` Nigerian Girl Recounts the Kidnapping and the Events that Took Place When 276 Were Abducted '

#AceNewsServices – NIGERIA – May 06 – A Report on the abduction of the 276 girls from the school in Chibok and one girls account as it happened.

The girls in the school dorm heard the sound of gunshots from a nearby town. So when armed men in uniforms burst in and promised to rescue them, at first they were relieved.

“Don’t worry, we’re soldiers,” one 16-year-old girl recalls them saying. “Nothing is going to happen to you.”

The gunmen commanded the hundreds of students at the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School to gather outside.
The men went into a storeroom and removed all the food.
Then they set fire to the room.

“They … started shouting, ‘Allahu Akhbar,’ (God is great),” the 16-year-old student said. “And we knew.”

What they knew was chilling: The men were not government soldiers at all. They were members of the ruthless Islamic extremist group called Boko Haram.

They kidnapped the entire group of girls and drove them away in pick-up trucks into the dense forest.

The 16-year-old was among about 50 students who escaped on that fateful day, and she spoke for the first time in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

The AP also interviewed about 30 others, including Nigerian government and Borno state officials, school officials, six relatives of the missing girls, civil society leaders and politicians in north-east Nigeria and soldiers in the war zone.

Many spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing that giving their names would also reveal the girls’ identities and subject them to possible stigmatization in this conservative society.

Like all schools in Borno state, Chibok, an elite academy of both Muslim and Christian girls, had been closed because of increasingly deadly attacks by Boko Haram.

But it had reopened to allow final-year students to take exams.


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1. AL-Arabiya – May 06 – http://tinyurl.com/k7jhh2g


#boko-haram, #chibok, #christian, #muslim, #nigeria

` Kenyan Police Detaining Somali’s Law Abiding Citizen’s under Terrorist Crackdown could lead to Xenophobia ‘

AceWorldNews – NAIROBI – Kenya – Somalia’s prime minister expressed concern Monday over the detention of what he says are law-abiding Somalis in Kenya, where police are conducting a security crackdown aimed at stopping terrorist attacks.

Kenyan police have arrested thousands of people, most of them ethnic Somalis, following a wave of violent attacks blamed on the Somali militant group al-Shabab.

Last week a car bomb exploded outside a Nairobi police station, killing two policemen and two occupants of the vehicle, both ethnic Somalis.

The security operation has been strongly criticized by rights groups who say authorities are profiling Somalis, detaining them without trial, extorting refugees, holding the suspects in inhumane conditions and circumventing the law to deport some back to Somalia.

Rights activists have warned the targeting of Somalis could lead to xenophobia and increase radicalisation of Muslim youths, who may feel their religion is under attack.

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1. Fox News – April 28 – http://tinyurl.com/p64mmkv


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` Heavy Fighting between Philippine Troops and Muslim Militants Trying to Regain Control Continue ‘

#AceNewsServices – MANILA – Philippines witnesses heavy clashes that have broken out between Philippine troops and Muslim militants trying to regain control of a captured camp in southern Sulu province, leaving 14 Abu Sayyaf rebels and one marine dead, officials said Wednesday.

Military spokesman Lt. Col Ramon Zagala said fighting that began late Tuesday continued until early morning Wednesday, with the militants attempting to regain control of an Abu Sayyaf training and storage camp and in Patikul township that was captured by government troops.

Marine spokesman Capt. Ryan Lacuesta, citing intelligence reports, said the clashes left 14 rebels dead, while one marine was killed and 19 were wounded.

Zagala says troops are securing the rebel camp they captured Monday.

Militants from the group of Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron are expected to launch more attacks and the military will continue to use mortars, howitzers and attack helicopters to protect it troops there, he said.

The Abu Sayyaf had links to international militant networks, including Al-Qaeda, but a U.S.-backed Philippine military crackdown has weakened it considerably in recent years.

The group, which is on the U.S. list of terror groups, has about 300 fighters and is now much more focused on ransom kidnappings than global jihad.

AP – Fox News


#al-qaeda, #jihad, #manila, #muslim, #philippines

` Twenty People were Killed as Suicide Bombers Attacked Iraqi Police and Soldiers Casting their Votes ‘

#AceWorldNews – BAGHDAD – April 28 (Reuters) – Twenty people were killed on Monday as suicide bombers attacked Iraqi police and soldiers casting their vote early for a national election in two days’ time, authorities and witnesses said.

Sunni Muslim militants, mostly disguised in army and police uniforms, struck at polling centres around Baghdad and northern Iraq as militants tried to disrupt Iraq’s fourth national election since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

A curfew begins on Tuesday night as ordinary Iraqis prepare to vote on Wednesday.

Security forces are at war with the al-Qaeda offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in western Anbar province and other areas encircling the capital.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is battling for a third term in office but faces fierce opposition from political opponents, with sectarian violence in the Shi’ite Muslim-majority country at its most intense since 2008.

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1. April 28 – http://tinyurl.com/nx2ju8g

By Ahmed Rasheed and Kareem Raheem


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` Counter-Terrorism Police Appeal to Muslim Women to Stop their Sons’ Brothers and Husbands Fighting in Syria ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN – April 27 – British counter-terrorism police are appealing to Muslim women to stop their sons, brothers and husbands from fighting in Syria.

The move came as Scotland Yard revealed that 40 Syria-related arrests were made this year so far compared to 25 in total last year.

This is a huge shift in the police’s tone how to deal with extremism and would-be jihadists within British Muslim communities.

On the launch of the campaign, Helen Ball, senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism said: “We are increasingly concerned about the numbers of young people who have or are intending to travel to Syria to join the conflict.”

“We want to ensure that people, particularly women, who are concerned about their loved ones are given enough information about what they can do to prevent this from happening,” she added.

Around 20 British fighters are said to have been killed in the Syrian civil war.

However, this new police strategy is seen by Abu Bakr and some other Muslims as a way of spying on their children.

Report by Al Arabiya’s Mostapha Zarou
Contributions from British News and Media Sources – http://tinyurl.com/l3ddrj2


#britain, #jihadists, #muslim, #scotland-yard, #syria

` Libya Commences Drafting New Constitution to State Libya is a Muslim Country and Sharia is Primary Legislator '

#AceNewsServices – TRIPOLI – April 22 – The 47 elected committee members tasked with drafting Libya’s new constitution have convened in Bayda, east of Benghazi.

The multi-regional body now has 120 days to draft a constitution.

Last year Libya’s parliament passed a resolution declaring that Libya is a Muslim country and that Islamic Sharia is the primary source of its legislation.

The new constitution aims to secure order following the international military invasion and assassination of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

December 04 – TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s national assembly voted on Wednesday to make Islamic law, or sharia, the source of all legislation, in an apparent bid by moderate Islamists to outflank ultra-conservative militants who have been gaining influence.

Two years after the NATO-backed uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is still in messy transition, with no new constitution, a temporary government and nascent security forces struggling to contain militias and former rebels.

The immediate impact of the statement was not clear in the already overwhelmingly Muslim country, though it could affect criminal and financial legislation.

“The legislative system does not contain many laws that contradict Islamic law so it is easy to say sharia would be the sole source of legislation,” said Ibrahim al-Gharyani of the National Forces Alliance party.

But lawmakers suggested at least part of the reason for the statement from the General National Congress (GNC) was political.

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#benghazi, #islamist, #libya, #muammar-gaddafi, #muslim, #nato, #sharia-law, #tripoli

` Israeli Soldiers Hurled ` Stun-Grenades ‘ at `Palestinian Worshippers ‘ after Entering the Holy Haram al-Sharif to Pray ‘

#AceNewsServices – JERUSALEM – April 13 – (ALJ) – Israeli soldiers and police have hurled stun grenades at Palestinian worshippers after entering the holy Haram al-Sharif compound in Jerusalem.

Violence erupted on Sunday morning after Israeli police opened one of the walled compound’s gates to non-Muslim visitors after dawn prayers.

The Palestinians had remained in the courtyard of the al-Aqsa mosque in anticipation of an incursion by groups of Jewish extremists.

The Haram al-Sharif, which includes the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is Islam’s third holiest site and is known to Jews as the Temple Mount.

Although non-Muslim visitors are permitted, Jews are not allowed to pray at the site, even under Israeli law.

Courtesy of Al Jazeera


#dome-of-the-rock, #haram-al-sharif, #holy, #israeli, #jerusalem, #jewish, #jews, #mosque, #muslim, #palestinian, #temple-mount

` Malaysian Censorship Board Bans `Noah ‘ for Depicting a Prophet which is forbidden in Islamic Countries ‘

#AceWorldNews – MALAYA – April 05 – Malaysian authorities have banned the Hollywood movie “Noah,” slamming it for depicting a prophet, which is forbidden in Islamic countries.

“I can confirm that it has been banned by the board, the movie could cause quite a lot of anger and distress if it is shown in Malaysia,” said the Malaysian home ministry’s Film Censorship Board unit chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, according to The Malay Mail On-line. Muslims make up 60 percent of Malaysia’s population.

Numerous Muslim groups worldwide have already condemned the film, while Christian authorities also slammed the movie’s main protagonist Noah, played by Russell Crowe, saying that he was too unconventional. Noah is regarded as an important figure in both Christianity and Islam.


#christian, #christianity, #islam, #malaya, #malaysian, #muslim, #noah

` UN says `Chadian Soldiers ‘ have Killed 30 Civilians and Seriously Wounded 300 in an Attack on a Market’

#AceWorldNews – BANGUI – April 04 – Chadian soldiers killed 30 civilians and seriously wounded more than 300 in an indiscriminate attack on a market on March 29 in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, Reuters quoted a spokesman for the UN human rights office as saying on Friday.

Local officials and aid workers had previously put the death toll to at least 10, with 30 wounded. Chadian soldiers have been at the heart of African efforts to stabilize CAR, but have been accused of siding with the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels.

Their seizure of power last year sparked tit-for-tat violence with Christian militia.


#bangui, #car, #central-african-republic, #chadian, #human-health, #muslim, #seleka, #un

` Philippines Government Signs a ` Peace Accord ‘ with Muslim Rebel Group Moro Islamic Liberation Front ‘

#AceWorldNews – PHILIPPINES – March 27 – Philippines government signed a peace accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, on Thursday, AP reported.

The move is the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III.

The deal grants largely Muslim areas of the southern Mindanao region greater political autonomy in exchange for an end to armed rebellion.

However, it will not end all violence in a part of the country long-plagued by lawlessness and Islamist insurgency.


#ans2014, #ap, #islamist, #moro-islamic-liberation-front, #muslim, #philippines

` Abu Ghaith has been Convicted of ` Terrorism-Related Charges ‘ including, Conspiring to Provide Material for Terrorist’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – NEW YORK – (Reuters) – Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama Bin Laden, was found guilty of terrorism-related charges on Wednesday following a three-week trial that offered unusually vivid details of the former al Qaeda leader’s actions in the days after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Abu Ghaith, 48, a Kuwait-born Muslim cleric, faces life in prison after a federal court jury in New York convicted him of conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists, and providing such support.

Jurors took just over one day to reach a verdict in a courtroom that is blocks from the site of the World Trade Centre destroyed in the hijacked plane attacks nearly 13 years ago.

Abu Ghaith’s court-appointed lawyer, Stanley Cohen, said there were several issues he would raise on appeal.
They include U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan’s decision to bar testimony from Pakistan-born Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the man the U.S. government accuses of masterminding the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

“He was stoic, he was at ease,” Cohen said of Abu Ghaith’s reaction to the verdict. “I think he feels that it was impossible under the circumstances to receive a fair trial.”

The judge scheduled September 8 for sentencing.


#kuwait, #muslim, #new-york, #osama-bin-laden, #pakistan, #pennsylvania, #reuters, #suleiman-abu-ghaith, #us, #washington

` Iraq’s Al-Qaida Militants now want to control `Fallujah ‘ by trying to Implement `Shariah ‘ to win support of Sunni’s’

#AceWorldNews – BAGHDAD – 23 March – Iraq’s Al-Qaeda-inspired militants who took over the city of Fallujah are now trying to show they can run it, providing social services, policing the streets and implementing Sharia rulings in a bid to win the support of its Sunni Muslim population.

Gunmen in ski masks and Afghan-style tunics patrol the streets, but also perform a sort of community outreach.

On a recent day, they were seen repairing damaged electricity poles and operating bulldozers to remove concrete blast walls and clear garbage.

Others planted flowers in a highway median, and some fighters approached residents in the street and apologized for gaps in services, promising to address them. AP


#ans2014, #afghan, #al-qaeda, #ap, #baghdad, #fallujah, #iraqs, #muslim, #sharia, #sunni

` Shiite Village in `Bahrain ‘ suffers home-made bomb wounding two policemen ‘

#AceWorldNews A home-made bomb exploded in a Shiite Muslim village in Bahrain on Tuesday, wounding two policemen, according to the Interior Ministry.

It provided no further details about the explosion in al-Eker, south of the capital, Manama.

It came nine days after another blast in the Gulf Arab Kingdom killed three security men, Reuters reported.


#ans2014, #al-eker, #bahrain, #gulf-arab-kingdom, #manama, #muslim, #reuters, #shiite

` Women's Rights Activist's in ` Saudi Arabia ' petition for limits on `Absolute Authority' of Male Guardian's' over Women'

#AceWorldNews says that Women’s Right Activists in Saudi Arabia have petitioned the country’s Shura consultative council callings for limits to be imposed on the “absolute authority” of male guardians over women, a signatory said. Activist Aziza Youssef told AFP they had demanded “measures to protect women’s rights.

” Youseff says many of the proscriptions against women, for example, those which forbid women to work, travel or perform “certain surgeries” without the consent of a male guardian are “not based on religious teaching.”

The petition, signed by 10 female activists, also demands that women be allowed to drive in the ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom.


#activist, #afp, #aziza-youssef, #muslim, #shura, #sunni

` China’s Politburo vows the severe punishment of the law for terrorist attack at `Kunming Railway Station’

#AceWorldNews says that China’s domestic security chief has vowed that authorities will spare no effort to bring to justice the “Xinjiang separatist forces” responsible for the terrorist attack at Kunming Railway Station in south-west China on Saturday evening that killed at least 29 people and left more than 130 wounded.

Meng Jianzhu, a member of China’s Politburo, said the “inhuman” attackers would face the “severe punishment of the law.”

Authorities said a group of knife-wielding terrorists went on the rampage in a “premeditated” attack at the railway station. Police shot four attackers dead and captured one,

Xinhua reported, adding that about five others were still at large. Beijing has faced simmering unrest from separatists in Xinjiang, a predominantly Muslim region in China’s far west, for several years.


#beijing, #china, #ixinhua-news-agency, #kunming-railway, #muslim

` FIFA authorises the wearing of ` Veils for Females and Turban’s for Males’ after request from `Sikh Community of Canada ‘

#AceWorldNews says that FIFA, football’s world governing body, authorized Saturday the wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches after a two-year testing period proved they do not pose a significant risk of injury.

The decision by FIFA will allow female players to wear the veil during games and will be extended to male players after a request from the Sikh community of Canada.

Although what men will be allowed to wear will not be the same as what they wear off the pitch.

“It was decided that female players can cover their heads to play,” said Jerome Valcke, FIFA secretary general at a meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), in Zurich, Switzerland.

“It was decided that male players can play with a head cover too.

It will be a basic head cover and the colour should be the same as the team jersey,” he added.

“It’s a worldwide authorization:

  1. It was a plus for them to have authorization from IFAB for women to be able to play (wearing head covers).
  2. It was a request from these (Muslim) countries that said it would help support women’s football there,” Valcke said.


#canada, #fifa, #ifab, #muslim, #sikh, #switzerland, #zurich

#UK : `Capita Publish’s Advert in `Newspaper’ for New Teacher one `Proviso’ that `Female Applicant’s’ should not Apply’

#AceNewsServices says that `Women Teachers told not to apply for jobs at UK Muslim school’ due to `Religious Practice’s’ and changes in Education System’

An Islamic boy’s school in Leicester, central England, advertised for a new science teacher but ruled out any female applicants. Secular campaigners are saying this is the latest example of religious practices being accommodated in the education system.

woman-teachers-muslim-schools.siThe advert, which was published by the outsourcing company Capita and has now been withdrawn,asked for a “Male Science Teacher” to cover classes on a short-term contract earning up to £150 ($250) a day, the Telegraph reports.

The school, which did not give its name, is now facing claims of sexual discrimination. Capita withdrew the advert after a warning from the Department for Education (DfE) that it needs to comply with the Equality Act. The advert is thought to have been placed by the Madani Schools Federation, which runs the state funded Madani Boys School. The school has placed a similar advert for a Male ICT Technician.

The National Secular Society (NSS)– a charity which campaigns for the separation of religion from the state – say they were alerted to the advert by a qualified female science teacher who was looking for work in the Leicester area.

The NSS believes that this the latest in long line of demands that religious customs be accommodated in the education system, as a result of allowing faith groups to run schools.

Capita initially argued that discrimination in this case was permissible under exceptions to the Equality Act, which permits religious organizations to discriminate on grounds of sexual orientation and gender if a “genuine occupation requirement” can be established and where an employer is seeking to comply with strongly held religious convictions of a significant number of its followers.

“These provisions are referred to as occupational requirements and they create exceptions that allow an employer to act in a way that would otherwise be discriminatory,” a spokesman for Capita said.

But the NSS argued that the explanatory notes to the 2010 Act make it clear that exceptions only apply to a “very narrow range of employment.”

The Department of Education has now issued a statement saying “Schools must comply with equality law. We asked Leicester City Council to raise this with the school and the advert has now been withdrawn.”

The NSS also say that schools with a religious ethos are already permitted to discriminate against teachers who don’t share the school’s faith.

Allegations surfaced last autumn that Non-Muslim female staff at the Al-Madinah free school in Derby were forced to wear headscarves in line with other strict Islamic practices, including segregating boys and girls. The school has since been closed down by the government who found that the level of teaching was unacceptably bad.

The Madani high school for girls also faced earlier criticism for forcing non-Muslim students to wear a headscarf. The school is required by law to accept 10 percent of its 600 pupils from non-Muslim backgrounds.

Meanwhile, three Muslim schools in London, Lancashire and Leicester, respectively, were found to be forcing Muslim girls as young as 11 to wear the full face covering veil in 2010.

And early this month it was reported by the British media that Park View Academy in Birmingham is being investigated by the DfE over claims that non-Muslim staff are being treated unfairly and that it is trying to introduce Islamic studies to the curriculum despite being a non-faith-based school.

As a result of the latest advert, the NSS has written to Maria Miller MP, the minister for Woman and Equalities, to push the government to publish guidance to make it clear to schools that gender discrimination must not be accommodated in the education system.

“The government’s encouragement of schools run by religious groups will bring with it increasing demands for religious customs and practices to be accommodated within our education system. Children in such schools are unlikely to be adequately prepared for life as equal citizens in a liberal democracy – which should be one of the fundamental aims of education policy,” Stephen Evans, campaigns manager at the NSS, said in a statement.



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#Crimea : ` Group of Armed Men as yet Unidentified storm and seize `Parliament Building in Crimean Peninsula’

#AceWorldNews says (RIA Novosti) – Unidentified armed men apparently seeking closer ties with Russia on Thursday seized the parliament in the Crimean Peninsula in southern Ukraine.

The occupation comes a day after crowds of Crimean Tatars scuffled outside the building with pro-Russians, who have said they reject the rule of the leadership that has taken over the country since President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted over the weekend.

The local Muslim Tatar population largely supports the incoming government in Kiev.

“We came to work but we can’t get inside the parliament.

The building is surrounded by police … we were told that the building has been seized,” a spokesperson for the parliament said.

A Russian flag was reportedly hoisted by pro-Russian self-defence squads that stormed the building in the regional capital, Simferopol.

The squads have been forming in predominantly ethnic Russian Crimea since Yanukovych was toppled.

The offices of Crimea’s Cabinet were also reportedly been seized overnight.

Footage from the parliament showed Thursday that small barricades had been erected outside the building.


#ans2014, #crimea, #crimean, #kiev, #muslim, #president-viktor-yanukovych, #ria-novosti, #russian, #simferopol, #tatars, #ukraine

"Life Sentence for Murderer of `UK' soldier `Lee Rigby' as he and his accomplice get 45 Years"

#AceBreakingNews says Muslim convert, Michael Adebolajo, who murdered Drummer Lee Rigby in a south-east London street attack in May last year has been sentenced to life in prison, while his partner, Michael Adebowale, has been given minimum 45 years behind bars.

Michael Adebolajo, 29 and Michael Adebowale, 22 were read out their jail terms late Wednesday afternoon at the Old Baily court in London.

Before the sentences were given, the two scuffled with security guards, meaning the sentence was delivered while they were absent.

The judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, described the actions of the pair as “sickening.”


#enews, #justice-sweeney, #lee-rigby, #london, #michael-adebolajo, #muslim, #old-bailey

`Jordan’s Parliament Votes to Expel the Israeli Ambassador’ following debate over control of a `Jerusalem Holy’ site”

#AceWorldNews says that `Jordan’s Parliament’ has voted unanimously to expel the Israeli ambassador and recall its own envoy to Israel, AP reported.

The move came after Israeli lawmakers debated whether to take over a Jerusalem holy site administered by Jordanians.

The debate, initiated Tuesday by the Likud party’s Moshe Feiglin, considered a proposal for the state of Israel to wrest control of Muslim holy shrines from Jordan, but the debate ended without a vote.

No action regarding the Jordanian parliament’s vote is expected before the outcome of the Israeli Knesset debate, a Jordanian Cabinet official said.


#ap, #israeli, #jerusalem, #jordan, #jordanians, #knesset, #muslim