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‘Bin Laden bodyguard’ held in Tunisia over terror probe

TUNIS: A man who allegedly worked as Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard has been detained in Tunisia as part of a terrorism probe after his expulsion from Germany, a prosecution spokesman said on Saturday. Known as Sami A. by German authorities and Sami Idoudi in his home country, the Tunisian “has been taken into custody following a judicial decision by the prosecutor of Tunis”, said spokesman Sofiene Sliti. He was wanted on “suspicion of involvement in extremist activities in Germany”, following an investigation by the…

US judge voids Pakistani man’s conviction for aiding Al Qaeda

NEW YORK: A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday voided the November 2005 conviction of a Pakistani man for conspiring to help an Al Qaeda operative enter the United States, saying new evidence cast doubt on the defendant’s guilt. Uzair Paracha, 38, has been serving a 30-year prison term for allegedly helping Majid Khan obtain travel documents, after Khan plotted with Al Qaeda leaders to bomb underground storage tanks at Maryland gas stations. But US District Judge Sidney Stein said newly discovered statements made by…

Al Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for Burkina Faso attacks

OUAGADOUGOU: A Mali-based al Qaeda affiliate claimed responsibility on Saturday for attacks in neighbouring Burkina Faso that left 16 people dead, including eight gunmen, at the army headquarters and French embassy, Mauritanian news agency Alakhbar reported. Eighty others were wounded in the coordinated attacks in the capital Ouagadougou, which follow two other major assaults there in the past two years. The group, Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM), often uses Alakhbar and other Mauritanian news agencies to…

Iraq hangs 38 members of IS, Al-Qaeda for ‘terrorism’

NASSIRIYAH: Iraq hanged 38 militants belonging to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda for terrorism offences on Thursday in the southern city of Nasiriyah, provincial authorities said. It was the largest number of executions in a single day since September 25 when 42 people were put to death in the same prison. "The prison administration executed on Thursday in the presence of Justice Minister Haidar al-Zameli, in Nasiriyah prison, 38 death row prisoners belonging to Al-Qaeda or Daesh (IS) accused of terrorist…

Car bomb kills at least five Yemeni soldiers in Aden

ADEN: A suicide car bomber killed at least five soldiers in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Sunday, residents and a security official said. The attack took place at a checkpoint outside the main security headquarters in Aden’s Khor Maksar district, they said. Sunday’s bombing was heard across the city and a plume of smoke could be seen from miles away, residents said. Clashes erupted in the area immediately, they said. It was unclear who was behind the attack or the clashes that followed. The port city of Aden is the…

Al Qaeda warns Myanmar of “punishment” over Rohingya

YANGON: Al Qaeda militants have called for support for Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, who are facing a security crackdown that has sent about 400,000 of them fleeing to Bangladesh, warning that Myanmar would face “punishment” for its “crimes”. The exodus of Muslim refugees from Buddhist-majority Myanmar was sparked by a fierce security force response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks on police and army posts in the country’s west on Aug. 25. The Islamist group issued a statement urging Muslims around the world to…

US forces kill seven Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen raid: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: US forces have carried out a ground raid on an Al-Qaeda compound in Yemen, killing seven militants, the Pentagon said late Monday. The raid took place in Marib Governorate in the early hours of Tuesday local time and was conducted with the support of Yemeni authorities. "During this operation, US forces killed seven AQAP (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) militants through a combination of small arms fire and precision airstrikes," Centcom, the US military command in the Middle East, said in a statement.…

Indian citizen jailed for changing his name to Osama Bin Laden

NEW DELHI: An Indian citizen’s attempt to impersonate Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden landed him in jail in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, Indian media reports said. SP Chanchal Mishra of Rajasthan Police said Saddam Hussain, 35, in a bid to adopt a unique identity wrote Osama Bin Laden’s name instead of his with the Al Qaeda leader’s picture affixing on a form to change identity. In the column of address, Saddam Hussain wrote the address of Laden’s residence in Abbotabad, a Pakistani city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa…

US confirms killing of Qari Yaseen in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: United States Defence Secretary James Mattis had confirmed that killed of senior Al-Qaeda operative Qari Yaseen in an airstrike in eastern Afghanistan. Yaseen was reportedly killed in a drone strike in the in Barmal district of Paktika province while travelling in a vehicle along with three companions on March 19. Yaseen was the alleged mastermind of the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009, which killed six policeman. He was also behind the attack at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad in…

US strikes pound Al-Qaeda for second day: Yemeni officials

ADEN: US fighter jets pounded Al-Qaeda targets in Yemen for a second straight day on Friday, security and tribal sources said, as Washington steps up its air war against the militants. The Pentagon said it had carried out more than 20 strikes on Thursday targeting Al-Qaeda positions in the southern provinces of Shabwa and Abyan and the central province of Baida. Yemeni officials said at least 12 suspected militants were killed in those strikes, which came barely one month after a botched US commando raid against the…