AUGUST 04, 2019
At around 10 a.m. local time, a gunman armed with an AK-47 type assault weapon opened fire in a Walmart store and the nearby Cielo Vista Mall in the city of El Paso in Texas. At least 20 people were killed in the attack and 26 were injured. The suspected shooter, identified as Patrick Crusius, 21, from the city of Allen, Texas, located about 1056 Km/ 660 miles from El Paso, was taken into custody as he attempted to leave the area in his vehicle. Investigators are examining an anti-immigrants manifesto the shooter posted online just prior to the attack. A second person was also taken into custody, but it was not immediately known what role if any he had in the attack.
JULY 29, 2019
At around 5:40 p.m. local time, a gunmen wearing tactical uniforms opened fire at a Garlic Festival held in the Christmas Hill Park in the city of Gilroy, located about 48Km/30 miles southeast of San Jose in Northern California. Three people were killed in the attack and 15 were wounded. Police officers who responded to the incident shot and killed the shooter who had cut through a wire fence in order to gain access to the festival. The shooting took place about half an hour before the end of the annual festival --one of the largest food festivals in the United State-on its third and final day. The motive behind the shooting was not immediately clear unclear and being investigated.
JULY 28, 2019
At least 65 people were killed and 10 were wounded in an attack by Boko Haram militans on a funeral procession at the village near the city of Maiduguri, the capital of northeastern Borno state. The gunmen arrived on motorcycles and in vans and opened fire on villigers participating in a funeral. A number of mourners were reportedly killed, while others were killed trying to chase off the attackers. According to a local government official the attack was in revenge for the killing of 11 Boko Haram fighters by the villagers two weeks earlier.
JUNE 28, 2019
At around noon, two suicide bombers detonated their explosives devices after infiltrating a military base in the village of Tanjung located in Indanan municipality in Sulu province. Three soldiers and three civilians were killed and 22 soldiers were wounded in the attack. Via its Amaq news agency the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility, for the attack, which was carried out by members of its affiliated Abu Sayaf Group and posted a photograph of two young men standing next to a black flag and wearing explosives vests. The attack marked the third suicide bombing in the Sulu archipelago this year.
JUNE 28, 2019
At around 11 p.m. local time, Taliban militants attacked a base of the Public Uprising Forces, a pro-government militia, in a village in the Nahrin district of the northern in Baghlan province. At least 30 members of the militia were killed in the six hours long fighting with the militants. The militants reportedly retreated after taking all militia weapons. The clashes come as Taliban representatives and U.S. government officials are due to hold a new round of peace talks in Qatar.
JUNE 24, 2019
A 64-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a teenage girl near Tokyo and demanding a ransom of 20 million yen in return for her release. Isao Kimura is suspected of forcing a 16-year-old high school girl into his car in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, on the evening of June 24 and taking her away, then calling her parents demanding ransom money. The girl's mother alerted police after receiving the phone call, during which the girl said she had been kidnapped. According to the police, Kimura and the girl were together at an accommodation in nearby Atsugi city when officers rescued her shortly after 10 a.m. a day later. The girl had been walking home when Kimura abducted her, the police said, adding that the two were unacquainted with each other. (japantoday.com, 26 June 2019)
JUNE 17, 2019
Former president Mohammed Morsi, 67, who was ousted in a military coup d'état led by current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, collapsed during a court appearance and died. Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president was elected in 2012 following the Arab Spring that ousted than President Hosni Mubarak. A high official with the Muslim Brotherhood movement, Morsi served for a year until he was ousted in a coup in July 2013 that followed mass protests against his regime. He had since been imprisoned over various accusations during his brief time in office. Members of the now banned Muslim Brotherhood called his death a "full-fledged murder" and called for crowds to gather at his funeral. His death is likely to fuel further dissent, especially among members of the banned religious movement.