially we had some problems of resources in running the organization but we have enough resources now.”

Swati has told NBC NEWS that the new branch of ISIS is being led by Hafiz Saeed Khan and its headquarters is in Baloochistan state of Pakistan.

ISIS releasing a video recently claimed to have established Khorasaan, previous name of Afghanistan which also included parts of Pakistan, Iran and other neighboring countries.

Although Pakistan has not publically accepted that ISIS has started operation in its territory but a video emerged last month showing a number of EX-TTP commanders claiming to have joined ISIS and currently operating in Pakistan under the command of ISIS.

In the video a man with a long knife in his hands was seen beheading a person who he claimed was a Pakistani soldier captured during fighting.

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Indian man arrested while he was burying his daughter alive Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:55:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> CAP_BuriedGirl_01.jpgPolice in India’s Tripura state arrested a man while he was attempting to murder his 9-year-old daughter by burying her alive.

The man identified as Abul Hussein was reportedly arrested after local residents of Putia village alerted police.

According to India’s NDTV channel Abul Hussein had a pit in the back garden of his home while his wife was away from the house on Friday afternoon.

Police officials have said Hussein was attempting to murder his daughter Rukshena as he disliked her as he was desperate for a son and hated that he had a daughter.

The officials further added that the little girl’s hands and feet were tied together before placing tape over her mouth and placing her int eh hole.

Hussein was beaten by the local residents after they found the little girl buried. “Abul Hussein was roughed up by the people who rescued the girl from half-buried condition,” Amal Chakraborty, the officer-in-charge of the local police station said.

According to reports Rukshena is currently in hospital in a serious but stable condition and her father has been arrested on attempted murder and will remain in custody until 20 February.

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Terrorists plan to hijack Delhi-Kabul flight Sun, 04 Jan 2015 06:43:27 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Air IndiaIndia’s intelligence agencies say there is information that terrorists have planned to hijack a Delhi-Kabul flight.

Based on the tip off received, India’s intelligence agencies say that terrorists have planned to hijack an Air India flight, the third largest airline in India which has flights between Delhi-Kabul.

After receiving a high alert from the intelligence agencies, Indian officials have tightened security in the airport.

The security personnel at the airport even are even tightly checking their staff members.

The intelligence agencies say the hijack could be similar to the hijack of 1999 when gunmen hijacked an Indian Airlines airbus in route to India from Nepal.

The hijackers took the airbus to several locations but the flight was finally forced to land in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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Pakistan plans to execute 500 militants following deadly school attack Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:56:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan to execute 500 militantsShortly after lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in terrorism cases, the government of Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants arrested by the country’s security forces.

According to senior Pakistani officials, the government is planning to execute the convicts in coming weeks.

At least six militants have been executed since the deadly attack on an army-run school in Peshawar city of Pakistan a week ago which left over 140 people dead, mostly school children.

The attack by the Pakistani militants sparked outrage on domestic and international level, forcing the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to life the six-year moratorium.

“[The] interior ministry has finalised the cases of 500 convicts who have exhausted all the appeals,” a senior Pakistani official told AFP.

The official further added “Their mercy petitions have been turned down by the president and their executions will take place in coming weeks.”

In the meantime, the Human Rights Watch has condemned the decision by the government of Pakistan to reinstate executions, terming the executions “a craven politicised reaction to the Peshawar killings”.

The rights group on Saturday demanded that no further hangings be carried out.

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Boko Haram again kidnapped girls and women in Nigeria Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:19:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Boko HaramSuspected Boko Haram rebels in an attack at a village in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state have killed 32 men and kidnapped more than 100 girls and women including children.

Villagers of Gumsuri after escaping to Maiduguri, provincial capital of Borno state, have told media that gunmen attacked their village, killed men and kidnapped girls and women including children on Sunday.

Because of the poor or no electronic communication and poor roads the report is getting late to the media.

Boko Haram in an attack at another village in the same state had kidnapped more than 200 school girls and later announced that the girls were married off to their fighters.

Boko Haram has established an insurgency in Nigeria since five years.

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Miss South Africa Rolene Struss crowned Miss World Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:23:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Miss WorldA 22-year-old fourth-year medical student Rolene Strauss from South Africa has claimed the crow at this year’s Miss World competition.

Women from 121 countries contested in the 64th annual competition where the contest’s glitzy final was held in London on Sunday.

Edina Kulcsar from Hungary was judged the runner-up and Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit came third.

Strauss was crowned by the outgoing Miss World, Megan Young of the Philippines, to huge cheers in the EXCEL exhibition centre.

She told AFP she wanted to help spread education in her homeland and thereby help other people realise their dreams.

“I am what I am today because of the opportunities I have received and I would love to give others the same opportunities; educating, the opportunity to be educated, to make healthy choices and also to live their dreams,” Strauss said.

Strauss is the third South African Miss World, the title has been held by the country in 1958 and 1974.

Venezuela has held the title for six times since the Miss World began in 1951, while India and the United Kingdom have claimed the tile for five times each.

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70 Ethiopians drowned in Red Sea Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:52:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Boat drowned

At least 70 Ethiopians died after the boat they were using to illegally immigrate to Yemen drowned in Red Sea, officials said on Sunday.

Officials in Taiz province added that these people were being transported by human traffickers in unusable jerry-built small boat which capsized in bad weather conditions close to al-Makha port.

Human traffickers often smuggle Africans to Yemen which Africans believe as a gateway to the Middle East’s wealthier life.

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WHO: 16,000 people infected with Ebola Mon, 01 Dec 2014 03:26:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ebola-3Around 16,500 people have been infected with Ebola virus and nearly 7,000 have died, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization.

The new death toll, released late on Friday by the UN agency, represents an increase of more than 1,000 deaths since a report from two days before.

 Most of the new deaths were recorded in Liberia, but the new toll likely includes deaths that have gone unreported over a significant period of time.

Data from the outbreak has been spotty and slow to come and often death and case tolls see large jumps when backlogs of information are cleared. Because the data is so hard to come by, the World Health Organisation has cautioned that its figures may significantly underreport the actual number of people sickened and killed by the disease.

The current outbreak began in West Africa and has been severely hitting three countries there: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Friday’s data showed there have been 16,169 cases in just those three countries — an increase of 268 cases since a report two days earlier.

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