Category Archives: Suicide bombing

The moment a jihad-martyrdom suicide bomber blows himself up at Alexandria’s St. Mark’s Cathedral

Will we send cruise missiles into Islamic State bases in Egypt? No, that wasn’t on Obama’s to-do list, which is apparently guiding Trump’s foreign policy at this point. The U.S. Embassy issued the usual pro forma condemnation, which accomplishes nothing except manifest the virtue of the one issuing it. Genuine action against those Muslim groups that have decimated the Christian populations of the Middle East is unlikely to be forthcoming.

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An Explosion in Medina

A suicide bomber has attacked the Saudi city of Medina, close to the Prophet’s Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, according to local media reports.

The bomber detonated his device as security officers were breaking their Ramadan fast, al-Arabiya TV said.

News outlets said at least two of the officers had been killed, but there has been no official confirmation.

The mosque is the burial place of the Prophet Muhammad and Medina the second-holiest city in Islam after Mecca.

State-linked Sabq news and the Okaz newspaper also carried reports of the suicide attack.

Earlier, at least one explosion rocked the eastern city of Qatif.

Qatif is home to many minority Shia Muslims and the blast appeared to target a Shia mosque. The attacker was killed but no other casualties were reported.

A suspected suicide bomber also died after detonating a device near the US consulate in the city of Jeddah. Two security officers were slightly injured as they tackled the man, but no-one else was hurt.

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Did Security Use A False Wand in Iraq?

After at least 187 people were killed in a devastating Islamic State bomb attack in the Iraqi capital, Iraqis turned their anger toward a symbol of government corruption and the state’s failure to protect them: fake bomb detectors.

The wand-like devices, little more than an aerial attached to a plastic handle, are still widely in use at security checkpoints around the country even years after the British con man who sold them was arrested for fraud and the U.K. banned their export.

They are used at the entrances to embassies, compounds and government ministries. They are used by security forces at checkpoints such as those on the shopping street at Karrada that was hit in the suicide bombing in the early hours of Sunday morning, and has been targeted numerous times in the past.

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British ISIS fighter blows himself up in suicide mission in Iraq

Above: Photo of ‘Abu Hajar al-Britani’ released by ISIS

unnamed-8Today’s suicide mission is the second carried out by a British militant in the strategic Iraqi town of Baiji (pictured) this month

A British ISIS fighter has blown himself up in a car on a suicide mission in Iraq using 1800kg of explosives to kill a number of the country’s security force soldiers.

Abu Hajar al-Britani reportedly carried out the martyrdom mission in the strategic Iraqi town of Baiji today and ISIS claims the Brit also destroyed a significant number of tanks and artillery equipment.

A photo was released by ISIS’ media branch for the province of Salahuddin, showing Abu Hajar al-Britani in full military uniform (shown at the top)…

…There have been no further details released about the real identity of the deceased British fighter…

Abu Hajar is the second British ISIS extremist to blow himself up in a suicide bomb mission in Baiji… According to the international Centre for the study of Radicalisation and Conflict Violence, Abu Hajar, who carried out today’s attack, is the 29th British fighter to die fighting in Syria and Iraq…

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British security officer among five people killed in suicide bomb attack on British diplomatic vehicle in Afghan capital

The wreckage of the British embassy’s 4×4 vehicle that was struck by the suicide bomb blast

A British security official employed by G4S was among the five people killed in this morning’s Taliban suicide bomb attack on a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital, the Foreign Secretary confirmed today.

An Afghan national employed by the British embassy to drive the diplomatic 4×4 vehicle was also killed in the explosion, Philip Hammond added, going on to say that he condemns ‘this appalling attack on innocent civilians supporting our diplomatic activity’.

It is understood that the remaining three victims include three members of a family who were heading to nearby Jalalabad for a wedding. A sixth body recovered from the scene is believed to belong to the suicide bomber himself, who was travelling in a red Toyota Corolla car packed with explosives.

The explosion left 33 other people injured – many of them civilians who had been going about their business along the busy stretch of road running from Kabul to the city of Jalalabad, which lies 95 miles to the east of the Afghan capital.

Taliban insurgents later released a brief statement claiming responsibility for the attack, saying the group had ‘targeted foreign invading forces’…

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Suicide car bombing kills four in Iraq Kurdish capital; more dead in Baghdad; ten killed in Egypt near Gaza

Iraqi security forces at the site where a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in Arbil on November 19, 2014

(Reuters) – A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives blew himself up in the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Wednesday, killing at least five people in the first big attack there in more than a year.

Mayor Nihad Latif Koja told Reuters the assailant had detonated himself as he tried to enter the governor’s compound, which is protected by blast walls, in the center of Arbil.

Explosions are a regular occurrence in Iraq’s federal capital Baghdad and in other cities outside Kurdistan, but the autonomous region has largely managed to insulate itself from the violence convulsing the rest of the country.

Three separate bomb attacks killed 10 people in Baghdad on Wednesday, police and medical sources said…

Meanwhile, Clashes near Egypt’s border with Gaza kill 10 civilians: sources (Reuters) – Ten civilians were killed overnight during fighting between the army and Islamist militants near Egypt’s border with Gaza, where the military has launched a crackdown in recent weeks, security and medical sources said on Wednesday.

At least three of the casualties were children and three were women, the medical sources said. The victims were killed in their home by two mortar shells fired by militants during a night-time curfew, security sources said.

The sources said earlier it was possible the victims had been killed in mistaken army air strikes on militants in the area, but later ruled that out. The army spokesman was not immediately available for comment…

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Young Teen Fighter Says ISIS Uses Drugs On Suicide Bombers To Get Them Perform The Act

First responders check the wounded and the dead at the site of a suicide attack in Sanaa October 9, 2014.

ISIS, even on its own so-called people, uses force and fear to get things done. People would have thought fighters of the Islamist jihad group are afforded certain privileges at least. But Kareem Mufleh, a young 15-year old ISIS fighter captured by a Kurdish group early this year, presented an uglier picture.

Mufleh, whose face was covered throughout the interview with CBS News, readily admitted that he was indeed one of the ISIS’ fighters. But he likewise easily defended his entry into the blood-hungry band was a choice between life and death; he chose the former.

Mufleh said that when the ISIS eventually came and captured their village, the men were separated and killed. Then the much younger boys are detained and trained to become one of them. He shared that he saw how the ISIS massacred numerous people, including women for simply wearing clothing that doesn’t cover enough flesh. He told of an incident where a woman, presumably a new bride, was killed “because her wedding dress showed her neck and bare arms.”

But what struck as an upsetting revelation in the interview was how suicide bombers are groomed to carry out their jobs. He told the CBS News interviewer that ISIS gives its designated suicide bombers Zolam, an anti-anxiety drug, before they are hurled into the battleground. The drug, he said, apparently makes all mental capacities numb. “That drug makes you lose your mind,” he said. “If they give you a suicide belt and tell you to blow yourself up, you’ll do it”…

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IS getting frustrated over invading Baghdad: 40 killed in attacks targeting Shiites in Iraq

People look for their loved ones in front of the al-Khayrat Mosque after a suicide bomber blew himself up among Shiite worshippers after midday prayers in a commercial area in the city centre of Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo: AP/Khalid Mohammed)

BAGHDAD — Militants unleashed a flurry of deadly attacks against Shiite targets in Iraq on Monday, including a quadruple car bombing near two of the holiest shrines in Shiite Islam and a suicide attack inside a mosque, officials said.

The four car bombs were detonated in Karbala on the periphery of a pedestrian-only area encircling the shrines of Imam Hussein and Abbas, killing 22 and wounding 51, officials said.

Those attacks roughly coincided with a symbolically important meeting in Najaf, another holy Shiite city in southern Iraq, between Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric. The meeting was widely viewed as a demonstration of support for Mr. Abadi. Ayatollah Sistani had not met with Mr. Abadi’s predecessor, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, for the last few years, which was interpreted by many as a sign of dissatisfaction with the administration.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks in Karbala, but suspicion fell most heavily on the Sunni-led Islamic State, which has deployed car bombs and suicide bombers with increasing frequency in recent weeks, most often targeting Shiite neighborhoods.

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