Compiled by Jamie Mullick
BANGLADESH: With an increasing number of attacks on non-Muslims and secular activists, Bangladesh last week arrested 11,600 people after announcing a new initiative against Islamic extremism within its borders. But only 2 per cent of those detained — just 177 people — are actually accused of dangerous radicalism, and none are considered high-ranking terrorist operatives. Of the 177 militants, most of are members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, said police.
NIGERIA: Boko Haram militants last Thursday have shot dead 18 women at a funeral in Nigeria’s northeast, rampaging through a village, setting houses on fire and shooting at random, witnesses and local government officials. The attack took place at about 5 pm in the village of Kuda in Adamawa State. Resident Moses Kwagh told Reuters that people waited until three hours after the attack and had then counted 18 women’s bodies. Some women were still missing, he said.
IRAQ: Iraqi forces continued an offensive against Fallujah, 50 km west of Baghdad, on May 23 after a series of deadly bombings hit Shia districts of the capital over the week. The troops began advancing against the militants inside the city, after completing its encirclement last week. Meanwhile, two suicide bombings that killed about 25 people in Baghdad Thursday were claimed by Islamic State. The ultra-hardline Sunni insurgents said one attack was carried out with a car laden with explosives and the second with an explosive vest.
SYRIA: US-backed Syrian forces over the week edged closer to an Islamic State stronghold on the border with Turkey while on Saturday Russia’s defence minister visited President Bashar al Assad to discuss military operations. The visit came only hours after the Syrian army and its Iranian-backed militias, which have been supported by Russian air power, lost several villages to Islamist rebels as they made significant advances in the countryside south of Aleppo. Meanwhile, Turkish border guards Sunday shot dead at least 11 Syrians, mostly from one family, as they tried to cross into Turkey from northwestern Syria, activists and a monitoring group said.
BELGIUM: Prosecutors charged three men with terrorism offences last Saturday following overnight raids that took place amid heightened security in Belgium and France due to the Euro 2016 tournament. Three months after Islamist bombers killed 32 people in Brussels, police searched dozens of houses across the country and arrested 12 people.
PAKISTAN: With the increase in cases of ‘honour’ killing in the country, a group of Pakistani clerics has issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, declaring “honour killing” over perceived damage to a family’s reputation against the teaching of Islam last week, and anyone who carries out such an attack a heretic. Hundreds of Pakistanis, the vast majority women and girls, are murdered every year by relatives after being accused of damaging a family’s honour. Most cases involve young women trying to chose partners against a family’s wishes.