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Suspected Qaeda militants kill deputy governor in central Yemen

SANAA (Reuters) - Suspected al Qaeda militants shot dead the deputy governor of Yemen's central province of al-Bayda on Tuesday, a security official said. Adel al-Asbahi, the provincial security chief of al-Bayda, said on the Defence Ministry website that armed men fired on Hussein Dayyan as he was leaving his home. Provincial officials said they fled on motorcycles. The officials said they believed the assailants were militants linked to al Qaeda, and that security forces were hunting for them.

Jordanian ambassador seized in Libya, kidnappers demand prisoner release

By Feras Bosalum and Suleiman Al-Khalidi TRIPOLI/AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's ambassador to Libya was kidnapped on Tuesday by gunmen who demanded an Islamist militant be released from a Jordanian jail in exchange for the diplomat's freedom. The masked gunmen shot and wounded the driver of Ambassador Fawaz al-Itan's car as they snatched the diplomat from a street in the capital Tripoli, Libya's Foreign Ministry said.

Nigeria rebels abduct schoolgirls, government says will protect 'African Davos'

By Felix Onuah and Lanre Ola ABUJA/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist insurgents abducted more than 100 female students in a night raid on a government secondary school in Nigeria's northeast Borno state, a teacher said on Tuesday. The gunmen, believed to be members of the Boko Haram Islamist group which has attacked schools in the northeast before as part of their anti-government rebellion, carried off the students from the school in Chibok late on Monday.

Islamists abduct more than 100 girls from Nigeria school

Heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped more than 100 girls from a school in northeast Nigeria, sparking a search by soldiers to track down the attackers, a security source and witnesses said Tuesday. The unprecedented mass abduction in Borno state came hours after a bomb blast ripped through a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, killing 75 people, the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria's capital.

Nigeria capital beefs up security after deadly bombing

Nigerian police boosted security across Abuja on Tuesday after a bomb blast ripped through a packed bus station killing at least 75 people, the deadliest attack ever to hit the capital. Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu, who visited some major hospitals in Abuja where the wounded are being treated, gave a new death toll of 75, three higher than the previous toll. Another 141 people were wounded in the blast, he said -- lower than the figure released Monday.

Suspected militants kill deputy governor in central Yemen: officials

SANAA (Reuters) - Suspected al Qaeda militants shot dead the deputy governor of Yemen's central al-Bayda province on Tuesday, a security official said. Adel al-Asbahi, the provincial security head of al-Bayda, said on the Defence Ministry website that armed men opened fire on Hussein Dayyan as he was leaving his home. Provincial officials said they fled on motorbikes. The officials said they believe the assailants were militants linked to al Qaeda, and that security forces were hunting for them.

Bomb attack in Cairo wounds 2 police, civilian

A bomb blast in an upmarket central Cairo district wounded two policemen and a passer-by Tuesday, the latest attack on Egypt's security forces since Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted. The morning attack blew off the roof of a shelter manned by traffic police at a busy intersection in Al-Galaa Square in the Egyptian capital's Dokki neighbourhood. It was unclear whether the bomb was planted at the site or was thrown by assailants. Two Egyptian policemen and a civilian were wounded in the attack, security and medical officials said.

Bomb attack kills 71 at bus station near Nigeria capital

Seventy-one people died in a bomb blast in a packed bus station in Nigeria's capital Abuja on Monday -- the deadliest attack yet to strike the city -- with the president blaming the explosion on Boko Haram Islamists. The bomb, which also injured 124 people, rocked the Nyanya station on Abuja's southern outskirts at 6:45 am (0545 GMT) as it was filled with morning commuters, leaving body parts scattered across the terminal and destroying dozens of vehicles.

Dutch police arrest 14-year-old girl who tweeted alleged al-Qaida threat to American Airlines

AMSTERDAM - Police in the Netherlands have arrested a 14-year-old girl on suspicion of threatening American Airlines in a tweet. Police spokesman Roland Ekkers said the girl, who has not been identified for privacy reasons, turned herself in to Rotterdam police in the company of a parent Monday and is now being interrogated. The tweet posted Sunday said it came from an al-Qaida member in Afghanistan named Ibrahim and threatened to "do something really big on June 1." But the account's handle came with the nickname "Sarah" and a profile image of a young woman.

Bomb attack kills 71 at bus station near Nigeria capital

Seventy-one people died in a bomb blast in a packed bus station in Nigeria's capital Abuja on Monday -- the deadliest attack yet to strike the city -- with the president blaming the explosion on Boko Haram Islamists. The bomb, which also injured 124 people, rocked the Nyanya station on Abuja's southern outskirts at 6:45 am (0545 GMT) as it was filled with morning commuters, leaving body parts scattered across the terminal and destroying dozens of vehicles.
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