Archive for: April 2014

Al-Qaida head blesses attacks on Egypt security

Ref: Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians.

In an audio interview with al-Qaida media arm as-Sahab posted early Saturday on a militant website, al-Zawahri advised jihadis that any armed confrontation should be popularly supported and that victory cannot be achieved without this support. Read more →

Egypt: Brotherhood’s Badie among 683 death sentences

Ref: An Egyptian court is to pass its final judgment on 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death last month, in a case that has provoked outrage among Western governments and rights groups.
On Monday, the court will also issue verdicts on another 683 people accused of violence last year in Minya, including Mohamed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood’s General Guide, or top leader. Read more →

Huge gold haul at Dhaka airport

REF:  A Biman Bangladesh Airlines official has been arrested after 106 kilograms of contraband gold was found abandoned in an aircraft’s toilet at Dhaka’s Shahjalal airport.


The Biman flight had arrived with passengers from Dubai at 9am on Saturday. Customs officials said the gold was recovered around 2 PM.

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Mediator heads to east Ukraine, seeking surrenders

REF:  A mediator from Europe’s OSCE security body headed to eastern Ukraine on Saturday seeking the surrender of pro-Russian separatists as the Kiev government declared an Easter truce following a peace accord with Moscow.


Gunmen occupying public buildings in Donetsk and other Russian-speaking border towns refuse to recognise an accord in Geneva on Thursday by which Russia, Ukraine and Kiev’s US and EU allies agreed that the OSCE should oversee the disarmament of militants and the evacuation of occupied facilities and streets.


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‘BNP instigating terrorism’

REF:  BNP leaders are instigating terrorist activities under cover of agitation, Food Minister Kamrul Islam alleged during a discussion at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Saturday.

Kamrul Islam

He said the BNP leaders were again instigating terrorism, anarchy and killing, but these would be ‘of no use’.


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Abduction, Release Questions go unanswered

REF:  He was abducted in broad daylight at gunpoint, released unhurt about 33 hours later, and his captors demanded no ransom from him or his family. So why was Abu Bakar Siddique, husband of prominent environment lawyer Syeda Rizwana Hasan, kidnapped and by whom?


Neither the law enforcers nor the victim and his family can say it for sure, but it is intriguing that the kidnappers deliberately tried to conceal their purpose.


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4 BGB men injured in clash with yaba traders

REF:  Four personnel of the Bangladesh Border Guards (BGB) have been injured in an alleged encounter with suspected drug smugglers at Cox’s Bazar’s Teknaf.

One of the suspected yaba traders has been detained after the skirmish, the BGB said.


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Abductors’ vehicle identified

REF:  The husband of the award-winning environmental lawyer Rizwana Hasan was whisked away in a blue microbus from Narayanganj, when on its way to Dhaka, police said.

Narayanganj’s Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Md Shahidul Islam said that they have identified the vehicle, used to abduct AB Siddiqui, from the CCTV footage of the toll plaza at Dhaka’s Jatrabari flyover.



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2 die, 4 missing in Saint Martin’s Island

REF:  Two students of the Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST) have drowned and four others are missing after they went swimming off the coast of Saint Martin’s Island in Teknaf, police say.


Locals rescued five drowning students and rushed them to Teknaf Upazila Hospital, but two of them – Montizul Islam Evan and Saddam Hossain – died.

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Separatist unrest spreads in Ukraine

REF:  Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine while another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters as a threatened military offensive by government forces failed to materialize.


Rebels in the town of Slaviansk, which was expected on Monday to be the focus of a broad government “anti-terrorist” operation involving the army, issued a bold call for Russian President Vladimir Putin to help them.

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