APRIL 15, 2022
The "G5", a Muslim militant group of the Patani United Liberation Organization (PULO) claimed responsibility for two IEDs bombings that broke a Ramadan holiday truce between the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), the main rebel group and the government. The first IED, hidden in a paper bag exploded in the Sai Buri district in Pattani province, killing a villager who picked it up. Police bomb squad members found two other bombs in the area where the villager was killed. While they were able to defuse one bomb, another exploded and injured three of them. Despite the bombings the Thai Junta government announced that it will not end the peace talks with separatist rebels. More than 7,300 people have been killed since 2004 in the fighting between the government and shadowy groups seeking independence for the Malay-Muslim provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and parts of Songkhla.
APRIL 12, 2022
Following a massive 30-hour manhunt New York Police Department (NYPD) have arrested a suspect for the rush-hour shooting at a subway station that left 16 people injured. Hours after the attack police named Frank R James, 62, as a “person of interest” in connection with the attack but later issued a warrant for his arrest. Acting on a tip off, police officers arrested James-- who had nine prior arrests-- in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood. James appears to have posted dozens of videos on social media in recent years, in which he expresses bigoted views. More recently he had also criticized New York City Mayor Eric Adams on his attempts to lower crime in the city’s subway system by not allowing homeless people to sleep in the trains. The gun found at the scene was purchased by James in Ohio in 2011 and a credit used to rent the U-Haul van found near the subway station was also his.
At approximately 8:24 am local time, an armed assailant wearing a construction worker's helmet, vest and a gas mask tossed a smoke grenade on an N line subway car filling the train with smoke. The assailant than began shooting at passengers as the train reached the 36th Street subway station in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. At least 16 people were injured in the attack and transferred to nearby hospitals. Ten of the wounded were shot and six suffered from smoke inhalation. The unidentified gunman managed to escape among the passengers who were escaping the train and station and is still at large. While initially it was reported that several explosives’ devices were found at the station, NYC Police commissioner stated that no devices were found in at the scene. At the time of the attack, the CTTV system installed at the station was not working, hampering the police efforts to identify the assailant. Police officers have advised the public to avoid areas near the area. The motive remains unknown and being investigated. A senior law enforcement official said that a gun had been found inside the subway station along with a bad containing ammunition and smoke grenades. A police official said that the gunman had driven to New York in a rented U-Haul van.
APRIL 10, 2022
Prime Minister Imran Khan lost a vote of no confidence in the lower house of parliament. The vote followed nearly 14-hour standoff between Khan's ruling party and the opposition parties which were able to secure 174 votes in the 342-member house in support of removing him from office. The country's lower house will now elect a new prime minister and government. The leader of the opposition Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sherif, brother of three times ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is the most likely to be elected prime minister.
APRIL 07, 2022
At around 8:40 p.m. local time an armed a Palestinian assailant opened fire at patrons seated in Ilka bar along Dizengoff Street in central Tel Aviv. Three people were killed and 11were wounded, four critically, in the attack along the crowded street with people out for a night at bars, restaurants and cafes. Police, aided by border guards and military special forces are conducted house to house search in the area in attempt to locate the assailant who managed to flee. Police called on people in Tel Aviv to stay at their homes and suspended public transportation including buses and taxi services and erected checkpoints leading to and out of Tel Aviv. At 5 a.m. local time on April 8, (about eight hours after the attack) the assailant, identified as 28-year-old Ra’ad Hazem from the West Bank city of Jenin, was found hiding near a mosque in Jaffa in southern Tel Aviv and was killed in a brief fire exchange with security forces.
APRIL 05, 2022
On April 6 a kidnapped New Jersey man held for ransom by three men was rescued by NYPD who arrested the three suspects. According to police, Fa Deng, 42, of Staten Island, Albert Ferrelli, 50, and Chiahao Lee, 30, both of Queens, were charged with conspiring to commit kidnapping. Investigators say that on April 5 the trio and another conspirator drove to the victim's home in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Two of the men entered the victim's home wearing masks. They bound the victim's hands, placed duct tape over his eyes and mouth, and forced him into a vehicle. Law enforcement received information that kidnappers had sent the victim's wife a photograph of the victim bound and duct-taped, demanding a ransom of around $680,000. When law enforcement responded to the victim's home and reviewing local surveillance footage, law enforcement identified a gray minivan used in the kidnapping. Other surveillance footage showed the minivan crossing the GWB shortly after the kidnapping, and subsequently crossing into the Bronx and then into Queens. The next day, the NYPD responded to Prince Street in Queens, where they encountered one of the suspects guarding the door to the building. When officers approached him, they heard a man screaming for help inside the building. Officers entered the building and found the victim with his hands bound, and duct tape over his eyes and mouth. Surveillance footage showed during this captivity, the victim attempted to escape by running out of the building where he was eventually found. Law enforcement located the gray minivan used in the kidnapping parked in the driveway of another suspect home in Queens. Records showed the minivan had been rented by the suspect’s wife at LaGuardia Airport on April 4. (justice.gov, 8 April 2022)