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Iraq attacks kills nine as bomber hits university

Attacks in Iraq, including a suicide bombing at a university in north Baghdad, killed at least nine people on Sunday, security and medical officials said. The attacks, which come as Iraq suffers a prolonged surge in bloodshed, took place less than two weeks before a parliamentary election that will be a major test for security forces. Officials gave varying accounts of the bombing of Baghdad's Imam Kadhim University.

Two Egyptian police officers killed in attack

A police officer and a conscript were killed after armed attackers opened fire on their patrol car, Egypt's interior ministry announced on Sunday, the latest deadly assault against the country's security forces. The deaths come as militants have stepped up their attacks against security forces since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, and just two days after a police officer was killed in a bomb blast in Cairo. A statement from the ministry said those killed were patrolling the road between Cairo and Suez.

Two Egyptian police officers killed in attack

A police officer and a conscript were killed after armed attackers opened fire on their patrol car, Egypt's interior ministry announced on Sunday, the latest deadly assault against the country's security forces. The deaths come as militants have stepped up their attacks against security forces since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, and just two days after a police officer was killed in a bomb blast in Cairo. A statement from the ministry said those killed were patrolling the road between Cairo and Suez.

13 People die in U.S. drone attack in south Yemen

Sanaa, Apr 19 (EFE).- At least 10 suspected al-Qaeda combatants and three civilians died Saturday in a U.S. drone attack on south Yemen, the nation's Supreme Security Commission said. The bombing hit an SUV carrying 11 extremists, one of whom was wounded but survived, in a mountainous area of al-Bayda province, 270 kilometers (168 miles) southeast of Sanaa. The note added that three civilians driving close to the targeted SUV were also killed, while another five suffered injuries from the shrapnel blasted out by the bombing.

Air strike kills 10 al Qaeda militants, three civilians in Yemen: Saba

By Mohamed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - An air strike killed 10 al Qaeda militants in central Yemen on Saturday after an intelligence report said they were planning attacks on civil and military targets in al-Bayda province, the state news agency Saba said. Saba quoted an official source in the High Security Committee as saying that the strike hit the militants, described as "among the dangerous and leading elements of al Qaeda", in a car as they were on their way to the central province.

Kidnapped Uzbek doctor freed in northern Yemen: local official

SANAA (Reuters) - An Uzbek doctor kidnapped in northern Yemen last week has been freed, a provincial official said on Saturday. The official told Reuters tribal mediators had succeeded in convincing armed tribesmen to release the doctor, who had been abducted last Sunday from the hospital he worked at in Marib province, east of the capital Sanaa. "He was handed to the mediators who took him to Marib and then he was handed to local officials," the local official, who declined to be named, told Reuters.

Boko Haram claims bombing in Nigeria's capital

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria's capital in a video obtained Saturday, as the search continued for 85 schoolgirls still missing after a mass abduction by the Islamists. The bombing at a bus station packed with morning commuters early on Monday killed at least 75 people on the outskirts of Abuja, hours before gunmen kidnapped 129 girls from a school in northeastern Borno state, Boko Haram's base. Forty-four of the girls have since escaped and are now safe, officials said.

Drone kills 15 'Qaeda', 3 civilians in Yemen

A drone strike Saturday killed 15 Al-Qaeda suspects and three civilians in Yemen's central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group, a security official said. The jihadists were travelling in a vehicle towards the southern Shabwa province, witnesses said. The three civilians were passing by in another car. The United States is the only country that operates drones in Yemen, but officials rarely discuss the covert programme. mou-lyn/jk

Syria rivalry sharply splits jihadist ranks

Rivalry between jihadist groups fighting in Syria has sharply divided global militant ranks once loosely allied under Al-Qaeda, sparking infighting which experts say has hampered efforts to topple President Bashar al-Assad. And while senior leaders of Al-Qaeda were all but above question under revered founder Osama bin Laden, the conflict has gone so far that even his replacement Ayman al-Zawahiri has come in for fierce criticism on jihadist forums online.

Boko Haram leader claims Nigeria capital bombing in new video

The leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for a bombing in Nigeria's capital that killed at least 75 people, in a video message obtained by AFP on Saturday. "We are the ones that carried out the attack in Abuja," Shekau said in the 28-minute video, referring to the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria's capital which targeted a bus station packed with morning commuters. abu-bs/cc
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