Over 300 arrested from Christian-Muslim unrest in Nigeria – report

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Jan 26, 2010, 10:24 GMT

Nairobi/Abuja – Nigerian police have arrested over 300 suspects in the wake of last week’s bloody clashes between Christians and Muslims in the city of Jos, The Punch newspaper reported Tuesday.

The paper cited a police spokesman in reporting the figure, with 139 of those arrested having been taken to the capital Abuja. Continue reading

Iran seeks U.S. extraditions over scientist killing

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran called on the United States on Tuesday to extradite members of a “terrorist group” which the Islamic Republic has linked to this month’s killing of a university scientist in Tehran.

Iranian officials have blamed both Israel and the United States for the January 12 bomb attack that killed professor Massoud Ali-Mohammadi. Washington has dismissed the charge of U.S. involvement as absurd. Continue reading

grendelreport -Jordanian al-Qaeda Killed in Pakistan

By Bill RoggioJanuary 12, 2010 6:49 AM

An al Qaeda operative from Jordan was killed during a recent US airstrike in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan,

Mansur al Shami, a longtime jihadi whose real name is Mahmud Mahdi Zeidan, was confirmed to have been killed in a statement released on the Al Faloja and Shamukh al Islam jihadist web forums, according to the SITE Institute.

“The martyrdom of Mahmud Mahdi Zeidan… on the soil of Pakistan, the land of the diligent and of the mujahedeen is confirmed,” the statement read.

Shami’s family was also contacted by a member of al Qaeda who was present during the strike. “A man called me on Sunday and said my brother died in the US attack,” Shami’s brother Omar told AFP. “He spoke bad Arabic and said he escaped the attack. I think he is a Pakistani.” Continue reading