Two female suicide bombers killed more than 70 people on Tuesday morning at a Nigerian refugee camp. A further 78 people were injured.
Th camp houses people displaced because of unrest resulting from the islamic Boko Haram separatist group’s attacks in Borno state. A third would-be bomber surrendered to authorities after spotting her parents and siblings inside the camp. Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency has killed 20,000 people and driven many people from their homes.
Hundreds killed in Russian-backed Syrian offensive
More than 500 people have died in the past month as Syrian Government troops, backed by Russian air strikes, move against the rebel groups Islamic State and theal-Nusra Front in northern Syria’s Aleppo province. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “89 civilians, including 23 children, 143 pro-government fighters, 274 rebels and foreign fighters” are among the dead. Pressure is mounting on Turkey to open its border as thousands of civilians continue to flee the violence. As many as 300,000 people may still be trapped in Aleppo, cut off from humanitarian aid unless access can be negotiated.
Netanyahu plans security wall around Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to build a wall encircling Israel to protect the Jewish state from the people of Palestine and neighbouring Arab states, whom he described as “wild beasts”. The plan was announced on Tuesday while he was visiting southern Israel’s border with Jordan. It will add another 30 kilometres to an existing 240 kilometre barrier between Israel and Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. Mr Netanyahu said the border project was part of a “multi-year plan to surround Israel with security fences to protect ourselves in the current and projected Middle East”.
North Korea executes army chief of staff
North Korea’s army chief of staff Ri Yong-gil has been executed, according to media reports from South Korea. General Ri, notably absent from recent state occasions, including celebrations in Pyongyang at the weekend to mark the successful launch of a long-range rocket, is thought to have been executed earlier this month. North Korea’s despotic leader Kim Jong-un is believed to have replaced him with Ri Myong-su, an 81-year-old security veteran. – Compiled from web sources by the World News team