Author Archives: George Gorman

Thailand

Suspected Islamist insurgents injured five policemen in a bombing at a market in Songkhla province. Insurgents planted the remotely detonated bomb under a bench in the rarely violence-stricken province. A janitor was murdered by insurgents as he was traveling home from the school he worked at in Pattani province.


Philippines

Gunmen kidnapped 12 villagers in Basilan island who were returning from a fishing trip. No group has claimed responsibility but weapons and a ransom have been demanded for their release. Clan rivalry is the suspected reason for the kidnappings, although Abu Sayyaf has been active in the area.


Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

Two suspected Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Islamist fighters were killed and others were wounded in clashes with Algerian authorities. Three soldiers were also injured during the clashes in the Tiffellat region, 200 kilometers from Algiers. AQIM denied that 28 members of the terror organization defected to Mauritanian authorities.


Philippines

Suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels killed a United Nations World Food Program driver on his way to deliver rice to war-stricken civilians. The UN driver was stopped by Islamist rebels in the township of Marantao, who killed him after he refused to unload the 488 bags of rice in the truck destined for civilians.


Thailand

Islamist insurgents killed three people in Narathiwat province. The gunmen killed two Muslim politicians and a Buddhist teacher in their van shortly after they left a meeting with Thai military officials at a local military base.


Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

Algerian authorities killed Izza Rezki, also known as Abou Djaffar, who was a chief financial backer of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and a close aide to AQIM’s leader Abdelmalek Droukdel. Rezki was killed in the suburbs of Bourmedes after he refused to surrender. In Mauritania, 28 AQIM fighters between the ages of 14 […]


Nigeria

Eight suspected Boko Haram members were arrested by Nigerian authorities in Niger state. A tip-off by civilians in the city of Minna led to the arrests of the eight men who were discovered with knives, cutlasses, and various arms.


Nigeria

Two worshipers were killed and one wounded by Boko Haram Islamists during an attack at a mosque during Friday prayers in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. Two gunmen driving a motorcycle taxi indiscriminately shot into a Wahabist mosque. The radical group considers Wahabism heretical.