Mandera -- Terrorists Militants who throw like Nancy girls on Thursday hurled a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) in Mandera, but caused no injury, a police officer said.
Mandera County Police Commander Noah Mwivanda said the RPG launched in the southern part of the border at 2 a.m. local time was targeting the border post. He said the RPG 7 which is normally hurled by a bazooka failed to meet its target because it was overcharged.
"We highly suspect that the RPG was highly charged and that is why when they hurled it overflew and as a result landed in the neighboring Bula Geneva," the police commander said.
They missed an entire county?? Have they got some Gazans on loan?
Mwivanda said that after the terrorists militants hurled the device, they proceeded to fire gunshots. He however said that nobody was injured in the incident.
According to a local, the ten terrorists militants started arguing immediately after missing their target, accusing each other of not hitting the target.
"You throw like a girl!"
"Do too! And your sister has a better mustache!"
"Why you infidel, I'll show you!" [whoosh!]
"We heard them accuse each other and argue loudly in the local dialect. There after they disappeared on foot," said the man.
The police commander said that security had been enhanced at the border point with more security personnel deployed in the area to beef up security.
"Thank God that these terrorists' evil mission was not accomplished. This is however a wake up call for us that we should not rest our laurels even for a minute because that is when they hit us," said Mwivanda.
The district commissionr of Hudur, Mohamed Macalin Ahmed who spoke to Radio Shabelle in Mogadishu over the phone, commented on the recent battle in Hudur. He mentioned that 5 fighters from Al-Shabaab were killed and another 5 were captured while verbally stressing that Al-Shabaab lost control over the Rabdhure locale in Bakool.
The commissioner of Hudur added that the Ethiopian troops as well as the government forces have maintains current control of the Rabdhure territory where the Al-Shabaab forces retreated to the Waajid district.
Shabelle has indicated that in the Rabdhure territory, Al-Shabaab burned buildings as well as private cars belonging to the people that fled just before the Ethiopian troops backed by the government forces entered the district.
[An Nahar] Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... on Friday listed the Moslem Brüderbund and two Syrian jihadist groups as terrorist organizations, and ordered citizens fighting abroad to return within 15 days or face imprisonment.
The move represents a major escalation against the Moslem Brüderbund of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi ...the former president of Egypt. A proponent of the One Man, One Vote, One Time principle, Morsi won election after the deposal of Hosni Mubarak and jumped to the conclusion it was his turn to be dictator... and indicates rising concern in Riyadh over the possible return of battle-hardened Saudi bully boyz from Syria.
In addition to the Moslem Brüderbund, Saudi listed Al-Nusra Front, which is Al-Qaeda's official Syrian affiliate, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original... (ISIL), a rogue group fighting in both Syria and Iraq, as terrorist organizations.
The interior ministry decree, which was released by state media, also listed as terrorist groups the Shiite Houthis fighting in northern Yemen and "Hezbollah inside the kingdom", apparently referring to a little-known Saudi Shiite group.
The order penalizes involvement in any of the groups' activities at home or abroad -- including demonstrations -- and outlaws the use of "slogans of these organizations", including in social media.
It also forbids "participation in, calling for, or incitement to fighting in conflict zones in other countries".
Riyadh is a staunch supporter of the Sunni-led rebels battling to overthrow Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Horror of Homs... but has long feared blow-back from radical jihadist groups, particularly after a spate of attacks by a local Al-Qaeda franchise from 2003 to 2006.
King Abdullah last month decreed jail terms of up to 20 years for belonging to "terrorist groups" and fighting abroad.
Similar sentences will be passed on those belonging to "extremist religious and ideological groups, or those classified as terrorist organizations, domestically, regionally and internationally," state news agency SPA said at the time.
Supporting such groups, adopting their ideology or promoting them "through speech or writing" would also incur prison terms, the decree added.
Rights group Amnesia Amnesty International sharply criticized last month's decree, saying it could be used to suppress peaceful political dissent because the law used an "overly vague definition of terrorism".
Saudi Arabia set up specialized terrorism courts in 2011 to try dozens of nationals and foreigners accused of belonging to Al-Qaeda or being involved in a wave of bloody attacks that swept the country from 2003.
Saudi and other conservative Gulf monarchies have long been hostile towards the Moslem Brüderbund, fearing that its brand of grass-roots activism and political Islam could undermine their authority.
The decision to brand the Brotherhood a terrorist group came a day after Saudi, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recalled their ambassadors from Qatar, which had been a staunch supporter of Morsi and backs Brotherhood-linked groups across the region.
It was an unprecedented escalation of tensions within the Gulf Cooperation Council -- which also includes Kuwait and Oman -- and was widely seen as signaling Gulf fury at Qatari support for Islamist groups following the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.
It was also seen as a revival of the on-again, off-again rivalry between Riyadh and Doha, oil- and gas-rich monarchies that have long vied for regional influence.
Saudi hailed the overthrow of Morsi and pledged billions of dollars to Egypt's military-installed government following his July 2013 ouster, and in recent months has eclipsed Qatar as the main backer of Syria's rebels.
Egypt, which has launched a sweeping crackdown on the Moslem Brüderbund and detained news hounds from Qatar's Al-Jazeera ... an Arab news network headquartered in Qatar, notorious for carrying al-Qaeda press releases. The name means the Peninsula, as in the Arabian Peninsula. In recent years it has settled in to become slightly less biased than MSNBC, in about the same category as BBC or CBS... news network, on Thursday welcomed the Gulf countries' decision to recall their envoys from Doha.
It said its own envoy, who has been in Cairo since early February, "will not return to Qatar at the present time, and his remaining (in Egypt) is a sovereign political decision".
"It is for Qatar to clearly determine its position, whether it will stand on the side of Arab solidarity, unified ranks and protection of national security... or on the other side, and bear the consequences and responsibility for that," a government statement said.
[THEPENINSULAQATAR] A Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... n court has sentenced three men to death and tossed in the calaboose Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! two others for up to 17 years for their part in a series of krazed killer attacks including the deadly bombing of a foreign housing compound in 2003, state news agency SPA reported.
SPA said that, among other charges, a man identified by the court as "suspect number one" was convicted of involvement in the bombing of the Al Muhaya compound, where expatriates lived, in the capital Riyadh, one of a series of Al Qaeda attacks in the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia faced a krazed killer insurgency from 2003 to 2006 in which al Qaeda targeted residential compounds for foreign workers and Saudi government facilities, killing dozens of people.
The kingdom responded by arresting thousands of suspected snuffies and launching a media campaign to discredit their ideology with the backing of influential holy mans and tribal leaders.
In the 2003 attack, suspected al Qaeda jacket wallahs posing as Saudi police blew up their explosives-laden car in a Riyadh compound housing mostly Arab foreigners, killing 11 people and wounding 122, including 36 children.
The charges in the case also included belonging to an Al Qaeda-linked cell, firing on coppers, loading cars with explosives to use in "terrorist" attacks and possessing weapons including rocket-propelled grenades and SAM-7 rockets, SPA reported late on Thursday.
May he have found himself in heaven ten minutes before Allah knew he was dead.
[THEPENINSULAQATAR] Al Qaeda Death Eaters rubbed out a man in southeastern Yemen on Thursday for allegedly giving the United States information used to carry out drone strikes against bad boys, witnesses and the SITE monitoring service said.
Residents said the man was found rubbed out on a sandy football pitch in the town of Shahr in Hadramout ...the formerly independent Qu'aiti state and sultanate, annexed by Communist South Yemen in 1968, encompassing a region along the Gulf of Aden, extending eastwards to the borders of the Dhofar region of Oman. The people are called Hadhramis and speak Hadhrami Arabic. The city Tarimis is estimated to contain the highest concentration of descendants of the Prophet Muhammad (PTUI) anywhere in the world, approximately seven in every square yard... province.
Pictures posted on the Internet showed his body, dressed in Yemeni traditional clothes, hanging by its arms from a bar suspended from a football goal, on which a black al Qaeda flag also hung. A crowd of onlookers stood nearby.
The man was captured a year ago and accused of working for American intelligence and helping to guide drone strikes in 2012 and 2013, notably one on Dec. 25, 2012 that killed five Islamist bad boys, SITE reported.
SITE said he had been killed by al Qaeda's Ansar al-Sharia ...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libya, Tunisia and Yemen, with the Libyan and Tunisian versions currently most active... group (Partisans of Islamic Law).
In a video titled "An American Spy in the Arabian Peninsula" posted on the Internet, a man identifying himself as Amin Abdullah Mohammed Al Mu'alimi confessed to assisting US intelligence.
He said he had been born in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, but recruited in Sweden, and joined a security training course led by a Saudi intelligence officer.
He said American handlers had told him that some countries wanted to get rid of some people, and asked him to place tracking chips on three men named Ashraf, Majid and Mubarak.
Other black flags were found near Mu'alimi's body with slogans that read "An American Spy in the Arabian Peninsula" and "U.S. drone strikes kill Moslems", witnesses said.
[THEPENINSULAQATAR] Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... listed the Moslem Brüderbund and two Syrian jihadist groups as terrorist organizations yesterday, and ordered citizens fighting abroad to return home within 15 days or face imprisonment.
D'you suppose that will work?
A list published by the interior ministry also designated as terrorist organizations Al Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's official Syrian affiliate, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original... , a rogue group fighting in Syria and Iraq. Also blacklisted are Iranian catspaws known as Huthis in northern Yemen and "Hezbollah inside the kingdom," a reference to a little-known Shiite group in Saudi Arabia.
[DAWN] The Crimes Investigation Agency (CIA) police claimed on Friday to have tossed in the slammer Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! eight members of a gang of hitmen (hired assassins) also involved in robberies and muggings.
Police also seized booty, including gold jewellery, mobile phones, watches and cycle of violences worth Rs9 million as well as illegal weapons from them.
CIA Superintendent of Police (SP) Umer Virk told the media ringleader Sarshar Khan, his seven accomplices and four others were still missing. He claimed the suspects had murdered a man after being hired for a huge amount by his rivals, looted Rs10 million from a Mughalpura filling station, and fired at the residence of a university professor after being paid for it.
The SP claimed the suspects had also struck in Gujrat and Gujranwala districts and committed heinous crimes. He said three members Shujaat, Zahid Butt and Imran were sharpshooters-cum-hit men who were proclaimed offenders in murder cases. They would kill people for money.
The trend of hiring hit men to either kill or intimidate people by firing at their houses had increased in 2013. Nine cases had been registered last year as compared to five in 2012. Of the nine cases in 2013, four were liquidations and five firings at residences. Police claimed all cases were traced and the suspects arrested.
A police source claimed the CIA police were currently searching for a gang of men from the Odh community involved in such incidents.
He said Shahbaz Sahi, who had hired services of sharpshooters, protected people in the cable television business in Gujjarpura, Shadbagh and adjacent localities. Any new entrant in the business was either killed or forced to wind up, the source claimed.He further said police lacked evidence in two recent cases in which a suspect had sent sharpshooters for killing a man named Babu and injuring another, Bahadra. He added both were involved in the cable TV business. He, however, said police could not find evidence to arrest the suspect and his shooters because first information reports in such incidents were registered with murder and abetment charges and complainants usually wanted to target their rivals.
He said two organised gangs run separately by Mobeen Butt and Aslam Bassa around nine years ago had been busted and several of their members killed in police encounters. The source, however, said the remaining members were still in the city and operating individually.
[DAWN] Police claimed on Friday to have captured an alleged terrorist-cum-carrier with the help of intelligence agencies from a single-room property in Kahna and seized from him a huge quantity of explosives comprising TNT (Trinitrotoluene -- a chemical compound and explosive material).
The suspect reportedly disclosed 'plans' to carry out major terrorist activities at sensitive installations in the provincial capital.
A senior police official told Dawn that secret information led to the arrest of 45-year-old Sarfraz Khan of Taxila from Suay Asal.
He said a team comprising officials of different agencies raided a house in the afternoon, took Sarfraz into custody and seized seven boxes of TNT slabs, six boxes of detonators and 10 rolls of detonation wire from the place.
He said it appeared that the suspect, who was staying at a desolate place, intended to strike at a large scale level in the provincial capital. He said the explosives seized had a capability to blow up high-rises.
The official further said Sarfraz, who had been living in a single room situated at an abandoned place, had been supplying explosives and logistics to different militant groups for the last six months or so. He said Sarfraz acted as carrier for terrorist organisations.
The official said the suspect was under-interrogation and his physical remand would be obtained from a court on Saturday (today).
Meanwhile, Kahna police shifted the suspect to an unknown location and registered a case under 7-Anti-Terrorism Act and different sections of the Explosives Act.
[DAWN] Four people, two of them brothers, were rubbed out 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.... area of Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... on Friday night, according to police and hospital officials.
The killings triggered intense firing, sowing fear in parts of the old city.
Kalakot police said Rizwan alias Sunni was bumped off in Gul Mohammed Lane. Later, a body stuffed in a gunny bag was found in Sarbazi Mohalla. The dear departed was identified as Waqas Baloch, brother of Rizwan.
A police official said there were reports that Rizwan had 'sympathies' with the Uzair Baloch group.
Subsequently, gunnies resorted to heavy firing on Mirza Adam Khan Road, leaving two people dead and injuring two others, including a passerby policeman, Imran Beg.
[THEPENINSULAQATAR] Shelling in Iraq's city of Fallujah, ... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids... held by anti-government fighters for more than two months, and a shooting targeting a local official killed eight people yesterday, police and doctors said.
Iraq has been hit by a year-long surge in bloodshed that has reached levels not seen since 2008, driven principally by widespread discontent among its Sunni Arab minority and by the civil war in neighbouring Syria. Shelling in Fallujah, just a short drive from Storied Baghdad, killed six people and maimed 17, Dr Ahmed Shami said.
Let's not forget funding and direction from Iran for their Shiite co-religionists...
The source of the fire, which resident Jassem Mohammed Al Essawi said hit four different areas, was not immediately clear.
A crisis erupted in the desert province of Anbar in late December when security forces dismantled Iraq's main Sunni Arab anti-government protest camp just outside lovely provincial capital Ramadi. Anti-government fighters subsequently seized Fallujah and parts of Ramadi, to its west.
It is the first time anti-government forces have exercised such open control in major cities since the peak of the deadly violence that followed the US-led invasion of 2003.
Some 380,000 people may have been displaced by the latest crisis in Anbar, according to the United Nations ...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society... In Saadiyah, northeast of Storied Baghdad, gunniesrubbed out municipal council member Hussein Al Tamimi and another person yesterday, a police lieutenant colonel and a doctor said. Yesterday's deaths came a day after more than a dozen bombings and two shootings killed at least 23 people and maimed dozens.
Violence in Iraq has killed more than 1,800 people since January 1, according figures based on security and medical sources.
Militants from the communist New People's Army (NPA) issued an apology in connection with a March 2 ambush that resulted in several civilians being injured in Davao del Sur.
Rigoberto Sanchez, spokesman for the Southern Mindanao Regional Command of the New People's Army (NPA) "expressed deep regret" for the ambush of an ambulance in Bansalan town. He said, "We take responsibility for this act as we take cognizance of the fact that the medical staff and mobile medical units should not have been made target of any attack and whose protection and/or safety is guaranteed under the international humanitarian law."
Reports from both the rebels and the Philippine military said the ambulance had been sent to pick up and provide immediate medical assistance to soldiers ambushed by the militants earlier in the same area.
Sanchez said, "Operatives tasked to discharge the command detonated explosives failed to distinguish the ambulance from its target, the two military trucks. The ambulance was inconspicuous in as far as it did not discharge its siren."
For its part, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it will file a case against the NPA commander who ordered the ambush.
[An Nahar] A dispute erupted on Friday between the head of the Army Intelligence in the Bekaa Valley and the residents of a town over the arrest of a suspect, the state-run National News Agency reported.
NNA denied there was a shooting between his convoy and the residents of the town of al-Labweh.
It did not give further details on the arrested suspect.
But media reports said there was a shooting between the convoy and Hizbullah members on al-Labweh road.
[An Nahar] Gunmen shot up security forces Friday evening in the Bekaa town of Brital after the army carried out raids in search for the kidnapped 10-year-old child Michel Ibrahim al-Saqr.
"A number of gunnies crossed an army checkpoint in Brital and shot up the troops, who responded in kind," state-run National News Agency reported.
An Nahar newspaper said "runaways who arrived in four SUVs opened fire on an army post in Brital's Tal al-Nabi Saleh area and the army retaliated."
Earlier, NNA said "a number of runaways shot up the Brital cop shoppe after the army carried out raids in the town in search for the kidnappers of the child Michel Ibrahim al-Saqr."
The agency said the armed attacks did not cause any casualties.
Meanwhile, ...back at the shouting match, Bart was wondering if fisticuffs would be appropriate at this point... Voice of Leb radio (93.3) said "two women from the Ismail family were maimed in festivities between security forces and runaways in Brital."
It also said "the army raided and expropriated several houses belonging to runaways involved in the abduction of the child Saqr."
Earlier on Friday, the radio station said festivities erupted between security forces and suspects in Brital during raids related to Saqr's abduction.
And OTV said "the army is raiding houses of runaways in Brital and gunfire has been heard."
Michel, a 10-year-old son of the businessman Ibrahim al-Saqr, was kidnapped at gunpoint earlier on Friday in the eastern city of Zahle, according to NNA.
Saqr was heading to school with the family's driver when four masked gunnies in a Grand Cherokee SUV kidnapped him, NNA said.
[THEPENINSULAQATAR] Syrian helicopter gunships killed at least six people yesterday when they dropped barrel bombs on the strategic rebel stronghold of Yabrud, close to the Lebanese border, a monitoring group said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks followed a string of raids by regime warplanes around the town, which the army is trying to recapture. The raids came a day after loyalists backed by Hezbollah killed at least 17 Islamist fighters in the battle for Yabrud. State news agency Sana said army forces carried out a string of operations in and around Yabrud yesterday.
The offensive is aimed at securing the Damascus-Homs highway and severing a key rebel supply line to the town of Arsal in Leb's Bekaa Valley. Hezbollah says boom-mobiles used to attack it inside Leb originate in the Yabrud area and are driven to their targets via Arsal, a Sunni town where support for the Syrian uprising runs high.
A group of 13 kidnapped nuns and their three maids are believed to be held in the Yabrud region by kidnappers who took them away from the nearby town of Maalula in December. Sister Agnes, a nun from their diocese, said that contact was lost with the kidnappers, who are from the jihadist Al Nusra Front, on Wednesday.
"They are in a distressing situation and I'm alarmed because I fear the worst," she said by phone.
"They are forced to follow the rebel group that has taken them hostage, which moves them depending on the fighting. We no longer have direct contact with them."
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