Syrian Militant Leader Dies In Air Strike

syria, militant leader killed, air strikesA Syrian rebel group says, a senior commander of the militant group formerly known as Al-Nusra front, has been killed.

The rebel group which tweeted that commander Abu Omar Sarakeb, died in an air strike, in Aleppo province, did not state which country’s forces had carried out the air strike.

However, a U.S defense official, confirmed that the U.S targeted and killed the Islamic group leader, as the Syrian government, Russia and a US-led coalition have all been carrying out air strikes against militant groups in Syria.

A source also stated that Abu Omar Sarakeb and others had been targeted in a hideout in the village of Kafr Naha, west of Aleppo city.

Al-Nusra which was formerly known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, changed its name at the end of July and reportedly cut ties with Al-Qaeda at the same time.

The group is one of the most powerful Jihadist rebel groups and has been fighting the Syrian government since early 2012.

It appears that the death of Abu Omar Sarakeb who was a prominent leader in the Islamic state, will deprive the militant group of the man in charge of directing attacks overseas.

The group in reaction, stated in it’s newspaper Al-naba, that his death would not harm it, and his killers would face torment.

“Today, they rejoice for the killing.. and then they will cry much when Allah will overpower them, with His permission, with affliction of the worst torment by the soldiers of Abu Muhammad and his brothers,” the statement said.

Suspected Militants Attack Shell Affiliated Pipeline In Delta

Niger Delta Avengers, militant group, ShellReports say suspected militants have blown up an oil pipeline operated by Shell around the village of Odimodi in Delta State.

This attack comes as the Federal Government confirmed that it is holding talks with representatives of various militant groups in the Niger Delta, aimed at resolving the agitations of marginalisation and environmental degradation of the area.

According to some residents who spoke with Reuters, the latest explosion at the Trans Ramos pipeline occurred early on Sunday morning, shaking nearby homes and creating a “ball of fire”.

In a statement obtained by Reuters, shell says it is “investigating the reported incident”, adding that the Trans Ramos pipeline (TRP) transports oil to Forcados terminal and has been shut since the leak on the Forcados export line in February.

Nigeria’s crude oil production has been cut to less than two million barrels per day as a result of the continued attacks, especially by the Niger Delta Avengers, which claimed it is not part of the dialogue with the Federal Government.

Al-Makura Calls For Increased Communal Service To Punish Militants

Governor-AlmakuraThe Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura, has called for increased communal surveillance and a strong legal framework to punish militant groups across Nigeria.

Governor Al-Makura made the statement On Tuesday while addressing journalists at a security forum in Abuja.

He, however, said that such measures would help curb criminality in the communities.

Nasarawa State had its share of militancy when a group known as the Ombatse militants terrorised the state two years ago.

Governor Al-Makura, nonetheless, said he looked forward to a time when those behind the killing of over 90 police officers in the state would be punished.

Three New York Residents Deny Aiding IS Plot

IS-New-YorkThree foreign New York residents have denied charges that they tried to aid Islamic State (IS) militants.

The trio, Abdurasul Juraboev, Abror Habibov and Akhror Saidakhmetov aged between 19 and 30, were arrested last month by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

They caught the attention of the authorities, after they posted to Uzbek-language website in recent months.

The FBI said a suspect had pledged to kill U.S. President, Barack Obama.

Another allegedly tried to travel to Syria via Turkey in order to join IS, while the third was accused of helping to fund efforts to join the Syrian jihadist.

The three men appeared in New York’s Federal court on Friday, where they pleaded not guilty of the charges against them. After the session, the Judge had set their next court hearing for June 19.

The US has charged about 20 people with plans to join militant groups abroad, many who intend to go to Syria to fight for IS.

Figures suggest more than 20,000 foreigners have joined the fights in Iraq and Syria in the past three years.