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Libyan Qaeda suspect deprived rights in US jail

The Libyan Al-Qaeda suspect captured last year outside his home in Tripoli is being deprived legal documents and personal effects in a US prison hospital, his lawyer said Wednesday. Anas al-Libi, 50, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges over the 1998 Al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in East Africa that killed 244 people and wounded more than 5,000 others. He was detained by US commandos in the Libyan capital in October and brought to New York, where he was indicted in 2000 to face trial after being interrogated on board a US warship.

Yemen's al Qaeda leader vows to attack America in new video

By Yara Bayoumy DUBAI (Reuters) - The leader of al Qaeda's wing in Yemen has vowed to attack the United States, in a video apparently showing a gathering of the group celebrating a mass jailbreak of fighters. In February, attackers mounted a bomb, grenade and gun assault on the main prison in Sanaa in which 29 inmates, including 19 jailed for terrorism-related crimes, escaped.

Kidnapped Nigeria girls taken to Islamist stronghold

The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram were taken to a stronghold of the Islamist group, parents said on Wednesday, as the security forces pressed on with a search to find the hostages. The defence ministry has confirmed that 129 girls were taken by gunmen in the northeastern state of Borno late Monday, just hours after a bomb ripped through a packed bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, killing 75 people, the deadliest attack ever in the capital.

Kidnapped Nigeria girls taken to Islamist stronghold

The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram were taken to a stronghold of the Islamist group, parents said Wednesday, as the security forces pressed on with a search to find the hostages. The mass abduction of more than 100 girls by gunmen in the northeastern state of Borno late Monday came just hours after a bomb ripped through a packed bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, killing 75 people, the deadliest attack ever in the capital.

Abductors of Nigerian schoolgirls pretended to be soldiers: witness

By Lanre Ola and Isaac Abrak MAIDUGURI/ABUJA (Reuters) - Islamist rebels duped dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers come to evacuate them before abducting over 100 in their latest anti-government raid, one of the survivors said on Wednesday. Gunmen suspected to be members of the radical Islamist movement Boko Haram swooped on Chibok town in Borno state and on its nearby all-girls government secondary school late on Monday, calling on the students to leave their beds in the hostel.

Yemen's al Qaeda leader vows to attack America in new video

By Yara Bayoumy DUBAI (Reuters) - The leader of Al Qaeda's wing in Yemen has vowed to attack the United States, in a video apparently showing a gathering of the group celebrating a mass jailbreak of fighters. In February, attackers mounted a bomb, grenade and gun assault on the main prison in Sanaa in which 29 inmates, including 19 jailed for terrorism-related crimes, escaped.

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.

Six wounded, including two police, in Cairo bomb blasts

Two bomb blasts in Cairo wounded six people including at least two policemen Tuesday, the latest attacks since Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted. The first attack blew the roof off 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, which exploded in the early morning, was planted at the site or thrown by assailants.

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.
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