Twin Bomb Blasts Kill 7, Injure Others In Borno

At least seven persons were killed and several others injured as twin bombs suspected to have been detonated by Boko Haram terrorists went off at a wedding venue in a Borno village today, witnesses and security sources said. Sources who spoke to LEADERSHIP Weekend said the blasts occurred at about 6am, when most of the victims were preparing for a wedding that was to hold later in the yesterday. Ibrahim Birtus, an eyewitness and resident of Tashan-Alede said the blasts “killed at least 7 people and injured many others”. He said a suspect has been arrested in connection with the blasts. “This morning, at about 06:05am, two blasts occurred at the venue of a wedding ceremony in our village where people had gathered. The second blast occurred some minutes after people were trying to rescue the victims from the first one,” Birtus said.   He added that at least seven persons died and dozens others were critically injured, saying, “I don’t know whether the groom is alive because there was confusion after the blasts occurred.’’ Tashan-Alede is an agrarian community in southern Borno, located about 270km away from Maiduguri, the state capital. As at the time of going to press, the police was yet to confirm the incident....

IHH and PKPU Indonesia distribute food and medicines to Rohingya Muslim refugees

  IHH and its partner organization PKPU in Indonesia started giving away hot meals and medications to the refugees from Arakan.   Fishermen from Aceh rescued around thousand Rohingya Muslims, who were left adrift at sea by the human smugglers last week. Rohingyas are offered shelter in a camp set up by the local government in Aceh. It is reported that the camps currently accommodate around 1,500 refugees.   The refugees were transferred to the camp in buses, police cars and trucks where they get food and shelter. IHH through its partner organization PKPU has started giving away hot meals and medication to the refugees on Sunday.   Stranded at sea for 3 months It is reported that the Rohingya Muslims who were turned down by Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian governments were stranded at sea for 3 months.   Fleeing oppression and persecution For many years ultra-nationalist Buddhists who are in majority in Myanmar and Myanmar government are persecuting Rohingya Muslims forcing them to flee to other countries. In 2012 the events took an even more violent turn 140000 Rohingya Muslims from Arakan are placed in the camps bordering sea under inhumane conditions. The other refugees stranded at sea were Bangladeshis who were trying to migrate due to poor economic conditions.   Following the operations to crack down the human smugglers in the region, ship captains and human smugglers left the boats carrying thousands of refugees adrift at sea.   It is more worrisome that there are a few more boats under these circumstances at sea. Human Rights Organizations blame the governments in the region for referring the refugees...

15 wounded in mosque attack at Philippine police camp

JOLO, Philippines: Fifteen people including 10 police officers were wounded in an attack on a mosque at police camp on a remote Philippine island long plagued by Islamic militancy, officials said Saturday. Successive blasts targeted the mosque inside Camp Kasim on the island of Jolo early evening Friday – an initial grenade attack followed by a bomb explosion less than 10 minutes later that was intended to target police who rushed to the scene, local authorities said. “It seems the [first] explosion was set up to draw responders as the target,” the provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Abraham Orbita told reporters. Rosalyn Aya-ay, a shopkeeper and policeman’s wife, said she found her husband sprawled on the ground after the first explosion and took him to the camp hospital, though he was not seriously injured. “When I returned I found my two daughters wounded by the second blast. I was scared and I had a hard time finding an ambulance to carry them,” she told AFP. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred inside the sprawling provincial police headquarters in the provincial capital of Jolo, a mainly Muslim island in the south of the predominantly Catholic Asian nation. It was the second bomb attack on Camp Kasim since 2010, when aChristmas Day blast wounded six people worshipping at a Catholic church in another section of the facility. Jolo is a known stronghold of Abu Sayyaf, a small group of a few hundred Islamic militants founded in the 1990s with seed money from Al-Qaeda. Police investigators combed through the scene of the blast Saturday, which was about 10 meters (33 feet) from a...

LRD: Primary and Secondary School Books Donated to Schools in Mogadishu Somalia

Life for Relief and Development (LRD), in partnership with Brother’s Brother Foundation and the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa, delivered a 40 foot shipping container of primary and secondary school books to schools in Mogadishu Somalia, which were donated by McGraw-Hill Publishing. Life, in cooperation with its partners, distributed the books to 7 schools in Banadir, Bari and Lower Shabelle Regions of Somalia. In Banadir region books were given to the following primary and intermediate schools: Taysiir, Moalim Addow, Imam Nawawi, Banadir and Salman Al-Farisi. In Lower Shabelle books were given to Abimusa Al-Ashcari primary and secondary school and in Bari books were given to Omer bin Abdulasis primary and secondary school. Nearly 4,400 students and staff members benefitted from the project. The recipient students and teachers were all very happy to receive the books to enhance the learning experience of the students. They all thanked and praised the donors for the gift of books that they received. Source...

ISIS claims Baghdad hotel car bombings that killed nine

 BAGHDAD (AFP) – The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group on Friday claimed responsibility for car bombings at two upscale Baghdad hotels that officials said killed at least nine people and wounded dozens. Militants were able to transport the bombs, which exploded just before midnight (2100 GMT) on Thursday and were heard across the city centre, inside the walled compounds of the Ishtar and Babylon hotels in central Baghdad. ISIS – which has overrun swathes of territory north and west of Baghdad since June last year – said in an online statement that suicide bombers had been ready to detonate the bombs but were able to leave them and avoid detection. The blast at the Ishtar – formerly a Sheraton – shattered windows of the recently renovated hotel, turning rows of expensive cars and SUVs into charred, twisted metal....