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Indian police raid homes of Delhi Games chief

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 5:55 am

 Indian police on Friday raided the homes of the chief organiser of the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, Suresh Kalmadi, as part of a probe into graft allegations that surrounded the event.

A spokesperson from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said police had conducted searches at Kalmadi’s residences in the capital and the western town of Pune, and at the home of his personal secretary Manoj Bhore.

Commonwealth Games chief organiser Suresh Kalmadi speaks at the event’s closing ceremony at Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi in October, 2010

The Games, which were held in Delhi in October, were hit by claims of massive financial irregularities as the budget ballooned to an estimated six billion dollars.

The CBI spokesperson said a top police official had written to the government earlier this month requesting Kalmadi’s removal from the chairmanship of the Games organising committee on the grounds that he was obstructing the investigation.

Kalmadi, who took much of the international criticism about unfinished facilities and poor planning, quit as secretary to India’s ruling Congress party in November.

The CBI raided the homes of other top committee officials in November and arrested the sacked treasurer, M. Jayachandran, the third official to be accused of forgery and cheating over the awarding of Games-related contracts.

Police have charged two other former Games officials over alleged corruption.

Companies contracted to provide sports surfaces, training equipment and landscaping for the Games were also raided by tax inspectors in October.

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) national watchdog has received complaints alleging up to 1.8 billion dollars of Games money was misappropriated.

A CVC report into the Games has confirmed the use of poor-quality materials and massive cost overruns on construction projects.

A defiant Kalmadi brushed off corruption allegations, telling reporters in November: “I have not done anything wrong, even in a single thing. I welcome the investigations and will answer all queries.”

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh set up a panel after the Games concluded to investigate graft claims and two other government bodies are also running separate probes.

Source: SGGP

Militants stage deadly raid on Chechen parliament

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 4:08 am

GROZNY, Russia (AFP) – Militants Tuesday stormed parliament in Russia’s conflict-torn region of Chechnya, holding deputies and gunning down three people, before being killed in a bloody standoff with security forces.

The group of up to four militants broke into the parliament building in the Chechen capital Grozny early in the morning, sparking fears of a major hostage crisis before security forces moved in.

(AFP) Chechen special forces stand outside the parliament building in Grozny.

The dramatic raid was a major blow to Kremlin claims that stability has returned to Chechnya, after two wars since the collapse of the Soviet Union and years of Islamist and separatist-inspired unrest.

Officials said that all the militants were killed after an hour-long standoff, with two of the rebels shot dead by the security forces and two killing themselves by detonating suicide charges.

Shaken deputies wearing bullet-proof vests were led out to safety by the security forces while headscarved women who work into the parliament were guided into an armoured personnel carrier.

“We heard shots in the courtyard and we knew they were trying to take us hostage. We managed to take refuge on the third floor where we stayed until the end of the operation,” spokesman for the Chechen parliament, Zelim Yakhikhanov, told AFP.

Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov said in a statement that Chechen security forces staged an intense 20-minute operation to kill the militants and free the parliament deputies and employees from the building.

“All deputies are alive and were taken from the territory of the parliament building to safety,” Kadyrov said.

Three people — two police working as security at the parliament and one civilian employee — were killed in the raid, the investigative committee of prosecutors said, adding 17 people were wounded.

“Two of the rebels blew themselves up while two were surrounded on the upper floor and measures were undertaken to neutralize them,” the National Anti-Terror Committee said according to the ITAR-TASS news agency.

The militants drove up to the building in a car and managed to break through the security cordon onto the parliament grounds by following a car driven by a deputy, ITAR-TASS said.

Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev — by coincidence on a trip to Grozny — said the operation by the security forces to free the deputies was a success and claimed Chechnya was “stable and safe”.

“As always, they (the militants) failed. They were intercepted by interior ministry troops,” he said at a televised meeting at the local interior ministry.

President Dmitry Medvedev was attending a summit in France and a Kremlin official said he had been kept informed in a telephone conversation with the head of the FSB security service Alexander Bortnikov, Nurgaliyev and Kadyrov.

The US State Department condemned the attacks, and expressed solidarity in Russia’s fight against extremists.

“We’re concerned about continued violence … in Russia’s North Caucasus, which contributes to instability and personal insecurity in the region,” a spokesman said.

The EU’s diplomacy chief Catherine Ashton said she was “appalled” by the attack and pledged to strengthen cooperation with Russia to fight international terror.

The Kremlin has been fighting separatist insurgents in the Northern Caucasus since after the collapse of the Soviet Union and waged a war in 1994-1996 against separatist rebels in Chechnya.

However, after a second war broke out in Chechnya in 1999, the rebellion’s inspiration moved towards Islam with the aim of imposing an Islamic state in the region.

Russia in April 2009 ended a decade-long “counter-terror” operation in Chechnya, a move seen by some analysts as premature.

Chechnya has in the past years seen a relative improvement in security under its strongman leader, Kadyrov, although attacks remain common.

Russia remains on high alert for militant attacks after the double bombings carried out by two female suicide bombers on the Moscow metro on March 29 killed 40 and wounded more than 100.

Over 330 people were killed in Russia’s most shocking hostage tragedy in 2004 when Chechen militants stormed a school in the town of Beslan in the Northern Caucasus region of North Ossetia.

Source: SGGP

Turkey to cut ties unless Israel apologises over Gaza raid

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Turkey warned Israel Monday it will cut ties unless it gets an apology for a deadly raid on Gaza-bound aid ships, but the Jewish state said it will never say sorry for defending itself.

A Turkish demonstrator burns an Israeli flag during a protest in Istanbul

Ankara had already closed its airspace to all Israeli military aircraft in reaction to the May 31 bloodshed on a Turkish ship in which nine Turks were killed, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the daily Hurriyet.

The Israelis had three options, Davutoglu said in remarks published Monday.

“Either they apologise, or accept an international (inquiry) commission and its report, or relations will be broken,” he said.

Turkey has called for an international probe into Israel’s interception of the flotilla, but Davutoglu said Ankara would not reject Israel’s own inquiry if it resulted in an apology and compensation of the victims’ families, according to Hurriyet.

“If their own commission concludes that the raid was unjust and if they apologise, that will be sufficient,” he said, although he insisted on compensation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had already ruled out any apology on Friday and a senior government official said on Monday after Davutoglu’s remarks that Israel would never say sorry for defending itself.

“Israel will never apologise for defending its citizens,” the official told AFP, echoing Netanyahu’s remarks.

“Of course, we regret the loss of life but it was not the Israeli side that initiated the violence,” the official said.

Foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor slammed Turkey’s harsh rhetoric.

“When you want an apology, you don’t use threats or ultimatums,” Palmor told AFP. “Everything leads us to believe that Turkey has another agenda in mind.”

Davutoglu said he had presented Turkey’s position during talks in Brussels on Wednesday with Israeli Trade Minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer, in the first high-level contact since the crisis erupted.

“We will not wait for eternity for an Israeli answer,” he said.

“If they do not make any move (to meet Turkey’s expectations), the process of isolating Israel will continue,” he added.

Davutoglu also said the decision to close Turkey’s airspace to Israeli military aircraft “was not taken for only one or two airplanes,” hinting the sanction could be extended to civilian flights as well.

“There is no decision yet for the airspace ban to cover civilian flights. It will be reviewed according to developments,” he told a Hurriyet correspondent while flying back from a visit to Kyrgyzstan.

Last week, Turkey said it had denied overflight permission to two Israeli military planes, but authorities said it was not a generalised ban.

The boarding by Israeli marines of the Mavi Marmara ferry, one of a number of boats trying to take aid to the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip, killed eight Turks and a dual US-Turkish citizen.

The attack prompted Ankara to recall its ambassador from Tel Aviv and cancel three planned joint military exercises.

Relations between the one-time allies were already strained over Israel’s devastating invasion of Gaza last year, which triggered vehement Turkish criticism.

The Islamist-rooted government in Ankara has also irked the Jewish state with its close contacts with Iran and for hosting in 2006 the leader of Hamas, the radical Palestinian group controlling Gaza.

Davutoglu denied reports he and Ben Eliezer met under US pressure.

“We did not meet on the prompting of the United States,” he told Hurriyet, adding that US President Barack Obama had been told of the talks when he met Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Toronto in late June.

Washington had said earlier it was working to heal the rift between its two main allies in the Middle East, alarmed also over concerns that Erdogan’s government is taking Turkey, NATO’s sole mainly Muslim member, away from the West.

Turkish-Israeli ties had flourished for years after the two countries signed a military cooperation accord in 1996.

Source: SGGP

Israeli sea raid kills Gaza ‘commandos’

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2010 at 10:24 am

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories, June 7, 2010 (AFP) – Israeli forces on Monday shot dead four Palestinian ‘commandos’ off Gaza as the Jewish state scrambled to cope with mounting fallout over an earlier deadly sea battle.

Palestinian witnesses said they saw Israeli helicopters and naval forces firing on a vessel off the coast south of Gaza City, at about 4:00 am (0100 GMT).

Two Israeli men stand near a national flag as they watch a navy vessel leave the Israeli port of Ashdod in southern Israel on June 5, 2010. (AFP file)

Two hours later, four bodies in diving suits were pulled from the water, medical sources and witnesses said, describing the dead as “commandos.” A search was under way for another two people still missing after the attack.

Israel’s military confirmed its navy had attacked a boat carrying “a squad of terrorists wearing diving suits on their way to execute a terror attack.”

Shortly afterwards, Israel mounted an air strike in northern Gaza, which left an armed Hamas militant wounded, Palestinian medical and security sources said.

The violence off Gaza came exactly a week after Israel’s navy mounted a bungled operation to stop a fleet of aid ships heading for the beleaguered coastal Strip which has been under a tight blockade since 2006.

That operation descended into chaos and violence which left nine foreign activists dead, most of them Turkish, and has sparked a huge backlash of anger across the globe — and a mounting diplomatic crisis for Israel.

As anger grew over Israel’s tight blockade on Gaza, Iran’s Red Crescent said it would send two aid ships to the besieged territory this week — one carrying foodstuffs and medicine, and a second carrying aid workers, the state IRNA news agency reported.

The Iranian Red Crescent had previously sent an aid ship to Gaza in December 2008 but it was prevented from reaching the territory by the Israeli navy.

Earlier this week, Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards had reportedly said they were willing to escort any future aid flotillas heading for Gaza.

The violence off Gaza came just hours after the last of the 19 activists and crew from the Rachel Corrie aid ship which tried to run the Israeli blockade on Saturday, were deported from Israel.

“They have all left,” Israeli immigration official Sabine Haddad told AFP, saying the five Irish nationals, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire, had flown out on a plane which left at about 5:00 am (0200 GMT).

Six Malaysians and a Cuban were deported to Jordan on Sunday while the remaining activists — including six Filipinos and a Briton — left overnight.

Israeli forces intercepted and seized control of the Rachel Corrie on Saturday as it tried to reach the Gaza Strip, in a peaceful operation which had a radically different outcome from an earlier raid on an aid flotilla that left nine dead last week.

Diplomatic heavyweights Britain and France added their voices to growing calls for an independent investigation into the botched raid.

“We think it is very important that there is a credible and transparent investigation… there should be an international presence at minimum,” said British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in Paris.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy also pushed Israel to accept “a credible and impartial inquiry” into the raid, his office said.

But Israel hit back, insisting it was capable of holding itself to account.

“We are rejecting the idea of an international commission,” Israel’s Washington ambassador Michael Oren told US television. “Israel has the ability and the right to investigate itself, not to be investigated by any international board.”

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman left for New York where he was to brief Israeli diplomats on the government’s position on the aid flotilla, his ministry said.

Israel has vigorously defended the raid, saying its commandos only resorted to force after being attacked as they reached the deck, but activists on board claim the soldiers started firing first.

As Turkey continued to spearhead calls for Israel to be brought to justice over the bloody raid, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas paid a condolence visit to Istanbul where he was to hold talks with President Abdullah Gul and other top officials.

Source: SGGP

Turkey flies activists home after deadly Israeli raid

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 10:14 am

Hundreds of activists from the Gaza-bound aid flotilla seized by Israeli commandos arrived in Turkey Thursday, as Israel’s prime minister denounced some of them as “violent supporters of terrorism.”

A crowd of about a thousand people, some chanting anti-Israeli slogans, welcomed the three planes carrying 488 activists at Istanbul airport as they arrived in the small hours of the morning.

The planes were also carrying the bodies of nine activists killed when Israeli commandos took control of the six aid vessels in Monday’s pre-dawn operation, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told journalists at the airport.

Israel has identified four of the dead as Turkish nationals, but there has been no word yet as to the identity or nationality of the others.

An unidentified Turkish activist, who was expelled from Israel, is taken to a hospital in Ankara after arriving from Israel.

One of the new arrivals, a Turkish national of about 50 who refused to give his name, told cameras at the airport that he had been astonished at the brutality of the Israeli commandos who boarded the Mavi Marmara.

The Turkish vessel was the largest of the six vessels in the aid convoy and it was here that the deadly clashes took place.

Earlier Wednesday, Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdag was on hand at a military base near Ankara to receive two seriously wounded activists, one Turkish and one an Irish national, as they flew in from Israel.

In Israel however, Netanyahu hit back at the international condemnation of the operation.

Since the activists had refused offers from both Israel and Egypt to deliver the aid to Gaza once it had been inspected, they had been left with no choice but to board the vessels, said the prime minister.

Israel’s forces had met violent resistance only on the Mavi Marmara, he added. “They were stabbed, they were clubbed, they were fired upon…

“This was not a love boat. This was a hate boat. These weren’t pacifists. These weren’t peace activists. These were violent supporters of terrorism.”

Organisers of the so-called “Freedom Flotilla” have denied the Israeli account, saying the soldiers had started firing as soon as they landed.

And they say Irish and Malaysian activists are on another aid ship heading towards Gaza despite the potential for more violence.

The Rachel Corrie, carrying building supplies, is in the Mediterranean, and organisers say it will be several days before it arrives in Gaza.

Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin urged Israel to let them through.

“It is imperative that there should be no further confrontation or bloodshed arising from what has been all along a purely humanitarian mission by those involved in the Gaza flotilla,” he said.

Israel rushed to deport the activists after Turkey, in talks with the United States, warned of fresh measures against the Jewish state.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters he had asked US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to intervene during their meeting in Washington Tuesday.

“No one has the right to prosecute people kidnapped in international waters,” he said.

Turkey has already recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv and scrapped plans for joint military exercises.

Netanyahu, in his statement, argued that if aid convoys were allowed into Gaza, which is controlled by the Islamist Hamas movement, they would become a conduit for rockets and other weapons to be used against Israel.

“Israel regrets the loss of life,” he said.

“But we will never apologize for defending ourselves. Israel has every right to prevent deadly weapons from entering into hostile territory.”

UN chief Ban Ki-moon nevertheless renewed his call for Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip, describing it as “counter-productive, unsustainable and wrong.”

The UN secretary-general also said that Israel should provide a “full and detailed account” of the commando raid.

Arab League foreign ministers meanwhile, decided to force the issue.

At a five-hour emergency meeting in Cairo late Wednesday League members decided to “break and to defy the Israeli blockade by every means,” Secretary General Amr Mussa told reporters.

The ministers welcomed Egypt’s decision Wednesday to open its Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip Wednesday, to allow travel and the delivery of humanitarian aid. It is the only access point to Gaza not controlled by Israel.

Israeli officials said 682 people from 42 countries, with Turks the most numerous, were on board the six ships that tried to break the blockade of Gaza, which is ruled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

Of that total, 527 had flown out to Greece and Turkey overnight, said a foreign ministry spokesman late Wednesday.

Seven activists wounded in Monday’s clashes were still being treated in an Israeli hospital, he added.

Three others — an Irishman and two women from Australia and Italy — remained in Israel “for technical reasons,” he added, without elaborating.

Others were deported earlier.

In Greece meanwhile, a plane carrying 31 Greek activists from the aid convoy, together with three French nationals and an American, flew into Athens airport in the early hours of Thursday, the foreign ministry said.

Source: SGGP

Israel faces storm over deadly raid on Gaza aid ships

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 7:45 am

ASHDOD, Israel (AFP) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew home to Israel Tuesday, cancelling a visit to Washington as an international outcry grew over its deadly commando raid on Gaza aid ships.

Israel has said nine activitists died in the pre-dawn assault in international waters and Netanyahu expressed regret at the loss of life.

But he insisted that the Israeli commandos had “defended themselves from a lynching” at the hands of the activists as they rappelled down from helicopters onto the ships.

Police drag a protestor during a pro-Palestine demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in Athens on May 31, 2010. AFP photo

The Israeli leader was speaking from Canada ahead of what would have been talks at the White House to improve badly strained relations with the US.

US President Barack Obama expressed “deep regret” over the activists’ deaths and stressed “the importance of learning all the facts and circumstances around this morning’s tragic events as soon as possible.”

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak telephoned Secretary of State Hillary Hillary Clinton and National Security Advisor James Jones, his office said.

Israeli officials meanwhile scrambled to contain the fallout from the bloody ending to the high-profile aid mission.

Most of the dead were Turkish and their deaths plunged into crisis the Jewish state’s already fragile relations with Ankara — a government that was once its closest Muslim ally.

Turkey recalled its ambassador and there were angry anti-Israeli protests in several Turkish cities.

As Israel pointed the finger of blame at passengers for initiating the violence, activists from the ships countered with their own descriptions of how events unfolded in the raid which took place at around 5:00 am (0200 GMT).

Live footage shot by activists on the Turkish passenger boat, which was carrying more than 600 people, showed black-clad Israeli commandos clashing with activists and several wounded people lying on the deck of the ship.

Activists from the Free Gaza movement on board the Mavi Marmara charged that Israeli troops “fired directly into the crowd of civilians asleep.”

But Israeli military officials and commandos involved in the operation said they had only responded with force after being attacked with knives, clubs and even live fire.

One of the commandos told reporters he was pounced on as soon as he reached the deck. “They beat us up with metal sticks and knives,” he said. “There was live fire at some point against us.”

A senior military official said seven soldiers were wounded, two of them seriously, and said the navy had been gearing to deal with the passengers as “peace activists, not to fight.”

“This was not spontaneous. It was planned,” he said, displaying a box he said had been recovered from the boat containing switchblades, slingshots, big metal balls and metal bats.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan took strong issue with the Israeli account insisting that there had been no one aboard the vessels “other than civilian volunteers.”

The UN Security Council met in emergency session and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told delegates that Israel had “lost all legitimacy” through the deadly raid.

“It is murder committed by a state. It has no justification whatsoever,” Davutoglu said.

Britain France, Russia and China, all veto-wielding permanent council members, called for Israeli blockade of Gaza to be lifted — in line with Security Council Resolution 1860 — and for an independent inquiry.

Israel issued a travel advisory warning its citizens against travelling to Turkey, but officials said there were no plans to recall its envoy.

Ambassadors from the 27 European Union countries condemned Israel’s resort to violence against the aid flotilla and demanded an impartial inquiry.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas slammed the navy raid as “a massacre” and announced a three-day mourning period.

And Ismail Haniya, prime minister in the Gaza administration of the Islamist Hamas movement, called on the Western-backed Palestinian leadership “to halt negotiations, direct or indirect, with Israel because of this crime.”

Israeli forces took the six ships in the aid flotilla to the port of Ashdod.

A spokeswoman for Israeli immigration police told AFP Monday that more than 80 activists had been arrested and more would be detained through the night.

The ships, carrying more than 700 passengers, were on a mission to deliver some 10,000 tonnes of supplies to Gaza, which has been under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007 when Hamas seized control of the territory.

Israel had warned that it would intercept the ships.

Source: SGGP

More than 300 killed in raid in DR.Congo: HRW

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2010 at 10:30 am

KINSHASA (AFP) – Ugandan LRA rebels killed at least 321 civilians in a previously unreported “well-planned” four-day attack on villages in the DR Congo last December, Human Rights Watch said Sunday.

In a report released in Kampala, HRW said 250 others, including at least 80 children, were abducted in the December 14-17 Lord’s Resistance Army attack in the remote Makombo area of northeastern Haut Uele district.

A general view of Tandala General hospital in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo in December 2009. (AFP/File)

A Catholic clergyman at Isiro-Niangara in the same district, speaking before the report was issued, confirmed that 30 members of the rebel LRA attacked a dozen villages of Haut Uele, which is in Orientale province.

“They killed at least 300 people. They also kidnapped between 200 and 400 others before disappearing,” clergyman Dieudonne Abakuba told AFP.

“During the well-planned LRA attack,” the rebel outfit “killed at least 321 civilians and abducted 250 others, including at least 80 children,” said the HRW report headed “Trail of Death: LRA Atrocities in Northeastern Congo.”

“The vast majority of those killed were adult men, whom LRA combatants first tied up and then hacked to death with machetes or crushed their skulls with axes and heavy wooden sticks.

“The dead include at least 13 women and 23 children, the youngest a three-year-old girl who was burned to death. LRA combatants tied some of the victims to trees before crushing their skulls with axes,” said the report, written after a mission visited the region in February.

Between 25 and 40 rebels had walked for 100 kilometres (65 miles) during the operation which was aimed at killing, abducting and pillaging, Human Rights Watch said.

“The Makombo massacre is one of the worst ever committed by the LRA in its bloody 23-year history, yet it has gone unreported for months,” said Anneke Van Woudenberg, a senior Africa researcher for the rights watchdog.

“The four-day rampage demonstrates that the LRA remains a serious threat to civilians and is not a spent force, as the Ugandan and Congolese governments claim.”

Human Rights Watch said witnesses it interviewed said that “for days and weeks after the attack, this vast area was filled with the ‘stench of death.'”

Children and adults who escaped gave similar accounts of the “extreme brutality”, it said.

“Many of the children captured by the LRA were forced to kill other children who had disobeyed the LRA’s rules.

“In numerous cases documented by Human Rights Watch, children were ordered to surround the victim in a circle and take turns beating the child on the head with a large wooden stick until the child died,” the report said.

The clergyman said the rebels were wearing military uniforms. “They killed a lot of people on the road and attacked them with bludgeons,” he said.

“They killed mainly men. They chopped some people’s heads off and kidnapped children on their way to school,” added regional lawmaker Jeannette Abakuba, confirming the more than 300 dead.

The villages that were raided are south of the Uele river, 40 kilometres (25 miles) southwest of the town of Niangara, and include Mabanga, Makombo, Ngbiribi, Tapili and Kiliwa.

Some people fled and were slowly coming back.

“But the atmosphere is poisoned, people are scared the LRA might come back, they’re afraid of farming, so there’s a risk of famine,” said the clergyman.

Led by Joseph Kony, wanted along with two other leaders by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, the LRA took up arms in 1988 in northern Uganda and has acquired a reputation for brutality.

Since 2005, under pressure from the Ugandan army, the fighters pulled back from their bases in Uganda to move into the remote northeast of the DRC, where they were said to number fewer than 100 late last year, according to the UN mission in the DRC.

Source: SGGP

Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked group vows to avenge US raid

In World on September 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm

MOGADISHU, Sept 15, 2009 (AFP) – Somalia’s extremist Islamist militia on Tuesday vowed to avenge the killing in a US military operation of one of Al Qaeda’s top regional leaders, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan.

“Muslims will retaliate against this unprovoked attack,” a top leader of the Shebab, an extremist movement with suspected links to Al Qaeda, told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“The United States is Islam’s known enemy and we will never expect mercy from them, nor should they expect mercy from us,” he said.

According to US officials, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Kenyan citizen wanted by the FBI as a mastermind of the deadly 2002 anti-Israeli attacks in Mombasa, was killed in a US military operation Monday in southern Somalia.

Source: SGGP