Top Taliban commander, Mohmand killed in Afghanistan roadside attack Top Taliban commander, Mohmand killed in Afghanistan roadside attack CommanderIslamabad, Aug. 8, 2022 Abdul Wali Mohmand, also known under the alias Omar Khalid Khorasani, a top commander of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a bombing in Afghanistan.
The killing of the Taliban commander, who was behind some of the deadliest attacks in recent years has delivered a major blow to the Islamist militants.
S. State Department had Mohmand on its wanted list and had offered a bounty of up to three million dollars for information on his whereabouts.
His vehicle was targeted by a roadside bomb in the Afghan province of Paktika, on the border with Pakistan.
The Pakistani Taliban on Monday confirmed the death and said the group would soon issue a longer statement on the killing.
At least two other commanders were also killed in the bombing on Sunday, a week after a U.
S. drone strike in Kabul had killed al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Khorasani is thought to have been close to al-Qaeda founding leader Osama bin Laden and al-Zawahiri, but it wasn’t immediately known if there was any link between the drone strike and the bombing.
Khorasani at one point broke away from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organization for several Islamist groups, and formed his own group, Jamaat ul Ahrar.
His group carried out some of the deadliest attacks in Pakistan, including a bombing in the eastern city of Lahore in 2016 that killed at least 75 people from the minority Christian community on an Easter Sunday.
Khorasani later dissolved Jamaat ul Ahrar and rejoined the TTP in a group’s drive to reunify several estranged groups.
S. State Department described him as a former journalist and poet who studied at several madrasas in Pakistan.
There has been a fragile truce holding between Islamabad and the TTP for the past two months as peace talks brokered by the Afghan Taliban’s Haqqani network take place.
The TTP has killed nearly 80,000 Pakistanis in almost two decades of violence.
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The Management of Trucks Transit Parks (TTP) Ltd has reaffirmed Mr Jama Onwubuariri as the company’s Co-founder and Managing Director.
This is contained in a statement issued by the company’s spokesperson, Mrs Nancy Nnamdi, on Friday in Lagos.
“The public notice was issued to re-emphasise the media notice earlier issued on July 23 that Onwubuariri remains the company’s Co-founder and Managing Director and not Mr Temidayo Adeboye.
“There is no change in the management of Trucks Transits Parks Ltd. “ Adeboye or anyone else claiming to be the acting managing director of TTP is acting in outright violation of a court order which mandates the maintenance of the status quo until all the parties return to court.
“This means that the entire board of directors of the company remains unchanged and intact as filed and certified at the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja.
“The general public is, therefore, advised to disregard any information, or anyone purporting to be issued by the acting managing director or claiming that a change in the composition of the Board of Directors of TTP has taken place,” she said.
Nnamdi urged the public to treat Adeboye or any person parading himself as the acting managing director of the company as an impostor.
“Anyone who deals with the said party(ies) does so at their risk.
“TTP wishes to officially state that Adeboye is in breach of existing court orders and anyone who deals with him will be in breach of the same orders.
“All information about our management team can be confirmed in the About Us section of our website, www.
“Our 247 operational support to the maritime ecosystem in Apapa remains uninterrupted,” she said.
Pakistan, militants agree on indefinite ceasefire amid peace talks
Pakistan, militants agree on indefinite ceasefire amid peace talks
Islamabad, May 31, 2022 Pakistani authorities and Islamist militants on Tuesday agreed on an indefinite ceasefire amid ongoing peace talks to end nearly two decades of fighting in the north-western region bordering Afghanistan.
“It has been agreed to extend the ceasefire for an indefinite period,” a senior official privy to the development told dpa.
The extension came amid talks facilitated by the Afghan Taliban between the government and the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), also referred to as the Pakistani Taliban.
The earlier ceasefire had been due to end Monday.
The official also said during the talks the two sides have exchanged demands and that the Taliban wanted enforcement of their version of Sharia in Malakand Division. Islamabad has yet to agree.
Malakand includes Sawat valley, home to Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai had once been under Taliban control between 2007 and 2009 until they were driven out in a military offensive.
“The TTP will remain a threat even after its disarmament and reintegration into the mainstream,” Amir Rana, a security analyst, and director at Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) told dpa.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) said in a recent report that “the group is focused on a long-term campaign against the Pakistani State, suggesting that ceasefire deals have a limited chance of success.”
The TTP is an umbrella organization for more than a dozen Islamist militant groups operating in Pakistan and is responsible for the deaths of around 80,000 people during two decades of violence.
The group, which has around 4,000 armed fighters based along the Afghan border, escalated its campaign and carried out more than 40 attacks on Pakistani security forces resulting in at least 80 deaths this year.
The government of former premier Imran Khan had opened channels of communication with the TTP in November but the talks have collapsed several times. (
Alhaji Abdullahi Inuwa, CEO of Gee Gee Global Enterprises Nigeria Ltd., urged the federal government on Thursday to give marching orders to security agencies to stop extortion at ports.
Inuwa, a former vice president of the dry cargo section of the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), made the appeal in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Lagos.
Nigerian News Agency thugs barricade from TinCan's second gate across the Apapa-Oshodi Highway to mile 2, demanding money from trucks before they are allowed to pass.
According to Inuwa, extortion, lack of a conducive business environment, insecurity and others are hampering the trucking business in the country.
He urged the federal government to create a conducive environment for stakeholders and also provide assistance to truck owners to defuse the tension and challenges they face.
“On extortion, the government has a good role to play because most of the places these non-state actors operate are on federal government highways.
“If coincident orders are given to all the security organisms of those zones, that is to say, from the commissioner, zone commander to his deputies, they can do something in that sense”, he said.
He pointed out that the first quarter of the year was not easy since it was characterized by so many issues, such as extortion, rising diesel prices, high cost of spare parts and others.
He said that these challenges, which members were still facing, had caused many of them to park their trucks and some others to sell their trucks to pursue other businesses.
“It hasn't been easy lately; the global challenge of COVID-19 had affected business and now the Ukraine-Russia war is added, which has also affected imports.
“It is so unfortunate that for many of us what we know is the trucking business and as such the many challenges in the transportation business are negatively affecting us,” he said.
In the new 'Tafiyah' app aimed at speeding up cargo movement introduced by Truck Transit Park (TTP), introduced in February, Inuwa urged operators to be economical with the system.
NAN also reports that TTP is an innovative traffic management company leveraging technology to help decongest Nigerian ports.
“Before they introduced theirs, there were a lot of people who were involved in this transportation thing; Does it mean that they want to seize their jobs and take them off the market?
“Things are difficult now and they have to be very careful because the issue of security in the country is very serious.
"It's a good innovation, but you have to be very careful because there are currently no shipments to transport," he said. (
On March 28, 2022, in Vilanculos, Inhambane, the US Government participated in the inauguration of the Central Termica de Temane (CTT) power plant and the Temane Transmission Project (TTP). These two energy projects will help strengthen Mozambique's energy security, boost access to affordable energy, and support Mozambique's contributions to the regional electricity market. The US government provided critical support to both projects through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). Once completed, the 450-megawatt CTT plant will deliver much-needed electricity from the northern part of Inhambane province to the more populous south via the 563-kilometre TTP transmission line.
“The US government, the Mozambican government and other partners worked closely together to bring us here today, inaugurating a project that supports Mozambique in its goal of providing all citizens with access to electricity by 2030,” he said. the Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of the United States in Mozambique Abigail Dressel. “The Temane power project is essential to the ongoing economic transformation in Mozambique and southern Africa and we are proud to support it.”
The United States International Development Finance Corporation will provide up to $200 million in a direct loan to CTT, a public-private partnership between Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM), Globeleq and Sasol Africa. The loan will help support the design, construction and eventual operation of the Temane gas-fired power plant, which will bring low-cost baseload power online at 36% below EDM's current average cost of power. It will also diversify Mozambique's energy mix, which currently relies heavily on hydropower. The US Government's Power Africa initiative, coordinated by USAID, provided EDM with an integrated advisor from January 2018 to December 2020 to support TTP's evolving technical and organizational needs. The consultant was instrumental in establishing the TTP Project Management Office and moving the project forward to financial close. The construction of the TTP is expected to generate around 3,000 jobs, of which 200 will be permanent once the TTP is operational.
“Power Africa is proud to support the Temane Transmission Project as it connects more people to energy, opens up cross-border business opportunities, strengthens the country's energy resilience and accelerates economic development,” said Mark Carrato, coordinator for Power Africa.
Increased access to energy supplies and improved economic development are critical components of the US government's broader assistance in Mozambique. Working closely with the Government of Mozambique, the US Government provides more than $500 million in annual assistance to help Mozambicans build a healthier, more democratic, safer, and more prosperous country for all.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) leads the United States government's international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people out of humanitarian crises. For more information on USAID's work, visit www.usaid.gov.
Power Africa is a US government-led partnership that harnesses the collective resources of more than 170 public and private sector partners to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2013, projects supported by Power Africa have added more than 13,000 MW of cleaner, more reliable electricity and more than 29 million new electrical connections for homes and businesses. Power Africa's goal is to add at least 30,000 MW and 60 million connections by 2030. To learn more about Power Africa's work, visit www.usaid.gov/powerafrica.
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At least 30 people were killed and 80 wounded in a suicide attack on a Shiite mosque on Friday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, as rescuers frantically pulled the dead and wounded from the scene.
A witness saw the attacker enter the mosque before Friday prayers and open "shots with a pistol", selecting worshipers "one by one".
He "then blew himself up," Ali Asghar said.
The attack comes on the first day of a test cricket match in Rawalpindi, some 190 kilometers (120 miles) to the east, between Pakistan and Australia, who have not toured the country in nearly a quarter century due to security concerns. .
Muhammad Ali Saif, a spokesman for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government, told AFP that "more than 30" were killed and some 80 wounded in the blast near Kocha Risaldar in Peshawar, a similar distance west of the capital Islamabad.
"It was a suicide attack," he said.
An AFP reporter saw body parts strewn at the scene, where desperate relatives were being held by police. The blast blew out the windows of nearby buildings.
“I saw a man shoot two police officers before entering the mosque. Seconds later I heard a big bang," said witness Zahid Khan.
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Peshawar Police Chief Muhammad Ijaz Khan told AFP the death toll could be higher than 30 and that two attackers were involved.
He said two policemen were shot at the entrance to the mosque.
"One police officer died at the scene while the other was seriously injured," he said.
Muhammad Asim Khan, spokesman for Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, said: "We have declared an emergency at the hospitals and they are bringing in more casualties."
A spokesman for Prime Minister Imran Khan's office said he "strongly condemned" the attack.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the apparent suicide bombing.
Peshawar, just 50 kilometers from the porous border with Afghanistan, was a frequent target of militants in the early 2010s, but security has improved a lot in recent years.
Pakistan's Sunni majority has recently been fighting the resurgence of its national chapter of the Taliban, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
A month-long truce last year fell through and there are fears the TTP, which has attacked Shiite Muslims in the past, has been emboldened by the Afghan Taliban's success.
Shiites in the region have also been targeted by the regional iteration of the Islamic State group, Islamic State Khorasan (ISK).
At least 31 people were killed in a suicide bombing in a crowded market in Peshawar in 2018.
At least 88 people were killed and hundreds more injured a year earlier when a suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of worshipers at a revered Sufi shrine in the southern province of Sindh.
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A temporary but extendable ceasefire between Pakistan and Islamist militants fighting the country’s security forces for decades came into force on Tuesday for one month, raising hopes for a peace deal.
The Pakistani Taliban or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, TTP, an umbrella organisation for more than a dozen Islamist militant groups, said late Monday they would observe the ceasefire and continue negotiating peace.
The statement by the militants came hours after Pakistan’s Information Minister, Fawad Chaudhry, announced that the ceasefire had been agreed with the Taliban.
The Pakistani Taliban followed the same hard line interpretation of Sunni Islam as their Afghan counterpart, which swept to power in Afghanistan in August, but they have a different organisational setup.
Around 80,000 Pakistani civilians and security forces have been killed in suicide bombings, bomb assaults and gun attacks by the Taliban over almost two decades of violence.
The truce was agreed after a series of preliminary talks between Pakistani officials and the Pakistani Taliban that were held in neighbouring Afghanistan, both sides said.
The talks were being facilitated by Afghan interim interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is head of the notorious Afghan Taliban faction the Haqqani network, a group thought to be close to the Pakistani spy agency.
The Pakistani Taliban has allegedly been operating from bases in Afghanistan since it was pushed back from strongholds in Pakistan in a series of military offensives from 2014.
The group was thought to be under the influence of the Haqqani network, which was allegedly based in Pakistan for decades after the previous Taliban government in Afghanistan, was overthrown in 2001.
Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko, acting director general of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), said the two Lagos seaports located at Lekki and Tin Can Island were operating "well beyond their installed capacities".
“What that just means is that if they were built to handle 500,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), for example, they are probably now handling around 700,000 TEUs,” he told the journalists Sunday in Lagos.
He said the situation had resulted in aggravated massive congestion which the city had caught up with with the ports.
“There is no space to expand the ports. What we need to do is improve the activities in the ports, in terms of efficiency.
“In 2006, when the NPA licensed the terminals, there was a development plan between the NPA and the terminal operators and that development plan included both physical development and equipment deployment.
“Terminal operators have lived up to these agreements and everything has changed, but you need bigger and more efficient equipment, better IT systems, and so on.
“We have seen an improvement in terms of efficiency; there is an increase in efficiency. But there is room for more. We observed system downtime at one or two of the terminals, specifically the APM terminals, which is one of the terminals.
“Every time the APM Terminal system goes down, it causes a lot of backlog in terms of traffic.
“What we've done is sit down with the terminal operators and tell them they need to improve their operations; we have a supervisory and regulatory department at the NPA, which has an index that on a monthly basis we review and score trades.
“We also sit down with them at the end of the quarter to discuss their performance; we look at where they did well and where they are lagging behind.
“We also stressed the need for a better synergy between what terminal operators and shipping companies do, as some of them also have affiliated shipping companies working with them.
“To improve port operations, we have developed a policy that establishes storage bays for empty containers and we have mandated all shipping lines to ensure they have a storage bay outside of the port. port premises for their voids.
“This is to ensure that importers, when they remove their cargo from the port to unload it at their business premises or warehouse, do not bring the empty container into the port.
“Such containers should instead be brought into the waiting bay.
“Second, we have demanded that for every vessel that enters Nigeria, when it leaves, it must carry at least 80% of the containers it has imported, either empty or as export cargo, because Nigeria was already being transformed. in a landfill for empty containers.
“To a large extent it worked because those empty containers were taken out. But we make sure that is monitored and that the efficiency has increased, ”he said.
He also spoke about the electronic call system, also called “Eto”, the policy deployed to control congestion in ports.
“I visited the main truck fleet itself, located at the Lilly Pond terminal in Ijora, to see what is going on. I went around and went to the ports. The idea was for me to understand firsthand what the problem is.
“I met Truck Transit Park (TTP), the company that deployed the 'Eto' system platform on behalf of the NPA, and we analyzed what happened from February to May.
“We observed failures one of which was the non-deployment of the electronic call system - the computer information technology system - which should have been in place in some places in the satellite truck fleets.
“We also looked at the non-deployment of physical infrastructure such as kiosks, automated doors, and we gave them an ultimatum to deploy the infrastructure or lose contracts.
“Eto's essence was actually to streamline the movement of goods in and out of ports, to reduce human interference and to speed up the process of delivering goods.
“As long as there is human interference, there will be delays, there will be extortion, etc. What we need to do is work on human interference, Eto ticket theft, etc.
“Very often we have situations where a truck driver is along the road and he has his Eto ticket and at the next bus stop a security guard stops him to tell him to let me see your Eto ticket and the number. Eto ticket number is 123456.
“The driver is probably so many kilometers away; that number could be given to someone who could walk into a certain building around Apapa and, probably in 15-20 minutes, get a printed plate number that could be used to access the port.
“Shortly after, the real owner of the number now shows up and their ticket has been used and that is why we have now requested that TTP change this to a QR code; when you have a QR code, we can scan it and you will pass, ”he said.
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), says plansare ongoing to establish a Truck Transit Park (TTP) in FCT to provide short term resting place for truck drivers on long distant travels.
The Executive Secretary, NSC Mr Hassan Bello, made this known while inspecting the proposed site for the park in Abaji, FCT on Wednesday.
Bello said the inspection was for the council to look at the appropriate site for the project in order to woo private investors to construct the important edifice.
He said that the development of the TTP would provide short-term resting place for truck drivers on long distance travels and reduce loss to life and cargo caused by accidents arising from fatigue.
“It is important because it is a modern infrastructure and the employment content in the park is very rich as it would provide jobs for three to five thousand people.
“The park is a major area where we will have a gas station, hotel and motel, restaurants, mechanic workshop, fire station, police post, Automated Cargo Tracking System and other facilities.
“During the short-term breaks and also long-term parking services, truck drivers can get fuel, food, restrooms, shower and basic supplies like oil and spare parts as well as servicing and repairs of haulage vehicles,’’ he said.
Bello said that the council was developing the parks so that the truck drivers could be humanised and dignified by having a place to rest as it was compulsory to rest after six hours drive.
He said the council was working with the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) so thatparking along the road indiscriminately would be prohibited so as to senitise the environment and reduce havoc.
“We want a decent place, modern and economic place as a lot of things will be put up in the park, and we could even have a housing estate, industrial park and warehouses.
“The transit park will not only be for trailers, luxurious buses, even mini buses and smaller cars can park and rest as there will be a lot of facilities to benefit from,’’ he said.
According to him, TTP projects across the country are on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in line with the Federal Government’s policy direction to address infrastructure deficit in the country.
Bello said that the council had begun the project in Kaduna which would soon be commissioned.
According to him, there is one in Ore, Ondo, Obollo-Afor, Enugu State, and Lokoja among other places.
“We need to have modern transport infrastructure to support our economy and aid timely delivery and eliminate delays,’’ he said.
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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says a total 1,086 road crashes involving tankers and trailers were recorded across the country in 2019.
The Corp Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, made the disclosure while presenting a paper titled Improving Road Safety in Haulage Operations Through Truck Transit Scheme (TTC), on Thursday in Kaduna.
News Agency Of Nigeria report that the corps marshal spoke at a sensitisation programme on trucks transit parks, organised by the FRSC and Nigerian Shippers Council, with the theme: ‘Truck Transit Park:A Panacea for Crash-free Haulage operations in Nigeria’.
The corps marshal, who was represented by ACM Victor Nwokolo, said 722 trailers and 361 tankers were involved in the accidents during the period, in which 362 people were killed and 1, 282 injured.
Oyeyemi noted that truck traffic remained a dangerous phenomenon that required urgent and immediate multi-faceted approaches from policy, technology and investment perspectives to curtail.
He explained that the purpose of TTS truck transit scheme is to promote road safety and security of cargoes and haulage vehicles while on transit.
The corps marshal added that it was also to reduce pilferage and theft of cargoes, delays and deviation into another territory.
He identified some of the challenges in truck transit park management to include prevalent operational setbacks on enforcement.
“Non adherence to the mandatory operational rest-hours by truck transit drivers in the country and non-review of existing road freight regulations in the country towards improving truck transit parks across the country.”
Oyeyemi said Nigeria has lost billions of naira from truck crashes resulting from drivers fatigue, indiscriminate parking along major corridors and other unwholesome practices carried out by the truck drivers.
“The truck transit scheme is therefore apt at a time the country is feeling the negative effects such a loss has on our GDP.
“To eradicate road traffic crashes involving truck drivers as a result of driving fatigue and other factors, the construction of truck transit park along the major corridors is necessary.
“Federal Road Safety Corps through its various policies and intervention programmes will continue to contribute to the full implementation of the scheme towards improving road safety in Nigeria.”
Also, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, Mr Hassan Bello, presented a paper titled Truck Transit Park: A Panacea to Endemic Gridlock and Road Crashes in Nigeria.
Bello who was represented by the council’s Director Inland Transport Service, Mr Nathaniel Makinde. said when transport systems are efficient, they provide economic and social opportunities and benefits.
He said that such benefits result to positive multiplier effects such as better accessibility to markets, employment and additional investments.
He however noted that a deficient transport system leads to lower economic gains, missed opportunities and lower
quality of life.
Bello said the Shippers Council is promoting the development of TTP projects across the country on a Public-Private Partnership in line with the Federal Government’s policy to address the infrastructure deficit in the country.
“The TTPs can also serve as a logistics chain in relation to the movement of cargo as a dispatch centre.
“The TTPs is a common user facility with public authority status equipped with fixed installations and offering services for handling and temporary storage of cargoes carried under customs control for home use, warehousing, temporary admissions, temporary storage for onward transit and cargo aggregation centers.
“It is also hoped that dispatch of cargo can also take place from the TTP facilities.” he said.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed