NIGERIA: ‘ VP Visit Marred by 2-Suicide Bombers ‘

#AceNewsReport – NIGERIA:July.01: Two suicide bombers blew themselves up near a hospital in Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday, Reuters said.

The blasts injured two people near the gates of a hospital where suicide bombers killed three people and injured 16 last Saturday, according to a military source and a witness.

The attack came shortly after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived in the city to visit camps for people fleeing a militant Islamist insurgency.

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PAKISTAN: ‘ TALIBAN SEIZE MILITARY SCHOOL IN PESHAWAR KILLING OVER A HUNDRED ‘

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN:Dec.16 – More than 100 people, including 84 students, have been killed in a Taliban seizure of a military-run school in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan, according to provincial authorities.

“In CMH (Combined Military Hospital) there are around 60 and there are 24 dead in Lady Reading (hospital),” Pervaiz Khattak, chief minister of the province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, told local media.

The numbers of dead and injured may still rise as the casualties of the assault are counted.

Some 500 students and teachers were in the Army Public School on Warsak Road at the time of the attack. Pakistan’s military said most of the civilians escaped, but some had been taken hostage by the assailants.

According to media reports, as many as 10 militants dressed in Pakistani military uniforms entered the school compound on Tuesday at around noon. They torched a car at the site and proceeded with a raid on the facility.

The Pakistani Army responded to the emergency, dispatching security forces to cordon off the area and sending military helicopters for surveillance. A commando force arrived at the site.

In the ensuing battle with Pakistani security forces, three militants reportedly were killed. One of them is said to have detonated a suicide vest he was wearing.

At least one Pakistani soldier was reported killed in the gun battle, which seriously damaged the school building.

As clashes inside the school continued, some of the hostages were still believed to be held by the militants, Inayatullah Khan, the provincial minister for local government, said, citing the military.

A soldier escorts schoolchildren after they were rescued from the Army Public School that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. (Reuters/Khuram Parvez)

‘A soldier escorts schoolchildren after they were rescued from the Army Public School that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. (Reuters/Khuram Parvez)

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called the attack on the school a national tragedy and said he would personally supervise the army operation in Peshawar.

“I can’t stay back in Islamabad. This is a national tragedy unleashed by savages. These were my kids,” he said in a statement.

The provincial government declared three days of mourning over the tragedy.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, but claimed it was not targeting the pupils.“Our suicide bombers have entered the school, they have instructions not to harm the children, but to target army personnel,” Taliban spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani told Reuters.

The militants, however, see older students at the school as legitimate targets for their attack.

The Taliban said it staged the attack in retaliation for the Pakistani Army’s ongoing operations in the North Waziristan tribal area. It said it had targeted the school because “because the government is targeting our families and females” in the military operations.

“We want them to feel the pain,” Khorasani said.

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NIGERIA: ‘ TERROR ATTACK BY GUNMEN KILL 120 IN MOSQUE DURING FRIDAYS PRAYERS ‘

#AceBreakingNews – NIGERIA – Nov.29 – At least 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded on Friday when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque of one of Nigeria’s top leaders.

' TERROR ATTACK BY GUNMEN KILL 120 IN MOSQUE DURING FRIDAYS PRAYERS '

‘ TERROR ATTACK BY GUNMEN KILL 120 IN MOSQUE DURING FRIDAYS PRAYERS ‘    

The attack at the Grand Mosque in Kano came just as Friday prayers had started.

The mosque is attached to the palace of the Amir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II, Nigeria’s second most senior cleric, who last week urged civilians to take up arms against Boko Haram.

The blasts came after a bomb attack was foiled against a mosque in the northeastern city of Maiduguri earlier on Friday, five days after two female suicide bombers killed over 45 people in the city.

National police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu told AFP that the bombers blew themselves up in quick succession then “gunmen opened fire on those who were trying to escape”.

Ojukwu said he did not know whether the suicide bombers were male or female, after a spate of attacks by women in recent months, and did not give an exact figure on the number of gunmen.

But he said an angry mob killed four of the shooters in the chaotic aftermath.

Witnesses in the city said they were set on fire.

An AFP reporter at the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital morgue counted 92 bodies, most of them men and boys with blast injuries and severe burns.

As night fell, hundreds of people were desperately trying to use the lights on their mobile phones to identify loved ones.

But a senior rescue official said later that there were at least 120 dead and 270 wounded. Emergency workers were still trying to visit all hospitals, he added.

The “horrendous” attack was condemned by the US who said it “stands with the Nigerian people in their struggle against violent extremism”.

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