Nigeria gunmen attack pub, kill 25
As many as 25 people were killed when suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked a pub in northern Nigeria`s restive Borno state, security sources said on Monday.
Abuja: As many as 25 people were killed when suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked a pub in northern Nigeria`s restive Borno state, security sources said on Monday.
The attackers came to the pub in the city of Maiduguri during its peak hours yesterday and threw bombs and fired sporadically, killing 25 persons and leaving up to 30 others seriously injured, police said.
According to police, they came on motorbikes and escaped after the attack.
Recently, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe where terror groups are known to be active.
Nigerian army moved into the states and took over control of the camps of the groups and released women and children held captive there.
Boko Haram has been fighting to install an Islamic Caliphate in northern Nigeria since 2009. PTI
Mexico`s navy vice admiral killed in ambush
Morelia (Mexico): Gunmen ambushed and killed one of Mexico`s highest ranking navy officials and the officer escorting him in the rough western state of Michoacan, authorities said.
Two other people were injured in the shooting yesterday in an area where a fight between rival drug cartels has caused a new outburst of violence.
The state prosecutors` office said the attack on Vice Adm. Carlos Miguel Salazar happened on a dirt road near the town of Churintzio yesterday. The motive was unclear, but Salazar is the top navy commander in the neighboring Pacific coastal state of Jalisco.
Attacks by Mexican cartels on military personnel have occurred, but are relatively rare. Salazar may be the highest military officer slain since the government began an offensive against the cartels in late 2006.
Navy officials would not confirm whether Salazar was on duty yesterday. Marines are known to carry out operations in Michoacan, but in a smaller capacity than the federal police and army.
Alejandro Arellano, spokesman for Michoacan attorney general`s office, said Salazar`s driver apparently took the dirt road because the main highway had been closed. He said Ricardo Fernandez Hernandez, an officer serving as the admiral`s bodyguard, was also killed. Arellano said a woman and another man traveling in the car were injured.
A statement from the Mexican navy said the commander`s SUV was traveling on a main highway that connects Morelia, Michoacan`s capital, to the city of Guadalajara and farther west to Salazar`s navy base. The vehicle was forced to take a detour near Churintzio and men armed with high-powered rifles opened fire while it was between two villages, the statement, it said.
Helicopters of the army, navy and federal police and more than 200 security officers and emergency workers converged on the scene after the shooting. The attackers had not been located, but officials said forces searching the area found an abandoned car suspected of being used by the gunmen.
The navy is considered the most successful Mexican force in the drug war, with marines proving to be the best trained and least corruptible. Marines killed the head of the Beltran Leyva cartel in the city of Cuernavaca in 2009 and captured Zetas cartel leader Miguel Angel Trevino near the US-Mexico border two weeks ago.
Navy officers have rarely been targeted by the gangs despite clearly setting their eyes on drug criminals. In August 2011, nine Mexican marines were abducted.