More than 100 Nigerian soldiers killed in northeast since Dec. 26

The report by the aid groups, dated Jan. 17, said attacks by armed groups had intensified over the past few weeks. (File/AFP)
Updated 18 January 2019

More than 100 Nigerian soldiers killed in northeast since Dec. 26

  • Armed groups have also captured an “enormous” stock of weapons in clashes in northeast Nigeria since Dec. 26
  • The attacks could force people to flee to Chad if the Nigerian army fails to stop them

GENEVA: Armed groups have killed more than 100 Nigerian soldiers and captured an “enormous” stock of weapons in clashes in northeast Nigeria since Dec. 26, according to a report by a UN-led group of aid agencies in Chad, which was published on Friday.
The report by the aid groups, dated Jan. 17, said attacks by armed groups had intensified over the past few weeks, which could force people to flee to Chad if the attacks are not stopped by the Nigerian army.


One dead after suspected suicide bombing in Indonesia

Updated 8 min 21 sec ago

One dead after suspected suicide bombing in Indonesia

  • The explosion happened around 8:45 a.m. local time (0145 GMT) at a police compound in Medan on Sumatra island
  • Unconfirmed local media reports said at least one police officer had been rushed to hospital after the bombing
MEDAN, Indonesia: A suspected suicide bombing outside a police station in Indonesia has left at least one attacker dead, authorities said Wednesday.

The explosion happened around 8:45 a.m. local time (0145 GMT) at a police compound in Medan on Sumatra island.

“We suspect this is a suicide bombing with one attacker killed,” national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo told reporters in Jakarta.

An AFP reporter at the scene saw a body lying on the ground outside the station.

A police source who did not want to be named told AFP that the attack was perpetrated by at least two suicide bombers, but that was not officially confirmed.

Unconfirmed local media reports said at least one police officer had been rushed to hospital after the bombing but that their condition was not immediately known.

Police stations have been frequent targets for radicals in the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation, which has long struggled with Islamist militancy.

In August, Indonesian authorities shot and arrested a suspected militant who attacked police officers at a station in the country’s second-biggest city Surabaya.