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A car has exploded in Port Sudan killing one person, Sudan's news agency said. Witnesses say the explosion left two big craters in the road and the body of the driver completely burned.
Local officials say the incident is being investigated. It comes just more than a year after a similar incident that killed two people, which Sudan called the result of an Israeli missile strike.
The blast occured just before 8 a.m. local time on the western edge of Port Sudan town. A local resident said, "I heard a big explosion and I came out and saw a [Toyota] Prado car on fire, and two craters in the ground."
Sudanese TV said an "unknown source" had "attacked a civilian vehicle" and has broadcast images of the damaged front of the car.
Following last year's incident, Sudan said it had irrefutable evidence that Israeli attack helicopters had carried out a missile and machine gun strike. Israel refused to comment.
Sudan, which has close ties with Hamas, has long been a center of arms smuggling.
(Sh. M. Network)-At least two soldiers were killed and many more others injured after Government troops have exchanged deadly gunfire on Sunday in Somalia's central town of Beledweyne, witnesses and officials said.
Eyewitnesses said the festivities which were intense erupted after the soldiers disagreed over illegal money took from public transportations used a checkpoint at western side of Beledweyne, killing tow soldiers.
The incident caused the death of two soldiers during the clash and the movement of the traffic and business in the areas was halted as the clash continued there.
Adawe Elmi, the deputy governor of Hiiran region told Shabelle Media that the violence was not intense as reported by the media.
The latest reports in the areas say that the situation returned normal after more government troops had intervened the warring sides.
The dead bodies and injured civilians had been taken from the spot where the accident happened today and there had no been any movement of the traffic, business and people as the soldiers were opening fire in the air
It is not the first time that government soldiers disagreed illegal money taken from the transportations and exchange gunfire inSomalia.
(Sh. M. Network)-Somali government official says Double bomb kabooms have again hit Somalia's capital Mogadishu amid the capital is returning into normal.
The first blast went kaboom! at a small Khat market in Mogadishu's Towfiq neighborhood where Somali government soldiers were buying the popular narcotic leaves (Khat) and no death or wounds were reported so far.
In the second kaboom, AMISOM convoy passing through Arafat area, a neighborhood in the Yaqshiid district was targeted with a road side bomb. No fatalities reported.
Muhaydin Hassan Jurus, the district commissioner of Yaqshid for Somali government confirmed to Shabelle Media the incidents, but declined to comment to casualties.
Al shabab, which linked with Al Qaeda grabbed credit for the multiple blasts, saying they have killed an unconfirmed number of soldiers from Somali and AMISIOM.
Al-Shabaab ... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord... who announced their departure from Mogadishu last August, regularly wage attacks on AMISOM and TFG forces in the capital. Although security in Mogadishu has been significantly increased,
(Sh.M.Network)-Iran's Navy has foiled a pirate attack on a Filipino-owned bulk carrier with 23 crew members on-board off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea.
The Norway-flagged MV Rosita came under attack on Sunday when a number of armed people on-board several skiffs approached the ship at high speed.
The Iranian warships patrolling the area rushed to assist the cargo vessel upon its distress call, which reported an unauthorized boarding attempt by unknown parties.
Iranian Navy marines managed to foil the pirate attack on the vessel after they reached the area. No fire fight was reported between the crews of the Iranian ships and the pirates.
The vessel with deadweight of 52,338 metric tons was en route from an Indian port to Qatar.
Iran's Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ali Akbar Marzban said on May 18 that Iran's Navy has conducted at least 85 anti-piracy missions in international waters over the past three years.
He highlighted that more than 2,000 cargo vessels have also received Iranian naval escorts through the pirate-infested waters during the mentioned period.
Iran's Navy has been multiplying its naval presence in the international waters since last year, deploying vessels to the Indian Ocean and dispatching two ships via the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean for the first time in February 2011.
In addition, in line with the international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.
The Gulf of Aden, which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea, is the quickest route for thousands of vessels traveling annually between Asia, Europe and the Americas.
However, corruption finds a dozen alibis for its evil deeds... attacks by heavily armed Somali pirates on speedboats have prompted some of the world's largest shipping firms to switch routes from the Suez Canal and reroute cargo vessels around southern Africa, leading to climbing shipping costs.
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Mali's transition president Diancounda Traore was hospitalised on Monday after protesters angry at his appointment burst into his office and beat him, his entourage and medical sources reported.
Traore was "beaten and injured" by the protesters and taken to hospital, local journalist Baye Coulibaly, who was at the scene, told AFP.
He was on the scene at Traore's office, the headquarters of the general secretariat next to the presidential palace, which has lain looted and empty since the coup.
A source in the presidency confirmed the information.
"The protesters, who were many, evaded security forces ... they found him in his office. He was beaten but his life is not in danger. He was driven to hospital," said the source.
A source at the hospital confirmed his admission, without giving further deyails.
The journalist Coulibaly said that all official locations in Koulouba, from the headquarters of the general secretariat and foreign ministry had been "besieged by protesters".
An AFP photographer on the scene said hundreds had managed to approach Traore's offices despite the presence of the national guard, managing to enter the building and presidential palace.
[An Nahar] Al-Qaeda snuffies on Monday claimed they raked with gunfire a convoy carrying four U.S. military advisers in Hudaida, but American officials said they had no such personnel in the west Yemen port city.
Al-Qaeda said in a statement that jihadists had opened fire on Sunday on two cars carrying four American military advisers who were in the Red Sea city on a training mission with the Yemeni Coast Guard.
The snuffies "opened fire on them as they left their hotel on their way to work," the thug group said, adding that the attackers were able to flee despite efforts by Yemeni security forces to cordon off the city.
A local security official confirmed the attack took place, but gave no further details.
The U.S. embassy in Sanaa however denied the presence of American military advisers in Hudaida.
"Reports of U.S. military trainers in Hudaida are false," an embassy email said.
Witnesses at the scene told Agence La Belle France Presse that three American military experts came under attack after leaving a local restaurant on Sunday. They said one man was critically maimed by a bullet to the neck.
An Arab diplomat in Sanaa said that the Americans were immediately evacuated but gave no further details on their current location.
U.S. military experts are assisting the Yemeni army in an all-out offensive launched on May 12 to oust al-Qaeda snuffies from the country's restive southern 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... province where they have seized control of several towns and villages.
So far, 213 people have been killed, according to a tally compiled by AFP, including 147 al-Qaeda gunnies, 31 military personnel, 18 local hard boyz and 17 civilians.
[Yemen Post] The Houthi ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates.... group has been conducting an arrest campaign against activists, politicians, teachers, students as well as football players in Saada.
Akhbar Alyawam newspaper quoted an officer of an international human rights One man's rights are another man's existential threat. group operating in Yemen as saying that they have information about torture and violations practiced in private prisons of the Houthi group against its oppositionists.
Local sources affirmed that three teachers and five students were kidnapped by the group from Alsaeed education compound in Saada during the past two days, pointing out that they were taken to unknown places.
Locals of Saada said that gunnies of the Houthi group kidnapped a football player of Al-Salam Sport Club, Mujahid al-Taib, on May 10, pointing out that the fate of Al-Taib is still unknown.
A university student from Taiz governorate, Mohmmad Al-Hakimi, was tossed in the clink Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! from the Education Faculty in Saada in May 7. He is still languishing in an private prison of the group.
Classmates of Al-Hakimi demanded the Yemeni Student Association, Interior Ministry and the governor of Saada to pressure on the Houthi group to release Al-Hakimi, stressing that his fate is still uncertain.
Local sources of Saada said a soldier of the Central Security was killed on May 6 by gunnies affiliated to the Houthi group, citing that he was killed on charges of listening to songs that are unpermitted by the group.
The Houthi group whose main slogan is "God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews" took control on Saada during the protest wave that hit Yemen in 2011.
[Yemen Post] Media sources reported on Monday citing local security officials that an American warship arrived to the western Yemeni al-Hodieda port to take its training team which was attacked by suspected al-Qaeda Death Eaters on Monday.
While two trainers survived the attack, one was injured after he was maimed by the shattered glass of the car.
The US troops were training the Yemeni Coastal Guards in al-Hodieda.
In the same vein, officials told al-Masdar online newspaper that police forces managed to arrest two al-Qaeda suspects involved in carrying out the attacks against the American trainers.
However, if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning... the officials refused to give further details as to who the suspects were.
Two months ago al-Qaeda operatives shot an American English teacher killed in the southern province of Taiz.
Al-Qaeda has grown more and more dangerous in the few past months, today many people said al-Qaeda was behind the attack in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a which left more than 120 soldiers dead and 200 others maimed.
[Yemen Post] Yemen President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi issued republican decrees dismissing high-ranking commanders of security units in the country, after more than 100 soldiers were killed on Monday morning during rehearsals for a military parade, Hadi fired the commander of the Central Security Forces Abdul-Malik al-Taib, the commander of the Rescue Division Mohammed Abdullah al-Qawsi, and the deputy commander of the National Security.
Fadhal Yahya al-Qawsi was appointed to replace al-Taib and Mohammed Jamee al-Kadar took over the national security post. Hussein Mohammed al-Radhai was appointed to take over the Rescue Division. Hadi's decrees came only after a few hours of a deadly suicide kaboom in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a that left 100 plus soldiers killed, mostly from the Central Security Forces. The attack has exposed the fragile security and bad security measures and leadership in the country and needed some decisive actions taken, therefore Hadi took some actions.
Meanwhile, ...back at the sea battle, the Terror of the Baltic's career had come to an abrupt and watery end... an official at the Central Yemeni Forces said that the corpse count for the atrocious attack that targeted soldiers today morning at al-Sabeen square rose to about 120. The attack occurred in one of the most secure areas in Sana'a, reflecting the fragile security situation in Yemen. For their parts, the Arab Summit chief Nabil al-Arabi, the chief of the Islamic Cooperation Council Akmal al-Deen Ihsan, and the Chief of the Gulf Cooperation Council Abdul-Atif al-Zayani condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack. They stressed this attack underscores the need for doubling the ongoing efforts to get Yemen back on track.
[Yemen Post] The corpse count from the suicide kaboom on Yemen's parade rehearsal on Monday rose to more than 120 soldiers, mostly from the central security forces, medial sources at three hospitals, which received victims.
Conflicted reports surfaced after the attack with some saying a bomber with an boom beltwent kaboom!" at one of the battalions participating in the parade. Others said the bomber was lining up with the forces. Investigations are underway.
About 350 others were maimed, many at death's door, the sources said.
A medic of those who treated some injuries said some soldiers arrived at the new police typical hospital in very critical condition. "I could not have a look at some cases. It is terrible".
The authorities said the attack this morning while the national forces were conducting a parade rehearsal a day before the unity anniversary bore the hallmarks of Al-Qaeda.
The army has recently stepped up the war on Islamic fascistiin southern and southeastern regions, mainly 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... where key towns were seized last year. Hundreds of Islamic fascistihave been killed and injured including big shots.
But observers suspected an Al-Qaeda bomber could infiltrate into the parade square without help from commanders and forces.
"I doubt that a terrorist without help could infiltrate into Al-Sabin Square, the parade square which is heavily guarded by the elite republican guard and the central security forces," an expert said.
Citizens said the remnants of the former regime including military commanders might be involved in this massacre, which comes amid security disorders including the spread of guns and rustics roaming main cities.
You'd think they would have learned from the Iraq experience that whenever police trainees or applicants were lined up some splodydope would come along and self detonate. Save the parades for when the war is over...if it ever is.
"over 120" is a huge number for a suicide belt even if everybody is bunched up.
Does this sound right to anybody who knows about these things?
Posted by: Herb Tojo7421 ||
Thanks, Besoeker, for the info addressing my comment on this story yesterday. I still have a hard time fathoming how ONE bomber with ONE suicide vest could kill 120 and maim 350. Just seems there had to be some secondary charges--or a trampoline in the middle of the square so the guy could go out in a "Logan's Run"-style airburst--to inflict so much carnage. It just seems unreal that one single person could carry enough explosives to kill/injure nearly 500 and still be able to walk about without attracting attention.
Well Dar, as the casualty figures unfold, there most certainly could be more to the story.
If an automobile or bongo truck located nearby was rigged with explosives, and it sympathetically detonated, or the bomber (or his handler) used a cellphone to detonate both simultaneously, that could obviously add to the carnage.
Only a thorough investigation by trained EOD personnel (which I am certainly not), could determine what actually took place.
These murdering bastards are very creative. Nearly anything is possible.
maybe some of the people around the exploding suicide bomber were themselves equipped with munitions
I know it is idiotic to parade wearing live weapons but its Yemen after all
Posted by: lord garth ||
Does seem quite a number, extra 350 injured. While likely the whole, real story may not be out, I had wondered if factors of EMT response time/quality/quantity as well as medical facilities could be a factor. If every ambulance had to go through a checkpoint, every emt searched, to guard against a secondary attack, it would sure slow things down. If there were VIPs they may have to be accounted and evacuated before anyone crosses any checkpoints. Traffic issues especially if narrow roads.
Gut tells me there is more, and the truth is either unknown or too embarassing...or exposing.
Officials say security forces have killed four terrorists militants, including a rebel warlord, in Dagestan in the North Caucasus.
National Anti-Terrorist Committee spokesman Andrei Chatskyi said that warlord Aslan Mamedov and an accomplice were gunned down Sunday in a clash with security forces in the town of Khasavyurt near Chechnya. Mamedov had been suspected of staging a series of attacks on police and other authorities in Dagestan.
Regional police spokesman Vyacheslav Gasanov said another two terrorists militants died over the weekend in a clash with police in the village of Tukhchar west of Khasavyurt.
[L.A. Times] North Korea has released 29 captured Chinese fishermen and three fishing vessels, putting an end to a 13-day ordeal that raised questions about the stability of the Pyongyang regime.
The fishermen returned to the Chinese port of Dalian on Monday morning, the New China News Agency reported.
Chinese media suggested that Beijing did not pay a ransom for the boats. The news agency report credited China's ambassador to Pyongyang, Liu Hongcai, with securing the release through "negotiation and close contact" with the North Korean government.
The boats were stopped May 8 while fishing in what the Chinese boat owners claimed were Chinese waters, and were forced at gunpoint to sail toward North Korea.
The release of the boats does little, however, to clear up questions about whether impoverished North Koreans are engaging in Somalia-style piracy to raise money. Following the death of leader Kim Jong Il in December, North Korea elevated his 28-year-old son, Kim Pudge Jong-un, ...the hereditary potentate of North Korea... to replace him, and some believe the transition has not gone smoothly.
"If North Korean governmental authorities are linked to this incident, we could suspect that the central government's control has weakened in the process of power shift to Kim Jong Un," said Lee Dong-bok, senior associate at Center for Strategic and International Studies in Seoul.
Last week, Sun Caihui, the owner of one of the fishing boats, described the vessel that captured his as a small, heavily armed military vessel. "The kidnappers' ship is definitely from the North Korea military," he said.
China is North Korea's main ally and the source of most of its fuel oil, investment capital and food aid, but Pyongyang has irritated its patron in recent months by ignoring Beijing's calls for restraint in its weapons programs.
Chinese fishery officials were quoted Monday as demanding an investigation into who in North Korea was behind the seizure of the boats. The state-run Global Times newspaper said hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels had been ordered to retreat westward to avoid another incident.
One official told the newspaper that there had been other incidents in which the North Korean coasties had stolen from Chinese ships.
"The North Korean coastiess took almost everything, even pencils and clothes. They also pumped the fuel out of seized boats, leaving just enough for the journey home," a local boat owner was quoted telling the newspaper.
As per TOPIX, North Korea just recently executed persons for engaging in HUMAN CANNIBALISM, + more similar cases are likely. Its just more evidencia that post-Big Daddy Heir-Scion Jong-un may not be able to control NOKOR's on-going mass starvation no matter what Him + Pyongyang Boyz do - WID OR WIDOUT THE NOKOR ARMY, NOR VEE THE NEW SINO-NOKOR FTAS.
The US-Allies, and only the US-Allies [UNO], must be willing to give out much more bullah food + econ asistance than current, as China won't. IMO IT WON'T MATTER TO RISING CHINA IFF THE US-WORLD BELIEVE THEY HELPED OR ORDERED NOKOR TO FIRE ITS "SPACE ROCKET" [Nuke Tests?], AS ITS PRIORITY IS PROCURING MAHANIST-STYLE "SOLE" OVERSEAS AIR-SEA-MISSLE-SPACE PORTS FOR THE PLA IN THE "FIRST ISLAND CHAIN" + BEYOND. They'll deny responsibility for the "Space Rocket" [Nuke Tests?] anyway, iff only for a time, + will still take over NOKOR either in Major War or State Collapse.
NEW US MIL PRESENCE IN PHILIPPINES, SOUTH CHINA SEA + STALLED TAIWAN REUNIFICATION + FUKUSHIMA-DESTABILIZED JAPAN = PLA BASES CLOSER TO SOUTH KOREA + JAPAN, NO LONGER NORTH OF THE YALU???
Jong-un, aka "Pudgy", is contin what late Big Daddy Jong-il did before he croaked - Jong-un is wilfully + deliberately pushing the "Mutual Destruction/Annihilation" button = envelope in warning to South Korea, USFK, UNCOM + Washington, etc. i.e. HELP ME + NORTH KOREA SAVE NORTH KOREA, OR FTLG I'M TAKING YOU ALL DOWN WID US BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!
Short of Total War, NOKOR's Mirror has run out of spaces to crack - its cracks have cracks have cracks, etc. IT NEEDS PRECIOUS TIME TO REBUILD, + THAT MEANS THE US MUST SURRENDER LIKE FRANCE, BECAUSE CHINA WON'T.
[Dawn] Two people, including a worker of the 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... , were killed and a policeman was maimed in different parts of the metropolis on Sunday, police said.
A 55-year-old driver of Al-Khidmat Foundation, Tariq, son of Ghulam Haider, was bumped off in Orangi, the police said.
SHO Matiullah said that Tariq was going somewhere when two gunnies riding a cycle of violence opened fire on him and sped away.
He added that the victim sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he died during treatment.
Tariq resided in the Ghausia Iqbal area of Baloch Colony in Orangi Town, and originally hailed from Rahim Yar Khan, said the SHO.
The police Sherlocks said that Tariq had six children and the eldest one of them, Raju, was also rubbed out nine months back. They said the initial investigation suggested personal enmity as a possible motive for the killing.
According to a handout later issued by the Jamaat-e-Islami, Tariq was their worker.
[Dawn] Iraqi officials say gunnies have killed three coppers in an attack on a security checkpoint north of Storied Baghdad. ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... Police officials say the attack early Monday took place when gunnies in two speeding car opened fire on a security checkpoint in Taji area, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) north of Storied Baghdad. Three other coppers were maimed in the attack.
A local medic confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
Violence has dropped across Iraq, but forces of Evil frequently attack security forces in an attempt to destabilise the country.
[Al Ahram] Paleostinian security forces tossed in the slammer Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up! 10 members of the Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation 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... in the Jenin refugee camp on Monday, a local leader of the radical movement said.
Ghassan Sa'adi, head of the Islamic Jihad in the Jenin refugee camp, located in the occupied West Bank, told AFP he did not know why they had been tossed in the slammer. Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! Paleostinian security officials confirmed the arrests, but refused to provide further details.
Islamic Jihad believes in armed struggle against Israel and enjoys more freedom in Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,-run Gazoo Strip than in the West Bank, which is run by the Western-backed Paleostinian Authority.
Formed in 1980, the Iran-inspired group was the first Paleostinian Islamist organization to take up arms against Israel.
Three soldiers were wounded in a bomb blast in Yala province Tuesday while the deputy Prime Minister Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapha overseeing security affairs and army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha were visiting the region.
Three soldiers from a special task force in Raman district were injured by a bombing while they were patroling on a local road connecting Yala and Pattani provinces. All have already been admitted to a local hospital.
Police believe the instigator may have wanted to threaten the army chief and the deputy premier during their visit. The army chief and the deputy premier along with other generals traveled to the three southernmost provinces Tuesday morning in order to see the situation and clarify the government's policies to local officials.
Indonesian prosecutors on Monday asked for a life sentence rather than the death penalty for Umar Patek, the bombmaker accused of being behind the Bali attacks that killed 202 people.
When the trial started in February prosecutors had said they would seek capital punishment for Patek, who was held last year in the Pak town of Abbottabad ... A pleasant city located only 30 convenient miles from Islamabad. The city is noted for its nice weather and good schools. It is the site of Pakistain's military academy, which was within comfortable walking distance of the residence of the late Osama bin Laden.... , four months before al-Qaeda chief the late Osama bin Laden ... who can now be reached at RFD Boneyard... was killed there.
Prosecutor Bambang Suharyadi told the West Jakarta District Court that Patek had been proved guilty of premeditated murder, but they were seeking a lighter sentence because he had been remorseful and cooperative.
"We the prosecutors recommend... the defendant Umar Patek be given a life sentence," Suharyadi told the court. "He has been polite and cooperative during the trial and regretted what he has done."
Patek, 45, is accused of assembling bombs for the attacks on two nightclubs on the resort island on October 12, 2002 which killed many Western tourists, including 88 Australians, and on churches in Jakarta on Christmas Eve 2000.
Patek on Monday repeated an apology he made earlier this month to the relatives of the dead.
"I regret what I have done... (and) I apologize to the families of victims who died -- Indonesians and foreigners," he said.
Patek is accused of being the expert bombmaker for Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), a Southeast Asian terror network linked to Al-Qaeda.
He denies he led the bombmaking for the Bali attacks, admitting to playing only a small role. He confessed to mixing the chemicals for the explosives, but claimed he did not know how the bombs would be used.
Patek allegedly used simple household tools including a rice ladle to assemble the Bali bombs, which according to the court indictment were housed in ordinary filing cabinets.
He was tossed in the clink I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece! in Abbottabad in January last year. Evidence in the trial suggested bin Laden gave JI $30,000 to wage jihad in the region and Patek might have met him in the Pak town -- a claim he has repeatedly denied.
Two rockets were fired on Monday in Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of thich 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... , one landing in Jabal Mohsen and the other between Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh, a security official told Agence La Belle France Presse, as roads were blocked in several areas to protest the shooting death on Sunday of Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahed at an army checkpoint in Akkar.
The kaboom of rockets did not cause any injuries, the official said.
Meanwhile, ...back at the bunker, his Excellency called a hurried meeting of his closest advisors. It was to be his last. They discussed the officers's efficiency rating system... angry protesters blocked the main highway linking the South to Beirut in the Naameh area and several roads in the northern areas of al-Abdeh, Tal Abbas and Halba.
Roads were also blocked in several areas in the Bekaa Valley.
The army and the Internal Security Forces later managed to reopen most roads.
[An Nahar] Slain holy men Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahed and his lover companion Sheikh Mohammed al-Merheb were laid to rest on Monday in the Akkar town of al-Bireh, amid tensions and intense shooting into the air by gunnies who deployed heavily at the funeral's site.
Throngs of people gathered in the town to attend the funeral in the afternoon.
"We want a fair trial, and we want the killers of Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahed to be executed," Mustaqbal ... the Future Movement, political party led by Saad Hariri... bloc MP Khaled al-Daher said at the funeral.
"Whoever executed the holy man and his aide deserve such a punishment," said Daher, who stressed that "the residents of Akkar are the backbone of the Lebanese army."
He noted that "Sheikh Abdul Wahed paid the price for helping the Syrian people."
Daher stressed that "Syria's envoy to the U.N. Bashar al-Jaafari's threat will not intimidate Akkar or Leb."
Addressing President Michel Suleiman ...before assuming office as President, he held the position of commander of the Leb Armed Forces. That was after the previous commander, the loathesome Emile Lahoud, took office as president in November of 1998. Likely the next president of Leb will be whoever's commander of the armed forces, too... , Daher warned that "this government is threatening the Lebanese people's security."
He accused Prime Minister Najib Miqati's government of "isolating and marginalizing the majority of the Lebanese people."
State commissioner to the military court Judge Saqr Saqr has ordered the arrest of three Lebanese army officers and 19 soldiers who were manning a checkpoint in the Akkar town of al-Kweikhat where Sheikh Abdul Wahed was killed, al-Liwaa daily reported Monday.
Abdul Wahed and his aide Merheb were on their way to attend a rally organized by MP Daher in Halba.
The army said in a communiqué that it deeply regretted the incident and that it would be investigated.
The news of the killing by the army pushed several angry residents to the streets of Akkar villages as protestors cut off roads with burning tires in the northern province, and the road in Naameh and other roads in the Beirut areas of Verdun, Mazraa, Beshara al-Khoury and Qasqas.
The anti-Syria holy man's death also caused armed festivities between supporters of al-Mustaqbal movement and Arab Movement party near the Beirut Arab University in Tariq al-Jedideh, leaving two dead.
[An Nahar] Syrian forces ambushed and killed nine army deserters in a north Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... suburb on Monday, a human rights ...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty... watchdog said, as NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization.... ruled out military action against the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Light of the Alawites... The latest violence in Syria comes after a rocket-propelled grenade went kaboom! on Sunday near U.N. observers in a Damascus suburb, and at least 48 people were killed elsewhere in the country.
The nine army deserters were killed as they were retreating under cover of darkness from the village of Jisr al-Ab near Damascus' Douma suburb, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The Britannia-based watchdog on Sunday had reported fighting between rebels and regime troops near Douma, during which the RPG went kaboom! near a team of U.N. military observers.
No one was hurt in the Douma blast, which came as U.N. mission head Major General Robert Mood and peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous were leading observers around the north Damascus suburb.
Heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual name-calling or slapsy... also raged overnight between soldiers and rebels in other parts of Damascus province, despite an April 12 truce brokered by envoy Kofi Annan ...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo... that the U.N. observers are overseeing.
NATO, which undertook a major air war in Libya to back rebels who fought Muammar Qadaffy ...a reminder that a single man with an idea can change an entire nation, usually for the worse... 's forces last year, said it has "no intention" of taking military action against Assad's regime.
"We strongly condemn the behavior of the Syrian security forces and their crackdowns on the Syrian population," NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a Chicago summit on Sunday.
"But again NATO has no intention to intervene in Syria."
NATO states have come under criticism for backing the air war in Libya but ruling out military intervention in Syria, where opposition demonstrators and badly outgunned rebels have been hammered by heavily-armed regime forces.
After Sunday's Douma blast, Ladsous said: "I think this is clearly one of these situations where it is absolutely imperative that all parties exercise restraint and do not engage in any more fighting."
An Agence La Belle France Presse correspondent said Douma's streets were deserted and most of its shops closed.
"When the observers leave, the gunnies will come back to cause trouble," a soldier said, in a reference to rebels.
Ladsous met Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Sunday to discuss the mission, with state-run SANA news agency saying the Syrian official had informed him that armed rebels had violated the U.N.-backed ceasefire hundreds of times.
Sunday's blast followed several other close calls for the U.N. monitors since they deployed in Syria, where 260 observers are now on the ground according to Mood.
On May 16, a homemade bomb struck a convoy of U.N. observers in the flashpoint central city of Homs, damaging three vehicles but causing no casualties.
A roadside kaboom hit a similar convoy on May 9 as they entered the key southern city of Daraa, wounding six Syrian soldiers escorting them.
Sunday saw a bloodbath in other parts of Syria too, with at least 48 people reported killed, including 34 civilians slain in the village of Souran in the central Hama province, the Observatory said.
The bloodshed came a day after a suicide car kaboom in Syria's main eastern city of Deir Ezzor killed at least nine people and maimed 100 others.
The bombing was claimed Monday by an Islamist group, the Al-Nusra front, which said "a jacket wallah rammed a car boom against buildings of military security, and aviation information, causing deaths and injuries among members of the regime."
It said it was "determined to continue its operations to clean the land of the Alawites and end the injustice that strikes the Sunnis" in Syria.