am i being blind or is there nothing on the London stabbing/terrorist attack. i apologize in advance if just being stupid.
devilstoenail, we were on top of the story yesterday, are awaiting developments today. All I've seen thus far this morning is that police arrested two more people, a man and a woman, but that's from the Washington Times. link I just woke up, (it's 7 a.m. here), will get to it shortly.
[Ynet] A spokesperson for the Egyptian army said troops seized large quantities of smuggled weapons before they reached Gazoo through tunnels in the Rafah area. The shipment seized included Qassam rockets, 110 automatic rifles, eight anti-aircraft missiles, 17 surface-to-air missiles and more. This is according to a post on the spokesperson's Facebook page.
In addition, they reported that Egyptian border officers seized two cars trying to smuggle Grad rockets ...Soviet-developed 122-mm rockets, usually launched from trucks. Newer versions are reported to have a range of up to 30 km.... and other weapons from Libya into Egypt.
"We'll go to war with those sons of pigs and monkeys when we're good and ready to go to war with those sons of pigs and monkeys. Until then y'all sit tight and pipe down, you hear?"
[AFP] Algerian commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar "supervised" twin suicide bombings that killed at least 20 people in Niger, the Mauritanian news agency Al-Akhbar reported.
"It was Belmokhtar who himself supervised the operational plans of attacks" on the Agadez army base and a French-run uranium mine, El-Hassen Ould Khalil, spokesman for Belmokhtar's "Signatories in Blood" group, was quoted as saying.
He said the near-simultaneous bombings "targeted elite French forces" who were providing security at the uranium mine in northern Arlit that is majority-owned by France's Areva.
"More than 10 fighters took part in these attacks," the spokesman told the online press agency, adding that they were jointly led with the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa.
MUJAO, one of the extremist groups that seized control of northern Mali last year before being driven out by French-led troops, had earlier claimed the bombings.
"Thanks to Allah, we have carried out two operations against the enemies of Islam in Niger," MUJAO spokesman Abu Walid Sahraoui told AFP.
The "Signatories in Blood" spokesman, who also goes by the alias "Julaibib," said the deadly operations were carried out in the name of top Al-Qaeda operative Abou Zeid, killed in fighting led by the French army in the Ifoghas mountains in northern Mali in late February.
Belmokhtar, a former leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, left that group late last year to create "Signatories in Blood."
[Al Ahram] Islamist group claims responsibility for killing 20 people in Niger in response to country's involvement in French offensive against Death Eaters in Mali
Islamist Death Eaters staged twin suicide boom-mobileings on an army base and a French-run uranium mine in Niger on Thursday, killing at least 20 people and taking several trainee officers hostage in the impoverished west African state.
An Islamist group claimed the unprecedented attacks as Dire Revenge™ against the country's involvement in La Belle France's offensive against Death Eaters in neighbouring Mali.
They come just four months after Al-Qaeda linked Death Eaters seized a desert gas plant in neighbouring Algeria in a siege that left 38 hostages dead, also in retaliation against the intervention in Mali.
The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), one of the Islamist groups which seized control of northern Mali last year before being driven out by French-led troops, claimed the near simultaneous bombings at the Agadez army base and the French majority-owned uranium mine in Arlit.
"Thanks to Allah, we have carried out two operations against the enemies of Islam in Niger," MUJAO front man Abu Walid Sahraoui told AFP.
"We attacked La Belle France and Niger for its cooperation with La Belle France in the war against sharia (Islamic law)."
French President Francois Hollande ...the Socialist president of La Belle France, an economic bad joke for la Belle France but seemingly a foreign policy realist... vowed to help Niger "destroy" the Death Eaters and said La Belle France would back "all the efforts of Niger to stop the hostage situation" at the army base.
"We will not intervene in Niger as we did in Mali, but we have the same willingness to cooperate to fight against terrorism," he said.
The first boom-mobile went off at dawn at the army base in Agadez, the largest city in mostly desert northern Niger.
Eighteen soldiers and a civilian were killed along with four attackers at the army base, Interior Minister Abdou Labo said.
"A fifth bomber has locked himself up in an office with several trainee officers as hostages (at Agadez)," Labo said. "We are taking action to arrest the bomber and free the hostages."
About 30 minutes after the first attack, a jacket wallah blew up an explosives-laden four-by-four at the Somair uranium mine and processing facility as employees reported for work at the site, which is majority-owned by La Belle France's Areva.
Areva said one person was killed at the mine located some 250 kilometres (150 miles) north of Agadez, but did not identify the victim. It added that 14 others were maimed.
Labo said however that around 50 people were maimed at the mine, adding that almost all of the victims were security agents.
Defence Minister Mahamadou Karidjo described the attackers as "redskins", in a reference to members of the country's Tuareg and Arab groups.
Agadez resident Barka Sofa said he heard a strong kaboom outside the army base followed by heavy weapons fire, while a local journalist reported heavy damage inside the camp.
"All the streets of Agadez are blocked. The army is sweeping the city," Sofa added.
At the mine, an employee told AFP that "a man in military uniform driving a four-by-four packed with explosives mixed in with the Somair workers and blew up his vehicle in front of the power station at the uranium treatment facility."
"Company managers told us the suicide bomber was killed in the kaboom," he added, saying the blast had caused damage but had not stopped work at the site.
Somair is 63.6-percent-owned by Areva and 36.4-percent-owned by SOPAMIN, the agency that manages Niger's state mining interests.
Areva, the world's second-largest uranium producer, extracts more than a third of its uranium in the impoverished west African country and has operated in Niger for more than 40 years.
The attacks come some four months after the seige in neighbouring Algeria that left 38 hostages dead, including 37 foreigners.
Areva condemned the blast as a "terrorist attack" on its website and said Nigerien authorities had stepped up security measures at its facilities.
Niger is part of the African-led Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA), a regional military mission launched to help reclaim northern Mali from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM) and two allied Islamist groups that seized the vast desert territory in the chaotic aftermath of a March 2012 military coup.
French troops have so far led the operation against the Islamists, which was launched in January and has pushed the bully boyz from the territory they had brutally ruled.
Islamist groups have carried out several kidnappings in Niger in recent years, especially in the north.
Seven employees of Areva and one of its subcontractors were kidnapped in September 2010 by AQIM. Four Frenchies are still being held by their kidnappers.
These sites are continually updating as news comes in.
o Security services in spotlight after soldier murder
o Police investigating the murder of a soldier on a busy London street are looking into whether the two suspected killers, British men of Nigerian descent, were part of a wider conspiracy.
o Video shows police shooting soldier's suspected killers
o In attacker's argot, Londoners shocked to hear one of their own
o Scout mistress who berated knifemen hailed for "spirit of London"
o Attack spurs Muslim community soul-searching, backlash fear
o Exiled cleric who taught UK knifeman praises "courage"
Sky News, articles major and minor -- scroll down. Key at time of posting:
o Man with #EDL badge demands police tear down tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby. Others agree. It was Gandhi's "eye for an eye" quote. #woolwich
o Suspects Michael Adebolajo, 28, originally from Romford in Essex, and Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale, 22, of Greenwich in southeast London, are under police guard in hospital.
o Police are today questioning a man and a woman, both 29, arrested in raids on six properties in London and Lincolnshire.
o Two men have been arrested for making alleged offensive comments on a social networking website about the killing of a serving British soldier in London. A 23-year-old and a 22-year-old, both from Bristol, were held under the Public Order Act on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred. The two men were later released on bail pending further inquiries.
Lots of human interest and background stories.
o 10.35am Drummer Lee Rigby has been formally identified as the soldier killed in Woolwich.
A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: "The soldier who was murdered in Woolwich on Wednesday, 22 May, has been formally identified as Lee Rigby, 25, following a post mortem examination which concluded last night, Thursday 23 May.
The Stockholm fire brigade has tackled fires at at least two schools as rioting in suburbs of the Swedish capital continued for a fifth night.
Firefighters also dealt with fires in 15 cars, two containers and a fourth building, the brigade said, while police made eight arrests.
But the unrest appeared to be less intense than on other nights.
The nightly riots began in a deprived, largely immigrant suburb where police shot a man dead last week.
They have since spread around the city, with groups of youths stoning police and firefighters summoned to tackle arson attacks.
Rioting on this scale is unprecedented for the Swedish capital and has raised questions about the success of the country's attempts to integrate foreign-born residents, who now make up some 15% of the population.
The Justice Department did more than seize a Fox News reporter's emails while suggesting he was a criminal "co-conspirator" in a leak case -- it did so under one of the most serious wartime laws in America, the Espionage Act.
It's the same law used by the Nixon administration to go after The New York Times and Daniel Ellsberg over the leak of the Pentagon Papers. It's the law used to charge the Rosenbergs, American communists, for allegedly passing secret information to the Soviet Union -- they were executed for the offense in 1953.
One Washington attorney, who represents two defendants recently charged under that World War I-era law, told FoxNews.com that the decision by the Justice Department to invoke it in the current case is "beyond chilling" -- and could set a dangerous precedent for going after reporters.
Nah, in the brief time that the Kremlin records were open in the early 90s, some stuff turned up that validated their participation. Had they turned in their fellow travelers early enough, Stalin wouldn't have gotten the bomb or at least taken a lot longer to do so. Would there have been a Berlin Crisis or Korean War? Probably not.
[Pak Daily Times] Unknown gunnieskidnapped two people including a driver from Dhadar area of Kachhi district, Levies force said here on Wednesday. A Quetta-bound vehicle carrying vegetables from Shikarpur was intercepted by gunnies who took away the driver, Gul Hassan and Javed along with their vehicle to an unknown location. Levies force officials say a case has been registered and efforts are underway to recover the kidnapped men.
[Pak Daily Times] A tractor driver was injured when his vehicle hit a landmine in Turbat. As per official sources, they said the landmine was planted along the roadside by unknown men. The tractor was damaged completely and injured driver was shifted to a nearby hospital. Every time I see the name Turbat, I think "turbot." The exploding fish thing just seems to fit right in...
[Pak Daily Times] Unidentified armed snuffies kidnapped four doctors in the Ghazni Khel Police Station jurisdiction. According to police sources, the doctors were going to Dera Ismail Khan ... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ... . Police said that it has laid a siege on all the entry and exit points to prevent the snuffies to shift the doctors to tribal agencies.
[Dawn] A second child has contracted polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... in a restive Pak tribal region near the Afghan border after the Taliban banned vaccinations there nearly a year ago, a UN official said Thursday.
The first polio case was detected in the North Wazoo region, also known as the strong bastion of Taliban and al Qaeda linked bad turbans, earlier this month, with officials expecting a "bigger outbreak" of the disease.
"This is the second child, a 36-month-old boy getting paralysed after contracting polio," the World Health Organisation's senior coordinator for polio eradication in Pakistain, Elias Durry, told AFP.
Tribesmen in North Waziristan had endorsed the Taliban ban and stopped authorities from vaccinating children under a nationwide campaign in June last year.
"The problem is that it is just a tip of the iceberg," Durry said, adding, "This is what will happen if we have children without polio vaccination."
He said: "We fear there will be more cases in North Waziristan, its neighbourhood and other tribal regions and northwestern districts if the vaccine is not administered to the children." He said there were approximately 161,000 children in North Waziristan district alone who have not been administered with a polio vaccine since June last year.
The Taliban have alleged that the vaccination campaign is a cover for espionage.
Efforts to tackle the highly infectious disease have been hampered over the years by local suspicion about vaccines being a plot to sterilise Musselmens, particularly in Pakistain's conservative and poorly educated northwest.
Pakistain, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only three countries in the world where the highly infectious, crippling disease remains endemic. Infections shot up from a low of 28 in 2005 to almost 200 last year.
[BETA.DAWN] Pak authorities once placed in durance vile Book 'im, Mahmoud! an American citizen now known to have been killed in a US drone strike in the country, but he escaped after being released on bail.
The B.O. regime revealed Wednesday that Jude Kenan Mohammad died in a US drone strike in Pakistain's tribal region, making him the fourth American citizen killed by unmanned aircraft in Pakistain and Yemen.
Mohammad was indicted by federal authorities in 2009 as part of an alleged plot to attack the US Marine Corps base in Quantico, VA.
Before he could be arrested, Mohammad fled to Pakistain.
Pak officials said in 2008 that Mohammad was arrested when he tried to enter the Mohmand tribal area without permission.
He was released on bail and failed to show up at a 2009 court hearing.
[An Nahar] Attacks in Iraq on Thursday killed 11 people, including four soldiers, officials said, the latest in a wave of violence that has left 420 people dead so far this month.
Gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Taji, north of Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... , killing the four soldiers and wounding five others, security and medical officials said.
Near Baquba, also north of the capital, a roadside kaboom in a market killed four people and maimed two, while gunnies killed two police and maimed two others in another attack.
Gunmen also killed a civilian in the north Iraq city of djinn-infested Mosul, police and a doctor said.
And in Tikrit, another city north of Storied Baghdad, a roadside kaboomwent kaboom! near a police patrol, wounding two coppers.
Thursday's attacks come a day after 22 people were killed in violence, among them were 12 rubbed out at a Storied Baghdad brothel and eight Death Eaters killed by security forces.
[Ynet] Israeli NGO Shurat HaDin launches campaign to raise awareness to ICC lawsuits filed by PA; video warns 'not only senior IDF officials are in danger of being sued for war crimes, but also your nephew, who was in Golani, caught during his post-IDF-service backpacking trip'
A video circulating online over the past few days features coppers in a Finland airport handcuffing a young Israeli man only for admitting he had served in the Israeli army.
The video turned out to be part of a campaign ran by Shurat HaDin, an Israeli NGO dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism. The campaign works to raise awareness to the dangers that can accompany an arrest of a former IDF soldier -- dangers pertaining to possible appeals by the Paleostinian Authority to the International Criminal Court ... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ... in The Hague.
"The video tries to exemplify what could happen to an IDF soldier in a country that is a member of the international court in The Hague, if we don't prepare and threaten with a countersuit," said Shurat HaDin chairwoman Nitsana Darshan-Leitner.
The video, which was recently released, is circulating in social networks and various media and shows a young Israeli man dressed in a t-shirt with the logo of his IDF unit and shorts, ostensibly the stereotypical Israeli backpacker, as he is incarcerated Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! and handcuffed by police in the passport control station of a foreign airport.
While he is being taken away, voices in the background can be heard as they are passing on a rumor that he was detained after he was asked if had served in the IDF.
"Call my parents," he asks those around as he is being handcuffed.
The video got thousands of hits online, but the timing of its release, only a few hours before the Beersheba bank massacre, made Shurat HaDin worry that the video may cause panic, as one of the first assessments regarding the Beersheba shooting was that it might have been nationalistically motivated. Shurat HaDin therefore issued a statement clarifying that the video was directed, and was part of a campaign promoted by the organization.
"We wanted to raise awareness in the public that nowadays, after Paleostine was recognized by the UN as an observer state, not only senior IDF officials are in danger of being sued for war crimes and have a warrant for their arrest hovering over their heads, but also your nephew, who was in Golani and was caught during his post-IDF-service backpacking trip," said PR agent Sefi Shaked, who created the campaign.
"We informed the IDF Spokesperson's Unit and the Foreign Ministry about the campaign, but the Beersheba attack changed things. We didn't want to cause gratuitous panic and we chose to disclose the fact that the video was directed," Shaked added.
According to Darshan-Leitner, the campaign was meant to encourage Israelis who are victims of terror to come forth and deliver testimonies that could be used as evidence in case the Paleostinians choose to pursue legal proceedings in the ICC.
"Ever since the authority has become a UN observer state, it is threatening to turn to The Hague in order to prosecute IDF servicemen for war crimes. It did so last year and was told that as long as it does not have a state status, it will not be able to do so.
Now that the "threat" of the ICC suit returned to haunt many Israelis who served in the IDF, Shurat HaDin decided to launch "a preemptive attack and threaten to sue the leader of the Paleostinian Authority for international crimes as part of the Intifada, in the name of thousands of terror victims," Darshan-Leitner asserted.
"That is why we ask victims of terror to deliver testimonies, which could be used as evidence in countersuits. The testimonies will only be used if the Paleostinians Authority takes action," the NGO chairwoman said.
[An Nahar] Seventy-five fighters from Hizbullah have been killed in Syria since late last year, a source close to the group said on Thursday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gave a higher corpse count, saying 104 Hizbullah members had been killed in Syria since last autumn, but a Hizbullah front man denied the figures. "!, !! ∴ !!"
"There have been 57 killed and 18 others who have died of their wounds since the start of its participation in the war in Syria," the source close to Hizbullah told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said 104 Hizbullah fighters had been killed in all in fighting in central Homs province, which borders Leb, and around a revered Shiite pilgrimage site just south of Damascus.
"In the past five days, 46 were killed in Qusayr, 20 more died in the same area earlier this month, and 38 have died since the autumn in Homs province and at the Sayyeda Zeinab shrine," the Britannia-based watchdog chief said.
Hizbullah front man Ibrahim Moussawi told AFP: "I deny these figures. When we decide to give any information, we'll be in touch."
Hizbullah combatants have become increasingly involved in Syria's conflict, fighting alongside Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Horror of Homs... 's forces against an insurgency that flared after a brutal regime crackdown on democracy protests.
Initially Hizbullah said it wanted only to defend 13 Syrian villages along the border where Lebanese Shiites live, and the Sayyeda Zeinab shrine, revered by Shiites around the world.
However its elite fighters later encircled the rebel-held central town of Qusayr with regime troops before the launch on Sunday of a withering assault on the strategic border town that is home to 25,000 people.
[An Nahar] At least nine people were killed on Thursday in ongoing festivities between the rival Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, as different caliber mortars in addition to flare bombs were introduced to the battle for the first time.
The fighting intensified as the night fell on the city after intermittent festivities throughout the day, amid several futile attempts to reach a ceasefire.
"We're about to reach a ceasefire decision to which everyone would commit and which would allow the implementation of a comprehensive security plan and a broader deployment by the Lebanese army on the frontier between the two districts and on all fighting frontiers, in order to restore security and stability in the city," MP Mohammed Kabbara announced in the afternoon.
MTV reported that caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati had invited the leaders of the fighting frontiers to a meeting at his residence and that they refused to attend it, but the premier's office denied the report.
The National News Agency said two people were killed in the evening in Jabal Mohsen, identifying them as Ali al-Ali and Suleiman al-Ali.
"Stray bullets reached al-Tal, Abi Samra and al-Qobbeh, sparking a major state of fear among citizens," NNA said.
Later, Voice of Leb radio (100.5) said Milad Hadshiti was killed when a sniper shot struck him in the head at the Hariri Project area in al-Qobbeh.
The security forces will take the necessary measures to restore clam in Tripoli within the coming few hours, NNA said.
Earlier, the army said three troops were maimed when an army base in the Dahr al-Mughr area came under gunfire. Two other soldiers were also injured, one critically, when their civilian car came under gunfire outside the entrance of the North's military hospital.
"Army units responded to the sources of gunfire and launched a major crackdown to arrest the perpetrators while the maimed were transported to hospital for treatment," said a statement issued by the Army Command.
A security source had told Agence La Belle France Presse: "Very violent fighting took place last night until 5:00 am that killed six people and maimed 40. The festivities and shelling affected several areas of the city, including the center,"
NNA said the gunbattles witnessed for the first time the use of 60 and 81 mm caliber mortar shells.
[An Nahar] The Syrian army on Thursday opened fire on a vehicle for the Lebanese joint border security force that was staging a patrol in the Wadi Khaled border town of al-Nabi Berri, state-run National News Agency reported.
The incident did not cause any casualties although it created an uproar in the region, NNA said.
The vehicle was taken to a nearby base belonging to the joint force, the agency added.
Earlier on Thursday, Future TV said "Hizbullah members clashed with a patrol for the Lebanese joint border security force in the Hawik-al-Nabi Berri area."
"Hizbullah encircled a patrol for the Lebanese joint border security force, but one of its members managed to reach Akroum to seek its residents' assistance," it added.