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Attempted jail break at Nigeria secret police HQ

Nigeria's secret police said on Sunday there had been an escape attempt by detainees at their headquarters, with unconfirmed reports that Boko Haram militants were involved. "There was an attempted jail break by our inmates when the suspect handler went to feed them," Department of State Services (DSS) spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar told AFP. Ogar did not provide details on the number of inmates involved nor disclose why they were being held but said an official statement would be issued later.

Suicide bombing in Lebanon kills soldier

A suicide car bomber exploded his vehicle at an army checkpoint in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria on Saturday, killing at least one soldier, a security official said. "A suicide bomber detonated his car in front of a Lebanese army checkpoint at Aqabet al-Jurd in the Arsal area," the official told AFP. "First indications are that one soldier was killed and more were wounded." The Arsal region has seen a spillover of the conflict across the border as Syrian regime forces backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah press their campaign against rebels.

Suicide bombing in Lebanon kills soldier

A suicide car bomber exploded his vehicle at an army checkpoint in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria on Saturday, killing at least one soldier, a security official said. "A suicide bomber detonated his car in front of a Lebanese army checkpoint at Aqabet al-Jurd in the Arsal area," the official told AFP. "First indications are that one soldier was killed and more were wounded." The Arsal region has seen a spillover of the conflict across the border as Syrian regime forces backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah press their campaign against rebels.

496 dead in Egypt 'terror' attacks since Morsi's ouster

Militants have killed 496 people in Egypt since the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, mostly soldiers and policemen, the foreign ministry said on Saturday. Attacks have surged since the army removed Morsi last July 3 and the military-installed authorities launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters. A foreign ministry "factsheet" sent to media said 252 police and 187 military personnel were killed in "terrorist" attacks, along with 57 civilians. Most of the attacks were in the northern Sinai Peninsula and targeted policemen and soldiers.

Houston-area man arrested in undercover FBI terrorism sting

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Houston-area man suspected of leading an anti-government group appeared in federal court on Friday to face charges of trying to rob an armored car with explosives and plotting to blow up U.S. government buildings. Robert James Talbot Jr., 38, of Katy, Texas, was arrested by U.S. agents Thursday after an eight-month federal probe as he was about to rob an armored car with inert explosives provided to him by informants who had entered his group, according to a criminal complaint filed in a U.S. federal court in Houston.

Yemeni soldiers, 'Qaeda' gunmen killed in clash

Two Yemeni soldiers and two suspected Al-Qaeda fighters were killed Friday when special forces stormed a militant hideout in the southern province of Daleh, the defence ministry said. The force raided an apartment in the Damt area rented by militants a week ago allegedly to plot an attack, the ministry said on its 26sep.net website. "Two terrorists of Al-Qaeda were killed in the clash... which also cost the lives of Major Hani Hamdan and Sergeant Ali al-Fakih," the ministry said.

U.N. warns of increasing militant links between Iraq, Syria

By Mirjam Donath UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations on Thursday warned about Islamist militant networks increasingly forging links across the border of Syria and Iraq, which is fueling sectarian tensions in a region that has suffered from years of bloodshed. Violence in Iraq reached new highs in 2013, when nearly 8,000 civilians were killed. Its political elite remains deeply divided along sectarian lines, as it has been since after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq 11 years ago this month.

U.N. warns of increasing militant links between Iraq, Syria

By Mirjam Donath UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations on Thursday warned about Islamist militant networks increasingly forging links across the border of Syria and Iraq, which is fueling sectarian tensions in a region that has suffered from years of bloodshed. Violence in Iraq reached new highs in 2013, when nearly 8,000 civilians were killed. Its political elite remains deeply divided along sectarian lines, as it has been since after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq 11 years ago this month.

U.N. warns of increasing militant links between Iraq, Syria

By Mirjam Donath UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations on Thursday warned about Islamist militant networks increasingly forging links across the border of Syria and Iraq, which is fueling sectarian tensions in a region that has suffered from years of bloodshed. Violence in Iraq reached new highs in 2013, when nearly 8,000 civilians were killed. Its political elite remains deeply divided along sectarian lines, as it has been since after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq 11 years ago this month.

Baghdad bombings kill 11

Two sets of bombings in Sunni-majority neighbourhoods of Baghdad killed at least 11 people Thursday evening, Iraqi security and medical officials said. Two roadside bombs that exploded in Amriyah in western Baghdad and a car bomb in the northern district of Adhamiyah also wounded at least 30 people, the sources said. The car bomb, which struck near the massive Abu Hanifa mosque, killed at least seven people and wounded 22, while the twin bombings in Amriyah left four others dead.
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