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Italy arrests 13 in high-speed migrant trafficking ring

Customs Police in Sicily said Tuesday that a wiretapped conversation between two traffickers revealed one saying he intended to travel to France and carry out a suicide attack and asking for prayers.

The trafficking group allegedly organized transport from the Tunisian port of Nabeul to Trapani in Sicily aboard rubber dinghies equipped with high-speed outboard motors and trained navigators for 3,000 euros ($3,690) to 5,000 euros per person.

The traffickers also carried contraband cigarettes for a total value per trip of up to 70,000 euros, with the capacity to run two trips a week. Police said the suspects were Italian, Tunisian and Moroccan.

Thailand-bound flight escorted safely back to Singapore after bomb threat

Two Singapore fighter jets escorted a civilian plane bound for Thailand safely back to the city-state on Thursday after a bomb threat was made by a passenger, the airline and authorities said.

The passenger suspected of making the threat and two travel companions were assisting police investigations, police said. All passengers and crew on Scoot Flight TR632 disembarked safely.

Scoot is the budget carrier of Singapore Airlines. Two F-15SG fighter jets responded to the pilot’s alert and escorted the plane from the South China Sea back to Changi airport. 

No further details were immediately available. 

Bomb explodes under police officer’s car in Northern Ireland

A police officer has evaded an attempt on her life in Northern Ireland after a bomb partially exploded under her car on Tuesday morning. She was not in the vehicle when the device went off at about 8.30am just off the main Belfast to Bangor road.

Security sources in the region said they believed the bomb had been placed there by one of the dissident republican groups opposed to the peace process. Army bomb disposal experts were rushed to the scene of the explosion on the Ballyrobert Road.

A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: “Following initial inquiries at the scene, ATO (ammunition technical officers) have been tasked to conduct an examination of the vehicle.”

PSNI spokesman said the main A2 road between Belfast and Bangor had been closed earlier on Tuesday morning while an investigation into the incident continued.

Photo: Photopress Belfast

Man caused train crashes then left Arabic messages

A 70-year-old man allegedly caused two train crashes and left Arabic messages at the scene, in an attempt to provoke a backlash against Muslims.

Prosecutors in the Czech Republic told local media that the pensioner chopped down trees so they would fall over the railway tracks near Mlada Boleslav, a small city around 40 miles north of the country’s capital, Prague.

Alert Risk Zone January: World Incident Report

Date Type Dead Injured Location Details    
1 Bombings 0 3 Pakistan Five civilians and three security officials were injured in two bomb attacks in Chaman.    
1 Bombing 0 2 Philippines Two soldiers from the 57th IB were injured when an improvised explosive device went off some 50 meters from the provincial hospital.    
1 Ambush 1 2 Afghanistan A district police chief has been killed in a Taliban attack in the western Farah province. Two other policemen were wounded in the attack in Pusht-e Rod district.    
1 Bombing 3 0 Nigeria At least three people have been confirmed killed in a blast in Nigeria’s northeastern town of Madagali.    
1 Shooting 2 0 Egypt Two Egyptian Christians were shot dead by a gunman as they celebrated the New Year at a liquor store.    
2 Bombings 0 12 Pakistan As many as 12 Frontier Corps soldiers were injured in an explosion in Quetta.    
2 Shooting 1 0 India A Central Reserve Police Force jawan was killed after receiving bullet injury in head during exchange of fire between Naxalites at hills of Chakarbandha on the border of Gaya and Aurangabad districts.    
2 Car bombing 0 3 Afghanistan Three police officers were wounded when an explosive was detonated in a police car in Kabul.    
2 Shooting 5 0 Kenya Five Kenyan policemen were killed in an attack on their vehicle in the county of Mandera, Kenya by Al-Shabaab militants.    
3 Shooting 3 0 Iraq Three Iraqi lawyers were shot dead by Islamic State militants on a Mosul road.    
3 Suicide bombing 15 1 Nigeria 14 civilians were killed when a suspected Boko Haram militant blew himself up at a mosque in Gamboru, Nigeria. Only the muezzin has survived.    
3 Bombing 0 3 Iraq An explosive charge planted by Islamic State militants at Al-Qa’im district in Anbar went off while a police patrol was passing by the area, leaving three security men wounded.    
3 Shooting, clashes 1 2 Iraq A tribal fighter was killed, while two police personnel were wounded in confrontations with Islamic State members, northwest of Kirkuk.    
3 Bombing 2 4 Afghanistan At least two civilians were killed and four others were wounded in an explosion triggered by a roadside bomb in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.    
4 Shooting 3 0 Afghanistan Taliban shot dead three Afghan Security personnel in western Farah province.    
4 Suicide bombing 21 30 Afghanistan At least 20 people have been killed in a suicide bombing that targeted a mobile police checkpoint in Kabul. As many as 30 others were injured in the incident.    
5 Bombing 1 2 Somalia An African Union peacekeeper was killed, and two others were wounded in a landmine explosion in central Somalia.    
5 Shooting 2 0 Somalia Assailants shot and killed two civilians at Koodka neighbourhood in Mogadishu.    
5 Shooting 2 0 Somalia Two men, including a prominent local traditional elder have been assassinated by gunmen in Afgoye district in Lower Shabelle region.    
5 Ambush 0 6 Myanmar Rohingya insurgents ambushed a military convoy in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, wounding six members of the security forces.    
6 Shooting 1 0 India Naxalites gunned down the village sarpanch of Chindugarh village near Koleng in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh.    
6 Bombing 4 2 India Four Indian policemen were killed and two others wounded in a bomb attack in the city of Sopore    
6 Shooting, executions 14 7 Senegal At least 14 people were killed and seven injured when gunmen open fire in the region of Casamance, in southern Senegal.    
7 Bombing 1 7 Iraq An explosive charge went off near an overcrowded market at al-Yusufiyah area in southern the Iraqi capital, leaving three people injured. Later, another explosive device was detonated near a café in the neighborhood of al-Saheroon in southeast Baghdad, killing one person and injuring four others.    
7 Bombing 1 1 Iraq A policeman was killed while another was injured in a landmine explosion at Al-Qa’im district in Anbar.    
7 Car bombings 34 70 Syria At least 34 people were killed and 70 others injured in four explosions in Syria’s northwestern city of Idlib.    
7 Shooting 3 8 Afghanistan At least three people were killed and eight others wounded when insurgents stormed a security checkpoint in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province.    
7 Shooting 9 20 Afghanistan At least nine Afghan army soldiers were killed and 20 others wounded after Taliban militants attacked an army camp in Uruzgan province, south of Afghanistan.    
8 Shooting 1 0 Cameroon At least one civilian was killed in an attack by members of the terror group Boko Haram in Cameroon’s Far North region.    
8 Grenade attack 0 2 Somalia At least two Somali soldiers were injured in a grenade attack on an army checkpoint outside Beledweyne, the regional capital of Hiran.    
8 Shooting, kidnapping 20 15 Nigeria Gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on a group of loggers collecting firewood at Kaje village, near the Borno state capital, Maiduguri. 20 People were killed in the attack and 15 others are missing and presumed kidnapped by the attackers.    
9 Bombing 0 3 Somalia A bomb explosion in the heart of Mogadishu, the Somali capital has wounded at least three government soldiers aboard a military vehicle.    
9 Suicide bombing 8 23 Pakistan A bomb went off in the center of the Pakistani city of Quetta, capital of the province of Balochistan, killing seven people and wounding 23.    
9 Shooting 1 0 West Bank A drive-by shooting took place in the Northern West Bank leaving one Israeli, a rabbi, dead    
9 Bombing 1 3 Philippines A soldier was killed while two civilians were injured when a suspected Islamic State-inspired Moro armed group set off two separate roadside bombs in Maguindanao.    
10 Bombing 0 1 Iraq One civilian was injured in a bomb blast in southeastern Miqdadiyah, Diyala    
10 Bombing 0 6 Thailand Six members of a ranger patrol were hurt when a roadside bomb exploded as they went by in Nong Chik district.    
10 Suicide car bombing 4 3 Yemen At least three Yemenis were killed in a suicide car bomb attack that targeted a military vehicle in Yemen’s southeastern Shabwah province. Three Yemeni soldiers were also injured in the incident.    
10 Shooting 3 0 Cameroon At least three people were killed in an attack in Cameroon’s Far North region.    
10 Shooting 5 2 Afghanistan Five personnel of Afghan Local Police were killed and two others wounded following an attack from the Taliban militants in the country’s troubled northern province of Kunduz.    
10 Shooting 1 0 Colombia A Colombian soldier was shot dead by a ELN sniper in the department of Arauca.    
11 Suicide bombing 1 3 Mali Three French soldiers of the Barkhane force were wounded, one of them seriously, by a suicide bomber in eastern Mali.    
11 Shooting 6 0 Afghanistan Six policemen have been killed in a Taliban attack in Nawa district of southern Helmand province.    
11 Mortar attack 1 Several Somalia At least one civilian was killed and several were wounded after mortar rounds landed near the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu.    
11 Stabbing 0 4 France A German prisoner jailed for his involvement in the Djerba bombing in 2002 assaulted four guards at the Vendin-le-Vieil prison while shouting “Allahu Akbar”. One of the guards was hospitalized for a head wound.    
11 Suicide bombings 2 2 Cameroon Two suicide bombers, alleged members of the Islamist group Boko Haram, detonated their bombs in the Ouro-Kessoum district of Amchide in Cameroon, injuring two others.    
11 Shootings, kidnapping 4 3 Cameroon Four people were killed and two others kidnapped in separate overnight attacks in the far north of Cameroon. Another one was wounded.    
12 Shooting 3 0 Afghanistan A Taliban attack has killed three policemen in western Farah province.    
12 Shooting 3 1 Iraq Islamic State militants killed three family members in their house in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.    
12 Suicide bombing 3 6 Afghanistan Two people were killed and six others injured in a suicide blast in Chaghcharan, the capital of western Ghor province.    
12 Assassination 1 0 Paraguay A menonite farmer (called Abraham Fehr) was found dead in San Pedro Departament, Northern of Paraguay.    
13 Suicide bombing 8 24 Iraq A suicide bombing in Baghdad has killed eight and wounded up to 24 others.    
13 Shooting, arson 1 5 Kenya One person was killed and five police injured when Al-Shabaab militants attacked a convoy of buses at Nongoro area along the Lamu-Malindi highway. Two Toyota land cruisers used by the police were destroyed during the incident.    
13 Shooting, arson 7 0 Mozambique Islamists attacked a community from the administrative post of Olumbe, Palma district and killed seven people and burned down houses.    
13 Shooting 1 0 Egypt Gunmen have shot dead a Christian man in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula    
13 Kidnapping 0 1 Colombia Militants of the ELN kidnapped a contractor of Ecopetrolun in the Departament of Arauca.    
14 Bombing 0 5 Somalia At least five Somali soldiers were wounded when their military vehicle hit a landmine in Mogadishu.    
14 Shooting 2 0 Somalia Al-Shabaab fighters attacked a remote Somali army base north of the capital Mogadishu, killing at least two Somali government soldiers.    
14 Missile attack 1 3 Turkey A Turkish soldier was killed and three others wounded after an explosion of a guided missile shot by PKK militants at a Turkish military base in Hakkari province.    
14 Bombings 4 0 Iraq Four Turkish soldiers were killed in bomb explosions in Al Zab.    
14 Shooting 1 0 Egypt A Coptic Christian man has been shot dead by gunmen in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula    
14 Shooting 6 4 Afghanistan Six Afghan National Army soldiers were killed and two others surrendered to the Taliban in the Qaisar district of northwestern Faryab province. Separately, four policemen have been injured in a Taliban attack on a police check-post in the Chalgazai area of Qaisar.    
14 Ambush 7 3 Afghanistan At least seven police force members were killed in a Taliban ambush in Farah province. Another three police force members were wounded.    
15 Suicide bombings 40 105 Iraq 38 people were killed and at least 105 others wounded in two suicide bombings at Baghdad’s al-Tayaran Square.    
15 Shooting, arson 4 0 Cameroon Four people were killed in Mayo-Tsanaga, a region of the Far North of Cameroon, during an attack by Boko Haram. The assailants left after burning down dozens of huts and a church    
15 Shooting 3 5 Democratic Republic of Congo Three Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers were killed while repelling an attack in the eastern Beni region by ADF Ugandan extremist rebels. Five others were wounded.    
15 Ambush 5 6 Pakistan At least five security personnel lost their lives and six others were injured when a vehicle carrying them turned over after being ambushed in Balochistan’s Kech district.    
15 Shooting, kidnapping 6 5 Nigeria Six people were killed by gunmen who also abducted five girls who joined the loggers to collect firewood from the Jinene woods.    
15 Shooting 5 2 Nigeria Five people, including two suspected fighters of the terror group Boko Haram, were killed in an attack near Nigeria’s northeastern town of Madagali. Two others were critically injured.    
16 Shooting 1 0 Pakistan A police constable was gunned down by gunmen on Quetta’s Raisani Road.    
16 Shooting 1 0 Kosovo A drive-by shooting outside an office in North Mitrovica killed the head politician of the Kosovo Serb party called Freedom, Democracy, Justice, Oliver Ivanović.    
16 Mortar attack 5 45 Afghanistan At least five people were killed in a mortar attack on a market in northern Afghanistan. 45 people, including women and children, were also wounded in the attack in Khwaja Sabz Push district of Faryab Province.    
16 Execution 1 0 Afghanistan Taliban militants have beheaded an Afghan Local Police member in the Mohammad Agha district of central Logar province.    
16 Suicide bombing, shooting 3 0 Pakistan A senior officer known for leading raids on militant hideouts escaped assassination when a suicide bomber riding on a motorcycle blew himself up near his vehicle in the port city of Karachi. The bomber had an unknown number of accomplices who opened fire at the car after the explosion. Guards returned fire, killing two of the gunmen.    
16 Suicide bombing 3 12 Cameroon At least two civilians were killed and a dozen others injured in a suicide attack near a mosque in the Far North Region.    
17 Shooting 0 1 Iraq A policeman was injured in a sniper attack by the militant Islamic State group in Baqubah, the capital of Diyala province.    
17 Bombing 2 7 Iraq Two Iraqi police officers were killed and seven others injured in a bomb blast in Diyala province.    
17 Suicide bombings 14 65 Nigeria Two suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers killed 12 people and injured 65 others in an attack in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri.    
17 Shooting 7 10 Niger Suspected Boko Haram fighters killed at least seven soldiers in an attack on a military post in Niger’s southeastern Diffa region. Ten others were injured in the attack.    
17 Bombing 1 4 Egypt A police captain was killed and four conscripts were injured after terrorists detonated an explosive device on the International Coastal Road.    
17 Shooting 1 2 West Bank Israeli special forces shot and killed an armed Palestinian man suspected to have been behind a drive-by shooting terror attack that killed Rabbi Raziel Shevach near a West Bank settlement outpost. Two Israeli special forces members were wounded during the raid.    
17 Shootings 8 0 Afghanistan Eight police and Afghan National Army soldiers have been killed in attacks on security posts in the capital and Anar Dara district of western Farah province.    
18 Shooting 2 0 Pakistan Gunmen shot dead a mother and her daughter who were part of a polio vaccination team in Quetta.    
18 Shooting 8 2 Afghanistan At least eight policemen were killed and two others wounded when Taliban attacked a security check post in Helmand province.    
18 Shooting 5 0 Nigeria Boko Haram jihadists have killed five people in an attack on a village in Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria.    
19 Bombings 0 0 Philippines Two explosions rocked Barangay Semba, likely the handwork of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. No one was hurt in the twin blasts but shrapnel hit the gate of a nearby house and several trees in the area.    
19 Bombing 1 2 Colombia Uniformed soldiers who were in an army base in the municipality of Teorama, Norte de Santander, were attacked in an unexpected attack by members of the ELN guerrillas. One soldier was killed and two more were injured.    
19 Grenade attack 0 8 India Eight policemen were injured after terrorists hurled a grenade at Tehsil office in south Kashmir’s Pulwama town.    
19 Vehicular attack 0 3 West Bank A Palestinian driver rammed IDF soldiers at a checkpoint near Qasr el Yahud in the West Bank, lightly injuring three men.    
19 Shooting 22 20 Democratic Republic of Congo 22 soldiers were killed in Democratic Republic of Congo’s volatile eastern borderlands where the army is battling Ugandan Islamist rebels. More than 20 other Congolese soldiers were also wounded after gunmen launched an attack during the night near the town of Eringeti in North Kivu province.    
20 Grenade attack 0 0 India Terrorists hurled a grenade at a police station in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district. No person was injured in the explosion.    
20 Bombing 0 1 India A policeman was injured after Naxalites triggered an improvised explosive device near a market in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district.    
20 Shooting 18 0 Afghanistan Seventeen members of the public uprising forces and a local police commander were killed in an attack by the Taliban in Balkh province.    
20-21 Shooting, arson, hostage taking 46 22 Afghanistan Gunmen launched an attack on the Inter-Continental Hotel Kabul, according officials from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior Affairs. More than 100 people have been freed from the hotel and six gunmen have been killed. 40 people are confirmed dead and at least 22 have been injured. Taliban claimed responsibility, and the Afghan officials said that Haqqani Network militants carried out the attack.    
21 Bombing 12 1 Afghanistan A roadside bomb has killed at least 12 civilians in the western Herat province. A 13th person was wounded in the explosion, which struck a vehicle in the Gulran district.    
21 Bombing 4 3 Afghanistan Four Afghan National Army soldiers have been killed and three others injured in a Taliban attack in the Nahri Saraj district of Helmand province.    
21 Shooting 7 1 Afghanistan Seven policemen were killed and an eighth wounded after Taliban militants stormed their check posts in the Garmsir district of southern Helmand province.    
21 Shooting 1 0 Pakistan Armed assailants shot dead a former police officer, who was fired over the 2011 killing of five Chechen women, in a hit-and-run attack in Quetta.    
21 Shooting 3 0 Democratic Republic of Congo Suspected Ugandan Islamist rebels killed three civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.    
21 Shooting, arson 1 0 Colombia A caravan made up of members of the National Protection Unit, along with members of the FARC political party, who were returning from a meeting in the village of El Oasis, was attacked by gunfire in the department of Arauca. One of the vehicles that was part of the caravan was incinerated and a civilian who was part of an oil company in the sector was killed in the attack.    
22 Bombing 3 34 Thailand A motorcycle bomb killed three civilians and wounded two dozen others at a bustling morning market in Yala in Thailand’s insurgency-hit south.    
22 Bombing 2 4 Iraq A bomb planted by Islamic State inside a house in central Rawa district in Anbar exploded once a six-strong family entered it following a long period of displacement, leaving two of the family members dead and four others injured.    
22 Grenade attack 0 1 India A civilian was injured in a grenade attack by terrorists who were targetting the security forces in Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir.    
22 Grenade attack 0 1 India A policeman was injured after terrorists lobbed a grenade near Baramulla Police station in Jammu and Kashmir.    
23 Bombing 4 6 Somalia Four people have been killed and six others wounded in a remote-controlled improvised explosive device explosion near Mogadishu.    
23 Car bombings 41 80 Libya A twin car bombing outside a mosque in Benghazi left at least 41 people dead and 80 injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but many assumed it was the work of remnants of an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group faction largely driven out of Libya.    
24 Shooting, suicide car bombing 6 27 Afghanistan A complex attack began with a suicide car bomb outside the Save The Children offices in the city of Jalalabad, followed by gunmen entering the compound and fighting Afghan special forces. At least six people were killed and 27 others were wounded in the attack.    
24 Shooting 4 7 India Four police personnel, including two sub-inspectors, were killed and seven others injured in a gun-fight with Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district.    
24 Shooting 3 0 Mali Two Malian customs officers have been killed in a suspected jihadist attack at a market in the small village of Toubakoro.    
24 Shooting 3 2 India Two militants and a teenage boy were killed and two girls critically injured during a gunfight between militants and government forces in Chaigund village of south Kashmir’s Shopian.    
25 Car bombing 0 0 Iraq A car bomb went off near a Shia mosque in a southern suburb of Kirkuk, causing damage to the holy site. No casualties were reported.    
25 Bombing 26 Several Mali A landmine explosion blew up a civilian passenger vehicle in central Mali, killing 26 people and wounding several others.    
25 Shooting 9 0 Mali In Youwarou, in Central Mali’s Mopti region, Malian armed forces killed seven terrorists. Two Malian soldiers were also killed in the operation.    
25 Bombing 2 1 Philippines Two civilians were killed while another was injured in an improvised bomb explosion in the middle of a ricefield in Datu Piang town in Maguindanao.    
25 Shooting, bombing 1 2 Philippines Communist insurgents killed an Army officer and wounded 2 soldiers in a firefight in Davao City, in southern Philippines.    
26 Rocket attack 7 3 Afghanistan Six children and an adult civilian were killed when a rocket hit their home in Ghazni Province. Three other people were injured in the attack.    
26 Suicide car bombing 5 13 Afghanistan At least four people were killed and thirteen others injured when a suicide car bomb exploded in Kandahar.    
26 Grenade attack 0 0 India Terrorists hurled a grenade at a police station in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. No casualty or injury has been reported.    
26 Shooting, suicide bombing 4 5 Nigeria At least three people were killed when Boko Haram attacked the Hyambula village in northeast Adamawa state. Five others were injured in the attack.    
27 Suicide car bombing 1 6 Afghanistan At least six security force members were wounded when a suicide bomber in a Toyota Corolla detonated his explosives in the Nad Ali district of Helmand Province.    
27 Suicide car bombing 103 235 Afghanistan Least 103 people were killed and 235 others injured when a Taliban suicide bomber exploded an ambulance laden with explosives near Sidarat Square in central Kabul where several government offices are located.    
27 Shooting 16 22 Mali 14 people were killed and 22 wounded in an attack on a camp in Soumpi, in Mali’s restive north. Two terrorists have also been killed.    
27 Car bombing 0 28 Ecuador 28 people were injured in an attack on a police station in San Lorenzo, in Northern Ecuador.    
27 Bombing 5 42 Colombia At least five police officers were killed and 42 others injured in a bombing attack that targeted a police station in the northern coastal city of Barranquilla.    
27 Bombing 2 1 Colombia In the town of Buenavista, Santa Rosa del Sur, an explosive device was hurled against the police substation in that area. The incident left two police officers dead and one injured.    
27 Bombing, shooting 2 3 Kenya Two KDF soldiers were killed after their truck run over an Improvised Explosive Device at Handaro, Holugho sub-county, Garissa county. Three other soldiers, who tried to jump off the vehicle, were reportedly shot at close range by the suspected militias and were seriously wounded.    
27 Vehicular attack 0 1 Israel An IDF soldier sustained minor injuries in a car ramming attack near Herzliya.    
27 Shooting 1 0 Somalia Al-Shabaab militants have shot and killed an assistant judge in Wanlaweyn district in Somalia’s Southern Lower Shabelle region.    
28 Rocket attack, shooting 5 Several Mali Five Malian soldiers were killed and several others injured in an attack on a military base in Ménaka, in northeastern Mali.    
28 Bombing 0 5 Colombia At least five people were injured in an attack against the police in the metropolitan area of the Colombian city of Barranquilla.    
29 Shooting, suicide bombings 15 16 Afghanistan Eleven Afghan soldiers were killed and sixteen others were injured when five Islamic State militants attacked an army post. Four attackers were later killed by the security forces, and another was arrested.    
29 Shooting 2 0 Burkina Faso Gunmen have killed two policemen who were patrolling a market in Burkina Faso’s northern Baraboulé district.    
29 Shooting 1 3 Iraq Two IS extremists attacked a Hashd al-Shaabi checkpoint in the Hawija district, southern Kirkuk Province, killing one fighter and wounding three others.    
29 Bombing 1 1 Iraq One member of the Iraqi Federal Police was killed, and another one was wounded during a raid on a house in a village near the al-Multaqa sub-district, southwest of Kirkuk.    
29 Shooting 2 0 Niger At least two soldiers were killed overnight while fighting off an attack by suspected Boko Haram jihadists in southeast Niger.    
29 Ambush 4 0 Somalia A Somali army colonel and three soldiers were killed following an attack on a convoy by Al-Shabaab militants in Bay region in Southern Somalia.    
30 Bombing 8 1 Pakistan At least eight people of a family were killed and another one injured as a result of a bomb explosion in the Maqbal area of Upper Kurram Agency.    
30 Shooting 5 4 Nigeria Boko Haram jihadists killed at least five loggers in northeast Nigeria. Four others were injured in the attack.    
30 Suicide car bombing 23 Several Yemen About 22 newly-recruited Yemeni soldiers were killed when a suicide car bombing struck a military checkpoint in the southeastern province of Shabwah. Several others were wounded in the attack.    
30 Bombing 0 2 Iraq An explosive charge planted by Islamic State militants inside a house in the Old City of Mosul went off, injuring a man and his wife.    
30 Bombing 1 3 Somalia A roadside bomb hit a military vehicle carrying Puntland soldiers in the vicinity of Galgala hills of Bari region, killing at least one soldier, wounding 3 others.    
30 Bombing 1 2 Syria A civilian support worker for the Turkish Armed Forces was killed in a terrorist car bomb attack on a military convoy in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. One Turkish soldier and another civilian employee were also injured in the explosion.    
31 Bombing 2 7 Mali Two Malian soldiers were killed and seven wounded when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device near Gao in northern Mali.    
31 Shooting, bombing 3 2 Iraq Islamic State members have assassinated a former general of the Iraqi military in the southwest of Kirkuk. In another incident, two police officers were killed and another two injured while attempting to defuse an explosive device.    
31 Bombing 1 3 Iraq A civilian has been killed and three others have been injured when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Al-Taji district of Baghdad province.    
31 Suicide bombings 6 44 Nigeria Four people were killed and 44 others sustained injuries in multiple suicide bomb attacks at a Konduga community and the Dalori Internally Displaced Persons camp.    

Increased border’s number surveillance posts on the Algerian-Moroccan borders

The “Command of the Second Military Zone of the Border Guard formed a work and follow-up cell on the construction of border posts, which are scheduled to be opened before the end of April, to raise the border guards’ security vigilance and support them with new security equipment to combat organised and cross-continental crimes.

The Algerian border posts will be built along the line of contact with the cities of Oujda, Berkane, Taourirt, as well as Jerada.

Sweden Is Preparing For A “Civil War

The booklet will serve as a manual of “total defense” in case of a war, and provide details on how to secure basic needs such as water, food, and heating, the FT reported.

The manual also covers other threats such as cyber attacks, terrorism, and climate change.

“All of society needs to be prepared for conflict, not just the military. We haven’t been using words such as total defense or high alert for 25-30 years or more.

So the knowledge among citizens is very low,” said Christina Andersson, head of the project at the Swedish civil contingencies agency.

The survivalist manual or better known by some as a prepares guide is called “If Crisis or War Comes,” will be published by the government in late spring.

Its publication comes at a time when the threat of war from Russia is high, well, possibly, but that is what the mainstream media has conditioned many to believe.

Tunisia Alert Risk

After a year in which the army clashed with al-Qaeda and the jihadists of the Islamic Maghreb near the Algerian border, on December 11 a soldier was killed, at the beginning of the month small protests held in different places including Le Kram, the province of Tunis and Meknassi, in the province of Sidi Bouzid on December 13, protesters clashed again with the police.

250 activists and intellectuals on Dec. 17 (seventh anniversary of the beginning of the revolution) have found a critical position towards the governing coalition and the local elections to be held in the first quarter of 2018. European Ministries of Finance On December 5 published a list of seventeen tax haven countries, including Tunisia; to remove the country from the current list.

Election Commission December 16, said the local elections will be held on May 6, 2018. However, at the end of the month the pressures of some groups of anarchists and terrorists in the south and the border with Algeria intensified. It is feared that an attempt is being made to destabilize the entire area. From 10 to 13 January, in fact, violent clashes occurred in almost all the cities of Tunisia.

Attempts by the Tunisian government to normalize the situation are not easy to apply due to the rise in retail prices of some essential foodstuffs. Although military efforts in the south of Tunisia and in the desert area of ​​the Libyan, Algerian sahara have brought some significant victories, the pressure of the Qaedist groups and ISIS militias is not a short-term solution. Libya, Tunisia and much of the Algerian Sahara remain  very high-risk territories.

Chibok schoolgirl released from Boko Haram captivity

The Nigerian military said it had rescued one of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from the town of Chibok in 2014.

The kidnapping of more than 270 students sparked international condemnation and heavy criticism of the Nigerian authorities at home along with a “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign.

 

Islamic State Declares War On Rival Hamas With Video Execution

Islamic State declares war on rival Hamas with video execution.

The confrontation between the two militant groups has been building for more than a year, as Hamas has cracked down on Islamic State supporters in Gaza, and tightened its border with the Sinai in an attempt to repair relations with Egypt.