Obama meets police chiefs of shooting scenes

Updated 29 January 2013
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Obama meets police chiefs of shooting scenes

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama was meeting yesterday with police chiefs from the three US communities that saw the worst mass shootings of 2012, as his administration continues its push to address gun violence.
Obama was to meet at the White House with the police chiefs from Aurora, Colorado, where 12 were killed; Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where six died in an assault on a Sikh temple; and Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were shot dead.
A White House official said representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Major County Sheriffs Association will also participate. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the meeting publicly.
The Obama administration has been reaching out to gun owners for support as it tries to get Congress to act on proposals that include a ban on military-style assault weapons. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is pushing a measure that would prohibit 157 specific weapons and ammunition magazines that have more than 10 rounds, over objections from the nation’s largest gun-rights lobbying group, the National Rifle Association.
The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to take up the gun control proposals Wednesday.
In an interview with The New Republic that will appear in the Feb. 11 issue, Obama said he has “a profound respect” for the country’s long tradition of hunting and said it’s understandable that people are protective of it.
Obama said he’s fired a gun himself. “In fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.”


Two suicide bombers kill three in north Nigeria mosque

Updated 22 April 2018
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Two suicide bombers kill three in north Nigeria mosque

KANO: Two suicide bombers killed three Muslim worshippers in a mosque in a northeast Nigerian town still being rebuilt after virtual destruction by Boko Haram in 2014, sources told AFP Sunday.
The bombers, a man and a woman, detonated their explosives inside the mosque during morning prayers on Saturday in the town of Bama in Borno state.
The pair "blew themselves up in a mosque while people were praying, killing three people," said Baba Shehu Gulumba, Bama local government chairman.
A senior military officer in Bama confirmed the death toll, adding that nine people were also injured.
"Some of the injured are in a critical condition and may hardly make it. They have been transferred to Maiduguri for better medical care," said the military officer, who asked not to be named.
The attack came two weeks after residents began returning to the town which was destroyed by Boko Haram four years ago.
Bama, a major trading hub on the road to Cameroon and home to 270,000 people, was captured in September 2014, forcing residents to flee to Maiduguri, the state capital.
When it was retaken by the Nigerian military in March 2015, 85 percent of the town had been demolished by the jihadists.
Borno state officials said it would require 40 billion naira (94 million euros, $111 million) to rebuild the town, a staggering amount in the impoverished region.
According to officials 11,000 homes had been rebuilt which residents said represent one-third of those destroyed.
On April 5 the state's information commissioner Mohammed Bulama said 1,200 people had returned to the town in a phased resettlement of the 100,000 displaced residents living in camps in Maiduguri.
Boko Haram has been notorious for suicide attacks on civilian and military targets in response to army offensives that have put pressure on the militant group.
Recent days have seen a lull in such attacks.
However on Friday 10 people including four militia fighting the militants were injured when two female suicide bombers attacked Amarwa village in Konduga district, 38 kilometres from Maiduguri, according to militia sources.