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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.

The Niger Delta Avengers militant group, which has mounted a bombing campaign against oil pipelines, on Friday threatened "something big" - but also wished Nigerian youngsters a Happy Children's Day.

The militants, whose activities have hammered Nigeria's crude output, posted a warning on Twitter to the army and oil firms: "Watch out something big is about to happen and it will shock the whole world ".

Read more: Reuters

Five people convicted of terrorism over the 2010 bomb attacks in Uganda's capital, Kampala, which killed 74 people, have been given life sentences.

Among them was Isa Ahmed Luyima, the mastermind of the attacks claimed by militant Islamist group al-Shabab.

Read more: BBC News

Militants of the Islamic State group on Friday seized a string of villages from Syrian rebels near the Turkish border in rapid advances that forced the evacuation of a hospital and trapped tens of thousands of people amid heavy fighting, Syrian opposition activists and an international medical organization said.

The advances in the northern Aleppo province brought the militants to within three 3 kilometers (2 miles) of the rebel-held town of Azaz and cut off supplies to Marea further south, another rebel stronghold north of Aleppo city.

Read more: ABC News

Images have emerged appearing to show US commandos operating with Kurdish and Arab fighters near the frontline of an offensive against so-called Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Syria.

In some, soldiers identified as US special forces by the AFP photographer are seen wearing the patch of the local Kurdish fighters.  About 300 US special forces have been deployed to northern Syria.  The US says their function is to train and assist rebels in a non-combat role.

The YPG (Kurdish People's Protection Units) and the YPJ (Women's Protection Units) comprise the majority of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an anti-IS alliance.

Read more:  BBC News

The mastermind of the 2010 bomb attacks in Uganda's capital, Kampala, which killed 74 people, has been found guilty of terrorism.  Ugandan Isa Ahmed Luyima was one of seven to be convicted on this charge.

The Somalia-based Islamist militant group al-Shabab said it was behind the bombings, which happened during a screening of the World Cup final.  This is thought to be the first major conviction of al-Shabab suspects outside Somalia.

Thirteen men were standing trial on charges relating to the attack on two sites, a rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant.  Six of the men were acquitted of terror and murder charges, but one of those was convicted of a lesser charge of accessory after the fact.

Read more: BBC News