[France24] Nine civilians died in western Chad after a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives in an area targeted in the past by jihadist group Boko Haram, the army and officials said on Monday.
Chad is one of the countries struggling with the jihadist violence that has spilled over from Nigeria's decades-long Islamist insurgency.
The attack took place overnight Sunday in the village of Kaiga Kindjiria.
"A suicide bomber blew herself up yesterday in Kaiga Kindjiria, killing nine people, two women and seven men," an army source said.
The toll was confirmed by Chadian army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermandoa.
"It is Boko Haram, There is no doubt," the spokesman said.
Kaiga-Kindjiria, a village of about 7,000 people, is located near the vast Lake Chad region where militants hide out among islets and marshlands to launch attacks on Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger.
Boko Haram began in Nigeria but its attacks have spread to neighbouring countries. The group has also split and a faction affiliated with the Islamic State group, ISWAP, is particularly active around Lake Chad.
The suicide attack came as French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly visited the Chad capital N'Djamena, where she met her Chadian counterpart on Monday morning.
In early January, 1,200 Chadian troops, deployed as part of a regional force in Nigeria, returned to Chad to be redeployed around the Lake, where attacks have multiplied in recent months.
[AnNahar] Heavily armed jihadists have carried out an "extremely violent" attack on a vital aid facility housing United Nations ...a formerly good idea gone bad... workers in northeast Nigeria ... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border... , the UN said Monday.
No aid workers were harmed in the assault, but a military source said that one soldier and four assailants died in the ensuing shootout.
Islamists in several trucks fitted with machine guns stormed the humanitarian hub near a camp holding 55,000 displaced people in the remote town of Ngala on Saturday, humanitarian and military sources said.
The UN said it "was outraged by the extremely violent attack on this key humanitarian facility where five United Nations staff were staying at the time of the incident".
The attack is the latest to target aid workers trying to tackle the vast humanitarian crisis caused by the decade-long jihadist insurgency in northeast Nigeria.
An aid worker said the jihadists fired anti-aircraft machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades as they engaged soldiers in battle.
"The soldiers managed to evacuate the aid staff to their base close by while fighting continued," the aid worker said.
The UN said that an "entire section of the facility was burned down as well as one of the few vehicles UN agencies rely on for movement and aid delivery".
UN humanitarian coordinator for northeast Nigeria Edward Kallon said he was "shocked by the violence and intensity of this attack, which is the latest of too many incidents directly targeting humanitarian actors and the assistance we provide".
A Nigerian military officer said that the attackers "had also abandoned a vehicle laden with explosives intended for a suicide kaboom near the humanitarian hub".
Twelve aid workers were killed in northeast Nigeria in 2019 as the conflict has become increasingly perilous for those trying to deliver humanitarian assistance to the hundreds of thousands of displaced.
Two female humanitarian workers are still being held by jihadists after being kidnapped.
The jihadist conflict in northeast Nigeria has killed 35,000 people and displaced around two million from their homes.
The jihadists have splintered into rival factions, with one group loyal to long-time 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... leader Abubakar Shekau ...the lunatic leader of Boko Haram who has been reported dead at least eleven times, pledged his body and soul to ISIS, told his fighters to hang it up once or twice, and been fired by the Caliph and refused to step down. Last seen in 2017, sneaking into Cameroon while wearing a burka... and the other pledging allegiance to the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack from either faction.
The violence has spread to neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon ...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there... , prompting the formation of a regional military coalition to fight the Islamists.
[FoxNews] Mexican security forces clashed with determined Central American migrants as they waded across a river in Guatemala into Mexico on Monday to continue their journey to the United States.
Tear gas was fired on the migrants, some of whom threw rocks at Mexico's national guard militarized police, Reuters reported. The scramble of the mostly Honduran caravan led to some parents being separated from their children as they tried to avoid Mexican immigration agents.
Monday's incident at the Suchiate River, which separates Mexico and Guatemala, underscores the challenges facing Mexican authorities tasked with containing the large group of migrants at the behest of the Trump administration.
The latest group set off from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, last week in hopes of reaching the U.S. southern border to apply for asylum.
Reuters reported Mexican authorities standing on the banks of the river intent on thwarting the illegal crossing, while hundreds of others ran into Mexico.
“You have two options: You go back to Guatemalan territory or you come with us,” Mexican immigration agents said to migrants who had crossed the river.
“We didn’t come to stay here. We just want to cross to the other side,” said Ingrid, 18, a Honduran migrant. “I don’t want to go back to my country because there is nothing there, just hunger.”
Those caught will be taken to immigration stations and be returned to their home countries if their legal status cannot be resolved. Over the weekend, 2,000 migrants camped out in Guatemala in the town of Tecun Uman, opposite Ciudad Hidalgo on the Mexican side of the border.
At least 4,000 people entered Guatemala from Honduras since Wednesday, according to Guatemalan authorities. The latest caravan comes as the Trump administration has enlisted Central American leaders in taking a more active role in stemming the flow of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Most are fleeing endemic poverty and increasing rates of gang violence.
Denis Contreras, a Honduran who was denied asylum and deported from San Diego, vowed not to give up.
“Here we are, and we're not going anywhere, and if you throw us out, we'll return!” he said.
More than 1,000 migrants chose to give Mexico a try Monday and were taken to a bus to an immigration center for processing. Authorities there said they blocked more than 2,5000 migrants from entering the country on Saturday as they made their way across a bridge over the Suchiate River.
Daisy Perez,42, who was traveling with her two young children, called a relative during a break in the chaos near the river.
[AlAhram] Security forces on Monday arrested seven men believed to be planning a terror attack in La Belle France and preparing to travel to conflict zones in Iraq and Syria, sources close to the case told AFP.
They were detained by La Belle France's DGSI domestic intelligence agency in the western coastal city of Brest and the surrounding Finistere region.
Some of the men were on the country's "Fiche S" list of potential security risks because of their links with Islamic Death Eaters, one of the sources said.
Investigations will continue to determine how far the suspects had advanced in their plans for the attack and flight to the Middle East.
La Belle France has been on high alert since a wave of jihadist attacks that began in 2015 which have killed more than 250 people.
Dozens of French citizens left to join the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group in Syria and Iraq before US-led coalition forces dislodged the bandidos hard boys from their so-called "caliphate" last year.
IS leaders also urged followers in La Belle France to stage attacks on their own, often targeting security forces, and officials have said the threat of further IS-inspired attacks remains high.
French officials say they have foiled several terror plots in recent months.
Last May, police arrested a 16-year-old in the eastern city of Strasbourg as part of investigations into a suspected plot to attack security forces and possibly the presidential Elysee Palace.
Three adults and a teenager were arrested several weeks earlier over plans to carry out what Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said would have been an "extremely violent terror attack".
Update: Three rockets were launched from Zafaraniyah district outside Baghdad, sources say, adding that two rockets landed near the US embassy in the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone area.https://t.co/4aRSNcQKla
[JPost] - Just days before dozens of world leaders are expected to gather in Jerusalem, a cluster of explosive balloons landed close the capital. They were dismantled by Israel Police bomb disposal experts.
The incident on Monday, in the area of Mesilat Tzion near the city of Beit Shemesh, caused no damage or injuries, and comes after several other clusters landed in communities in southern Israel over the weekend. Palestinians will be Palestinians - until they are no more.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
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