7 Abu Sayyaf militants captured in Kuala Lumpur

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Malaysian authorities are holding 7 Filipino militants who are members of the notorious jihadist group Abu Sayyaf following their capture in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia did not release the identities of the militants, but police said their ages are between 22 and 38, who managed to slip into the capital from the eastern state of Sabah near Tawi-Tawi, a province in the Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines.

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Source: http://mindanaoexaminer.com/

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Military tensions rise in western Libya

The neighboring cities of Libya’s western city Sabratha are witnessing continuous military reinforcements, as rival military groups in the city continue to clash.

Sabratha, located some 70 km west of the capital Tripoli, has been witnessing violent clashes since Sunday morning between rival armed groups that till now have killed 5 and injured 20 people and forced residents to flee their homes. The clashes broke out after a member of armed groups affiliated with the city’s military council was killed by the rival anti-IS operation chamber.

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Navy gets kudos for battling piracy in Niger Delta

Posted By: Okungbowa Aiwerie, Asaba

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has praised the Navy for its success in the fight against sea piracy and protection of national assets.

Okowa also commended the Navy for restoring peace in the creeks of the Niger Delta. The governor spoke when the Flag Officer Commanding Logistics Command, Oghara, Rear Admiral Peter Onaji and top officers of the command visited him yesterday in Asaba, the state capital.

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Source: http://thenationonlineng.net/

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Armed group seeks legitimacy with Tripoli migrant deal, source says

Steve Scherer, Aidan Lewis

ROME/TUNIS (Reuters) – A powerful armed group, known for smuggling people from Libya, is seeking legitimacy and state security jobs from the Tripoli government in exchange for stopping migrant boats from leaving the coast of Sabratha for Italy, a senior group member said.

The group, the Anas al-Dabbashi brigade, struck a deal with Libya’s United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) this summer to clamp down on trafficking, the senior brigade member, who gave his name as Mohamed, told Reuters.

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Nigeria: One more weapons seizure

Last week, during routine monitoring at the terminal, the Nigeria Customs Service seized 1,100 pump action rifles which were illegally imported into the country. The rifles were loaded in a 20-foot container. Preliminary investigation showed that the weapons were imported from Turkey. The Bill of Lading indicated the items in the container to be wash-hand basins and water closets.

This was Customs’ third such seizure this year.  The first was in February when 661 pump action rifles were found. Another 440 pump action rifles were seized in May 2017, bringing the total of rifles seized by Customs in the past nine months to 2,201. Customs’ Comptroller-General Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), while displaying the seized 1,100 Jojef Magnum Pump Action and Jojef Magnum Plastic Single Barrel Hunting Gun Pump Action Rifles at the Tin Can Island port in Lagos, said a Customs officer suspected to have cut the seal of the container without following due process had been arrested. Ali said a clerk at the terminal was arrested alongside the officer.

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Coalition says Yemen rebels of hindering food imports

Fifteen cargo ships carrying food and fuel and authorised by the coalition still waiting to dock in Hodeida

Riyadh: The Saudi-led military coalition fighting to restore Yemen’s internationally-recognised government accused Iran-backed rebels of delaying vital food and other imports through a major Red Sea port.

“Al Houthi militiamen, who control the port of Hodeida, continue to hinder the unloading of commercial cargo ships loaded with essential goods, food and humanitarian aid for the Yemeni people,” a coalition spokesman said.

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Duterte tightens the screws on Mindanao extremists

Neighbors on alert to keep Islamic State-linked militants from spilling out

JUN ENDO and TAKASHI NAKANO

MANILA/SINGAPORE As the Philippine military enters the final stretch of its mission to liberate the city of Marawi from Islamist rebels, the challenge for President Rodrigo Duterte is to prevent the violence from spilling beyond the southern island of Mindanao.

Duterte visited battle-worn soldiers for the fourth time on Sept. 11, pledging his continued support for the military’s efforts to retake the city in a conflict that has claimed some 870 lives.

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Coast Guard Leaders to Collaborate on Piracy and Pollution

By Noel Tarrazona

Coast Guard officers from over 30 countries agreed to establish inter-regional collaborations to address the rising threats of piracy and marine pollution during the Coast Guard Global Summit held in Tokyo last week.

The U.S., Canada, South Korea, China Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Australia, Turkey, Russia, France, Djibouti, Hong Kong and Japan participated in the summit which was jointly hosted by the Japan Coast Guard and Tokyo-based Nippon Foundation.

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Italy begins training Libyan navy and coastguard

Italy yesterday received 87 Libyan navy and coastguard personnel as part of a European training programme aimed at improving Libya’s capabilities to combat smuggling and human trafficking across the Mediterranean.

“The training of Libyan navy and coastguard officers will take place at the Italian Taranto’s Petty Officer Academy,” the Italian state television reported.

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Source: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/

U.N. seeks to rally foreign backing for new Libyan peace plan

Aidan Lewis

TUNIS (Reuters) – The United Nations is seeking to marshal international support this week for a new push to break a political stalemate in Libya and end the turmoil that followed the country’s 2011 uprising.

The world body’s Libya envoy, Ghassan Salame, is expected to set out an “action plan” on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Wednesday that will propose amending a 2015 peace deal that quickly stalled.

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/

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