Kuwait arrests two police officers in crackdown on militants: Media

 Kuwait has arrested two police officers as part of a security crackdown on Islamist militants launched after last week`s deadly bombing on a mosque claimed by Islamic State, newspapers reported on Wednesday.

Islamic State group claims Sinai attacks on Egypt soldiers

The Islamic State group`s branch in Egypt has claimed a wave of attacks on military checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula that killed at least 15 soldiers on Wednesday.

Bomb attack targets Egypt's state prosecutor in Cairo

Egypt's Prosecutor General on Monday escaped an assassination attempt when militants targeted his convoy in a bomb attack, injuring him and three others.

Exiles angered as China holds beer festival in Muslim county

A county in the heavily Muslim southern part of China`s unruly region of Xinjiang has held a beer festival in the run-up to the holy month of Ramadan, the government said, in what an exiled group called an open provocation.

Chad bombs Boko Haram bases in Nigeria after suicide attacks

Chad`s military has carried out a series of air strikes against Boko Haram bases in Nigeria in retaliation for twin suicide bombings this week in the Chadian capital N`Djamena that killed at least 34 people, it said in a statement late on Wednesday.

Egyptian court cancels death sentences of 7 Islamists

 An Egyptian court today cancelled death sentences of seven Islamist militants and ordered their retrial in a case related to the killing of 25 policemen in the country's troubled North Sinai region.

Belgium raids suspected Islamists, fails to confirm attack plot

Belgian police raided suspected Islamist militants, mostly of Chechen origin, on Monday but found no evidence to confirm suspicions that they were planning an attack, prosecutors said.

Burundi president appears in capital, warns of al Shabaab threat

 Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza on Sunday made his first public appearance in the capital Bujumbura since an attempted coup last week failed to oust him, warning of a threat posed by Islamist militants from Somalia.

Somalia`s Al-Shabab captures boat, crew, says Iran

Somalia`s Al-Shabab Islamist militants have captured an Iranian fishing boat and its crew after it was forced to put into port due to mechanical failure, Iran`s Fisheries Organisation said Thursday.

Four Egypt militants killed making bombs: Police

Egyptian police said on Saturday that four Islamists were killed in an accidental explosion while preparing bombs south of the capital.

Insurgents release 300 kidnapped Syrian Kurds: Kurdish official

 Islamist insurgents have released 300 Kurdish men in the country`s north who were taken captive on Sunday, a Kurdish official said on Monday.

Syrian Islamists exchange 25 women and children prisoners for commander

 Islamist militants and fighters loyal to the Syrian government have made a rare prisoner swap, with insurgents releasing 25 women and children in exchange for one of their commanders, a monitoring group said on Monday.

Seven killed in Boko Haram attack in Chad

Seven civilians were killed in an attack in Chad blamed on Nigerian Boko Haram rebels, officials said Monday.

Garissa terror attack: Kenya declares three days of national mourning

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday declared three days of national mourning during which the country's flag shall fly at half-mast, following Thursday's Garissa terror attack.

Kenyatta says campus attackers "embedded" in Kenya's Muslim community

Kenya`s President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Saturday that those behind an attack in which al Shabaab Islamist militants killed 148 people at a university were "deeply embedded" in Kenya, and called on Kenyan Muslims to help prevent radicalisation.

On Good Friday, Pope decries persecution of Christians

Pope Francis presided at two Good Friday services, praying for persecuted Christians a day after Islamist militants attacked a university in Kenya, killing at least 147 people.

Boko Haram will know the strength of our collective will: Nigeria Prez

Nigeria's president-elect Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday vowed tough action against Boko Haram and pledged reconciliation and inclusive government, in a speech after his dramatic election win.

Eight suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed in NE Nigeria: Residents

Eight suspected Boko Haram fighters were killed on Sunday during fighting in Gombe and Bauchi states, northeast Nigeria, police, residents and local hunters said.

Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 17 dead: Official

Somali troops on Saturday took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded.

Islamist fighters kill 7 in Somali hotel, officials trapped

Islamist militants blasted their way into a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least seven people and trapping government officials inside, police and witnesses said.