Archive for February, 2015

Worshippers under attack: Suicide bombers storm Peshawar mosque

KARACHI / PESHAWAR:
The grisly images of the January 30 bombing at a Shikarpur Imambargah were still fresh when terrorists struck at another mosque on Friday – this time in an upscale residential neighbourhood of Peshawar. At least 20 worshippers were killed and 59 injured in a gun and suicide attack at Imamia Masjid in Phase 5 of Hyatabad.
The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed credit for the deadly attack which was reminiscent of the December 16, 2014 methodical killing of students and staff at the Army Public School in Peshawar.
Three terrorists, fitted with suicide vests and armed with hand grenades and AK-47 assault rifles, entered the mosque and started shooting indiscriminately at the worshippers, a senior police official said. They also lobbed hand grenades before triggering the explosives strapped to their bodies, he added.
“The bombers entered the mosque from an adjacent under-construction building,” SSP Operations. “One of them was shot and fatally wounded before he could blow himself up.”

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3 Muslim students killed in US shooting

3 student kill in u.s

Washington, Feb 11: Police have arrested a gunman in the killing of three Muslim students — including a husband and wife — in the university town of Chapel Hill in North Carolina, US news reports said Wednesday.
The shooter, identified as Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was being held in Durham County Jail on three counts of first-degree murder, the Chapel Hill News and Observer newspaper and other news outlets said.
A Facebook page believed to belong to Hicks showed dozens of anti-religious posts, including one calling himself an “anti-theist” saying he has a “conscientious objection to religion” and other memes denouncing Christianity, Mormonism and Islam.
One post read: “I’m not an atheist because I’m ignorant of the reality of religious scripture. I’m an atheist because religious scripture is ignorant of reality.”
“Given the enormous harm that your religion has done in this world, I’d say that I have not only a right, but a duty, to insult it,” he posted under the religious beliefs tab.
According to The Independent, the gunman’s last three social media posts, “were a cute dog video about the Pavlov effect, a viral advert for Air New Zealand involving mountain bikes, and a picture from United Atheists of America asking ‘why radical Christians and radical Muslims are so opposed to each others’ influence when they agree about so many ideological issues’.”
The victims were identified as Chapel Hill residents DeahShaddyBarakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh.
Hicks turned himself in after the shooting Tuesday in Chapel Hill, just outside the campus of the University of North Carolina.
Reports said Barakat was a second-year student in dentistry there while his wife was planning to begin her dental studies in the fall.
Razan Abu-Salha was a student at North Carolina State University, according to the UNC university newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel.

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