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Spain's state prosecutor charged the leader of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, with terrorism and crimes against humanity over a 2013 attack on a Nigerian town in which a Spanish nun was assaulted, court papers said.

Spain has pioneered the use of universal jurisdiction, the concept that crimes against humanity can be prosecuted across borders, in instances such as when a Spanish judge issued an arrest warrant for Chile's Augusto Pinochet in London in 1998.

The Boko Haram case arises from a militant attack on the eastern Nigerian town of Ganye on March 22, 2013 in which at least 25 people were killed. 

Read more: Reuters

The U.S.-trained commander of Tajikistan’s elite police force has defected to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), he said in a YouTube video, and his former unit will issue a statement condemning him, media said on Thursday.  Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov commanded the Central Asian nation’s special-purpose police known as OMON, used against criminals and militants. He disappeared in late April, prompting a search by Tajik police.

He reappeared Wednesday, vowing to bring jihad to Russia and the Unites States as he brandished a cartridge belt and sniper rifle, in a professionally made, 10-minute video clip posted in social networks.  “Listen, you dogs, the president and ministers, if only you knew how many boys, our brothers are here, waiting and yearning to return to Tajikistan to re-establish sharia law there,” he said, addressing Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon.

...Khalimov said he had been trained by elite Russian “spetsnaz” forces in Moscow and U.S. special forces in America.  “Listen, you American pigs, I’ve been three times to America, and I saw how you train fighters to kill Muslims,” he said, patting his rifle. “God willing, I will come with this weapon to your cities, your homes, and we will kill you.”

Read more:  Al Arabiya

A senior leader of al-Shabaab accused by the United Nations Security Council of having links to al-Qaeda has died at the age of 73 after a long illness, the Somali group said.  Hassan Abdullah Hersi al-Turki died Wednesday in the southern Somali town of Hargeysa Yarey, Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rageh, a spokesman for the Islamist militants, said in a statement Thursday on the pro-al-Shabaab Radio Andalus monitored in the capital, Mogadishu. Rageh didn’t give any details on al-Turki’s illness.

Al-Turki met former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, twice in Afghanistan and once in Sudan, Rageh said. The UN listed al-Turki in 2004 for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating” in acts of violence. He was named on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list three years earlier for involvement with terrorism.  Al-Shabaab has waged an insurgency in Somalia since 2006 in a bid to impose a strict form of Islamic law. The group has lost some ground since being driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 by a coalition of Somali and African Union forces.

Read more: Bloomberg

French and Spanish police detained two people and found weapons and explosives in a raid Thursday on a villa in southwest France targeting Basque separatist group ETA, Spanish authorities said.  The operation by Spanish Civil Guards working with French police was directed against ETA's technical and logistic structure, Spain's Interior Ministry said.

A French couple was detained, and police found an "arsenal of arms and explosives" and material used to make fake license plates, the ministry said in a statement. It didn't elaborate.  A few dozen officers were involved in Thursday's operation in the center of the Atlantic Coast resort of Biarritz, including scientific police cloaked in white and masked special police forces.

ETA killed 829 people in its Basque independence campaign but declared a permanent cease-fire in 2011. It has not disbanded. It regularly stored its arms and ammunition in southern France.

Read more: Fox News

Five streets in Chevy Chase, Md., were papered with anti-Semitic fliers on Wednesday morning. Montgomery County police are looking for the person or people who left the hate-filled leaflets on almost every driveway on the streets. "This is very disturbing. My community is definitely disturbed," said Jean Sperling, the village manager of Martin's Additions, the community where the fliers were found. Sperling called the leaflets "ghastly." Sperling said that police who responded to the fliers said that they had seen similar papers in neighboring communities, and that they would be doing extra patrols in Martin's Additions.

The two-page fliers are a compilation of photocopied quotations from anti-Semitic documents. "Remove each and every Jew and Pro-Israel official from state and federal governments and financial organizations," one corner of the flier says. The heading at the top of the flier is: "Jews Destroy U.S. Financially." On the first side of the first page, the leaflet includes a quotation maligning Jews which has been repeatedly, and falsely, attributed to George Washington, and another false quotation from Benjamin Franklin. The succeeding pages grow increasingly chaotic, with arrows and text piled on top of each other. "'The work of a confused, disturbed mind' would be a kind way to put it," Sperling said.

A county police spokeswoman said police were investigating and could not say much more until they complete a report. Sperling asked residents to tell police if they saw anyone distributing the fliers.

Source: Washington Post