Ubi Franklin slams female Twitter user who insinuated that Ceec was at his house this morning

Ubi Franklin slams female Twitter user who insinuated that Ceec was at his house this morning

Music executive, Ubi Franklin isn’t taking the rumors of his alleged relationship with Ceec likely.

Ceec was at Ubi’s office earlier today but a female Twitter suggested that she was at his house. Ubi replied the woman who he tagged ”stupid fool”, saying Ceec was at his office for a meeting not his house.

Ubi Franklin slams female Twitter user who insinuated that Ceec was at his house this morning

Ubi Franklin slams female Twitter user who insinuated that Ceec was at his house this morning

Ubi Franklin slams female Twitter user who insinuated that Ceec was at his house this morning

Ubi Franklin slams female Twitter user who insinuated that Ceec was at his house this morning

Ubi Franklin slams female Twitter user who insinuated that Ceec was at his house this morning

Basketball player, Dejounte Murray and his girlfriend refused entrance into restaurant in Beverly hills because of her dress

Basketball player, Dejounte Murray and his girlfriend refused entrance into restaurant in Beverly hills because of her dress

A highbrow restaurant in Beverly Hills refused to grant American basketball player Dejounte Murray and his girlfriend entrance because of what she was wearing.

21-year-old  Dejounte Murray and his girlfriend, Jilly Anais, got stopped at the door at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills this weekend because his girlfriend’s racy outfit violated the restaurant’s dress code.

 

Mastro’s rejects guests that don’t dress in a “classy” fashion. They once turned away Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster because he was wearing sweatpants.

Basketball player, Dejounte Murray and his girlfriend refused entrance into restaurant in Beverly hills because of her dress

Dejounte was told at the door by a door staff that Jilly’s figure-hugging short dress was too revealing, so they couldn’t go in. He tried to persuade the door staff to let them in all to no avail. Dejounte later went in alone and spoke with a manager who then made an exception and allowed Jilly inside.

The embarrassing moment was caught on video.

 

Al Jazeera journalist narrowly avoids being shot by a sniper and hit by tear gas grenade as she reports from the front line of Gaza protests

Al Jazeera journalist narrowly avoids being shot by a sniper and hit by tear gas grenade as she reports from the front line of Gaza protests

Video footage shows an Al Jazeera journalist ducking for cover to avoid being shot by a sniper and hit by a tear gas grenade as she was reporting at the deadly Gaza protests.

 

The network’s international correspondent Hoda Abdel-Hamid narrowly escaped unhurt as a bullet whistled past her while she reported in front of the camera. She had on a helmet and bullet-proof vest but even those were not enough protection from the chaos going on around her.

Al Jazeera journalist narrowly avoids being shot by a sniper and hit by tear gas grenade as she reports from the front line of Gaza protests

She later posted a second video on her Twitter account showing tear gas canisters dropping from the sky and landing within yards of television crews. The tear gas canisters were fired by drones from the sky and can be seen thudding into the ground, sending reporters diving for cover and leaving them coughing and gasping for air.

She accompanied the video with a message that reads: “Targeting journalists won’t make the Gaza problem go away. This happened while away from the fence and no one around us was throwing stones or doing anything else… people were sitting, watching from afar while trying to keep safe. But there was nowhere to be safe, neither by the fence or away from it.”

Al Jazeera journalist narrowly avoids being shot by a sniper and hit by tear gas grenade as she reports from the front line of Gaza protests

Abdel-Hamid is being treated in hospital following her ordeal.

Al Jazeera journalist narrowly avoids being shot by a sniper and hit by tear gas grenade as she reports from the front line of Gaza protests

About 60 people were killed in yesterday’s clashes and more than 2,000 were injured as huge protests took place over the opening of America’s new embassy in Jerusalem. Monday’s violence on the border was the bloodiest for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza conflict.

Watch both videos below.

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Registered Nigerian sex offender wanted in Texas for child pornography slips into Canada with flow of asylum seekers

 Registered Nigerian sex offender wanted in Texas for child pornography slips into Canada with flow of asylum seekers

A registered sex offender Nigerian man, Adesanya Prince, who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in Texas, has entered Canada through a well-known illegal border crossing in Quebec.

The 49-year-old pleaded guilty to child pornography charges Feb. 23 in Houston. He was out on bond awaiting sentencing on May 10, but instead fled to Canada.

He was arrested by RCMP officers last month after crossing into Quebec from New York State. U.S. authorities believe he may have been trying to be deported home to avoid prison.

According to the Canadian government, 70 to 80 people per day are crossing at Roxham Road. In recent months, more than half of them have been from Nigeria.

 Registered Nigerian sex offender wanted in Texas for child pornography slips into Canada with flow of asylum seekers

Prince was detained by RCMP officers as soon as he set foot in Canada. His criminal history was found during a security screening.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Prince’s arrest shows the meticulous nature of the background security checks done by RCMP and CBSA on Roxham Road asylum seekers.

“Trying to hop across the border without following the rules is no free ticket to Canada,” Goodale said last Thursday.

“There are immediate consequences, and when it’s a consequence of that kind, you’re inadmissible. You’re out of here.”

According to court documents, Prince sent a co-worker three videos from his cellphone in January of last year. Two of the videos involved graphic acts of beastiality involving dogs. The third video showed the sexual assault of a child.

When he was questioned by Houston police officers, Prince admitted sending the videos. He said he’d been sent them from a friend, kept them on his phone for about a month, and then forwarded them to his co-worker.

Prince was arrested and charged with possession with intent to promote child pornography on May 15, 2017.

He pleaded guilty on Feb. 23 and was released pending sentencing. On that day, Prince also signed documents that put him on the sex offender registry. He wasn’t allowed to leave Houston while awaiting sentencing.

Prince is being held at an immigration detention facility in Laval, Que. U.S. officials have filed a request for a provisional arrest.

According to a U.S. Department of Justice spokesperson, lawyers in the U.S. are finalizing extradition paperwork. They hope to make the request official in the coming days.

“We will need to examine the legal channels that need to be followed,” says Goodale.
“The legal work is being done with respect to that question. But the point is (asylum seekers) should not expect to circumvent the consequences of their previous illegal behaviour. We would want to make sure that the appropriate consequences flow.”

A date for an extradition hearing has been set for May 18 in Montreal.

Source: Global National Quebec.

Another Nigerian shot dead alongside his female companion in South Africa; statement from (NUSA)

 Another Nigerian shot dead alongside his female companion in South Africa; statement from (NUSA)

Another Nigerian citizen Mr Francis Ochuba from Ngodo Umunneochi Local Government area in Abia State, was brutally gunned down alongside his female companion in Johannesburg.

This is coming hours after HalifsBlog reported about the killing of Chidi Ibebuike, a native of Uturu Okigwe, Abia State who was shot dead by yet to be identified gunmen on Sunday, 13th of May, 2018. His car was subsequently snatched by the assailants.

Below is a statement signed by Honourable Habib Miller, the National Publicity Secretary, Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA) :

It is with a heavy heart and a resounding outcry for justice once again that we announce the killing of 2 Nigerians from Abia state in a space of 8 days.

Mr Francis Ochuba who hails from Ngodo Umunneochi Local Government area in Abia State was callously gunned down on the 5th of May, 2018 alongside his estate agent who is a female South African as they visited the tenant occupying his property for collection of rent in the central of Johannesburg.

Mr Chidi Ibebuike who is a native of Uturu Okigwe , Abia State was also shot dead at the entrance of his place of abode in Hazyview Mpumalanga on Sunday the 13th of May, 2018. His car was subsequently snatched by yet to be identified gunmen. The Chairman of Nigerian union in the Province Mr Amadi in company of other compatriots have reported the incidence to Hazyview police station and investigation is underway.

Before the recent untimely demise of the two Nigerians mentioned above, the last known incident of a Nigerian National killed was that of Mr Ebuka Clement who was set ablaze in Rustenburg, Northwest South Africa on the 21st of April, 2018.

It is important to note that a violent group in Rustenburg have given Nigerians in the Northwest province a quit or be killed notice. Since January, when the threat was proclaimed, there has been numerous cases of Nigerians kidnapped and a ransom remitted to abductors before they are liberated. Mr Desmond who is a native of Niger Delta whose loved ones couldn’t afford to pay the ransom requested by his abductors was inhumanely killed. Further more there has been reports of 8 cars belonging to Nigerians burnt. Ransacking of houses occupied by Nigerians. Molestation leading to injuries. Looting of Nigerian owned businesses with impunity at every opportunity they get and there are numerous other threats to life that are being directed towards Nigerians on a daily basis throughout the Republic that calls for utmost concern.

The aforementioned prompted 14 Nigerians to protest lack of protection from the South African police. In a sane community, one would expect a positive reaction from the police whose prior onus is protection of lives and properties and in this case hope that they would alleviate or completely abolish the menace. Instead the protesters were arrested and have been in detention since the 21st of January , 2018 while the Policemen who terminated the life of a 27 year old Nigerian Citizen Mr Ebuka Okori in January, 2018 in Durban Kwazulu Natal South Africa untimely have been released on bail. As at the time of writing this report, Nigerians in the aforesaid vicinity still live in fear of the aforesaid.

The incessant and extra judicial killing of Nigerians in South Africa is however a stark contrast to the general goodwill,protection,conducive environment and halcyon days South Africans and their businesses enjoy in Nigeria. There have been no record of looting of South African businesses in Nigeria. While South African companies transfer billions of dollars in profit made from doing business in Nigeria  back home to happy families with appropriate protection from our force , Nigerians are sending body bags of murdered bread winners back home to dejected families. Lots of Nigerian businesses have been looted with most affected victims not being able to recover from the trauma and bankruptcy the incidents have caused. There have also been cases of South African police joining looters and watching our compatriots get killed when they are supposed to protect all defenseless human beings no matter their Nationality.

The death toll of Nigerians known to have been killed in South Africa since December 2016 till date now amounts to 118 with very few prosecution and no convictions of the offenders. Nigerian lives matters to the Union hence we will keep creating awareness of the injustice we encounter in South Africa. We can’t continue to watch as our people get killed without empathy. People get emotionally attached to animals who are pets and sometimes mourn perpetually after their demise. People even get emotionally attached to material things, houses,cars,phones and feel devastated when they lose them not to talk of a human life. Most of the men killed are bread winners to their families here in South Africa and Nigeria . The untold anguish,hardship,pain and disorientation they suffer is unimaginable and it calls for deeper reflections.

Our Government officials who are supposed to pressurize their South African counterparts on the predicament of killings, harassment and looting of Nigerian businesses claimed it is as a result of the illegalities our compatriots are involved in. It’s unfortunate that such stance is taken to probably cover the helplessness? Or is it the alarming ineptitude of our representatives? The question that comes to mind is , what correlation does collection of rent from One’s property and being a furniture designer has with crime? South Africa is not the only country with Nigerian immigrants but why so much killings in South Africa? The Nigerian Union of South Africa does not condone crime in any form but we ask that whoever is a suspect is charged and dealt with legitimately.

Our advise to the Nigerian government  representatives in South Africa is to channel their energy towards eradicating the major complexities Nigerians face in South Africa which is untimely termination of lives , harassment and business looting, instead of causing disunity and hostility amongst our compatriots.

According to the great icon Desmond Tutu_
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has it’s foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

So the seeming silence of Nigerian government representatives on the incessant killings can be adjudged to be a silent connivance with the oppressors.

This xenophobic attacks on Nigerians residing in South Africa has gotten out of hand. This is one killing too many and it’s very heartbreaking considering the contribution of Nigeria as a country in extirpating apartheid only for our citizens to be the recipient of similar treatment.

We duly implore all South Africans,young and old to see us as brothers. To curtail the few that’s giving the whole country a bad image.To see beyond xenophobic prejudices that threatens even the so called economic coexistence we share.

Let’s put a lot of value on human lives at all times and let the necessary authorities act where and when it applies.

According to Nelson Mandela_Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity’s belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul, and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all.

Desmond Tutu_In South Africa, we could not have achieved our freedom and just peace without the help of people around the world(most notably Nigeria), who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the Apartheid regime.

We call on reputable organizations worldwide with value for lives to please come to our aid since our outcry to our government representatives here in South Africa for protection is met with talks of the imperative of business relationship between both countries at  the expense of human lives.

The United Nations General Assembly resolution 51/81 of 12 December 1996 declares that racial discrimination, xenophobia are amongst the most serious violations of human rights in the contemporary world and must be combated by all available means. It also calls upon all States to enact and enforce legislation to prevent and sanction acts of racism and racial discrimination. So we are appealing to the South African government to adhere to this global recommendations in securing the lives of Nigerians and all foreigners within its borders now while it’s still a feasible course of action that will safeguard the brotherliness between both countries.

Signed
HONOURABLE HABIB MILLER.
NUSA NATIONAL PUBLICITY SECRETARY

 

Beautiful Nigerian lady lists her achievements as she turns 20

Beautiful Nigerian lady lists her achievements as she turns 20

A Nigerian woman who turns 20 today has taken to Facebook to list her achievements.

Ogbonna Rita Prudent Chinwendu said she got admission into the university at the age of 15, four years later she graduated aged 19. Soon after graduation, she got a good paying job in Lekki, and as she turns 20 today, she has gotten an apartment of her own. Rita says she is now getting ready to go for NYSC.

Beautiful Nigerian lady lists her achievements as she turns 20

She wrote:

God has shown me GENUINE LOVE
Love that superceeds all other loves !!!
At Age 15,I was admitted into a higher instution.As young as I was,God saw me through.
Good grades became my surname!!!
At age 19 he made me a graduate with flyng colors as my birthday gift.
At same age 19 he blessed me with a good paying job in lekki
And now,at age 20,he has given me an apartment as my birthday gift!
Mama got my backBeautiful Nigerian lady lists her achievements as she turns 20?
Hardwork pays,Determination Rocks and Focus Helps
Thank you jesusBeautiful Nigerian lady lists her achievements as she turns 20?
Happy birthday to me!!!!!!
Am a Taurus Diva
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Beautiful Nigerian lady lists her achievements as she turns 20

Her post immediately garnered attention after it was shared. Considering the current state of the nation, most young people her age are still struggling to finish university due to constant strikes, and when they eventually graduate, getting a job doesn’t come easy. Hence, Rita’s achievements are considered a huge feat by most social media users who commented on her post.

Photo: Nude painting by Italian artist sells for $157m at New York auction

Photo: Nude painting by Italian artist?sells for $157m at New York auction

A nude paint that is the largest produced by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani sold for $157.2 million in New York on Monday night, becoming the fourth most expensive work of art sold at auction.

 

Painted a century ago, Modigliani’s masterpiece “Nu couche (sur le cote gauche)” fetched the highest price in Sotheby’s history and was the star single lot in the May art auction season in New York.

 

Modigliani follows Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso as the third highest-selling artist at auction. Monday’s sale failed to eclipse the $170.4 million paid for another Modigliani nude at Christie’s in 2015. Nearly 58 inches (147 centimeters) wide, the picture was the cover star of a recent retrospective at the Tate Modern gallery in London.

 

Modigliani reinvented the nude for the modern era, and when his series of paintings were first exhibited in 1917, they were considered so shocking that police closed the show in Paris. Bidding was restrained, lasting three to four minutes and opening at $125 million before auctioneer Helena Newman brought the hammer down at $139 million. The final price includes a buyer’s premium.

 

The price chalks up a healthy profit for its seller, who acquired the picture in 2003 for $26.9 million. Modigliani completed 22 reclining nudes and 13 seated nudes between 1916 and 1919. Most of the former are found in museums, such as The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  Simon Shaw, co-head of impressionist and modern art at Sotheby’s, said the painting sold Monday, while rooted in tradition, reflected the changing status of women during World War I.

 

“This is a nude of a very self-possessed, sexually confident woman who is not looking out from a distance. She’s absolutely meeting our gaze,” he told AFP prior to the sale.  Modigliani’s dealer Leopold Zborowski gave him a stipend of 15 francs a day and paid the models five francs to pose in a Paris apartment

Man battling depression and suicidal thoughts celebrates going 4 months without self-harming himself

Man battling depression and suicidal thoughts celebrates going 4 months without self-harming himself

Twitter user, @siahash who is battling with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, shared these photos of himself on his handle as he celebrated 4 months of not self harming himself.

”I’ve been battling anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts & self harming for years now. And im here to say that today is not only my birthday but my 4TH MONTH CLEAN of self harming. So heres me & my battle scars”he wrote

Man battling depression and suicidal thoughts celebrates going 4 months without self-harming himself

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr names 30-man provisional list ahead of 2018 World Cup in Russia

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr names 30-man provisional list ahead of 2018 World Cup in Russia

The head coach of Super Eagles of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr, has just released a 30-man provisional list ahead of 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The list which includes players like, Mikel John Obi, Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Odion Ighalo among others was released on the official Twitter page of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Nigeria will face Argentina, Iceland and Croatia at the World Cup tournament taking place in Russia next month.

See the full list below.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr names 30-man provisional list ahead of 2018 World Cup in Russia

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah breaks English Premier League goal scoring record as he emerges Player of the Year

Liverpool

Mohamed Salah has now set a new English Premier League goal record, netting his 32nd goal in a season in the first half of the match between Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

 

The Liverpool forward has set a new record for Premier League goals in a 38-game season, beating the 31 goal record held jointly by Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer.

 

Alan Shearer made his goal haul at Blackburn in 1995-96, while Ronaldo recorded his during one of the years with Manchester United. And Luis Suarez was also a Liverpool player. For Salah, it has been a remarkable year at Anfield, winning everything that ought to be won: he is the Premier League Player of the year, the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year and Liverpool’s Player of the Year.

 

He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year.  Overall, Salah had scored 44 goals this season, with 10 of them in the UEFA Champions League. He is expected to be a star to watch as Liverpool meet holders Real Madrid in the finals in Kiev on 26 May.

Road To 2019: Imo State Youth Groups Call on Lawmaker, Tony Nwulu to Run For Governorship (Photos)

Road To 2019: Imo State Youth Groups Call on Lawmaker, Tony Nwulu to Run For Governorship (Photos)

In what appears a clarion call, Thousands of youths from the 27 Local Governments in Imo State have called on a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Tony Nwulu to vie for the Imo Governorship contest in 2019.  The youths in their thousands gathered at All Saints and Angels Cathedral  Church, Egbu, Owerri North LGA at the weekend where they uniamoulsy declared that Nwulu represents the new face of leadership and should therefore come forward by declaring his ambition to become the next governor of Imo State.

 

Leaders of the youths 35 in number and various student groups from various parts of Imo State who spoke separately at the event extolled the leadership qualities of Hon. Tony Nwulu.  In unison, they said Nwulu has demonstrated a strong passion for Youths by initiating the Not Too Young Bill in the House of Representatives. The bill is waiting Presidential assent.  In his address, the State Cor- coordinator, Imo Youth Renewal Movement,a political but non partisan group championing youths in governance  in Imo State, Comrade Chukwu Kelechi Kingsley said they made the call on Nwulu in order not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

 

He described the 39 year old lawmaker as “ an ideologue visionaire, a leader of leaders,  philanthropist par excellence and a global citizen. He said  “Tony Nwulu is a quintessential Nigerian loved by all and continuously grateful to the good people of Oshodi- Isolo Federal Constituency for their support as always”  Chukwu also described him as non tribalistic, well educated and a focused leader who has the interest of young and older Nigerians at heart.  “We are more inclined to him courtesy of his Not Too Young To Run Bill and his clamour for youth inclusive government, youth empowerment and national security” Chukwu declared.

 

He  appealed to the Ezinihitte Mbaise born Federal lawmaker who shattered ethnic barriers to win the Isolo/Oshodi Federal Constituency seat in Lagos State not to turn Imo youths down, vowing to mobilize all and sundry to support his governorship ambition. He said “We would at this juncture, rise to echo and re- echo to public notice, the position of Imo youths that based on character, youthfulness, pragmatism, traceable trademark records and taking cognizance of the zoning arrangement in Imo, we demand that has given youths hope, the not too young to run man, Hon. Tony Nwulu to welcome and occupy Imo Douglas House come 2019 as executive Governor of Imo State”  ?Chukwu recalled Nwulu’s antecedents in various field of human endeavour describing him as the best and right man to lead Imo State.

 

The highlight of the event was the declaration by representatives of Imo youths under the auspices of Imo Youth Renewal programme  from the 27 local Government Areas of Imo State.  ‎Though, the Lawmaker is presently at Harvard where is is undergoing an executive leadership course. He is expected to make a statement on the clarion call to serve the state come 2019

Road To 2019: Imo State Youth Groups Call on Lawmaker, Tony Nwulu to Run For Governorship (Photos)

Road To 2019: Imo State Youth Groups Call on Lawmaker, Tony Nwulu to Run For Governorship (Photos)

Road To 2019: Imo State Youth Groups Call on Lawmaker, Tony Nwulu to Run For Governorship (Photos)

Road To 2019: Imo State Youth Groups Call on Lawmaker, Tony Nwulu to Run For Governorship (Photos)

Road To 2019: Imo State Youth Groups Call on Lawmaker, Tony Nwulu to Run For Governorship (Photos)

Road To 2019: Imo State Youth Groups Call on Lawmaker, Tony Nwulu to Run For Governorship (Photos)

Club 57 denies EFCC arrested their customers last Thursday. Read their official statement!

Club 57 denies EFCC arrested their customers last Thursday. Read their official statement!

Last Thursday, EFCC reportedly raided Club 57 in Lagos and arrested 12 suspected internet fraudsters and confiscated exotic cars. The club has released a statement reacting to the incident.

According to the management of the club, EFCC officials did not storm their club to arrest their customers. Read the statement below…

Club 57 denies EFCC arrested their customers last Thursday. Read their official statement!

More photos from Zainab Balogun’s traditional engagement

More photos from Zainab Balogun

The traditional engagement of media personality, Zainab Balogun to her man, Dikko Nwachukwu, the owner of Jetwest Airways took place today May 13th. Dikko is a 44-year widower and was the former Chief Commercial Officer of Aero Contractors.

More photos from Zainab Balogun

Stars inlcuding Banky W and wife Adesua, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and wife Cynthia, OAP Toolz and hubby Tunde Demuren and many others attended the wedding. See more photos below

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Italian man slams man who said his girlfriend, Kenyan socialite Corazon is an ‘international hoe’

 Italian man slams man who said his girlfriend, Kenyan socialite Corazon is an

An Italian man has come in defence of his girlfriend after a follower insulted her on Instagram.

Curvy Kenyan socialite and video vixen, Corazon Kwamboka posted photos from a trip to the Vatican with her Iover, Gaetona, who is madly in love with her.

The follower commented on the photo, referring to the bootilicious lawyer and entrepreneur as an international hoe

 Italian man slams man who said his girlfriend, Kenyan socialite Corazon is an

 Italian man slams man who said his girlfriend, Kenyan socialite Corazon is an

 Italian man slams man who said his girlfriend, Kenyan socialite Corazon is an

 Italian man slams man who said his girlfriend, Kenyan socialite Corazon is an

 Italian man slams man who said his girlfriend, Kenyan socialite Corazon is an

Family of IS-inspired suicide bombers including 2 children attack three churches in Indonesia; 13 dead, 40 injured

 Family of IS-inspired suicide bombers including 2 children attack three churches in Indonesia; 13 dead, 40 injured

A family of six launched suicide attacks on three churches during services at Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya, killing at least 13 people and wounding 40.

Police said the family who carried out Sunday’s attacks were among 500 Islamic State sympathizers who had returned from Syria.

“The husband drove the car, an Avanza, that contained explosives and rammed it into the gate in front of that church,” East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera told reporters at the regional police headquarters in Surabaya.

 

The wife and two daughters were involved in an attack on a second church and at the third church “two other children rode the motorbike and had the bomb across their laps”, Mangera said.

The two daughters were aged 12 and 9 while the other two, thought to be the man’s sons, were 18 and 16, police said.

They blamed the bombings on the Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).
JAD is an umbrella organisation on a U.S. State Department “terrorist” list that is estimated to have drawn hundreds of Islamic State sympathizers in Indonesia.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, in a message carried on its Amaq news agency.

“This act is barbaric and beyond the limits of humanity, causing victims among members of society, the police and even innocent children,” President Joko Widodo said during a visit to the scene of the attacks.

  Family of IS-inspired suicide bombers including 2 children attack three churches in Indonesia; 13 dead, 40 injured

East Java police spokesman Mangera said the attacks had killed at least 13 people and 40 had been taken to hospital, including two police officers.

He called on people to remain calm.
Streets around the bombed churches were blocked by checkpoints and heavily armed police stood guard as forensic and bomb squad officers combined the area for clues.

Television footage showed one church where the yard in front appeared engulfed in fire, with thick, black smoke billowing up. A large blast was heard hours after the attacks, which Mangera said was a bomb disposal squad dealing with a device.

The attacks come several days after five Indonesian police officers and an inmate were killed in clashes at a high-security jail on the outskirts of Jakarta.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for that incident although police rejected its involvement.

The church attacks were likely linked to the prison hostage standoff, said Wawan Purwanto, communication director at Indonesia’s intelligence agency.

“The main target is still security authorities, but we can say that there are alternative (targets) if the main targets are blocked,” he said.

At St Mary’s catholic church, the first place of worship to be attacked, the bombing happened after an earlier mass was over and when the church was getting ready to hold another service.

  Family of IS-inspired suicide bombers including 2 children attack three churches in Indonesia; 13 dead, 40 injured

A witness interviewed by CNN Indonesia said shortly before the explosion he saw a person on a motorbike drive in carrying a cardboard box.

Separately, an internal police report reviewed by Reuters said a suspected bomb exploded in a car in the parking lot of a Pentacostal church, setting alight dozens of motorbikes.

In the third location, the Indonesian Christian Church, veiled women entered the church’s yard where they were stopped by a security guard before an explosion occurred at the same spot, according to the police report.

Television images showed toppled and burnt motorcycles and debris scattered around the entrance of one church and police cordoning off areas as crowds gathered.

 Family of IS-inspired suicide bombers including 2 children attack three churches in Indonesia; 13 dead, 40 injured

A spokesman for Indonesia’s church association (PGI) called on the government for more help on security at churches.

“PGI is concerned because this had happened many times and often taken place around the time of Sunday services,” said Jeirry Sumampow, a spokesman for the Indonesia’s Communion of Churches.

Pope Francis offered his prayer to the victims during his Sunday prayer in Rome.

“I am particularly close to the dear people of Indonesia, especially to the communities of Christians of the city of Surabaya, which were hit hard by the serious attack on places of worship,” he said.

“Together we invoke the God of peace (asking him) to cease these violent actions and (to make sure) that in the heart of all there could be a space not feelings of hatred and violence, but of reconciliation and fraternity.”

Nearly 90 percent of Indonesians are Muslim, but the country is also home to sizeable communities of Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, and people who adhere to traditional beliefs.

The country, which will begin the holy fasting month of Ramadan this week, has been on high alert after a string of recent plots and attacks by militants inspired by IS.

The archipelago nation of some 17,000 islands has long struggled with Islamic militancy and has suffered a series of attacks in the past 15 years – including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists, in the country’s worst-ever terror attack.

A sustained crackdown weakened the most dangerous networks but the emergence of IS has proved a potent new rallying cry for radicals.

Hundreds of Indonesians have flocked to fight with IS, sparking fears that extremist outfits could get a new lease on life.

Sources: Local media, AP, Reuters

Cardi B deletes her Instagram account as her feud with Azealia Banks gets messier (Screenshots)

Cardi B deletes her Instagram account as her feud with Azealia Banks gets messier (Screenshots)

The feud between Cardi B and Azealia Bank has left the rap sensation with no other option than to delete her Instagram account after things got messier yesterday.

As earlier reported, It all started after Azealia appeared on The Breakfast Club on Friday, where she discussed some topics like Donald Trump, Kanye West, her upcoming music, as well as her previous criticism of Cardi B.

When confronted about calling the Cardi B “an illiterate rat” back in February, she described Cardi as a “caricature of a black woman that black women themselves would never be able to get away from.”

After the interview aired, the pair dragged each other on Twitter. Read previous report here.

Last night, the female rappers continued their feud and went hard on each other, before Cardi who is seven months pregnant with her first child deleted her Instagram account as she couldn’t handle the drama anymore

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Cardi B deletes her Instagram account as her feud with Azealia Banks gets messier (Screenshots)

Cardi B deletes her Instagram account as her feud with Azealia Banks gets messier (Screenshots)

Cardi B deletes her Instagram account as her feud with Azealia Banks gets messier (Screenshots)