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India temple fire kills more than 100 worshippers

India fire kills 100A massive fire has swept through a temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala during a fireworks display, killing at least 106 people and injuring more than 350 others.

The fire broke out on Sunday morning, officials said, when a spark from the show ignited a separate pile of fireworks that was being stored at the Puttingal temple complex in the coastal town of Paravur in Kollam district.


6th arrest in Belgium over attacks, new raid in Brussels

More arrests in BrusselsBelgian authorities have detained a sixth person suspected of ties to the Brussels bombings, a group that includes the last known fugitive of last year's Paris attacks and a Swedish fighter with possible links to attacks in both Brussels and Paris, prosecutors said Saturday.

The arrests could give investigators new insights into the Islamic State group cell believed to have carried out the attacks in both France and Belgium.


Deadly car bombing targets Mogadishu restaurant

Mogadishi bombingsAt least three people, including a child, were killed on Saturday in a car bomb attack outside a restaurant in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses said.

Armed group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack on its radio station, saying it was targeting government forces who were inside the restaurant, according to the DPA news agency.


IS frees most of 300 abducted cement workers, kills 4

workers captured by ISIS returned; four killedThe Islamic State group has released most of the 300 cement workers it abducted near Damascus after questioning them to find out who were Muslims and killing four who were members of the minority Druze sect, a Syrian opposition monitoring group and a news agency linked to the extremists reported Saturday.

The reports came two days after IS abducted the cement workers and contractors from their workplace in Dumeir, just northeast of the capital, after a surprise attack on government forces.


Paris attack suspect arrested, may be `man in the hat': Belgian media

Brussels man in the hat arrestedMohamed Abrini, who was wanted for November's Islamic State attacks in Paris, has been arrested in Brussels, Belgian public broadcasters said on Friday, adding that Abrini was probably involved in last month's Brussels bombings.

Abrini, a 31-year-old Belgian, was "more than likely" the "man in the hat" seen on security camera footage at Brussels airport on March 22 with two suicide bombers, VRT and RTBF said on their websites, citing unidentified sources.


Bangladeshi activist killed after criticizing Islamist extremism

Bangladesh activist killedA Bangladeshi law student who was critical of radical Islamists was killed on the street in the latest attack on secular writers.

Witnesses said a group of men with machetes surrounded Nazimuddin Samad, 26, in a crowded intersection of the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was slashed in the head and shot, police said.


2,000 hostages freed as African troops close in on Boko Haram

hostages freed as troops close in on Boko haramAt least 2,000 hostages were freed and more than 300 Islamist militants killed as government troops closed in on Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.

The regional security operation took place Sunday and Monday in and surrounding Nigeria's northern town of Walassa, near the Cameroon border. Cameroon is part of a 8,700-strong coalition with Benin, Chad, Nigeria and Niger, united in the fight against Boko Haram, which pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in March 2015.


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