[AFP via Zero] Gunmen killed at least 24 people and wounded 18 more during an attack on a protestant church in the village of Pansi, in the north of Burkina Faso, announced the governor of the Sahel region, Colonel Salfo Kaboré.
A group of "armed terrorists" burst into the village of Pansi, in Yagha, a volatile province near the Niger border, "and attacked the peaceful local population after having identified them and separated them from non-residents," Colonel Salfo Kabore said in a statement sent to AFP.
The Sunday attack occurred during weekly church service, according to the AFP.
Dozens of gunmen on motorcycles attacked the villages of Tsauwa and Dankar in Katsina state on Friday, shooting residents and burning homes.
“The bandits killed 21 people in Tsauwa and another nine in nearby Dankar,” Katsina police spokesman Gambo Isah said.
“Most of those killed were old people and children who couldn’t escape.”
Police and soldiers deployed in the area after the attack and arrested one suspect, Isah said.
The attackers burnt homes, livestock and food supplies before fleeing, said Tukur Mu’azu, traditional chief of Batsari, a district the straddles the two attacked villages.
The gangs launch attacks from their bases in a vast forest straddling Katsina and several neighboring states.
Residents across the affected areas have clubbed together to fill the security void by forming self-defense groups, but these vigilante outfits have often served to fuel the violence. An armed gang on Tuesday burnt to death 21 people, including 16 members of a single family, in a reprisal raid in neighboring Kaduna state to avenge a vigilante attack on their hideout.
[BREITBART] A Mexican border state judge issued an arrest warrant against eight coppers in connection with the shooting death of an innocent motorist over the past weekend. The warrant comes days after the officers allegedly fired more than 250 rounds at the victim after apparently mistaking his pickup for a cartel vehicle.
On Wednesday afternoon, a judge in the border city of Reynosa granted an arrest warrant requested by the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office against eight officers on the charge of "qualified homicide" in connection with the February 7 shooting death of 23-year-old Juan Daniel Ortiz in Rio Bravo. The officers were previously suspended and Mexico’s Human Rights Commission (CNDH) was also probing the case.
The shooting took place in the border city of Rio Bravo, south of Donna, Texas. The victim worked at a manufacturing plant in Reynosa as an engineer and is not believed to have any ties to organized crime. Information obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed that a squad of state police were alerted to a group of button men roaming the area before they reportedly mistook the white pickup being driven by Ortiz. The victim was not armed when his vehicle took more than 250 rounds.
[BREITBART] French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has announced that in 2019 the French government closed down two radical mosques and placed another 63 under surveillance.
The two radical mosques closed last year were done so under the powers granted to the Interior Ministry by the SILT anti-terrorism laws that were enacted in October 2017 to replace the prior state of emergency.
Castaner added that there have been a total of "31 terrorist attacks since January 1, 2017" and noted that "30 places of worship are subject to closure measures and 7 procedures are underway". He claimed that health and safety provisions were also being used in certain cases, LCI reports.
Individual administrative control measures (Micas), which replace house arrests, were also up significantly in 2019 by 84 per cent, for a total of 134 cases.
Most of the cases were focused in the Ille-de-La Belle France region where Gay Paree and the no-go multicultural suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis are located.
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Hundreds of Iraqis rallied Sunday to support a protest leader they want as prime minister instead of current premier-designate Mohammad Allawi, who they see as too close to the ruling class.
Appointed on February 1, Allawi has pledged to announce his cabinet lineup within the week even as he faces ongoing protests against his nomination -- and a new contender.
In the shrine city of Karbala, dozens of students erupted into the streets carrying photos of Alaa al-Rikaby, a pharmacist who has emerged as a prominent activist in the protest hotspot of Nasiriyah, further south.
"We’re here to show our support for Alaa al-Rikaby, the candidate of the people!" said Seif al-Hasnawy, a 20-year-old student.
Rikaby, who has a round face and closely-trimmed beard, began demonstrating in early October alongside others fed up with rampant corruption, lack of jobs and poor public services.
He has since risen to local fame with a series of videos posted on Twitter to his tens of thousands of followers, discussing politics and a path forward for the otherwise leaderless anti-government movement.
In one video last week, he asked protesters who gather at squares across the country to show whether they would back him for the post of prime minister, in a novel approach for a political nomination in Iraq.
"If the people decide so, I’d accept," he said in his latest video on Thursday.
"This post has no value as such for me. I don’t see it as a prize, but rather as a huge responsibility," said Rikaby, who has a tent pitched in central Nasiriyah targeted in a recent stun grenade attack.
In Karbala, university student Hassan Qazwini told AFP: "We protesters have numerous demands, and one of them is an independent prime minister without ties to parties -- like Alaa al-Rikaby."
Before Rikaby, Faeq al-Sheikh Ali, a liberal critic of the ruling class, also declared himself a candidate but has not received mass public or political backing.
Allawi was nominated on February 1 as a consensus candidate among Iraq’s fractured political parties but has only been publicly endorsed by holy man Moqtada Sadr, who has a cult-like following across the country.
[Jpost] The IDF has found the body of a Palestinian suspected of wounding an Israeli soldier in a shooting attack earlier this month.
The man’s body was found on Monday in tangled vegetation in a wadi with an M-16 rifle and a handgun, the IDF said in a statement.
...The Palestinian is suspected of a shooting attack earlier this month near the Parsa Junction outside the Dolev settlement, northwest of Ramallah. Troops returned fire and launched a manhunt to find him.
The soldier’s head was grazed by a bullet, and he sustained a light wound. He was evacuated to Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, fully conscious.
[IsraelTimes] A girl in Moshav Shuva east of the Gazoo ...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response... Strip found an bomb in her yard on Sunday that appeared to have arrived via balloon from the Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw,-controlled enclave.
The police were called and detonated the device. A very good call. "If you didn't put it down, don't pick it up."
Also on Sunday, part of Route 6 was closed to traffic by police after a suspicious object was found on the highway.
Paleostinian turbans in the Gaza Strip began flying explosive and incendiary devices into Israel using clusters of balloons and kites beginning in 2018. The practice has waxed and waned over that time, but has picked up considerably in recent weeks, with dozens of such balloon-borne bombs landing in towns and farming communities adjacent to the Paleostinian enclave.
A Hamas official told a Lebanese newspaper on Saturday that the terror group had only decided to reduce the number of incendiary balloons launched toward Israel, not stop them entirely. This came after an Israeli defense official told news hounds that Hamas had "sent messages to Israel that they’d decided unilaterally to stop launching balloons and rocket fire at Israel."
The Lebanese pro-Hezbollah al-Akhbar newspaper, citing an unnamed Hamas official, said that the number of launches would be reduced only after Israel met the group’s demands.
[Jpost] A Paleostinian smuggling attempt to deliver camouflage fabrics allegedly meant to be delivered to terror groups in the Gazoo ...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response... Strip to produce uniforms was prevented on Sunday when the Tarqumiyah border crossing officers noticed the military textiles concealed in other items, a blurb on behalf of the Ministry of Defense reported.
The border crossing is near Hebron, the fabrics were confiscated.
[Jpost] Israel Border Police arrested a Paleostinian man carrying a knife following an attempted attack on Israeli forces at a checkpoint near the Cave of the Patriarchs tomb in Hebron, Israel Police reported on Sunday.
[JPOST] As part of "Operation Rebound," the IDF has foiled the third such Hamas network in three years.
According to the military, there have been a number of improvements by Hamas, including the use of new platforms like Telegram alongside Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp.
Hamas, the military said, improved its ability to start a dialogue with soldiers, using hashtags and slang. The group also started sending voice messages in an attempt to make the enemy account sound more believable.
The IDF identified six main characters used by Hamas, many of whom presented themselves as new immigrants to Israel with hearing or vision problems to explain for their less-than fluent Hebrew. "Yew ain't from around here, are yew?"
The characters were: Sara Orlova, Maria Jacobova, Eden Ben Ezra, Noa Danon, Yael Azoulay and Rebecca Abuksis. In addition to using the same characters on various platforms to boost its credibility, Hamas is said to have edited the pictures of the characters, making it more difficult to find the original source of the picture.
The new applications used by Hamas included three social networking applications: GrixyApp, ZatuApp and Catch&See. According to the military, unlike the previous honeypot attempts by Hamas, these applications were not accessible through app stores, but could only be downloaded from links sent to soldiers by the Hamas operative.
Prior to being downloaded, the application would ask for permission to several applications on the user’s phone, including those used by other applications for legitimate reasons like access to location, camera, microphone, etc.
Immediately after downloading the application, it appeared as an icon, but once clicked on it would open with an error message that the device doesn’t support the version of the application and would then seem to delete itself from the user’s phone.
But while the application seemed to have disappeared from the phone, the virus remained and gave direct access to Hamas, which would be able to take control of the device.
Once on the phone, the virus would give Hamas operatives control over all aspects of the phone, including pictures, the soldier’s location, text messages and the soldier’s contact list. The virus would also have access to the phone’s camera and microphone, taking pictures and recording conversations remotely without the soldier knowing.
Unlike in previous attempts by Hamas, the group also was able to download and transfer files and have access to the phone’s GPS, allowing them to know the infected device’s location. At that point, the Hamas operatives would stop communicating with the soldiers.
While the military knew about Hamas’s operation for the past several months, it was decided to let them continue, to enable the IDF to have more effective technological means to stop the terror group.
The IDF said there was no damage to national security and that the soldiers who have had their phones hacked – mainly conscripted soldiers and low-ranking officers – would be called in to have the virus disabled on their phones.
Update: A car bomb attack by the Kurdish YPG militia kills two people and wounds five others in the northeastern Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the Turkish border, the Turkish Defense Ministry says in a statement.https://t.co/argalF6Nos
Russian military has began a mass deployment along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway on Sunday. It’s an important development because it goes against Turkey’s demand that the Syrian military completely withdraw from the areas captured in Idlib and Aleppo.
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.