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Suspected US Drone Strikes Kill 38 Militants in Pakistan

Pakistani officials say suspected U.S. drone strikes have killed at least 38 militants in Pakistan's northwest in the last two days, in one of the heaviest barrages on suspected militant compounds in recent months.

The strikes targeted three suspected compounds late Monday and early Tuesday in the North and South Waziristan tribal areas, which border Afghanistan. The militants are believed to shelter inside Pakistan while conducting attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Fear of Islamic Militant Attacks in Nigeria Spreads to Lagos

The fear of attacks by Islamic militants in Nigeria is spreading south to the commercial capital, Lagos, where city buses are being checked for bombs. A group that says it is fighting for a separate Islamic state is thought responsible for a series of attacks across the north.

Bomb attacks and ambushes in the northern city of Maiduguri have indefinitely closed the university there and led to an exodus of civilians, some of whom are newly unemployed motorbike taxi drivers after all motorbikes were banned in Maiduguri because Islamic militants were using them to throw bombs.

Bin Laden Death Triggered More Pakistan Violence, Red Cross Says

A senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross reports a significant increase in violence throughout Pakistan since former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2 by U.S. special forces. The outgoing head of the ICRC delegation in Pakistan says tensions are spreading throughout the country.

Nigeria Says 11 Boko Haram Members Have Been Killed in Clash

Nigerian military officials say 11 members of a radical Islamic sect have been killed in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.

The officials say the members of the Boko Haram group were killed during a confrontation with military and police personnel late Saturday.

They say the clash began when Boko Haram members threw homemade bombs at a patrol.

The Associated Press quotes a witness, said to be the brother of one of those killed, as saying soldiers chased people in the streets for hours and shot at them.

20 People Killed In Mexico Bar Attack

Mexican officials say gunmen shot and killed 20 people inside a bar in Monterrey, Mexico late Friday.

Local media say more than two dozen attackers opened fire on the patrons at a bar in a busy commercial district.

Monterrey has been the scene of deadly battles involving drug cartels fighting over routes into the United States.

Earlier Friday, Mexican police say the bodies of 10 men and woman were found shot on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Police say the victims were found in the Valle de Chalco area blindfolded and with their hands tied.

At Least 39 Killed in Pakistani City of Karachi

Police say at least 39 people have been killed in political and ethnic violence in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi in the last three days.

Gunmen opened fire on buses Thursday in the latest unrest.

Police blame clashes between rival political groups in Sindh province, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP).

The MQM largely represents the Urdu-speaking community, and until last month was part of the ruling coalition in Sindh. ANP represents ethnic Pashtuns.

New Clashes Between Al Qaida and Mauritanian Army

Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb is claiming responsibility for an attack on a Mauritanian army base near the border with Mali.

An al-Qaida spokesman told the private Nouakchott news agency Wednesday two of the group's fighters died in Tuesday's attack – one from Algeria and another from Mali.

The Mauritanian army confirmed the attack near Bassiknou and said its forces launched a counter attack, killing 20 militants.

Mauritania and Mali have been engaged in an ongoing effort to chase al-Qaida's North African affiliate from camps near the border areas.

New Blast Shakes Northeast Nigeria

Suspected Islamic militants attacked a police patrol in northeastern Nigeria, wounding at least three officers.

Major General Jack Nwachukwu Nwaogbo said the attackers threw a bomb at the patrol in the city of Maiduguri Wednesday.

Witnesses report the blast was followed by sporadic bursts of gunfire.

Officials are blaming the Boko Haram sect for Wednesday's incident, as well as a series of other that have killed at least 40 people in the past two weeks.

Suspected Militants Killed in Yemeni Airstrikes

Yemeni military officials say at least five suspected al-Qaida militants have been killed in a series of airstrikes over southern towns.

Officials say the strikes carried out by government warplanes on late Monday and Tuesday targeted militant hideouts in areas including Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province. They say at least two civilians were also killed in the strikes.

On Monday, tens of thousands of Yemenis rallied in the capital, Sana'a, to protest against the government's handling of an Islamist insurgency in Abyan province.