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Nigeria and Israel 11-27-2015

Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram Bombing Hits Shiite Procession


KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber detonated himself in the middle of a procession of hundreds of Shiite Muslims on Friday, killing 21 people and injuring dozens, local religious leaders said.

The attack occurred during the annual Arbaeen procession from Nigeria’s second-largest city, Kano, to the ancient Islamic city of Zaria, said Aliyu Yusuf Kakaki, a spokesman for the Shiite community in Kano.

The leader of Shiites in Kano, Sheikh Muhammadu Mahmud Turi, told reporters on Friday that 21 members of the sect lost their lives in the blast. Earlier, Kakaki said at least 15 had been killed and 40 injured.

A second suicide bomber was detained before he could blow himself up and was being interrogated, Kakaki added.

Police commissioner Muhammadu Katsina confirmed there had been a suicide bombing and said he had visited the scene but could not give a death toll.

Centered in northeast Nigeria, Boko Haram is a radical Sunni Muslim group that wants to create an Islamic caliphate and impose its version of strict Sharia law and is hostile to those following the Shiite branch of the religion.

Its 6-year-old uprising has killed 20,000 people and driven 2.3 million from their homes, according to Amnesty International. Kano has suffered multiple attacks that have killed hundreds during the uprising.

This year Boko Haram has expanded attacks into Cameroon, Chad and Niger — all countries contributing troops to a regional force intended to wipe out the extremists. Read the read at AP.

Border Police Officer Wounded in Nahariya Stabbing Attack


Policeman sustains moderate injuries, assailant flees; IDF encircles West Bank village after earlier car-ramming attack on soldiers

A Border Police officer was stabbed and moderately wounded Friday evening in what is believed to have been a nationalist attack in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya.

The attacker fled the scene of the assault, close to the city’s central bus station, the Walla news website said. Security forces were scouring the area for the perpetrator.

Channel 2 television said that the 37-year-old policeman was stabbed twice in the back, and that security forces set up roadblocks in the area in a bid to catch the assailant.

Also Friday, Israel Defense Forces troops surrounded a village in the Hebron region of the West Bank, where a car-ramming attack earlier in the day left six soldiers wounded, a source in Jerusalem said.

The move followed a cabinet decision Thursday night to allow the defense establishment to encircle entire communities in order for searches to be carried out, Army Radio reported. Read more at the Times of Israel.

Six Soldiers Hurt in Car-Ramming during Protest

11-27-2015 Second Attack

Palestinian driver, 19, killed by troops; ambulances pelted with stones as they approach site of attack in Beit Ummar, near Hebron

Six IDF soldiers were wounded in a second car-ramming attack Friday in the West Bank.

The attack took place during an altercation between IDF forces and Palestinian demonstrators at the entrance to the village of Beit Ummar in the southern West Bank, north of Hebron.

While soldiers held back the demonstrators to protect Route 60, the main north-south road that passes nearby, they were caught by surprise by a Palestinian vehicle that raced toward them and slammed into them.

According to the Magen David Adom rescue service, four of the wounded were lightly hurt with wounds to their extremities. One was moderately hurt. A sixth was lightly hurt and refused to be evacuated to hospital, demanding to remain with the troops in the field. Two of the wounded were officers.

Soldiers shot and killed the driver, the IDF said.

The assailant was identified as Omar Za’aqiq, 19, of Beit Ummar. Photos of him were spread on social media shortly after the attack.

MDA ambulances on the way to the scene of the attack were pelted with stones, MDA head Eli Bin said. The danger to rescue crews prevented the ambulances from reaching the wounded at the village entrance, Bin added. IDF medical teams had to bring the wounded from the village to the main road.

IDF forces fired crowd-dispersal ammunition toward the protesters, pushing them back into the village.

The area around Beit Ummar has seen multiple car-ramming attacks in the past.

Earlier Friday, two soldiers were lightly to moderately hurt in a car-ramming attack at the Kfar Adumim Junction, north of the West Bank city of Ma’ale Adumim and east of Jerusalem. Read the rest at the Times of Israel.

Two Soldiers Hurt in Car-Ramming East of Jerusalem

11-27-2015 Attack

Driver shot and killed after Kfar Adumim junction attack; wounded evacuated to hospitals in capital


Two soldiers were lightly to moderately hurt in an apparent car-ramming attack, the IDF confirmed Friday morning.

The attack occurred shortly after 7 a.m. Friday morning at Kfar Adumim Junction, north of the West Bank city of Maaleh Adumim and east of Jerusalem.

The wounded are in their early 20s. The victims are fully conscious, according to MDA spokesman Zaki Heller.

One was moderately hurt, and was evacuated by the Magen David Adom ambulance service to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center. The second was lightly wounded, and was taken to Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus.

The Palestinian driver, who plowed into the pedestrians at the junction’s eastbound bus stop with a Palestinian-registered van, was shot and killed by an armed bystander. View the article at the Times of Israel.

Israeli Seriously Injured in Hebron Stabbing Attack

Morning Stabbing - 11-25-2015

Victim evacuated to Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem; attacker shot, wounded

An Israeli man was seriously injured Wednesday in a stabbing attack at the al-Fawwar junction southwest of Hebron.

Initial reports say the man, who is in his 20s, was stabbed in his upper body.

He was evacuated by Magen David Adom medics to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Hospital.

Paramedic Zaki Yahav, who was among the rescuers, said, “When we arrived on the scene we saw an IDF medical team treating an approximately 20-year-old male with a stab wound to the upper body. He was fully conscious. We gave him life-saving medical treatment, which included stopping the bleeding, bandages and putting in an IV, and we transported him quickly to the hospital as his condition is severe.”

MDA head Eli Bin told Israel Radio he spoke to the victim, who was conscious but at risk of his condition deteriorating quickly. Read the rest at the Times of Israel.