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The Islamist militant group Boko Haram
kidnapped 40 boys and young men---ages
10 to 23---from a village in the northeastern
Nigerian state of Borno, some of those flee-
ing said yesterday.
The terrorists arrived in the village of Malari
carrying assault rifles and then preached to
them about the group's extremist ideology
before forcibly taking 40 hostages and driving
toward the Sambisa forest on December 31,
villagers who fled to Maiduguri said.
It took days for information on this mass
abduction to emerge due to poor commu-
nications stemming from the destruction of
cell phone towers in previous Boko Haram
attacks. This act, while horrific, is hardly
unprecedented. Boko Haram has been blamed
for numerous attacks, from assassinations
of officials to bombings of crowded markets,
in recent years as part of its quest to impose
a strict version of Sharia law across Nige-
ria.Mass kidnappings have been part of that
campaign, most notably the taking of more
than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in April.
There was talk of a ceasefire deal that would
pave the way for the girls' release, but Boko
Haram leader Abubakar Shekau laughed it
off, claiming that those abducted had con-
verted to Islam and been married off.
As the latest incident proves, it's not only
young women who have been targeted.
Boko Haram kidnapped at least 97 young
men and boys in a deadly raid in August in
and around the village of Doron Baga, a local
leader and residents said.
Twenty-eight residents died, and 25 more
were injured in that raid, according to res-
BOKO HARAM UNREST...
Edward Brooke, the first black sen-
ator to be popularly elected in the US,
has died at age 95, Republican Party
Brooke was elected to Congress in
1966 by voters in Massachusetts at a
time of widespread racial unrest.
A former lawyer, he had also been
the first African-American to hold the
post of attorney general in any state
when he was elected senator.
Two black senators before him were
both picked by state legislatures.
Brooke served in the Senate until 1979
and is one of only nine African-Amer-
icans to do so, including President Barack
President Obama described him as
"a man who's spent his life breaking
barriers and bridging divides across this
country," when he awarded Brooke with
the Congressional Gold medal in 2009.
In 2002, Brooke was diagnosed with
breast cancer and became a national
leader in raising awareness of the disease
in men, which occurs much less fre-
quently than in women. (BBC)
Edward Brooke, first elected US black senator, dies
An alleged al-Qaeda leader has died just
days before going on trial in New York over
the 1998 US embassy attacks in Africa.
Abu Anas al-Liby, 50, died in hospital on
Friday, his wife and lawyers say. He is report-
ed to have had liver cancer.
Liby was seized in a US raid in Tripoli in
He was to stand trial on January 12, over
the 1998 embassy attacks, which killed more
than 220 people in Kenya and Tanzania.
Liby, whose real name was Nazih Abdul-
Hamed al-Ruqai, previously pleaded not
guilty to terrorism charges.
His wife, Um Abdullah, accused the US
government yesterday of "kidnapping, mis-
treating and killing an innocent man,"
according to the Associated Press news
She said her husband died from compli-
cations following liver surgery, AP reports.
When he was seized in 2013, Liby had
been on the FBI's most wanted list for more
than a decade, with a $5m (£3.1m) bounty
on his head. He had been indicted by a New
York grand jury in 2000.
US Secretary of State John Kerry was
forced to defend the capture after Libya
called on the US to explain the raid on its
Many people in Libya were angry about
what they said was a breach of the country's
Liby was detained by US commandos on
October 5, 2013, and interrogated on board
a US warship before being handed over to
He was first put on a US Navy ship for
interrogation but brought to the US when
his health began to deteriorate after he
stopped eating and drinking, US officials
Liby, who was also known to be suffering
from hepatitis C, was accused of being one
of the masterminds of the al-Qaeda embassy
bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in
Two other men were accused over the
attacks. Khalid Al Fawwaz has pleaded not
guilty to conspiracy charges and was due to
stand trial on January 12, alongside Liby.
Meanwhile, Adel Abdul Bary admitted
helping to plan the attacks in a federal court
in New York in September. The Egyptian,
who was extradited from the UK in 2012,
faces a maximum of 25 years behind bars.
before US trial
A Pakistani Hindu bride, left, and a groom wait for a mass wedding ceremony in Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday.
The Pakistan Hindu Council organised a mass marriage ceremony for 50 couples who could not afford their wedding expenses. AP PHOTO
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