How I was captured, forced to marry Boko Haram terrorist – Cameroonian

It was a few minutes after midday, and the sun was already blazing at the Dalori-1 camp for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

At this time of the day, usually, only the trees can provide the much-needed cool to wade off dehydration.

The displaced children had to shift their play from the burning grounds to the cool shades of the cascading Neem trees. So was the case for the elderly inmates who had to also move out of their tarpaulin shelters.

Young men were spotted in various locations chatting away; some had already dozed off, apparently helped by the coolness of the trees.

Some women, mostly mothers, were seen from time to time bending out of their make shift homes to check on the foodstuff they had spread to dry in the perfect sun.

Most of the young girls, especially those in their teens and early 20s, also had their different spots under the foliage or at the common hall built by officials of the camp. The girls, usually, at this time of the day, would be busy chatting away their boring time.

Some of them with knack for making money, legitimately, were seen busy knitting designs on native caps, which they would sell off to merchants.

Very naturally, the atmosphere around the girls’ spot was more exciting and attractive. The young females could be heard interjecting their gossips and chitchats with occasional laughter, and teases.


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But Fati Salilhu, one of the young women in the camp, was not a party to the hilarity of the girls’ company.

A reporter sighted her sitting in a withdrawn mode under a Neem tree outside the camp tent she shares with other females. Her mind seemed to have travelled far away from the noisy happenings around her.

She was not looking shabby, despite being an IDP. Her slightly made up face had really done a great job at beaming up her natural beauty.  But it had not hidden the telltale of a young woman who had passed through difficult times.

She was 22 years old and mother of a deceased child.

Fati was one of the females rescued from the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents by soldiers of the Nigerian army about two years ago. Though she speaks flawless Hausa, a major language in northern Nigeria, Fati said she is not a Nigerian.

“I am from Cameroon”, she told reporters.

She was brought to the IDP camp about a year ago, after she was rescued from the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents who had snatched her and many other women from Kolofata in the Republic of Cameroon.

“I am from Mozogore village in Cameroon. I am the last child of the 9 kids from my mother”, she told reporters in Hausa, a major Nigerian language also spoken in northern part of Cameroon near the Nigerian border.

Fati, was abducted in Kolofata town of Cameroon on July 28, 2014. It was the very day the wife of a deputy minister in Cameroon, Ali Amodu, was abducted by Boko Haram.

While the deputy minister’s wife (now freed) was taken from her home, Fati said she was flocked away, alongside other women, into the jungle from a hospital in Kolofata where she was watching over her sick aged mother.

It was the last time she knew freedom.

“I was abducted when I took my sick mother to the hospital in Kolofata”, she said with sobered voice.

“Boko Haram fighters came in and abducted some other women and me”.

Coming out of a forced marriage, after she was forced to abandon her secondary school education midway because her parents could not afford her fees, Fati became a wife at the age of 19.

The road to captivity

Like many others, Fati said the road to Boko Haram’s captivity was harrowing.

“After they had forced us to follow them at gun point, we were taken for a long walk through the jungles of Buni Yadi (in Yobe State) where we were camped”, she recalled.

“After some days, soldiers came and we had to flee to another location, which name I could not recall. From there, we were taken to a place called Tumbuktu, where we spent about five weeks. The soldiers came again, and they had to move us to a place called Kafela and we were kept there for about 7 months.

Painful loss of child

When Boko Haram captured her, the Cameroonian girl was nursing a baby – the product of her failed marriage. It was with that baby girl strapped to her back that she was made to traverse the jungles, mostly on foot.

Fati said she lost the baby while they were being forced by the Boko Haram members to flee during an attack on their location by soldiers.

“I lost my baby when we had to run towards Izza village”, she said.

“The attack on our location was massive, and as we were running with the Boko Haram people, we all feared for our lives; so we ran through the thick bushes. My little daughter, who was strapped to my back, fell off and was badly injured. She eventually died. Some men amongst our abductors collected the child and buried her somewhere in a shallow grave; I was not given a chance to mourn her, we had to move on.

The rescue

After about a year under the captivity of Boko Haram, a miraculous rescue came to them when the Nigerian soldiers eventually raided Izza, one of the largest camps of the Boko Haram, located somewhere between Gwoza and Bama local government areas of Borno state.

“We did not stay long in Izza, when the soldiers arrived attacking from the sky and on ground”, she said.

“We kept on running towards Izza amidst bombardment from air force jets.  Many of us, including some Boko Haram members were killed. We made it to Izza, a big village where many abducted girls were kept but we did not stay there for long before the soldiers raided the place and rescued some of us.

“The soldiers took us to Bama, and from there we were taken to Giwa barracks. We spent about two months in Giwa barracks before they brought us here to stay in Dalori-1 IDP camp. Now I have spent about a year here in the camp.

Forced Marriage

Like most of the females taken into captivity, Fati had to become a wife to one of her abductors. A situation she had to accept, lest she suffered more torture or abuse by those who appropriated her liberty.

“I was forced to marry a Boko Haram member, named Abba Kaka. He said he was from Benishek town of Borno State. But the marriage lasted only two months because soldiers killed him.

“I was actually forced to marry him. In fact, the Boko Haram members threw me in jail for weeks when I refused to accept Abba Kaka’s hand in marriage”, she said.

Like many other girls, Fati said she was left with limited but cruel options. She just had to give in.

“We were made to undergo several punishments and torture when we were resisting to abide by their ways of doing things; they said we must accept their creed and belief that any other person that is not an adherent of Izalatul Ahlil sunna liddawati wal jihad (Boko Haram) is an infidel whose blood was legitimate to be shed.

“We were not hungry because there was food in abundance, but we had to live in a very difficult condition in which we sometimes found it difficult to change clothes or wash properly; some of us that menstruate would sometimes go without sanitary pads; we only used them if the Boko Haram fighters returned with loots and we were lucky to find such things like sanitary pads, and diapers for children.

“They kept telling us that they wanted to make us true Muslims, and there was no way they would allow us to see our infidel parents or relatives again.

“You know we were abducted at Kolofata, on the same night the wife of Cameroon minister, Ali Amodu, was kidnapped. And I could recall when the deputy minister’s wife, who was kept in different way from ours, was rescued after a shootout. They came to tell us that ‘your people in Cameroon are killing our members, so you too would not be freed; you would rather die in our custody’”.

“They said they would rather continue to move about in the bush with us, and that we too had to taste the bitterness of the pains they suffered each time their members were killed by soldiers in Nigeria and Cameroon. They kept threatening us daily; sometimes we cried and called for help; but they kept on telling us that crying was a waste of time. We went on like that for weeks and months until we became tired of crying. Yes, it was useless crying, so we decided to take our plight as our fate and began to live with it”.

Lonely and stranded in IDP camp

Unlike most of the rescued abductees who are Nigerians, Fati had not been able to link up with her family in Cameroon for over a year since her rescue.

“We were many that were abducted; but they split us up in the jungles and those of us that were brought to Dalori-1 IDP camp were four in number; they had all been joined with their families; it was only me that was left behind because I could not link up with my family in Cameroon”, she mourned.

“I have not heard from my parents, including my sick mother. I am not happy; each time I worried about leaving, I was told that it was not safe going to Cameroon”.


                                                                      Fati Salilhu

“Since my rescue and arrival to Maiduguri, I have been well taken care of by the Nigerian military and camp officials till date, we get enough medication, toiletries and apartment to lay our heads at night. But of late, things have begun to get difficult in terms of feeding. The foods are not enough; it hardly comes in square.”

Life after camp

For the first time during the interview, the Cameroonian girl’s eyes lit up when this reporter asked about her life before the abduction on July 28, 2014. She recalled her dream of being a working class lady. But she fears a future of stigma as a lady who had once been married to a “terrorist”.

“When I was a free girl back in our village in Cameroon, I used to sell soft drinks and cold water. I do not have much education; after my primary education, I enrolled into secondary school. But along the line, I had to drop out to get married on the orders of my parents who said they could no longer sustain my education.

“I wanted to be a government worker, just like some of my friends that were able to advance their studies and are now working as nurses; while some are currently employees of government. I wanted to be a nurse too.

“Even if I return home now, I have no concrete plans for the future, because I have no education to qualify me for employment. I have to embrace whatever God puts in my way. If another husband comes, I get married, that is if you don’t show my photograph as a woman who had once married a Boko Haram (smiles). If I have resources, I will continue with my petty trade.

Her ultimate desire

“All I want now is to be allowed to return home so that I can reunite with my family members. Most of my siblings are working; some are soldiers in the Cameroonian military; some are doing government work in Marwa, others are doing business there. But I have no relatives here on the side of Nigeria. I know my mother weeps every day for me. May be she may even be mourning, thinking I am no longer alive. I just need to go home.”

Naming Of New Boko Haram Leader Is Just Propaganda – Defence HQ

The Defence Headquarters has described the naming of a new leader for the Boko Haram group as propaganda by terrorist group, ISIL. Defence spokesman, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, said this while reacting to yesterday’s report by BBC that the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) has named Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new leader for Boko Haram.

According to Rabe, the announced change in leadership of the terrorist group would not in any way affect the military’s operations nor cause it to lose focus.

“It is the desperation of a drowning man, he gropes for even his shadow. The group knows they are on the losing side. They are using every available propaganda to remain relevant. What we have achieved is not propaganda, the reality on the ground is that they are decimated,” he said.


Army Begins Massive Operation In Sambisa Forests

The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that it had commenced large scale operations to smoke out Boko Haram terrorists from their Sambisa forest hideout in Borno.


Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole said this while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri.

“I want to inform you that troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole are conducting operations in the heart of Sambisa as we speak.

“The troops are deep into the forest to smoke out Boko Haram terrorists,” Irabor said.

He said that the troops were led by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 division of the Nigerian Army Maiduguri Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu.

“In fact the GOC 7 division is leading the operations,” Irabor said declining to give further details.

He said that the troops had also recorded tremendous successes against the terrorists in the last couple of days.

“Following a tip-off, troops intercepted four female suicide bombers approaching from Sambisa in the general area of Jimini-Bolari village. Two unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices on the suicide bombers were safely detonated by our own team.

“Also, a suspected terrorists training camp at Mudallah llage in Dikwa Local Government Area was raided by troops on April 16.

“Consequently, troops made contact and killed a suspected terrorists leader and six others while capturing five of them, during the raid, five vehicles and several terrorists flags were destroyed.”

Irabor said that the troops also rescued over 1,000 civilians held captive by the terrorists.

He said on April 3, troops also launched a fighting patrol to Boboshe, Garna, Kyare, Ginba and Ajiri villages where they recovered eight industrial gas cylinders and five regular gas cylinders, being used in bomb making, at a primary school.

He said during the operation three terrorists were captured while four motor cycles, three bicycles, a solar panel and two containers of liquid herbicides were destroyed.

In another operation on April 28 troops in the general area of Bogoro, Duguno 1, 2 and 3 encountered and cleared some terrorists elements around Mmbaraka.

“The troops proceeded to Jadda village where they engaged and killed four terrorists. The patrol team also discovered a big pit where the terrorists used for dumping their victims to die and rot.

“The patrol team later freed some hostages and recovered an AK-47 rifle, 30 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 12 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 14 Dane guns, a motorcycle, two solar panels, 120 liters of diesel, some packets of panadol and a food storage facility.

“During the operation, one of the troops suffered gunshot wound and was evacuated for medical treatment. I am glad to state that he is in stable condition and responding to treatment,” Irabor said.



Belgium Extradites Paris Terror Suspect Salah Abdeslam To France To Face Prosecution

According to Belgian Police Authorities, Paris Terror attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been extradited to France to face prosecution. 26 year old Salah, who is a Belgium born French Citizen was extradited to France on Wednesday morning to face prosecution for crimes committed in France against the state in November, 2015

Abdeslam is due to appear before the investigating magistrate the same day, and would be placed in provisional custody, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.
In the shoot out on March 15, prior to Salah’s arrest in Belgium, Salah injured four police officers and was charged with attempted murder over his alleged role in the shootout.
Source: CNN

Portugal And Belgium Friendly Match To Be Played In Portugal After Brussels Terror Attacks

Portugal’s football association has offered to host it’s friendly football match with Belgium in Portugal after the deadly terrorist attack in Belgium ensured the Belgian FA canceled the match initially meant to be played in Brussels, Belgium. The Belgian FA announced on Wednesday that the game had been cancelled after a request from the City of Brussels.

The clash was due to take place next Tuesday on March 29 at the King Baudouin Stadium but was cancelled for security reasons.

However it was later confirmed a proposal has been made by the Portuguese Football Federation to
host the fixture on the same date, which has been accepted.

Source: MirrorSport

Troops Kill Wanted Boko Haram Terrorist In Borno

The troops of the Nigerian Army have killed one of the 100 most wanted Boko Haram terrorists in the North East.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Friday that that the Boko Haram commander was killed in an ambush by the troops of the 7 Multinational Joint Task Force Brigade, Baga, and 118 Task Force Battalion, along Daban Masara.

Usman said that Masara was used by the Boko Haram insurgents to convey logistics for their operation.

He said that the Boko Haram leader, listed as number 95 in the first list of the most wanted 100 terrorists released by the Nigerian Army, sustained injuries which led to his death later.

Usman added that other members of the group escaped with gunshot  wounds.

The Acting Army Spokesman said the troops also recovered arms and ammunition and some jerrycans containing fuel and motor cycles from the insurgents.

“Troops of 7 Multinational Joint Task Force Brigade Quick Response Group stationed in Baga and 118 Task Force Battalion, sprang an ambush along Daban Masara axis used by Boko Haram terrorists to convey logistics.

“At the encounter, one of the suspected wanted Boko Haram terrorists’ leaders who is serial number  95 on the first Nigerian Army wanted list of 100 Boko Haram terrorists leaders, was fatally wounded in the exchange of fire,”the statement read.

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Pakistan Arrests Bacha Khan University Terror Attack Masterminds

Pakistani security agencies on Saturday, January 23, arrested five out of six men accused of being the masterminds behind the attack on a Bacha Khan university that killed 21 people.
“The five facilitators have been arrested and the another one, whom I will call terrorist-A is still at large,” military spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa told a televised press conference in Peshawar.
According to the officer, “terrorist-A” arranged transportation for the four gunmen who travelled
from Torkhum town, which borders Afghanistan. The suspects also secured accommodation for the assailants and provided them with a rickshaw that they used on the day of the attack. They also helped purchase their weapons in the country’s tribal belt and relied on women close to the accused to help smuggle guns.
“Women wearing traditional veils do not usually undergo a routine body search at the checkpoints,” said Bajwa.
He went on to confirm that authorities suspect the assault on the university was planned and directed by militant groups residing in Afghanistan, adding that one of the organisers had made as many as 10 calls to the attackers on a mobile phone that had an Afghan SIM card.
On Wednesday January 20, four gunmen armed with suicide bomb vests attacked the university located 21 miles outside the city of Peshawar. Under a thick fog, the militants scaled the wall of the university, entered a classroom and opened fire on students and teachers.
The assault was later claimed by a faction of the Pakistani Taleban and bore a chilling resemblance to a December 2014 massacre at a school in Peshawar that killed more than 150 people, mostly children.
On Friday, the Taliban faction behind the massacre at Bacha Khan university posted a video message vowing to target schools throughout the country, calling them “nurseries” for people who challenge Allah’s law.

Turkey Police HQ Hit By Deadly Bomb Blast

A woman and a baby are reported to be among the dead. Rescuers are searching through the rubble at the scene in Cinar district, Diyarbakir province.
The bomb was detonated at the entrance of the police complex, officials say. The blast also damaged nearby residential buildings.
The attackers then reportedly fired rockets at the headquarters.
Diyarbakir province has seen violent clashes between PKK separatists and the Turkish army in recent months.
Last year, the city of Diyarbakir and a number of other areas in the south-east were put under curfew
as part of a security crackdown.

This followed a bomb blast that left 16 soldiers dead and a rebel ambush that killed 14 police officers – both incidents in the east.
A ceasefire between the army and the PKK collapsed in July, and Turkish jets have since bombed PKK bases in northern Iraq and the army launched a ground operation there.
Turkey is also part of a US-led coalition that has been carrying out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria.
However, Ankara has been accused of hitting mostly PKK targets, angering Kurds who are themselves fighting IS in the two countries.

Officials blamed the blast on Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) militants, who are active in the mainly Kurdish province.
No group has so far said it carried out the attack.

Saudi Arabia Executes 47 Convicted Terrorists In One Day

Saudi Arabian government has executed 47 people in one day including the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr after convicting them of Terrorist related activities that have occurred in the last decade.

According to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interiors, the executed men believed in extremist ideology, were members of terror groups, and they were convicted of plotting and carrying out attacks against civilians going back as far at an attack on the U.S. consulate in Jeddah in 2004.

The interior ministry statement began with Koranic verses justifying the use of execution and state television showed footage of the aftermath of al-Qaida attacks in the last decade.

Saudi grand mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh appeared on television soon after to describe the executions as just.

According to the Ministry of Interior,the executions were carried out in 12 different locations and four convicts were beheaded, but no mention was made of the other methods of execution.

Mali Hotel Attack: How Jihadists Killed Man For Lying About Location Of Air France Staff

Islamic extremists who killed 19 people in a gun attack on a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital on Friday were hunting for Air France staff, a security guard has claimed.
The terrorists shot their way past a five-man security team before turning their weapons on terrified guests at the hotel in Bamako.
One security worker, Kasim Haidara, told The Telegraph that the terrorists were specifically hunting Air France staff – quizzing a man at gunpoint about their location.
He said:

“When they got up there, the terrorists asked him: ‘where are the staff of Air
France?’.”He told them that they were on the seventh floor instead, and when they realised later that he had given them wrong information, they came back down and killed him.”

Another one of the guards, Cheick Dabo, said his colleagues had just finished morning prayers and had put away their weapons – a shotgun and two pistols – when the militants struck.
He said:

“We didn’t see the jihadists until they started firing on us. We weren’t concentrating and we didn’t expect it.

Mohammed Coulibaly, a cook at the hotel.

“I was busy cooking when a waitress started screaming at the door, ‘They are attacking us, they are attacking us’,”
“I asked everyone to go into the hallway, so everyone headed in that direction. Suddenly we heard the footsteps of the jihadists behind us and there was total panic, and people were running in every direction.

 Mr Coulibaly said he then hid in a bathroom with one of the guests, but one of the assailants saw him through a window and started firing, prompting him to run to the kitchen where he was nearly overwhelmed by smoke.

 I realised that if I didn’t leave the kitchen the smoke would kill me. So I waited until I didn’t hear any noise and I ran from the kitchen and escaped the hotel through a window.”

Boko Haram Suspects Dressed As First Aid Workers Arrested In Zaria

Two suspected members of Boko Haram sect who disguised as members of the Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’a Wa’iqamitis Sunna (JIBWIS) First Aid Group based in Zaria, Kaduna state, ?have been arrested and handed over to the police. Daily Trust reports that the Police Area Commander in charge of Zaria headquarters, Muhammad D.? Shehu, confirmed the arrest and said the suspects will be? transferred to the police state command.

“The first suspect was caught fully dressed in our uniform. Members of our First Aid Group (‘Yan Agaji) have their uniform. Following the military’s advice, we have introduced certain security measures. Through those measures, our members can identify themselves anywhere they meet. This was how we arrested the suspect and handed him over to the police. On investigation, it was discovered that the first suspect was operating under the leadership of one Hassan Mahauci who resides in Maigana, Soba local government. Of recent, the leader of our First Aid Group in Soba local government was matcheted to death. Therefore, the arrest of these suspects made us to believe that it was Boko Haram that killed him. We would continue to be vigilant and we want to advise all religious groups to do the same since Boko Haram have began to infiltrate our First Aid Groups.”he said

Mali Attack: Gunmen Take 170 Hostages At Bamako Hotel

Security sources says hostages who were able to quote the Qur’an have been released, as US embassy in Bamako advises citizens to seek shelter.
At least two private security guards were injured in the attack, the hotel’s head of security said.Malian army commander Modibo Nama Traore said 10 gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu hotel shouting “Allahu Akbar” before shooting at guards and taking hostages.Some hostages, including those able to recite verses of the Qur’an, were later released, security sources told Reuters. A security source told AFP that the gunmen were “jihadis” and entered the hotel compound in a car that had diplomatic plates.
“It’s all happening on the seventh floor, jihadists are firing in the corridor,” AFP’s source said.The hotel is just west of the city centre in a neighbourhood that is home to government ministries and diplomats.In a statement the US-based Rezidor group, which owns the hotel, said 140 guests and 30 staff were being held hostage by two gunmen.
“The Rezidor Hotel Group … is aware of the hostage-taking that is ongoing at the property today, 20th November 2015. As per our information two persons have locked in 140 guests and 30 employees,” the company said in a statement quoted by AFP.“Our safety and security teams and our corporate team are in constant contact with the local authorities in order to offer any support possible to re-instate safety and security at the hotel,” it added.The Chinese state news agency Xinhua said several Chinese tourists were among those trapped inside the building.The US embassy in Bamako said in a series of tweets that it was aware of an “ongoing shooter situation” and advised its citizens to seek shelter.

Italian Woman Detained At Lagos Airport For Refusing To Allow Her Luggage Checked

An Italian woman was detained for not allowing her luggage to be checked on arrival at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2, Lagos State, on Thursday.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the woman was detained for several hours by a combined team of Airport Policemen, Bi-Courtney security men and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
NAN gathered that the passenger, who is married to a Lebanese, had arrived Lagos on an Aero Contractors Airline flight from Abuja around noon.
She was alleged to have prevented officials of Bi-Courtney from screening her bags, a routine
protocol at all airports across the globe.

A staff member of Bi-Courtney alleged the woman used abusive words on the officials and forcibly dragged her luggage out from the arrival wing to a waiting Honda CRV.
However, aviation security alerted the Airport Police who prevented the car from leaving the premises until the bags were subjected to screening.
The development attracted the attention of other airport users who insisted that the authorities should detain her and the driver of the car.
After intense argument, the policemen had their way and her bags were checked but nothing incriminating was found in them.
The woman later apologized to staff of Bi-Courtney for her behavior.

Nigerian Air Force Bombs Mass Gathering Of Boko Haram Terrorists

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, on Thursday said the air component operation of “Operation Lafiya Dole” hit a “mass gathering” of Boko Haram terrorists at Wulge area of Borno State.

The air component commander of the theatre operation, “Operation Lafiya Dole”, Isiaka Amao, said this while briefing journalists in Maiduguri on today.

“The air component struck a mass gathering of Boko Haram terrorists and their leaders at Wulge.

“Report received after the strike was that it was a huge success as many terrorists were killed,” Mr. Amao said.

“We Wish He Had Burnt To Death”, Says Family Of Paris Terror Mastermind

The family of Paris terror mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud declared yesterday he should have been ‘burnt to death’.

In the Moroccan hamlet where his father Omar was born, they have only just heard of the massacre he organised, leaving 129 dead.
But their verdict was immediate:

Abaaoud had no rightful place on this earth. ‘We rejoice the news he is dead. He deserved it,’ said Sayeed Abaaoud, a cousin of the killer and a village elder and patriarch of the clan.

‘I say he should have been burnt to death, because what he did was not allowed under Islam or any law.’

A police source said Moroccan intelligence had tipped off the French government about Abaaoud. He was killed alongside Hasna Ait Boulahcen, his 26-year-old cousin, who blew herself up.
He had been thought to have planned the massacre from Syria until intelligence placed him in Paris for Friday’s attacks.
Father-of-eight Sayeed, 65, said: ‘It is terrible, just terrible. I know it happened a week ago, but we only just heard about what Abdelhamid did, on Moroccan radio. We don’t have TV.

Sayeed said: ‘We feel very upset by the whole thing. Real Muslims do not do what Abdelhamid did. A good Muslim doesn’t steal or hurt people, so he is not a Muslim.’

The Islamic State killer’s death at the hands of French anti-terrorist police was confirmed yesterday.
The 27-year-old was shot in the head by a sniper then hit by grenades during the raid in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis on Wednesday. He had to be identified by his saliva.

Arsene Wenger: Paris Attacks Hurt Laurent Koscielny Deeply – I Didn’t Recognise Him Against England

Arsene Wenger admits he may have to leave Laurent Koscielny out of the Arsenal side for Saturday’s trip to West Brom as he fears the defender has not recovered from the trauma of the Paris terror attacks.

The Gunners boss, who was in Paris on Friday when at least 129 people were killed, said Koscielny was ‘deeply affected’ by the atrocities and was unrecognisable during France’s 2-0 defeat by England on an emotional Tuesday night at Wembley.

And Wenger will consult the central defender to decide whether he is 100 per cent focused on football before deciding whether he can play at the Hawthorns.

Koscielny played in Friday’s friendly against Germany which was targeted by suicide bombers before both squads spent the night inside the Stade de France because of ongoing security concerns.

In pictures – The build-up to England vs France:

Asked about the difficulty of players focusing on football, Wenger said: “I think Koscielny is a good example because he had a fantastic game against Germany. And you could see that on Tuesday night he was not himself.

“It affected him deeply and I didn’t recognise the player I saw on Friday night on Tuesday night.

“I will talk with him. It’s a big game for us on Saturday, so I will talk to him to see if he is completely recovered and focused.

“You have to trust the player in these situations. Today in the Premier League you don’t get away with it with 80 per cent focus. You have to be completely committed.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud also played against Germany and came on as a substitute at Wembley.

And Wenger said: “They both will need to show resilience and desire to play. I will look how deeply they are affected.

“Sometimes it hits you more two or three days later than on the night. On the night you protect yourself or not know what’s going on. But slowly you realise the shock is always a bit after. They have gone through that game but I will talk to them to see how much they are up for it.”

Wenger had been due to attend Friday’s match at the Stade de France but watched the game from a nearby hotel and was shocked by news of the terrorists’ attacks.

He said: “I was not at the game but I was not far from the event and I think everybody who was in Paris on Friday night was in shock. The whole city was shocked.

“France is, like England, a tolerant and generous country and to discover how much your own citizens hate you and hate the country is of course a huge shock for everybody. You wonder what is going on there. Why does this country get this kind of treatment?

GettyEngland fans display the colours of the French flag remember those who lost their lives in the recent Paris attack prior to the International Friendly match between England and France at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2015 in London, England
GettyA fan wearing a blazer in red, white and blue as flags are waved around him before the international friendly between England and France
ReutersFans in the stands display a banner before the match

“I believe at the moment nobody in France has found an answer or a real explanation for what’s going on and why, because what was targeted was the way of life, basically. Football, going out, listening to music. It’s more way of life that is targeted than any individual community.

“I was more under shock than fearful for my safety, but you could be scared of what was going on because it was four different places attacked in the centre of Paris so you don’t feel secure anywhere.

“I was late for an appointment, I was late to the stadium so I decided to watch the game in the hotel where I was. In the end in the hotel we were quite secure, but the streets were empty, completely empty.”

Despite the traumas of his own players, Wenger insists the French FA president Noel Le Graet was right to declare that the Wembley friendly should go ahead without consulting the players.

He said: “The French Federation decided to play the game. If you make a a vote of players, you might have half who wants to play and half who doesn’t want to play. What do you do then?

“At some stage we have to be responsible adults and show strength and not to lie down. You must stand up and in England you have a history of that, and I felt England have dealt always with the situation very well by saying, ‘Let’s get on with our lives and show we are strong’.”

Wenger praised the response of the FA and England fans during Tuesday’s tributes at Wembley.

He said: “I would like to thank the English community and English football who have shown great solidarity. Of course, it was a shock, a huge shock for our country and our football as well. The football world has responded the way you want it to respond in a big union and a big togetherness.

“You always think after this kind of event: do you continue or do you stop your life, to play? For me they made the right decision and I believe the event on Tuesday night has shown that it was the right decision.

“I think it was fantastic for France and it showed the class of England to see the arch of Wembley in French colours was something that had a strong significance for French people. England handled this situation with a lot of class.”

Kent Gavin/The Daily MirrorFrance player Lassana Diarra flanked by Paul Pogba and Eliaquim Mangala during the French National anthem
GettyBoth teams stand together for a moment of applause prior to the International Friendly match between England and France at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2015 in London, England
Stephen Pond – The FA

Wenger claimed that it was an ‘over-reaction’, albeit an understandable one, for Germany’s friendly with Holland to postponed after a security alert but believes it was the right decision for Belgium’s clash with Spain to have been called off as police were targeting Brussels as they hunted fugitive terrorists.

The Arsenal manager said: “I feel the danger in this kind of situation is to over-react a little bit. I think that’s what happened with Germany and Spain-Belgium I’m not sure, because in Belgium was a big centre of terrorists who live there. I think that was cautious. Germany maybe overreacted a little bit but you can understand that.

“You have a bit more of a question of security, because it looks like it’s not the end of it, in France especially.

“A way for us is just to get on with life and to respond in a positive way to the situation, because you cannot cannot stop just everything. We have to continue with our lives and try to get as well people to focus on something else.”

Security Concerns ‘Inevitable’ Ahead Of Clasico – Iniesta

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta admitted on Thursday it is impossible to ignore security concerns ahead of Saturday’s huge clash between Real Madrid and Barca in the Spanish capital just days after a series of deadly attacks in Paris.

The Spanish government have promised security measures on an unprecedented level for the match that will see a capacity 81,000 fans descend upon the Santiago Bernabeu with 2,400 police, stewards and emergency services set to form a triple ring of security around the stadium.

“The situation generates concern for everybody. It is inevitable, I think we all agree on that,” said Iniesta.

“From what I know and what the security forces are saying, all possible measures will be taken and everyone should collaborate so that before, during and after the game a sporting spectacle can take place and it is the game that is the focus for such a special day for the world of football.”

The Stade de France, where France were hosting Germany, was one of a number of targets struck during the attacks on Friday that left 129 dead and over 350 injured.

Iniesta was part of the Spain squad that travelled to Brussels for a friendly against Belgium on Tuesday only for the game to be suspended less than 24 hours before kick-off due to the elevated terror threat.

“Fear isn’t the right word, but there was concern,” Iniesta added.

“We went because it seemed like everything could take place normally despite the situation we were in before they took that decision. A completely correct decision.”

However, he wholeheartedly backed the decision for games across Spain and the rest of Europe to go ahead this weekend.

“It is a shame that people aren’t talking about sport, football or the spectacle, but it is the reality we live in and we can’t ignore it.

“We have to try to return to normality. On Saturday, it is not just Madrid and Barca that are playing, but many games and hopefully everything goes as it always has done.”

Woman Named “Isis” Lashes Out At Facebook For Deleting Her Account

Facebook deleted a woman’s account because the social network ‘thought she was a terrorist’.
Isis Anchalee took to twitter to vent her fury.After some users suggested she change the name of use her initials,she fired back saying she won’t change her birth name because Jihadists use it.
She even sent Facebook a copy of her passport to prove her account was genuine.
Her story emerged after a pal asked her why an exchange of messages between the pair had been marked ‘spam’. See her tweets below:

Senegal To Ban The Full-Face Veil Amidst Growing Terror Threat

Following the arrest of four imams accused of having ties to Boko Haram terrorist group, Senegal plans to ban women from wearing the full-face Islamic veil in public in an attempt to curb terrorism.

The move announced on Tuesday, November 17, by Interior Minister Abdoulaye Daouda, prohibits women from wearing burqas where only their eyes can be seen. Daouda says the law is not anti-Islamic as Senegal is a Muslim majority nation instead he says it’s a question of national security.

Boko Haram has used suicide bombers hiding their explosives beneath loose clothing to carry out scores of attacks in Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria. An estimated 92% of Senegal’s population is Muslim. Although the country has not suffered a terrorist attack recently, authorities are concerned that the Islamic militant group Boko Haram may be trying to extend its range.

2 Terrorist Suspects Killed, 7 Held After Raid In France, Officials Say

A violent, hours-long operation in a Paris suburb ended Wednesday with two suspected terrorists dead, seven detained, new attacks potentially thwarted and further proof, according to French President Francois Hollande, that his country is “at war” with ISIS.

The Saint-Denis raid targeted the purported ringleader of last week’s bloody Paris attacks and came as the suspects were “about to move on some kind of operation,” according to police sources.

For the second time in less than a week, gunfire and explosions ripped through France on Wednesday — but this time, suspected terrorists were on the defensive, with two ending up dead and seven in custody.

Phone surveillance and testimony led authorities to believe Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of last week’s bloody Paris attacks, may have been in an apartment in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, according to Paris prosecutor Francois Molins.

Officials didn’t say immediately if Abaaoud, a Belgian ISIS member widely believed to have been in Syria recently, was among the dead or detained. Still, they lauded the efforts of the heavily armed police involved in the operation that ended, after several tense hours, shortly before noon Wednesday.

Who is the suspected ringleader?

French President Francois Hollande was among those who offered congratulations. Yet he also stressed that his country’s fight against terrorists, specifically those linked to ISIS, is anything but over. In fact, the violent nature of Wednesday’s raid in Saint-Denis is further proof that “we are at war,” Hollande said.

“What the terrorists were targeting was what France represents. This is what was attacked on the night of November 13th,” he said. “These barbarians targeted France’s diversity. It was the youth of France who were targeted simply because they represent life.”

Given this threat, Hollande said that Wednesday evening he would present the French parliament with legislation that would extend France’s state of emergency for three additional months — a measure that, among other things, gives authorities greater powers in conducting searches, holding people under house arrest and dissolving certain groups of people. The French President also said he’d appeal to world leaders — including meetings next week with U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who have been at odds on what to do in the ISIS stronghold of Syria — to go after the savage Islamist extremist group.

“This war began several years ago,” Hollande said. “We still need time.”

#ParisAttacks: Massive Police Raid In Paris Suburb Targets Terror Mastermind

Officers hunting suspects involved in the Paris terror attacks exchanged gunfire during an apartment raid in the Saint-Denis suburb early Wednesday. Residents were asked to stay indoors.
“There were grenades. It was going, stopping. Kalashnikovs. Starting again,” Amin Guizani, a 21-year-old resident, told the AP.
Police said multiple suspects related to the Paris attacks were holed up in the apartment, including Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the alleged mastermind, AFP reports. Salah Abdeslam, whom authorities have been hunting for since Saturday, is also believed to be inside the apartment.

<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop=This undated image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, shows Abdelhamid Abaaoud. " data-pin-no-hover="true"> Credit: AP This undated image made available in the Islamic State’s English-language magazine Dabiq, shows Abdelhamid Abaaoud. 
Abaaoud, 28, is a known terrorist who has been on European and Western radars for years. He is a radicalized Belgian and alleged ISIS recruiter who was, until the raid, believed to be in Syria.
Just last month, he was the target of airstrikes against the Islamic State, The New York Times reported.
Salah Abdeslam is the brother Brahim Abdeslam, who died in a suicide attack last Friday at the Boulevard Voltaire. The brothers are from Molenbeek, a poor immigrant neighborhood of Belgium now known to be a hotbed for terrorism.
After the chaos of Friday’s attacks, police accidentally let Salah, the most wanted man in Europe, slip from their grasp as he crossed the Belgian border in a car with two other men.
French National Police

Gunfire began around 4:30 a.m. local time, and was intermittent for at least three hours. The AP counted at least seven explosions heard during the standoff.
Three suspects in last week’s Paris attacks were arrested inside an apartment, a police source told Reuters. Two other suspects — a man and a woman — also died, police said. The woman perished after detonating a bomb at the scene, the French prosecutors’ office said. Two other terror suspects were seized nearby.
None of the suspects’ identities have been released.

Source: HuffPost

High On Drugs? See Inside Hotel Room Where Paris Attack Terrorists Plotted Mass Murder

A video has been released showing inside the hotel room used by the twisted Paris attack terrorists in the lead up to the atrocity which claimed at least 129 lives on Friday night.

French newspaper Le Point released the video, claiming that it was arranged and booked by France’s ‘most wanted man’ Salah Abdeslam, using his credit card.

The hotel room, based in Alfortville, a suburb of southern Paris, is covered in pizza boxes and syringes.Forensic experts are trying to work out whether they took drugs to fuel their killing spree or to help make their explosive belts.

Evidence from one witness points to drug use after telling police that before the attack on the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people were slaughtered, the men ‘were like zombies’.

It is common practice for jihadists involved in suicide attacks to take heroin and cocaine to steel themselves.

Muideen Olagunju-Alatede: A Perspective To The Paris Terrorist Attack

A US Army bloke sits before an advanced computer system and studies the monitor closely with the rapt focus of a cheetah timing its move to hunt down a prey. He presses some keys and digitally gets an unmanned flying machine called “drone” glide into a position. He presses some more keys and watches on his monitor as the drone’s advanced camera locks a target firmly on crosshairs. The army bloke, with probably a burger or ice-cold Coke or Bud Light on his table, presses the final “ENTER” Key and instantaneously, the drone unleashes a precision-guided missile down to the earth below. At that moment, he could bite on his burger or take a swing from the liquid can.

The US deploys drones with some regularity. In one instance in Yemen, the drone’s missile hit a wedding procession killing 12 people including the couple. To date, conservative estimates put innocent civilian deaths in the War On Terror orchestrated by the United States and its allies at 1.2 million. Some international organizations put the figure as high as 3 million in just three countries namely Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. That’s 3 million human beings who bore no arms and waged no war. Men, women and most unfortunately children. In one particular attack, a Tomahawk cruise missile killed 40 people in Yemen including 22 children and 12 women.

Interestingly the film, “Rules of Engagement” was set in Yemen. At his trial for the killing of innocent civilians, Col. Terry Childers (played by Samuel L. Jackson) reeled out the riveting line: “You think there’s a script for fighting a war without pissing somebody off? Follow the rules and nobody gets hurt? Yes, innocent people probably died. Innocent people always die but I did not exceed my orders”.

Two days ago, Paris, the capital of France and world renowned center for arts, fashion, exquisite cuisine and fabulous social life, was brought to its knees by carefully plotted terrorist attacks. 129 people have been officially declared dead mainly people who took the time out to enjoy the best Paris had to offer. At a Rock concert (ironically one of the bands on show is inauspiciously named “Death Metal”), scores of people were shot dead by the terrorists. One of the terrorists was reported to have blamed France for intervening against ISIS in Syria.

The world was quite quick to express its condemnation. The situation trended on Twitter and Facebook. In fact, Facebook experimented with a new feature known as “Temporary Profile Picture” offering a user the choice of having the tricolour flag of France super-imposed on the user’s profile picture. Many world famous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the CNN Tower, Sydney Opera House and the Toronto Tower have projected the Tricolour. It was a sad day for the world. But na today?

Recently, a kinsman did a great piece on the concept of Love-Thy-Neighbour. He ended the piece sounding the Vatican out as an Haven of Peace. I disagreed and gave verifiable points that held the Vatican out as guilty of war crimes as most belligerent entities even as I retain praise for the Church for admitting past acts of terror and apologizing accordingly. My belief is firm on the notion that the world, in its complexity, has never seemed to be prepared to take the straight path to peace. There seem to be an obsession for armed conflict and terror.

A boxer is considered good if he could take punches as he could give. Can world powers who suffer publicized effects of terror be considered true victims deserving our somber sympathy? Saddam Hussein was pushed out on trumped up allegations of stockpiling chemical weapons. America has since eaten her own words on the existence of those weapons. However, Iraq has never been the same again. Same with Libya which enjoyed fantastic prosperity under Ghadaffi. Where’s Libya today following Ghadaffi’s Western-backed ouster? In ruins. Would Syrians absolve foreign super-powers from the situations in their once-upon-a-time Pride of the Orient? What these instances breed are resentment, radicalization and the uncontrollable urge for vengeance.

Carefully orchestrated plots bring terror, like we had in Paris, to the doorsteps of the perceived oppressors. It is scary. London was once under attack. In America, security agencies work round the clock deploying billions of dollars to achieve homeland security. Every Arab or identifiably suspicious-looking Muslim is under the cosh of bare-skinned scrutiny. The fear is intense and unending. To the starry-eyed karmaists, it’s all America’s fault. A blunt assessment reveals that America almost appear to thrive more as a super power on account of wars. The conspiracy theorists come up with various rationales. One is that America’s monstrously powerful defense contractors crave conflicts in order to make more money and secure jobs for their workforce.

There are some who say America intricately planned the 9/11 attacks in order to engineer regime changes in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s preposterous but there’s an angle that makes it at least remotely plausible. America once planned to kill Americans in terrorist attacks in order to blame same on Cuban communists. This would then tilt public support to any invasion of Cuba. It was code named OPERATION NORTHWOODS. The plan had written approvals of all Joint Chiefs of Staff. Thankfully, President JF Kennedy had no liver to implement it. That should give an insight into how dangerously intelligence/military operations work.

In the French-Algerian war of independence, nearly 1.2 million, with civilians in the majority, were killed. The French Army killed many people including lawyer Ali Boumendjel and disguised their deaths as suicides. French troops also shove live Algerians into the seas from helicopters and called them shrimps.

The end of that war saw France become the magnet for many hundreds of thousands of Algerians who settled to work in new factories and lived in poor areas of Paris and Lyon. The Muslim/Arab population in France increased with France’s affinity to Syria and Lebanon. However, the settlers were never seen or treated as part of the French integrated society. Interestingly, modern France has evolved as a society not particularly keen on organized religion. In this regard, the Muslims are the hardest hit in the growing intolerance. This is seen in the French ban of the Muslim face-veil in public. With situations like this, tension hits boiling points among younger generations of the Muslim population. The 2005 riots accentuated the tension which is connected with scant recognition given to the Muslim population by the French establishment. It has worryingly become quite easy for fundamentalist groups like Al-Qaeda or ISIS to get willing recruits from France. It is understood that more that 1,000 youths have recently left France to fight on the side of ISIS in Syria. Friday’s attacks may not be unconnected with the deep-seated issues of identity, recognition and discrimination.

I resent terrorism but I have never viewed it as baseless. The state sponsored ones have deep motives of gaining socio-economic or political or territorial advantages. The individual or organized terrorism mainly has background in ideological, religious, racial or puritanical considerations. The most scary part is the uncertainty connected with the targets and casualties. I have a blood brother who has been living in London for 17 years. He commutes in public buses or by tube. I have not less than a hundred more relatives residing abroad. My greatest benefactor and the patriarch of my family is somewhere in Europe as I type this piece. Since the attacks are coordinated mainly against innocent civilian targets, who knows who the next victims will be?

The world has seen too many avoidable killings. Once the killing is designed with little or no regard to innocent lives, whether by drone or by radicalized young men wearing explosive vests, it is terrorism. My favorite course as a law student in OAU was International Humanitarian Law otherwise known as the Law of Armed Conflict. It discusses principally the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols and focuses on crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. World super powers, directly or indirectly, regularly commit the last two? President Obama brazen stated that it was important “not to feel too sanctimonious” about some of the methods America use.

For the certainty that US servicemen will be found liable, the United States has not only refused to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, it is all out to oppose it. Mentioning the United Nations complicates the matter. Its Resolutions, particularly regarding the situation in Palestine, are almost always flouted or disregarded without sanctions. So where is the commitment to world peace? The terrorists are hardened and mean. Many have been brainwashed to have no regard at all for sympathy or love. They have mandates to send as many people as possible to early graves.

Will there be more attacks on the unsuspecting civilian populations particularly in the world’s main cities? I am afraid yes. As long as drones tear up limbs of women and children without repercussions, as long as world powers refuse to open themselves to genuine commitment to international peace and security, as long as there are double standards on the issue of international security, as long as there’s proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as long as peace plays second fiddle to spoils of war.

As I round up, keep this in mind: we may still have many other country flags to use as our temporary profile picture on Facebook. There’s a long walk to peace in the world. That’s if we have begun the walk already.

Muideen Olagunju-Alatede is a lawyer and member of Oyo State House of Assembly.

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of nor its associates

#Parisattacks: 11 Friends Die Side By Side At A Paris Cafe While Celebrating Birthday

A group of 11 friends were killed during a 35th birthday celebration when two gunmen opened fire at La Belle Equipe café , it was reported last night.
They were celebrating the birthday of Houda Saadi, a waitress who worked at the nearby Café des Anges.
Houda had joined by her 36-year-old sister and mum-of-two Halima and her two brothers Khaled and Bashir.
Brother Khaled and Abdallah Saadi

Houda and Halima were killed and Khaled and Abdallah, who miraculously survived unharmed, fought to save their sisters’ lives.
Khaled, who also worked at the Café des Anges, began giving CPR but his attempts were in vain .
One of the sisters passed away on the blood-soaked cafe floor while the other, who had been shot in the head, died later in hospital.

Mum-of-two: Sister Halima Saadi, 36, was also killed

Hero Ludovic Boumbas who sacrificed his life for another woman in the restaurant, Chloe Clement , when he threw himself in front of a bullet.
Chloe, who is recovering in hospital, is said to be so traumatised she keeps repeating her saviour’s name.
Most of the 19 tragic victims at La Belle Equipe were from the birthday celebrations, including five members of staff from the Café des Anges and six of their friends.

Birthday girl: Houda Saadi was celebrating turning 35

Among them was Michelli Gil Jaimez, a 27-year-old Mexican who had lived in Paris for three years and worked at La Belle Equipe. She had become engagned just days before the massacre.
Others who spent their final moments celebrating with Houda Romanian Lacrimioava Pop, known as Lacri, and her partner Ciprian Calciu; Hyacinthe Koma; Djamila Houd, 41; Guillaume Le Dramp, 33; Romain Feuillade, 31; and René Bichon.

Source: Mirror Online 

Nigeria Army Arrest Another Boko Haram Kingpin In Borno

The Nigerian Army on Monday said it had arrested another suspected Boko Haram terrorist kingpin, Mr John Trankil, at Kasuwar Shanu area of Maiduguri.

Col. Tukur Gusau, the Media Coordinator, Operation Lafiya Dole, said this in a statement in Maiduguri.

“Troops of 7 Division Garrison Nigerian Army in Operation Lafiya Dole, made a remarkable progress by arresting a Boko Haram Terrorist kingpin, Mr John Trankil, at Kasuwar Shanu in Maiduguri metropolis.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect said that nine of them sneaked into Maiduguri armed with AK 47 assault rifle each and a Toyota Hilux vehicle laden with 20 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) meant to be detonated at some selected targets in the city,” he said.

“The Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Yusha’u Abubakar, commended the efforts of the troops and renewed call for the troops and the public to be more vigilant and security conscious.

Gusau said that troops of the 21 Brigade of the army had also discovered and IED making factory along Bama-Gonin Kurmi within the outskirts of Bama town in Borno.

“In a related development, troops of 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, while on offensive operations on Boko Haram terrorists location, with the support from the Nigerian Air Force, discovered and destroyed the terrorists IEDs and Rocket making factory along Bama-Gonin Kurmi within the outskirts of Bama town, Borno.

“The items recovered include gas cylinders, welding machine, pipes and poles, locally made rocket shells and large quantity of assorted chemicals.

“Others are; unprimed IEDs and various technical and laboratory equipment suspected to be stolen from school laboratories around Bama before they were dislodged from the area,” he said.




Mother Of Paris Suicide Bomber Says “STRESS” May Have Caused Her Son To Blow Himself Up

The mother of a Paris suicide bomber says her son ‘did not mean to kill anyone’ – and claims he may have blown himself up because of stress.

Ibrahim Abdeslam, 31, launched a solo attack outside the cafe Comptoir Voltaire, close to the scene of the Bataclan concert hall massacre on Friday night.

His brother Mohamed Abdeslam, a former council worker, was arrested in Molenbeek in western Brussels, a day after the attacks in the French capital, in which at least 129 were killed and hundreds more were injured.

Police missed their chance to bring in the third brother, Salah, when he was questioned as he crossed the border to Belgium after the attacks. He is now the object of a massive international manhunt.

Today their mother defended Ibrahim, suggesting his suicide jacket may have done off by accident and said he could have carried out the attack because he was ‘stressed’.

Salah Abdeslam, 26, from a suburb of Brussels known as the 'jihadi' capital of Europe, is now the subject of a vast international manhunt

Salah Abdeslam, 26, from a suburb of Brussels known as the ‘jihadi’ capital of Europe, is now the subject of a vast international manhunt

Incredible footage shows armed officers swarm on at least one man and force him to kneel down as they detain him on a wall as shocked shoppers look on in the St Jans Molenbeek area of Brussels, Belgium, at around 5pm UK time yesterday. It came as Belgian police made seven arrests including five in an district known as a 'den for terrorists'

Incredible footage shows armed officers swarm on at least one man and force him to kneel down as they detain him on a wall as shocked shoppers look on in the St Jans Molenbeek area of Brussels, Belgium, at around 5pm UK time yesterday. It came as Belgian police made seven arrests including five in an district known as a ‘den for terrorists’

Ibrahim Abdeslam, 31, blew himself up in a solo attack outside the cafe Comptoir Voltaire (pictured), close to the scene of the Bataclan concert hall massacre on Friday night

Ibrahim Abdeslam, 31, blew himself up in a solo attack outside the cafe Comptoir Voltaire (pictured), close to the scene of the Bataclan concert hall massacre on Friday night

Speaking outside the family home, the Abdeslam family claimed that they were ‘surprised’ that Ibrahim blew himself up near the Stade de France, even though he had spent time in Syria.

Their mother, speaking to a reporter through her nephew – the bombers’ cousin – on the doorstep of the family home in Molenbeek, told Het Laatste Nieuws that they were sure he had not planned to kill anyone

‘This was not his plan, that’s for sure,’ she said. ‘The fact that his suicide belt exploded without killing anyone says a lot.’

The family added: ‘We even saw him two days before the attacks. There were no signs that they has plans to do anything violent.’

The family admitted he had spent ‘a long time’ in Syria.

‘We were really surprised that Salah was involved. Ibrahim was different. We did see that he had been radicalised, at least in part. But not so much that we ever thought he would commit an atrocity like this.’

Ibrahim's mother has defended her son, suggesting his suicide jacket may have done off by accident and said he could have carried out the attack because he was 'stressed'

Ibrahim’s mother has defended her son, suggesting his suicide jacket may have done off by accident and said he could have carried out the attack because he was ‘stressed’

His mother said that the family was sure Ibrahim had not planned to kill anyone when he detonated a suicide bomb outside a busy restaurant in Paris

His mother said that the family was sure Ibrahim had not planned to kill anyone when he detonated a suicide bomb outside a busy restaurant in Paris

Link: A car linked to the terror attack is towed during a police raid in Brussels' Molenbeek district last night - an area called the 'Jihadi capital of Europe'  - because of the links to a number of historic terror plots

Another family member at the brothers’ home claimed that he would not have wanted to become a suicide bomber: ‘Maybe the explosives went off prematurely by accident. Maybe it was stress.’

Prosecutors have identified Ibrahim, who seriously injured a bystander when he detonated his suicide bomb, as the man who rented a Seat car used in the attacks.

The vehicle was used by the terrorists who murdered diners outside the Casa Nostra pizza restaurant and the La Belle Équipe cafe.

It was found abandoned 20 minutes away in Montreuil with a cache of weapons inside.

The Cafe Voltaire bomb was one of seven deadly attacks carried out by jihadists on a night of bloodshed in Paris.


At least 129 people are dead, and another 352 injured, after three teams of jihadis struck the Stade de France football stadium, a handful of bars and cafes, and then finally the Bataclan concert hall.


  • The attacks began at 8.17pm GMT at the Stade de France where the French football team was hosting Germany in an international friendly.
  • The game was being watched by 80,000 spectators, among them was President Francois Hollande who had to be evacuated from the stadium.
  • The first explosion, a suicide bombing, was at an entrance to the stadium. A suicide bomber approached the gate with a match ticket when he was frisked by a security guard who turned him away.
  • He backed away from the gate and detonated his vest at about 8.20pm GMT near Gate D of the stadium, killing one other person. A passport with the name Ahmed Almuhamed, 25, from Syria, was allegedly found nearby.
  • A second suicide bomber, Bilal Hadfi, 20, blew himself up near Gate H several minutes later. No one else was reported killed. Hadfi is said to have fought with ISIS in Syria.


  • At 8.25pm GMT a separate team of gunmen arrived in a Black Seat and attacked diners at popular Cambodian restaurant Le Petit Cambodge and Le Carillon bar in the trendy Canal Saint-Martin area of eastern Paris, killing 15.


  • The same unit then drove about 500 yards to La Casa Nostra pizzeria and opened fire on diners on the terrace of the restaurant, killing at least five people.
  • From there, the militants drove around a mile south-east – apparently past the area of the Bataclan concert venue – to launch another attack, this time on La Belle Equipe bar in Rue de Charonne. At least 19 people died after the terrace was sprayed with bullets at 8.38pm GMT. The attackers then drove off.
Tearful members of the public view flowers and tributes on the pavement near the scene of the concert hall massacre on Friday

Tearful members of the public view flowers and tributes on the pavement near the scene of the concert hall massacre on Friday


  • Five minutes later, Ibrahim Abdeslam, 31, set off a suicide vest outside the outside cafe ‘Comptoir Voltaire’ on the Boulevard Voltaire and close to the Bataclan theatre. He hired a black Seat car used in the attack.


  • At 8.49pm GMT, the third group (believed to be three men and a woman) armed with AK-47s stormed the Bataclan music hall and began shooting members of the crowd. Survivors claim three blew themselves up and a fourth person was shot dead by police before they could detonate their bomb.


  • At around 8.50pm GMT a third blast took place near the Stade de France, this time by a McDonald’s restaurant on the fringes of the stadium. The boom caused terror among spectators who had already been attempting to flee the stadium following the first two explosions. The attacker who detonated his suicide vest was identified as a 20-year-old French man living in Belgium.
A woman is comforted as she breaks down outside the Carillon cafe and the Petit Cambodge restaurant where victims were gunned down

A woman is comforted as she breaks down outside the Carillon cafe and the Petit Cambodge restaurant where victims were gunned down


  • On Saturday morning, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks across Paris, saying ‘eight brothers wearing explosive belts and carrying assault rifles’ conducted a ‘blessed attack on… Crusader France’.
  • On Saturday afternoon, three people travelling in a grey VW Polo were arrested at the French/Belgian border when police traced the car after it was sighted outside the Bataclan theatre at the time of the attacks.
  • One of the Stade de France suspects was found carrying a Syrian passport under the name Ahmed Almuhamed who travelled to France as a migrant through Greece on October 3. Ferry tickets reveal he travelled with another man named as Mohammed Almuhamed.
  • However, the French minister of justice Christiane Taubira said on Sunday that the passport under the name Ahmed Almuhamed was a fake.
  • Omar Ismaël Mostefai, 29, from Courcouronnes, Paris was also named as a Bataclan suicide bomber. The petty criminal and father-of-one was known to police as a radical and had travelled to Algeria and Syria. He was identified by the fingerprint on a severed digit found after he detonated his suicide belt.
  • Mostefai is believed to have been radicalised by a Belgian hate preacher of Moroccan descent claimed to have regularly preached at his mosque in South West France. His father, a brother and other family members have been held and are being questioned.
  • The black Seat Leon used by the terrorists who murdered diners outside the Casa Nostra pizza restaurant and the La Belle Équipe cafe was found abandoned 20 minutes away in Montreuil with a cache of weapons inside.
  • Seven people were detained in Belgium linked to the atrocities – three at the border and four in Brussels. Five are from the Molenbeek area of Brussels known as a ‘den of terrorists’.
  • Iraqi spies warned the West of an ISIS suicide bomber threat the day before the Paris atrocities, it was revealed on Sunday, as more details of major intelligence failures began to emerge. The US-led coalition in Syria was apparently told by Iraqi security sources that 24 extremists were involved in the terror operation planned in the ISIS capital Raqqa and it would involve 19 attackers including five others including bombmakers and planners. No detail was given of when or where an attack might take place.
  • It has also emerged that Turkey’s authorities foiled a plot to stage a ‘Jihadi John revenge attack’ in Istanbul – involving a high-profile British jihadist – on the same day as the deadly massacre in Paris.
  • From as far back as August, France’s authorities possessed information that militants were said to be planning attacks on French concert halls after a tip-off was received from a 30-year-old man who was detained on his way back from Syria.
  • On Sunday night there were 42 people still said to be in intensive care in hospital following Friday’s terrorist attacks.


  • French police are still hunting for three gunmen on the run, including Brussels-born Frenchman Salah Abdeslam, and an ISIS bombmaker likely to have made the suicide vests.
  • An international arrest warrant has been issued for Abdeslam, 26, who is accused of renting a Volkswagen Polo used by the suicide bombers. He is one of three brothers believed to be at the heart of the eight-strong ISIS cell.
  • It emerged on Sunday night that police found Abdeslam near the Belgian border early Saturday but let him go after he showed them his ID card. Officers pulled over the car being driven by Abdelslam on Saturday morning on the A2 motorway between Paris and Brussels. Two other men were also in the Seat car. At the time, officers in Paris knew that Abdeslam had rented the car used by the killers which had been abandoned near the theatre but the information had not been transmitted to those responsible for conducting the border checks.
  • His brother Ibrahim, 31, blew himself up in a solo attack outside cafe Comptoir Voltaire after renting a black Seat found abandoned today filled with AK-47s and ammunition. A third sibling, named as Mohamed Abdeslam, has been arrested in the Belgian capital.
  • On Sunday evening the French defence ministry announced that the country’s warplanes had bombed Islamic State’s stronghold in Syria’s Raqa, destroying a command post and a training camp, the defence ministry said. Ten fighter jets were involved, dropping 20 bombs.

Minutes after Ibrahim launched his solo attack, another group of militants – believed to be three men and a woman – armed with AK-47s stormed the Bataclan music hall and began shooting members of the crowd.

Survivors claim three blew themselves up and a fourth person was shot dead by police before they could detonate their bomb.

Salah Abdeslam, 26, from a suburb of Brussels known as the ‘jihadi’ capital of Europe, is now the subject of a vast international manhunt – but incredibly he was stopped and then released by officers guarding the Belgian border hours after the attacks.

One of his brothers, Ibrahim Abdeslam, 31, was one of seven terrorists who died on Friday night after he blew himself up in a solo attack outside cafe Comptoir Voltaire. He had rented a black Seat found yesterday in Paris packed with AK-47s and ammunition.

The third sibling, Mohammed Abdeslam, was in custody in Belgium last night after being arrested in a Brussels, where the ISIS terror cell may have met before the raid to gather automatic weapons and suicide vests.

Seven people have been detained in Belgium linked to the atrocities – three at the border and four in Brussels. Five are from the Molenbeek area of Brussels known as a ‘den of terrorists’.

Police revealed today they had found the other vehicle used in the terror attacks – a black Seat Leon - abandoned in the Montreuil area of France. The car is not shown in this photo but smashed glass, believed to be from the vehicle, remains on the floor after it was driven off

Police revealed today they had found the other vehicle used in the terror attacks – a black Seat Leon – abandoned in the Montreuil area of France. The car is not shown in this photo but smashed glass, believed to be from the vehicle, remains on the floor after it was driven off

'Den of terrorists': A police car patrols the Molenbeek district of Brussels today after seven arrests in Belgium linked to the Paris terror attack in the past 24 hours

‘Den of terrorists’: A police car patrols the Molenbeek district of Brussels today after seven arrests in Belgium linked to the Paris terror attack in the past 24 hours

It has emerged that a car rented by Salah Abdeslam was abandoned by the Bataclan Theatre, while a Seat rented by his brother Ibrahim was dumped in Montreull with three AK-47s and some ammunition. Adeslam was questioned as he approached the Belgian border and Sunday morning in a third car which was later abandoned in the Jihadi hotspot of Molenbeek, where he disappeared

French police have said homegrown terrorist Omar Ismaël Mostefai, 29, from Courcouronnes, Paris, was one of the Bataclan suicide bombers where 89 died while Belgian Bilal Hadfi, 20, who had spent time fighting with ISIS in Syria before returning to Europe, detonated his suicide vest at the Stade de France where three died.

One of Bataclan suspects was found carrying a Syrian passport under the name Ahmed Almuhamed who travelled to France as a migrant through Greece and blew himself up at the Stade de France.

Greek ferry tickets reveal he travelled to Europe with another man named as Mohammed Almuhamed.

This morning French security sources claimed the fourth terrorist now identified is Frenchman Samy Aminour, 28, after a series of raids on addresses on the Parisian suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis and Bobigny linked to his family overnight.

Police believe he was a part of the team of four terrorists who killed 89 at the Bataclan rock gig.

He is said to have been known to French anti-terror police since 2012 when he was prosecuted for trying to flee France for Yemen.

The French interior ministry confirmed that anti-terror police conducted 168 raids across the country overnight.

They have arrested dozens of people following the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday.

Heavily armed tactical units launched dozens of raids in Toulouse, Grenoble, Calais and two Paris suburbs.

Wanted man: Serbian media says this is 25-year-old Ahmed Almuhamed, left and right, whose Syrian passport is pictured, who blew himself up at the Bataclan concert hall and is believed to have sneaked into France with another terrorist by posing as refugees from Syria

As the three brothers were identified the latest terrorist was named as Belgian Bilal Hadfi, 20, (pictured) who had spent time fighting with ISIS in Syria before returning to Europe and detonating his suicide vest at the Stade de France

Suspect: Belgian Bilal Hadfi, 20, (pictured) who had spent time fighting with ISIS in Syria before returning to Europe and detonating his suicide vest at the Stade de France and French bomber Omar Mostefai, right, killed himself after he attacked the Bataclan concert Hall

Raid drama: This is Osseghem metro station in the Molenbeek neighbourhood of Brussels where several suspects were arrested yesterday
Masked Belgian anti-terror policemen searched for suspects in Molenbeek area of Brussels in connection with the deadly Paris attacks

Masked Belgian anti-terror policemen searched for suspects in Molenbeek area of Brussels in connection with the deadly Paris attacks

Officers searched the Molenbeek area of Brussels (pictured), which is home to a large Turkish and Moroccan community, after a parking ticket found on a grey VW Polo parked outside the Bataclan theatre in Paris was found to have been issued from the Brussels district

They have arrested dozens of suspects and have seized a cache of weapons including a rocket launcher.

The down-at-heel suburb of Molenbeek in Brussels has been dubbed ‘a den of terrorists’ by Belgian media because it has repeatedly featured in attacks

The Islamist who killed people at a Paris kosher grocery in January at the time of the attack on the magazine Charlie Hebdo acquired weapons in the district.

Ayoub El Khazzani, the man behind August’s foiled attack on an Amsterdam-Paris train, had been staying in Molenbeek with his sister before initiating his strike.

Moroccan-born gunman Khazzani, 26, lived with his sister in Molonbeek, Brussels, weeks before his attempted attack on the Thalys train.

He stayed with his sister, who lives on the same road where two of the arrests were made in relation to the Paris attacks.

Several people spotted El Khazzani in the area where his sister lives in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek.

The sister was questioned by anti-terror detectives in Brussels. Now part of their investigation is around whether El Khazzani and the suspects planned the separate attacks.

ISIS Terrorist That Auctioned Off Young Christian Girls Killed In Russian Airstrike

According to Villi Wilson, this ISIS guy that was pictured auctioning off Christian girls in a slave market – laughing and happy (pic above) – was killed in the Russian airstrike recently. Villi wrote:

“You remember the son of a bitch ISIS guy that was auctioning off christian girls…Yep…Putin got him!!” See a pic of his corpse below…

French Train Attack Hero Stabbed Multiple Times In A Bar Fight

Spencer Stone, one of the men who foiled a terror attack on a Paris-bound train in August, was seriously injured after being stabbed four times in the chest near a gay bar in downtown Sacramento early Thursday morning
Police in Sacramento are searching for two Asian men after hero US airman Spencer Stone was knifed during a fight on a night out with friends in Sacramento.
He suffered a collapsed lung and was being treated in an intensive care unit – but is expected to survive. A 24-year-old woman also suffered minor injuries during the confrontation.
The new video shows the men approaching a vehicle that pulled up on the street. The pair then get in before the car drives off.
His father Brian Stone, the airman’s father, told People magazine:

‘He’s out of surgery and doing well. He’s been upgraded so no longer critical and it looks like he’s going to be okay. All I can say is that this world is not short of idiots.’

A shocking clip of the brawl has also emerged, showing Stone fighting off a group of three men on his own and lunging at them while others attempt to break up them up.
An attacker then appears to pull out a sharp instrument and stab Stone. His shirt appears to turn a dark shade of red as he stumbles away and his attackers disperse from the scene.
A source told the Sacramento Bee that Stone was with three female friends and one male friend and had just left the gay bar Badlands when the attack occurred.
Police are now looking for two adult Asian males who fled in a dark Toyota Camry. In a news conference on Thursday they repeatedly stressed that the incident was not a terrorist act or a hate crime.
Cops have said the attack was not terrorist related and may have been caused by alcohol.
Stone was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center where he is being treated for the serious injuries he received during the assault.
Initially police did not believe that Stone would be able to survive his injuries but he’s now in stable condition.

Nigerian Prisons Deny Rumoured Death Of Charles Okah

The Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) had denied the rumoured death of the alleged mastermind of the October 1, 2010 Independence Day bombing, Charles Okah.


This is contained in a press release by the Prisons Public Relations Officer, DCP Enobore Francis, on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

The statement read, “This is to officially respond to numerous media enquiries over the rumoured death of Mr. Charles Okah in prison custody.

“We wish to categorically state and clarify that Mr. Charles Okah is not dead but alive, hale and hearty under the safe custody of the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS).

“The rumour has no iota of truth and therefore should be discountenanced.”

There were reports of a mild drama at the Federal High Court in Abuja as Mr Charles Okah threatened to end his trial when he attempted to take his life.

Okah, who is standing trial for terrorism, reportedly sought the permission of the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, to air his views over what he termed “endless trial”, due to his lawyer’s absence in court.

Charles Okah, who expressed frustration about the endless trial, ended his emotional statement after about five minutes, reached for a chair in the court and quickly moved towards a window but was overpowered by lawyers and other litigants who prevented him from breaking the louvers.

French President Presents Award Of Highest Honour To Men Who Thwarted Train Attack

French President, Francois Hollande, presented on Monday the country’s highest decoration to four men credited with thwarting an attack on a Paris-bound train, saying that they had prevented “a massacre.”

American friends Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler and a British man, Chris Norman, were received at the Elysee Palace and decorated with the Legion of Honour.

Hollande hailed the four’s “incredible act of humanity,” in jumping into action Friday evening when they saw a Kalashnikov-toting man on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris.

The man, who also had nine magazines and an automatic pistol, was tackled initially by Stone and held until the train reached the next station and he was turned over to police.
He is in custody.

The three Americans, childhood friends on holiday in Europe in their early twenties, wore polo shirts and khakis at the ceremony.
Stone and Skarlatos, who reached the gunman first, are both members of the U.S. military who were in civilian clothes during the attack.

French Train Gunman Dumbfounded By Being Called A Terrorist

The gunman who attacked passengers on a high-speed train in France a couple of days ago is “dumbfounded” at having been taken for an Islamist militant and says he only intended to rob people on board because he was hungry, his lawyer said on Sunday.
As details emerged of the gunman’s early adult life in Spain, lawyer Sophie David said her client now in detention near Paris also looked ill and malnourished.

French and Spanish sources close to the case identified him as a 26-year-old Moroccan named Ayoub el Khazzani who was known to European authorities as a suspected Islamist militant.

“(I saw) somebody who was very sick, somebody very weakened physically, as if he suffered from malnutrition, very, very thin and very haggard,” David said.

“He is dumbfounded by the terrorist motives attributed to his action,” she added.

David said the man was barefoot and wore only a hospital shirt and boxer shorts for the police interrogation in Arras, northern France, where the train stopped after the incident.

The Moroccan told David he had found the Kalashnikov he had taken onto the train in a park near the Gare du Midi rail station in Brussels where he was in the habit of sleeping.

“A few days later he decided to get on a train that some other homeless people told him would be full of wealthy people traveling from Amsterdam to Paris and he hoped to feed himself by armed robbery,” David said.

The lawyer said the Moroccan had untreated wounds on his face when he spoke to her through an interpreter. He also told David he did not think he had fired any shots before his gun jammed.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve however, said on Saturday there had been “several shots” before the Moroccan was subdued by the passengers, who included three Americans.


Many Terrorists Killed As Troops Lay Ambush In Sambisa

Following the sustained air and ground offensive against remnants of Boko Haram terrorists still holed up in bunkers and other hideouts inside Sambisa Forest by airforce fighter aircraft, Nigerian troop’s yesterday succeeded in downing scores of the terrorists who attempted to flee the forest into neighbouring communities.

In this regard, Troops of 26 Task Force Brigade in Gwoza, Borno State, on Tuesday evening engaged Boko Haram terrorists fleeing Sambisa forest as unrelenting aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force continued.

According to a statement signed by Acting Director, Army Public relations, Col. Sani Usman, “The fleeing terrorists in 7 Pick-up vans and some motorcycles mounted with assorted weapons such as Rocket Propelled Grenades and Anti-Aircraft Guns were decisively dealt with, killing quite a number of them”.

“The troops also destroyed their vehicles, weapons and motorcycles. They also recovered a vehicle, 1 motorcycle and 2 AK47 riffles and large quantities of 7.62mm NATO and 12.7mm ammunitions”.

“Troops have intensified their patrols and offensive actions against the terrorists in the area” he added.


Ahmad Salkida Disputes NSA’s Claim Of De-Radicalizing 22 Boko Haram Members

The office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) yesterday told President Muhammadu Buhari, that no fewer than 22 women and girls, recruited as suicide bombers by the Boko Haram sect and another 47 former sect members were now undergoing rehabilitation after voluntarily embracing a de-radicalization programme of the office under the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programme. But Ahmad Salkida with twitter Handle @contactsaldika disputes such claims saying you can only de radicalize people you understand their ideologies and reasons for what they do, and only clerics could achieve such a feat that the NSA seems to be claiming to have achieved Read tweets below.

Al Shabaab Attack Army Camp Killing Several People In Somalia

Several Somali soldiers were killed overnight Sunday when Shebab fighters attacked a base in the southern Kismayo region, officials and witnesses said Monday.

The attack is the latest in a string of assaults by the Al-Qaeda-affiliated insurgents, who last week stormed a base manned by the African Union forces in Somalia (AMISOM), killing dozens.

Heavy gunfire was reported late Sunday for several hours, with the Shebab briefly taking over the camp near Kismayo and beheading some of those captured before looting supplies and leaving, witnesses said.

“There was heavy fighting that left several of the soldiers dead,” said security official Abdirashid Moalim, speaking from Kismayo.

“There were machine guns and rockets, and the fighting ended when the soldiers were overpowered,” said Abdi Bakar, a witness, who said he had seen nine bodies.

The Shebab is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed government which is propped up and protected by the 22,000-strong AMISOM force.

On Friday, the Shebab attacked an AMISOM base in Lego village, 100 kilometres (62 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu, manned by around 100 Burundian soldiers.

The Shebab later boasted of having killed 80 soldiers, and carried off the bodies of 60 of them.

Witnesses reported seeing dozens of bodies, but there has been no formal confirmation of casualties and the toll was not possible to independently confirm.

Under military pressure at home, Shebab is increasingly turning its attention to Kenya where it has launched a string of recent deadly assaults, as well as focusing on guerrilla style warfare in Somalia.

The Islamic militants commonly step up their attacks during Islam’s holy fasting month of Ramadan. On Wednesday six people were killed in a suicide attack in Mogadishu on a diplomatic convoy from the United Arab Emirates.

Men Suspected To Have Killed 148 Kenyan Students in Terror Attack Denied Bail In Court

Five suspects arrested in connection with a terror attack at a Kenyan university that killed 148 people were denied bail yesterday when they appeared before a court in Nairobi for the mention of their case.

Police had accused the suspects of supplying guns to the four gunmen who carried out the deadly attack in April.

The accused, Mohamed Ali Abdikar, Hassan Aden Hassan, Sahal Diriye and Osman Abdi who are thought to be Kenyan or Somali nationals, and Rashid Charles, a Tanzanian national, have denied the charges and were remanded in custody until later in the month when their trial is expected to commence.

While making the ruling, the chief magistrate said granting bail would compromise investigations as security officials were still compiling evidence.

The prosecution has said it intends to call more than 30 witnesses to testify in the case, and the trial is scheduled to begin in earnest on June 24.

After the attack, officials announced five arrests, including three alleged “coordinators” captured as they fled towards Somalia and two others seized at the university compound.

The two arrested on campus included a security guard and a Tanzanian found hiding in the ceiling holding grenades.

It will be recalled during the university attack, the extremists lined up non-Muslim students for execution while Muslim students were spared.

Terrorists Attempt To Blow Up Ancient Egyptian Temples And Pyramids

Egyptian officials say a suicide bomber has blown himself up at the ancient temple of Karnak in Luxor, a southern city frequented by millions of foreign and Egyptian tourists every year.

They say there is no immediate word on casualties from Wednesday’s late morning attack.

They say police have foiled two other suicide attacks also targeting the Nile-side temple, one of the country’s main tourist attractions, While the other bomber targeted the pyramids at Giza.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

More details Later.

Germanwings Plane Crash: Shouting Match Between Pilots ; One Pilot Locked Out Of The Cockpit

It has emerged that one of the pilots flying the German Wings Airbus Jet was locked out of the cockpit and could be heard trying to smash the door down.

Four specialists from Interpol and French detectives are trying to work out why one of the pilots locked himself in the cockpit.
The two pilots on board can be heard shouting at each other in German before the one outside tried to smash the door down.
The Captain had 6000 flying hours while the co-pilot joined Germanwings in 2013 and had only 600 flying hours.
Its not known which of the pilots was outside and which was inside.
With this revelations suspicions are rife to whether there was a rogue pilot who deliberately flew the plane into the French Alps and killed everyone and a terrorist theory is also being considered.
However investigations continue by a team of experts from Interpol and French detectives.

Tony Blair Terrorists’ Target?

A man on trial in London for terrorism had the address of a property owned by former prime minister Tony Blair in his car when he was stopped, a prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Erol Incedal was held for a traffic offence in his black Mercedes in 2013 and a scrap of paper with an address for Blair and his wife was found in his glasses case, Richard Whittam told the court.

During the search, a listening device was planted in the car.

The prosecutor told the jury: “You may think that this address does have some significance”, although he added that this did not mean that Incedal had “settled on a specific target”.