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EuroParliament Prez: Christians ‘Not Safe In Our Continent’

In a high-level meeting on religious persecution in Brussels, the President of the European Parliament (EP) said that Europe cannot afford to continue ignoring the fate of Christians, who are “clearly the most persecuted group” in the world.

In Wednesday’s meeting, EP President Martin Schulz said that the persecution of Christians is “undervalued” and does not receive enough attention, which has also meant that it “hasn’t been properly addressed.”

Schulz’s concerns were echoed by EP Vice President Antonio Tajani, who warned that Europe sometimes “falls into the temptation of thinking we can ignore this task,” referring to the protection Christians throughout the world who suffer persecution.

Speakers cited the work of Open Doors, a human rights organization that monitors the persecution of Christians, noting that 150 million Christians worldwide suffer torture, rape and arbitrary imprisonment. Christians in Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Pakistan, North Korea and Nigeria are among those hardest hit.

The Open Doors report for 2015 found that “Islamic extremism is by far the most significant persecution engine” of Christians in the world today and that “40 of the 50 countries on the World Watch List are affected by this kind of persecution.”

 

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October 09 2015 11:50 AM Biological Hazard Nigeria State of Cross River, Calabar Damage level Details

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RSOE EDIS  Event Report

Biological Hazard in Nigeria on Friday, 09 October, 2015 at 11:50 (11:50 AM) UTC.

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The Accident and Emergency ward of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) has been shut following the death of a patient with Ebola-like symptoms. Besides, 10 people have been quarantined in Calabar, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) tweeted yesterday. The Federal Government has dispatched a team to Calabar to ascertain the Ebola scare in the Cross River State capital. The federal and the Cross River State government have dismissed the Ebola link to the case. According to the Director of the National Centre for Disease control (NCDC) Prof. Abdulsalam Nasidi, the government is awaiting the result of the laboratory investigation but it believed the patient died of hemorrhagic fever. Nasidi also assured Nigerians that there was nothing to fear as measures have been taken to protect the people and including those who might have had contact with the patient The state government said it was awaiting results of blood samples of the patient, who died with symptoms of viral haemorrhagic fever. Dr Sunday Omini, Director of Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, said: “We are aware of the situation and we have got preliminary reports from the hospital, and we are all awaiting the result of the blood samples. “But, judging from the information I have received so far, I am 90 per cent sure that it is not Ebola. “‘However, we are on top of the situation; there is no cause for alarm,” he said. The management of UCTH said it had informed the NCDC, the Federal Ministry of Health and the state government about the development. A statement by Dr Queenet Kalu, Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAG), on behalf of the Medical Director of the hospital, said the public would be informed as soon as results of the blood samples are released, adding that the hospital management had quarantined those identified to have had contacts with the patient. “Further information will be made available as soon as we receive the results of the samples sent for analysis,” the statement said. Nigeria had its first dose of Ebola disease on July 20, 2014 when Liberian Patrick Sawyer, sneaked into the country after been afflicted with the deadly disease. But the country’s medical team rose up to the occasion to curtail its spread with minimal casualty.
Biohazard name: Ebola-like symptoms death
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
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Nigerian News from Leadership News
 
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No fewer than 3000 houses and farmlands have submerged in Makurdi and other riverine communities in Benue State following the overflow of the River Benue.

The flood has displaced scores of persons in the agrarian communities, just as it has damaged property worth millions of naira, including cars and food items.

Water from the River Benue has run over the coast and has completely covered the houses situated in the area.

The Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), of the Catholic Diocese, took a tour of the affected communities yesterday to assess the level of damage and proffer solutions towards bringing succor to the displaced victims of the flood.

 

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Floods kill 53, displace over 100,420 people in 11 states in 2015

 

Scenes-of-floods-in-Bayelsa`No fewer than 53 people have died in eleven states following flood disasters that displaced more than 100,420 persons this year.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that thousands of houses, farmlands and property worth billions of Naira were also lost to the flood disasters in many Local Government Areas affected in the northern states.

NAN also reports that the affected states are Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna, Jigawa, Adamawa, Yobe, Gombe and Bauchi.

In Kano State, a Director with the State Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SERERA), Alhaji Sabi’u Mohammed, said 12 people lost their lives in the disasters.

“The deceased lost their lives in six Local Government Areas of the state between August and September as a result of the flooding.

“Six persons died in Shonono, two each in Dala and Tudun Wada and one each in Gabasawa and Takai Local Government Areas,” he said.

He told NAN that more than 1, 600 persons were displaced by the flood while property worth millions of Naira was destroyed.

Mohammed explained that officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had already visited some of affected areas and assessed the situation.

“At our own level we have submitted a comprehensive report to the state government for possible assistance to the victims of the disaster.

“I am happy to inform you that the government had recently approved N15.8 million for the purchase and distribution of relief materials to victims of the flood disaster in Albasu Local Government area,’’ he said.

From Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States, NEMA confirmed the death of eleven persons as a result of flooding.

Mr Thickman Tanimu , Deputy Head, Sokoto Zonal Operations Office of NEMA said 10 of the victims died in Zamfara, while a seven-year-old boy died at Kuchi village in Kebbe Local Government of Sokoto State.

Tanimu said that more than 86, 710 hectares valued N1.58 billion were destroyed in the three states.

According to him, a total of 20, 477 homes were also affected, rendering more than 46, 200 people homeless.

He said that the flood affected eight out of the 14 Local Government Areas in Zamafara, which included Shinkafi, Talata Mafara, Gusau, Anka, Tsafe, Bungudu, Zurmi and Maradun.

The official explained that 8, 540 houses and 6, 450 hectares of farmland valued at N260 million were destroyed in the affected areas in the state.

Tanimu further said that 11 out of the 23 Local Governments in Sokoto state were affected by the flood, while two communities in Wurno and Goronyo Local Governments were evacuated.

“The other Local Governments affected were Rabah, Kware, Binji, Kebbe, Gwadabawa, Wamakko, Bodinga, Sokoto North and Sokoto South.”

Tanimu added that, 24, 750 people and 6, 922 houses were affected, with 42, 800 hectares of farmlands worth N750 million either totally destroyed or badly affected.

In Kebbi state, the NEMA official said that 10 out of the 21 Local Governments were also affected by the disaster.

They were Argungu, Birnin Kebbi, Bunza, Kalgo, Dandi, Bagudo, Yauri, Danko Wasagu and Suru.

He disclosed that 21, 450 people and 5,015 houses were affected, while 37,460 hectares of farmlands worth N 570 million were also destroyed.

According to him, two communities in Birnin Kebbi, namely Wabbako-Fulani and Wabbako-Hausa, have been submerged by the flood.

Tanimu said that the agency had provided food and other essential materials to assist the victims as part of the initial Federal Government’s intervention.

He attributed the high level of losses to the release of water from Bakalori and Goronyo dams located in Zamfara and Sokoto states respectively.

In Kaduna State, the Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Ezekiel Baba, confirmed the death of three people in Kachia Local Government Area of the state.

Bala the three persons died in August following a flood disaster which also destroyed several houses and crops; saying: “We have not had any major flood incident in Kaduna state this year.

“So far, the only areas affected by flood were Kachia, Soba and Kajuru local Government Areas, which was largely due to negligence on the part of the affected communities.

 

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US military should rescue schoolgirls, even without Nigeria’s permission – McCain

Published time: May 13, 2014 22:58

From a video released by Boko Haram reportedly showing the missing schoolgirls abducted by the group .(AFP Photo / Boko Haram)

From a video released by Boko Haram reportedly showing the missing schoolgirls abducted by the group .(AFP Photo / Boko Haram)

The US military should rescue the 200 schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, even if the Nigerian government disapproves, Sen. John McCain says. Meanwhile, negotiations on a prisoner-hostage exchange appear to be advancing.

The longtime US senator and two-time presidential candidate told The Daily Beast that the US should feel no compunction to withhold sending special operations forces to find the kidnapped girls – especially in a country led by “some guy named Goodluck Jonathan.”

“If they knew where they were, I certainly would send in US troops to rescue them, in a New York minute I would, without permission of the host country,” McCain said on Tuesday. “I wouldn’t be waiting for some kind of permission from some guy named Goodluck Jonathan,” he declared, in reference to Nigeria’s president.

As he suggested last week in a CNN interview, McCain insisted that if he were US president, his administration would have prepared special forces ready to enter Nigeria if a rescue opportunity was apparent. His rationale for military intervention rests with the United Nations charter, he said, since the mass abduction was akin to “crimes against humanity.”

“The United Nations Charter recognized crimes against humanity, this fits into the category of crimes against humanity, and that gives any nation the license if they can to stop a crime against humanity, the same reason we should have if we could have freed the people at Dachau or Auschwitz,” McCain said.

Yet, as The Daily Beast points out, the UN Charter “does not explicitly mention crimes against humanity.” But the news website found that the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Explanatory Memorandum does, indicating that crimes against humanity “are particularly odious offenses in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of human beings.”

 

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Boko Haram video claims October 24 attack that killed 35

November 3, 2013

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) – Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video released Sunday that he led an October 24 attack in which 35 people found in military uniform were killed in the Nigerian city of Damaturu.

“Look at what happened in Damaturu (capital of northeastern Yobe state),” the head of the Islamist group said in the video obtained by AFP through the same intermediary as previous clips.

“Since we killed them with our hands — in fact I was the commander of the operation — so, you cannot say I’m making conjecture,” he said.

The authenticity of the video clip — in which Shekau spoke for about 11 minutes in Arabic, Hausa and Kanuri — could not be independently confirmed.

“This is a brief message to the world. We carried out the Damaturu attacks with Allah’s help, with Allah’s might, with Allah’s glory and with victory from Allah, the Creator,” he said.

The video was titled “Battle of Damaturu” in Arabic.

Thirty-five bodies in military uniform were brought to a morgue in Nigeria’s restive northeast after a coordinated assault by Boko Haram targeting the security forces, a hospital source had said.

The attack in Damaturu was the first significant raid in a major urban centre in several weeks by the insurgent group waging a four-year Islamist uprising.

Police and residents said large numbers of Boko Haram fighters, some in vehicles and some on foot, stormed Damaturu after dark.

Armed with guns and explosives, they attacked and torched four police buildings, sparking a fierce, hours-long gun battle with the security forces.

Contacted by AFP on October 28, Yobe state military spokesman Lazarus Eli did not deny reports that dozens of soldiers were killed during the clash.

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Islamic Extremist Leader Boasts of Nigerian Attack

Dec 12, 2013

LAGOS, Nigeria – The leader of an Islamic uprising in northeastern Nigeria boasts in a new video of a daring attack on military bases in a provincial capital and threatens to attack the United States next.

Few believe the Boko Haram terrorist network has such capability though there are fears its insurgency could spread to neighboring states. Officials have said that fighters from Chad, Niger and Cameroon are fighting alongside the Nigerian insurgents. Boko Haram members have been identified fighting in the Islamic rebellion in northern Mali and it has said some of its fighters trained alongside al-Shabab in Somalia.

In his first statement since the United States designated Boko Haram a terrorist network last month, Abubakar Shekau swore at the United States, calling it a prostitute nation of infidels and liars. The United States in July posted a reward of $7 million for information leading to Shekau’s arrest.

He suggests that the U.S., which could not defend itself against the September 2011 terrorist attacks, cannot hurt his movement.

“If you had the capability, you would have done it in your own country. Where were you when your World Trade Center was bombed, including your Pentagon, when you were faced on your own turf?” he asks.

Shekau, eyes glaring with an anger not exhibited in previous videos, gesticulates wildly as he vows: “By Allah, we will never stop. Don’t think we will stop in Maiduguri. Tomorrow you will see us in America itself. Our operation is not confined to Nigeria, it is for the whole world.”

A Nigerian unrelated to Boko Haram, Umar Farouk, sewed a bomb into his underwear to try to blow up a U.S. airliner heading from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009. He is serving a life sentence.

Farouk, like Boko Haram, has spoken against the massive corruption in oil-rich Nigeria that allows many politicians and businessmen to live in opulence while the majority of Nigerians struggle to put food on the table. The northeast has the worst rates for poverty, literacy and health care.

In the video, Shekau, in military camouflage and cradling an assault rifle, criticizes democracy and says he will fight until Islamic law brings purity to all Nigeria, a country of more than 160 million almost equally divided between Christians and Muslims.

Shekau’s video includes footage said to be of the Dec. 2 attack on the air force base outside Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, showing night shots of blazing buildings as explosions blasted, fighters yelled “Allahu akhbar,” (God is great in Arabic), and victims screamed. As the sky lightens after daybreak, the video shows the extremists wandering freely over the base, apparently abandoned by the military, setting ablaze three fighter jets and two helicopters. Air force officials have refused to allow journalists onto the base since the attack.

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Islamic Extremist Leader Boasts of Nigerian Attack

The leader of an Islamic extremist group in northeastern Nigeria boasts in a new video of a daring attack on military bases in a provincial capital and threatens to attack the United States next.

Few believe the Boko Haram terrorist network currently has the capability for such complex attacks, although some officials fear its insurgency could spread to neighboring states.

In his first statement since the United States designated Boko Haram a terrorist network last month, Abubakar Shekau swore at the U.S., calling it a prostitute nation of infidels and liars. The U.S. government in July posted a reward of $7 million for information leading to Shekau’s arrest.

He claims the U.S. cannot hurt his movement, citing the Sept. 2011 terrorist attacks as evidence.

“If you had the capability, you would have done it in your own country. Where were you when your World Trade Center was bombed, including your Pentagon, when you were confronted on your own turf?” he asks.

The authenticity of the video could not be independently verified. However, the video was distributed through the same channels the group has used before.

Eyes glaring with anger, Shekau is seen gesticulating wildly in the video as he vows: “By Allah, we will never stop. Don’t think we will stop in Maiduguri. Tomorrow you will see us in America itself.”

A Nigerian unrelated to Boko Haram, Umar Farouk, sewed a bomb into his underwear to try to blow up a U.S. airliner heading from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009. He is serving a life sentence.

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Chris Abani: On humanity

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Chris Abani tells stories of people: people standing up to soldiers, people showing compassion, people being human or reclaiming their humanity. And according to this critically-acclaimed Nigerian poet and novelist, these stories are a way of imparting something called “ubuntu.” Meaning, the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me. “…the world is never saved in grand, messianic gestures but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion; everyday acts of compassion…” –
Chris Abani tells stories of people: people standing up to soldiers, people showing compassion, people being human or reclaiming their humanity. And according to this critically-acclaimed Nigerian poet and novelist, these stories are a way of imparting something called “ubuntu.” Meaning, the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me. “…the world is never saved in grand, messianic gestures but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion; everyday acts of compassion…” – See more at: http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=1301#sthash.LbeFbF2N.dpuf
Chris Abani tells stories of people: people standing up to soldiers, people showing compassion, people being human or reclaiming their humanity. And according to this critically-acclaimed Nigerian poet and novelist, these stories are a way of imparting something called “ubuntu.” Meaning, the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me. “…the world is never saved in grand, messianic gestures but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion; everyday acts of compassion…” – See more at: http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=1301#sthash.LbeFbF2N.dpuf
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President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan, left, and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir right, shake hands before an African Union summit on health focusing on HIV and AIDS.

The president of Sudan has been allowed to leave a conference in Nigeria, despite the International Criminal Court calling for his “immediate arrest” on charges of genocide and war crimes, officials said Tuesday.

Omar al-Bashir is accused of five counts of crimes against humanity, two counts of war crimes and three counts of genocide against the Fur, Masalit and Zagawa tribes in Darfur, where the U.N. estimates 200,000 people have been killed.

Two arrest warrants have been issued for the former army brigadier, who came to power in 1989 after leading a bloodless military coup.

But while many African countries – including South Africa, Kenya and Malawi – have threatened to act on the warrant, Nigeria allowed him to attend Monday’s one-day African Union HIV/Aids summit.

 

This was in keeping with 2009 vote by African Union states not to cooperate with ICC indictments, a Nigerian official told Reuters.

African enthusiasm for the court has waned over the years, partly owing to a perception that prosecutors disproportionately target African leaders – an accusation the ICC denies.

 

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12.06.2013 Technological Disaster Nigeria State of Lagos, Lagos Damage level Details

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Technological Disaster in Nigeria on Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 at 03:09 (03:09 AM) UTC.

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A three-storey building, located at No. 353, Challenge Road, off Amu Street, Mushin, Lagos Tuesday collapsed at about 2.35p.m. Several persons were trapped in the residential building, which caved in after a heavy downpour. However, the number of casualties could not be confirmed as at press time Tuesday. A building also collapsed, killing three children of same parents in Adarawa area of Dange town in Sokoto State last Sunday. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the structure caved in as a result of wind and rainstorm that occurred in the early hours of Sunday. The victims of the disaster were Zahara’u, Yusuf and Zainab Abu-Malam, aged 15, nine and seven respectively. The Chairman of Dange-Shuni Local Council, Alhaji Magaji Bodai, said Tuesday that two of the children died on Sunday while the third one died on Monday at a hospital following injuries sustained from the incident. The chairman described the incident as an act of God and prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased and for the family to bear the loss. Bodai said he had ordered an immediate rehabilitation of the collapsed building. Over six buildings were reported to have collapsed in Lagos last month. In fact, five buildings collapsed in a week, killing over 10 people in the state. Recently, a building also collapsed at Jakande estate, Oke-Afa , Isolo area of Lagos, killing two sisters.

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Collapsed Mushin Building Has 10 Landlords

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Facts have emerged that ten landlords own the building that collapsed Tuesday in Challenge Bus Stop area of Mushin, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

The dilapidated building was said to have collapsed because each of the landlords wanted the other person to maintain it and the buckpassing continued for years until it collapsed Tuesday.

Now they will have to forfeit the land on which the house was built to the state government.

The Lagos State government through its agent, LASBCA, has ordered the tenants still occupying two other defective storey  buildings close to the collapsed one at 353, Agege Motor Road, Challenge Bus Stop, Mushin, to pack out so that they could be demolished.

Senator G.O. Solomon on Wednesday at the scene of a collapsed building in Mushin, Lagos.

Senator G.O. Solomon on Wednesday at the scene of a collapsed building in Mushin, Lagos.

The notice to quit was written on the wall of the building and the tenants have already parked out their belongings.

A child died when the building collapsed Tuesday and some of the occupants were reportedly trapped in the rubble. Security agents rescued some of the trapped tenants.

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A police forensics officer investigates a crime scene where one man was killed in Woolwich, southeast London May 22, 2013. REUTERS-Stefan Wermuth

LONDON | Thu May 23, 2013 3:10am EDT

(Reuters) – A British soldier was hacked to death by two men shouting Islamic slogans in a south London street, in what Prime Minister David Cameron said appeared to be a terrorist attack.

A dramatic clip filmed by an onlooker just minutes after the killing showed a man with hands covered in blood, brandishing a bloodied meat cleaver and a knife.

“We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day,” the black man in his 20s or 30s, wearing a wool jacket and jeans and speaking with a local accent, shouted in the footage obtained by Britain’s ITV news channel.

“This British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”

The attack was the first apparent Islamist killing in London since suicide bombers struck transport in July 2005. The capital was shocked by the bizarre scene of a killer covered in gore, declaring his motive to onlookers.

Police shot the two suspects while trying to arrest them, and the wounded men were taken into custody. No information was immediately released about the identity of the suspects, but two sources familiar with the investigation told Reuters authorities were investigating a possible link to Nigeria.

“I apologize that women had to witness that, but in our lands our women have to see the same thing. You people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don’t care about you,” the videotaped man said before crossing the street and speaking casually to the other attacker.

Cameron chairs an emergency national security meeting on Thursday after cutting short a visit to France to return to London.

“The police are urgently seeking the full facts about this case but there are strong indications that it is a terrorist incident,” Cameron said before cutting short talks with French President Francois Hollande to return home.

“We have had these sorts of attacks before in our country and we never buckle in the face of them,” he said.

The attack happened on the edge of London’s sprawling Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, a south London working class district which has long-standing historic links to the military.

In signs of a backlash after the attack, more than 100 angry supporters of the English Defence League, a far-right street protest group, took to the streets, some wearing balaclavas and carrying England’s red and white flag. They were contained by riot police.

Separately, two men were arrested in connection with separate attacks on mosques outside London. No one was hurt.

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The authorities did not immediately confirm the identity of the slain man, but a source told Reuters the man may have been a member of the military. The British government normally withholds the identities of slain servicemembers until their families are informed.

 

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