Islamic extremists

Man held in Hungary said to have extremist ties

Police said Tuesday that the 39-year-old resident of Cyprus identified only as Ahmed H. was detained and questioned on Sept. 19.

Police said the suspect acknowledged being at the Roszke 2 border crossing during clashes in which Hungarian police used water cannons and tear gas to drive back migrants trying to break through a gate on the border.

South Africa investigates $5 million seizure at airport

Police Brig. Hangwani Mulaudzi said Tuesday that there were "rumors" that the cash was headed for the Islamic State group but that authorities had so far not found any "tangible evidence."

Islamic State extremists control parts of Syria and Iraq and have welcomed thousands of foreign fighters into their ranks.

South African tax authorities say five passengers carrying the cash were detained while boarded an Emirates flight at Johannesburg's main international airport on Aug. 28.

Nigerian official: 54 die in blasts in Borno state capital

The civilian defense force members insisted on anonymity Monday for fear of reprisals from the Nigerian military which was deployed to protect residents in the town. They said 43 people died in an attack on a mosque and 11 were killed in an attack on market center.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but initial suspicion has fallen on the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, which has resorted to hit-and-run tactics after the Nigerian military recaptured territory once held by the militants.


Official: 4 rescued from Mali hotel; 9 killed in attack

The shootout killed nine people plus three attackers, in a rare attack far from the jihadists' northern strongholds, Mali's defense ministry adviser said.

The four rescued U.N. employees were two South Africans, a Russian and Ukraine, said U.N. mission in Mali spokeswoman Radhia Achouri.

VIDEO: US ready to give training to combat Boko Haram

Republican Darrell Issa said Nigeria's military is not outgunned by Boko Haram, it needs training, not arms, to defeat the insurgents blamed for the deaths of thousands in three countries.

Issa spoke at a news conference after his four-person, bipartisan delegation met with President Muhammadu Buhari and military service chiefs.

The news conference was also attended by members of the campaign 'Bring Back Our Girls'.

Nigeria: troops rescue 178 people, destroy extremist camps

Spokesman Col. Tukur Gusau said that 101 of those freed are children, along with 67 women and 10 men.

The Nigerian Air Force reported killing "a large number" of militants in repelling an attack on Bitta village, 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of the army operations that took place around Bama, 70 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of Maiduguri city. Maiduguri is the birthplace of Boko Haram and the capital of northeastern Borno state.

Nigerian soldiers rescue 71 children, women from Boko Haram

Some of the captives say they were in the clutches of the Islamic extremists for as long as a year.

One young woman, Yagana Kyari, says she was just "waiting for death" because the jihadis constantly threatened to kill their victims.

Army spokesman Col. I. T. Gusau says 12 people were rescued on Wednesday and 59 on Thursday from villages about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast.