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Suicide bomber kills three in NE Nigeria: militia

The Muna area of Maiduguri, which is home to a vast camp for people displaced by the conflict, has been repeatedly hit by suicide attacks.

Bangladesh village doctor hacked to death in suspected Islamist attack

Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a village doctor and wounded a university teacher in Bangladesh on Friday, in what police suspected was the latest in a series attacks by Islamists in the majority-Muslim nation.

Abu Sayyaf hostages in Philippines plead for help

New video purports to show three hostages kidnapped by Abu Sayaff Islamist militants in the southern Philippines pleading to their governments for help, after a fellow hostage was beheaded last week.
May 04, 2016 | 11:45 am GMT+7

Suspected Islamists kill Bangladeshi gay activist working for US embassy

Suspected Islamist militants hacked to death a leading Bangladeshi gay rights activist employed by the U.S. embassy and a friend in an apartment in Bangladesh's capital on Monday, police said.The killings took place two days after a university professor was slain in similar fashion on Saturday in an attack claimed by Islamic State.Five or six assailants went to the apartment of Xulhaz Mannan, 35, an editor of Rupban, Bangladesh's first magazine for gay, bisexual and transgender people, and attacked him and a friend with sharp weapons, Dhaka city police spokesman Maruf Hossain Sordar said.They entered the apartment disguised as couriers, he said, quoting witnesses.The assailants also wounded a security guard. Witnesses said the attackers shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest)" as they fled the scene.Mannan was employed by the U.S. embassy, working for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the State Depertment in Washington said.State Department spokesman John Kirby said the United States was "outraged" by the "barbaric attack." He called Mannan, "a beloved member of our embassy family and a courageous advocate for LGBTI rights - human rights, actually.""LGBTI" stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex.A spokesman for the White House's National Security Council, Ned Price, said the United States strongly urged the Bangladeshi government to ensure the perpetrators were brought to justice.Other attacks took place in the country on Monday, but it was not immediately clear whether those assaults were carried out by Islamist militants.Two men on a motorcycle shot dead a former prison guard in front of Kashimpur jail, on the outskirts of Dhaka, said Khandakar Rezaul Hasan, chief of the local police station.A teacher was hacked to death in the southwestern district of Kustia, police said.The M
April 26, 2016 | 09:06 am GMT+7

Philippine army urges no payments to free foreign captives

The Philippines discouraged ransom payments on Wednesday for captives held by Islamist militants in a bid to stop a kidnap "industry" emerging after a series of rebel seizures of Indonesian and Malaysian crew.
April 20, 2016 | 05:29 pm GMT+7
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