Category: Civilian Casualties


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NEW DELHI — A Hindu man was hacked to death in central Bangladesh in the latest attack claimed by radical Islamists in the Muslim-majority nation, police said.

Authorities are investigating whether the killing on Saturday of Nikhil Joarder was connected to a 2012 complaint against him for alleged comments he made against the Prophet Muhammad, said Aslam Khan, a police officer in the district of Tangail, where the attack took place.

The ISIS-affiliated Aamaq news agency issued a statement saying “elements of the Islamic State stabbed to death by knife a Hindu in Tangail in Bangladesh who was known for insulting Prophet Muhammad.” It did not give further details.

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Joarder was attacked with sharp weapons by two men on motorcycles as he sat in his tailor shop, Khan said.

Joarder spent two weeks in prison in 2012, and was released after the complaint against him was withdrawn.

The killing was similar to other recent attacks on atheist bloggers, academics, religious minorities and most recently a gay rights activist by Muslim extremists.

Five people have been killed this year, including Xulhaz Mannan, a U.S. Agency for International Development employee and gay rights activist, and Tonmoi Mahbub, a theater actor, this past week. Two days earlier on April 23, a university professor, A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddique, was hacked to death. Nine others were killed last year.

While there have been some arrests — mostly of low-level operatives — there have been no prosecutions so far and authorities have struggled to make any headway in naming those planning the attacks.

Source: ISIS Claims Responsibility for Killing of Hindu Man in Bangladesh – NBC News

Terrified residents fled a new wave of air strikes on rebel-held areas of Syria’s divided city of Aleppo Saturday, as key regime backer Russia rejected calls to rein in its ally.

Aleppo was left out of a new temporary US-Russian brokered truce that appeared to be holding in the regime stronghold of Latakia as well as Damascus and the nearby rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta.

US Secretary of State John Kerry was to travel Sunday to Geneva in a show of support for the truce and will meet the UN envoy to Syria and the Jordanian and Saudi foreign ministers.

The State Department said his talks will focus on “efforts to reaffirm the cessation of hostilities nationwide in Syria”.

A new round of UN-backed peace talks is set to start on May 10 in Geneva.

In Aleppo’s rebel-held east, dozens of civilians left the battered Bustan al-Qasr district early Saturday, an AFP correspondent said.

“The situation has become unbearable,” Abu Mohammed said as he prepared to flee with his wife and five children. “Everything is paralysed.”

Russia said that it would not ask Damascus to halt air raids on Aleppo.

“No, we are not going to put pressure on (Damascus) because one must understand that the situation in Aleppo is part of this fight against the terrorist threat,” Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said.

Washington has appealed to Moscow to keep President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in check.

Once Syria’s economic hub, Aleppo and its surrounding countryside have suffered some of the worst fighting in a conflict that has killed more than 270,000 people and displaced millions.

Source: Residents flee as air strikes shake Syria’s Aleppo

A suicide bomber driving a car killed at least 19 people and wounded 48 others on Saturday in an attack claimed by Islamic State on a group of Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims in a southeastern suburb of Baghdad, Iraqi police sources said.

A second explosion near a Shi’ite militia checkpoint in the capital’s Dora district killed two and wounded three others, police sources said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for that blast.

Amaq news agency, which supports Islamic State, said a fighter in the Nahrawan district had driven a truck loaded with three tonnes of explosives into the gathering of Shi’ite pilgrims. They had been heading to Baghdad’s Imam Kadhim shrine to commemorate the 8th century death of one of Shi’ite Islam’s senior figures.

Security has gradually improved in Baghdad, which was the target of daily bombings a decade ago, but attacks against both the security forces and civilians are still frequent.

Source: Bomb attack on Shi’ite pilgrims in Baghdad kills at least 19 – sources | Reuters

Sixteen military members involved in a US aerial attack on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed 42 people will not face criminal charges.

The attack occurred because of human errors, process mistakes and equipment failures, and none of the aircrew or US ground troops knew the target was a hospital, General Joseph Votel told a Pentagon news conference Friday.

Investigators concluded that certain personnel did not comply with the rules of engagement and the law of armed conflict during the strike that hit the hospital in Kunduz in October last year.

But they also determined that these failures did not amount to a war crime, Votel said. ‘This was an extreme situation’ complicated by combat fatigue among US special operations forces, he added.

Source: Military members who violated rules in US attack on Afghanistan will not face charges | Daily Mail Online

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