Tag Archives: casualties

Egypt: Attack near monastery kills one, injures four

Source: Reuters

“An attack on security forces near Egypt’s St Catherine’s Monastery in south Sinai has killed at least one person and injured four, state television said on Tuesday. Security sources said it was carried out by gunmen on a police checkpoint several hundred meters from the church entrance. No group claimed responsibility. The attack comes just over a week after two bombings on Egyptian churches during Palm Sunday services, claimed by Islamic State, killed 45 people.” (04/18/17)


Yemen: Twelve dead in downing of Saudi invasion force helicopter

Source: Daily Star [Lebanon]

“Twelve Saudi soldiers, including four officers, were killed on Tuesday when their helicopter went down in Yemen, the Arab coalition [invading Yemen] said in a statement. The Saudi Black Hawk ‘fell during operations in the province of Marib’ east of Sanaa, the coalition said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency, without clarifying the reason.” (04/18/17)


Mali: Four regime troops killed in attack on army base

Source: Fox News

“A Malian army spokesman says armed men have attacked an army camp in the country’s north, killing at least four soldiers and wounding another. Lt. Col. Diarran Kone on Tuesday would not give more details about the attack in Gourma-Rharous, about 160 kilometers (99 miles) south of Timbuktu. A local official said the assailants destroyed about six armed vehicles but left after failing to take control of the camp.” (04/18/17)


Syria: 126 killed as bomb hits buses with evacuees, group says

Source: CNN

“The death toll from a bomb attack targeting evacuees leaving besieged Syrian towns has risen to 126, a monitoring group said Sunday. The blast hit a convoy of buses Saturday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reported the higher death toll. The blast struck buses of people leaving their towns as part of a rebel-regime swap.” (04/16/17)


Syria: US coalition mistakenly kills 18 allied rebels

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“At least 18 members of the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed in a US-led coalition air strike that mistakenly targeted them in Syria’s Raqqa province. In a statement released on Thursday, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said 18 SDF fighters died in the air raid south of the city of Tabqa on April 11. The attack was believed to be hitting members of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).” (04/13/17)


Somalia: Al Shabab militants ramp up attacks after rejecting amnesty offer

Source: Newsweek

“Al-Shabab militants killed at least 15 people in a suicide bombing targeting military officials on Sunday, as the Al-Qaeda affiliate rejected the president’s offer of an amnesty. Two further attacks on Monday signaled that the militants are ramping up violence following a declaration of war on Al-Shabab by Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on Thursday. President Farmajo said that militants had a 60-day period to take up a government amnesty offer, but the militant group dismissed the declaration as a statement made ‘just to please the West,’ the BBC reported.” (04/10/17)


Pakistan: Seven killed in attack on census team

Source: Los Angeles Times

“A suicide bomber attacked Pakistani soldiers escorting census workers on the outskirts of the eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, killing at least five army personnel and two civilians, officials said. The bomber targeted a van carrying 17 soldiers, among the 200,000 deployed nationwide to provide security for Pakistan’s first census in nearly two decades. Nearly 20 people were injured, officials said.” (04/05/17)


Syria: Alleged chemical attack in Idlib kills dozens

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“At least 58 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in north-western Syria, a monitoring group says. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that strikes on Khan Sheikhoun by Syrian government or Russian jets had caused many people to choke. Local opposition activists and news sites posted photos of those they said had died of asphyxiation.
The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons.” (04/04/17)


US military will investigate itself in Mosul killings

Source: Boston Herald

“The U.S. military has launched a formal investigation into what role the U.S. played in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul, Iraq, earlier this month, amid warnings from a top American general that the dense urban fight is making it harder to avoid killing innocents. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, told Congress that Islamic State militants are exploiting American sensitivities to civilian casualties, using people as human shields to avoid being targeted by strikes. … Under questioning from lawmakers, Votel repeated U.S. military assertions that the military rules of engagement have not been changed or relaxed to allow for more civilian casualties.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (03/29/17)


Iraq: Suicide truck bombing kills 15 in Baghdad

Source: Columbus Dispatch

“Iraqi officials say a suicide truck bomb has targeted a police checkpoint in southern Baghdad, killing 15 people and wounding 45. Security and hospital officials say the bomber detonated the vehicle ‘an oil tanker laden with explosives’ late on Wednesday night. Three policemen are among the dead while the rest were civilians. A number of policemen were also wounded.” (03/29/17)