MOSCOW: ‘ BORIS NEMTSOV SHOT FOUR TIMES & DIES AS LEADING FIGURES CALL HIS MURDER PROVOCATION’

#AceNewsServices – Featured Post: Feb.28: Opposition politician Boris Nemtsov died in the center of Moscow after he was shot at four times. A number of leading figures from all sides of political spectrum called his murder a “provocation”.

Boris Nemtsov (RIA Novosti / Ruslan Krivobok)

Boris Nemtsov (RIA Novosti / Ruslan Krivobok)

Saturday, February 28

“There is no doubt that this crime was carefully planned. The location and timing of the killing indicated that as well. The investigation found out that Boris Nemtsov was going with his female friend to his apartment, which is located close to the murder scene. The organizers and the executors apparently knew his route,” Vladimir Markin, spokesman for the Investigative Committee, told journalists.

A murder scene of politician Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Moskvoretsky bridge.(RIA Novosti / Iliya Pitalev)

A murder scene of politician Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Moskvoretsky bridge.(RIA Novosti / Iliya Pitalev)

Markin said the best detectives and forensic experts are involved in the case, which is considered a top priority by law enforcement authorities.

The car that carried the assassins of Boris Nemtsov has reportedly been found by police, according to REN TV news channel. The vehicle was found not far from the place where the opposition leader was killed. Now the officers are investigating the car.

The vehicle was allegedly identified as a Lada Priora. It carries license plates from Ingushetia, a republic of Russia in the North Caucasus region.

Boris Nemtsov will be buried at Troyekurovskoye Cemetery in Moscow on March 3.

An opposition march to commemorate Nemtsov has been sanctioned by the Moscow mayor’s office, opposition figure Leonid Volkov tweeted. He said the march would go from Kitay-Gorod metro station to the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge, where the politician was killed.

One of the possible motives behind Nemtsov’s killing could be to destabilize the political situation in Russia, the Investigative Committee said.

RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov

RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov

The assassination of Boris Nemtsov may have possible links to Ukraine events as well as Islamist extremist attacks, Russia’s Investigative Committee said.

The investigation into Nemtsov’s assassination is a matter of high priority, but one shouldn’t interfere with it and wait, said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Investigators have information that Boris Nemtsov received threats in connection with his position on the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, said Vladimir Markin, the spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ US MISSION & FAILED RESCUE BY SPECIAL FORCES & LUKE SOMERS MURDERED ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Dec.06 – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says that American Luke Somers and a second hostage being held by terrorists in Yemen were “murdered” during a rescue attempt ordered by President Barack Obama AP reported. 

' American Luke Somers '

‘ American Luke Somers ‘

In a statement issued Saturday, Hagel said there were “compelling reasons to believe Somers’ life was in imminent danger.”

He says that Somers and a second non-U.S. citizen were “murdered by AQAP terrorists during the mission.” He did not identify the second hostage.

Hagel says that several terrorists were also killed in the mission carried out by U.S. special forces.  

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'American Luke Somers and a second hostage being held by terrorists in Yemen were "murdered" during a rescue attempt ordered by President Barack Obama '

‘American Luke Somers and a second hostage being held by terrorists in Yemen were “murdered” during a rescue attempt ordered by President Barack Obama ‘

The White House was insistent Thursday that President Obama acted “promptly” to try to rescue American hostage Luke Somers from al Qaeda in Yemen, approving the risky special operations mission two days after receiving a military plan – but possibly well after Somers had already been moved.

“It’s difficult for me to get into details because the details of this mission are classified. But I can tell you that once there was concrete information and a plan in place, the President promptly authorized this mission because of concern of U.S. men in uniform and the safety of Mr. Somers,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today.

“Regrettably, when the operation was executed, Luke was not present, though hostages of other nationalities were present and they were rescued… The President authorized this mission both because of his concern for the safety of our U.S. men and women in uniform, but also for the safety of Somers,” he added.

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MEXICO: ‘ 43 STUDENTS MISSING LIKELY ABDUCTED BY POLICE HANDED TO MAFIA & MURDERED’

#AceNewsServices – MEXICO – Nov.08 – This is the story l have been following since the first discovery of these missing students. The latest information is that the  Forty-three Mexican students who went missing six weeks ago were likely abducted by police and handed over to a local gang who murdered them and burned their bodies, Mexico’s attorney general said Friday.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said three members of the Guerreros Unidos gang were apprehended last week and confessed to burning a number of bodies near Iguala in the Guerrero state in an effort to remove evidence of the killings.

READ MORE: Mexico’s missing students: New mass grave uncovered

“They didn’t just burn the bodies with their clothes, they also burned the clothes of those who participated,” Karam told a news conference. “They tried to erase every possible trace.”

“I know the huge pain this information gives the families, a pain that we all share in solidarity,” he added.

The victims were young male students from an all-male liberal college in rural Ayotzinapa. On September 26, the students arrived in the city of Iguala where they planned to stage a protest over a lack of government education spending. Following a clash with police, 43 members of the group disappeared.

Karam presented videotaped confessions by the murder suspects that included a segment showing charred bits of bone and teeth dragged from the San Juan River in Cocula, a town near Iguala.

Authorities announced Friday they had discovered six bags of unidentified human remains along the river’s bank.

In a telling testament to the violence now proliferating in Mexico, the district attorney noted that human remains found in hidden graves after the students went missing were not those of the 43 young men.

Karam said the abductors questioned the students about their alleged membership in other gangs, adding there was no evidence to support the claim the missing students were involved in gang activity.

The attorney general said the government was carrying out DNA tests to confirm the identity of the bodies, a process that he said “will be a challenge” due to the badly burned fragments available to forensic experts. The remains would be delivered to the University of Innsbruck in Austria for concluding DNA identification, he added.

“I have to identify, to do everything in my power, to identify, to know if these were the students,” Murillo said.

Student teachers hand out merchandise from a truck, which they blocked on a highway, during a protest in support of 43 missing students, in Chilpancingo, November 7, 2014 (Reuters / Daniel Becerril)

Student teachers hand out merchandise from a truck, which they blocked on a highway, during a protest in support of 43 missing students, in Chilpancingo, November 7, 2014 (Reuters / Daniel Becerril)

Meanwhile, more details are emerging in the shocking story that has stunned Mexico, a country that is no stranger to violence, much of it drug-related.

This week, authorities arrested Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca, who is believed to have ordered the abduction of the students, and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda. Investigators say the mayor ordered his police chief Felipe Flores Velasquez, who remains a fugitive, to prevent the student protest in the city.

To date, 74 people have been arrested in connection to the case, authorities said.

Meanwhile, the parents of the 43 students have been highly critical of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who they say didn’t do enough to track down their missing children. The lingering frustration after weeks of failed efforts to find the students has fueled protests and even violence across the country. This week, thousands of demonstrators marched on the capital, Mexico City, to protest the government’s response to the incident.

READ MORE: Furious students burn Mexican govt. building in protest over police corruption

Peña Nieto, who was elected two years ago after pledging to tackle gang-related violence, promised that justice would be served.

“The investigations will be carried out to the full, all those responsible will be punished under the law,” he said.

“The capture of those who ordered it isn’t enough; we will arrest everyone who participated in these abominable crimes.”

About 100,000 people in Mexico have lost their lives in violence related to organized crime since 2007.

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