Ramadan Roundup, Week 2

Another busy weekend in the world of Islam

Andrew Bolt

Kenya:


Gunmen fired indiscriminately at homes, burned down a church and raided a police station in two attacks on Kenyan coastal towns overnight, killing at least 29 people…

The Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which last September attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Not ‘gunmen’- Muslims, devout Muslims.

Twenty of the victims were killed in an attack in the Gamba area of Tana River county, where jihadists rushed the police station and freed suspected al-Shabab militants. Another nine were killed in a separate raid at the Hindi trading centre in neighbouring Lamu county, near the town of Mpeketoni where 65 people were killed last month.

Yemen:

Clashes between Shiite rebels and tribesmen allied with the government have killed at least 35 people and wounded 40 others in some of the fiercest fighting to hit the country in months, a Yemeni security official said Sunday.

The rebels, from the Houthi tribe, have been battling tribesmen from Yemen’s largest tribal confederation, the Hashid, which is backed by an army unit and allied with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islah party. The Houthi are backed by smaller tribes.

Nigeria:

Boko Haram insurgents have attacked Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, killing many people.

Damboa is about 87 kilometres from Maiduguri and about 40 kilometres to Chibok where over 200 female students were abducted by the insurgents nearly three months ago.

The latest attack, according locals in Damboa, left at least 12 soldiers, 4 policemen and 4 members of the civilian JTF dead.

Syria:

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an al Qaida-splinter group, has rousted as many as 30,000 people from an eastern Syrian town after recently capturing it, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Sunday.

The people were forced out of their homes over the weekend… Shahel, a town in eastern countryside of Syria’s oil-rich Deir al-Zour province, was a stronghold of the al Qaida-linked Nusra Front, which has been deadlocked in battles against the ISIL… The ISIL has recently proclaimed the establishment of an “ Islamic Caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq, and changed its name into the “Islamic State.”

Iraq:

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Islamic militant sect, ISIS, which has been rampaging across the north and west of Iraq since last month, has been demolishing sacred sites such as shrines and mosques around the historic northern city of Mosul in Nineveh province.

Photographs from the area posted online under the banner “Demolishing shrines and idols in the state of Nineveh” depicted mosques being turned into piles of rubble – explosives deployed against Shiite buildings – and bulldozers flattening the shrines.