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* Rwandan police have arrested several people suspected of being linked to Islamic State, less than a week after the police killed a preacher accused of encouraging youths to join the militant group.



* An airplane mechanic, whose family member has ties to Islamic State in Syria, is accused of planting a bomb on the Russian passenger plane which crashed in Egypt last October, according to a published report. Two unidentified sources told Reuters the EgyptAir  mechanic had been arrested along with two airport officers and a baggage handler who is suspected of helping the man plant the bomb on the airliner.




* The Islamic State militant group has executed 3,895 people including 2,114 civilians in Syria in the past 19 months. The nearly 4,000 executed people included 78 children and 116 women, a monitor said on Friday.



* Turkey has accused Russia of again violating its airspace and warned it would "face consequences" if such infringements continue. The foreign ministry said a Russian jet flew into its airspace on the border with Syria on Friday. Moscow described the claim as "baseless propaganda".




* A group of unknown assailants threw makeshift petrol bombs outside the house of a Greek minister in central Athens early Saturday, causing damage but no injuries, police officials said. The attack took place outside the house of State Minister Alekos Flabouraris, a top adviser to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in the downtown area of Exarchia, a police official said.





* A total of 14 Taliban militants have been captured in the Darqad district of Afghanistan's northern province of Takhar, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Saturday. "A Taliban shadow judge named Najib-ul-Rhaman and Mullah Shukrullah, the Taliban's 'shadow mayor' for Darqad district have been captured along with 12 other militants following a recent military operation carried out by NDS personnel in the district," NDS, the country's national spy agency, said in a statement.


* At least three members of the Afghan security forces were killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in eastern Afghanistan, an official today said. Gen Abdul Habib Sayedkhaili, the Kunar provincial police chief, said the dead include the police chief and intelligence chief of Sarkano district, in Kunar Province.



* Deep in the "Red Corridor", heart of India's 24-year long Maoist insurgency, a police official was killed on Saturday in a gun battle with Maoists in Bihar's Munger district, officials said today. Bhawesh Kumar, assistant sub inspector at the Dharhara police station in Munger, was killed in the gunfight near Bangali Bandh.


* About 13 months after the terror attack in Bangalore's Church Street that took place on the evening of December 28, 2014, that killed one woman and injured three, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) claims to have solved the case with the arrest of a Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activist identified as Mohammed Rafeeq alias Jaweed alias Alam Jeb Afridi, a native of Ahmedabad.


* A militant commander of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was killed Saturday in a gunfight with troops in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said. The gunfight broke out Friday night in the village of Dardpora-Lolpora, in the frontier district of Kupwara, about 110 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.


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