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NY terror trial shown nuclear suits and pistols

The New York terror trial of British hate preacher Abu Hamza was shown Thursday a startling array of nuclear protective suits, seized along with pistols, daggers and axes from his London mosque. The stash of items impounded by British police and turned over to US authorities was loaded onto a shopping trolley and described to the 12-member jury by a British police witness. They included three ball-bearing hand guns, a wooden scythe attached to a metal chain, five daggers, two axes, a military helmet, two army flak jackets and a gas mask.

Nigerian leaders unite against Boko Haram

By Felix Onuah ABUJA (Reuters) - Leaders from across Nigeria appealed for a united front against Boko Haram on Thursday, saying the Islamist insurgents were waging war on Christian and Muslim Nigerians alike. President Goodluck Jonathan held a security meeting with governors of 36 states straddling Nigeria's largely Christian south and mostly Muslim north to seek ways of ending the Islamists' five-year-old insurgency.

'Al-Qaeda's librarian' denies recruiting jihadists in Spain

A Saudi man dubbed "Al-Qaeda's librarian" on Thursday denied belonging to the organisation and recruiting jihadists for the group over the Internet during a Madrid court appearance. Police detained Mudhar Hussein Almalki in March 2012 in the eastern city of Valencia where he had been living, accusing him of running an online forum dedicated to "recruiting and indoctrinating 'terrorists'."

Attackers among dead in Nairobi bombing

Authorities in Kenya said Thursday that two suspected militants were among the four people killed in a car bomb explosion outside a police station in Nairobi. Officials said the blast occurred after police took away two suspects for questioning, along with their car, after they were stopped late Wednesday at a red light in the Pangani neighbourhood. The car then exploded outside the police station, killing two policemen.

Violence against Pakistan minorities rising alarmingly: rights group

Sectarian killings rose by more than a fifth in Pakistan last year, a leading rights group said Thursday, warning of an alarming increase in violence against religious minorities. The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said 687 people were killed in more than 200 sectarian attacks last year, a rise of 22 percent on 2012. The group warned that ongoing peace talks between the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the hardline militant Islamists of the Pakistani Taliban could make minorities even more vulnerable.

Guantanamo Bay in figures, 12 years after it opened

More than a dozen years after the first 20 detainees arrived at Guantanamo Bay on January 11, 2002, the US military prison still houses 154 men out of a total 779 held here over the years. The following are facts about the Guantanamo inmate population: -- The remaining inmates represent less than a quarter of the 680 incarcerated at the same time in 2003, when the prison population was at its peak. While they hail from about 20 countries, more than half are from Yemen. Afghans, Algerians and Saudis are the other most represented nationalities.

Hate preacher had jihad 'manual,' US court told

The New York trial of British hate preacher Abu Hamza heard chilling extracts Wednesday from a 10-volume encyclopedia of jihad found in his London home with pictures of Osama bin Laden. A British police officer told the Manhattan court that the Arabic-language manual was sitting in the living room of Abu Hamza -- a father of nine -- when he was arrested in May 2004. Several computers, maps, a Koran, hundreds of audio and video tapes, numerous documents and photographs of the late Al-Qaeda mastermind bin Laden were confiscated, Keith Asman told the court.

Bomb kills police general in Cairo

A police brigadier general was killed when a bomb exploded under his car on Wednesday, security officials said, in the fifth such targeted attack in Egypt's capital within a week. The blast in the upscale western suburb of October 6 killed Ahmed Zaki, a commander of Egypt's central security forces who have spearheaded a crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. A little-known jihadist group, Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt), said in a statement on Facebook and Twitter that it had killed Zaki.

Bomb kills police general in Cairo

A police brigadier general was killed when a bomb exploded under his car in Egypt's capital on Wednesday, security officials said, in the fifth such targeted attack in Cairo within a week. The blast in the upscale western suburb of October 6 killed Ahmed Zaki, a commander of Egypt's central security forces who have spearheaded a crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Bomb kills police brigadier general in Cairo

An Egyptian police brigadier general was killed Wednesday by a bomb placed under his car in Cairo, security officials said. The killing of Ahmed Zaki in the capital's western suburb of October 6 was the latest in a spate of attacks by militants targeting the security forces since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July. Zaki, killed in the fifth such attack targeting police in Cairo within a week, was a commander in Egypt's central security forces, who have been at the forefront of a wide-ranging crackdown on Morsi supporters.
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