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Female suicide bomber kills one, wounds 28 in Cameroon

YAOUNDE: A female suicide bomber blew herself up in a cafe in Cameroon's far north region on Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding 28 others, witnesses told AFP. Witnesses said the woman entered the cafe at around 7:00 am (0600 GMT) before detonating her explosive vest in Bia, a village close to the border with Nigeria. The area has seen frequent attacks by the Boko Haram group in recent years. Those hurt in the blast were taken to a nearby hospital, witnesses said. Since 2014, when Cameroon began its…

US unveils terror charges against New York ‘subway bomber’

NEW YORK: The United States on Tuesday unveiled federal terrorism charges against the Bangladeshi driver accused of detonating a bomb in the New York subway after being inspired by the Islamic State extremist group and self-radicalizing as early as 2014. Akayed Ullah, 27, of Brooklyn, was hit with a five-count indictment, which includes providing material support to IS and use of weapons of mass destruction, according to a 10-page complaint released on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear when he would appear before a…

Bangladesh police question New York bomber’s wife

DHAKA: Bangladeshi counter terrorism officers on Tuesday questioned the wife of New York bomber Akayed Ullah and said he had visited the family in Dhaka in September. Police said Akayed Ullah, an immigrant from Bangladesh who set off a crude bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York subway passage on Monday, had visited Dhaka after the couple’s baby son was born. “We are trying to know how he was radicalized and whether he had any associate,” senior counter terrorism officer Saiful Islam told AFP. He said police…

Libyan group declines to extradite brother of Manchester bomber

TRIPOLI: A Libyan armed group holding the brother of the assailant in the deadly concert bombing in Manchester turned down Thursday a British police request for his extradition. "No. Hashem Abedi will not be extradited," Ahmed Ben Salem, spokesman for the "Deterrence Force" which acts as the police of the UN-backed unity government in Tripoli, told AFP. On Wednesday, British police investigating the May bombing that killed 22 people had requested the extradition of the attacker's brother from Libya. Salman Abedi…

Suspected Manchester bomber had ‘desire for revenge’

MANCHESTER: Suspected Manchester bomber Salman Abedi had expressed a desire to avenge the killing of a friend in the British city last year, a source close to his family said Thursday. His friend, also of Libyan descent, died after being stabbed by British youths in Manchester in May 2016, the source said on condition of anonymity. “That incident stirred up a sense of anger among young Libyans in Manchester and especially Salman, who clearly expressed his desire for revenge,” he said. “We were able to calm the young…

Suspected Manchester bomber identified as Salman Abedi

MANCHESTER: Police on Tuesday named a young man -- reportedly British-born of Libyan descent -- as the suspect behind a suicide bombing that ripped into young fans at a concert in Manchester, killing 22 including an eight-year-old girl. Manchester police identified the suspect as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, but declined to give any further details. British media said he was born in the northwestern English city and that his Libyan parents had fled the regime of dictator Moamer Kadhafi. Prime Minister Theresa May vowed…

North Korea says US bomber flights push peninsula to brink of nuclear war

SEOUL/BEIJING: North Korea accused the United States on Tuesday of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war after a pair of strategic US bombers flew training drills with the South Korean and Japanese air forces in another show of strength. The two supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers were deployed amid rising tensions over North Korea's pursuit of its nuclear and missile programs in defiance of UN sanctions and pressure from the United States. The flight of the two bombers on Monday came as U.S. President…

‘Suspected Sehwan shrine bomber identified in CCTV footage’

KARACHI: Inspector General Sindh Police A.D. Khwaja says the suspected suicide bomber who exploded himself at a crowded shrine in Sehwan Sharif has been identified, ARY News reported. Speaking to media here, he said the bomber’s identification would help police track the mastermind of the attack. On the occasion, CCTV footage was also released to the media showing the suspected bomber entering the shrine. “We are almost sure that the man spotted in the footage is a suicide bomber,” said Khwaja. He said other…

Canada frees Air India bomber

OTTAWA: The only person convicted in the 1985 Air India bombings that killed 331 people is now free, Canada's parole board said on Wednesday. Inderjit Singh Reyat had been ordered to live at a halfway house following his release from prison one year ago, after serving two decades behind bars. That condition has now been lifted and Reyat may return to a normal life, including "living in a private residence," parole board spokesman Patrick Storey told AFP in an email. The Sikh immigrant from India was convicted of…

Suicide bomber kills seven, wounds 20 in Afghan provincial capital

LASHKAR GAH, AFGHANISTAN: A suicide bomber killed seven people and wounded 20 others outside a bank in the capital city of Afghanistan’s Helmand province on Saturday, the governor’s office said on Saturday. The bomber detonated an explosives-packed car next to an Afghan army vehicle as soldiers arrived at a bank in Lashkar Gah to collect their pay, the Helmand governor’s spokesperson, Omar Zwak, said. Among the dead were four civilians and three soldiers. Sixteen civilians and four soldiers were wounded, he said.…