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Eleven children in US rescued from 'extremists' at 'filthy' hideout

Eleven children in US rescued from 'extremists' at 'filthy' hideoutFive people have been arrested in New Mexico after police raided a remote desert encampment and found 11 children living among potential Muslim extremists in “filthy” conditions. The three women – mothers of the 11 children aged between one and 15 – and two men were all charged with child abuse. One of the men, Siraj Wahhaj, 39, was wanted in his home state of Georgia for questioning over the disappearance of his three-year-old son, Abdul. Both father and son were last seen in December, when Wahhaj told his wife, Hakima Ramzi, that he was taking the boy to the park. Georgia man Siraj Ibn Wahhaj after his arrest  Credit: AFP The boy's mother told police her child suffered from seizures along with development and cognitive delays. Wahhaj’s relatives, including his father, an imam at a mosque in Brooklyn, New York, launched a social media campaign to try and find the missing boy. The toddler was not found in Friday's raid, however, which was months in the making. Police finally went in after the sheriff in Taos, New Mexico, was forwarded a note from someone on the property, given to Georgia police, which read: “we are starving and need food and water.” Jerry Hogrefe, sheriff of Taos County, said: "I absolutely knew that we couldn't wait on another agency to step up, and we had to go check this out as soon as possible." The sheriff described planning "a tactical approach for our own safety because we had learned the occupants were most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief." Relatives' social media accounts show the Wahhaj family to be devout, but with no evidence of extremist beliefs. A view of the compound in Amalia, New Mexico, where police rescued 11 children and arrested two armed "extremists" Credit: AFP Mr Hogrefe and his men were met by Wahhaj and his colleague, Lucas Morten, who were armed with an AR-15 rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines and four loaded pistols, including one in Wahhaj's pocket. The men at first refused to follow verbal direction, police said, during Friday’s day-long operation. The women – Jany Leveille, 35, believed to be Morten’s wife; Hujrah Wahhaj, 38; and Subhannah Wahhaj, a 35-year-old author of Muslim self-help books – gave themselves up. The compound in Amalia, New Mexico Credit: AP When officials finally entered the makeshift compound, in remote northern New Mexico, they found what one officer called "the saddest living conditions and poverty I have seen". Mr Hogrefe told ABC News the children were hungry, thirsty and filthy. "I've been a cop for 30 years. I've never seen anything like this. Unbelievable," he said. Police described the compound as a small underground trailer covered by plastic, with no running water or electricity "They were skinny, their ribs showed, they were in very poor hygiene and very scared," he said. Police described the compound as a small underground trailer covered by plastic, with no running water or electricity Credit: AP All five adults were held in detention in Taos, charged on Sunday with child abuse. The children were taken away for medical tests.  Morten was additionally charged with harbouring a fugitive and Wahhaj was booked without bond on his Georgia warrant for child abduction. Sherry Jarrell, an occupational therapist who lives on a 70-acre property not far from where the arrests were made on Friday said the area is beautiful, but residents don’t always know who their neighbours are. “It’s a great place,” she told Taos News. “But strange people live out on the mesa. People that are trying to get away from things.”



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Eleven family members found dead in Delhi home: police

Eleven family members found dead in Delhi home: policeA family of 11 found dead at their home in New Delhi had been observing “spiritual, mystical practices”, police said Sunday. “Ten of the 11 family members were found hanging when we reached the house. The last, a 75-year-old female, was dead on the floor,” a Delhi police official said.



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Eleven killed in Nicaragua protests, including attack on Mother's Day march

Eleven killed in Nicaragua protests, including attack on Mother's Day marchBy Oswaldo Rivas MANAGUA (Reuters) – Eleven people were killed on Wednesday in one of the worst days of violence since protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega began more than a month ago, a rights group said on Thursday. Witnesses said pro-government armed groups opened fire on the marchers during a demonstration on Wednesday, Nicaragua’s Mother’s Day. The march was held to remember the children who were among the more than 80 killed since the start of protests more than a month ago.



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Eleven dead as Kabul military base rocked by pre-dawn Isil attack

Eleven dead as Kabul military base rocked by pre-dawn Isil attackEleven Afghan soldiers were killed in an assault on a Kabul military base on Monday, the fourth attack in Afghanistan within 10 days. Isil yesterday claimed the attack, which began at 5am as five militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles stormed the well-defended Marshal Fahim military academy. At least 16 soldiers were wounded in the attack, which lasted over five hours and ended with four of the militants being killed – two by their own suicide vests – and one arrested. Security officials at the scene said the gunmen had used a ladder to get over a wall into the post. "The Afghan National Army is the country's defence force and makes sacrifices for the security and well-being of the people," the ministry of defence said yesterday. President Ashraf Ghani denounced the attack on Monday. Gunfire and explosions were heard coming from the academy  Credit: AP Photo/ Rahmat Gul) "We appreciate the sympathies extended to us by our international partner nations," Mr Ghani said, speaking a press conference in Kabul alongside visiting Indonesian president, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. "Thank you for standing with us." Monday's assault comes amid increased attacks by the Taliban and its regional rival Isil on civilian Afghan targets, including three in the space of a week. On Jan 20, Taliban attackers stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, killing at least 30. The Taliban claimed another attack a week later when over 100 were killed after a bomb hidden in an ambulance exploded in the heart of the city. Isil claimed an assault on the office of aid group Save the Children in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Wednesday in which six people were killed. Earlier this month, the Intercontinental hotel in Kabul was attacked by the Taliban  Credit: REUTERS/Omar Sobhani The increased attacks – also targeting military and government facilities – have put pressure on Afghanistan's more aggressive military strategy against the Taliban, in which it is backed by the United States. Kabul has become a growing target, amid government confidence that the new strategy is driving Taliban insurgents back from major provincial centres. In October last year, 15 cadets from the same military academy attacked on Monday, known as "Sandhurst in the Sand", were killed when the bus they were traveling in was targeted in a suicide bombing. Named after Mohammed Fahim, the country's late vice-president and a military commander of the Northern Alliance that fought the Taliban, the academy was inaugurated in 2013 after British forces oversaw building the officers' school and its training program. Analysts cast doubt over the claim of responsibility from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), which do not have much of a foothold in Afghanistan. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence accused the Taliban-linked Haqqani network of being behind the attack. The Taliban have dismissed suggestions they have been weakened and said Saturday's bombing was a message to President Donald Trump. "The Islamic Emirate has a clear message for Trump and his hand kissers, that if you go ahead with a policy of aggression and speak from the barrel of a gun, don't expect Afghans to grow flowers in response," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement. “Today’s attack, in a series of attacks in the last couple of weeks and likely more attacks in the coming weeks, can be counted as response to the aggressive strategy that the government of Afghanistan has been following.”



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At least eleven dead as post-election unrest erupts in Kenya

At least eleven dead as post-election unrest erupts in KenyaBy Katharine Houreld and Maggie Fick NAIROBI/KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) – Kenyan police have killed at least 11 people in a crackdown on protests as anger at the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta erupted in the western city of Kisumu and slums surrounding the capital, officials and witnesses said on Saturday. Odinga has rejected the poll and its result as “massive” fraud. The eruption of violence has revived memories of a decade ago, when Odinga, now 72, lost an election in controversial circumstances that sparked a wave of political and ethnic unrest in which 1,200 people were killed and 600,000 displaced.



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Eleven found dead inside home in Mexico's Hidalgo state

Eleven found dead inside home in Mexico's Hidalgo stateEleven people were found dead in a home in the city of Tizayuca in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo, state authorities said in a statement on Thursday. The people had been murdered, and they were from the state of Mexico, according to a source at the state attorney general’s office who was not authorized to speak to the media. More than 100,000 people have died in drug-related violence since 2007, when former President Felipe Calderon sent in the military to battle the cartels, and at least 30,000 people are missing.



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