Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Africa The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Sat, 05 Sep 2015 11:31:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Three Afghans detained on terrorism charges in Morocco Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:07:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> MorocoMorocco’s Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday that three Afghans who were using falsified Pakistani passports to reach out to Denmark through Morocco have been arrested by police at Marrakech Menara International Airport.

The Ministry of Interior further states that the detainees were carrying letters “with jihadist content,” on them.

It further states that by arresting the group an “international migration network” designed to feed Jihadists is also exposed.

According to Morocco World News, the three terrorist suspects have been put under the watch of Prosecutor General of Marrakech who would later be transferred to Rabat city for further questioning.

Afghan government has not yet commented on the report.

Mohammad Hassad, the Interior Minister of Morocco has said that his country’s police have uncovered 27 terrorist cells between 2013 and 2015 out of which 14 were dismantled only in 2014.

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Senior Al-Qaeda commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar killed in U.S. airstrike in Libya Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:54:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Mokhtar-Belmokhtar_2973061kSenior Al-Qaeda commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar killed in U.S. airstrike in Libya

A top Al-Qaeda leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar linked to the deadly terrorist attack that left  38 foreign hostages including three Americans killed in Algeria in 2013, has been targeted in a U.S. airstrike in Libya.

The recognized government in Libya issued a statement Sunday night stating that Mokhtar Belmokhtar along with a number of Libyan militants were killed in a U.S. airstrike in the eastern part of the country.

“The Libyan government announces that American planes undertook action that resulted in the death of the wanted terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar and a number of Libyans belonging to one of the terrorist groups in Eastern Libya, after consultation with the Libyan interim government to take action on terrorist leadership present on Libyan soil,” the statement stated.

Colonel Steven H. Warren, a Defense Department spokesman said in a statement: “I can confirm that the target of last night’s counter terrorism strike in Libya was Mokhtar Belmokhtar.
“Belmokhtar has a long history of leading terrorist activities as a member of AQIM, is the operational leader of the Al Qaeda-associated Al Murabitoun organization in northwest Africa, and maintains his personal allegiance to Al-Qaeda.
“Belmokhtar directed the 2013 attacks at In-Amenas in Algeria that resulted in the deaths of at least 38 individuals from 10 countries, including three Americans, and poses a continuing threat to U.S. persons.
“The strike was carried out by U.S. aircraft. We are continuing to assess the results of the operation and will provide more details as appropriate.”

The United States had announced $5m bounty on his head.

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UN peacekeepers ‘traded food and medicine for sex’ with Haitian women Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:55:27 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Hundreds of Haitian women were forced by UN peacekeepers to have sex with them in return for food, according to a draft UN report.

The draft report has been prepared by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) also revealed around a third of those forced for ‘transactional sex’ were minors and under 18 years of age.

The report further adds that the women and children were paid with cash, jewellery, mobile phones and other items.

At least 4840 sexual exploitation and abuse claims were made between 2008 and 2013, according to the draft report citing hundreds of women surveyed in Haiti and Liberia who have said they had been motivated by hunger, poverty and lifestyle improvement to sell sex to UN peacekeepers.

The Associated Press (AP) news agency which has also obtained the document, says that 231 people in Haiti interviewed last year told they had had “transactional sex” with peacekeepers.

“In cases of non-payment, some women withheld the badges of peacekeepers and threatened to reveal their infidelity via social media,” according to AP citing the draft report.

The report which is expected to be released this month, says major challenges remain a decade after a ground-breaking UN report first tackled the issue.

The peacekeeping mission in Haiti was first authorized in 2004 and, as of the end of March, had more than 7,000 uniformed troops.

The United Nations currently has more than 125,000 troops, police and civilians deployed in 16 operations around the world.

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Nigerian restaurant shut down for cooking human meat Sat, 16 May 2015 18:21:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> human meat Nigeria restaurantThe police forces in Nigeria closed a restaurant after discovering the human meat was cooked and served for customers.

The MailOnline quoting BBC Swahili reported that the operation by Nigerian police was launched after they were tipped off by local who suspected something horrific was taking place inside the kitchen.

The report further added that human heads dripping with blood in plastic bags were discovered following the operation by police.

The restaurant was located in the south-eastern province of Anambra where a local priest who ate the restaurant was alarmed at the price of meals there, let alone where the meat came from.

The priest said he was alarmed after receiving a bill of 700 Naira – around £2.20 – when the daily wage for tens of millions of Nigerians is approximately 60p.

“The attendant noticed my reaction and told me it was the small piece of meat I had eaten that made the bill scale that high,” the priest added.

He said “I did not know I had been served with human meat, and that it was that expensive.”

At least ten people were arrested by police and an arsenal of weapons including grenades were discovered and confiscated following the raid.

One resident said, “I am not surprised at the shocking revelation… Every time I went to the market, I observed strange activities going on in the hotel”

“People who were never cleanly dressed and who looked a bit strange made their way in and out of the hotel, making me very suspicious of their activities,” the resident added.

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Nigerian army releases hundreds more women and children from Boko Haram Sat, 02 May 2015 06:49:33 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nigerial special forceNigerian army has released 234 more women and children from the custody of Boko Haram militant group.

According to a statement issued Friday by defense headquarters the hostages were released from northeastern Sambisa Forest, strong hold of Boko Haram militant group who is now part of Islamic State.

The number of those recently released from the custody of Boko Haram passes 700 who are undergoing a screening to find out their origin.

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan whose term will end this month says that Sambisa Forest is the last stronghold for Boko Haram and that he will hadn over a Nigeria completely free of terrorist strongholds.

Those brought from Boko Haram hideout of Sambisa Forest may include the group’s family members or those willingly joined Boko Haram because some of them fired on the military during the operation.

Boko Haram has reportedly abducted thousands of girls and women since their insurgency started in 2009.

In one attack they kidnapped more than 200 school girls from northeastern Chibok town in April 2014 and later announced that the girls were married off to their fighters.

Boko Haram after pledging its allegiance with Islamic State terrorist group recently adopted a new name of “Islamic State’s West Africa Province” or (Iswap).

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Nigerian army releases nearly 300 girls, women from Boko Haram (Iswap) Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:48:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nigerial special forceNigerian military have freed nearly 300 girls and women abducted by Boko Haram or Islamic State’s West Africa Province (Iswap).

Major General Chris Olukolade Nigerian director of defense told reporters on Wednesday says that the nearly 300 female were released from the custody of the militants in northeastern Sambisa Forest.

Nigerian army is still screening the rescued female to find out their origin or whether they include the school girls abducted from Chibok about a year ago.

Major General Chris Olukolade says it is still early to say whether the school girls from Chibok are among them but added that the military will soon release more information in this regard.

Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 school girls from northeastern Chibok town in April 2014 and later announced that the girls were married off to their fighters.

Boko Haram after pledging its allegiance with Islamic State terrorist group recently adopted a new name of “Islamic State’s West Africa Province” or (Iswap).

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Boko Haram adopts new name of “IS’s West Africa Province”, 100s killed in fresh attacks Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:15:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Boko Haram

The Nigerian militant group of Boko Haram or Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad who recently pledged allegiance with ISIS adopted a new name.

They are now calling their area as “Islamic State’s West Africa Province” or ISWAP, based on reports published in Nigerian media.

Boko Haram which means “Western education is forbidden” was founded in 2002 but they began their military operation in 2009. Their military operation began in Nigeria but later spread to other neighboring countries in West Africa including Cameroon.

According to an estimation published by Amnesty International in January, Boko Haram force had a force of around 15,000 fighters.

Also fresh reports have emerged that the group has killed hundreds of people in the north-east Nigerian town of Damasak.

Officials said on Monday that Boko Haram is behind the hundreds of decomposing bodies found littering the streets of Damasak.

About three 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.

Islamic State (Previously known as ISIS/ISIL) accepted the allegiance of Boko Haram on 13 March, 2015.

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Obama’s grandmother cried after performing Umrah Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:48:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Obama GrandmaSara Omar, paternal grandmother to U.S. President Barack Obama cried after performing Umrah, Arabic language Akhbar reported on Wednesday.

According to Akhbar, Sara Omar performed Umrah and then visited an exhibition about the life of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w) in Makkah.

Akhbar adds that Obama’s grandmother said during the exhibition that this is a good example of teaching moderate Islam and cried.

“I am very happy to visit this exhibition, which is a good example for the propagation of Islam in a modern way, supported by scientific and authentic documents”.

Barack Obama’s grandmother comes from Kenya where militants using the name of Islam massacred 148 people during a single attack at a university earlier this month.

Sara Omar is accompanied by her son and grandson Sayed and Mousa Obama to Saudi Arabia.

Barack Obama is a Christian, his mother Ann Dunham was Christian and his father Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was Muslim-turned-atheist from Kenya.

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Shocking new ISIS video shows beheading of Ethiopian Christians Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:21:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> isis-lib2The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has released a new propaganda video which purportedly shows the killing of two groups of Ethiopian Christians captured by its Libyan affiliates.

The 29-minute video appears to show the hostages executed in eastern Libya known as Barka province and the Fazzan province in the south.

A masked ISIS militant appearing in the video with a pistol in his hand says the Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran.

The video which bore the logo of ISIS’s media arm, al-Furqan, resembling previous footage it has released, shows the captives are shot dead in the south while the captives in the east are beheaded on a beach.

At least 15 of the captives were beheaded and 15 others were shot dead by the militants.

This comes as the terrorist group released a video in February which shows the militants in Libya beheading 21 captured Egyptian Coptic Christians.

Militants loyal to the ISIS also claimed responsibility for an attack on the Corinthia hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli in January that left 10 people including an American and four other foreigners dead.

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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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