Death Toll In Blast Near Afghan Presidential Rally Rises To 26

 

A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least 26 people and wounded dozens near a campaign rally for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday, with the insurgents warning of more violence ahead of elections.

About an hour after the attack, another blast also claimed by the Taliban rocked central Kabul near the US embassy.

It was not immediately clear if the second blast claimed any lives, but an AFP journalist at nearby Wazir Akbar Khan hospital saw around a dozen wounded victims, and a witness told AFP he had seen bodies in the street.

The explosions came after US President Donald Trump abruptly ended talks with the Taliban on September 10 over a deal that would have allowed the US to begin withdrawing troops from its longest war.

In a statement sent to media claiming responsibility for both blasts, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the attack near Ghani’s rally was deliberately aimed at disrupting the September 28 elections.

“We already warned people not to attend election rallies, if they suffer any losses that is their own responsibility,” the statement said.

The bomber near Ghani’s rally — in Parwan province, about an hour’s drive north of Kabul — had been on a motorbike and had detonated his device at a checkpoint leading to the event, according to interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.

An AFP image from the scene showed the remains of a burnt motorcycle, with a body on top covered by a blanket, next to a badly damaged police car.

Women and children were among the causalities, Parwan hospital director Abdul Qasim Sangin told AFP, adding 42 people were injured as well as the 26 dead.

The president, who was speaking to his supporters at the time of the blast, was unhurt but later condemned the attack, saying the incident proved the Taliban had no real interest in reconciliation.

“As the Taliban continue their crimes, they once again prove that they are not interested in peace and stability in Afghanistan,” said Ghani in a statement.

The UN offices in Afghanistan also slammed the Taliban, accusing the insurgents of showing “despicable disregard for civilian life & fundamental human right to participate in democratic process”.

– Talks ‘dead’ –
Sixty kilometres (40 miles) away in Kabul, a shopkeeper, Rahimullah, said he had been sitting inside his shop when the second blast came.

“The wave broke all the windows,” he told AFP.

“I rushed outside and saw several bodies just across the street. This is the second time in less than a month that a blast has broken our windows. I just fixed them a week ago.”

The elections will see Ghani face off against his own Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah, and more than a dozen other candidates, including former warlords, ex-spies, and onetime members of the country’s former communist regime.

For weeks, the election had been sidelined by the US-Taliban talks, with many Afghans and observers expecting the vote to be cancelled if a deal was agreed. Even candidates did little in the way of campaigning.

But with the deal off, Ghani and his rivals have begun the race.

Ghani is seeking a clear mandate they can use to negotiate with the insurgents on a lasting peace in Afghanistan.

Trump’s declaration that the US-Taliban talks were “dead” spurred the insurgents to declare last week that the only other option was more fighting.

“We had two ways to end occupation in Afghanistan, one was jihad and fighting, the other was talks and negotiations,” Mujahid told AFP last week.

“If Trump wants to stop talks, we will take the first way and they will soon regret it.”

Observers had warned the Taliban, who hope to weaken the future president, will do anything they can to upend the election.

On the first day of campaigning in July, suicide attackers and gunmen targeted the Kabul office of Ghani’s running mate, Amrullah Saleh. At least 20 people died in those attacks.

Turnout in the elections is set to be low, with experts citing fear of violence and a loss of hope among voters following widespread fraud allegations during the 2014 election.

Troops Arrest Suspected Suicide Bomber, Accomplice In Borno

Troops Arrest Suspected Suicide Bomber, Accomplice In Borno
A suspected suicide bomber and her accomplice intercepted by troops in Borno State. Photo: Facebook – @NigerianArmy

 

The Nigerian Army says it has arrested a suspected female suicide bomber in Borno State.

According to a post on the Army’s Facebook page, the suspect was intercepted by troops on Wednesday in an attempt to infiltrate a military location.

She was arrested along with her accomplice who is also a female at Mushimari settlement in Konduga Local Government Area of the state.

the post read, “At about 9.30 p.m today, 19 December 2018, one suspected female suicide bomber and her accomplice were intercepted at Mushimari settlement in Konduga L.G.A of Borno State while attempting to infiltrate the 222 Battalion Defensive Location.”

“They were apprehended by the troops and vest strapped on the suspected suicide bomber was successfully immobilised. Preliminary investigation is ongoing.”

The Army also shared some pictures of the suspects.

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Tunisia Suicide Bomber Was A Jobless Graduate

 

A suicide attack by an unemployed graduate woman on a busy street in the Tunisian capital this week was an “isolated act”, a government minister said Tuesday.

Mna Guebla detonated explosives Monday near a gathering of police cars in the upmarket Avenue Habib Bourguiba in central Tunis, wounding 15 officers and two teenagers in the first such attack in the city since 2015.

Interior Minister Hichem Fourati, whose ministry is on the same street, said Guebla was not on a watch-list of potential extremists “and was not known for her religious background or affiliation”.

“It was an isolated act, the security services were on the alert, they intervened very quickly,” he told AFP.

Police sources said the assailant appeared to have used a homemade bomb rather than an explosive belt.

A source at the interior ministry said there was a hunt for suspected accomplices.

Guebla, from the eastern region of Mahdia, was an unemployed business English graduate aged 30, said prosecution spokesman Sofiene Sliti, who also represents the country’s anti-terrorism unit.

Police had questioned her two younger brothers, according to their parents, who said their daughter was “naive” and had been “manipulated”.

They described her as a “model” young woman, who spent a lot of time at the computer.

Her family said that in the three years since she graduated, she had been unable to find a job and had instead occasionally worked as a shepherdess.

Nearly eight years since a revolution that toppled longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia‘s economy is stagnant and around a third of young graduates are unemployed.

Authorities had not previously identified Guebla as a potential extremist, Sliti told AFP.

The prosecution spokesman said there had not yet been any arrests in connection with Monday’s attack.

 Security beefed up 

Authorities said nobody was seriously injured in the explosion.

Tunis returned to normal on Tuesday apart from a reinforced police presence around the blast site, on a major artery and close to the French embassy.

Municipal workers had used high-pressure water hoses to clean the area, where tourists were walking again and cafes had re-opened.

Organisers of the Carthage Film Festival, set to begin Saturday at venues on the same road, said it would go ahead as planned.

Since 2011, jihadists have been waging a campaign of attacks targeting Tunisian security forces, particularly in the mountainous region near the Algerian border.

But Monday’s attack was the first in Tunis since November 2015, when a suicide bombing killed 12 security agents on a bus for presidential guards, a few hundred metres (yards) from the site of the latest attack.

The 2015 attack was claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

In June 2015, a student went on a shooting rampage in the coastal resort of Sousse and killed 38 people, including 30 Britons.

An attack in March that year on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis left 22 people dead, all but one of them foreign tourists.

Those attacks, also claimed by IS, devastated Tunisia‘s crucial tourism sector, which made up seven percent of gross domestic product.

The country has been under a state of emergency since the November 2015 bus attack.

The state of emergency was extended this month until November 6, amid a tense political climate ahead of legislative and presidential elections planned for next year.

AFP

Woman Blows Herself Up, Injures Nine In Tunisia

 

A woman suicide bomber blew herself up Monday near police vehicles in the center of the Tunisian capital, injuring nine people, the interior ministry said.

Ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag told AFP that all but one of the casualties were police after a strong explosion Monday rattled the main Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis.

Ambulances arrived swiftly at the scene, which was cordoned off by security forces.

Since the 2011 uprising that toppled dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, jihadist attacks in Tunisia have killed dozens of members of the security forces and foreign tourists.

In June 2015, 38 people were killed in a shooting rampage at the coastal resort of Sousse which targeted tourists, while an attack the same year on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis left 22 people dead.

The terror attacks decimated Tunisia’s crucial tourism sector, which made up seven percent of the gross domestic product.

The country has been under a state of emergency since November 2015, when an IS-claimed suicide bombing in Tunis killed 12 presidential guards.

The state of emergency was extended earlier this month until November 6, amid a tense political climate ahead of legislative and presidential elections planned for next year.

AFP

Suicide Bomber Kills Three, Injures 17 In Maiduguri

BREAKING: Female Suicide Bombers Attack Konduga In Borno

 

A suicide bomber with explosive devices strapped around his body on Monday night detonated himself at a crowded Muna-Datti area of Maiduguri, Borno State, killing three persons in the process.

The Police in that state on Tuesday confirmed the death of three Civilian Joint Task Force members in the attack.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Joseph Kwaji, in a statement made available to Channels Television said 17 people were also injured in the attack.

“On Monday, March 3 at about 2030hrs, a male suicide bomber riding on a bicycle detonated IED strapped to his body at Muna Datti area, killing himself and Three Civilian JTF members while 17 people were injured,” Kwaji said in the statement.

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He said further that following the ugly development, the Explosive Ordinance Device and patrol teams have visited the scene for an on-the-spot assessment.

The victims of the attack, he said have been evacuated to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

The police also gave the assurance that normalcy had already been restored in the area.

Muna Datti is one of the communities in Maiduguri that has been plagued by series of suicide bombing by Boko Haram insurgents.

Suicide Bomber Kills At least 23 In Afghanistan Biggest Attack

Afghan security personnel inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province on February 24, 2018. PHOTO: NOOR MOHAMMAD / AFP

 

At least 23 people, mostly soldiers, were killed and more than a dozen wounded in a series of attacks and suicide bombings in Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, the latest assaults on the war-torn country’s beleaguered security forces.

In the biggest attack, Taliban militants stormed an army base in the western province of Farah overnight, killing at least 18 soldiers.

“Last night a big group of militants attacked an army base in Bala Buluk district of Farah. Unfortunately, we lost 18 soldiers, two soldiers were wounded. We have sent more reinforcements to the area,” defence ministry spokesman Daulat Wazir said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Deputy provincial governor Younus Rasooli said the authorities had sent a fact-finding delegation to Bala Buluk to investigate the assault.

In another attack, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the diplomatic area of Kabul during the morning rush hour, killing at least three people and wounding five others, deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.

“At around 8:30 am, a suicide bomber on foot, well-dressed with a necktie on, was identified at a checkpoint. He blew up his explosives, killing three and wounding five others,” he said, updating an earlier toll.

A security source who requested not to be named said the explosion happened near a compound belonging to the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan intelligence agency. The NDS compound is located near the NATO headquarters and the US embassy.

“I was driving nearby when I heard a big explosion, the windows of my car were smashed. I saw several wounded people on the street near me,” a witness told Tolonews TV adding that security forces had since swarmed the area, closing off the main road leading to the attack site.

The Islamic State group, which is trying to make inroads in Afghanistan, claimed the responsibility for the Kabul attack.

In December, a suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near the same compound, killing at least six civilians.

Kabul has recently seen an increase in attacks by both Taliban and the IS group.

Since mid-January, militants have stormed a luxury hotel, bombed a crowded street and raided a military compound in the capital, killing more than 130 people as the city remains on high alert fearing further violence.

– Car bombings –

In two other attacks on Saturday in volatile southern Helmand province, suicide car bombs killed at least two soldiers and wounded more than a dozen others, officials said.

In the first incident, militants used a Humvee to attack an army base in Nad Ali district but the vehicle was destroyed when soldiers identified it and hit it with a rocket-propelled grenade, provincial spokesman Omar Zawak told AFP.

“Unfortunately, two soldiers were killed in the attack and seven wounded,” he said.

The Nad Ali attack was followed by a second suicide car bombing in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah that wounded seven people.

The attack was against an NDS compound and near a police headquarters in the city, Helmand police spokesman Salaam Afghan told AFP.

The Taliban claimed both attacks in Helmand.

Militants including the Taliban and the Islamic State group have stepped up their attacks on Afghan troops and police in recent months, sapping morale already hit by desertions and corruption.

Afghan soldiers have taken what the UN describes as “shocking” casualties since international forces ended their combat role at the end of 2014, though troop casualty figures are no longer released.

AFP

Soldiers Gun Down Suicide Bomber In UNIMAID

UNIMAID Attacks: Unions Accuse FG Of Insensitivity

 

Soldiers on duty around the University of Maiduguri have gunned down a suicide bomber, averting what would have been a tragic suicide attack.

The suicide bomber, strapped with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED)
made his entrance through the University Printing Press but was sighted and taken out by the soldiers leading to the explosion of the strapped device.

Only the suicide bomber died from the incident.

The university has been the target of suicide attacks since January last year.

After initial attempts to attack the institution, the state government built trenches around the school; and the federal government recently approved a perimeter fencing to further fortify the school.

More to follow…

Five Killed As Suicide Bombers Attack Dalori IDPs Camp

Five Killed As Suicide Bomber Attacks Dalori IDPs Camp

A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber on Wednesday attacked an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Dalori, Borno State.

A source from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed this to Channels Television during a telephone interview.

According to the source, five persons – including the assailant – were killed during the attack while the number of injured victims has yet to be ascertained.

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Suicide Bomber Attacks Mosque, Kills 10 In Borno

Suicide Bombers Kill One, Injure Four In BornoA suicide bomber on Wednesday attacked a mosque killing 10 people and injuring many in Gamboru, Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed that the incident occurred during an early morning prayer.

According to the NEMA’s North East Zonal Coordinator, Bashir Idris Garga told journalists that aid workers operating in Gamboru are attending to those affected.

According to him, the casualty figure is yet to be ascertained.

But sources say no fewer than nine persons died on the spot while many others were injured.

The suicide bomber reportedly detonated his explosives in a mosque during the early morning prayers killing at least 10 people.

Mr Garga says the agency is worried about the new spate of attacks on soft targets across the state.

Volunteers and aid workers are now being trained by NEMA in Maiduguri on safety measures to observe in the line of duty.

Meanwhile, the Borno State Government has announced a review of the curfew in the state, which takes effect from Tuesday, January 2 to Friday, January 6, 2018, from 8 pm to 6 am.

Six Feared Dead After Suicide Attack In Borno

Suicide Bomber Reportedly Kills Six In Borno
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A suicide bomber blew himself up on Thursday at a crowded market in Borno State, allegedly killing at least five people with several others injured.

Security sources said the bomber, who was suspected to be a member of the Boko Haram terrorist group, passed himself off as a grain merchant before the incident occurred.

He was said to have staged the attack in Amarwa village which is about 20 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital in Nigeria’s north-east region.

The attack, which is yet to be confirmed by the military or police, comes days after a failed Boko Haram attack on Christmas Day in Maiduguri.

“Six people died on the spot from the explosion while 13 others were seriously injured,” Babagana Kolo, one of the civilian joint taskforce told AFP.

“The injured have been brought to the general hospital here in Maiduguri while the dead have been buried in the village,” he said.

A local militia Ibrahim Liman also said the assailant went to a shop holding a black plastic bag around 11:30 am and asked the shopkeeper if he would buy grains but the shopkeeper said he was not interested.

“The bomber then walked to a group of people chatting nearby and detonated the explosives concealed in the bag he was carrying,” Liman said.

Amarwa has suffered several Boko Haram attacks in the past eight years in a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions of people.

In recent months, the terrorists have stepped up their attacks on military and civilian targets, despite claims by the Federal Government and the military that they were winning the war against the insurgents.

‘Young Girl’ Suicide Bomber Kills Five Children In Cameroon

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File Photo of car bomb explosion.

Five children were killed on Tuesday night and two others wounded by a suicide bomber described as a “young girl” in a northern region of Cameroon plagued by Boko Haram attacks, sources said Wednesday.

“A suicide bomber blew herself up (on Tuesday) at around 7.45 pm (1845 GMT)” in the village of Zamga, two kilometres (1.2 miles) from the Nigerian border, said a security officer responsible for the zone, reached from the capital Yaounde.

“Five children were killed and two others wounded,” he said on condition of anonymity, adding that the suicide bomber was also killed in the blast.

The attack and the death toll were confirmed to AFP by another security source.

A group of children was playing when “a young girl slipped in” among them, triggering her explosive charge, the safety officer explained.

On Sunday and Monday, at least 20 people were killed in attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon.

Since 2014, when Cameroon went to war against Boko Haram, the jihadi group has killed “2,000 civilians and soldiers” and abducted “a thousand people” in the far north of the country, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG).

Since its emergence eight years ago, Boko Haram has killed at least 20,000 people in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

AFP

Three Killed As Suicide Bombers Strike In IDP Camps

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Three persons have been killed following a suicide bombing attack at Dalori 1 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the northeast National Emergency Management Agency, Abdulkadir Ibrahim revealed that the incident occured at about 11.20 PM on Sunday.

According to the statement, two suicide bombers (a male and female) detonated their Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at the IDP camp leading to the death of three persons while 17 others were injured.

Another incident was said to have occurred at Dalori 2 IDP camp where a suicide bomber was intercepted leading to the death of only the bomber.

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The statement said injured persons have been administered with first aid and moved to hospitals in Maiduguri, the state capital.

This incident is coming hours after three female suicide bombers were killed by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole while trying to infiltrate their location at Kawuri Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.

The suicide bombers were spotted by a vigilant sentry while trying to access the military location.

They were challenged severally and continued advancing, declining several warnings to stop.

Consequently, the troops neutralised them instantly.