Nigerian Army reacts to new videos of Boko Haram commanders threatening to attack Abuja

 Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army has reacted to the newly released video of Boko Haram terrorists threatening to blow up the country’s capital, Abuja. In a press statement issued by the Nigerian Army spokesman, he stated categorically that the recent Boko Haram Video released is  mere propaganda. The statement reads;
The attention of Nigerian Army has been drawn to two video clips released by one of the released Boko Haram terrorists in exchange for the abducted Chibok school girls.  In the first clip the terrorist, among other things, made boastful and spurious allegations, while the second clip was about alleged indoctrination of some of the abducted Chibok school girls in captivity.  We wish to state that the terrorist has lost touch with current realities.

It was aimed at seeking relevance and attention. As you are all aware, he was a direct beneficiary of the process that led to the release of 82 of the abducted girls, and does not have a say or capacity to do anything, therefore his threats should be ignored.

We would like to assure the public that the Nigerian Army is totally committed to the Federal Government’s determined efforts of rescuing all abducted persons and peace in the country.  We will not relent our determined efforts of clearing the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists as manifested through the ongoing clearance operations.

The Nigerian Air Force is unrelenting in its bombardment while other Security Agencies are equally doing their best.  Therefore, we wish to solicit for more support, cooperation and understanding of the public, particularly members of the Press.

We should not give in to terrorists propaganda and empty threats. We have come to a very critical stage of the fight against terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria that require more patriotism and security consciousness by all and sundry.  Gone were the days when people glamorize terrorists and their criminal acts

Head of ISIS jihadi in Afghanistan killed in elite special forces operation

Head of ISIS jihadi in Afghanistan killed in elite special forces operation

ISIS CHIEF DEAD – The head of ISIS in Afghanistan has been killed in a raid by a unit of elite commandos, the country’s president has announced.

Abdul Hasib died in the operation led by Afghan special forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar, President Ashraf Ghani revealed today.

Hasib, appointed last year after his predecessor Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a US drone strike, is believed to have ordered a series of high profile attacks.

An atrocity at a hospital in Kabul carried out by a group of militants disguised as doctors is among those the terror boss is thought to have been behind.

Last month, a Pentagon spokesman said Hasib had probably been killed during a raid by US and Afghan special forces in the same region, but there was no confirmation.

Two US servicemen were killed in the operation.

ISIS’s local affiliate, sometimes known as Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K), after an old name for the region that includes Afghanistan, has been active since 2015 – fighting the Taliban as well as Afghan and US forces.

It is believed to maintain links with the main ISIS group in Iraq and Syria but operates independently.

US and Afghan special forces, backed by drone strikes and other air support, have waged a series of operations against IS-K this year, killing dozens of their fighters – mainly in the Nangarhar region, on the Pakistani border.

Defeating the group remains one of the top American priorities in Afghanistan.

Last month the US dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb – dubbed the “mother of all bombs” – on a network of caves and tunnels used by ISIS in Nangarhar.

The air raid killed a total of 94 fighters, including four top commanders.

AIRPORT RAID: Terror suspect arrested at Heathrow airport moments after he steps off jet from Turkey

AIRPORT RAID: Terror suspect arrested at Heathrow airport moments after he steps off jet from Turkey

A man arriving in the UK on a flight from Turkey has been arrested on suspicion of terror-related crime.

The 30-year-old was detained by the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terror squad as he stepped off the plane, from Istanbul to Heathrow, on Thursday evening.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the man had been arrested on suspicion of preparing for terrorist acts and terrorist training.

The suspect remains in custody at a south London police station, while officers search a property in the east of the capital.

More details soon..

Nigerian military foils suicide attacks In Maiduguri, kills three

Military Foils Suicide Attacks In Maiduguri, Kills three

Attempted suicide attacks on Maiduguri by three females were foiled on Wednesday night. According to a press statement by the spokesman of the National Emergency Management Authority, Abdulkadir Ibrahim the three teenage females with explosive strapped on them were lost.

Ibrahim said a security officer, who was among those who intercepted the three teenagers, was injured. The statement read: “Yesterday (Wednesday) night 3/5/2017, at 10:05 pm, three female teenage suicide bombers attempted to attack military outpost popularly known as “Guantanamo” along Muna garage.

“They were sighted trying to gain access to the premises and were shot by the securities leading to the detonation of their concealed explosives, which killed all three of them and injured one of the security personnel.”

Ibrahim revealed that the corpses of the three were evacuated to Borno State Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri by emergency aid workers.

TERRORISM: Boko Haram Leader Shekau Injured In Air Strike – Reports

Boko Haram Leader Shekau Injured In Air Strike – Reports

Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau has been injured and one of his deputies killed in an air strike in northeast Nigeria, civilian and security sources told AFP on Wednesday.

Two Nigerian Air Force jets bombarded fighters who had gathered for prayers in Balla village, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Damboa, on the edge of the Sambisa Forest, last Friday.

“Shekau was wounded in the bombings and is believed to be receiving treatment near the Nigerian border with Cameroon around Kolofata,” said one source with contacts within Boko Haram.

“His deputy, Abba Mustapha, alias Malam Abba, was killed in the attack along with another key lieutenant, Abubakar Gashua, alias Abu Aisha,” he added.

Babakura Kolo, a member of the civilian militia in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, gave a similar account, saying “Shekau was injured and a number of commanders were killed.

“Among them is his deputy called Malam Abba. They suffered heavy casualties because the bombings targeted a large gathering of his followers attending Friday prayers.”

There was no immediate comment from the Nigerian military when contacted by AFP. The authorities have previously claimed to have killed Shekau on at least three occasions.

TERROR ALERT: US issues travel warning for UK and Europe amid fears ISIS is planning gun, bomb and vehicle attacks during summer tourist season

US issues travel warning for UK and Europe amid fears ISIS is planning gun, bomb and vehicle attacks during summer tourist season

AMERICA has issued a warning to its citizens travelling to ANY part of Europe – including the UK – because of the threat of ISIS-inspired attacks.

A State Department update on Monday night said ISIS and al-Qaeda “have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.”

Its previous travel alert for Europe, issued ahead of the winter holiday season, expired in February.

The new alert tells travellers to be prepared with “an emergency plan of action” at the ready.

It stated: “Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets.

“In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks.

US issues travel warning for UK and Europe amid fears ISIS is planning gun, bomb and vehicle attacks during summer tourist season

“U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations, in particular during the upcoming summer travel season when large crowds may be common.

“Terrorists persist in employing a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, using vehicles as ramming devices, and sharp-edged weapons that are difficult to detect prior to an attack.”

But officials tried to play down fears over the latest update by saying it was not prompted by a specific threat.

“We continue to work closely with our European partners and allies on the threat from international terrorism”, it said.

“Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defences against potential threats”.

The travel warning expires after the summer holiday season on 1 September.

Soldier, militants’ leader killed during clash in Ondo

Soldier, militants’ leader killed during clash in Ondo

A yet to be identified soldier was killed in the early hours of Monday during a clash between members of a militant group and the men of the Nigeria Army  at Ajakpa town in Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The soldier was attached to the Operation Delta Safe in Delta State. It was gathered that many other soldiers were injured in the clash.
A member of the militant group identified as a Ossy Ibori was also killed by the soldiers. He was suspected to be the leader of the group which had been terrorising the riverine areas of Ondo, Edo, Delta and Lagos States in recent times.

According to a source, the clash occurred at about 1am on Monday while the soldiers were on patrol in the creeks to flush out the armed militants from their hideouts.
The source said, ” Immediately the militants saw the soldiers from their hideout, they opened fire on them. During the gun duel, a soldier and a member of the militant group were killed, while many soldiers and the militants were injured.”

The incident was also confirmed by the army in a statement issued by the Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Center of the military , Major Abubakar Abdullah.
He said the army lost one of his men and three others were injured, noting that the body of the late militant leader was identified by the residents of the community.

He stated that the hoodlums had also carried out several attacks at some other communities like Safarogbo and Balowo areas of the Ese Odo council area of Ondo State. .
The statement read in part, ” Troops of Operation Delta Safe, in line with its mandate to rid Niger Delta of all criminal acts of militancy and kidnappings, in a special operation repelled an attack on troops location around Ajakpa community in the creeks of Southern Ondo State last night.
“The attack was led by one notorious gang leader, Ossy Ibori, with a hideout at Ajakpa, Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

” The leader was gunned down during the gun duel, along with some of his gang members. His body was identified by some of the locals in the area. While search for other criminals who jumped into the water with gunshot wounds is ongoing, troops had recovered one AK-47 Rifle and 4 Magazines.”
Abdullah added that the injured soldiers had been taking to the military hospital medical attention.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mr. Femi Joseph  said the indecent had not been reported officially at the command but he was aware of it.

The PPRO said, ” We learnt about the incident but it has not been officially reported at the command. We also learnt that the sister security agents are already there to restore nomalcy in the area.
” We were told that gunboats have been taken to the area and I believe peace has been restored.”

Whitehall terror suspect with ‘bag of knives’ was taken down by armed cops in Westminster

 London police arrest the man with knives

Armed British officers arrested a man carrying knives near  Parliament and 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office in London on Thursday on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism.

The 27-year-old man was detained by counter-terrorism officers during a stop-and-search in an ongoing security operation, police said.

 London police arrest the man with knives

No one was injured in the incident, and May was not at Downing Street at the time because she was campaigning in northern England ahead of the June 8 election.

 London police arrest the man with knives

The knife incident came just over a month after a British-born convert to Islam ploughed a car into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge, killing four people, before stabbing to death a police officer in the grounds of parliament.

“Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command are continuing their investigation, and as a result of this arrest there is no immediate known threat,” police said in a statement about Thursday’s incident.

 London police arrest the man with knives

“The man … was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism. Knives have been recovered from him.”

A Western security source said the man, from London, was known to counter-terrorism officers and the domestic intelligence agency MI5 before his arrest. Two hours after his arrest, police reopened streets in the Westminster district, indicating they believed there was no further public risk.

A Reuters reporter and photographer saw police apprehending a dark-skinned, bearded man dressed in a hooded, black coat. After he was detained, the man was stood between two armed police officers with his right hand in a loose bandage.

“I am aware that an individual has been arrested in Whitehall today and that individual has been arrested on the basis of a terrorism charge,” May told Sky News.

“Obviously I can’t say much more about it because it is an ongoing police investigation but I think it shows that our police and our intelligence and security services are on the alert as they always are looking to keep us safe and secure.”

 London police arrest the man with knives

Dramatic pictures of the man’s arrest on social media showed a large group of heavily armed officers surrounding the suspect and a Reuters photographer saw police officers standing by three knives lying on the ground.

Police said the suspect was being questioned at a south London police station.