35 Civilians killed in clashes in Somalian Village near Ethopian Boarder

 MOGADISHU – At least 35 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in a week of clashes in villages near Somalia’s border with Ethiopia.   Officials and traditional elders say the clashes involved Somali clan militia and members of the Liyu police, an Ethiopian paramilitary unit operating in Ethiopia’s ethnic Somali region.   “The Liyu Police Unit launched an attack on innocent civilians. They are attacking villagers and killing people who keep livestock,” said Hussein Weheliye Irfo, the governor of the Galgadud region in central Somalia.   He said the Somali government was aware of the clashes and also called for the intervention of Ethiopia’s government and the African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM.   Sources in the region said fighting started a week ago and escalated on Friday.   “It is effecting a vast area and the casualties are very high, 35 dead bodies have been counted so far,” said Mohamed Garane, a traditional elder in Guricel district where the wounded are hospitalised.   It was not apparently clear what sparked the clashes, which are separate from ongoing battles between African Union troops and al-Qaida-linked Shebab insurgents in the far south of the country.  ...

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....

Boko Haram Kills​ 10 In Fresh Adamawa Attack

No fewer than ten people were feared killed Saturday​ in a renewed attack by Boko Haram on Ajiya Wagga village in  Madagali Local Government area, northern Adamawa state. The insurgents attacked Sabongari town leading to the death of one person while six women were abducted. A fleeing resident of Ajiya Wagga, Timothy Wagra, said the insurgents struck in the middle of the night while the villagers were asleep and started shooting sporadically in the process killing many. “Many people are still in the bush as they fear another attack by the gunmen while some fled to neighbouring villages,” Mr. Wagra said. Reports say that said many villagers have sustained various degrees of injuries and are being evacuated to hospitals for proper medical attention. The council chairman Maina Ularamu also confirmed the incident. “At least ten people were killed during the attack,” he said. “The insurgents arrived the village around midnight Saturday and shot several people.” However when contacted, spokesman of the Adamawa State police command, Othman Mohammed​,​ said the police were yet ​to ​receive an official report of the incident. Source...

Egypt judge’s home targeted, 4 wounded

CAIRO: Suspected militants set off three small bombs on Sunday outside the home of an Egyptian judge who sentenced radicals to death, wounding four people and damaging the building, police said. Judge Mutaz Khafagi, who had also sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison, was in his first-floor apartment in the suburban Cairo building but was not injured in the explosions, a police official said. Khafagi had sentenced 12 men to death in August 2014 after convicting them of murdering a police general in the town of Kerdasa near Cairo during a police crackdown targeting supporters of Muhammad Mursi, the president ousted in 2013. Militants have carried out dozens of bombings across the country, often using small rudimentary devices, since Mursi’s overthrow by the army. Building security caught one of the “terrorists” who planted the bombs on Sunday after they emerged from a taxi, the police official said. The other suspect escaped and remotely detonated the bombs after a crowd of onlookers gathered outside the house, the official said. “The explosions damaged the facade of the judge’s home… and broke the windows of three cars parked outside, including the judge’s car,” the officer said. One of the four wounded civilians was taken to hospital with a neck injury and the others sustained minor wounds, a Health Ministry official said.  ...

Al-Shabaab militants kill local official in Somalia’s Mogadishu

THE deputy commissioner for Wadajir district in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu – identified as Abdifatah Barre – was killed when Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants opened fire on his vehicle in the capital on 6 May.   Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying: We killed the deputy district commissioner and we shall continue killing the enemies. This is part of our operation in Mogadishu.  ...

Suicide Attack Targets Nigerian Business School, Boko Haram Suspected

A gunman and suicide bomber believed to be affiliated with the jihadist terror group Boko Haram attacked northern Nigeria’s College of Administrative and Business Studies (CABS) in Potiskum on Friday, injuring several students struggling to escape the blast and bringing into question Nigerian military claims that Boko Haram’s grip on the nation’s north is loosening. Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper reports that the incident occurred in the Postikum business school in Yobe state, in the nation’s north–west of Borno state, the terror group’s stronghold. A gunman armed with an AK47 attempted to storm the gate of the school, shooting indiscriminately at those on the other side. Frustrated with his partner’s inability to break down the gate, and noticing that ammunition in the AK47 was running low, the man driving the car equipped with an improvised explosive device (IED) blew himself up.   Both the BBC and Vanguard note that no group has taken responsibility for the attack in Postikum, but the two men are believed to be Boko Haram terrorists. Boko Haram, which recently changed its name to the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), has reportedly suffered major setbacks in the past month.   The Nigerian military has flooded the dense Sambisa forest, believed to be the last major stronghold of Boko Haram terrorists, and liberated upwards of 500 girls and women who had been abducted from towns ravaged by Boko Haram over the past year. Witnesses of the rescue say the terrorists began stoning girls to death when they realized that soldiers were closing in on them and their rescue was inevitable. Several hostages died in rescue attempts.   Witnesses also say, however, that in the last days before they were...