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NIA files charge-sheet against two suspected to be Islamic State sympathisers under IPC, UAPA
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NIA files charge-sheet against two suspected to be Islamic State sympathisers under IPC, UAPA

According to the central agency, Abdul Cader and Irfan Nasir are allegedly members of the Hizb-ut-Tahrir, an international Islamist and fundamentalist organisation, and had formed a group namely Quran Circle to allegedly further their Islamic State-related activities

Niger: At least 58 killed after gunmen attack civilians returning from market in Banibangou
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Niger: At least 58 killed after gunmen attack civilians returning from market in Banibangou

There was no immediate claim of responsibility though extremists belonging to the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara group are known to be active in the Tillaberi region

From Saddam’s ouster to brutal Islamic State campaign, a timeline of disaster and displacement for Iraqi Christians
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From Saddam’s ouster to brutal Islamic State campaign, a timeline of disaster and displacement for Iraqi Christians

The Vatican for years has voiced concern about the flight of Christians from the Middle East, driven out by war, poverty, persecution and discrimination. Pope Francis hopes that by visiting Iraq — the first visit by a sitting pontiff — he will be sending a message of hope and solidarity.

Three women working for Afghan news outlet gunned down in Jalalabad by Islamic State affiliate
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Three women working for Afghan news outlet gunned down in Jalalabad by Islamic State affiliate

The women’s deaths come at a perilous time for Afghanistan as security around the country continues to decline and the US' planned withdrawal of troops on 1 May looms

Bombay HC upholds bail for Areeb Majeed, Kalyan resident accused of having Islamic State links
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Bombay HC upholds bail for Areeb Majeed, Kalyan resident accused of having Islamic State links

The bench hearing the matter said it was upholding the lower court's order on the grounds of pendency of trial and not on merits of the case

Car bomb kills two Kabul University lecturers in Afghanistan's capital
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Car bomb kills two Kabul University lecturers in Afghanistan's capital

This was the second explosion in Kabul on Thursday. An earlier bomb blast targeted the police in the District 10 area, but caused no casualties

UN urges countries to repatriate children from Syria, says 27,000 'remain stranded, abandoned to their fate'
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UN urges countries to repatriate children from Syria, says 27,000 'remain stranded, abandoned to their fate'

The children at the Al Hol camp are vulnerable to be preyed on by Islamic State enforcers, “and at risk of radicalisation within the camp” UN counterterrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov said

Baghdad blasts: IS claims responsibility for twin suicide bombing that killed 32, injured 110
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Baghdad blasts: IS claims responsibility for twin suicide bombing that killed 32, injured 110

In a statement posted on the group's Telegram communications channel early Friday, Islamic State claimed two of its men blew themselves up in Tayaran Square

Baghdad blasts: At least 32 killed, 110 injured; twin suicide bombings deadliest attack in Iraq since 2018
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Baghdad blasts: At least 32 killed, 110 injured; twin suicide bombings deadliest attack in Iraq since 2018

No one immediately took responsibility for the attack, but Iraq has seen assaults perpetrated by both the Islamic State group and other militia groups in recent months

Islamic State's killings of Hazaras in Balochistan show persecution of community in Pakistan continues unabated
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Islamic State's killings of Hazaras in Balochistan show persecution of community in Pakistan continues unabated

Hazaras are said to be disproportionately targeted by sectarian violence as they are easily identifiable due to their distinctive physical appearance

Car bomb explosion in Afghanistan's Kabul kills nine; lawmaker among 20 injured
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Car bomb explosion in Afghanistan's Kabul kills nine; lawmaker among 20 injured

Interior Minister Masoud Andarabi said the lawmaker, Khan Mohammad Wardak, was in "good condition" but added that the toll could rise further. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

New York Times says its podcast ‘Caliphate’ didn’t meet standards, term it an 'institutional failing'
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New York Times says its podcast ‘Caliphate’ didn’t meet standards, term it an 'institutional failing'

The series had won a Peabody Award, the first ever for a podcast produced by the newspaper, but within hours administrators said The New York Times would return the award

Special NIA court jails BTech graduate for pledging allegiance to Islamic State; youth was caught enroute Libya in 2015
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Special NIA court jails BTech graduate for pledging allegiance to Islamic State; youth was caught enroute Libya in 2015

The case pertains to a criminal conspiracy to establish an Islamic State base in India by recruiting Muslim youths like the BTech graduate for the proscribed terrorist organisation through different social media platforms

Afghanistan: At least 14 killed, 45 injured in twin bomb explosions in Bamiyan; Taliban denies involvement
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Afghanistan: At least 14 killed, 45 injured in twin bomb explosions in Bamiyan; Taliban denies involvement

The twin bombing marked the latest attack in Afghanistan, where violence has surged in recent months even as Taliban and Afghan government negotiators are meeting for peace talks

Six Iraqi security personnel, 3 civilians killed in Islamic State ambush, say police
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Six Iraqi security personnel, 3 civilians killed in Islamic State ambush, say police

Four members of the Hashed al-Shaabi and two policemen died along with three civilians, Mohammed Zidane, the mayor of Zouiya, 50 kilometres from the city of Tikrit

Donald Trump said to be readying to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia
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Donald Trump said to be readying to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia

Trump’s national security advisor, Robert O’Brien, said last month that the United States would withdraw about 2,500 troops from Afghanistan by early next year

Vienna attack: Gunman responsible for killing four had attempted to join Islamic State earlier
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Vienna attack: Gunman responsible for killing four had attempted to join Islamic State earlier

Two men and two women died from their injuries in the attack on Monday night. A police officer who tried to get in the way of the attacker was shot and wounded, along with 21 other people.

Islamic State's expanding terror footprint, Taliban's growing ambitions make peace in Afghanistan elusive
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Islamic State's expanding terror footprint, Taliban's growing ambitions make peace in Afghanistan elusive

With the Taliban entering into a 'peace deal' with the US, the Islamic State -Khorasan Province (ISKP) may be seeking to fill the void

At least 19 dead, 22 injured in attack on Afghanistan's Kabul University; not involved, says Taliban
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At least 19 dead, 22 injured in attack on Afghanistan's Kabul University; not involved, says Taliban

Afghan media reported that a book exhibition was being held at the university and was attended by a number of dignitaries at the time of the shooting. MOI spokesperson Tariq Arian said three attackers were killed during the gun fight

Kabul suicide bombing: At least 18 killed, including children, in attack on education centre; 57 wounded
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Kabul suicide bombing: At least 18 killed, including children, in attack on education centre; 57 wounded

Afghanistan interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said that the toll may rise further as family members of victims of the suicide bombing are still searching the several different hospitals where the wounded have been taken