by, Dawn.com | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
VEHARI, Pakistan: A girl suffered serious burn wounds on Thursday when her father and an uncle threw acid on her in Chak 56-K/B, Ludden, some 40kms from here.
Reports said that Rabia Bibi, with 70 percent burns, was shifted to Nishtar Hospital in Multan in a critical condition.
Rabia had contracted marriage with her cousin Nazakat. After getting divorce from him, she eloped with another cousin, Jaffar. She returned home after a panchayat assured her that she would be married.
According to panchayat’s decision, Rabia was to tie the knot with Jaffar, but her father Shaukat and uncle Riaz were not agreed on it.
On Thursday, they threw acid on Rabia and informed police that Jaffar and his accomplices had committed the crime.
The Luddan police took Jaffar into custody, but after investigation arrested Riaz who confessed to having committed the crime. Later, police also arrested Shaukat. A case has been registered against both accused under Section 336 B and 7-ATA.
Muslim Hatred and Violence Surfaces in Christophobic Hate-Crime
Note: This is a follow-up story to our initial report HERE.
by, Leo Hohmann | WND | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
A judge on Monday unsealed the court documents of a grisly murder of a Christian man, allegedly at the hands of three Muslim immigrants in Portland, Maine.
In those documents, which had been sealed since the three men were charged Aug. 11, police said they found the brutally beaten body of Freddy Akoa lying on the living-room floor in his apartment. He was the victim of a savage attack that took place over several hours.
According to the autopsy report, he had cuts and bruises all over his body, with the fatal blows coming to his head.
Akoa, who had listed himself as a health-care professional on his LinkedIn page, had 22 rib fractures and a lacerated liver.
Akoa’s blood-splattered Bible was found lying next to his head.
The apartment was in disarray, with empty beer cans and trash strewn about, as though a party had come to an abrupt end at the onset of a physical altercation.
Akoa, 49, apparently knew his assailants, but police have not commented on the nature of their relationship.
He had been beaten and kicked in the head, and bashed in the head with a piece of furniture in an assault that continued relentlessly for hours, police said in the arrest affidavit.
But they were silent on what touched off the vicious attack.
Could they have been drinking and then gotten into an argument over religion? Police wouldn’t say if the Bible was found open or closed, but its presence so close to the body leaves one to wonder.
A local detective refused to fill in any of the many blank holes in the story of Freddy Akoa’s death.
“I can’t go into any of the details,” Detective Rich Vogel of the Portland Police Department told WND. “I’m just not at liberty to give out any information about a case that’s subject to an ongoing investigation. Eventually the whole story will come out. It always does.”
Of the three Muslim assailants, at least two have common Somali names – Mohamud Mohamed, 36, and Osman Sheikh, 31. The third suspect is Abil Teshome, 23.
There were several other people in the apartment when the altercation broke out, Vogel told WND. But how many of them understood what was being said is in question, since the arrest affidavit states that the words being exchanged between Akoa and his assailants were not in English.
Vogel also said he did not know the immigration status of the suspects.
All three of the suspects lived in the Portland area.
No mention of immigration status
Portland has been on the receiving end of a steady infusion of Somali refugees over the past 15 years, and Mohamed and Sheikh appear to have been part of that community, although no mention of their national origin has even been mentioned in the local media.
Apparently it’s a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with regard to Somali refugees in Maine, said refugee watchdog Ann Corcoran.
The U.S. State Department, in cooperation with the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, has sent 1,379 Somali refugees to Maine since 2002, with 1,010 of them going to Portland, according to the State Department’s refugee database. Records prior to 2002 are not kept online, but the U.N. has been sending Somali refugees to the United States since the early 1990s with the full support of the U.S. Congress, despite the fact that hundreds of them have turned out to be jihadists or criminals.
The U.N. has sent more than 110,000 Somalis to U.S. cities and towns as “refugees” since the early 1990s. The largest Somali community in the U.S. lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region of Minnesota, which also happens to be the nation’s biggest hotbed of jihadist recruitment.
In April, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger admitted “we have a terror recruitment problem in Minnesota” as he announced the arrests of six Somali men from Minneapolis who had repeatedly tried to board flights to Turkey where they planned to cross into Syria and join ISIS. Dozens of other Somalis have been arrested on terrorism-related charges, yet the U.S. State Department continues to import Somali refugees into the U.S. at a rate of 600 to 800 per month. Hundreds more are now coming from the jihadist capital of the world, Syria, even as persecuted Christians from that country are ignored by the Obama administration.
Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, introduced the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act on July 29 in the House, which would halt all refugee resettlements until Congress can get a handle on the program’s financial impact and the risks to national security. Babin is still looking for his first co-sponsor of the legislation.
Friendly party ends in tragedy
The three Portland assailants entered Akoa’s apartment about 4:40 p.m. on Aug. 9 and left about 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 10, according to surveillance video on the apartment building.
These details were made public for the first time Monday when a judge at the Cumberland County Courthouse unsealed an affidavit filed by Portland police Detective Christopher Giesecke to obtain an arrest warrant for three men accused in the killing, the Portland Press Herald reported.
The case documents had been sealed at a prosecutor’s request for one week after three accused killers appeared in court, each on a charge of murder by depraved indifference.
The arrest warrant affidavit explains how police first learned of Akoa’s death on Aug. 11, and how clues left in the apartment and video surveillance camera recordings quickly led detectives to interview a witness and take the three suspects into custody, the Press Herald reported.
Akoa’s mother, Jeannie Mendomo, became concerned after she couldn’t reach her son by phone and no one answered the door at his apartment. She called the building’s management company to check on him. Two of the company’s representatives used a key to go in the apartment after noon on Aug. 11 and found him dead on the floor with a swollen and bloodied face, Giesecke wrote in the affidavit.
Beneath Akoa’s body police found a document with Mohamed’s name on it.
Detectives found a purse in the apartment that lead them to a woman, Jennifer Wilson, who said she was there the night Akoa was beaten, Giesecke stated in court documents.
That afternoon, they found Wilson at the Preble Street Resource Center in Portland, and before they could ask her a single question, she asked them, “How is Freddy?” Giesecke wrote.
Wilson told police that three other men were present in the apartment and got into a fight with Akoa.
Wilson told police she and Akoa and the three men had all walked together to Akoa’s apartment on Aug. 9 after buying beer at a nearby store, according to the Press Herald report. She told them they had been drinking for only about 10 minutes before an argument broke out in a language that Wilson did not understand, according to the arrest affidavit.
Akoa was also an immigrant from Africa but not from a Muslim-dominated country. Comments left on his and his sister’s Facebook page after the attack indicate they were a Christian family.
Police later found Teshome, Mohamed and Sheikh in Deering Oaks park on the morning of Aug. 13 and arrested Teshome on a charge of criminal trespassing.
Teshome allegedly told Detective Richard Vogel in an interview at the Portland police station after his arrest that he had become angry at Akoa’s apartment and that he, Mohamed and Sheikh all took turns assaulting him. Again, no reason for the anger was given by Giesecke in the documents.
“Teshome said he lost control of himself and started hitting Akoa several times in the head. Teshome admitted to punching and kicking Akoa multiple times and knocking him to the ground. Teshome also stated that he also struck Akoa with his hands and feet while Akoa was lying on the ground,” Giesecke wrote.
Police say Teshome confessed that he used a board from a makeshift coffee table to beat Akoa over the head and to strike his foot.
“(Teshome) said that he and Sheikh left Akoa’s apartment around the same time and that he believed Akoa was alive when he left,” Giesecke wrote.
Video surveillance footage from the apartment building shows Wilson and Mohamed leaving the building at 5:38 a.m. on Aug. 10, but Teshome and Sheikh cannot be seen in the footage, the affidavit states.
Teshome, Mohamed and Sheikh are being held without bail at the Cumberland County Jail.
Islam’s War on Women Continues…
by, Par Aurélie Foulon | Le Parisien | Eeyore @ Vlad Tepes | Original Translation by, CB Sashenka
(Special thanks to our friend and colleague Eeyore and to CB Sashenka for the amazing translation)
Solidarity is being organized in Evry (Essonne), after the terrible tragedy that occurred at Diderot Square, in the rather quiet residential area of Champtier-du-Coq. Since Wednesday, a fund-raising appeal has been circulating on social networks to collect enough money for the funeral of a mother. Monday morning she was killed by her husband with a machete, right before the eyes of their children.
The drama took place in an otherwise uneventful morning, in the family’s apartment. “A known family in Evry, in a good way,” assures someone from the neighborhood. The couple – parents of two older daughters of 16 and 18 and of 6-year old twins – was at home. On this vacation day, one of the older daughters was baby-sitting, which seemed to bother her father.
A conflict broke, and the 50-year old violently attacked the girl. The mother, who was not working that day, quickly intervened. She stepped in, but her husband at that point was uncontrollable. He hit her, struck her several blows with a machete, slashing off her feet and a hand. One of the children called for help but his efforts were futile. The victim died upon arrival at the hospital.
The couple’s children, and the two small children that the eldest daughter was babysitting, were all hospitalized. A psychological evaluation was also set up. The father was immediately arrested and had to be committed. “A real tragedy, I do not know what else to call it, absolutely barbaric, says Francis Chouat, the PS (Parti Socialiste) mayor of Evry. The involuntary commitment of the father suggests serious psychiatric disorders, but this was never a problem before in the family.”
Neighbors and family friends set up a fund-raiser at http://www.yourebe.com for the repatriation of the deceased in Algeria. The investigation was entrusted to the police of Evry.
Photo courtesy of: vocativ
by, Shane Dixon Kavanaugh | vocativ
A Montreal businessman is on a mission to save scores of women and girls from being sold into sexual slavery by Islamic State militants in Iraq, and thousands of people around the world are joining his cause.
With cold hard cash, Steve Maman pays for the release of Yazidis and Christians from their ISIS captors, who have created a cottage industry out of peddling Iraqi minority women to the highest bidder. What began as a campaign among members of Montreal’s Sephardic Jewish community, to which Maman belongs, has become a global movement with a GoFundMe page that topped a half-million dollars on Thursday.
Video courtesy of: CBN News
The swell of donations and growing global awareness could become a lifeline for some 2,700 young women and girls estimated to still be in captivity behind Islamic State lines.
“We cannot sit and remain indifferent to what is going on,” the 42-year-old father of six, who supporters have dubbed the “Jewish Schindler” after German factory owner Oskar Schindler, credited with saving more than 1,000 Jews during the Holocaust, told Vocativ. “We cannot wait and rely on others to act. ‘Why not me?’ is the question we should all be asking ourselves.”
But critics believe Maman’s campaign will pour thousands of dollars into the hands of ISIS militants, who have waged a brutal campaign against religious and ethnic minorities since their group declared its caliphate across Syria and Iraq last year. The United Nations reported that last August up to 5,000 Yazidis were slaughtered in Iraq’s Sinjar district and beyond. Thousands of Christian and Yazidi women were later taken as ISIS brides or sold into sexual slavery, humanitarian groups have found.
Steve Maman’s campaign to free Yazidi and Christian women and girls held captive by ISIS reached $500,000 on Thursday, August 20. Photo courtesy of: vocativ
News of the atrocities stunned Maman, who runs a classic car dealership and crystal wholesale business. “It’s a level of barbarism which was on another level of persecution,” he told the Toronto Star.
Determined to act, he launched an organization called the Liberation of Christian and Yazidi Children of Iraq. Maman then started calling his business associates, as well as members of Montreal’s Jewish community, to finance the project. Later, he used connections that he had in Baghdad to contact hostage negotiators and humanitarian aid workers.
According to Maman, his organization directs money to brokers on the ground in Iraq, who then use the funds to negotiate a price with Islamic State fighters in the mountain ranges of Iraqi Kurdistan. The Yazidi and Christian captives can be purchased for a fee of between $1,000 and $3,000, which includes a sizable commission for the broker, Maman said.
Once freed, the women and girls are initially taken to refugee camps in Kurdistan. They receive food, shelter and medical care, Maman said. Many of the women and girls say they were sexually abused by ISIS militants. “The rapes, abuse, and brutality they suffer at the hands of their captors are beyond imagination,” wrote Maman on his GoFundMe page.
Dubbed the “Jewish Schindler,” Steve Maman (left) meets with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Photo courtesy of: vocativ
To date, Maman’s group has rescued 128 Yazidis and Christians, he said. Hundreds more, however, may soon be freed from ISIS. By Thursday this week his GoFundMe campaign topped $500,000 from more than 2,500 donations worldwide. Maman’s current goal, according to the campaign, is to raise $2 million.
“If he doesn’t it’s a stunning indictment on humanity,” Pamela Geller, the political commentator and sponsor of the controversial “Draw Muhammad” contest in Garland, Texas last May, told Vocativ. She, along with other anti-Islamic activists in the United States, have championed Maman’s work for months.
“What should we do? Stand by while these girls are gang-raped, sold, torn apart, and tortured?” said Geller. “Only his group is doing anything to save them.”
News of the businessman’s work continues to spread across countries andcontinents and an increasing number of critics have taken to comment threads online to say that all those donations go straight to ISIS coffers .
“This is both commendable and problematic,” said one commenter on the Toronto Star website. “The priority should be returning these girls and women to their families and relative safety as quickly as possible. But at the price of rewarding their kidnappers and providing ISIS with money?”
Others are less diplomatic. “FOLKS IF YOU GIVE $$ TO ISIS MIDDLEMEN IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM A LARGE CUT ENDS UP WITH ISIS THIS ONLY FUNDS NEW ABDUCTIONS AND FUTURE RANSOMS AT HIGHER PRICES,” wrote a user by the name of Kale Lillian on Maman’s GoFundMe page.
Maman remains undeterred. Compared to the billions ISIS has reportedly madefrom looting from banks, seizing oil fields and other illicit activity, the money spent rescuing these women and girls is nominal, he said. “This is pocket change to them,” he said.
After a pause, Maman added: “Honestly, there is no other option to rescue them. How much longer can we wait to save them?”
Aug. 21: A Thalys train of French national railway operator, SNCF, stands at the main train station in Arras, northern France, after a gunman opened fire injuring three people. (AP)
by, AP | FNC | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
Off-duty members of the U.S. military subdued a gunman “known to intelligence services” after he opened fire, injuring three aboard on a high-speed train en route to Paris from Amsterdam Friday.
Three U.S. servicemen were on board the train and overpowered the man when the train stopped in the northern French city of Arras, 115 miles north of Paris, French media reported. Some reports said the men were U.S. Marines but that could not be confirmed.
Passengers on the train subdued the gunman and prevented further carnage, said Christophe Piednoel, spokesman for national railway operator SNCF. The train was then diverted to Arras, where police arrested the suspect, Piednoel said on French television i-Tele.
The suspect was arrested after the train stopped in Arras, 115 miles north of Paris, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henri Brandet said on French television BFM. Passengers were evacuated and police have secured the area.
The man was armed with an automatic rifle and a knife, Piednoel said.
The suspect is a 26-year-old Moroccan, Alliance police union official Sliman Hamzi said on French television i-Tele.
The victims were identified as an American, a Briton and a Frenchman. Earlier reports said two American service members were among the injured. Two of the victims were in critical condition, according to a statement from the office of President Francois Hollande.
“The situation is under control, the travelers are safe. The train stopped and the emergency services are on site,” Thalys, the train operator, tweeted.
The attack took place while the train was passing through Belgium, according to a statement from Hollande’s office. The statement said he spoke with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, and the two leaders pledged to cooperate closely on the investigation.
Two of the victims were considered to be seriously injured, the French state rail company SNCF said, according to French wire service AFP. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is on his way to the scene. Passengers were evacuated and police have secured the area.
The motivation for the attack is unknown, officials said. AFP cited French officials saying the suspect is “known to intelligence services.”
Investigators from France’s special anti-terror police are leading the investigation, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office said.
“As always where an act that could be terrorist in nature is involved, the greatest care and the greatest precision will be used,” Cazeneuve said.
Cazeneuve said the two Americans “were particularly courageous and showed great bravery in very difficult circumstances” and that “without their sangfroid we could have been confronted with a terrible drama.”
A third person, French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade, suffered a minor injury while activating the train’s emergency alarm, Lorthiois said.
Passenger Christina Cathleen Coons of New York described the drama in car 12 of the train in an interview with Ouest France newspaper.
“I heard shots, most likely two, and a guy collapsed,” she is quoted as saying.
Coons, identified as a 28-year-old vacationing in Europe, said a window broke above one woman’s head. “A guy fell to the floor and had blood everywhere,” she is quoted as saying.
She described lying on the floor herself and taking photos with her phone.
“I thought there would be a shootout in the train,” the newspaper quotes her as saying. Then, “people came to take care of him.”
A White House official told Fox News that President Obama was briefed on the incident Friday evening:
“The President’s thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims of this attack, and he wishes them speedy and full recoveries,” the official said.
“Echoing the statements of French authorities, the President expressed his profound gratitude for the courage and quick thinking of several passengers, including U.S. service members, who selflessly subdued the attacker. While the investigation into the attack is in its early stages, it is clear that their heroic actions may have prevented a far worse tragedy. We will remain in close contact with French authorities as the investigation proceeds.”
by, Mrigank Tiwari | The Times of India TNN | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
BAREILLY, India: Two brothers, enraged by the affair their 17-year-old sister was carrying on with a cousin, beheaded the girl and marched around the village with the severed, bleeding head. The incident occurred at Bamani Chowki village, under the jurisdiction of Paraur police station in Shahjhanapur district on Monday.
Gul Hasan, 25, and his brother Nanhey, 20, spotted their sister Phool Jahan outside the house of their cousin on Monday afternoon. The girl had also spent the night at her cousin’s house. She had earlier expressed a desire to marry him. Her brothers had opposed the idea of marriage and warned her to stay away from their cousin.
Enraged that she had also spent the night there, they dragged her away and cut her head off with a chopper. Marching around the village with their sister’s head, the brothers said, “Dekho, hamne apni behen ko maar dala aur pyar karney ki yehi sazaa hoti hai” (This is what happens as punishment for having an affair.)
Muslims Slaughter Dozens of Hindus and Buddhists at Erawan Hindu Shrine in Bangkok.
by, Sky News Australia | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
A bomb has exploded outside a religious shrine in a bustling hub of the Thai capital, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 120 others in an attack authorities said targeted foreigners.
The blast occurred about 6.30pm (2130 AEST) on Monday when the streetside Erawan Shrine close to upscale shopping malls was packed with worshippers and tourists.
‘I heard a very loud bang, it made the whole building shake so I ran outside to see what had happened,’ Panupan Chansing, 20, a hotel worker at the nearby Grand Hyatt Erawan, told AFP.
‘I saw bodies lying on the ground and I saw vehicles on fire. I feel very sad and sorry that this has happened to Thai people … I’m scared.’
Police confirmed 19 people were killed, including 10 Thais, one Chinese and one Filipino citizen. More than 120 others were injured, according to police.
The nationalities of the other people who died were not immediately clear.
But China’s official Xinhua news agency said two Chinese nationals had died, while the governments of Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan reported that some of their citizens were injured.
Video courtesy of: JSM Media Productions
Bangkok has endured years of deadly political violence, with a military junta now ruling the nation, and a decades-long Muslim insurgency in the far south that has claimed thousands of lives.
Police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri told AFP the blast was likely politically motivated and designed to bring ‘chaos’.
Thailand’s defence minister said the bombing was aimed at foreigners in an attempt to damage the country’s tourist industry, which is a rare bright spot in an otherwise gloomy economy.
‘It was a TNT bomb … the people who did it targeted foreigners and to damage tourism and the economy,’ said Prawit Wongsuwong, a former general who is believed to have been one of the key coup-makers.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack, however, and it was unclear immediately who was responsible.
Islamic militants have carried out many attacks in other parts of Southeast Asia, including on Indonesia’s holiday island of Bali in 2002 that killed 202 people.
But they have not made Thailand a prime target.
A government spokesman said it was too early to speculate on who was behind the attack.
Glass was strewn across the street after the explosion inside the gates to the shrine, which is in the central Chidlom district close to the famous Sukhmuvit Road shopping strip.
Charred and shattered motorcycles littered the scene, alongside hunks of concrete, with pools of blood on the pavement and two bodies crumpled on the steps of the shrine.
The attack drew quick condemnation internationally, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s office releasing a statement saying he was shocked.
‘He expresses his condolences to the bereaved families and to the people and government of Thailand,’ the statement said.
‘He hopes that those responsible will be brought to justice.’
Howard Fenton, a 50-year-old computer programmer from Australia, said he was dismayed to see violence return once more to Bangkok’s streets.
‘There’ve just been so many problems in Thailand over the years,’ he told AFP.
‘You sort of hope that it’s going to go away but when it comes back again it’s pretty shocking. And coming this violently is a real worry.
‘I really hope sense will prevail and it doesn’t spiral into something really, really shocking,’ he added.
The blasts came just hours after fresh economic data showed Thailand’s economy had slowed in the second quarter.
Tourism, which accounts for 10 per cent of the country’s GDP, was one of the few positive growth areas.
Thailand had been expecting a surge in Chinese visitors in October for the annual National Day holiday, often dubbed ‘Golden Week’ by China’s neighbours because of the huge tourism bonanza it produces.
Soon after the blasts the country’s tourism minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul visited the nearby Chulalongkorn Hospital where many of the Chinese victims were taken.
‘We wanted to make sure there are translators … because a lot of the Chinese they cannot speak English,’ she told AFP.
Asked whether the bombs would impact tourism she said: ‘This is a big concern for us.’
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