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JUST IN: Indian government orders probe into mob attack on African students

Indian authorities on Tuesday ordered an investigation into a mob attack on several African students near New Delhi, a crime for which seven people have been arrested.

The incident occurred in the Delhi suburb of Noida late Monday when locals staging a protest about the death of a teenage boy turned violent, leading to attacks on African students, mostly Nigerians, shopping in the area.

The attackers alleged the dead boy, Manish Khari, 16, was drugged by Africans who live in the area. He died of a

cardiac arrest on the weekend after a suspected drug overdose.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj promised “immediate action” after a Nigerian student begged her for help, saying

living in the area had become a “life-threatening issue”.

“I have spoken to Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh about the attack.

He has assured that there will be fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident,” she said on Twitter, referring to the state in which the incident occurred.

Noida police chief Dharmendra Singh said four Nigerians were admitted to hospitals and seven locals were arrested for the mob violence.

“Some people tried to give the incident a racial twist and there has been hate-mongering over the social media.

Three hundred people are listed in the police complaint and more arrests are likely soon in raids,” he said.

Attacks on Africans have been reported at regular intervals in India in recent years.

Last May, a Congolese student was beaten to death in Delhi.

Earlier, a Tanzanian student was attacked and partially stripped by a mob in the city of Bangalore.

German police arrest two brothers on suspicion of planning attack at country’s largest mall

Two brothers have been arrested in western Germany on suspicion of planning an attack at a shopping center where a popular Christmas market is taking place near the Dutch border, police say.

Special police units apprehended the two suspicious looking men in Duisburg at about 12:45am local time on Friday, as authorities say they may have been planning to attack the shopping center CentrO in Oberhausen.

‘The 28- and 31-year-old brothers born in Kosovo are suspected of having prepared an attack on the CentrO in Oberhausen,’ an Essen police statement reads.

Two brothers have been arrested in western Germany on suspicion of planning an attack at the CentrO retail complex (file above) where a popular Christmas market is taking place near the Dutch border, police say

Two brothers have been arrested in western Germany on suspicion of planning an attack at the CentrO retail complex (file above) where a popular Christmas market is taking place near the Dutch border, police say

Special police units apprehended the two suspicious looking men in Duisburg at about 12:45am local time on Friday, as authorities say they may have been planning to attack the shopping center CentrO in Oberhause (file above)

Special police units apprehended the two suspicious looking men in Duisburg at about 12:45am local time on Friday, as authorities say they may have been planning to attack the shopping center CentrO in Oberhause (file above)

It's unclear if the men are related to the attack that happened on Monday when a hijacked lorry claimed 12 lives and injured dozens of others when it crashed into a Berlin Christmas market (above)

It’s unclear if the men are related to the attack that happened on Monday when a hijacked lorry claimed 12 lives and injured dozens of others when it crashed into a Berlin Christmas market (above)

‘At the present time, it is determined at high pressure how far preparations have been made and whether other persons are involved.’

Authorities at the CentrO shopping center showed a heavy presence Thursday evening due to the threat of the situation.

‘In civilian clothes and in uniform they controlled the area, clearly visible to visitors and customers,’ police said in Friday’s statement.

Authorities said they are still working to establish how far the preparations for the potential attack at the shopping complex went and if there are other individuals involved.

Acting on a tip-off from the intelligence services, police were deployed to the shopping complex and a nearby Christmas market in the western city of Oberhausen late Thursday, they said.

Carnage: The lorry was deliberately steered into the market, which was packed with shoppers on Monday night. Victims including children were sent flying like bowling pins and crushed under the lorry

Carnage: The lorry was deliberately steered into the market, which was packed with shoppers on Monday night. Victims including children were sent flying like bowling pins and crushed under the lorr

The names of the brothers were not released, and the police provided no further details.

Germany is on high alert following the horrific attack on the Christmas market on Monday in Berlin that killed 12 and injured 49 people.

It’s unclear if the men arrested in Duisburg are connected to the attack on Monday, where the suspect, Anis Amri, 24, is still at large.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the assault — their deadliest yet carried out on German soil.

The CentrO shopping complex in Oberhausen is the largest mall in Germany with more than 250 stores.

It’s located about 25miles from the border with the Netherlands just north of Düsseldorf. 

Militants Attack East Congo As President Kabila’s Term Expires

Militiamen in eastern Congo attacked a prison on Monday, engaging in gun battle with security forces amid heightened tensions as President Joseph Kabila’s last term in office ends.

Report said no election was held to choose a successor to Mr. Kabila , whose mandate had expired and opponents said it was an attempt to cling to power in defiance of the constitution.

Fabrice Kakubuzi, a local activist in the eastern city of Butembo told journalists that “since early morning on Monday, there have been incursions by the Mai Mai militia.

“They wanted to liberate prisoners at the central prison.

“They want to take advantage of the day to liberate prisoners,’’ Mr. Kakubuzi said.

A police spokesman said the militiamen were trying to loot but had been pushed back by security forces.

A presidential election was postponed until April 2018 because of logistical and financial problems and some opposition leaders agreed that Mr. Kabila could remain in office until then.

The constitutional court has also ruled that Mr. Kabila, who had been the country’s president since his father was assassinated in 2001, can stay on.

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Hackers Attack Website Of Ghana’s Election Commission

Hackers yesterday targeted the website of Ghana’s electoral commission as votes were counted after tightly contested elections.

The commission said the website was up again, and an attempt to put up “fake results” failed.

In a tweet, it urged people to ignore the “fake results” circulating on social media.

Also yesterday, tension, confusion and suspicion greeted the exercise, as the umpire, Electoral Commission (EC), was silent over the outcome. Results were yet to be officially announced at the time of filing this report. However, about 80 per cent of the results had been declared from the 29,000 polling booths nationwide.

The development contradicts the smooth election environment that has been prevailing in the country since return of democratic dispensation in 1992.

Expectedly, the suspense created extreme tension in the country yesterday as security was beefed up to curtail untoward incidents although the exercise had been peaceful except pockets of misunderstanding in a few places.

However, the Ghanaian media had since midnight Wednesday been announcing the results declared by returning officers from most of the polling booths which put Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo ahead of the incumbent, John Dramani Mahama, hours after voting, but the tallies must be officially certified by the electoral body.

The commission’s delay in announcing the results yesterday forced Akuffo-Addo, the candidate of the largest opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP) to address a press conference where he claimed victory.


Army, Militant Group Disagree Over Attack On NPDC Pipeline In Delta

There are conflicting claims by the Army and the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) over an attack on a delivery line operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) at Otu-Jeremi, in Delta State.

The NDGJM, through its spokesman Gen. Aldo Agbalaja yesterday claimed the attack on the 42-inch NPDC delivery line, while the military joint force in the Niger Delta code-named Operation Delta Safe based in Bayelsa State debunked the militants’ statement.

The acting spokesman for the force, with headquarters at Yenagoa, Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Otuji, said there was no truth in the NDGJM claim. He said: “It was a case of bush burning, which ignited the old pipeline,” urging the public to disregard the statement.

Otuji, who spoke on phone with The Guardian said: “Gentleman, it was a case of bush burning that ignited an old pipeline, no such attacks.”

NDGJM, however, insisted it would not be deterred by military offensive in the region to halt its pipeline attacks, threatening to fight on “till the last man is alive.”

Meanwhile, indigenes of Okpai and neighbouring communities in Ndokwa East Local Government Area, Delta State have protested against what they alleged as illegal oil prospecting by Sterling Global Oil.

The protest followed an attempt by the company to lay pipes right under their doorsteps, allegedly with the help of the 222 Battalion of the Nigerian Army.Speaking through the Secretary of Okpai National Union, John Nwanosike, they said yesterday that they had resolved to stop the company until it respected the rights of the local people.

Lamenting that the oil firm had been operating in the last 10 years without environmental impact assessment, Nwanosike urged the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and Nigerian Petroleum Investment and Management Service (NAPIMS) to call the Indian firm and its Nigerian collaborators to order.

Efforts to get the company’s response to these allegations however proved abortive. The Public Relations Officer of Sterling Global Oil, Mr. Emeka Nwachukwu, who earlier promised to speak with The Guardian after a meeting with the company, refused to either pick his calls or reply to text messages sent to his mobile phone.


Gunmen Attack Oil Facility, Kill Four NSCDC Officials

Gunmen have killed four Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps guarding a facility operated by the Nigerian subsidiary of Italian group Eni, local and security officials said Wednesday.

Four members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, a paramilitary agency of the government, were killed on Monday at the installation at Omoku, near the oil hub of Port Harcourt,  they said.

They were shot dead by gunmen in military camouflage, they said.

“The (security) operatives had engaged the gunmen in a fierce gun battle on realising that the intruders were not military men,” state NSCDC spokesman Michael Oguntuase told AFP.

A community leader in Omoku who did not want to be named, confirmed the incident.

“Dressed in camouflage, they came in a speed boat at about 6:40pm on Monday, exchanged gunfire with the operatives, leading to the death of four,” he said.

He said an unspecified number of NSCDC personnel were wounded.

Officials at Agip, the local subsidiary of Eni, were not immediately available for comment. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Since the start of the year, several militant groups, Including the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), have bombed pipelines and facilities operated by oil companies, including Shell, Chevron, Exxon, Eni and state-run NNPC in the restive oil-producing south.

The attacks have slashed Nigeria’s oil output, hammering government revenue at a time of global low prices.

Nigeria is currently struggling to come out of a recession since August.

The attacks on oil infrastructure have continued despite government’s peace moves.

Niger Delta Avengers Claim Attack On Nembe Pipeline

Niger Delta Avengers 9NDA) have claimed an attack on Nembe Creek Trunk Line pipeline in Bayelsa State. The pipeline is operated by Agip, Oando and Shell.

The militant group said on Tuesday that the attack was carried out as a response to ‘Operation Sharkbite’ recently launched by the Nigerian Navy in the Niger Delta to curb piracy and enhance the security of critical oil facilities in the region.

“At about 11.45pm November 15, 2016, our Elite Strike Team 03 struck Nembe 1, 2 and 3 truck line operated by Agip, Oando and Shell with supply capacity of 300,000 barrel per day to Bonny export terminal in Bayelsa State,” Niger Delta Avengers’ spokesman Mudoch Agbinibo said in a statement.
Agbinibo insisted that ‘Operation Sharkbite’ was an affront to the people of the region, claiming the operation was instigated by a few politicians who wanted to undermine the effort of “the Nigerian state to addressing the legitimate demands of the people of the Niger Delta.”

According to Agbinibo, ‘Operation Sharkbite’ “a conspiracy to bloat the accounts of some security contractors and conflict merchants within the party structure of the APC.”

The group, which in August said it would halt hostilities to pursue talks with the government, said on Sunday it had resumed attacks because of the continued presence of the army in the region. Earlier this month, the president met local community leader to hear their grievances.

The NDA, which wants more energy wealth to go to the swampland region which is the source of most of Nigeria’s oil, said on its website its strike team attacked the Nembe 1, 2 and 3 branches of the pipeline.

But Agbinibo said his group was interested in a genuine peace deal. “We want the peace with honour,” he said. “We don’t want the Peace of Our Time.”


Niger Delta Avengers Weakened as JTF Foils Another Attack on Chevron Escravos Pipeline in Delta

President Muhammadu Buhari wednesday held a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Senate.

The president also met separately with Senators from the South-east.

The senators at the meeting, held at the president’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, were led by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
After the meeting with the lawmakers, they exited while Buhari held a personal meeting with Saraki.

The meeting came about a week after the Senate rejected Buhari’s request to borrow $29.9 billion from external sources.

The lawmakers, across party divide, rejected the application without debate, saying it did not come with relevant information such as purpose, means of repayment and among others.

Speaking with journalists after the meeting, Ekweremadu said: “For us from the South-east, we believe that dialogue is better than any other form of engagement. So we decided to visit the president and present to him some of the concerns of the South-east including the issues of roads, general infrastructure: the rail, airports. We also discussed the issue of security with him and of course the issue of Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB.) We had a good conversation with the president, and he promised to look into the issues.”

The Chairman of the South-east Caucus in the Senate, Eyinnaya Abaribe, who was also at the meeting with the president, said the South-east caucus came to see the president over raging issues in the region.

He said: “This is the South-east caucus in the Senate and we came to see the president because of the issues we have in the South-east.

“We had a fruitful discussion with the president. He has promised us that he is going to look into the problems of region.

“We know that there are problems everywhere but we also believe that the South-east is the zone that is far much shortchanged at this time than other zones.

We also talked about the issue of appointments from the South-east, especially with respect to the National Security Council. The president also told us that governors of the South-east have also engaged him on the same problems we engaged him on.

“There is a concerted effort from the people of the South-east to be sure that we engage with this government meaning fully.

“We are reassured with the response we got from the president and we look forward to further interaction with him in this manner.”

Others in the delegation were: Sam Egwu, Hope Uzodima, Andy Uba and Chukwuka Utazi.

Credit: ThisDay

Berlin Bomb Attack Plan Suspect Commits Suicide In Custody

A Syrian refugee suspected of planning a bomb attack “with Islamist motives” on a Berlin airport has strangled himself to death with his shirt in detention, Saxony state justice officials said Thursday.

Investigators believe that 22-year-old Albakr, who arrived in Germany last year, was close to staging a terrorist attack. German police have said that Albakr’s “approach and behavior” suggest an ISIS link.

“On the evening of October the 12th, 2016, Jaber Albakr, the prime suspect in planning a serious attack against the state, took his life in the prison hospital of the Leipzig correctional facility,” the ministry said in a statement on its website, also confirming the news to CNN.
The Saxony Justice Minister Sebastian Gemkow told reporters that Albakr had strangled himself with his shirt but it was not immediately clear if he had hanged himself in his cell.
Gemkow said Albakr had been seen by a psychologist earlier in the day, but it was assessed that suicide was unlikely.
Authorities then decided to reduce its checks on him from every 30 minutes to every 15.
Albakr was on a hunger strike and refused to drink, Gemkow said, adding that authorities tried to resuscitate him for about half an hour after they found his body.

Angry Youth Attack Shi’a Members, Torch Leader’s Home In Kaduna

Angry youth in Tudun Wada, Kaduna, on Wednesday morning torched the home of Mukhtar Sahabi, a leader of the Shi’a Islamic sect, along Zango Road.

A resident who was at the scene confirmed the incident.

The youth, believed to be residents of the area, attacked some members of the Shiite sect who were living in the house.

“I was wondering what was going on this morning when I saw youth in hundreds setting the house on fire,” said the witness. “Before the security operatives could come all of them had gone.”

Sahabi Mukhtar is the leader of the Shia sect in Kaduna and is popularly called the governor.

The area has been cordoned by security operatives.

“We are standing at distance to see what next is going to happen. But there is peace around the area,” the witness, who preferred to remain anonymous, said.

The attack came a day after a standoff between soldiers and members of the group, outlawed last week by the Kaduna government.

Worshippers had gathered to commemorate historical events associated with the Islamic month of Muharram that are particularly significant in the Shia calendar, UK-based Islamic Human Rights Commission, said earlier Tuesday in a statement.

Later, the gathering was encircled by armed troops.

The standoff ended later in the night after the troops withdrew.

The military activity around the area earlier on Tuesday was reminiscent of the run-up to the massacre last December of hundreds of supporters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria by the army and the arrest of its leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.

Mr. Zakzaky remains in government custody.

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Niger: Dozens Of Soldiers Killed In Refugee Camp Attack

At least 22 soldiers have been killed in Niger after unknown assailants attacked security forces guarding a camp for Malian refugees, according to Prime Minister Brigi Rafini.

The attack on Thursday targeted a camp in the village of Tassalit in Niger’s Tahoua region, around 525km northeast of the capital, Niamey.

“We received information of an attack on the camp in Tassalit. For the moment we are told there are 22 dead, but that is not a total death toll,” Rafini said in comments broadcast on state-run television TeleSahel.

“The death toll could increase.”

The prime minister gave no further information concerning the identities of the attackers, or whether any civilians had been killed or wounded.

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Army Confirms Boko Haram Attack On Another Borno Village

The Nigerian Army, yesterday, confirmed a Boko Haram attack on Kwang and Boftari villages in Borno State, on Monday.

One member of the vigilante group in the area was said to have been shot during the attack while the terrorists fled with gunshot wounds.

Acting Director of Army/Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, who made this known in a statement, yesterday, said “suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists, scavenging for food, attacked Kwang village and vigilantes from Dagu (which is about 4 kilometres from Kwang), responded and repelled the attack.”

Usman, who said soldiers have since been deployed to the area with clear orders to pursue and deal with the insurgents, disclosed another group attacked Boftari, which is about 15 kilometres from Chibok town.

“On receipt of the information, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, stationed in Forward Operation Base Chibok, mobilised to the area. The troops encountered Boko Haram’s ambush site shortly before Kuburmbula village. They quickly cleared the ambush and proceeded to Boftari.

“Unfortunately, the insurgents had set some houses on fire and fled. The troops put out the fire and are currently on the hunt for them.

“It is imperative to state that contrary to rumours flying around, no life was lost. Additionally, there is no presence of the insurgents in any of the villages, talk less of hoisting flags as alleged.

“The troops have continued to  maintain high level of vigilance,” said Usman.


Nigeria Police Attack Zakzaky Supporters- Report

Nigerian police have attacked a protest rally by Shia Muslims demanding the release of Nigerian Shia leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.

The Thursday demonstration was met by police action, which included the security forces firing teargas canisters at supporters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), led by Zakzaky, local media reported.

Late last year, the Nigerian military carried out a crackdown against IMN members, accusing them of blocking roads and trying to assassinate Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai in the northern city of Zaria. The movement says it was simply holding a religious procession.

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Herdsmen Attack Another Enugu Community

Fulani herdsmen, yesterday, made good their threat when they attacked Aku community in the Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State.
They kidnapped two villagers while another is feared to have been killed.
Reports from the community revealed that the herdsmen attacked some farmers in their farm, kidnapped two of them just as one person is feared to have died in the attack.
The attack comes five months after a previous one in Ukpabi, Nimbo, in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state, on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
The midnight raid by suspected Fulani herdsmen left over 15 people including a National Youth Service Corps member and elderly men, dead.
During his visit to the community, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi broke down in tears.
Last week, traditional rulers and leaders of Aku community, raised fresh alarm over threats by the herdsmen to  avenge the alleged theft of 300 cows and slaughtering of about 10 others by unknown persons in the area.
Addressing a news conference in Enugu, the six traditional rulers of Aku, including the chairman Aku Traditional Rulers’ Council Igwe V.O Attah, expressed concern over a certain comment said to have been made in the presence of the Divisional Police Officer in the area, by one Alhaji Sadiq, about an imminent attack on the Aku Community.
They had urged relevant authorities to accord the threat  the gravity and urgency it deserved.
The community leaders recalled that on September 8, 2016, Alhaji Sadiq, one of the leaders of the Fulani herdsmen in the South East, raised the alarm that youths from Aku attacked herdsmen camp near Aku Town, robbed them of N10, 000, butchered 10 cows and proceeded to steal 300 cows.

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US Blames Russia For Attack On UN Aid Convoy In Syria

The United States has blamed Russia for an airstrike that targeted a UN aid convoy near Syria’s Aleppo province on Monday, shortly after the Syrian military ended a ceasefire due to recurrent breaches by terrorist groups.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that at least 18 of 31 Syrian Red Crescent trucks carrying UN-provided food were destroyed in an airstrike in Aleppo’s Urm al-Kubra region.

Washington quickly held Moscow responsible for the attack, arguing that the Russian military was in charge of making sure that a shaky ceasefire, brokered earlier by the US and Russia, stays in place.

“The destination of this convoy was known to the Syrian regime and the Russian federation and yet these aid workers were killed in their attempt to provide relief to the Syrian people,” US State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

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Syria: UN Suspends Aid Delivery After Convoy, Warehouse Attack

The United Nations is suspending its aid operations in Syria after a deadly attack on a convoy and warehouse carrying life-saving supplies in rural Aleppo on Monday night, a UN spokesperson said, leaving tens of thousands of people without desperately needed food and medicine.

“At the moment [the] aid operation remains suspended while we assess and reevaluate the situation on the ground,” the spokesperson said, adding aid convoys planned had come to a halt.
The convoy of 31 trucks was carrying life-saving aid to around 78,000 people when it was attacked near the embattled city of Aleppo, the United Nations and aid organizations said.
Officials from the UN and US said they were “disgusted” and “outraged” by the incident, which according to the UN saw 18 of the trucks in the convoy hit.
Twelve people involved in the aid delivery were killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based organization that monitors the conflict in Syria.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks and it is unclear whether the convoy was hit by an airstrike or shelled.
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NAF Destroys New Boko Haram Camp, Repel Attack On Troops

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday destroyed a new camp being operated by the Boko Haram sect between Malam Fatori and Kangarwa in northern Borno State.

The attack which was conducted overnight followed an intelligence report that survivors of a similar NAF Mi-17 helicopter attack on August 20 had converged at the new location.

According to the Director, NAF Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, the post-strike Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) mission also revealed that surviving Boko Haram insurgents converged at the new location.

This was followed up by series of follow-up Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that led to the latest strike.

Famuyiwa said: “The air assault is expected to further degrade the capability of the insurgents while fostering the creation of the necessary enablement for own ground troops to operate.”

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Enugu Herdsmen’s Attack: Senator, Others Call For State Of Emergency

Angry voices have continued to rise over last Thursday’s attack, by suspected Fulani herdsmen, on Ndiagu Attakwu community in Nkanu-West Local Government Area of Enugu State that left a seminarian and a woman dead, and three others critically wounded.
With the reported death of the second victim of the attack, the Councillors’ Forum, an association of former and current Councillor’s in the state has called for an immediate ban on grazing in the state.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after their visit of the community, leader of the Councillors Forum Hon. Chidiebere Oko, noted that the situation has become so serious that it should no longer be treated with kid gloves.
“Just as we condemn the act, we cannot continue to fold our arms not knowing what tomorrow has in stock. This is getting out of hand and it is time to act. We have, thus, decided as a body, to call for an immediate ban on any form of grazing across the length and breadth of Enugu State.” Oko said.
He called on the state House of Assembly to urgently make a legislation outlawing grazing in Enugu State “be it by Fulani people or any other person for that matter.”
Reacting to the attack, the Senate Committee Chairman on Communications, Gilbert Nnaji, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on activities of herders in the country, while others, including the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), and Igbo Ohanaeze Media Forum have called for various measures ranging from introduction of bills criminalising indiscriminate grazing to outright ban of buying and selling of cow meat by the Igbos.
The Senator, while condoling with families of the victims, warned that until governments at all levels recognise the menace as a national concern, all the public outcries would amount to nothing.
He added that apart from ensuring that the perpetrators of this dastardly act are brought to book as a deterrent to further attacks, the Federal Government should come up with stringent measures to tackle the issue once and for all, in the interest of the country.
The senator had made a similar call while contributing to the motion, at the senate in April this year, on the massacre of the people of Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani LGA of Enugu.
Describing the killings as callous and provocative, the Civil Liberties Organisation, (CLO), South-East Zone, urged the governors of the states that make up the zone to sponsor bills in the state Houses of Assembly that would make it a criminal offence for herdsmen to engage in indiscriminate grazing within the zone.
A statement signed by the South-East zonal Chairman of the body, Comrade Aloysius Attah, described the incessant killings by herdsmen as an act of barbarism and terrorism against Igbo people.
In its own reaction, Ohanaeze Media Forum (OMF), the umbrella body said to be made of Igbo journalists called on Ndigbo in every part of the country to shun cow meat as a way of registering their displeasure over the incessant killing of their kits and kins by Fulani herdsmen.
In a communiqué issued at the end of their emergency meeting in Lagos and signed by Chidiadi Elendu and Ngozi Emedoluibe chairman and secretary respectively, the body called on traditional rulers in the South East to ban the use of cow meat in any festival activity in Igbo land.
“When everybody begins to shun cow meat the herdsmen would realize that they no longer have business in Igbo land and would leave,” it noted.

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3 Dead, 120 Wounded In Eastern Turkey Police Headquarter Attack

At least three people were killed and another 120 injured on Thursday in a car bomb attack on a police headquarters in eastern Turkey, a local security source said.

The explosion, blamed by Defence Minister Fikri Isik on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), happened in the garden of the four-storey building in Elazig.

Images on Turkish television showed severe damage to the building, with a large plume of black smoke rising from the headquarters.

Elazig is a conservative nationalist bastion and has been spared much of the violence that has struck the restive Kurdish dominated southeast.

Defence Minister Fikri Isik blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for the attack during an interview with the state-run Anadolu news agency.

“We will thwart the PKK like we thwarted FETO,” he said, referring to Fethullah Gulen who Ankara blames for the attempted coup last month.

The PKK has kept up its assaults in recent weeks after the unsuccessful July 15 coup by rogue elements in the military aimed at unseating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Eight people — five police and three civilians — were killed on Monday in a PKK car bomb attack on a police traffic control building on a highway leading southeast from Diyarbakir.

Two policemen and a civilian were killed in an attack on Wednesday night in Van, another city in the east.

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Robbers Attack NAN Office, Cart Away Valuables

Armed robbers on Thursday invaded the Jos Zonal office of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), broke all the offices and carted away valuable items.

The robbers, who scaled the office’s fence around 3.30 a.m., tied the security man on duty before carrying out their operations.

Among the items stolen were NAN’s official camera, a Nikon D300, three HP laptops, two digital cameras, a voice recorder and many other personal effects of some staff.

Yakubu Umar, the security man on duty, told our correspondent that he was on a routine patrol of the compound when he noticed the robbers breaking windows from behind the main building.

“They immediately grabbed me, beat me up and tied me down.

“After tying me down, they embarked on their operation while I writhed in pains.

“It was after they left that I managed to crawl to the gate; my cries drew the attention of security men guarding other offices at the other side of the road, who later reached out to my colleagues,’’ he said.

The Zonal Manager, Ephraims Sheyin, described it as “very shocking”.

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London’s Mayor Calls For Calm After London Stabbing Attack

London’s mayor appealed for vigilance and calm Thursday after a stabbing spree in the heart of the city that left one woman dead and five injured.

Police arrested a 19-year-old suspect and said that early indications suggested that “mental health was a factor in this horrific attack.”

However, in the context of a string of recent attacks in Europe, authorities said they were keeping an open mind and that “terrorism remains one line of inquiry being explored.”

London police’s counter-terror chief Mark Rowley said there would be “an increased presence on the streets” of the capital on Thursday, including armed officers — an unusual sight in Britain.

Police arrested the teenager after reports of a stabbing spree in Russell Square, a quiet area close to several popular tourist attractions including the British Museum.

Paramedics fought to save the life of a woman believed to be in her 60s but pronounced her dead at the scene. Two women and three men were also injured but no details have been released about their condition.

The suspect himself was taken to hospital after being immobilised with a Taser electroshock gun.

Xavery Richert, 22, a French tourist staying in a youth hostel on the square, told AFP: “I was buying a beer when I heard a woman shouting who was being chased by a man.

“I thought it was a bag snatching … she was not hurt. I came out for a cigarette, I went back, there were firefighters, police, and then I saw the body under a sheet. You could only see the feet sticking out.”

Russell Square resident Constantine Somerville said: “It’s such a safe area and very quiet especially at night — why would somebody commit an attack in such a quiet area?”

Credit: Guardian

Army Foils Boko Haram Attack, Kills Five

Five Boko Haram members were killed as Nigerian troops thwarted an attack near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the epicentre of the seven-year insurgency, the army said on Tuesday.

“Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE accompanied by Civilian JTF successfully thwarted an attempt by Boko Haram terrorists on Yauri community at the outskirts of Maiduguri city, Borno State,” said a statement by army spokesman Sani Usman.

During the incident, which took place on Monday, five insurgents were killed and a cache of arms and ammunition, including two AK-47 rifles and a machine gun, were recovered, he said.

With the help of regional forces, Nigerian troops have recaptured a range of territories and driven the insurgents into remote areas in the Lake Chad region.

Boko Haram, which seeks to impose strict Islamic law in northern Nigeria, has killed some 20,000 and displaced more than 2.6 million people since 2009.

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We Will Attack Avengers If Dialogue Fails– Army

The Nigerian Army has said it would attack the Niger Delta Avengers if government’s effort to dialogue with the group and other militant groups fails.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Tukur Buratai declared this yesterday at the inauguration of newly built ultra-modern 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army headquarters complex and an Olympic-size swimming pool in Port Harcourt.
Buratai urged militant groups in the Niger Delta region to explore democratic means to make their needs known rather than resorting to violence.
“Government is still committed to dialogue, and whereby this cannot go on, then, we could resort to other means.
“The non-kinetic (force) means has always been the first before government can resort to the kinetic means.
“So, there is need for the Niger Delta Avengers to see reason and dialogue with government,” he said.
Buratai, who was represented by Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Enugu, said the military would provide security for July 30 legislative rerun election, if need be.
He said the Army was faced with shortage of accommodation, offices and other infrastructure needed for optimal performance by troops.
The Chief of Army Staff informed current intervention effort in renovating dilapidated structures and building new ones, despite challenges of dwindling national resources.

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Six Killed In Suicide Attack At Mosque In Borno

Six people were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in Damboa, northeast Nigeria, the army said, in the latest violence to hit the restive region.

Nigerian Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said the attack happened at about 5:15 am (0415 GMT) in the town of Damboa, some 90 kilometres (56 miles) southwest of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

He blamed the attack on “two Boko Haram terrorists”.

“The first suicide bomber targeted Damboa Central Mosque but due to stringent security measures he could not gain entry. Obviously frustrated, he exploded and died near the central mosque,” he added.

“However, the second bomber veered off and gained entry into another smaller mosque and detonated the bomb, killing himself and six other worshippers and injuring one other person.

“The wounded have been evacuated to a hospital while efforts are on to clear the rubble. Troops and other security agencies have been mobilised to the area.”

The attack is the latest against a mosque in northeast Nigeria and the wider Lake Chad region, as part of a campaign of violence by the Islamist group against civilian “soft” targets.

On June 27, two would-be suicide bombers were killed in Maiduguri, as they tried to target an overnight Ramadan vigil at a mosque on the Damboa Road.

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Firebomb Attack Outside Australian Mosque

Firebomb attack outside an Australian mosque while worshippers were at prayer was condemned Wednesday by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with one Islamic leader calling it a “hate crime”.

No one was injured in Tuesday night’s blast which destroyed a car parked outside a mosque and Islamic college in the Perth suburb of Thornlie.

“It is believed an accelerant was used to start the fire,” Western Australian police said in a statement, adding that three other vehicles were damaged in the incident.

“Anti-Islamic graffiti was located spray painted on a wall associated with the college, near the damaged vehicles.”

The mosque’s Yahya Adel Ibrahim said the community in Perth had been visited “by hate” but would not retaliate by “hating and playing blame games”.

“This, undoubtedly is a criminal act of hate, but it is the act of a person or group not the greater whole,” he said on Facebook.

“Despite what just transpired, everyone stayed to finish their prayers, refusing to give into the terror that had just occurred.”

Anti-Islam sentiment became more prominent in Australia last year as concerns mounted over homegrown extremism and citizens travelling to Iraq and Syria to support jihadist groups.

But Turnbull, who faces a general election on Saturday, said Australia had a fundamental foundation of mutual respect.

“I deplore and I cannot condemn strongly enough any attacks of that kind,” he told radio station 6PR.

Australian Islamic College executive principal Abdullah Khan said while the attack came as a shock, he had been reassured by the support from the community.

At the last national census in 2011, Muslims made up less than three percent of the overall Australian population of 24 million, with the overwhelming majority of the country identifying as Christian.

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Fresh Militants’ Attack In Ikorodu Communities

Gunmen suspected to be militants were said to have invaded Igbolomu and Ishawo areas in Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos State.

According to eyewitnesses who escaped from one of the invaded areas, said the gunmen from the Niger Delta came through water channel since yesterday and started shooting sporadically.

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Police Confirm Attack On Shell Facility In Imo

The police have confirmed an attack on a facility belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) at Awarra, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo.

Andrew Enwerem, the police public relations officer in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Owerri that the police received report of the attack in the early hours of Thursday.

Mr. Enwerem could not disclose the extent of damage done to the facility or the group that carried out the attack.

Precious Okolobo, spokesman for SPDC said “the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP), which runs through Awara, Imo State at the Assa-Rumuekpe line, has been shut for repairs since June 8, following a leak at Okolo launch, Bonny in Rivers State.

“We are investigating the reported incident at Awara’’, he said.

A source in Awarra community told NAN that the incident occurred at about 5.30a.m.

It said the explosion created huge flame at the site and could not confirm if there was loss of life.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Hollande Condemns ‘Cowardly’ Terror Attack On French Police

French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday called the killing of a policeman and his partner by a man claiming allegiance to Islamic State (IS) a “terrorist act” and warned France still faced a serious threat.

The attack is the first deadly strike in France since the coordinated attacks on Paris by an Islamic State cell in November in which 130 people were killed.

Hollande said the 42-year-old policeman and his partner, who were attacked at their home northwest of Paris overnight, were “murdered in cowardly fashion.”

“It’s unquestionably a terrorist act,” Hollande said, stressing that France, which is currently hosting the Euro 2016 football championships was still “facing a very significant terrorist threat.”

Sources close to the investigation identified the suspect, who was killed in a police raid, as Larossi Abballa and said he was convicted in 2013 over his role in a jihadist group with links to Pakistan.

The sources later confirmed that the 25-year-old assailant was also part of a more recent investigation into a network recruiting jihadists for the fight in Syria.

During failed negotiations with police that ended with elite RAID officers storming the house, the attacker claimed he was also acting on behalf of IS.

He repeatedly stabbed the policeman and then killed his partner, who was found with knife wounds to her neck.

The couple’s three-year-old son was found after the police operation, “in shock but unharmed,” a prosecutor added.

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Despite 50 Killed At Orlando Gay Club, Many Still Flood LGBT Pride Event

Following the carnage that unfolded at the Pulse nightclub in which 50 clubbers lost their lives, thousands of Americans poured into the streets of West Hollywood to take part in an LGBTQ pride event.

19-year-old singer Hailee Steinfeld led the charge of celebs who made sure to still attend Pride events across the country despite a mass shooting targeting the LGBTQ community earlier that morning.

She was joined by stars including Danny DeVito, Carly Rae Jepsen and Kelly Osbourne at the LA
Pride parade in West Hollywood, California,on Sunday.

Dedicating her performance to the 50 dead and 53 injured in the Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub shooting, the teen danced and sung her heart out.

The teen wrote on Twitter: ‘There is no better reminder that love conquers all than joining the LGBTQ community at LA Pride tonight.

‘I could have danced all night in celebration of our freedom and equality. In memory of the victims this weekend, we stand with you and your families.’

Shell Probing New Claim Of Nigeria Pipeline Attack

Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary said on Friday it was investigating a claim by the Niger Delta Avengers that it had struck another pipeline in the restive oil-producing south.

“We are investigating reports of an attack on our pipeline in the western Niger delta,” Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) spokesman Precious Okolobo told AFP, without elaborating.

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), blamed for a wave of bombings on Nigeria’s oil infrastructure since the beginning of the year, earlier claimed responsibility for the attack.

“At 3:00 am today (0200 GMT Friday), @NDAvengers blow up the SPDC Forcados 48? export line,” it said on its Twitter account.

The attack was carried out because Shell had refused to heed earlier warnings not to repair the pipeline, which was damaged in February, it added.

The NDA, which says it is seeking a fairer share of Nigeria’s oil wealth for the Niger delta people, has asked oil majors to leave the region.

It has also attacked facilities operated by US firm Chevron, Italy’s Eni and the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The army said on Thursday that six people, including two soldiers, were killed when militants attacked a boat belonging to the NNPC in the region, but the NDA denied involvement.

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Militants Kill Two Soldiers, 5 Others In Boat House Attack

Militants have attacked a military house boat at Ejere Junction, a creek in Warri South council area of Delta State, killing seven people, including two soldiers.

The killings have heightened the tension in the oil-rich Niger Delta where oil facilities have been attacked. Nigeria’s output has been badly affected.

It was gathered that five boats, loaded with heavily armed insurgents, stormed an isolated boat house, located inside the creek around Omadino, an Itsekiri community, at about 8:00pm and opened fire on the occupants, killing all those onboard, except a civilian, who reportedly died on the way to the hospital.

There was no claim of responsibility for the Wednesday attack.

A community source said the attack happened at about 8:00pm. He said all occupants of the boat, whom he thought to be soldiers, were killed.

“An army security house boat was attacked and all the security men inside were killed last night at Omadino, by pipeline, here. This happened around 8 in the evening,” he said.

Another source, from one of the military formations in Warri said those in the house boat were not all soldiers. There were civilians, who rendered various types of services aboard.

A military source from Warri, who confirmed the development, told said that two soldiers and five civilians died in the attack. He said most of the men stationed at the house boat had gone on pipeline patrol when the attackers came.

According to the source, although outnumbered by the assailants, the soldiers who were left on the boat when the attackers came gave their best, ensuring that the assailants did not leave without a bloody nose.

He said: “The report is true. They came in five speed boats. They were many and, unfortunately, when they got there, some of the soldiers were on pipelines patrol. When the attackers got there, the man on sentry did his best, but, unfortunately, because of their number they opened fire to kill the civilians inside the house boat. There were four civilians and two soldiers, making six.

“The seventh person, who happened to be a civilian, was rushed to Oghara (the Delta State University Teaching Hospital). Getting to Oghara, they found out that the hospital was on strike. Before he could be rushed back to Warri, his situation had deteriorated. You know the distance between Warri and Oghara; that was how he gave up the ghost.

“Our people also got some of them down, but as they wouldn’t like to leave any of their casualties behind, we can’t ascertain, but the soldiers tried their best in reducing their number”, the source said.

The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Benin, Captain Jonah Unuakhalu, in a statement, said two soldiers were killed, one injured, another one missing and four civilians rendering services on the house boat, were also killed.

“At about 5:50pm on 1 June 2016, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) Houseboat deployed at Ejere junction in Warri South Local Government Area was attacked by suspected armed militants group. The suspected militants approached the Houseboat in five (5) speed boats mounted with 250 horse power engines and disguised as normal commuters. During the deliberate attack, two soldiers were killed, one wounded, one soldier missing while four civilian officials attached to the house boat were shot dead. The attack occurred when other members of the troops were on pipeline patrol.

“The Brigade condemns the attack on our personnel carrying out their constitutional duties and other innocent employee. The Brigade will not be deterred by such dastardly acts, but will remain resolute in discharging its constitutional duties. Furthermore, those who carried out the criminal acts will surely be sought, apprehended and brought to justice,” the army spokesman said.

At the Warri Central Hospital, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mrs. Success Obere, confirmed that the bodies of some military men and civilians were brought to the morgue, but could not give the exact number.

It was, however confirmed that three soldiers and four civilians were deposited at the morgue.

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Scores Killed As Terrorists Attack Villages In Taraba (Viewer Discretion)

Terrorists in the guise of  herdsmen yesterday attacked Angai and Ndole villages in Gashak Local Council area of Taraba State, killing several persons.

Following the incident, a large number of the local population has reportedly fled to the neighbouring Cameroun Republic and nearby local council areas.

Though the exact number of casualties are yet to be confirmed by the authority, sources said that no fewer than 44 persons, have been feared killed with several numbers of houses and domestic animals burnt to aches.

Confirming the disaster, the Police Public Relations Officer, Joseph Kwaji, agreed that there was an attack by the herdsmen, but could not ascertain the numbers of persons killed.

According to him “It is true that there was an attack by the herdsmen, but for now, I don’t have the full details of the crisis, so I can not tell you the number of casualties now.”

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Youths Attack Lawmaker Over Failed Promises

The member of the All Progressives Congress representing Awe-South state constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr. Yahaya Rilwanu, has been attacked by some youths who alleged that he did not deliver the dividends of democracy to them.

The youths were said to be APC members from Ribi town.

It was gathered that a fight broke out between the supporters of the lawmaker and the angry youths who demanded the dividends of democracy from the lawmaker.

The crisis allegedly followed an altercation between one of the youths on the entourage of Rilwanu and one of the Ribi youths. Rilwanu, who confirmed the attack, however, said the youths were merely expressing their grievance.

He said, “What happened was not really an attack. It was one of my political rivals who want to contest in 2019 that went and induced some youths in the area to attack me.”

One of the youths on the entourage of the lawmaker sustained an injury on the head even as it took the intervention of some elders of Ribi to stop the fight from escalating.

The angry mob accused Rilwanu, who is popularly known as Equity, of not providing them with the dividends of democracy which he promised during his electioneering.

“No single borehole, school or any structure put in place by Rilwanu in any of the wards of his constituency. We regret voting him into office,” one of the youths lamented.

It was learnt that a similar attempt to attack him in Azara where he hails from was stalled by the intervention of some elders in the town.

A member of the APC from Azara, Mr. Adamu Abubakar, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, said that a meeting was held between some selected elders of the community and Rilwanu – with a view to making him live up to his electoral promises.

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Benue Leaders Flay Buhari, Army, Police, Gov, Others Over Agatu

A joint meeting of all Benue socio-cultural groups and religious leaders has flayed President Muhammadu Buhari, Army, Police chiefs, and the state governor for failing to visit Agatu and other besieged Benue communities after the mass attacks and killings in the communities by suspected Fulani militia.

They contended that the action smacked of insensitivity and care free attitude on the part of the leaders to the plight of the people of the state. A communique issued in Makurdi at the end of a combined meeting of the Mdzough U Tiv, the Idoma National Forum and the Omi Ny’Igede, on the killings and wanton destruction of property of Benue indigenes by Fulani herdsmen, they expressed worry at the delay in setting up of the Presidential Investigative Panel as promised by President Buhari. Among others, the meeting had in attendance, the Catholic Bishop of Gboko Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Williams Avenya that of Katsina-Ala Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Peter Adobo.

Part of the communique read, “the inability of the President, the nation’s Army and Police Chiefs, and the Governor of Benue State to visit the worst affected communities of Agatu and other areas where recent mass murder attacks were carried out for on the spot assessment of the level of devastation indicates lack of seriousness deserving of the crisis. The delay in setting up the Presidential Investigation Panel promised by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is also becoming worrisome.

“The proposed Town Hall Meeting by the Federal Government is not only diversionary, but a deliberate ploy to downplay the degree of attention and seriousness that should be accorded the invasion of our land.

“We reject the Federal Government’s proposal at this time, but insist on Judicial Commission of Enquiry to unravel the root cause(s) of the massacre of our people. We advise that all relevant government agencies saddled with the responsibilities of home land security begin the process of disarming Fulani herdsmen across the country to avoid a counter arms buildup by helpless communities in self defence.”

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15 Feared Dead As Suspected Herdsmen Attack Another Village In Benue

The incursion of suspected herdsmen into parts of Benue State took a worrisome dimension yesterday afternoon when they stormed Tombo in Buruku Local Government Area of the state, killing no fewer than 15 persons in a bloody shootout.

It was learnt that the marauders, who razed parts of the community, took over the deserted villages. According to a source, who spoke on phone from the besieged community, “as I speak with you the people are shooting sporadically and the villagers are fleeing.

“The situation in Tombo at the moment is scary and we are helpless; it is as if we are in a war situation where the mission of the invaders is to occupy and take over our villages.

“It is a pathetic situation because corpses litter the community. Though one cannot give a specific number of casualties, it cannot be less than 15. I know it could be huge because many have been wounded as bullets continue to fly around.

“The people are also burning houses, farms and food stuff as they move into the villages in what looked like a well-coordinated attack.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Moses Yamu, who confirmed that seven persons had been killed, said the incident occurred at about 3p.m. Yamu disclosed that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Paul Yakadi, had led a team to the crisis zone to ascertain the cause of the renewed clash.

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5 Killed In Another Boko Haram Attack In Borno Village

Three operatives of a local vigilante force helping soldiers in the fight against Boko Haram were on Tuesday killed by a bomb planted on the road by members of the Islamic insurgent group, an official said Wednesday.
Two civilians from Huyum village in Askira Uba Local of Borno state were also killed in an ensued shootout between surviving vigilante operatives and ambushing members of Boko Haram, the official said.
The spokesperson for the Vigilante Group in Borno state, Abbas Gava, told journalists on phone that his colleagues were in a patrol vehicle when they stepped on an explosive device in Huyum village.
“It was in the afternoon of Tuesday when our members in Askira Uba local government area were going on patrol, oblivious of the ambush attacked planned by Boko Haram, their vehicle stepped on a bomb buried in the middle of the road,” said Mr. Gava.
“Three of our members were killed instantly while others engaged the terrorists in shootout. The terrorists opened fire on fleeing villagers and two persons were killed.
“As I’m talking to you now, our members have joined soldiers in hot pursuit of Boko Haram who were fleeing towards Sambisa Forest,” said Mr. Gava.

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Nine Dead In Renewed Agatu Community Attack

Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, today (Tuesday) confirmed the killing of nine indigenous farmers in a renewed attack on several Agatu communities by armed herdsmen dislodged by security forces on Sunday evening.

The attack lasted for over three hours, according to the Governor, who spoke to journalist shortly after inaugurating a committee on renewable energy.

He added that apart from the lives lost, a number of Agatu villages were burnt to the ground.

Governor Ortom assured the people of Agatu that he is working with the Nasarawa State government to ensure that the security threats is nipped in the bud.

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Troops Foil Boko Haram Attack On IDP Camp, Kill 26

Military troops have killed 26 suspected members of dreaded Boko Haram sect in an attempted failed attack on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno state. The IDP camp in Dikwa with a population of over 40,000 refugees has witnessed series of attacks by insurgents recently. Unfortunately, sources said, a soldier, civilian JTF member and some IDP members also lost their lives in the fresh encounter that took place in the early hours of Wednesday.

In an email message to our Correspondent, Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said, “Following dislodgement of Boko Haram terrorists camps in the border towns of Kumshe and Talala by joint operations of Nigerian and Cameroonian forces, the terrorists made a futile attempt on Dikwa early today. Col. Usman said, from all indications, the terrorists aimed at causing havoc at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp located at Dikwa. However and unknown to the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists, the Armed Forces Special Forces in blocking positions decisively dealt with the terrorists; killing many, recovered vehicle, arms and ammunitions. “Unfortunately, we lost  a soldier and a member of the local vigilante (Civilian JTF) during the encounter, while 3 soldiers and 4 Internally Displaced Persons sustained injuries. A military vehicle was damaged by a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) suicide bomber. “The troops recovered 26 bodies of the Boko Haram terrorists, while others escaped with

“Unfortunately, we lost  a soldier and a member of the local vigilante (Civilian JTF) during the encounter, while 3 soldiers and 4 Internally Displaced Persons sustained injuries. A military vehicle was damaged by a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) suicide bomber. “The troops recovered 26 bodies of the Boko Haram terrorists, while others escaped with

“The troops recovered 26 bodies of the Boko Haram terrorists, while others escaped with gun shot wounds, destroyed 3 VIED, 1 MBIED and 2 Gun trucks.  The gallant troops recovered 1 Gun truck mounted with an Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1 Dushka Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1 Browning Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Tube. Others include 1 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), 4 AK 47 Rifles, 3 RPG Bombs, 36 Hand Grenades, 1 Smoke Grenade and 8 AK-47 rifles magazines. “The troops also recovered 236 rounds of 12.7mm ammunitions, 396 rounds of 7.62mm ammunitions and 101 rounds of 762mm (Special), ammunitions. The casualties have seen been evacuated while the troops have been pursuing those terrorists that  escaped with gunshot wounds”. The statement added.

“The troops also recovered 236 rounds of 12.7mm ammunitions, 396 rounds of 7.62mm ammunitions and 101 rounds of 762mm (Special), ammunitions. The casualties have seen been evacuated while the troops have been pursuing those terrorists that  escaped with gunshot wounds”. The statement added.

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Boko Haram Strikes Again, Kills 6 In Fresh Borno Village Attack

Six people were reportedly killed while one person sustained gunshot injury when suspected members of Boko Haram sect invaded Goniambari village in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno state.

The insurgents, according to sources also burnt down some houses and vehicles using Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and petrol bombs before looting foodstuffs and livestock.

The incident according to a fleeing resident, Mallam Modu Abari took place on Monday between 6:30pm to 7pm.

Goniambari village is south and 15 kilometres from Beneshiekh, the council headquarters of Kaga Local Government of the state. Kaga is  about 80 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital.

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Fierce Gun Battle As Soldiers Repel Boko Haram Attack On Borno Village

Residents of Dalori, a village barely few kilometers to the Borno State capital have been thrown into panic over a gun battle between soldiers and suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

Sounds of heavy gunfire filled the air late evening causing panic among residents of the university area and other residential areas closer to Dalori.

Spokesperson for the Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Mustapha Anka, has confirmed the incident saying the situation had been brought under control.

Details of the extent of the attack is still sketchy.

Dalori is home to more than 20,000 internally displaced people evacuated from Bama local government of the state.

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One Killed In Boko Haram Attack In Yobe

Boko Haram Islamists killed a civilian and torched his house during a raid on a village in the northeastern Nigerian state of Yobe, a police spokesman said on Monday.  Travelling in all-terrain vans, they raided Babban Gida village around 01:00 am (GMT) Sunday and fought a gunbattle with soldiers. The insurgents stole two police vehicles but were eventually driven out, Toyin Gbadegesin, Yobe state police spokesman told AFP.

“The terrorists ?initially shot dead a man and burnt his thatched hut on the outskirts of the village,” Gbadegesin said. “They attacked the police station where troops engaged them in a fight which forced them to retreat”. Babban Gida, which lies 50 kilometres from the state capital Damaturu, has ?been repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram extremists, whose six-year insurgency has claimed over 17,000 lives and displaced 2.6 million from their homes.

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How Suspected Terrorists Attack Six Villages In Adamawa

It has been a deadly attack in Adamawa State as suspected Boko Haram militants raided five villages in Girei Local Government of Adamawa State, leaving at least 15 people dead.

This attack came just as President Muhammadu Buhari had said that the war on Boko Haram has been significantly won and gave assurances that everything possible would be done to keep the terrorists away from reclaimed villages.

There had been earlier reports that suspected herdsmen carried out the attack but eyewitnesses sid that about 300 suspected terrorists carried out the attack.

They said that there was an exchange of fire between the Nigerian military and the attackers who were forced to retreat into the bushes.

After the attack, six villages comprising Koh, Demsare, Tabongo, Fawure, Noyine and Ndikajam had been completely razed by the marauders.

Survivors were seen going through the rubble in hope of finding remains of dead relations and property.

Sources also said that the DPO of Viniklang Police Division was killed during the attack.

Officials of NEMA, ADSEMA and the Red Cross were on site recovering dead bodies and assessing the level of damage done.

Security situation had become calm following the deployment of men of the Nigerian Mobile Police force to the area.

A community leader in the area, Mr Phineas Elsha, told Channels Television during a phone interview that leaders of the community, who were acting on information, had told security operatives that the attack was in the offing before the attackers struck.

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See How Much Nigeria Is Losing On Gas Pipeline Attack

The Federal Government has announced that it is losing a huge sum of N470 million daily following the militant’s attack on the Escravos gas pipelines in the Niger Delta last weekend.

Besides, the repairs of the pipelines would cost the government N120 million to function again.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Hakeem Bello, the damage done to the pipelines would have far reaching effects on the power situation in the country.

The statement read: “As security agencies intensify the search for culprits behind the act, it has been established that the weekend’s attack on the Nigeria Gas Company’s pipeline connected to Chevron Nigeria Limited’s facility at Escravos, will impact negatively on the Olorunsogo NIPP plant (capacity 600MW), and other Power Plants.

“The sabotaged gas pipeline which contributes to the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) has led to a loss of 160mmsfcd of gas daily. At a cost of $2.50 per thousand scf, this loss means about $400,000 loss to the country on a daily basis (N78, 800,000 daily) in gas volume. This is in addition to losses to be incurred daily from affected Power generation ($1,988,223 or N391, 680,000 daily). The total daily loss to the country is therefore estimated at N470, 479,931. Repairs of the damaged pipeline is estimated as costing ($609,137 or N120, 000.000).

“The real sector of the economy has also been counting its losses as some cement companies around Olorunsogo like Ewekoro and Ibese are also affected.

“The latest incident has occurred just as the Federal Government through the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, along with allied agencies has been making concerted efforts to improve gas supplies to the Power Plants. Such efforts led to previously offline plants like Ihovbor and Sapele coming back online and the subsequent output making up for the loss in power. The pipelines are being actively monitored for further attacks or other unforeseen impacts.

“Available records show that six incidences of vandalism from December 2014 to February 2015 which affected the Trans Forcados Pipeline (at Oben, Sapele, Oredo) and Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (CNL) led to a loss of 1,100 MMscfd. According to industry experts, a loss of 200 MMscfd is equivalent to a Power reduction of 700MW.”

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Boko Haram’s Plan To Attack Bauchi Uncovered

Security agencies are on the alert following intelligence reports of possible Boko Haram attack in Bauchi State.

The insurgents, according to the intelligence reports, are planning to enter and strike Bauchi, having been pushed from their base in Sambisa forest by the renewed military onslaught.

This was disclosed during a two-day workshop on the Roles of Private Guards in Curbing Insurgency in Bauchi State organised by the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in collaboration with the state government.

According to findings of intelligence gathering, the insurgents plan to infiltrate the state using the private guards disguised as fruits sellers, thus the workshop is to sensitise the private guards.

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How Commercial Sex Workers In Delta Attack Customers Over Unpaid Bills

Pandemonium broke out on Saturday at the popular cable point base of commercial sex workers in Asaba, Delta State when some commercial sex workers went berserk and allegedly attacked their customers over unpaid bills.

At the wake of the melee, it was reliably gathered that the commercial sex workers had resolved to increase their charges and had warned their customers who do not   want to comply to steer clear of them but this was not to be as the victims claimed they were not put in the know of their new charges.

Eye witness, Ngozi Njeh said that a round of sex which used to be   N1,000.00 was increased to N2,000 while a night often called ‘Day Break’ which used to be N5,000 was increased to N8,000; a situation the victims commercial sex workers.

It was further gathered that trouble started when the victims entered into one of the brothels (name with eld) as usual. At negotiations with the commercial sex workers, they agreed to pay for a night at N8,000 each.

Anabel Onweh, one of the commercial sex workers said “the victims agreed to pay us N8,000 each and we took them in, after using us, the following morning they were giving us N4,000 as against our bargain and we decided to attack them and beat them mercilessly because we know what brought us to this brothel’’.

Investigation revealed that the victims were allegedly subjected to drinking private part washing water after their clothes were torn and injuries inflicted on them before Police at the A-Division came to their rescue.

At the A-Division Police Station, an officer who gave his name as Raphael (Surname withheld) said “we moved into the brothel with our men when we heard a shouting match between the commercial sex workers and their customers and on interrogation we discovered the customers refused to pay their bills and the matter was resolved amicably.”

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Buhari Denies Receiving $300,000 Compensation From Jonathan For Boko Haram’s Attack On Convoy

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to claims he received a compensation of $300,000 from former President Goodluck Jonathan after Boko Haram terrorists attacked his convoy in Kaduna last year.

In a statement by Femi Adesina, his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr. Buhari said he received “nothing untoward, illegal or tending to corruption” from Mr. Jonathan before or after the attack.

The statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to reports making the rounds, especially on internet-based media, that President Muhammadu Buhari received $300,000.00 and up to five armoured SUVs from the Office of the National Security Adviser in the aftermath of the attack on his convoy in Kaduna last year.

“We unequivocally deny that President Buhari received $300,000.00 or any monetary compensation whatsoever from the Jonathan Presidency or any of its officials, in the aftermath of that attack, or at any other time since then.

“While it is true that one armoured SUV and one untreated SUV were sent to the President in the aftermath of the attack, the vehicles were in keeping with his entitlements as a former Head of State under the Remuneration of Former Presidents and Heads of State (And other Ancillary Matters) Decree of 1999.

“Section 3, Sub Section 1 of that Decree provides that three vehicles will be provided for former heads of state and replaced every four years.

“There was therefore nothing untoward, illegal or tending to corruption in former Head of State Buhari and Presidential aspirant, as he then was, receiving vehicles, to which he was statutorily entitled , from the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

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Herdsmen Kill 14 In Fresh Plateau Attack

Suspected Fulani herdsmen , Sunday night,  invaded the Kwata, Zawan area of Jos South local government killing about 14 people, all of them women and children.

The Spokesman of Operation Safe Haven, Op SH, Captain Ikedichi Iweha who confirmed the incident on phone said, “12 women and children were killed in the attack and we are still investigating the incident.”

Vanguard gathered that the attackers stormed the village which is few kilometers away from the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS at about8.30pm, holding villagers hostage and shooting sporadically.

But the Op SH spokesman stated, “What happened at Kwata was a reprisal attack. Two Fulani men were killed at Wereng village in Riyom local government area of Friday. We are looking for the village head of the community for questioning.

“12 people who are women and children were killed at Kwata, we got a call at about 8:30pm, our troop got to the scene at about 8:43 but the attackers had already fled but we are investigating the incident.”

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DSS Alerts Abuja Residents Of Planned Attack By Boko Haram

The Department of State Services (DSS) has alerted Abuja residents over plots by Boko Haram militants to attack Churches, Mosques and Markets, using girls to bomb those places.

A memo by the Director of Security Services, Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Ibrahim, is urging religious bodies to put their members on the alert.

The memo addressed to the National Presidents of Jama’atu Nasril Islam and the Christian Association of Nigeria asked residents to report suspicious elements around places of worship to the authorities.

On Friday, unidentified suicide bomber detonated explosives during a Shia Muslim procession in Kano, killing 21 people and injuring several.

The blast took place in the village of Dakasoye, about 51km south of Kano.

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8 Die In Borno Suicide Bomb Attack- Police

At least eight people have been confirmed dead in a suicide bomb attack that took place in Mafia, a town in Borno State.

Borno state police commissioner, Mr. Aderemi Opadokun, has confirmed the blast in a text message to our correspondent.

He stated: “Yes, at about 1040 hrs of Sunday, 22/11/15, a suspected  female suicide bomber while approaching Mafa checkpoint on foot at Galimari Village  detonated an IED strapped to her body in the midst of a crowd trying to enter Maiduguri.

“The explosion killed eight persons including the bomber, eight others were injured.”

“Scene of the incident was visited, the victims and corpses conveyed to hospital and investigation in progress and the area is now safe.”

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All Hostages Of Mali Hotel Attack Freed

Mali’s Interior Minister, Salif Traore, has said that all hostages held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, have been freed.

Malian special forces entered the hotel after Islamist gunmen stormed the building shooting and shouting “God is great!” in Arabic.

The US-owned hotel is popular with foreign businesses and airline crews.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but al-Qaeda affiliated militants have previously carried out attacks in the Sahel based country.

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Army Foils Fresh Boko Haram Attack On Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army has said that it has foiled a planned Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri, using powerful assault rifles and home-made bombs.

Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman, stated this in a statement made available yesterday.

He said, “Nine terrorists sneaked into Maiduguri armed with AK-47 assault rifles and (a) Hilux vehicle laden with 20 improvised explosive devices”.

According to him, the IEDs were “meant to be detonated at some selected targets in the city”.

But Usman did not elaborate in the statement about potential targets and refused to comment further when contacted by AFP to ask whether the nine suspects had been arrested.

But he added: “We will let you know at the conclusion (of a preliminary investigation) what exactly they wanted to do.”

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Women Suicide Bombers Kill 3 In Cameroon Mosque Attack

Three people died in a fresh attack on a mosque by two women suicide bombers Monday in northern Cameroon, a region repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram Islamists, residents and security sources said.

“A (woman) kamikaze blew herself up near a mosque in Fotokol. A second one was neutralised and killed. It was obvious the two suicide bombers were targeting the mosque,” a local source told AFP.

“Three civilians also died,” added a security source who asked not to be named.

The attack was similar to others in the remote region bordering Lake Chad claimed by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, and occurred 24 hours after two suicide bombers left two dead and 14 injured across the border in Chadian town Ngouboua on Sunday.

Both Ngouboua and Fotokol have come under attack several times from Boko Haram fighters in the past.

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Maiduguri Bombed Again In Friday Morning Attack

Three female suicide bombers on Friday, attacked the Umarari Bayan Waya area of Mulai Village in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), leaving at least seven people feared killed and 17 others injured.

The blast was reported to have occurred around a few minutes past 5am when Muslim faithful were getting ready for the early morning prayer, reports Channels TV.

The explosion claimed the lives of the suicide bombers and four others while 17 injured are currently receiving treatment at the Specialist Hospital.

This is coming barely 24 hours after many worshippers were feared dead in a bomb explosion in a mosque around Mulai area of Maiduguri.

The bomb went off when worshippers were observing their Magrib prayers.

Dozens of worshippers were killed when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the mosque, witnesses said.

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Suspected Terrorists Attack Military In Kogi Again

The Nigerian Army said, on Wednesday, that two suspected insurgents and a soldier were killed during an attack on troops on cordon and search operation in Okene, Kogi State.

A statement by the acting spokesman of the army, Colonel Sani Usman, in Abuja, said that a cache of arms and ammunition were recovered in the operation.

“Our troops on cordon and search in the general area of Enike Mosque, Okene, Kogi State, were attacked by some suspected terrorists at about 5.30 a.m. on Wednesday.

“The troops responded and two of the attackers were killed. In addition, a rocket-propelled grenade and empty cases of expended ammunition were recovered.

“Unfortunately, we lost a soldier while another sustained gunshot wounds,” Usman said.

The spokesman said that the situation had been brought under control and urged the people of the area to go about their normal businesses.

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Taskforce Alerts On Plot To Attack Jos

Special Task Force in Plateau State, Operation Safe Haven, OPSH, has alerted the citizenry of plan by terrorists to attack Jos, the state capital, and environs.

While calling on citizens to be on alert, the security task force urged them to pay particular attention to public spots such as motor parks, relaxation areas, markets, mosques and churches, among others.

A statement signed by Media / Information officer of OPSH, Captain Iweha Ikedichi, and made available to journalists at the weekend in Jos, said the action became necessary in view of security intelligence at its disposal.

Iweha said: “This is sequel to specific intelligence, which revealed the intention of members of Boko Haram terrorist group to carry out an attack on Jos metropolis.”

According to him, security operatives have consistently foiled attacks by the terrorists for two weeks running, ensuring increased presence of security personnel around identified flashpoints…”

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Female Suicide Bombers Attack Maiduguri

Multiple female suicide bombers, yesterday evening, sneaked into Sageri, Ajilari and other communities on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State capital, and detonated bombs which left scores dead and many injured.

Ajilari ward, which is on outskirt of Maiduguri, had two days to Sallah, witnessed a suicide bomb attack which left over 100 people dead with 97 seriously injured.

The multiple explosions in Sageri and Ajilari occurred simultaneously at about 7:30p.m., after which men of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, responded with their artillery fire power.

A source close to the scene at Sageri said that the female suicide bombers who sneaked into the area on tricycles, detonated their explosives at a popular public gathering near at tea seller joint (Mai Shai).

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Suspected Boko Haram Attack In Borno Kills 9

Gunmen believed to be Boko Haram fighters Sunday killed at least nine people in Borno State in a trademark raid that also left 10 people injured, the police have said.

“Today (Sunday) at about 2a.m. suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked Mailari village, (in) Konduga Local Government Area,” said Borno State police spokesman, Aderemi Opadukun.

“Nine persons were reported killed while 10 were injured. The injured victims are now being treated at University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital,” he told reporters.

No further details were immediately available about the attack, which came after nearly 140 people were killed in a series of bombings in the Borno State capital Maiduguri and Monguno penutimate Sunday.

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NSA Warns Of Likely Boko Haram Attack On Lagos Ports

The office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, has issued a security alert on the likelihood of Boko Haram attack on Lagos seaports.

The alert was as a result of the concern expressed by the United States Embassy on the security situation at the nation’s seaports.

The security alert was signed by Assistant Comptroller General of Customs in charge of Enforcement and Intelligence, Mr. Dan Ugo, on behalf of the Comptroller General, Col. Hameed Ali (retd).

Following the security alert, the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has begun the restriction of persons into its various commands and formations in Lagos.

The development has brought about an increase in the level of security checks at all access points into the ports.

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Robbers Attack The Sun MD At Gun-Point

Robbers yesterday night attacked and robbed The Sun Managing Director and Editor-In- Chief, Mr. Eric Osagie at Iponri, Surulere on his way to his Ikoyi residence from work.

Shortly after the incident occurred, Osagie narrated how the dare-devil robbers smashed the glasses of his official Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and made away with valuables including credit cards and ATM cards.

He recounted how the Prado was “blocked on both sides by two articulated vehicles (popularly known as trailers) and suddenly, the hoodlums appeared from nowhere and shattered the glasses and made away with my bag containing cash, wallets, international passport and other valuables yet to be ascertained. “Everything that is of value to me was in that bag. I really don’t know where to start from…” he added.

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Boko Haram Horsemen Attack 3 Villages, Kill Nearly 80

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback shot dead nearly 80 people in attacks on three villages in the North-East at the weekend, a vigilante and residents told AFP on Monday.

The attacks were the latest bloodbath in the six-year-old insurgency by the extremist group aimed at carving out an Islamic state in the volatile region.

Babakura Kolo, a vigilante fighting Boko Haram, said 68 people were killed in the attack on Baanu village in Borno state late on Friday while residents said another 11 people were shot dead in two other villages on Saturday and Sunday.

“Reports reached us of an attack on Baanu village late Friday where Boko Haram gunmen riding on horses opened fire on the village. Sixty-eight people were killed in the attack,” Kolo told AFP.

He said the gunmen stormed Baanu around 8.30 pm, shooting sporadically.

Baanu resident Aisami Ari who fled the attack to the state capital Maiduguri on Saturday, also confirmed the attack and the death toll.

“The attackers came on horses around 8.30 pm and began shooting sporadically. The whole village was thrown into confusion and everybody fled. We returned after they had gone and found out they had killed 68 people in the village,” he said.

“Most of us left the village on Saturday for fear of a fresh attack,” he added.

A government official, who demanded anonymity, however put the death toll in Baanu at 56.

Kolo also said four people were killed in another attack by the Islamists in Karnuwa village on Saturday. “They shot dead four people in the village, including the chief imam of the village, his son and two neighbours,” he said.

Local resident Saleh Musa told AFP of a third attack on Hambagda on Sunday where they killed seven villagers and injured five others.

“The attackers arrived on horseback around 2:00 pm while people were praying in the mosque. They went straight to the mosque and opened fire on worshippers,” said Musa who later fled to the nearby town of Askira Uba.

“They killed seven people, while five others were injured. I was late for the afternoon prayers and I was at home preparing to go to the mosque and join in the prayers when the attack happened.”

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Police Foils Sea Pirates’ Attack In Bayelsa

Bayelsa Police Command yesterday said its Marine Division in Southern Ijaw local government area of the state had repelled an attack by sea pirates on a passenger boat in the area.

Mr. Asinim Butswat, an ASP and spokesman of the Command, said in a statement that the attack occurred on August 28 at Gina-Gbene area of Southern Ijaw.

According to the spokesman, an AK-47 assault rifle and live ammunition were recovered from the pirates who abandoned their 75 Horse Power speedboat and fled into the creeks.

Butswat assured that efforts were being intensified to arrest the fleeing pirates, explaining: “On August 28, about 0820 hrs, the Bayelsa State Marine Police, stationed at Koluama, in Southern Ijaw local government area, repelled some suspected sea pirates attacking a passenger boat around Gina-Gbene, in Southern Ijaw local government area. “The Pirates ran into a nearby Creek, abandoned their speed boat mounted with 75HP Yamaha Engine, with the inscription ‘DEEP SEA MARINE’.”

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Pirates Attack Boat, Abduct 3 In Bayelsa

Unidentified gunmen suspected to be sea pirates on Wednesday, attacked two passenger boats and kidnapped three persons along the Ogbia to Brass waterways in Bayelsa.

Asinim Butswat, Police Spokesman for Bayelsa Command, confirmed the development on Thursday but said that details were still sketchy, “I am waiting for details.”, Butswat said.

It was learnt that the abducted victims were two Okpoama community Chiefs, identified as Chief Blessing Wagio and Chief Isaac Akono-Igolo, as well as a security man whose identity could not be ascertained.

The victims’ boats reportedly left the Ogbia water front at about 2pm on Wednesday for Brass, when they came under attack around Kiberibio area of the Ogbia-Brass waterway.

A staff of the state Ministry of Education heading to Brass, a naval officer and a former Chief Librarian in the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Chief Jigekuma Ombu-Kieri, escaped the attack unhurt.

An eyewitness in one of the boats, Mrs Kilete Arum, also told said that she saw an unidentified man lying face down in the pirates’ speed boat when they were being dispossessed of their valuables.

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Two Suicide Bombers Attack Village During Osinbajo’s Maiduguri Visit

Two suicide bombers, male and female, today blew themselves up outside a village in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, at the time the vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbanjo, was visiting the city, witnesses and security sources said.

VP Osibanjo arrived Maiduguri at about 10:45 am.

He was in to assess the security situation in the state capital, to visit the Internally Displaced Persons camps, before proceeding to Yola, another northeast Nigerian city plagued by Boko Haram insurgency, on a similar? mission.

The two suicide ?bombers blew themselves up in Mulai barely an hour after the VP arrived the city and was going about his assignment.

Mulai is located on the Southwest flank of Maiduguri, while Dalori IDP camp is located about 30km at the southeast axis of the city.

Witnesses said the first bomber, a female, suspected to be in her teens, had explosives planted around her body, concealed with her garment.

She was seen near the main gate of Mulai General Hospital, 10 kilometers southwest of Maiduguri.

Samaila Babayo, a witness, told journalists, “I saw the woman while she was trying to find her way into the hospital. She covered herself with a Hijab and wanted to enter the hospital but was forced to stop while approaching the facility.

“I strongly suspect that the explosives in her body were remotely controlled because while guards at the gate of the hospital were shouting at her, we heard a loud bang and that was all, she was completely torn to shreds by her own explosive,” he said.

Al?most immediately, the second bomber, who was riding a bicycle arrived a spot near the perimeter fencing of the hospital and immediately detonated the explosive on him.

One of the security operatives at the hospital said, “The two bombers wanted to enter the hospital, one was a lady and the other a man of about 20 years who rode on bicycle through the back of the hospital.

“But when the gate guards denied them entry, the explosions in their bodies detonated and killed them,” he said.

Witnesses said no one was injured in the two blasts because they were sent back by the security guards.

Mato Abdulmuminu, a trader who has a stall across the road opposite the hospital, said “from the way the lady was advancing towards the hospital, it was immediately suspected that the lady had a sinister motive. The people began to shout at her so she began to turn back and then the bomb went off. The second bomb blew almost immediately”.


UPDATE: 27 Killed In Tunisian Hotel Attack- Interior Ministry

Nearly 30 people, mostly tourists, have been killed and tens of others injured in an attack by unidentified armed men on a tourist resort in the central Tunisian town of Sousse.

Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said two assailants opened fire on a beach resort near hotels in Port El Kantaoui tourist complex, located 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) north of Sousse on Friday.

According to the Tunisian official, 27 people were killed in the shooting assault.

An exchange of gunfire reportedly broke out between the attackers and security forces. Reports say one of the gunmen was shot dead and the other managed to flee. Aroui said most of the victims in the “terrorist attack” were tourists, without specifying their nationalities. However, local media said those killed were mostly German and British nationals. No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the act of terror yet.

Tunisia has been on high alert since March 18, when a group of gunmen attacked the national Bardo Museum in the capital Tunis, killing 21 people. As many as 17 of the victims killed in the attack were foreign tourists.

Two of the attackers were reportedly killed. Two or three of the gunmen are still at large as security forces have launched a manhunt for the suspects. The Takfiri ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack, which has been described as one of the worst in a decade in the North African country.


HAPPENING NOW: Gunmen Attack Tourist Hotel In Tunisia

A tourist hotel in the Tunisian town of Sousse has been attacked by gunmen, a security source said. Ongoing exchanges of gunfire were being reported between the attackers and security forces.

There were no other details immediately available. Tunisia has been on high alert since March when gunmen attacked the Bardo museum in Tunis, killing a group of foreign tourists in one of the worst attacks in a decade in the North African country.


El-Rufai’s Inauguration Ends Abruptly As Youths Attack Emir, Chief Judge

The inauguration of Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State ended abruptly on Friday after angry youth pelted some prominent indigenes of the state, including the revered Emir of Zaria, Shehu Idris, and the state chief judge, Taminu Zailani, at the venue of the inauguration. The rampaging youth accused them of colluding with the previous administration of Governor Ramalan Yero to plunder the resources of the state.

They specifically demanded the dethronement of the Emir who in the ensuing pandemonium that enveloped the venue of the inauguration was rescued and smuggled out of the venue by his palace guards. A senator-elect, Shehu Sani, used his car to smuggle the chief judge out of the venue. He then drove him to his home in the Riga Chikun area of Kaduna.

Mr. El-Rufai could not review the parade mounted by the police as some youth pelted dignitaries with water in sachets, stones and other objects in the pavilion. This prompted security agents to fire tear gas into the crowd at the Murtala Square, Kaduna.

Some dignitaries in the pavilion included the Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, and other traditional rulers in the State. The incident occurred when the new governor had concluded his address and was about to mount an open van to review the parade mounted by the police.

While the crowds were dispersed by the police, dignitaries remained seated, but the occasion ended abruptly without the governor reviewing the parade. The Murtala Square was filled to capacity.

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Army Imposes 24 Hour Curfew On Maiduguri Due To Boko Haram Attack

Following a repelled attempt by Boko Haram terrorists to again overrun  the Giwa Barracks of the 7 Division Nigeria Army in Maiduguri,  the military authority has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the troubled state capital.

Boko Haram had on Wednesday night attempted to invade the town and attack the barracks, but met a stiff resistance from the soldiers who engaged hundreds of the insurgents at an outskirt village called Kayamla.

Hundreds of people living around the barracks were forced to flee at night in fear of a repeat of what happened on the March 12, 2014, when Giwa barracks came under a brazen day light attack.

Many innocent civilians were killed during last year’s attack when the army fired artillery into the area, followed by air bombardments.

Though Wednesday’s attack was successfully repelled, and the situation had calmed allowing some residents to return to their homes last night, there has been fears that some of the Boko Haram terrorists may have escaped into the town.

The military imposed a 24-hour curfew restricting movement within the capital city.

A statement issued by the Army spokesman of the 7 Division, Tukur Gusau, a colonel, confirmed the curfew.  “In view of the recent development within Maiduguri metropolis a 24hr curfew is hearby imposed in the city”, Col Gusau’s statement reads.

“This is done to protect lives and property of innocent and law-abiding people of Maiduguri.

“The Nigerian Army wish to once again thank you for your continuous support and cooperation. The situation is firmly under control.”

Though all the details of last night’s battle are not clear yet, soldiers at various locations in Maiduguri continued to fire artillery throughout the night.


Robbers Attack Fuel Station Manager, Snatch N6.8m

Eight gunmen have ambushed a fuel station manager in the Morogbo area of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway. They reportedly stole N6.8m, which was the proceeds from fuel sale for the day.

Our correspondent learnt that the assailants also shot their victim, identified only as Adewale, in the left arm before making away with the money.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the manager was attacked inside his Toyota Camry while taking the money to a bank. According to the police, Adewale was the manager of De-Sholly Petroleum in the Morogbo area.

It was gathered that the gang, which came on four motorcycles, armed themselves with four locally-made cut-to-size double-barrelled guns.

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Presidency Denounces Alleged Attacks On Jonathan

The Presidency has expressed worry over alleged attacks on President Goodluck Jonathan after he conceded defeat in the recent presidential election. Jonathan, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate lost to Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress on March 28/29.

Reuben Abati Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity said since then, some people had continued to work hard to diminish the Jonathan Presidency.

“We are particularly worried that since the March 28 and April 11 elections, some persons have continued to work very hard to diminish the Jonathan Presidency. They need to be reminded that the time for politics is over; it is now time to focus on the in-coming government, with emphasis on national development and moving the country forward,” Abati said.

Abati added that President Jonathan has done his best to protect and strengthen democracy and promote peace. “He justly deserves all the accolades that he has received from both Nigerians and the international community for this. Certain persons and interest groups may not be happy that his profile has further risen and that his legacy is assured; but they do their country gross disservice when they act so unpatriotically,” Abati said.

He said anyone who is engaged in imposing a crisis on the country by any means was not being fair to Nigeria. “We can only appeal to the public to be wary of such reckless tactics now on display, which form the substance of an odd, malicious campaign after the elections,” Abati said.

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NBA Queries Bayelsa Governor, Dickson, Over Attack On Court

The Nigerian Bar Association has queried the Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, for leading thugs to attack a Federal Court in Yenagoa, the state capital.

The governor was caught on video, walking into the court premises, accompanied by his police guards and hangers on, before hooligans, including rifle-wielding police officers, invaded and attacked the court. The video, sparked outrage with many Nigerians demanding an independent investigation into the attack.

Mr. Dickson, a lawyer, is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, and a onetime attorney general of Bayelsa State. He is also a former member of the House of Representatives. The NBA president, Augustine Alegeh, said the association of lawyers in Nigeria had sent a letter to the governor, asking him to explain his actions in the court.

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Political Thugs Attack APC Supporters In Ondo

Following the announcement of the presidential and National Assembly election results in Ondo State, some youths suspected to be political thugs loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have attacked supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The attacked, which took place on Tuesday, happened in the Idanre Local Government Area of the state. The thugs attacked the town for voting for the APC candidates in the elections held on Saturday. The attacked left many people injured.

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Police Foils Attack By Unknown Gunmen in Bauchi

About 07:30am, unknown gunmen stormed Tafawa Balewa town in a convoy of eighteen Hilux vehicles and started firing sporadically in different direction.

Joint Police and local vigilante group in the town who got wind of the approaching hoodlums engaged them into a fierce gun battle which forced them abandoned four Hilux vehicles mounted with Anti aircraft machine guns and retreated back towards Bununu after sustaining heavy casualties.


However, rampaging youth in the town numbering over 3000 burnt down four corpses of the attackers and the recovered Hilux vehicles. Two empty shells of 12.7mm ammunition of AA were recovered at the scene.

Meanwhile, same hoodlums went back to Jitar village in Bauchi LGA and killed three male vigilante members of Jitar village. Police detectives attached to Township Division visited the scene and evacuated the victims to the ATBU Teaching Hospital Bauchi for postmortem examination. The entire surrounding has been cordoned off by combined security forces and intensive patrol is ongoing to flush out fleeing miscreants.

Mob Attacks Jonathan’s Campaign Coordinator

The Coordinator of GoodLuck/Sambo Campaign Organization in Jigawa, Alhaji Yusuf Alasan escaped being lynched when he was attacked by youths who participated in the campaign held in Dutse, the Jigawa state capital, Weekend. Youths drawn from the 27 LGA’s of the state attended the Transformation Agenda of Nigeria (TAN) sponsored campaign for President Jonathan’s re-election.

Drama started shortly after the event when the youths demanded for their fees, but to their surprise, the coordinator asked them to drop their phone numbers as he promised payment will be made in due course and they should expect bank transaction alert.

This drew the ire of the youths who accused the campaign coordinator, who also doubles as the SURE-P boss in Jigawa State of diverting their mobilisation money running into millions of Naira, describing his action as betrayal and breach of trust.

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Abia Government Officials Escape Mob Attack

The Abia State Ministry of Environment narrowly escaped a mob attack by a group of youths while they attended the state sanitation exercise.

According to reports, headstrong youths were playing football when the environmental team arrived. The same field which was supposedly to be used by the governmental officials.

The youth threw stones and sticks furiously at the team which also consisted of some journalists. The officials ran to their vehicles for cover as they could the situation was starting to get serious. The reasons behind this act is still not known and it is still investigated as to why the youths attacked the officials.

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Tunisia Attack Leaves 21 People Dead, Two or Three Gunmen at Large

Tunisia’s prime minister Habib Essid has stated 21 people are dead after the brutal attack on the National Bardo Museum in the capital city of Tunis Wednesday morning. Among the dead are 17 foreign tourists. He also said two to three gunmen are still at large. Moreover, Essid appeared on live national television and told reporters the foreign tourists included people from Germany, Spain, Italy, and Poland.

Two of the attackers were killed when Tunisian law enforcement officers, donning full combat gear, entered the building to take took control of the scene. Currently, Tunisian forces are searching for two or three other gunmen that were involved and fled the scene. Both a Tunisian citizen and a law enforcement officer died during the attack.

The attack on the Bardo Museum resembles the attack on Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine that was overrun by Islamic extremists just a few months ago, resulting in multiple deaths. This is the first attack on a Tunisian tourist site in years. In recent times, Tunisia has struggled as a young democracy, and has had trouble fighting advancing Islamic insurgents.

As of now, the identities of the museum attackers are unknown. Essid stated everything is being done to hunt down the remaining gunmen.


Nigerian Troops Repel Fresh Boko Haram Attack in Adamawa

Soldiers on Monday night repelled a daring offensive by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect bent on taking over Gombi Town, some 120 kilometres away from Yola, Adamawa state capital.

This was disclosed by residents and security sources. Gombi was recently recaptured from the terrorists and has witnessed incessant attacks by Boko Haram.

The casualty from Monday’s attack was yet to be ascertained although sources say that several insurgents were killed during the battle that lasted for hours.

“The men came in from Goloso, Garkida villages through Biu road about 6:30 p.m. in a motorcade and vehicles,” a resident, Bello Abubakar, said. “They engaged soldiers in a gun battle.” Mr. Abubakar said many residents ran and hid themselves as the shooting continued for over two hours.

“There was apprehension and pandemonium in the town,” he said. “People scampered for their lives for fear of uncertainty.”

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Gunmen Attack Ex Speaker, Other PDP Chieftains in Rivers

Unknown gunmen have attacked a former Deputy Speaker of theRivers State House of Assembly, and House of Representatives candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency, Hon. Dumneme Dekor.

He along with other party chieftains were attacked on their way back to Port Harcourt after attending the party’s campaign rally at Bori, headquarters of Khana local government area of the state.

The gunmen opened fire on Dekor’s vehicle and succeeded in shattering the car with bullets. Dekor and his co-occupants of the car, however, escaped unhurt.

Other party chieftains in the car with Dekor were the immediate past chairman of Khana local government council, Gregory Nwidam, and DineBari Loolo, House of Assembly candidates for Khana Constituencies 1 and 11 respectively.

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Boko Haram Attack 3 Cameroonian Towns, 30 Abducted

Suspected Boko Haram fighters launched attacks on three communities in northern Cameroon, abducting more than 30 people including those aboard a packed bus, residents said Monday.

The assaults by the Nigeria-based terror group came as other militants invaded a town in the neighboring country of Niger for the third time in recent days, underscoring the growing regional havoc being wracked by Boko Haram.

The militants have stepped up their attacks on neighboring countries as Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin pledge to send troops to help Nigeria squash the extremist group that has killed more than 10,000 people over the past year.

In northern Cameroon, the fighters seized a bus with 20 people aboard late Sunday in Koza and then drove it back toward the Nigerian border, some 11 miles (18 kilometers) away, resident Bouba Kaina told The Associated Press by telephone.

Early Monday, another group of fighters attacked the Cameroonian town of Kolofata, looting food and livestock. The town was recently retaken by Chadian troops who have been helping the Cameroonian military fight Boko Haram.


Boko Haram: How Vigilantes Helped Repel Maiduguri Attack

Vigilantes joined Nigerian security forces in fighting to blunt a Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri, the capital of northeastern Borno state, after the Islamist insurgents gained access to the city.

The army was doing a ’’mopping-up operation’’ after regaining control of Maiduguri and the town of Konduga, about 20 miles (35 kilometers) away, Major-General Chris Olukolade said in a statement late on Sunday. Meanwhile, Boko Haram insurgents captured Monguno, a town north of Maiduguri, vigilante member Ibrahim Hassan said by phone from Maiduguri.

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Boko Haram Militants Attacking Maiduguri Since Last Night- Sahara Reporters

Nigerian northeastern based Boko Haram insurgents began coordinated massive attacks on Maiduguri and Monguno townships since 8PM Nigerian time after massing around villages in the area for several days , according to several sources.

Security sources told SaharaReporters that the militant Islamist group began the onslaught on Maiduguri coming from different directions with its largest contingent coming through Damaturu road. The insurgents have not had much success because Nigeria troops have been fighting back and successfully repelling the terrorists.

The daring attack by the militants is coming a few hours after President Goodluck Jonathan ended a presidential campaign rally in Maiduguri promising to find high school girls kidnapped by the deadly sect last April and re-unite them with their families.

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PDP Accuses APC/ Buhari Over Attack on Jonathan in Katsina

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and President Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation have accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), of allegedly masterminding the attack on President Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday, in Katsina State and asked the APC and Buhari to call their supporters to order.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, Director, Media and Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, PCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, described the action of the APC supporters at Buhari’s home state as despicable, barbaric, shameful and highly reprehensible, warning that Buhari would be held responsible if anything untoward happened to Jonathan. They also warned that the consequences of a repeat of such an act would be grave.

In his address, Fani- Kayode said: “Let us take this opportunity to also serve them notice that if anything untoward happens to our candidate or his supporters during the course of this campaign we shall hold Buhari and his party responsible and the consequences would be grave, unimaginable and far-reaching.

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BREAKING: Gunmen Attack APC Chairman, Oyegun In Abuja

Latest reports coming in from the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, inform that the All Progressives Congress, (APC) national chairman, Chief John Oyegun has been robbed by gunmen.

It was gathered that Oyegun’s residence in Abuja was raided in the early hours of Monday by yet unknown invaders.

According to a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party stated that while it is hoping that a police investigation will unravel what happened, it is either those who attacked the residence at 1.30 am are robbers or assassins.

The statement disclosed that Chief Oyegun was away attending a previously unscheduled meeting in Abuja when the invaders struck.


Meet the Vigilantes: Their Experiences with Boko Haram


For years he has worked as a cemetery inspector in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Yola and also hunted wild animals, but now he has volunteered to join the battle against militant group Boko Haram. It has waged a five-year insurgency to create an Islamic state, establishing bases along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon and Chad.

Mr Dawaki tells me just last week he fought alongside the Nigerian military close to the town of Mubi. “I killed more than 10 of them and we could see some were Chadian. We could tell by the tribal marks on their faces,” he says. He says his own weapons include a small knife that he used to slit the throat of one jihadist and a bow and arrow, as well as buffalo horns dipped in cobra poison. “A knife cannot penetrate us. If bombs drop they cannot kill us,” Mr Dawaki says, pointing to a leather amulet on his arm and another around his neck containing verses from the Koran.

“When we are on the battlefront we are focused on the job – we are patriotic, we want to save people from Boko Haram attacks and avenge what they are doing to our people,” Tijjani Mohammed, a retired civil servant who just returned from fighting told me. “We lost three of our men and seven were injured,” he says, adding that despite the losses, the mission against the insurgents had been a success.

“I just gathered my children and started running out of town,” says Zainabu Yusuf, whose husband was shot dead by the jihadists on the road in front of their home. “While I was running I saw soldiers running too, asking the way out of the town to Maiha. They were removing their uniforms and hiding them in plastic bags.”

When the insurgents moved on to attack areas south of Mubi, panic spread and with people starting to flee the Adamawa state capital, Yola, the authorities had to act fast. “These vigilante groups were already there but were dormant, so we organised them, bought them vehicles and empowered them,” Bala James Nggilari, the governor of Adamawa state, told the BBC.

“The vigilantes and hunters are local people, local boys who know the terrain. When you bring a soldier from Bayelsa [in southern Nigeria], for example, who is coming here for the first time he doesn’t know the terrain.

“The people we are fighting are also part of the local community. There is nothing on their forehead that says ‘insurgent’ but these local hunters are familiar with them, they know them, they have the native intelligence which the regular army may not have,” says Mr Nggilari.

He says the plan is to mobilise 4,000 vigilantes. Co-operation with local vigilantes has reaped rewards as the military has now retaken several towns in the north of Adamawa state, including Mubi, and calm has returned to Yola.

Some of the men I met training in Yola were holding 2m long (6ft) rusty hunting rifles, others had machetes. They say they were promised about 4,000 naira ($22; £14) a day and that during a recent operation some of them were given assault rifles by soldiers. Not all of them are being sent to the north of the state to assist the soldiers, with many getting ready in case they are needed to help defend Yola.

Samson Dawa says he fled the militants carrying only his radio and bible. Some will view their deployment as a damning indictment of the Nigerian military, which has frequently failed to protect the population of north-east Nigeria.

The violence is still on a horrific scale but to the vulnerable and displaced, the alliance between soldiers and vigilantes brings hope. Samson Dawa recently witnessed jihadists speeding through his village, Mbalala, on their way to capturing Chibok some 15km (9 miles) away.

“There were dozens of motorbikes and each one had two or three people on – all carrying guns,” he says. “The men on the open-backed 4×4 vehicles were shouting and had heavier guns which they were raising up.”

The 57-year-old farmer grabbed his radio and bible and ran for his life. Two days later, from a safer village he saw a long convoy of vehicles ferrying soldiers and vigilantes, with amulets tied around their arms. They were heading towards Chibok, the town from which 219 schoolgirls were abducted in April.

“When we saw the soldiers we knew they were serious and we had hope in them,” says Mr Dawa. “Judging by the kind of weapons they had I think their strength has been improved.”

Within hours, Chibok was retaken. Many jihadists were reported to have been killed on the streets of the town. “The vigilantes alone cannot do this job so if anybody tells you they have more hope in the hunters than the soldiers I don’t believe them,” says Mr Dawa.

“You know it’s a war. Maybe I will be back or maybe I will not be back,” says Mr Dawaki as he prepares to return to the fight. “But even my children would be proud to say their father died fighting Boko Haram.

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BREAKING: Boko Haram Invade Damaturu, Attack State University

Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, is under heavy attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorists who,  according to fleeing residents, may have surrounded the town.

Explosions and  gunshots are being heard in some parts of the Yobe State capital. A resident of the city, Yaya Haruna, told PREMIUM TIMES the shooting started at about 6a.m.

“It is as if they have surrounded us all here; there is sound of explosion and serious shooting.  We are all lying down on the floor with our families. Please pray for our safety,  that we survive this… ”

“We are in serious confusion now,  we are just hearing gunshots and explosions on the southern part of the city and people are fleeing,” said another embattled resident,  Malam Abdulmalik.

The resident said he was woken by loud sounds of gunshots and explosions which started at about 6a.m.

An official of the SSS in Maiduguri, who usually does not want to be named in the  media, confirmed in a text message sent to our reporter that “Damaturu may be under attack now”.

According to security sources in the capital, the Islamic sect, forced themselves into the city when they started shooting around Bukar Abba University, along Gujba road where a heavy fight ensued between them and the military. The situation was later brought under the control of the military.

Damaturu is 135 kilometres west of Maiduguri,  the Borno State capital.

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Boko Haram Attack Borno Town

Boko Haram militants, who arrived on motorcycles throwing bombs, raided a mostly Christian town in Nigeria’s northeast after nightfall on Saturday, residents and a military source said.

Residents said scores of people had been killed in the town of Shani, but a police source said they had been unable to verify the death toll as communications to the town had been largely cut off.

“They rode on motorcycles and were more than 30 men. They started throwing bombs into houses…then the Boko Haram fired shots at people fleeing,” resident Ishaya Brimah told Reuters by phone from a nearby village on Sunday. “They set ablaze the police station, houses and a telecom mast…I saw people fleeing, some bodies on the ground.”

Shani is located in Nigeria’s Borno state, the heartland of Islamist group Boko Haram’s five-year insurgency, which has displaced more than one million people.

A shopkeeper in Shani, Shuabu Lawal, said he started hearing explosions at around 8 pm on Saturday evening. “A boy ran into my shop and said his father and elder brother had been shot. He was only wearing shorts, no top and sweating despite the wintry weather. I shut down my shop immediately, leaving some items outside,” Lawal said.

The police source said Shani’s police station had been destroyed in the attack. Militants have already attacked the town twice this year, most recently in June when at least 11 people were killed and the office of the electoral commission was burnt.

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4 Israelis Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

Two Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, attacking worshippers praying inside with meat cleavers and a gun, and killing four people before they were killed in a shootout with police, officials said.

The attack, the deadliest in Jerusalem in years, is bound to ratchet up fears of sustained violence in the city, already on edge amid soaring tensions over a contested holy site.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Israel will “respond harshly” to the attack, describing it as a “cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers.” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he spoke to Netanyahu after the assault and denounced it as an “act of pure terror and senseless brutality and violence.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, the first time he has done so since a recent spike in deadly violence against Israelis began. He also called for an end to Israeli “provocations” surrounding the sacred site.

In a statement, Abbas’ office said he “condemns the killing of the worshippers in a synagogue in west Jerusalem.” The statement called for an end to the “invasion” of the mosque at the holy site and a halt to “incitement” by Israeli ministers.

Israeli police called the incident a terrorist attack and said the two Palestinian assailants were cousins from east Jerusalem. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a militant group, said the cousins were its members. A PFLP statement did not specify whether the group instructed the cousins to carry out the attack. Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that runs the Gaza Strip, praised the attack.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said six people were also wounded in the attack, including two police officers. Four of the wounded were reported in serious condition. He said police were searching the area for other suspects.

Associated Press footage from the scene showed the synagogue, in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighborhood, surrounded by police and rescue workers following the attack.

Wounded worshippers were being assisted by paramedics and a bloodied meat cleaver lay near the scene of the attack. Initially, police had described the weapons used as knives and axes.

“I tried to escape. The man with the knife approached me. There was a chair and table between us … my prayer shawl got caught. I left it there and escaped,” Yossi, who was praying at the synagogue at the time of the attack, told Israeli Channel 2 TV. He declined to give his last name.

Yosef Posternak, who was at the synagogue at the time of the attack, told Israel Radio that about 25 worshippers were inside when the attackers entered.

“I saw people lying on the floor, blood everywhere. People were trying to fight with (the attackers) but they didn’t have much of a chance,” he said.

A photo in Israeli media from inside the synagogue showed what appeared to be a body on the floor draped in a prayer shawl, with blood smattered nearby.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attackers were Palestinians from east Jerusalem, which has been the scene of relentless clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in recent months. She identified the assailants as Ghassan and Oday Abu Jamal from the Jabal Mukaber neighborhood.

Soon after the attack, clashes broke out outside the Abu Jamals’ home where dozens of police had gathered to carry out arrests in connection with the attack. Residents hurled stones at police who responded using riot dispersal weapons.

Israel has been on edge with a spate of attacks by Palestinians against Israelis, killing at least six people in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Tel Aviv in recent weeks, prior to Tuesday’s casualties.

Jerusalem residents had already been fearful of what appeared to be lone wolf attacks using cars or knives against pedestrians, but Tuesday’s synagogue assault harkens back to gruesome attacks during the Palestinian uprising of the last decade.

Israel’s police chief said Tuesday’s attack was likely not organized by militant groups, similar to other recent incidents, making it more difficult for security forces to prevent the violence.

“These are individuals who decide to do horrible acts. It’s very hard to know ahead of time about every such incident,” Yohanan Danino told reporters at the scene.

Tensions appeared to have been somewhat defused last week following a meeting between Netanyahu, Kerry and Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman. The meeting was an attempt to restore calm after months of violent confrontations surrounding a sacred shrine holy to both Jews and Muslims.

Israel and the Palestinians said then they would take steps to reduce tensions that might lead to an escalation.

In his statement, Netanyahu blamed the violence on incitement by both Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and said the international community ignores the incitement.

Kerry blamed the attack on Palestinian calls for “days of rage,” and said Palestinian leaders must take serious steps to refrain from such incitement. He also urged Palestinian leaders to condemn the attack “in the most powerful terms.”

“Innocent people who had come to worship died in the sanctuary of a synagogue. They were hatcheted, hacked and murdered in that holy place in an act of pure terror and senseless brutality and murder,” Kerry said.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, speaking alongside Kerry, also condemned the violence.

Hamas’ statement praised the synagogue attack, saying it was a “response to continued Israeli crimes, the killing, desecrating al-Aqsa (mosque),” a reference to a recent incident at the holy site.

Abbas, at a meeting later with security officials, called for calm.

“We call for a complete calm and a halt to all these attacks to enable us to move ahead with our political work,” he said, according to the Palestinian official Wafa news agency.

Much of the recent violence stems from tensions surrounding the Jerusalem holy site referred to by Jews as the Temple Mount because of the Jewish temples that stood there in biblical times. It is the most sacred place in Judaism; Muslims refer to it as the Noble Sanctuary, and it is their third holiest site, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

The site is so holy that Jews have traditionally refrained from going there, instead praying at the adjacent Western Wall. Israel’s chief rabbis have urged people not to ascend to the area, but in recent years, a small but growing number of Jews, including ultranationalist lawmakers, have begun regularly visiting the site, a move seen as a provocation.

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