Three Killed In Iranian Bomb Attack

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A bomb attack on a police command post killed at least three people in the port city of Chabahar in restive southeastern Iran on Thursday, state media reported.

The television said several people were also wounded in the “terrorist attack.” The official IRNA news agency said it was a car bombing.

Sistan-Baluchistan province, where the bombing hit, has long been a flashpoint, with Pakistan-based Baluchi separatists and jihadists carrying out cross-border attacks.

“This terrorist act led to the martyrdom of two members of the police force,” the province’s deputy governor in charge of security, Mohammad Hadi Marashi, told state television.

Immediately after the bomber detonated the car bomb, gunmen attempted to storm the police headquarters but were killed by security forces, Iranian media reported.

Chabahar city governor Rahmdel Bameri said many people were also wounded in the 10 am (0630 GMT) attack.

“The explosion was very strong and broke the glass of many buildings close by,” Bameri told state television.

Many nearby shop owners and civilian passers-by, including women and children, were seriously wounded, he added.

Chabahar lies some 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of the Pakistan border and is home to a large, mainly Sunni Muslim ethnic Baluchi community which straddles the two countries.

Immediately after the bomber detonated the car bomb, gunmen attempted to storm the police headquarters but were killed by security forces, Iranian media reported.

The number of assailants was not immediately clear.

“The terrorists tried to enter Chabahar police headquarters but they were prevented by the guards and they detonated the car bomb,” Marashi said without elaborating on how many assailants took part.

 Busy shopping district 

A resident contacted by AFP who said he was inside the police headquarters at the time of the attack said the assailants had attacked the building after blowing up the vehicle.

“There was an exchange of gunfire right after the explosion,” the resident said, adding that it lasted about 10 minutes.

The police headquarters lies in a busy commercial district with many shops and banks around it.

The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps ground forces, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, who has overseen counter-insurgency operations in the southeast, visited the police base after the attack, the ultra-conservative Tasnim news website reported.

The news agency carried pictures of the remains of the vehicle used by the attackers which is believe to have been a blue Nissan van.

It said 27 people were wounded in the attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Several recent attacks in the province have been claimed by the jihadist Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), which is blacklisted as a terrorist group by Iran.

It was formed in 2012 as a successor organisation to the Sunni extremist group Jundallah (Soldiers of God). which waged a deadly insurgency against Iranian targets over the previous decade.

In October, the group claimed the capture of 12 Iranian security force personnel who were conducting an operation near the Pakistan border.

A state television-run news agency reported that the unit included intelligence agents of the Revolutionary Guards. Five of those captured were released and flown home last month following Pakistani intervention.

Chabahar is a strategically important city for Iran.

It has a deep-water port on the Gulf of Oman, which, with Indian assistance, Iran has been developing it as a major energy and freight hub between Central Asia and India, bypassing Pakistan.

Due to its importance as a trade gateway for landlocked Afghanistan, it is the only Iranian port to be exempted by the United States from the crippling unilateral sanctions it reimposed earlier this year following its abandonment in May of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Tehran.

 

Five Killed In Burkina Faso’s Bomb Attack

Burkina Faso on the map.

 

Five people, four of them police, were killed when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) in Burkina Faso, security sources said Saturday.

The attack happened in the eastern town of Boungou, located in a region that has seen an upswing in jihadist violence in recent months.

“A police vehicle on an escort mission struck a makeshift bomb in Boungou, killing four police,” a source said, without specifying who was responsible for the attack.

The police team was escorting workers employed at a local gold mine, the source added.

Another security source told AFP that a civilian had also died in the blast.

Burkina Faso has been battling jihadist attacks over the last three years, beginning in the north of the country but now spreading to the east, near the border with Togo and Benin.

In August six people, five of them police died in an attack in the region under similar circumstances.

In all, around 40 members of Burkina’s security forces have been killed in IED attacks since August.

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Adamawa Twin Bomb Attack Tragic And Condemnable – FG

Adamawa Twin Bomb Attack Tragic And Condemnable – FG
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The Federal Government has described the two separate suicide bomb attacks in Adamawa State as tragic and condemnable.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo condemned the attacks in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande.

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According to him, the government is shocked and outraged by the suicide attacks on a Mosque and a Market in Mubi which left at least 27 people dead on May 1.

The Vice President further condoled with the victims of the attacks and their families, as well as the Government and people of Adamawa State.

He noted that he has been in touch with the state governor, Bindow Jibrilla, and has also directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to ensure the speedy and adequate provision of medical supplies and relief materials to the victims.

Professor Osinbajo, however, assured the people that security agencies have been directed to immediately take steps to beef up security in Mubi and environs, especially markets and places of worship.

He said efforts were already ongoing by the agencies to apprehend the perpetrators of the act with a view to bringing them to justice.

Osinbajo conveyed the gratitude of the Federal Government to the rescue workers, medical personnel, and others who attended to the victims after the unfortunate incident.

Confirming the number of casualty to Channels Television, the Principal Medical Officer of Mubi General Hospital, Dr Edgar Sakawa, revealed that about 56 others sustained various degrees of injuries.

Elsewhere, the spokesperson for Adamawa State Police Command, Othman Abubakar, said the first bomb attack occurred inside a mosque.

He added that the second was detonated at a second-hand clothing market,  just about 200 metres from the scene of the first blast.

Abubakar noted that the police authorises have since deployed an anti-bomb squad to the area while victims of the attack have been evacuated to the hospital.

Seven Dead As Gunmen Attack Iranian Parliament

Seven people have been confirmed dead and at least three others injured following multiple attacks in the Iranian capital of Tehran, on Wednesday.

According to state-run Press TV, an attacker stormed the building in central Tehran, shooting continuously.

The Fars News Agency disclosed that a woman was also arrested after a bomb attack and shooting spree wounded another two people at the Ayatollah Khomeini Mausoleum south of the city.

According to the news agency, a second attacker is currently surrounded by security officers.

 

UK Observes Minute’s Silence For Manchester Bombing Victims

A minute’s silence was held across Britain on Thursday to remember the victims of the Manchester concert bombing which killed at least 22 people on Monday.

Mourners gathered at St. Ann’s Square in Manchester and other locations across Britain at 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) to pay their respects.

St. Ann’s Square in Manchester has become the focal point for tributes to the victims. Flowers, teddies and balloons were laid at the monument of the Square to remember those who died in the blast.

The leader of Britain’s Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn observed a minute’s silence with firemen at Islington Fire Station in London.

British-born Salman Abedi, 22, who was known to security services, carried out an attack on a concert venue packed with children on Monday night.

Police Arrest 23-Year-Old In Connection With Manchester Bomb Attack

The Police have arrested a 23-year-old in connection with the bomb attack on the Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people.

According to the Greater Manchester Police, the man was arrested in South Manchester.

The attack, which also left 59 people injured, occurred as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in Manchester late on Monday.

Few hours after the attack, the Greater Manchester Police said the incident was being treated as a terrorist act.

“We believe, at this stage, the attack last night was conducted by one man,” Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters. “The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.”

UK Prime Minister Theresa May called an emergency meeting with intelligence chiefs after the attack, while United States President Donald Trump described it as the work of “evil losers”.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on her part, said the attack “will only strengthen our resolve to…work together with our British friends against those who plan and carry out such inhumane deeds.”

The attack is the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London’s transport system in July 2005.

Turkish Forces Carry Out Air Strikes On PKK Rebels

Turkish air strikesA day after a deadly bomb attack on a rally for peace in Ankara, Turkish air force planes have attacked Kurdish militants.

The military aircraft pounded Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in both the south-east and over the border in northern Iraq.

At least 95 people were killed in Saturday’s twin bombing in the nation’s capital, making it the deadliest such attack in years.

Security sources say they suspect the Islamic State (IS) group was behind the attack.

The Air Force struck after the government rejected a new ceasefire announced by the PKK on Saturday.

Turkey was already tense before the attack, with a snap general election slated for November 1.

Scores Dead, Others Injured In Potiskum Explosion

ExplosionAbout 20 people have been confirmed dead in Potiskum, the commercial city of Yobe State after a mid-day suicide bomb attack on Muslim brotherhood who were on a procession in observance of the 10th Day of Muharram 1436 celebration.

A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device killing scores of Muslim worshipers.

Witnesses said that the Muslim brotherhood, the Shia, were on procession in Potiskum metropolis in observance of the 10th Day of Muharram 1436 celebration when the explosion went off among the worshipers killing scores of those in the procession.

It was also gathered that the bomber was among the worshipers when the explosion went off around 11:15 on Monday morning.

Although Residents said that several followers of the group, particularly women and children, were killed by the explosion, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Markus Danladi, told Channels Television that four had died, while five people were injured in the blast.

The blast killed three members of the Muslim brotherhood plus the bomber, giving a casualty figure of four, “but before we got to the scene, the group has evacuated the bodies of those effected by the blast,” the CP said.

According to Danladi, the suicide bomber took advantage of the procession to carry out his dastardly act, “Yes a suicide bomber was among the Shia group and detonated his explosive device, killing members of the group,” the CP said, but final casualty figure was yet to be known.

However, the leader of the Muslim brotherhood in Potiskum, Mustapha Lawan, who also spoke to Channels Television on phone, said that 13 people were killed on the spot during the explosion but the figure had risen to 26.

He noted that the figure was still rising because so many people were affected by the explosion.

In the meantime, the Yobe State Governor, Mr Ibrahim Gaidam, has condemned the attack in which many lives were lost and injuries sustained describing it as heinous, barbaric and unwarranted.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Press Affairs, Abdullahi Bego, the Governor expressed regret that the attack came at a time that peace was generally returning to the state.

While describing those behind the attack as criminals, the Governor called on the people of the state to remain prayerful, calm and vigilant and directed the hospitals in the state to provide free medical treatment to all the victims of the attack

The entire area had been condoned off by security men as residents remained in their various locations to avoid being victims of any attack.

Potiskum has been experiencing several bomb attacks with the last one before this occurring two days after the Eid-el Fitr Sallah celebration where worshipers were killed in two separate mosque attacks.

 

 

APC Demands International Inquiry Into Buhari Assassination Attempt

Buhari Bomb damageThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for an international inquiry into Wednesday’s assassination attempt on its leader, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), to unravel the motive and the perpetrators of the dastardly act that could have plunged the country into a deep turmoil, had it succeeded.

In a statement issued in Benin on Sunday by its National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, the party said that it does not have the confidence that the Nigerian security agencies could carry out an impartial investigation, because they work for the Government instead of the nation.

It said that the call has become more urgent because the agents of the Federal Government have started muddling the waters with their statements and actions on the attack.

”How does one explain a situation in which a man who is nothing but a pervert is now being paraded as the suspected ‘mastermind’ of the attack on Gen. Buhari? At what point was this man, who perhaps is nothing but a transvestite plying his trade, arrested? Is it not clear, from the statement released by Gen. Buhari himself after the attack, that it was clearly the handiwork of a suicide bomber?

”Could the person who drove the vehicle that was rammed into the General’s convoy have survived the explosion that was triggered by that action? Could the innocent passers-by who died in the blast not have been arrested and paraded as the ‘suspected masterminds’ if they had survived the blast? Clearly, the arrest of the pervert and his sickening description as a ‘suspected mastermind’ have kick-started the process of muddling the waters, as is usually the case with such high-profile cases.

”This is why an urgent international inquiry into the attack is desirable and imperative, and anyone who is committed to an impartial probe of the attack on the opposition leader should embrace our call”, APC said, adding that the insurgency and its spin-offs were clearly beyond the capability of the Federal Government.

The party also said that the call has been further justified by the statements and insinuations emanating from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Presidency, both of which they accused of “pointing accusing fingers at the same party (APC) that is clearly the target of the failed assassination attempt” on one of its top leaders.

”The questions to ask the purveyors of such repugnant theories are: Did the late Emir of Kano also stage the attack on his convoy? Did the other Emirs who were attacked, with at least one of them killed recently, also stage the attack against themselves? Did Gen. Muhammed, Shuwa, who was killed by gunmen in Maiduguri in 2012, also stage the attack on himself?” it asked.

The party expressed confidence that the masterminds of the failed assassination attempt on its leader would be exposed, whether or not the Government agrees to its call for an international inquiry.

Nigerians Should Gang Up Against Those Who Have Ganged Up Against Them – Iroegbu

Dickson IroegbuA Public Affairs Analyst, Dickson Iroegbu, says Nigerians should stop playing the ostrich but rather gang up against those who have ganged up against them.

Iroegbu gave the suggestion during a conversation on the award winning breakfast programme on Channels Television, Sunrise Daily.

He urged Nigerians to wake up and realize that there was a common enemy which everybody has to get involved in fighting.

He warned that if Nigerians do not pay attention to the most important things from the family level, if the country should find itself in a full-fledged war; everyone would be forced to get involved.

“My elder brother died a military man. He died on the 1st of October 2013; he was in Yola. So we have been affected directly too”, he said.

Speaking further, he said that the situation in the country was one which should help define the country’s nationhood, as he expects that the need to win the war would help the citizens become conscious of how to move the nation forward.

“I am very convinced that this issue of insecurity will make us activate that spirit of ‘Nigerianess’ that we need”, he said.

Iroegbu, who is also a filmmaker, accused the media of having helped the insurgents by celebrating their activities. He explained that the act of highlighting the acts perpetrated by the insurgents amounted to celebrating evil.

As someone who had a military man in his family, Iroegbu was asked what the experience had been within the family as regards welfare, but he noted that rising up to fight for one’s country should not be monetised.

“First of all, it was a contribution that we have made. When my elder brother decided to join the force, his was ‘I couldn’t sit back and observe at the corner’ and he paid dearly for it.

“He wasn’t in there to go and make money for us. For us he died a hero”, maintaining that “we don’t have to be paid or wait for moments when we are being coerced to be conscious of doing something for Nigeria”.

He, however, revealed that from his interaction with his late brother, he deduced that the Nigerian military had been compromised with politics, religious and tribal sentiments allowed to creep into the military environment.

“A lot of overhauling needs to be done in that area”, he advised.

He also noted that the issues of insecurity and the Chibok abduction have thrown up a lot and Nigerians were more awake to the need to hold politicians accountable.

“Thank God we are going to have elections soon, Nigerians are watching, we’re not fools anymore.”

On the role of the movie industry in the nation’s security, Iroegbu stated that Nollywood has been fully involved in the fight against insurgency. He revealed that the issue of child soldiers was one that he had personally worked on and called on all Nigerians to embrace the motion picture medium better for propagating ideas.

He added that it was not only a good medium to disseminate good ideas, but it was also good business.

Insecurity Not Jonathan’s Problem, Its A National Problem – Analyst

OjewusiA Public Affairs Analyst, Sola Ojewusi, believes that the most important solution to the state of insecurity in Nigeria is for Nigerians to unite.

Mr Ojewusi was speaking on the Thursday edition of Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, where conversations centered on ‘Finding the Chibok Girls’.

While acknowledging that it was expected that the pains of attacks by insurgents would make citizens point accusing fingers in different directions, especially at the Presidency for the time it has taken to solve the problem, he advised that this was not the best approach.

“Our approach is to look at how everybody can bring hands together to solve the problem of security.

“It is now clear that it is not just Jonathan’s problem, it’s a national problem. It is not PDP, it is not APC, it is everybody’s problem. That is the essence, the essence of unity”, he said.

Making reference to the Wednesday twin bomb attack in Kaduna, he noted that “everything boils down to one particular enemy and that enemy is the enemy of the nation of Nigeria” adding that Nigerians need to go beyond “abusing the owner of the house, leaving the thief”.

Although Mr Ojewusi admitted that the responsibility for Nigeria’s security was on the President and citizens were justified demanding same of him, he explained that “security is not a one man thing”.

“Even if you have a guard in the house, there is a street before the thief gets to the house, perhaps there’s a gate to that street, there are a lot of people surrounding. Sometimes when armed robbers and thieves come to a community, they tend to do surveillance”, he explained.

Speaking about the continued abduction of schoolgirls from the Chibok community in Borno State, Mr Ojewusi wondered what had been done from the wards where the locals are from, considering the view that some of the terrorists also have their backgrounds in the communities.

He stated that rather than seek solution “from the top”, there was need to ask; “what are the people from the environment doing”.

Many observers have criticized President Jonathan for taking too long before meeting with the parents of the missing Chibok girls but Ojewusi also defended the President. He explained that there must have been some level of intelligence gathering which the Presidency would have access to and which would negate the idea of visiting Chibok.

He warned that while Nigerians express emotions, they should not lose sight of the importance of security as regards bringing the girls back alive. He maintained that the Government and security agencies could not afford to make their moves public.

He added that the unconventional nature of the war on terror required patience from all citizens.

Mr Ojewusi also threw his weight behind the President’s request for the approval of a loan to upgrade security in the country. According to him, this was a necessary move as there was need for not just the purchase of military equipment but also major upgrades in intelligence and border security.

He, however, warned that the proper management of the funds remained an important factor the President must ensure.

Gunmen Attack Damboa, Borno State

GunmenSeveral people have been reported killed as gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram attacked Damboa in Borno State on Friday morning.

The gunmen were said to have stormed the village at about 5AM, according to a vigilante official in Maiduguri, Abbas Gava, who said that he spoke with some of his men in the Damboa village.

According to him, since the Boko Haram sect attacked security formations in Damboa about two weeks ago, only a handful of youth vigilante group, known as Civilian-JTF, and some few vigilante officials were available to protect the people.

The Boko Haram gunmen were also said to have taken over the highway and continued to engage soldiers in ambush attacks that have forced them to return to Maiduguri on two occasions.

“Since the attack, Damboa has no Police or soldiers, it is only the vigilantes that are there and we know their limitations”, Mr Gava said.

He said that the “casualty could be very high because my contacts in Damboa said they are still picking and piling the corpses. But many houses, nearly half of what remains of the several attacked town has been burnt”.

A senior security personnel, confirmed the attack to Premium Times but said that there were “no details on extent of damage or casualty yet”.