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Attacks in Burundi, Kenya warns of impending action, and much more today!




 

AFRICA

Burundi

* Burundian police say at least eight people have been wounded in a series of grenade attacks in the center of the capital Bujumbura. Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said two people have been arrested for their alleged roles in the attacks.

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Kenya

* Kenyan authorities on Tuesday warned against circulation of leaflets and messages of impending attack by Somalia’s Al-Shabaab militant group in the country’s northeast county of Mandera. Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia said some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have started withdrawing some of its non-local workers for fear of being attacked by the Islamist militants due to such hate messages being circulated on the social media.

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Egypt

* Egyptian security forces killed two suspected Islamist militants during clashes in the upscale Cairo district of Maadi on Wednesday, security sources said.

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Libya

* Three members of the Libyan Army Saiqa special forces were killed during heavy fighting in and around Benghazi today, along with three civilians, while Jalaa hospital reported that 22 people had been wounded. It is understood that the soldiers died in Bouatni when IS forces counterattacked and retook the much fought-over Pepsi factory. The assault this morning prompted a response from the air force, which had resumed airstrikes on IS positions on Saturday after a lull of some days. This evening the fighting around the factory was continuing.

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Algeria

* Algerian security forces arrested 32 members of a terrorist group affiliated to Daesh, also known as Islamic State (IS) group, in the province of Boumerdes, local media reported, citing a security source.

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SOUTHWEST ASIA

Yemen

* A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the home of the security chief of the Yemeni province of Lahej on Wednesday night, killing himself and wounding seven people, residents and a security official said. They said the security chief, Brigadier General Adel al-Halemi, was among those wounded in the attack in the al-Mindara district in the eastern part of the city of Aden.

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Syria

* Rockets launched by the al-Qaida-linked al Nusra Front slammed into government-controlled districts of Daraa, killing at least 11 and wounding many more, according to SANA, the official Syrian news agency.

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Iraq

* A local source in Kirkuk Province announced on Wednesday, that the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIL) executed two people by firing squad while trying to escape from the areas controlled by ISIL in Hawija south-west of the city of Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad).

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* The head of the Khalidiya Council in Anbar Province, Ali Dawood, announced on Wednesday, that the nephew of the ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in an Iraqi air strike east of Ramadi, along with eight of his companions.

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* A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday, that ten people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast in northern Baghdad. The source said in a press statement, “This morning, a bomb exploded near a popular market in Tarmiya District in northern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding eight others.”

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Turkey

* Several mortar bombs and gunfire from a part of Syria controlled by ISIL hit a Turkish border town Wednesday, close to where Turkish soldiers were clearing landmines, local residents and media reports said. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the town of Karkamis, which sits across the border from Syria's Jarablus, controlled by the radical Sunni militants.

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INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

Afghanistan

* Local officials said militants had started torching houses of Afghan Local Police (ALP)  personnel and uprising members in a number of districts of northern Kunduz province. They said the rebels began the arson campaign 10 days ago and had so far set ablaze several houses of pro-government people.

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* A drone strike has killed three fighters of the terrorist group of the Islamic State (IS) which is locally known by its Arabic name ‘Daesh’ in eastern Nangarhar province. Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesperson for the police headquarters of Nangarhar province said the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) attack was conducted in Bandar area of Achin District around 04:00 PM on Tuesday.

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India

* A Maoist guerrilla was killed in a gun battle with police in Jharkhand's Khunti district  on Wednesday, police said. Police said that following a tip-off a raid was carried out at a village at Torpa block of Khunti district, around 70 km from Ranchi. There were eight members of the banned Maoist group People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI).

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* One Naxalite has been killed in an encounter with security forces in the Kanker District of Chhattisgarh in early morning hours today. Arms and ammunition were recovered.

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