This fight between the co-allied Government Forces and AMISOM soldiers against the Al-Shabaab occurred at a territory known as 'Jiidow' very near to Shalanbood in the Lower Shabelle region.
According to locals, they described to Shabelle that heavy as well as light ammunition and arms were used during the fight. Witnesses say that the fight was ongoing for at least a few hours and that it caused both losses in terms of death and casualties although it hasn't been fully specified.
Somali Federal Government Officials in the Lower Shabelle region confirmed to Shabelle that the fight did indeed prevail injuries to their soldiers.
A female named Hafsa Abdi Nuur Mohamed was killed today in the Wadajir district of the Benadir region by armed groups. The woman that was killed was rumoured to have been working for the Federal Government of Somalia.
"The lady was killed in a corner just off her house near the time she was waking up for work."Said Abdi Nuur Mohamed, the father of the killed girl.
It has not been confirmed yet until now what kind of work she had for the Federal Government of Somalia.
[An Nahar] Libyan authorities stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker as it left a rebel-held port on Monday with an "illegal" shipment of crude, a military source said.
Former rebels calling for autonomy for eastern Libya have been blockading the port of al-Sidra and other key export terminals in the region since July last year.
On Saturday, they began loading crude onto the North Korean-flagged Morning Glory which docked in al-Sidra.
On Monday, the navy intercepted the ship as it left the terminal with orders to escort it "towards a port controlled by the state," a military source told Agence La Belle France Presse on condition of anonymity
The country's highest political authority, the General National Congress, confirmed the interception, Libyan broadcaster al-Nabaa reported.
Walid al-Tarhuni, front man for the former rebels who had been blockading the terminals, told al-Nabaa the tanker was probably heading for the port of Zawiyah, 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of the capital Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... , to unload its cargo.
Oil Minister Omar al-Shakmak had said earlier that the ship had interrupted loading late Sunday and put back to sea.
The 350,000 barrel-capacity vessel had only loaded 234,000 barrels of crude, according to a member of a crisis team formed by the government.
The official told AFP the navy would not allow the vessel to enter international waters, resulting in a standoff offshore.
Warships had deployed to block the Morning Glory after Culture Minister Amin al-Habib warned Sunday the tanker would be "turned into a pile of metal" if it tried to leave port.
The defense ministry had also deployed the air force, the official LANA news agency said.
Washington said Sunday it was "deeply concerned" over the loading of the "illicitly obtained" oil.
"This action is counter to law and amounts to theft from the Libyan people," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
[An Nahar] Egyptian police said they tossed in the clink Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! a man Monday suspected of carrying out a deadly kaboom in the capital Cairo, accusing him of having fought with jihadist groups in Syria.
Since the army ousted Islamist 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... in July last year, gunnies have launched frequent attacks on police and troops across the country, but particularly in the Sinai Peninsula.
Four blasts targeting the police hit Cairo on January 24, killing six people. An al-Qaeda-inspired myrmidon group based in the Sinai, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, claimed the attacks.
Police arrested Mohammed Durri Ahmad al-Taliawi, a 35-year-old vendor, on Monday in an apartment in the Nile Delta province of Menufiya, an interior ministry statement said.
Taliawi, who was found in possession of firearms, admitted to carrying out one of the bombings, the ministry said.
The statement also charged that he "took part in terrorist acts in Syria and Libya" and he was wanted on two charges, one involving members of Morsi's Moslem Brüderbund, and the other connected to Mohammed al-Zawahiri ... Formerly second in command of al-Qaeda, now the head cheese, occasionally described as the real brains of the outfit. Formerly the Mister Big of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Bumped off Abdullah Azzam with a car boom in the course of one of their little disputes. Is thought to have composed bin Laden's fatwa entitled World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders. Currently residing in the North Wazoo area. That is not a horn growing from the middle of his forehead, but a prayer bump, attesting to how devout he is... , brother of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.
On September 5, a jacket wallah detonated his explosives-rigged vehicle as the interior minister passed in a car.
The minister survived, and in a video recorded before the bombing and published online by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the bomber claimed to have fought in Syria.
Officials in Egypt's security services have said that some myrmidon Islamists have returned from fighting abroad to join jihadist groups in the Sinai.
[An Nahar] Suspected al-Qaeda bully boyz on Monday attacked an army vehicle in Yemen's southern 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... wounding six soldiers, a security official said.
The assailants shot up the vehicle east of the coastal town of Ahwar before fleeing, the official said.
Yemen has seen regular attacks on its security forces usually blamed on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which remains active in the south and east despite several military campaigns to crush the group.
The Arab world's poorest country is also grappling with an increasingly violent separatist movement in the south, which was independent between the end of British colonial rule in 1967 and union with the north in 1990.
Four suspects in the murder of thee police personnel, including UAE officer, First-Lt. Tariq Al Shehi, may face death sentence or revocation of the nationality if they are convicted, the Public Prosecution said. The three on-duty security personnel were killed in a bomb blast on March 3 in Daih. Other policemen sustained injuries.
The Public Prosecution said in a statement on Sunday that the case is criminalised by three laws; the penal code law, the anti-terrorism law concerning explosives, weapons and ammunition, in which the punishment is up to death penalty, as well as the rule by necessity of revocation of citizenship.
The four suspects are Sami Mirza Ahmed Mushaima, Abbas Jamil Tahir Alsameea, Ali Mohammed Jamil Taher Alsameea and Yusuf Ahmed Mohammed Taher Alsameea.
They confessed to the Public Prosecution committing the crime jointly with other accomplices. In details, they stated that they had an advanced agreement to commit the crime by making IED intended for remote detonation by a mobile phone, and then planted it on a public road where it was exploded. Also, to achieve their purpose, they caused riots in the area to be able to ambush the police to the place of bombing, and once the forces reached their, one of the defendants detonated it.
According to the confessions of the accused; it has been proven that they and others manufactured several explosive devices, including the one used in the crime, and it was planted during the night before. Also, they communicated with each other on the day the crime was committed for the purpose of monitoring and targeting the security forces through technical connection programme installed on their mobile phones.
A number of suspects involved in the crime have already been accused of joining terrorist groups, manufacturing and possessing explosives, plotting bombings and arsons and committing acts of rioting and sabotage, as well as overseas training on the use of weapons.
Aden: An appeals court in the southern port of Aden upheld a 10-year jail term Sunday for 11 Somali pirates convicted of trying to hijack a ship in Yemeni waters. The group were convicted by a lower court in 2010 of hijacking a "foreign ship" in February 2009, using AK-47 assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and a ladder of the type used by pirates to board vessels.
Heavily armed pirates using high-powered speedboats have operated in the Gulf of Aden for years, preying on ships and at times holding them for weeks before releasing them for large ransoms paid by governments or shipowners. However, the number of pirate attacks has diminished since international warships began patrolling waters off the Horn of Africa.
[Dhaka Tribune] At least 59 crude bombs along with huge number of publications of Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... and Islami Chhatra Shibir ... the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh... were recovered from a book store in the capital's Banglabazar last night.
Sutrapur police made the seizure at "Imaniyat." Owner Abul Hasan was also nabbed Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! , OC Khalilur Rahman Paywary told the Dhaka Tribune.
He said: "Acting on a tip-off, we raided the store on Brookline Road in Banglabazar around 8pm and found the crude bombs, huge number of leaflets, posters and banners."
Khalilur said the book store was run by pro-Jamaat people, who preserved the explosives for carrying out subversive activities, the OC said adding that the detainee was an active member of the Jamaat.
A total of six unidentified armed suspects were killed in an armed encounter with Mexican security forces in central Tamaulipas state, according to an official government news release.
A news release publishing on the government website of Tamaulipas said that a Mexican Naval Infantry road patrol encountered the suspects at a residence in San Fernando municipality Sunday. The dead included three men and three women.
Three unidentified individuals were rescued from captivity by the military unit, plus marines seized a number of weapons ammunition and drugs.
Meanwhile in Ciudad Victoria, the state capital of Tamaulipas, four unidentified individuals were freed from captivity by a Mexican Army unit last Thursday.
According to a news account posted on the website of Milenio news daily, the unit was dispatched to Sierra Ventana colony on a citizen's report of criminal activity, and found the victims, as well as two suspects who were detained at the scene.
Four rifles, two handguns, 47 weapons magazines and 840 rounds of ammunition, as well as one vehicle and radio gear were seized in the aftermath.
Elsewhere, in the border municipality of Carmargo, Mexican Army units raided two location and seized a number of drugs, weapons and munitions last Friday.
According to a news released published on the Tamaulipas government website, the first raid took place in Cuauhtemoc colony where a Mexican Army unit located a residence where drugs were stored.
Marijuana wrapped in 347 packages totaling 1.5 metric tons were seized by soldiers. Weapons and munitions seized included five AK-47 rifles, 53 weapons magazines and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
A second raid took place at a residence in Nuevo Camargo colony where soldiers found nine AK-47 rifles, nine AR-15 rifles, five other rifles, two semiautomatic pistols, 266 weapons magazines and 5,907 rounds of ammunition.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and BorderlandBeat.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
[An Nahar] A French court sentenced four men to up to seven years in jail Monday for having tried to wage jihad abroad, at a time of concern over the mounting number of nationals going to fight in Syria.
The four were accused of having tried -- and failed -- to reach jihadist hotspots in 2009 and 2010 and of having facilitated the departure to a zone on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistain of two other Frenchies who were later killed in a U.S. army raid.
Ibrahim Ouattara, 26, one of the accused and the leader of the group, was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Of Malian origin, Ouattara converted to Islam when he was 16 and later attempted on several occasions to join jihadists in Pakistain, Afghanistan or Somalia, without ever managing to do so.
In the Pak city of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. , for instance, he asked to be taken to a madrassa, according to one of his testimonies in court last month.
"I was brought to a mosque, but I was phoning my wife in La Belle France and it annoyed them. They chased me away," he said.
"Another mosque said I couldn't stay as I was black. Have you been to Peshawar? When you're black, everyone looks at you."
He also tried to reach the Somali al-Shabaab ... the personification of Somali state failure... bully boy group, which has links to al-Qaeda, via Egypt and Sudan.
"Egyptian police placed in durance vile Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! and tortured me, before deporting me to La Belle France", he said.
Another member of the group was also tossed in the clink Book 'im, Mahmoud! for seven years, and two co-defendants were sentenced to four and five years in prison.
The court case came amid mounting concerns over the number of young jihadists heading to fight in Syria, whom authorities fear could pose a major security threat if they return home as battle-hardened veterans.
According to Interior Minister Manuel Valls, as many as 700 Frenchies could have joined the fighting in Syria.
[Shabelle] The trial of 19 Belgians on terrorism charges began Monday under tight security amid concerns the 15 men and 4 women were part of a local jihadist recruitment network.
They face charges of either fighting alongside jihadist groups in Somalia, having attempted to go to Somalia or Syria, or of having provided support to a Belgian-based recruitment operation.
All 19 face the charge of "belonging to a terrorist group."
One of the accused, Brussels hairdresser Hassan Khafi, has admitted to the court that he left Belgium in 2011 in an attempt to join the Somali al-Shabaab ... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord... bully boy group, which has links to al-Qaeda.
Khafi, 39, told the criminal court in Brussels that he had not taken part in fighting in Somalia and the al-Shabaab gunnies he met had not trusted the Belgians and had confiscated their passports, the Belga news agency reported.
He was tossed in the clink Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! in Kenya in May 2012 and was extradited to Belgium last year.
Three of his associates are imprisoned there on charges of illegal entry but are expected to be sent back to Belgium shortly.
According to Le Soir daily, one of the three men in Kenya, Rachid Benomari, has appeared in photos brandishing a knife with which he promised to "cut the throat of infidels."
The Brussels trial, which is taking place under heightened security, comes amid mounting concern over the number of Belgians believed to be traveling to Africa, Syria and the Afghan-Pak border to fight alongside jihadist groups.
Scores of Europeans have already bit the dust in Syria's bloody three-year-old conflict, with more and more believed to be going to fight there.
The fear is that, upon their return to Europe, the now trained and experienced gunnies could help terrorist groups and boost recruitment.
[An Nahar] A Tel Aviv court on Monday handed an Arab Israeli a 25-year prison term over the 2012 bombing of a bus during a major Israeli campaign in Gazoo.
Mohammed Mafarja, 19, was sentenced three months after being convicted on charges of aiding the enemy during war, attempted murder, causing an kaboom and wounding 24 people.
A resident of Taibe in central Israel, Mafarja boarded the Tel Aviv bus on November 21, 2012, and placed a bomb inside before getting off, according to the District Court.
Shortly afterwards it was triggered remotely by a cellphone used by his accomplice Ahmed Moussa, a Paleostinian from the West Bank.
The two had decided "to carry out an attack to end the war in Gazoo," which began when Israel killed Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, military commander Ahmed Jaabari on November 14, 2012, the court said in Monday's sentencing.
The Gazoo conflict ended several hours after the kaboom with an Egyptian-brokered truce, in a development unrelated to the attack.
The kaboom left two people in moderate-to-serious condition, while another eight people were lightly maimed and 14 more suffered from shock. The blast damaged the bus and vehicles nearby.
The court also mentioned Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... hard boy Mohammed Assi who planned the attack. Assi was rubbed out during an Israeli attempt to arrest him near the West Bank city of Ramallah in October 2013.
Moussa's trial, which is being heard in a military court, is ongoing.
[The Peninsula] Ten members of the security forces and two communist snuffies were killed in a string of guerrilla attacks targeting Philippine police and military yesterday.
At least 50 New People's Army (NPA) rebels overwhelmed a small group of coppers at the cop shoppe in Matanao on the southern island of Mindanao at dawn, said local military front man Captain William Rodriguez.
"They fell on the town riding trucks and a small bus, about 50 of them... thirty minutes later (other) rebels also attacked a (local military) detachment but they were not successful there," he told news hounds.
A photographer saw bloodstains on the floor in front of the cop shoppe, while ripped pieces of paper lay scattered on the hallway. Two coppers were killed and three others maimed in the raid on the cop shoppe itself, while the two of the raiders, who were wearing military uniforms, also died, Rodriguez said.
One of the three maimedcoppers later died in hospital.
Seven soldiers died and another seven were maimed about five hours later when their vehicle triggered a roadside kaboom as they pursued the retreating rebels.
The photographer saw a disabled camouflage-hued military truck sitting in the middle of the road amid civilian vehicle traffic in the afternoon, hours after the kaboom. The truck's windshield and hood were riddled with bullet holes.
Rodriguez said the rebels stole 10 firearms from the police armoury in Matanao, a hilly farming town of about 52,000 people located about 1,000km south of Manila.
[An Nahar] Detained suspect Sheikh Omar al-Atrash denied on Monday claims that he had transported booby-trapped vehicles to Leb, reported LBCI television.
It said that he confessed to only transporting weapons from Leb to Syria.
He did not transport weapons from Syria to Leb.
Al-Atrash was tossed in the calaboose Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! in January.
An arrest warrant was issued against him for carrying out terrorist activities in the country.
He was also questioned over his role in transporting jacket wallahs to Leb.
Al-Atrash, 24, has also been charged with detonating bombs and explosive-rigged vehicles, attacking the army in Majdelyoun and al-Awwali bridge areas in the southern city of Sidon in December and launching rockets on Israel.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.