Two police and four villagers, three of them children, were injured in a grenade attack on a police checkpoint in Pattani province on Sunday night.
Six policemen were operating the checkpoint outside Yarang district police station when terrorists attackers fired a grenade at it using an M79 launcher. Police think the grenade was launched from a public health station opposite the police station.
On Sunday evening, a village leader and his wife were gunned down in Thung Yang Daeng district. Ahwae Lunae, 45, and his wife, Boonruen, 45, were riding home on a motorcycle when a terrorist gunman opened fire on them.
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[An Nahar] The father of al-Qaeda-inspired gunman Mohamed Merah, who was rubbed out by French police in March after going on a killing spree, has filed a murder suit in Gay Paree, his lawyers said Monday.
"This is a suit against unnamed persons for murder with aggravating circumstances concerning those who gave the orders at the top of the police" during the assault on Merah's flat in Toulouse ...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France... , said lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre.
Mohamed Benalel Merah said in March that he wanted to sue the RAID elite police unit that rubbed out his son on March 22 during a shootout at the end of a 32-hour siege at his flat in the southern French city.
The 23-year-old had rubbed out three soldiers, and three children and a teacher at a Jewish school, in a wave of killings that shocked the country.
He filmed himself carrying out the attacks and reportedly confessed to police before he was rubbed out.
"You've got 300 to 400 heavily armed people and a guy shut up all alone in his apartment. That alone is enough to raise questions," said Coutant-Peyre, who is part of Merah's legal team headed by Algerian lawyer Zahia Mokhtari.
She said the family had video evidence that would be handed over to the authorities when they requested it.
Mokhtari said in April that she had proof that Merah was "liquidated", including two 20-minute videos probably filmed by Merah himself before he was rubbed out.
[An Nahar] Helicopter gunships on Monday fired on rebels in central and northwestern Syria in a bid to snuff out armed opposition as violence killed 103 people across the country, a watchdog and activists said.
The Local Coordination Committees, the main activist group spurring protests on the ground, said regime forces killed 89 people across the country, including women, children and rebels.
Thirty-five people were killed in Idlib, 15 in Hama, 14 in Deir Ezzor, eight in the countryside around Damascus ...Home to a staggering array of terrorist organizations... , five in Aleppo ...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins... , five in Latakia, five in Homs and two in the capital Damascus, the LCC said.
The rebel positions were targeted from the air in al-Heffa, in the northwestern province of Latakia, and in Rastan, in the central region of Homs, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Government troops have been pounding al-Heffa daily for the past week to crush fighters of the Free Syrian Army deployed in the rugged countryside near the Turkish border, activists said.
Activists said Monday's assault was violent and described the situation in al-Heffa as "terrible," although there were no immediate reports of any casualties.
"Army tanks are deployed at the entrances of the town. They have never come this close before," activist Sema Nassar told Agence La Belle France Presse in Beirut via Skype, weeping as she spoke.
"There's only one doctor working to treat the maimed in the town," of 30,000 people, said Nassar, adding most of the residents have fled.
"Some civilians have stayed behind to help the rebel fighters defend the town," she added.
Regime forces also used helicopters to attack rebel positions in Rastan, a town which has faced intermittent army shelling "for months," the Britannia-based Observatory said.
Four civilians, including a young girl, were killed in the violence, it added.
Troops have trying to overrun Rastan since mid-May, after rebel fighters from the battered city of Homs regrouped in the town which straddles the main highway linking Damascus to the north.
In restive Qusayr, also in Homs province, another two non-combatants were killed, the Observatory said.
Activists in the central province of Hama told AFP that regime troops continued to target towns and villages in the region, where anti-regime sentiment was strong.
"We are worried about how much violence there might be there right now, because we have heard that regime forces are using residents as human shields," an activist who identified himself as Abu Ghazi al-Hamwi told AFP via Skype.
At least five people were killed across Hama on Monday, the Observatory said.
Elsewhere, at least nine people were killed in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, where rebels and regime forces clashed, while a blast in the northwestern city of Idlib killed a civilian and seven regime forces, it added.
Also in Idlib, 11 others were killed, including three rebels, six regime troops, two women and a teenager, according to the watchdog, while in the northern province of Aleppo, two people were killed as festivities intensified.
And after days of violence in the capital, a booby-trapped car went kaboom! in the central district of Barzeh killing one person, the Observatory added, while gunniesrubbed out a ruling Baath party official in the city suburbs.
The latest deaths took place after at least 63 people were killed nationwide on Sunday -- 38 civilians, 19 soldiers, and six rebel fighters -- the Observatory reported.
[Bangla Daily Star] Bangladesh border and coastiess yesterday pushed back 11 boats carrying around 500 Myanmar nationals as they tried to enter Bangladesh through Cox's Bazar for refuge from sectarian violence in Rakhine state.
In the face of the deadly festivities between Mohammedans and Buddhists, the United Nations ...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks... have also been evacuating their staff from its Maungdaw base in western Myanmar, reports AFP.
It evacuated the first batch of staff to the Myanmar capital on Sunday followed by the second batch on Monday, said Ashok Nigam, UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Yangon.
The Myanmar government on Sunday declared a state of emergency in Rakhine to deal with the violence.
Meanwhile, ...back at the alley, Slats Chumbaloni was staring into a hole that was just .45 inch in diameter and was less than three feet from his face ... the intruders, who were denied entrance to Bangladesh yesterday, were mostly of Mohammedan Rohingya families.
Out in the sea for the last few days, these panic-stricken people had very little food and water with them and were intensely unwilling to go back.
Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) intercepted three engine boats carrying at least 182 Myanmar nationals in the Naf River, about one kilometre from the BGB Shah Pori Dwip observatory post in Teknaf, around 7:30am and sent them back, said Maj Shafiqur Rahman, second-in-command of 42 battalion.
Most of the intruders were women and kiddies, he added.
Failing to cross the border the three boats headed towards the St Martin's Island later when another boat with refugees joined the fleet. But they faced resistance from the coastiess.
Station officer Lt Badroddoza of Coast Guard Teknaf Station told The Daily Star that they had pushed back the four boats around 12:30pm.
"We later came to know that the boats landed in Nakhunda area of Myanmar," he said.
[Bangla Daily Star] The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday framed 17 specific charges of war crimes against former BNP politician Abdul Alim, which include genocide, murder of Bangalee civilians, and burning people alive during the Liberation War.
The eighty-one-year-old politician and former minister of Ziaur Rahman's cabinet was also charged with attempt, abetment and conspiracy to commit crimes against humanity during the war.
The three-member Tribunal-2, led by its Chairman Justice ATM Fazle Kabir and members Justice Obaidul Hassan and Judge Md Shahinur Islam, framed the charges and fixed July 9 for the trial to begin with opening statement from the prosecution.
Of the 17 charges, 15 were framed in connection with Alim's alleged involvement in the killing of at least 585 people in 15 incidents. The two other charges were in connection with looting, arson, deportation and detention of unarmed civilians.
Of the 15, three were for committing genocide, which claimed the lives of 406 people, mostly Hindus.
Born on November 1, 1930, in West Bengal of India, Alim with his family migrated to Joypurhat in 1950-51. In 1958, he joined the Moslem League. He was an influential leader of the Convention Moslem League and Vice-Chairman of Bogra District Council in 1971.
According to the charges, Alim allegedly committed all the crimes in Joypurhat.
After Ziaur Rahman took over the helm of the country, he made Alim a minister in 1978. Alim also joined Zia's then newly formed party the BNP, according to the information at the tribunal and defence documents. He was elected as a politician from Joypurhat in 1979, 1996 and 2001 elections.
"He [Alim] established an army camp, peace committee office [a collaborator force] and training centre for Razakars and accommodation for one Pak Major Afzal occupying the Gadi Ghar [trading office], business and homestead of one Shownlal Bajla, a jute trader of Joypurhat, after he was compelled to go to India leaving behind all his assets," said the tribunal.
Members of the peace committee and the Razakar force actively collaborated with the Pak forces to commit genocide and mass killings in the nine-month-long war during which 30 lakh Bangalees were killed and over two lakh women raped, historic documents say.
In one of the charges of genocide, the Tribunal-2 said: on April 26, 1971, local peace committee chairman Alim accompanied by other members of the committee and the Mighty Pak Army personnel launched a surprise attack on Hindu civilians in the Hindu-dominated villages of Koroi, Kadipur, Chawkpara, Sonarpara, Palpara, Munshipara in Joypurhat.
The attack was planned in consultation with Pakistain army Major Afzal.
"Entering their homes, [they] started damaging property, looting and arson and thereby created havoc and then you [Alim] and your accomplices brought the Hindu civilians out their homes and lined them up and 370 Hindu unarmed civilians of those villages of Koroi Kadipur locality were shot to death," said Tribunal-2.
"One 90-year-old Kanchira Mohan's throat was slit and he was killed, and one Aswini Kumar Debnath was buried alive. Then you [Abdul Alim] and your accomplices left the scene of the crime and afterwards the bodies were dumped in a mass grave," the charges read.
"Therefore, you Abdul Alim are hereby charged for substantially abetting and contributing to the commission of the offence of large-scale killing of the Hindu community as genocide with the intent to destroy the community either in whole or in part," the tribunal said.
[Yemen Post] The Yemeni army managed to retake control of a key ammunition factory called 7 October located in the southern trouble-torn province of Abyan, ...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues... , leaving at least 25 faceless myrmidons killed, local sources told the local news website al-Masdar on Monday.
The troops assisted by the tribal militias, which were formed to help the army kick the faceless myrmidons out from Zinjubar and Ja'ar, regained control over the key ammunition factory after fierce festivities with the bad boys, the sources said.
The sources, according to al-Masdar, added that the calashes erupted in the early hours of Monday and lasted until 10 a.m. The army troops advanced towards Ja'ar and they are positioned at its entrances ready to storm the town. They noted that at least 4 soldiers were killed and two others maimed. War planes accompanied with heavy artillery shelling on the bad boys' hideouts helped the troops advance and achieve progress in the battles which forced thousands of families to evacuate their homes.
Two civilians were maimed as a result of the army air strikes, according to the sources. The army has stepped up its operations in Abyan with the aim of eliminating the al-Qaeda-linked faceless myrmidons in Abyan,
Being significantly hit by the intensive army attacks, al-Qaeda resorted to carrying out deadly suicide kabooms, which left hundreds of soldiers killed and others maimed. Last month,the terror network grabbed credit for a suicide attack in Sana'a. The deadly attack left more than 100 soldiers performing rehearsals for a parade killed and other 300 maimed.
(Sh. M. Network)-Two dead bodies with their heads ripped off by Al shabab fighters were found lying in a rebel-held town in central Somalia, witnesses and officials said.
According to El Bur residents who spoke with Shabelle Media via phone under anonymity, said two headless bodies of young boys were seen in early hours on Monday in the heart of the city that are believed to been killed by the Islamist militants.
The executions have shocked the people of El Bur town, which fell to Al-Shabab insurgents yesterday, following the pull-out of Ethiopian and ASWJ troops from the city under unidentified circumstance.
Al shabab officials charged the victims to have been to spying for Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a ASWJ, a pro-Transitional Federal Government militia in central Somalia.
[Dawn] Taliban took full control of Kukikhel ...a tribe of primitives inhabiting Khyber Agency. They are a branch of the Afridi tribe. Traditionally they have been migratory, tromping between Jamrud and the Rajgal valley with the seasons. The tribe has had mustache-cursing relationships with several other tribes, including the Zakkakhel and Kambarkhel, and with the Mullagori. They make welcome most anyone with a turban and automatic weapons, but every once in awhile they get together a tribal lashkar to mollify the government... -dominated areas of Tirah as more families left their homes and moved to Jamrud.
Sources said that besides fortifying their positions in the newly-occupied localities, Taliban had also torched houses of some Kukikhel elders in Bagh and Sra Vela. They said Taliban in announcements made on loudspeakers from local mosques had asked residents to hoist white flags atop their houses and volunteer one person from each family to join the Taliban.
"The entire Tirah valley, except Bazaar Zakhakhel, is now under effective control of three cut-thoat groups, Tehrik-e-Taliban
Pakistain (Tariq Afridi group), Mangal Bagh ...a former bus driver, now head of the Deobandi bandido group Lashkar-e-Islam and the Terror of Khyber Agency... -led Lashkar-e-Islam and Ansaarul Islam," confirmed Bakhtiar Mohmand, assistant political agent of Jamrud.
He said that while Taliban entrenched themselves in Kukikhel areas, Mangal Bagh was holding the fort in Sipah and Malikdinkhel areas, but the Zakhakhel tribe was in control of Bazaar Zakhakhel.
The official said that his administration had made arrangements to shift Kukikhel families to Jalozai camp, established for internally displaced families of Bara, but so far no-one had approached them.
"Most of the displaced families have opted to live with their relatives in different parts of Jamrud and only a few were without any abode but they too were reluctant to go to Jalozai and preferred rented houses," he said.
Muhammad Irfan, a resident of Jamrud, told Dawn that except for Puk Darra and Daman-e-Koh, all areas, including Sra Vela, Bagh, Pathai, Ghakhai, Baarhi Saporhi and Maniyakhel, had fallen to Taliban and residents had moved to Ali Masjid and Ghundi in Jamrud. He however, denied that any offer had been made by the political administration to any of the displaced families and said they had not received any assistance from local authorities.
He said residents of Puk Darra and Daman-e-Koh were also eager to leave their homes for fear of Taliban, but all routes leading to Jamrud and Bazaar Zakhakhel were either occupied by Taliban or activists of Lashkar-e-Islam. Muhammad Irfan conceded that the Kukikhel lashkar which was no match for the Taliban had to succumb to the Taliban pressure.
He said that except for two Kukikhel elders in Tirah, Malik Zabita Khan and Malik Zaboor, all other notables were against the formation of a lashkar or peace committee against Taliban in Tirah. "We were short of arms and ammunition and financial resources whereas Taliban were well-equipped and well-trained and, therefore, we would not be able to hold our ground for long against them," he acknowledged. He also said that while Malik Zabita Khan and his family had come to Jamrud, Malik Zaboor fled to Afghanistan.
Both the Kukikhel elders had in February this year convened a jirga of their tribe and ordered all cut-thoat groups including Taliban to leave their area or face resistance.
In 2010, Taliban of the Tariq Afridi group established some hideouts in Dwa Thoe and Mehraban Kali after they had been forced to flee from Darra Adam Khel by security forces. Clashes have been taking place since then with Taliban carrying out at least two suicide kabooms against Kukikhels in 2010 and 2011, killing more than a hundred rustics.
Khaistha Gul, another Kukikhel primitive, said they had lost their homes and agricultural land to Taliban. The Kukikhels were also forced to surrender their arms at the Nakai checkpost near Nari Bara established by Lashkar-e-Islam.
He thanked the Al Khidmat Foundation which, he said, had set up a relief camp at Ali Masjid where displaced families were getting food and water. It was also providing transport to those who wanted to move to other places.
[Dawn] At least five men said to be associated with a notorious gang of drug peddlers were rubbed out and their accomplice was maimed in a gun attack on Sunday in the Mauripur area, police said, linking the incident to gang warfare in Lyari.
The police believed that over a dozen men belonging to the Shiraz Comrade gang had arrived at the residence of Haji Salam alias Salamu, situated in Musharraf Colony, either to get his gang's support for the People's Amn Committee or to convince him to not forge a likely alliance with the Arshad Pappu group. Failing in their attempt, they opened fire on the Salamu gang and fled, according to senior coppers.
The dear departed persons were identified as Haji Salam alias Salamu, 57, his brother, Shehzad alias Charlie, 43, their nephew, Kamal Nasir, and their two associates, Waseem and Altaf, said Mauripur SHO Sub-inspector Mohammad Atif.
The official added that a son of Shehzad, Asghar, was maimed in the attack carried out after the gangs had an altercation during the daytime in the 500-Quarters area of Musharraf Colony, off Hawksbay Road.
During initial investigation, the SHO said, it emerged that the Shiraz Comrade group wanted Salamu group's allegiance for the outlawed Amn Committee to safeguard their interests in the Mauripur area. However, there's no worse danger than telling a mother her baby is ugly... he said, the Salamu group was apparently reluctant to the proposition. Perhaps they were pre-empting a likely alliance between the Arshad Pappu and Salamu groups, he remarked.
Police Sherlocks said that several dozen spent bullet casings of 9mm pistols were collected from the scene of the crime.
They added that the dear departed and maimed persons were taken to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... , where Salamu died during treatment. Hospital sources said three victims had been brought dead while two others died during treatment.
Salamu was a notorious drug peddler of Lyari, the officials said, adding that he along with his accomplices had relocated to the Mauripur area about 10 years back due to the gang warfare between Arshad Pappu and Rehman alias Dakait groups.
One of his brothers, Nasir, was killed in an alleged encounter with police in Lyari ...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot.... in the 1990s, said the officials.Following the deadly attack, tension prevailed in Musharraf Colony where heavy contingents of the Rangers and police arrived to control the law and order situation.
Police were quick to describe both assailants and victims as criminals. They were wanted by police in cases related to narcotics, murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and extortion, the officials said.
A senior police officer of the area who didn't want to be named told Dawn that the Shiraz Comrade group was based in Mowach Goth and linked to the Amn Committee. The killing took place on the suspicion or information that the Salamu group and the Arshad Pappu group were about to join hands, the officer added.
No case was lodged at the Mauripur cop shoppe in connection with the killings till Sunday night.
[Dawn] At least two men, including a commander for a religious krazed killer group, were killed while two children were maimed as remote-controlled car booms destroyed the Tirah valley in Khyber tribal region on Monday, DawnNews reported.
According to security sources, the bomb targeted a pickup truck on the borders of Khyber's Landi Kotal and Bara districts. The truck kaboom completely destroyed the truck while the driver lost his life.
As the locals gathered around the destroyed vehicles debris following the blast, government sources say a second bomb was remotely detonated, killing krazed killer commander Umer Afridi and wounding two children.
The injured children were transported to Landi Kotal Hospital where doctors said they were out of danger.
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] At least six Muslim youths were killed by angry Christian mobs after two churches in Nigeria were attacked at the weekend, local media reported on Monday.
A suicide bomber attacked a church in Jos, a main city which sits along the fault line between the Muslim and Christian parts of the country.
Separately, gunmen sprayed bullets at a church in Biu, in Borno state. The area serves as the headquarters for Islamist group Boko Haram, widely suspected of being behind a spate of recent attacks against the government and Christians.
Several people were killed in the church attacks while dozens were injured. Police have not yet made any arrests, the local Guardian newspaper reported.
The Anglican Archbishop of Jos, Ben Kwashi, told the BBC that he condemned the church attacks and the acts of revenge. He said such "terrorism" was ruining relations between the two largest religious groups in Africa's most populous nation.
The assaults were the latest in a series targeting churches in Africa's most populous nation and largest oil producer, with many of the previous attacks also claimed by the Islamist group, whose insurgency has killed more than 1,000 people since mid-2009.
A purported spokesman for Boko Haram claimed responsibility for Sunday's attacks and threatened further violence.