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Syrian Hotel Leveled by Explosion

Date of Occurrence: May 8, 2014 Location: Aleppo, Syria Event: Bombing Fatalities: Unknown Injuries/Displaced: Unknown

A huge explosion leveled a hotel in Aleppo, Syria that was used to house government troops for over two years.  Militants tunneled underneath the Carlton Hotel and planted explosives and then detonated them remotely.


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American Embassy in Yemen Closes

Date of Occurrence: May 7, 2014 Location: Sanaa, Yemen Event: Closing of American Embassy Fatalities: N/A Injuries/Displaced: N/A

The Department of State announced that it has closed the American Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen citing recent attacks.  The move is being described as a precautionary step and comes from a reemergence of a threat from several weeks ago.


New York Times




Boka Haram Continues Attacks in Nigeria

Date of Occurrence: May 5, 2014 Location: Gamboru, Ngala, Nigeria Event: Militant Attacks Fatalities: 300 Injuries/Displaced: Unknown

As many as 300 people were killed on Monday in the town of Gamboru, Ngala which is located near the Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.  This number was confirmed on Wednesday by local officials.  The attack consisted of militants firing into crowds of people at a busy marketplace on Monday evening, with the attack lasting over 12 hours.  Homes were set on fire, and individuals fleeing the fires were shot.

On April 14, 2014, 276 of Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped as militants stormed a school and loaded the girls onto trucks and disappeared.  They and are currently believed to be held in abandoned military bunkers inside a remote and treacherous forest.  On Monday, the leader of  Boka Haram, Abubakar Shekau, posted a video stating that he will sell the girls.  The abduction occurred on the same day as bomb exploded on the edge of Abuja, Nigeria (also blamed on Boka Haram).  Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan accepted an offer from the U.S. to help locate and rescue the missing girls.

The group’s uprising has killed more than 1,500 this year from attacks.


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