JUNE 22, 2022
At approximately 2 am local time, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck nearly 45 km/30 miles southwest of the city of Khost near the border with Pakistan. according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake occurred at a shallow dept of 10km/ 6.25 miles resulting in severe structural damage in the Paktika and Khost provinces and location in Pakistan along the border. At least 1000 people were killed and over 1500 were injured in the earthquake, with number expected to rise as rescue operations and debris clearance continue.
JUNE 18, 2022
At around 6 am local time, seven Islamic State Khorasan Province (IS-K) militants opened fire outside the fortified doors leading to the Karte Parwan Gurdwara (Shrine), as well as the homes of members of the community in the capital, Kabul. The assailants tossed grenades into the shrine killing a security guard and a worshipper, wounded three others and damaged the temple. As Taliban security personnel stationed at nearby checkpoints rushed after them, the militants detonated a bomb hidden inside a car. Near the check post. The blast caused no injuries but damaged surrounding shops and homes. All the assailants were killed following hours long standoff inside the temple’s compound. In a statement released by the IS-K on its Telegram channel, the group said that the attack was “an act of revenge” following insults made by members of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party about the Prophet Mohammed.
JUNE 15, 2022
Suspected jihadist militants attacked the northern Seytenga commune in the Seno province close to the border with Niger. The gunmen reportedly went house to house targeting men but appeared to spare women and children. There are conflicting reports as to the number of casualties with security officials claim that at least 100 civilians were killed while locals claim that at least 165 were killed in the attack. No group immediately claimed responsibility, but the attack took place where militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State are known to operate. About 3,000 people who fled the attack have arrived in Dori, the capital of Burkina Faso's surrounding Sahel region, where aid agencies are on the ground.
JUNE 08, 2022
At around 2 pm local time, a 32-year-old Chilean missionary, Esteban Zambrano Leiva, was intercepted and kidnapped by at least two gunmen as he was driving home with his 6-year-old daughter in Port-au-Prince. The victim pleaded with the kidnappers to release daughter, which they did. The kidnappers later called his wife demanding a ransom of US$100,000 in exchange for his release. Leiva has been in Haiti since 2011. (thestoriest.com, 9 June 2022)
JUNE 02, 2022
The Black Marine militant group, which is the armed wing of Biafra Nations League (BNL) is believed to have kidnapped a female French oil worker. The kidnapping took place on the morning of June 2 when a speed boat conveying her and other seafarers to work, was intercepted in the Idabato subdivision of Bakassi Peninsula, on the way to Ndian in southwest Cameroon. The woman, whose name was not immediately given, is said to be working for Perenco Oil and Gas Company, which operates in the Rio Del Rey in the Gulf of Guinea. (dailypost.ng, 2 June 2022)