Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in US blogger killing

By Ruma Paul DHAKA, Nov 19 : Bangladesh police said on Sunday they had arrested a suspected leader of an Islamist group wanted in connection with the death in 2015 a U.S. blogger critical of religious extremism. Deputy police commissioner Masudur Rahman said the man, identified as Mojammel Hossain, 25, head of the intelligence wing […]

Philippines hunts for possible new Islamic State ’emir’ in South East Asia

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, Nov 6 : Philippine authorities were on the lookout on Monday for a Malaysian who could be the new leader of pro-Islamic State groups in Southeast Asia, security chiefs said, following the deaths of several high-profile regional extremists. The army terminated combat operations in southern Marawi two weeks ago after killing […]

Troops and strays, the only signs of life in ruined Marawi

By Martin Petty MARAWI CITY, Philippines, Oct 25 : With vehicles crushed and overturned and buildings reduced to skeletons of mangled steel and rubble, the Philippine city of Marawi resembles the aftermath of a war that lasted years, rather than months. Except for small clusters of troops dotted amid the ruins and skinny cats and […]

Gunmen kill five ethnic Hazara in sectarian attack in SW Pakistan

By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan, Oct 9 : Gunmen killed five Shia Muslims from the ethnic Hazara minority in southwest Pakistan on Monday, a police official said, giving details of the second shooting targeting Hazaras in a month. The attack took place in Quetta, where nearly half a million Hazaras have settled since fleeing Afghanistan […]

Pakistan army says plan in place to integrate militant-linked groups

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, Oct 5 : The Pakistani army on Thursday confirmed that a plan was in place to try to integrate militant-linked groups into the mainstream of the country’s politics. Milli Muslim League (MML), a new militant party controlled by Islamist Hafiz Saeed, backed a candidate in the September by-election for a seat […]