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When Islamic State gunmen stormed the northeast Nigerian town of Magumeri on the night of August 21, they had free rein.

Nigerian soldiers had left the town earlier that month under a new strategy of withdrawing to “super camps” that can be more easily defended against insurgents the army has been struggling to contain for a decade.

Unchallenged, the Islamist militants torched a clinic in Magumeri, ransacked government buildings and looted shops before returning to another town they had raided that night called Gubio, residents said.

Read more: Reuters

A 37-year-old man has been extradited from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland on terrorism charges.

The man appeared before Newry Magistrates' Court on Wednesday afternoon.

He was originally arrested in November 2014, along with a number of others in the Ardcarn Park area of Newry.

He first appeared before Newry Magistrates' Court on 24 October 2016. He was later released on bail to live at an approved address in the Republic.

At that time he was charged with a number of terrorism-related offences.

Read more: BBC News

Colombia threatened Tuesday to denounce Cuba at the United Nations unless it immediately turns over two guerrilla commanders believed to be living on the communist island.

The demand came in a letter sent to the Cuban Embassy in Bogota.

President Ivan Duque first pressed Cuba to arrest two National Liberation Army leaders after the group claimed responsibility for a car bombing in January that killed 22 people at a Bogota police academy.

But now the Duque government warns that it could denounce Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism at the upcoming U.N. General Assembly because of the threat of an alliance between the ELN and a rearmed faction of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Read more: Washington Post

The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions on a “wide range of terrorists and their supporters,” including the Palestinian group Hamas and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The targets include 15 leaders, individuals and entities affiliated with groups such as Hamas, al Qaeda, Islamic State and Iran’s IRGC, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement.

The sanctions were applied using new tools from an executive order recently updated by President Donald Trump.

Read more: Reuters

Ethiopia says it has arrested alleged members of the Islamic State group in several towns close to its borders with Somalia and Kenya. 

The group has a presence in Somalia but this is the first time its alleged members have been found in Ethiopia.

Most of those arrested are foreign nationals, from Syria and Yemen. An army official, Colonel Tesfaye Ayalew, told the BBC that Ethiopians were also among those arrested. 

Col Tesfaye said Ethiopia’s strong intelligence network and its good relationship with neighbouring Somalia led to the successful arrest of the militants.

Last month, IS announced that for the first time it was producing audio and video content in Amharic, which is Ethiopia's official language. 

Analysts said that this was a clear indication that the jihadists had a network within the country. 

The IS group first gained a presence in Somalia in October 2015 after a small group of fighters from the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabab broke away and pledged allegiance to the IS leader - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. 

Despite facing attacks from both al-Shabab and the Somali government, the group has maintained a presence in north-east Somalia and around the capital, Mogadishu. 

Last year, IS killed three Ethiopians in the Somali city of Bosaso.

Source: BBC