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Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte declares martial law in the entire Island of Mindanao after the Maute terrorist group clashed with the government troops in Marawi City. 

In a briefing in Moscow, the presidential spokesperson, Ernesto Abella made the announcement on the order of President Duterte. Abella said the martial law will be in the city for 60 days and this is possible under the country's own constitution.

                    

The new martial law will take hold in Mindanao including Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi. The new resistance by the Maute group has affected the President's travel plan as he looks into postponing his meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and travel back to Manila, Philippines.

President Putin will also meet with Duterte on Tuesday instead of their plans to meet Thursday.

The recent clash in the Island of Mindanao has seen 2 soldiers and one police officer killed, and 12 others wounded. 

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also said that the group occupies a street and two bridges, and had asked for reinforcement from other units to join them in the fight, as they tend to prove to ISIS in Syria they are a group to reckon with.

He said;

The whole of Marawi City is blacked out. There is no light and there are Maute snipers all around so the troops are still on holding and several groups of element already joined them from other neighboring units.

Lorenzana also said that more troops will arrive in the city on Wednesday.

Like every trademark of terrorist organizations, they had destroyed St. Mary’s Church,the Ninoy Aquino School, the city jail,and Dansalan College.

The Government has urged people in Mindanao to stay indoors or flew from the Island whenever it is safe.

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A White male former New-Nazi that got converted to Islam, Devon Arthurs, 18, has been charged with the killing of his two friends, Jeremy Himmelman, 22, and Andrew Oneschuk, 18, who he claimed were "disrespecting" his new faith.

              

                         Devon Arthurs

Armed with a semi-automatic pistol, Authurs also held three people to hostage near the Green Planet Smoke Shop on Friday evening near the aprtment he shared with his two other friends.He told hostages he is "upset due to America bombing his Muslim countries" and shouted "Allah Mohammed!" while he was walked to a police patrol car, after a negotiation, where he surrendered himself to the police.

According to police documents, Arthur said;

I had to do it,This wouldn't have had to happen if your country didn't bomb my country.

When police to Arthur to the Tampa Palms apartment, they found the body of Himmelman and Oneschuk, both had been shot in the head and upper body. Also, outside the aprtment is Russell, who serves in the  Army National Guard crying, and dressed"full US Army camouflage".

The four men all lived together and shared their Neo-Nazi beliefs until Arthur converted to Islam.

Arthur now faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault and three counts of armed kidnapping. 

The FBI found the photo of the perpetrator of the Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh in the bathroom of Russells

 

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A gunman is now in police custody after killing 5 people and injuring 6 others at the  Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, Florida. The shooting happened in the baggage area of the Terminal 2, and the shooter did not breach the TSA secured area of the terminal.

         

The shooting happened at around 12:55pm on Friday.

Broward County’s Sheriff said the gunman is a lone shooter, and was quickly arrested and in police custody at the time of writing. 

According to the FAA, Authorities have cleared the terminal of gate D4 and D5, located at the north of the airport, they have also closed the lower level between terminal 2 and 3. Terminal 2 is also closed.

All services have been temporarily suspended and all these terminals are closed, and all roadways leading to the terminals are also closed.

Airport employees and hundred of passengers were all cleared out from the area, and escorted into the tarmac.

All flights scheduled to land at the airport, are still allowed to land, and are not diverted. Extra precaution and security measures have been put in place, but all operations are back to normal.

Travellers have been advised to contact their airline before going to the airport.

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Police have confirmed 15 people dead  and 45 others injured after a knife-wielding man went on a rampage in a disabled facility in the city of Sagamihara, west of Tokyo.

            

Police said they received a call at 2:30am in the morning on Tuesday that a man carrying a knife had entered the building. At 3AM, police arrested a young man who turned himself in at the police station in the city.

The suspect said he was a former employee at the Center, and he did the killing. He is currently held for murder, but the reason for the rampage is currently unknown.

Developing story - more to come

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Police have shot dead a gunman that stormed into a cinema complex in the small western German town of Viernheim, near Frankfurt, injuring 20-50 people. A German Television showed heavily armed police stormed the Kinopolis complex in Viernheim, and a couple was seen fleeing the building.

                   

The man described as "Disturbed" was shot dead when the armed police stormed into the complex.

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A masked man with guns and ammunition belt is reported to have opened fire at a cinema complex in the small western German town of Viernheim, near Frankfurt, injuring 20 to 50 people and barricaded himself inside the building.

               

Bild daily and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung are reporting that police now are on their way to the scene of the shooting

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Grafing train station

Police have arrested a man at the train station near Munich, Germany after he killed one and injured 3 others. According to witnesses at the scene, the man was shouting "Allahu Akbar" Arabic for "God is great" during the stabbing.

                   

The man was later arrested in Grafing at around 4:50am. Officials have identified the attacker as 27 year Paul H. who was said to have "mental health and drug problems."

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The counterterrorism officials and other experts who had been covering West Africa had confirmed that the battle between the Nigerian Army and Boko Haram is being won by the terrorist sect, Boko Haram. After a lot of the joint task force of the Nigerian-Chadian forces of driving the Boko Haram members away and retaking all villages that had been acquired by the sect, Boko Haram has got back again and gradually winning some of the villages back.

           

On Wednesday, 60 people were killed after a sack of bombs went off in Bauchi, Nigeria.Also Boko Haram attacked a police academy in the Chad capital city, N'Djamena, killing dozens of police officers and recruits.The sect had also killed a lot of police officers in the city of Maiduguri in recent attacks.

John Campbell, the Ralph Bunche Center director at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria in a statement said : 

You can quibble on this and that, but yes, they are winning

Also a US Counterterrorism official said the tactics of the involves moving out of the forest to the countryside and attacking villages, but whenever they are confronted in the villages, they move out to Maiduguri and carry out bombings. The CT official said:

  There have been successes.But it's whack-a-mole

Nigeria and its neigbouring countries, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin have been trying to form a 8,700 fighting force to attack Boko Haram members, but are yet to have a command centre, even though they receive intelligence from USA and France.

The Boko Haram group tried to gain more ground after it pledges allegiance to the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria, and have referred to itself as "Islamic State, West Africa Province". 

Director of the Atlantic Council's Africa Center,J. Peter Pham, said that there is no evidence of ISIS helping Boko Haram at the moment, but what happened is just for production help on social media.

What I have seen is increasing sophistication in confronting Nigerian forces.In attacks on Nigerian forces, it's always been see-saw battles for control. What's interesting is that tactics have changed.Now, however,Before, the Nigerians would flee and Boko Haram would advance. That's still ongoing,Now, however, Boko Haram is attacking on two of three sides and will put the bulk of their forces on the escape route and the Nigerians are getting ambushed. That's a military revolution.

Counterterrorism officials said Boko Haram is showing more nimbleness. The attack in Chad killing police officers in the country capital city of  N'Djamena, is a bold move by the sect. In a long war, none of the Joint-task(Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Benin) force have the troops to sustain a long term fight.

Whether the Nigeria military is up to the task of handling Boko Haram or not will be seen in few months as the country watch the new elected former military dictator, General Muhammadu Buhari takes over power from the former government of Goodluck Jonathan, whom Nigerians have tagged incompetent or clueless about the war on Boko Haram.

Boko Haram, which means "Western education is a sin" are of the intention of recreating the pre-colonial Islamic Emirate of Borno, and need pieces of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon who were part of the pre-colonial emirates, how possible will they do this as the land mass is close to 10,000 square miles.

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