[Tolo News] Deputy Minister of Public Works, Ahmad Shah Waheed, was kidnapped by unknown gunnies Tuesday morning in Kabul city, making him the top government official to be kidnapped in the heavily fortified Afghan capital, officials said.
"Minister Waheed had just entered his vehicle from his home north of Kabul city at 7:20 a.m. to go to work when four gunnies opened fire on his vehicle, injuring his driver in the foot and taking the minister with them," said Sediq Sediqqi, front man for the Ministry of Interior Affairs.
An 18-year-old shopkeeper, Ahmad, witnessed the abduction and told TOLOnews news hound Karim Amini that the kidnappers were in a white SUV with one license plate on the back of the vehicle. He said they fired only two bullets.
"They were in local attire and managed to take the deputy minister in less than five minutes and flee the area," Ahmad said.
Police officials said they have launched a full investigation.
Kabul city has been relatively safe in terms of kidnapping in the past couple of years, while suicide kabooms and tactical assaults have remained more common. But the abduction of Minister Waheed alarmed other government officials and business leaders.
Kidnapping Afghan officials is not a tactic not often used by the Taliban. Experts suggest that it might be criminals who seek ransom.
A family member of Minister Waheed, who did not want to be named, said they have not been contacted by the kidnappers yet.
Kabul Police Chief General Zahir Zahir told TOLOnews that protecting ministerial level officials is not his responsibility, explaining that protection for ministers and deputy ministers is provided by the Afghan intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS).
Minister Waheed had neither a bodyguard nor an armored vehicle at the time of his abduction.
[Shabelle] Deputy Governor of the Lower Shabelle regional administration endorsing community spirit for the Somali Federal Government Omar Mohamud Elmi Arabey, highlighted that the troops serving under the region have removed the illegal roadblocks that were dumped in some districts under Lower Shabelle.
Arabey spoke after the operations and mentioned that the regional administration was required to act upon the consistent complaints of the civilians living in Lower Shabelle.
The Deputy Governor added that the operations will continue until all of the illegal checkpoints are removed in all towns and districts under the region.
In the Lower Shabelle region, there have been numerous complaints from civilians and public transportation drivers criticizing the incompetence of the regional administration for not dealing with the people responsible for the checkpoints.
[Ynet] A kaboommaimed two coppers in central Cairo on Tuesday, state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
The unknown assailants targeted a traffic police checkpoint, state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
Since the army toppled Egypt's first freely-elected 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... of the Moslem Brüderbund, in July, Islamist forces of Evil have stepped up attacks on security forces, killing hundreds. An Islamist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula which has defied an army crackdown has spread to Cairo and other cities as the country prepares for presidential elections next month.
[MAGHAREBIA] The Moroccan security services just caught a terrorist cell that allegedly recruited and sent young jihadists to fight in Syria.
"These fighters were sent in co-ordination with representatives of terrorist organizations linked to al-Qaeda, especially the Sham al-Islam movement, Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original... ," the interior ministry said Saturday (April 12th).
The Moroccan volunteers receive specialised training in the use of weapons, explosives and suicide kabooms so that they can return to home to carry out terrorist operations, according to the ministry.
"As well as selling their belongings, the members of the dismantled cell collected donations from people who sympathised with their jihadist beliefs to pay for volunteers to travel to Syria and fight there after recruiting them and explaining various security precautions to them at meetings held at a house used especially for that purpose," the interior ministry stated.
Abdelkhaleq Al Mouloudi, a communications expert, explained that "as well as providing mere information, the interior ministry's statement reveals how al-Qaeda is exploiting the Syrian conflict to influence young Moroccans and involve them in its terrorist plans."
"The dismantling of this terrorist cell shows that the number of jihadists who want to fight in Syria is growing all the time, yet paradoxically, the number of Moroccan fighters who are dying is rising too," commented Mahmoud Hanine, a journalist who writes about terrorism for a Casablanca daily.
"Tens of hundreds of Moroccans belonging to Harakat Sham al-Islam, Jabhat al-Nusra, which is closely linked to al-Qaeda, and the Free Syrian Army ... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund... (FSA) have been killed in the Syrian war and the case of Annas Al Haloui, the front man for salafist prisoners, who died just three months after arriving in Latakia, is proof of this," said Moussa Al Mouritani, an expert on Islamist movements.
He said it was important to remember that the Moroccan jihadist troops who arrive in Syria via Turkey are trained by the Saudi cheikh Abdullah al-Mohaisany, as well as veterans from the Afghanistan war.
"But now, we are seeing a reversal of the situation because for various reasons, the fighting, which was supposed to be against Bashir al-Assad's troops, has turned into an aggressive confrontation between jihadists from various fighting brigades," he said.
Mostafa Belmaalem, a sociologist, said that a combination of factors attract young people to go and wage jihad in Syria.
"The concept of Umma al-Islamia (the Islamic Nation) is a fundamental factor which contributes to the desire to go to Syria to help Sunni Moslems who are being ill-treated by the Syrian regime's army," Belmaalem said.
Ahmed Wafid lives in Derb Soltane in Casablanca. His neighbour Brahim, a young man aged no more than about thirty, died in the Syrian conflict and left behind a family of two girls, their mother and his parents.
"I still can't understand where he suddenly got the idea of going to fight in Syria from, but Brahim showed no signs of radicalism. He loved rai singing and looked after his two little girls very well," said Wafid, who is upset about his family's miserable situation since his death.
[Libya Herald] A female Libyan employee at the US embassy in 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... who was kidnapped last night beat feet from her captors and found her way to a hospital today.
"We had reports that one of our locally-hired employees was kidnapped last night, during off-duty hours," a spokesperson for the US embassy told the Libya Herald. "It is our understanding that she was able to escape and is now recovering."
Reports circulating on social media networks suggested the woman had gunshot wounds to the leg.
[Libya Herald] The kidnappers of Jordanian ambassador Fawaz Al-Aytan have demanded that a Libyan bad boy Islamist be released from prison in Jordan in exchange for the diplomat.
One of the Libyans investigating Aytan's abduction said that the kidnappers wanted Mohammed Dersi, who was given a life sentence in 2007 for planning to bomb a Jordanian airport, to be released, according to Rooters.
The Libyan authorities were working hard to find and release the ambassador, Interior Ministry spokesperson Rami Kaal told the Libya Herald. "We believe that we will find him very soon because information has been flooding in," he said.
The Interior Ministry was very angry and upset by the incident, he said. "It is unacceptable, especially because the relations between Jordan and Libya are very good, and many Libyans receive medical treatment in Jordan," Kaal said. He added that Jordan's support of Libya during the revolution had been extraordinary.
Aytan was grabbed this morning when he was on his way to work, between 8 and 8.30 am. Three vehicles, described as Toyotas, surrounded Aytan's car and masked men shot his Moroccan driver before forcing the ambassador into one of the vehicles, Kaal said.
The driver was taken to a local hospital and treated for two gunshot wounds to the legs. His condition is said to be stable, according to Libyan news agency LANA.
[Libya Herald] One of the candidates standing for major in the forthcoming Benghazi elections survived an assassination attempt today, in 24 hours of violence in the city that left two dead and two injured.
Abdul-Moneri Al-Arerfi was wounded in the shoulder and eye after gunmen opened fire as he closed the pharmacy he runs in the city. The perpetrators sped away from the scene. According to medical sources, Arerfi was rushed to the intensive care unit of a local hospital, where he underwent surgery. He is said to be in a stable condition.
In a separate incident today, another Benghazi resident, Abdel-Salam Ramel, was killed today in a drive-by shooting, for which the motives remain unclear. His body was taken to Benghazi Medical Centre (BMC).
Elsewhere in the city, a member of Libya Shield survived an assassination attempt. The man, who has not been named for security reasons, suffered three head-wounds after being targeted by gunmen. He is reported to be in a stable condition.
[SAHARAREPORTERS] SaharaReporters has just learned that suspected members of the Islamist krazed killer group, Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... , have kidnapped 103 students in a daring raid at the Girls Secondary School in Chibok, a town on the border between Borno and Adamawa States.
The group's assault on the all-female high school took place on Monday night. A security source disclosed that members of the krazed killer Islamist group killed a soldier guarding the school and inflicted injuries on several villagers before abducting the students.
The police commissioner in Borno State, Lawan Tanko, confirmed the kidnapping of the students to news hounds in the state.
A source who lives near the school told a correspondent of SaharaReporters that there was complete chaos during the attack, adding that the students could put up no resistance to the heavily armed attackers.
The mass abduction lasted between 9PM -3 AM as sect members made several trips picking and choosing their victims out of the 250 students enrolled in the school.
Residents of the area also told Saharanews hounds that the snuffies razed 100 homes because some of the residents initially resisted the krazed killers.
[Ynet] Former Egyptian finance minister Youssef Boutros Ghali was tossed in the slammer Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! in La Belle France this week on an international warrant over corruption charges from his time in Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... 's government, the French foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
Boutros Ghali was sentenced in absentia to 30 years in prison for corruption and abuse of power following the uprising that unseated Mubarak in 2011. He was one of a group of influential economic policymakers close to Mubarak's son Gamal.
[Ynet] Albanian police say they have enjugged Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! a 30-year-old man for allegedly recruiting men to enlist with Moslem rebel groups fighting in Syria.
A police statement said the suspect was taken into custody Tuesday and will face charges of recruiting for terrorist activities. If convicted, he could be imprisoned for at least 10 years. Another seven Albanian Moslems, including two imams, were arrested following a crackdown a month ago and are facing similar charges.
Flight 722 lifted off from Chicago Midway Sunday afternoon headed to Sacramento, California. The drink cart had just moved through the aisle when witnesses say a man tried to open a plane door, saying he wanted to jump out. The horror at 30,000 feet was caused by a passenger with a history of bizarre behavior and contact with law enforcement. While he currently lives in California, he recently moved there from Chicago's west suburbs, where his arrests are on the books.
There are 139 witnesses to what happened onboard the Southwest flight, and almost as many cell phone videos of what happened. A man is charged with assaulting and intimidating a flight crew member and flight attendant, and interfering with the performance of the flight duties.
The man, now identified as 23-year-old Joshua Carl Lee Suggs. The jetliner en route to Sacramento, was forced to put down in Omaha, Nebraska. According to the federal complaint, Joshua Carl Lee Suggs pushed past flight attendant attempted to open the exterior door of the aircraft, located in the aft galley. A flight attendant two stepped between Joshua Carl Lee Suggs and the door and called for help, a number of passengers exited their seats and subdued Suggs, who continued to be combative.
A pack, not a herd.
Witnesses report his pupils were extremely dilated and his speech was incoherent but clear.
"Just tied his hands together and put him in the chair and I think one of the marshals sat with him for the rest of the trip till we got to Omaha," said a witness.
[DAWN] The political administration of upper sub-division of Mohmand Agency ... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar... on Tuesday destroyed poppy crop over 50 kanals in different areas of Haleemzai tehsil with the help of local elders.
Assistant political agent Jamshed Khan told Dawn that the political administration had started poppy eradication campaign through jirgas of the local rustics in Yaseen Kor, Kas Kor and Shah Baig in Haleemzai tehsil of Mohmand Agency.
Other officials said that the administration had asked the rustics to voluntarily eradicate poppy crop. They said that the jirgas would continue to mobilise the rustics and ensure eradication of poppy crops in the area. He said that the government's writ would be restored at any cost.
Mr Khan said that the campaign was started on the directives of political agent Khushal Khan.
[DAWN] Helicopter gunships attacked krazed killer hideouts in North Wazoo on Tuesday after a security man was injured in a roadside kaboom.
Local people and security officials said an improvised bomb went off in the morning on Ghulam Khan Road near Saidgee checkpost along the Afghan border, 5km north of Miranshah ... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas... , the headquarters of North Waziristan.
Four to five security personnel were carrying water from a nearby spring when the blast took place. One of them was injured.
Security personnel cordoned off the area and started looking for the suspects. The search continued for about 30 minutes during which suspected krazed killer hideouts were attacked. There was no report of any casualty.
No group has grabbed credit for the blast which took place at a time when the shura of the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain is meeting to decide the future of peace talks and the TTP ceasefire which expired on April 10.
A Taliban leader said it appeared that some unscrupulous elements were trying to create a misunderstanding between security forces and the Taliban to derail the grinding of the peace processor.
[DAWN] In yet another incident of assassination, armed gunnies killed two people in Quetta's troubled Sariab road area on Tuesday, police said.
Armed motorcyclists shot up a barber shop, killing two people. A child outside the barber shop also sustained serious bullet wounds and was rushed to Civil Hospital Quetta for medical treatment.
Imran Qureshi, the Superintendent of Police told Dawn.com that the victims belonged to Punjab and were working on Sariab road for a long time.
"The assailants sped away on their cycle of violence after the strike," he said.
Residents of the area blocked Sariab road to mourn the killing. Traffic in the area was suspended for more than an hour as the angry protesters chanted full-throated slogans against the administration for its failure to protect the lives of citizens.
Police and a huge contingent of Frontier Corps (FC) reached the spot and cordoned off the area to probe into the incident.
[DAWN] A pamphlet, attributed to the banned Lashkar-e-Islam (LI), was distributed in a neighbourhood of the Khyber Pakhtunhwa capital threatening residents, mostly Shia Mohammedans, to vacate the area in the next ten days, police said on Tuesday.
Residents of Pahari Pura's Manzoor Colony were warned of serious consequences failing to follow the forces of Evil warning.
The threatening pamphlet, with letter head of LI chief Lutfullah, said that the myrmidon outfit's shura (council) has decided to act against the colony, without elaborating what caused to offend it.
Lashkar-e-Islam -- a Bara-based myrmidon organization in Khyber tribal region led by Mangal Bagh ...a former bus driver, now head of the Deobandi bandido group Lashkar-e-Islam and the Terror of Khyber Agency... -- was banned in 2008.
Police said they have launched an investigation to ascertain the pamphlet's authenticity. They said police contingent has been increased with more patrolling in the area.
A local holy man in Bara, Mufti Munir Shakir formed the Lashkar-e-Islam in December 2004 after Sipah and Malikdinkhel rustics announced their full allegiance to him. However, it was a brave man who first ate an oyster... the holy man was expelled from Bar Qambarkhel area after only six months owing to his bad boy views and differences with Haji Namdar, another myrmidon commander of the area.
Both Mufti Munir Shakir and Pir Saifur Rehman were forced to leave Bara after a jirga of local elders gave a consensus verdict following bloody festivities between the supporters of the two in early 2005. Mangal Bagh, a bus driver-turned-militant was elevated to the position of amir (chief) of Lashkar-e-Islam in May 2005.
Pak security forces demolished the house of Haji Rabat and destroyed the FM radio station set up in a mosque after they started the first military operation against Lashkar-e-Islam in mid-2005.
[An Nahar] Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region is digging a trench along its border with Syria to prevent the infiltration of hard boyz and smuggling from the war-racked country, officials say.
"The trench is designed to prevent the infiltration of members of terrorist groups and stop smugglers," Halkurd Mullah Ali, the front man for the Kurdish region's peshmerga security ministry, told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Smugglers "began operating in these areas because the Syrian authorities lost control of them, and these areas became insecure," Ali said.
The trench is 17 kilometers (10 miles) long, two meters (yards) deep and three meters wide, and is "part of an Iraqi (federal) government strategy" to protecting the country's 600 kilometer border with Syria.
"We tossed in the slammer You have the right to remain silent... turbans and smugglers trying to infiltrate into Kurdistan," said peshmerga Brigadier General Hashem Yeti, adding that there were "requests from the people of the border areas to prevent the infiltration operations, which represents a threat to them."
But the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a powerful Syrian Kurdish organization, condemned the trench as an attempt to blockade the country's Kurds, and closed the border crossing with Iraqi Kurdistan in protest.
Hundreds of people have been waiting to cross since the border was closed on Saturday.
[Iran Press TV] Al-Qaeda-affiliated forces of Evil have stepped up their terrorist attacks in Iraq to disrupt its security in the run-up to the country's parliamentary elections, Press TV reports.
Militants from the so-celled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original... (ISIL), who have been fighting government troops in the country's western regions, including Anbar province, have increasingly targeted Iraqi security forces and civilians.
In their latest attempt, the ISIL forces of Evil closed all gates of a Euphrates river dam they control in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in Anbar on Monday.
The citizens of Fallujah have called on the Iraqi government to attack the al-Qaeda-linked forces of Evil as they believe this would put an end to the bloodshed in the city and other parts of the country.
"The forces of Evil bombarded bridges, cut off water and killed innocent people, now I think the government will carry out a military strike on Fallujah to eliminate the last stronghold of forces of Evil in Anbar," political analyst Adnan al-Siraj told Press TV.
On Monday, at least 15 people, including a policeman, were killed and several others injured in attacks across Iraq.
The country is preparing for parliamentary polls set for April 30.
[Ynet] Two mortar rounds landed near schools in predominantly Christian districts of the Syrian capital Tuesday, killing one child and wounding 41 other people, state media said.
Syria's official news agency said one of the shells struck a school in the Bab Touma neighborhood, killing one child and wounding 36 others. In a separate attack, another mortar round went kaboom! near the Mar Elias Church in the Dweilaa district, wounding five people. The church compound also includes a school.
Rebels frequently launch mortar shells into government-held neighborhoods in the heart of the capital from outlying districts that are under opposition control.
[An Nahar] The head of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects succumbed on Tuesday to his injuries after being shot last week in the Paleostinian refugee camp of Ein el-Hellhole.
Sheikh Orsan Suleiman died at Hammoud hospital, the state-run National News Agency said.
He was shot last Wednesday as he was leaving a memorial service for an aid worker who died during festivities at the Mieh Mieh refugee camp near the southern city of Sidon.
Around eight people were killed and ten others maimed last Monday in the fierce festivities at the camp.
The shootout erupted between supporters of Jamal Suleiman's Ansar Ullah group, a close ally to Hizbullah ...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory... , and others loyal to Ahmed Rashid's the Return Martyrs' Brigades.
[Iran Press TV] The Syrian army has made more gains in its fight against foreign-backed turbans in the country, and defeated them in three towns in the strategic Qalamoun region, Press TV reports.
Syrian troops on Tuesday carried out successful operations against the turbans in the towns of Assal al-Ward, Housh Arab and Jab'adin.
The citizens in Jab'adin welcomed the Syrian soldiers by chanting slogans in their support and waving national flags.
"Militants kidnapped many of the town's residents, they only set them free if they received ransom money. They also fired mortars at us. We thank the Syrian army for restoring security," one of the residents of Jaba'deen told Press TV.
Meanwhile, ...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck and Manuel's rivalry was entering a new and more dangerous phase... reports said that the foreign-sponsored turbans tried to run away after Syrian troops managed to retake full control of the towns of Ma'loula and al-Sarkha in the Qalamoun region on Monday. However, some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go... they were chased down and defeated by government forces.
Syrian army units also killed many turbans and destroyed their hideouts in the towns of Bakha'a and al-Jibbeh in the region on Monday.
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