RIMANEWS-Two bombs exploded at a crowded marketplace in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday night, and many are feared killed and wounded in the birthplace of the Boko Haram extremist network, witnesses said.
Bloodied people screaming for help were running out of buildings billowing with smoke, they said. Trader Mallam Samalia said some people were blown apart.
The second blast caught people trying to help those injured in the first explosion in the Bintu-Suga neighborhood of Ngomari suburb, he said.
It appeared to be a car bomb, from a pickup truck loaded with wood, Samalia told The Associated Press by telephone.
"I'm seeing people carrying bloody bodies," he said. "There are parts of bodies littering the street."
Mechanic Yahaya Adamu said he was on his way home when he heard the blasts, two minutes apart. "There's black smoke everywhere now. I'm running home to see if my family is safe."
The police commissioner didn't immediately answer his phone to confirm the reports.
It was the first attack in months in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state and the headquarters of a military force tasked with suppressing the four-year-old Islamic uprising that has killed thousands.
More than 300 people were killed in February alone in attacks increasing in frequency and deadliness, all in the neighboring states of Yobe and Adamawa.
There is growing anger at the military's apparent inability to halt the attacks, with soldiers reportedly abandoning checkpoints in two recent attacks that killed nearly 100 people, including 59 students, because they are outnumbered and outgunned.
That anger will be fueled by reports that a military fighter jet targeting extremist hideouts bombed a village in Yobe state and killed at least 20 civilians on Friday, according to survivors.
They said the airstrike hit Daglun, a village near Nigeria's border with Cameroon and killed mainly elderly people because most residents had fled recent violence and rumors that the military is about to mount more attacks.
Military spokesman Capt. Jafaru Nuru of the 23rd Armored Brigade operating in Yobe state said he was unaware that any airstrike had killed civilians.
An elderly resident of Daglun said he was sitting under a tree when he saw bombs dropping from a military aircraft. A nurse at the local hospital said it received many dead and wounded. A community leader said 20 people died and 25 were wounded.
All requested anonymity citing fear of military reprisals.
Jets have been bombing the area for weeks in the latest offensive to suppress an Islamic insurgency in Africa's most populous nation of about 170 million people. The country is almost equally divided between the mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south. Boko Haram is fighting to impose Islamic law across the entirety of Nigeria, Africa's biggest oil producer.
Three northeastern states covering one-sixth of Nigeria are under a 9-month-old state of emergency. The military's offensive has featured previous airstrike mistakes.
In January, a jet dropped bombs near a federal senator, who was traveling in a convoy being escorted by soldiers and police. No one was hurt. The military called the bombing "an operational blunder" though the convoy was led by a military vehicle and had a police van in the rear.
Also that month, a Nigerian jet pursued Boko Haram militants across the border into Cameroon and dropped three bombs on a Cameroon customs post, destroying two vehicles.
RIMANEWS - A powerful bomb explosion in Egypt’s Sinai has killed at least five people including four South Korean tourists, injuring dozens more.
Local Egyptian security officials said the people were killed when the bomb tore through a tourist bus in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Sunday.
Authorities said four South Korean tourists and the bus driver died on the spot.
Egyptian officials said the bus was carrying South Korean tourists when the blast hit it near the Egyptian resort town of Taba.
At least 30 injured were rushed to a nearby hospital to receive necessary treatment.
"There were body parts and corpses. I saw the corpse of a man who appeared to be Korean, with a leg missing," said a doctor who runs a clinic in the troubled region.
Sinai has been volatile recently, with several terrorist attacks rocking Egypt's north-eastern region. Extremist militants have stepped up attacks against security forces and other targets over past few months.
Occasionally, tribal Bedouins in the increasingly lawless peninsula would briefly kidnap foreigners to use them as bargaining chips with authorities, urging them to release imprisoned relatives.
This is while the Militant groups have claimed responsibility for a spate of attacks and bombings since the ouster of Egypt’s first democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013.
In response, the military-installed government in Cairo has launched offensives against the militants, sending thousands of troops backed by tanks and heavy equipment into the region. Several people have been killed during the clashes between militants and the Egyptian army in the Sinai region. (ar/presstv)
RIMANEWS-Jabhat al-Nusra in Lebanon, a group named after al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, has said it carried out a suicide car bombing in a stronghold of the Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah that has killed at least four people.
The armed Sunni group said Saturday's attack, which targeted a petrol station in Hermel in eastern Lebanon, was in response to Hezbollah's involvement in Syria.
"At least four people were killed and more than 15 wounded, two or three of them in critical condition," Marwan Charbel, Lebanon's interior minister, told Hezbollah's Al-Manar television station.
The petrol station is part of a charitable network set up by Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, a leading Shia leader and Hezbollah spiritual guide who died in 2010.
It was the seventh attack to target Hezbollah in Lebanon since mid-2013, when the armed group sent men to Syria to fight alongside President Bashar al-Assad's troops against mainly Sunni rebel groups.
Jabhat al-Nusra in Lebanon said on Twitter that the bombing was a "second martyrdom operation against the Party of Iran [Hezbollah] stronghold in Hermel ... because of the continuation of the Party of Iran's crimes against our oppressed people in our beloved Sham [Syria], and its insistence on sending more of its mercenaries to kill the Syrian people.
"Faced with the massacres it is carrying out, we can only repay the favour in its heartland, to push it to reconsider its calculations."
The Hermel explosion occurred at around 16:00 GMT after dusk on Saturday near a school run by a charity group for impoverished children, some of them orphans.
An official speaking on Al-Manar said no children were injured.
Security forces later closed off the area and fire-fighters managed to extinguish the blaze.
Najib Mikati, Lebanon's caretaker prime minister, condemned the bombing as a terrorist attack, and called for unity to "protect our homeland".
Omran Zoabi, Syria's information minister, speaking on Lebanon's Al-Mayadeen TV, said "this terrorist attack, like those before it, only benefits the Israeli enemy".
Saturday's blast was the second blast in less than a month to hit Hermel, close to the border with Syria.
On January 16, a car bombing outside the main government administration building in Hermel killed three people.
That attack was also claimed by Jabhat al-Nusra in Lebanon, which has emerged only recently.
It is unclear if there is any relation between the group and Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria.
Jabhat al-Nusra in Lebanon had previously claimed another attack five days earlier in the Hezbollah-dominated southern suburbs of Beirut.
Al Jazeera's Nisreen El-Shamayleh, reporting from Beirut, said: "In the latest sign that Syria’s war is spilling over into Lebanon, Hezbollah strongholds have been targeted four times in January alone. Lebanon is now left vulnerable to sectarian violence and its future is looking ever so bleak."
While Hezbollah has sent fighters to battle alongside Assad's forces, many Lebanese Sunnis back the rebels fighting his regime.
Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli has seen regular clashes between Sunni groups and Alawites, the Shia offshoot sect to which Assad belongs.
Other attacks in Lebanon have targeted opponents of Hezbollah and the Syrian government, including Mohammad Chatah, a Sunni politician who was killed in a car bomb blast on December 27 in Beirut.[ach/aljazeera]
RIMANEWS-U.S. prosecutors will seek the death penalty against the suspect in last year's deadly Boston Marathon bombing.
The top American legal official, Attorney General Eric Holder, announced Thursday that the government would ask for the execution of 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is convicted. Tsarnaev is accused of detonating two homemade bombs at the annual race last April that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.
The federal government rarely seeks the death penalty, and has only executed three killers since 1988, when a moratorium on executions ended. Holder said the "nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm" from the Boston bombings compelled him to seek Tsarnaev's execution.
Prosecutors allege that Tsarnaev, then 19, and his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, two ethnic Chechens who lived in the United States for a decade, built and planted two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the race to retaliate against U.S. military action in Muslim countries.
No date has been set for Tsarnaev's trial, but he faces 30 charges, including use of a weapon of mass destruction.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police last year, days after the bombings.
After a massive manhunt, police found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding in a boat parked in the backyard of a suburban Boston home.
Authorities allege that he scrawled several messages on the inside of the boat, including one that said, "We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all."[Ach/voa]
RIMANEWS-A string of four bombings hit around Cairo on Friday, including a car blast that ripped through the Egyptian capital's main security headquarters and wrecked a nearby museum of Islamic artifacts. Six people were killed in the most significant attack yet in the city at a time of mounting confrontation between Islamists and the military-backed government.
The attacks fueled fears of an increasing militant insurgency in retaliation for the military's July 3 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the subsequent crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists.
The hours after the bombings saw a public backlash against the Brotherhood, which the government accuses of being behind the monthslong wave of bombings and shootings, though it denies any link. Angry residents joined in with security forces in clashes with Brotherhood supporters holding their daily protests in several districts of the capital and multiple cities across the country in violence that left eight dead.
In one Cairo neighborhood, pro-Morsi protesters clashing with security forces set fire to a police kiosk, sending a pall of smoke in the air. In the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, residents throwing stones and firing rounds of birdshot killed one Brotherhood supporter when they attacked Islamists marching after the funeral of a student protester killed the day before.
As police drove back from clashes with Brotherhood supporters in the capital's Giza district in the afternoon, they were hit by the day's fourth bombing — a roadside explosive that killed one policeman and wounded four others on Haram Street, a main avenue leading to the famed Giza Pyramids.
The turmoil intensified an atmosphere of chaos and fear on the eve of the third anniversary of the Jan. 25 start of the 2011 uprising that ousted Egypt's longtime autocrat, Hosni Mubarak. Amid the bombings and clashes, security forces closed major avenues in Cairo and sealed off central Tahrir Square and other city squares.
Three years since the uprising in the name of democracy, Egypt is locked into the fight between the new government and the Brotherhood, which gained political dominance in the first post-Mubarak elections only to lose it when massive public protests against them prompted the coup. The government installed since by the military has waged a fierce crackdown on the group, arresting thousands of its members and killing hundreds as police put down their protests demanding Morsi's return.
Authorities accused the Brotherhood as being behind the tide of militant attacks, branding it officially as a terrorist organization. The Brotherhood has called the accusation baseless, saying authorities are only trying to justify their drive to crush the group. Still, even some who dismiss the claims the group organized the insurgency fear that the crackdown is driving desperate young Brotherhood supporters into militant violence.
In any case, the branding has helped fuel a wave of popular sentiment against the group and in favor of the military among a public fearful of the militant attacks, which have largely targeted security forces but increasingly in public areas causing civilian casualties. After Friday's blasts, private TV stations aired called from listeners demanding that army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the man who ousted Morsi, now act decisively to crush the Brotherhood.[ach/ABC]
RIMANEWS-A suicide bomber blew himself up early Tuesday in a neighborhood in south Beirut where the Shiite militia and political party Hezbollah holds sway, the most recent in a series of such attacks that have targeted civilian areas across Lebanon in recent months.
Lebanon’s National News Agency said the attack killed four people and wounded 27 others. The attack in the Haret Hreik district took place near where a car bomb struck earlier this month, killing five people.
Although no one has claimed responsibility for most of the recent bombings and government investigations have been inconclusive, many analysts suspect that they are intended as retaliation for the role groups in Lebanon are playing in the civil war in neighboring Syria.
Many of the bombings, including one last week in the town of Hermel, have targeted areas mostly populated by Shiites, who strongly support Hezbollah, which has sent fighters to support President Bashar al-Assad of Syria against rebels seeking to topple him. Many of Lebanon’s Sunnis sympathize with the mostly Sunni rebels, and some have gone to join the fight in Syria.[ach/nytimes]
RIMANEWS-Pakistan fighter jets bombed suspected Taliban hideouts in a tribal area on the Afghan border on Tuesday killing at least 15 people, military sources and residents said, after a wave of insurgent attacks against security forces.
It was the first time the air force has resorted to aerial strikes in the volatile region since it struck a ceasefire agreement with local Taliban chiefs in 2007. Aerial strikes also took place in the nearby tribal region of Kurram.
"Can you hear the noise of the gunships? They are just over our heads," resident Haji Jamaludin told Reuters by telephone. "Everyone in the village is running around with children and women looking for a safe place to hide."
Sparking speculation that a military operation was imminent, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif canceled his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos on Sunday following a Taliban attack on an army convoy in which 20 soldiers were killed.
Sharif has been under pressure from the United States and hawks within the Pakistani army to take tougher military action against Taliban militants.
The Pakistani Taliban are fighting to topple the central government in Islamabad and impose strict Islamic rule in the nuclear armed South Asian nation.
The death of Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a November drone strike has further enraged the Taliban, with its new leader, Mullah Fazlullah, vowing to step up his campaign.
"We strongly condemn this cowardly act which they (Pakistan army) carried out under cover of darkness, targeting sleeping people," said Pakistan Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid.
"If you people target innocent people in their homes, we will target you in your homes in Islamabad too."
Military officials said fighter jets were targeting only militant positions North Waziristan, a lawless mountainous region where many al Qaeda-linked militants are based, but locals said there were numerous civilian casualties.
Villagers described scenes of panic as fighter jets and helicopter gunships pounded the Mir Ali area, sending villagers fleeing from their homes into the cold to hide.
There was no official word on civilian casualties and residents gave different numbers. Tribal elders said between 15 and 24 people were killed. A Taliban source put the death toll at 27. Military sources in Islamabad said 15 militants were killed.
CHILDREN SPEND NIGHT IN THE OPEN
"The jets successfully targeted hideouts of the militants involved in recent attacks on security forces and civilians in the country," said a senior official in Peshawar. "Twenty three militants were killed and several injured."
A tribesman in Haiderkhel village, Musafar Khan, said several houses had been bombed. "We spent the night in the open with children, and others went to nearby villages because of the bombing in our village," he said.
Another man, Nassemullah, said 15 people were killed when a bomb hit a mosque. "Those who were killed in the mosque were local villagers," he said. "We will seek revenge for this."
Sharif, who came to power last year, has insisted military action was a last resort option and promised to find a negotiated solution, but the Sunday attack on the army convoy might have been the last straw.
Despite Sharif's emphasis on peace talks, attacks have continued unabated since he came to power, a worry to regional powers already anxious about security as foreign troops prepare to pull out from neighboring Afghanistan this year.
"This (operation) hadn't been planned before, and Pakistan air force fighter jets were called to hit hideouts of the militants involved in attacks on security forces," said one military official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Following a wave of fighter jets strikes, the army called in helicopter gunships to shell suspected hideouts. Residents said bombardment started overnight without any warning.
"We were all asleep when the planes started bombing the village," said Khyal Zaman, a tribesman from the village of Esori. "We had no idea what happened in the dark and those who survived came out of their homes in desperation along with children and started walking away into the open."[ach/reuters]
RIMANEWS-At least 16 people have been killed and over a dozen wounded in a massive car bomb explosion in Syria's central Hama Province, local media said.
The blast took place on Thursday near a school at al-Kafat village, the Syrian television said, adding that it caused extensive damage.
The Hama police command said there were women and children among the casualties.
Meanwhile, the UK-based so-called Observatory for Human Rights said that 18 people died in the incident.
Reports added that there were government forces among the casualties, and that those killed came from different sects, including Sunni Muslims, as well as Ismailis and Alawites.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - are supporting the militants operating inside the country.
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the turmoil that has gripped Syria for almost three years.[ach/presstv]
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