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2 Killed in Nigerian Bomb Blast

Nigerian officials suspect a radical Islamic group is responsible for bomb blasts in a northeastern Nigerian city that killed two people and wounded eight Sunday.

Authorities say Maiduguri has experienced violence blamed on the Islamic sect Boko Haram, whose name means "western education is sinful," for the past two years.

Officials say the explosions ripped through a hotel and a motor park.

Police say the victim count is for the hotel. The casualties for the blast at the motor park have not yet been determined.

Article by VOA News

5 Females Found Murdered in Acapulco

Mexican police say the brutally murdered bodies of four women and a teenage girl have been found in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco.

Authorities say all the victims apparently had a connection to a local beauty parlor.

Officials say the semi-nude and bound bodies of two of the women and a 14-year-old girl were found with their throats slashed early Saturday in the salon.

Police say the other victims, who also had their throats cut, were found later in the day in other parts of the resort town.

Indonesia Police Break Up Bomb Plot

Indonesia is under a state of high alert after police say they foiled a plot to blow up a church as worshippers gathered for Good Friday services.

On Friday, the police said they had arrested 19 suspects and a day earlier defused five bombs around the Christ Cathedral in the Jakarta suburb of Tangerang. The bombs had been set to go off at 9 a.m. on Friday, when the church would have been filled with worshippers on one of Christianity's holiest days.

Suspected US Drone Strikes Kill 25 in NW Pakistan

Pakistani officicals say suspected U.S. drones fired at least five missiles at a house in a tribal region near the Afghan border, killing 25 people.

Authorities say the attack Friday targeted a house believed to be a militant hideout in northwest Pakistan, about 35 kilometers from Miranshah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region.

At least two women and three children are believed to be among the casualties, but there was no way to independently confirm the report.

Another Mass Grave Uncovered in Mexico

Mexican authorities have pulled about 30 more bodies from an unmarked mass grave in the northern part of the country.

Officials say the bodies were found near the city of Durango, capital of the state with the same name.

The discovery comes after authorities recently unearthed mass graves holding as many as 126 bodies in the northwestern state of Tamaulipas near the U.S. border.

Authorities have arrested at least 17 members of the Zetas drug gang for the killings, as well as 16 municipal police officers accused of protecting those who carried out the killings.

Pirates Hijack Italian Ship

Pirates have hijacked an Italian cargo ship with at least 21 crew members in the dangerous waters near Somalia.

The European Union's anti-piracy force says the bulk carrier MV Rosalia D'Amato was seized Thursday in the Indian Ocean, 560 kilometers off the coast of Oman.

It says the ship's crew consists of six Italians and 15 Filipinos. Italy's foreign ministry, which confirmed the hijacking, put the number of crew members at 22.

US: Pakistan’s ISI has Links with Militants

The top U.S. military officer says Pakistan's intelligence agency still has connections to militants fighting in Afghanistan.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Pakistani media Wednesday that some members of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency have a long-standing relationship with the Haqqani militant network. Officials have for years suspected the ties, which Pakistan denies.

Mullen arrived in Islamabad earlier Wednesday for a two-day visit that includes talks with Pakistani Army Chief Ashfaq Kayani.

Indonesian Attack Seen as ‘Individual Jihad’

An international research group says violent extremism in Indonesia, such as a suicide bombing last week at a mosque in West Java, increasingly is the work of small groups acting independently of large terrorist networks.

The International Crisis Group said in a report Tuesday that an emerging pattern of violence involves targeted killings, rather than “indiscriminate” bombings. In Indonesia, the study's authors said, small local groups tend to carry out targeted-killing plots against police, Christians or members of a minority Muslim sect.

South Africa Plans More Charges Against Terror Suspect

Prosecutors in South Africa have announced plans to file more charges against Henry Okah, the alleged mastermind of a deadly bombing in Nigeria last year.

News reports on Tuesday quote prosecutor Shaun Abrahams as saying the additional charges relate to a March 2010 bombing in the southern Nigerian city of Warri. Abrahams says Okah will be charged with terrorism and conspiracy for the blast.

Authorities arrested Okah in South Africa on October 2, a day after bombings in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, killed 12 people. The explosions occurred as Nigerians marked their Independence Day.