Schlagwort-Archive: angriffe

Deutsche in Äthiopien entführt: Rebellen warnen vor Befreiungsaktion

von Florian Flade

Die beiden deutschen Touristen, die im Januar von Rebellen in Äthiopien entführt wurden, werden möglicherweise schon bald freigelassen. Dies geht aus einer schriftliche Stellungnahme der Geiselnehmer hervor.

In dem Dokument der Rebellengruppe „Afar Revolutionären Demokratischen Einheitsfront“ (ARDUF) heißt es, die Rebellengruppe sei gewillt, die beiden im Grenzgebiet von Äthiopien und Eritrea am 17.Januar verschleppten deutschen Staatsbürger sobald wie möglich freizulassen. Gleichzeitig warnen die Rebellen aber vor einem Befreiungsversuch.

„Trotz der Aggressionen von Seiten des äthiopischen Regimes, werden wir unser bestes geben, die beiden deutschen Staatsbürger bedingingslos freizulassen“, heißt es in dem Schreiben der Rebellengruppe.

Ende Januar sei es in der Region, in der sich die beiden deutschen Geiseln befinden, zu schweren Kämpfen zwischen Rebellen und äthiopischen Truppen gekommen, melden die Aufständischen. Es habe Tote und Verletzte durch Raketen- und Mörserangriffe der äthiopischen Armee gegeben.

„ARDUF möchte speziell die deutsche Regierung wissen lassen, dass die äthiopische Regierung mit neuen Angriffen weiterhin jeden unserer Versuche behindert, die beiden Deutschen in ein sicheres Gebiet zu bringen und sie Stammesältesten zu übergeben“, schreiben die Geiselnehmer weiter. „Falls die beiden verbliebenen Deutschen bei Kämpfen getötet werden, trägt das äthiopische Regime erneut die Verantwortung für die Ermordung von Europäer“, heißt es in dem Bekennerschreiben der Rebellen, „Das Regime ist auch verantwortlich für die Tötung von fünf Europäern am 17.Januar 2012 in der Erta Ale Region.“

Das Auswärtige Amt in Berlin wollte sich auf Nachfrage nicht zu der neuen Stellungnahme der Geiselnehmer äußern.

Am 17.Januar 2012 war eine europäische Reisegruppe in der Nähe des Vulkans Erta Ale im äthiopisch-eritreischen Grenzgebiet von bewaffneten Rebellen angriffen worden. Zwei Deutsche, zwei Ungarn und ein Österreicher waren bei dem Überfall getötet worden. Die Rebellengruppe ARDUF behauptete später die Touristen seien bei einer Schießerung ums Leben gekommen und seien nicht gezielt getötet worden. Zwei deutsche Touristen, ein äthiopischer Fahrer und ein äthiopischer Polizist wurden von den Rebellen verschleppt.

Das Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) entsandte wenige Tage nach dem Angriff auf die Touristengruppe mehrere Beamte nach Äthiopien, um die vermissten Deutschen zu suchen. Auch eine Einheit der deutschen Polizei-Spezialeinheit GSG9 wurde nach Äthiopien verlegt.

Die Rebellengruppe ARDUF, die sich nur kurze Zeit nach der Verschleppung der deutschen Touristen zur Entführung bekannte kämpft in Äthiopien und dem benachbarten Eritrea seit 1987 für die Unabhängigkeit und Souveränität des Afar Volkes.

Boko Haram Leader Vows More Attacks On Christians

by Florian Flade

Imam Abu Bakr Shekau – Boko Haram leader vows more attacks on Nigerian Christians

In 2009 international media for the first time reported about a ominous Islamist group operating in Nigeria – Boko Haram. The group whose name is translated from the Northern Nigerian Hausa language into „Western Eduction is forbidden“ carried out a series of attacks, killing dozens of policemen in Christian-dominated regions of Nigeria´s north.

As a result Nigerian security forces took revenge on the Islamists of Boko Haram killing hundreds of the group´s members in and around the city of Maiduguri. Boko Harams leader and founder, Mohammed Yusuf, was captured by security forces. Yusuf had created the Islamist movement in 2002 starting with a network of mosques and Islamic schools to spread Salafi Islam in Nigeria.

Nigerian security forces claimed Mohammed Yusuf was killed during his arrest. Video footage which emerged several days after the raid on Boko Haram showed Mohammed Yusuf alive in custody being interrogated. He was shot dead by Nigerian soldiers and policemen, his body was also seen in videos released later.

While Nigeria´s government declared Boko Haram to be finished the movement re-grouped and emerged even more dangerous than previously. Hundreds of Boko Haram members were freed from prison by a large group of Islamists in 2011. Since then dozens of attacks – including suicide bombings – have been carried out by Boko Haram against Christians, Nigerian police and military targets.

U.S. intelligence officials are warning of a emerging threat posed to Western interests by Boko Haram. The group has been labeled a terrorist group which might seek to establish close ties with Al-Qaida and its African branches in the Maghreb and in Somalia.

In fact there are unconfirmed reports of Boko Haram members being trained as terrorists in Somalia by the Islamist organization Al-Shabaab. Other reports claim foreign terrorists are establishing training camps in Nigeria, importing bomb-building know-how and ideology to the Nigerian Muslim communities.

A few days ago a video message by a Boko Haram leader to the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan was posted on Youtube. The man seen in the video was thought to be dead, killed in the 2009-crackdown on Boko Haram – the group´s spiritual leader Imam Abu Bakr Shekau.

„All these things you have been seeing happening, it is Allah who has been doing it because you refuse to believe in him and you misuse his religion, Jonathan“, the Islamist leader says vowing the Boko Haram would never be defeated by Nigeria´s security forces.

„Christians, everyone knows what they have done to us and the Muslims (…)“, Shekau further stated, „We decided to attack them and defend us, because we are on the right path (…) Everyone knows how our leader (Muhammad Yusuf) was killed and everyone knows how Muslims were killed.“

Abu Bakr Shekau promises more attacks on Christians in Nigeria, highlighting why the situation in Nigeria has come to this point in his opinion: „The disaster is caused by disbelief, discomfort is disbelief, injustice is disbelief, democracy and the Constitution is disbelief.“

New Al-Qaida Video From Yemen On Spies

by Florian Flade

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Al-Qaida´s Yemeni branch „Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula“ (AQAP) has released the second part of its video series titled „Killing of the Spies“. The propaganda footage show a member of Yemeni´s security forces, captured by al-Qaida militants. He is accused of working for the CIA and Yemeni intelligence agency, and tells about Yemeni´s counter-terrorism war.

This video series from is meant to scare those willing to spy on al-Qaida. Similar footage has been released by the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban as well as the „Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan“ (IMU), which produced a multi-part video series on the issue of spies.

Videos and pictures of the execution of alleged traitors and CIA spies are regularly spread on the markets of Waziristan to warn people of the consequences of their actions against the terror networks. Alleged spies have been hunted down systematically since the US-drone policy in Pakistan resulted in a number of high-ranking terrorists being killed.

On a weekly basis beheaded, tortured and murdered bodies of alleged spies are found in the villages of the Pakistani tribal areas, often with warning letters attached. The militants are convinced the drone attacks are mainly the result of spies giving information on the exact location of Jihadi fighters to the CIA. They are also accusing local men of placing small electronic tracking devices at compounds or cars for the unmanned drones to precisely follow their target.

In Yemen, the use of drones by the CIA has not been reported to have increased. Yet, al-Qaida seems to be worried about possible traitors within their own ranks. Intimidation and the show of brutal force are the answers to that fear the Jihadi organization harbors. Predator drones have reportedly been stationed in Yemen by the CIA to hunt down the leaders of AQAP – especially US-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki who is accused of inspiring several failed and successful attacks in and against the United States.