Schlagwort-Archive: security forces

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.“

Al-Qaida Occupies Town in Yemen

by Florian Flade

A prominent Jihadi Online Forum announced it on Friday with an unofficial post linked to Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) – Al-Qaida fighters have taken control over the South Yemeni city of Zinjibar the statement said without giving any details – „The Mujahidin are patrolling the streets“.

Over the course of the weekend, this report was confirmed by mainstream media, including CNN and Reuters. The media outlets quoted residents of Zinjibar, the capital of Yemen´s Abyan Province as saying „hundreds of militants“ came into the city on Friday and occupied the town. Masked Islamists „suddenly arrived and in large numbers. There were no clashes when they arrived on Friday night. We tried to complain to security forces but could not find them“, one Zinjibar resident told CNN.

Yemen´s government confirmed that about 200 al-Qaida men took over control in Zinjibar on the weekend. According to government officials, the Yemeni military is meanwhile involved in heavy fighting in the town, up to a dozen Yemeni soldiers have been killed in the past two days.

Video from Zinjibar shows destroyed Yemeni military vehicles

Xinhua News Agency reports al-Qaida fighters read a statement to the residents of Zinjibar, declaring the town official being part of the „Islamic Emirate“. Al-Qaida militants attacked to police stations according to Xinhua and seized 30 police cars on Saturday.

A police convoy was ambushed by al-Qaida on the outskirts of Zinjibar, leaving four police men dead, Yemeni security officials said. Eyewitnesses also tell of Yemeni airforce bombing al-Qaida positions in the eastern part of the city.

Videos – Egyptian Police Cars Driving Over Protesters

by Florian Flade

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„The Police – your friend and helper“ – is a common phrase used in Germany to describe police forces. In Egypt, the state security forces have turned against the people in recent days, becoming the weapon of choice for a dying regime to fight the country-wide protests.

Two disturbing videos were recorded recently in Egypt´s capital Cairo, showing the unbelievable brutality of Egyptian security forces. The footage which was released on the Internet by the amateurs who recorded it, shows police cars driving over unarmed civilians protesting in the streets.

One video was apparently recorded at nighttime and shows a white van driving at high speed into a crowd of protesters. Numerous people were hit by the car before the police vehicle drove off.

The other video which was sent to CNN today, shows a similar incident. A dark transporter van is driving into a group of civilians near a Cairo bridge, intentionally driving over at least two people.

As most independent reports coming out of Egypt claimed, the videos confirmed the brutality and ruthlessness of the Egyptian security forces. Policemen are in large parts acting as Mubarak´s tool to crush or at least intimidate those taking to the streets demanding a regime change. Similar footage was released in 2009 when Iranian state police and military fought Iranians demonstrating against the fake election outcome. Thanks to the Internet and the uploading services thousands are now able to witness a desperate dictatorship fighting for survival by fighting its own people.