Head of pro-IS Philippine militant group slain: police
Global   Thursday, January 5, 2017 IST
Head of pro-IS Philippine militant group slain: police

Head of pro-IS Philippine militant group slain: police

Manila: Philippine security strengths killed Thursday the  leader of a Muslim militant group that has completed destructive assaults on regular people to win bolster from Islamic State warriors in Iraq and Syria, powers said.

Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, founder and leader of Ansarul Khilafa Philippines, was found and shot at a shoreline resort on the southern island of Mindanao soon after 12 pm, while three "cohorts" were captured, a police report said.

Ansarul Khilafa is one of a few vicious Islamic aggressor bunches on Mindanao, country of an expansive Filipino Muslim minority where a decades-old separatist resistance has guaranteed more than 120,000 lives.

"He`s needed for bombarding episodes. They utilize ad libbed unstable gadgets, murdering individuals at town celebrations," Chief Superintendent Cedric Train, the provincial police boss, told AFP.

"They fly the ISIS signal in their camps. They need to be perceived by the ISIS," Train included, alluding to the Islamic State bunch by one of its acronyms.

The military executed eight Ansarul Khilafa individuals in a conflict in November 2015 at Maguid`s Mindanao main residence of Palimbang, 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) south of Manila.

Inside Secretary Ismael Sueno cautioned of potential rough repercussions from the demise of Maguid, all the more broadly known by his moniker of Commander Tokboy.

"They may strike back so we need to twofold our arrangements," Sueno said, refering to extensive Catholic religious celebrations in the Philippines this month.

Ansarul Khilafa was behind an assault that left two regular folks dead on Mindanao in 2008 and in addition a progression of thefts and different wrongdoings, as per Sidney Jones, executive of the Indonesia-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict.

Maguid was captured in 2009 yet gotten away eight months after the fact, Jones said in an examination paper distributed in October a year ago.

Prepare said the powers had additionally been investigating Ansarul Khilafa`s part in a besieging in Davao, Mindanao`s biggest city in September a year ago that slaughtered 15 individuals and harmed many others.

Maguid, who Train said was matured 32, showed up in a video coursed via web-based networking media arranges a year ago with the pioneers of other nearby aggressor bunches promising dependability to IS.

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UN: At least 6,878 civilians killed in Iraq violence in 2016
Global   Wednesday, January 4, 2017 IST
UN: At least 6,878 civilians killed in Iraq violence in 2016

UN: At least 6,878 civilians killed in Iraq violence in 2016

Violence  killed no less than 6,878 non military personnel Iraqis a year ago, the United Nations said on Monday, as the Iraqi government battles to keep up security across the nation and to remove Islamic State group militants from regions under their control.

The U.N. Help Mission for Iraq, known as UNAMI, said its numbers "must be considered as without a doubt the base" as it has not possessed the capacity to confirm setbacks among regular people in struggle regions, and of the individuals who lost their lives because of "auxiliary impacts of brutality ... because of introduction to the components, absence of water, nourishment, prescriptions and medicinal services."

UNAMI said in an announcement that 12,388 different regular people were injured in 2016. It included that last year figures did exclude setbacks among regular people in Iraq's western Anbar region for the months of May, July, August and December.

As per UNAMI figures, no less than 7,515 regular citizens were executed in 2015.

The month to month UN loss report for December 2016 demonstrated that a sum of 386 regular people were killed and another 1,066 were injured. The most noticeably awful influenced zone was the northern area of Ninevah, where government powers are battling to retake the IS-held city of Mosul, with 208 regular citizens slaughtered and 511 harmed. The capital, Baghdad, came next with 109 regular citizens slaughtered and 523 harmed.

IS, known locally by the Arabic acronym Daesh, has asserted duty regarding a series of bombings in Baghdad that have slaughtered more than 50 individuals in the most recent week alone.

The deadliest IS assault was in July when an enormous suicide shelling in a clamoring market range in focal Baghdad murdered just about 300 individuals, the bloodiest single assault in the capital in 13 years of war.

"This is, most likely, an endeavor by Daesh to redirect consideration from their misfortunes in Mosul and, sadly, it is the honest regular citizens who are paying the value," Jan Kubis, the exceptional illustrative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Iraq, said in the announcement.

The gathering was additionally behind Monday's suicide shelling in a business territory in eastern Baghdad, which killed 41 individuals and injuring 64 others. A few different assaults, including one completed by five suicide aircraft against two police headquarters in the city of Samarra north of Baghdad, slaughtered no less than 27 individuals and injured 89.

Supported by the U.S.- drove worldwide coalition, Iraqi government troops and paramilitary powers propelled the battle in mid-October to unstick IS from Mosul — Iraq's second-biggest city and the last major IS urban bastion in the nation.

Dissimilar to different reports, a month ago's report did exclude losses among security strengths. The U.N. went under feedback from the Iraqi military a month ago subsequent to reporting that about 2,000 individuals from the Iraqi strengths had been killed in November. The Iraqi government has not advanced the setback figures for government troops and paramilitary powers battling in Mosul and somewhere else in northern Iraq.

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