Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram Bombing Hits Shiite Procession
By IBRAHIM GARBA
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
By TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
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.