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ISIS bombing in the predominantly pro MB city of Misrata

A major attack on the court buildings in Misrata this morning is reported to have killed four people and seriously injured 15. At least a further 25 are said to have been wounded in what appears to have been a coordinated assault for which the so-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility.

The court was in session when it was attacked around 11.30 am by three men who started shooting.It was initially suggested that the assault may have been an attempt to free IS members who were on trial. However, the mayor of Misrata, Mohamed Eshtewi, has said that no IS trial was taking place.

According to a court employee, he and his colleagues were told that they were being attacked by IS and were given guns to defend themselves. The shootout lasted for over half an hour during which the judicial police and support units that arrived to help them managed to kill one of the attackers. One of the others then blew himself up on the second floor. Video footage shows the second floor windows being blown out.

The third terrorist then blew himself up on the ground floor. Reports of a car bomb outside the court were not true.

Defence ministry and formerly Bunyan Marsous spokesman Mohamed al-Ghasri has said that the attack targeted the head of the court, Assadik Badi, saying it was in revenge for statements he had made about IS.

The area around the complex was initially cordoned off amid fears of further attacks

Misrata Central Hospital put out an appeal to staff to come in and help deal with the wounded.

Misrata suffered a number of suicide bombings in 2015 and last year. But despite fears that IS cells would revert to to the tactic after their defeat by Misrata-led forces in Sirte, there have been no attacks – until now.

Condemnation of the attack, and condolences for those killed has been coming from all quarters in Libya, including from Khalifa Hafter.

Three of the dead have been named as police officers Mohamed Al-Naali, Abdussalam Abuali and Mohamed Jibril. libyaherald.com

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British Dr most likely killed himself to aid Syria rebels

Abbas Khan was a British orthopedic surgeon, who died while in Syria, in December 2013. An inquest determined that he was killed by Syrian forces. He traveled to Turkey in late 2012, before entering Syria a few weeks later. According to sources, Abbas was arrested shortly after crossing the border into Syria, and was detained by Syrian security forces.

His mother allegedly visited him several months later, while he was in a Syrian prison, and said that weight had fallen to just 32 KG. It is unclear how this value was determined, as he was in prison, and it’s unlikely there was a weighing scale in his cell (this casts doubt over the legitimacy of these details.)

His mother also stated that he was missing a fingernail, and he feet were burnt. However, it wouldn’t make sense for the Syrian authorities to allow her to see her son if he was in such as bad state, as they knew she would relay this information to an international audience. While the occurrence of this meeting can’t be explicitly refuted, the above points do suggest that it may be fabricated, or elements of his condition were exaggerated.

Furthermore, he was found dead in his cell recently after the Syrian government announced that they would be releasing him. It wouldn’t make sense for them to kill him with the increased media attention. This suggests that he may have killed himself to frame the Syrian government, and potentially trigger military intervention in support of the armed opposition (the increased attention would have served this objective well.)

It should be noted that his death occurred just a few months after the chemical attacks in Ghouta; another false-flag attack, implemented to trigger and justify foreign military intervention against President Assad’s secular government.

The Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Mekdad, said that Abbas Khan had used his pyjamas to hang himself in his cell. The inquest in the UK which determined that he was unlawfully killed used testimony by anonymous witnesses, who were apparently prisoners in the same detention facility as Abbas. Once again, it seems unlikely that the Syrian authorities would release prisoners who had witnessed their alleged crimes against a British citizen.

Ultimately, suicide is the most rationally-sound cause of Dr Abbas Khan’s death, and the Syrian government’s turn of events is consistent, and conforms to logic, unlike the findings of the inquest. almasdarnews.com

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Syrian suicide bomber had pledged allegiance to ISIS

A Syrian suicide bomber – nicknamed ‘Rambo’ – who blew himself up outside a German music festival had pledged allegiance to ISIS, had Islamist videos at his home and had enough chemicals to make another bomb, it has emerged.

The 27-year-old, named locally as Mohammad Daleel, injured 12 people outside a packed wine bar in Ansbach, near Nuremberg at 10pm last night after being turned away from an open-air music festival filled with 2,500 people because he didn’t have a ticket.

Instead he walked to a bar in the centre of Ansbach, a town of 40,000 that is also home to a US Army base, and detonated a DIY bomb filled with metal shavings and screws. It was the fourth violent attack on members of the public in Germany in less than a week and authorities have now ordered increased security at airports and train stations.

Police today raided the Syrian’s home in Ansbach as Germany’s Interior Ministry revealed the attacker – dubbed Rambo by friends at his asylum shelter – had been refused asylum and was due to be deported to Bulgaria.

Bavaria’s top security official Joachim Herrmann said a video has been found on the bomber’s phone showing him pledging allegiance to ISIS. Petrol, chemicals and other materials that could be used to make a bomb were also discovered. Police say he had six Facebook accounts, including one under a false identity.


Suicide bombings at Kabul demonstration kills 80

A suicide bombing in the capital of Afghanistan on Saturday killed 80 people and injured more than 230 others, many of whom were taking part in a political demonstration, authorities said.

The blast occurred in Dehmazamg Square near the Kabul Zoo on the main road to Parliament, Health Ministry spokesperson Ismail Kawosi told NBC News.

Three suicide bombers worked in tandem in the attacks, according to the Ministry of the Interior. While one bomb was detonated, a second bomb exploded prematurely and a third bomber was shot dead by police.

The protesters, mostly ethnic minority Hazaras, were marching to demand that their impoverished home province be included in a major new electricity line, according to The Associated Press. nbcnews.com

The Hazaras (Persian: هزاره‎‎) are a Mongolian-affiliated and Persian-speaking people who mainly live in central Afghanistan, Hazara Town in Balochistan, Pakistan and Karachi. They are overwhelmingly Twelver Shia Muslims and make up the third largest ethnic group in Afghanistan.

Turkey: two soldiers killed in suicide attack blamed on PKK

Two soldiers have been killed and 24 others wounded in a suicide attack in eastern Turkey.

It is claimed militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, were behind it.

A tractor laden with explosives was used to strike a military police outpost in the Dogubeyayit district of Agri province, which borders Iran.

Last month, Turkey launched a campaign of air strikes on PKK camps
in northern Iraq. Officials say they are in response to increased violence.

Suspected ISIL suicide bombing in Turkey’s border with Syria

An explosion has killed at least 31 in a municipal culture center in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Suruç district, as scores of people have been hospitalized.

“We are concerned that the number of death will increase. The perpetrators will soon be found and put on trial,” Turkey’s interior minister said in a statement on July 20.

Upon his arrival in Şanlıurfa, Interior Minister Sebahattin Öztürk announced that the death toll was 30. “We believe that it is a suicide bomb attack. No name has yet been designated concerning identity of the suicide bomber,” Öztürk also said.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş confirmed late July 20 that the death toll reached to 31.

There is speculation that the blast was caused by a 18-year-old female suicide bomber from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“We will not only condemn this attack but we will also find those responsible and bring them to justice. This attack targeted peace, democracy and public order in Turkey,” said Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in a press conference in Ankara.

Davutoğlu confirmed ISIL was the prime suspect, adding that 43 people, 9 of them with serious injuries, were hospitalized after the attack. He also called on all political parties to come together and issue a joint statement condemning terrorism.

Photo shot soon after the explosion:
Hundreds of young people were staying there to assist
in rebuilding work in the nearby Syrian town of Kobane.

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Afghanistan: Suicide attack during volleyball match

At least fifty people are now known to have been killed instantly when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device during a popular volleyball game.It is the deadliest attack in Afghanistan this year.Dozens of wounded were brought to hospital in the capital Kabul. “The explosion happened during the game,” explained Abdul Rahman who was hurt in the attack. “Dead bodies and wounded were spread everywhere, over 55 people were martyred. My three cousins were martyred, my brother and three cousins were wounded.” The attack happened in eastern Paktika province, bordering Pakistan, during the final of a three-day tournament with a huge crowd in attendance. The bomber is likely to have targeted the event to ensure maximum casualties. Paktika, one of the Afghanistan’s most volatile regions, is where Taliban and affiliated insurgent groups like the Haqqani network are waging an intensifying war against the government in Kabul. Sunday’s attack was characteristic of Haqqani operations, as the group regularly sends young men to carry out suicide attacks on high-profile targets. euronews.com

Suicide blast outside concert hall in Chechnya, Russia

At least five police officers have been killed and another three sustained injuries in Russia’s Republic of Chechnya as they attempted to detain a suspected suicide bomber. The young man detonated improvised explosive when police attempted to search him.

“According to the latest data, the blast killed five policemen, twelve others received wounds,” a police spokesman said. Four police officers died at the scene, while the fifth later died of wounds at a local hospital.

The incident happened ahead of a concert dedicated to City Day in Grozny, which is home to over 280,000 people, most of them Chechens. According to the Internal Affairs Ministry, police forces noticed a suspicious man outside a concert hall.

“Police officers who were manning metal detectors at the entrance of the concert hall noticed a suspicious young man. When the police officers decided to check the individual, the man blew himself up,” a local police officer told RIA Novosti news agency.

Arriving at the scene, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said the suicide bomber approached security forces and introduced himself as “a law enforcement staffer.” Police still proceeded to search him, Kadyrov added.

There were no immediate reports of civilian deaths or injuries, the Ministry said. The data on the injured however varies. Thus, a local hospital confirmed to RIA Novosti that a total of 10 people with wounds were admitted, but none of the injuries was life-threatening. rt.com

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Hezbollah: Military pays dear price to keep danger away

Hezbollah said in a statement issued on Saturday that “the terrorist bombing that targeted a checkpoint for the Lebanese Army in Arsal is a new crime added this evening by the terrorist approach to its oversized record.”

The party saluted the “precious sacrifices made by the military institution which keeps paying the lives of its elements, officers and soldiers, as a dear price to keep the danger of terrorism away.”

“This [attack] proves that terrorism is, beyond any doubt, the enemy of all, without exception,” Hezbollah considered, urging to rally around the Lebanese Army and support its endeavors. nna-leb.gov.lb

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