Friday 27 April 2018

While you were sleeping: Stories you may have missed overnight

Independent Newsdesk

Independent Newsdesk

Tragic news overnight as two female suicide bombers have blown themselves up in a Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 56 people, officials said.

A further 78 people were being treated for wounds in the twin explosions on Tuesday in a camp of some 50,000 people driven from their homes by the Boko Haram Islamic uprising.

Officials blamed the extremists for the bombings at Dikwa, 55 miles north-east of Maiduguri, the biggest city in the region and birthplace of Boko Haram.

Read More: Two female suicide bombers kill 56 in refugee camp

Islamic State (IS) has released a new video purportedly showing a young British boy blowing up a car and killing three prisoners inside.

The boy, who is thought to be four-year-old Isa Dare, is apparently shown with his hand on the detonator before shouting "Allahu Akbar" - God is great - next to the burnt wreckage.

Read More: Islamic State video shows 'Junior Jihadi' blowing up three prisoners

It is the second IS propaganda film believed to show the youngster, who has been identified as the son of Muslim extremist Grace "Khadija" Dare from Lewisham, south-east London.

In the latest video, the boy, wearing camouflage clothing and a black headband, is shown pointing and shouting about the "kaffir" - non-believers.

Police in Texas investigating the murder of a teacher and beauty queen in 1960 have arrested the former priest who apparently heard her final confession.

The unsolved killing of Irene Garza, 25, who was last seen at church, has haunted the city of McAllen.

Her bludgeoned body was pulled from an irrigation canal and now, nearly 56 years later, police have arrested the man long suspected of her murder.

Using a walker, a frail-looking John Feit, now 83, appeared in court in Phoenix a day after being arrested at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on a murder charge. He is in custody on 750,000 dollars' bail (£517,000) while he waits to be transferred to Texas, but has vowed to fight extradition.

Read More: Priest who heard beauty queen's final confession 56 years ago arrested for her murder

The Irish Independent leads with an election story this morning, revealing that Tanaiste Joan Burton is on course to lose her Dail seat.

An exclusive poll of the Dublin West constituency shows the Labour Party leader has only an outside chance of retaining her seat.

Her Cabinet colleague Leo Varadkar is set to top the poll and could even take his place in the new Dáil after the first count.

Sinn Féin is also set for a major breakthrough with Paul Donnelly matching the Health Minister's 20pc.

Read More: Burton staring at end of political career


In other papers, the gangland murders dominate the front pages.

The Herald reveals shocking details from the murder of David Byrne in the Regency Hotel last Friday afternoon. The paper reveals that the assassin shot his victim in the head with a handgun in so-called 'coup de grace'. Two men - dressed in fake garda uniforms and armed with AK-47s - targeted David Byrne and shot him in the legs.

As he lay injured on the lobby floor, one of the men used a handgun to shoot him in the head.

The Irish Sun also leads with a chilling story from Friday's Regency murder under the headline 'We'll kill your wives'. According to the paper, gardai fear the criminals' wives, girlfriends and mums could be targeted in Ireland's gangland wars.

The Irish Daily Mail say that gardai have pleaded with the warring gangland factions in an effort to broker a peace deal.

The paper reports that a potential peacemaker may be approached to speak to Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch and Christy Kinahan's son.

The Irish Daily Mail also leads on the Regency murder and reports that Liam Byrne - the brother of murdered man, David - has been pictured going back to the scene of the crime and parking opposite the hotel.

The Examiner leads with 'five day Garda operation for David Byrne funeral'. The paper also states that the Government's armed response unit will not be ready for six months.

The Star leads with a gangland story with the headline 'Hutch's killer 'shot Monk's brother'. The story says that gardai believe the hitman from Monday night's murder also killed innocent mum Baiba Saulite in Swords in 2006.

Read More: Gunmen who killed mum Baiba suspected of gang hit on The Monk's brother

Finally, the Irish Times says that armed units have been pulled back from Border duty in the wake of the murders over the last six days. The paper also reveals that the Luas strike, schools and 999 call service are intensifying ahead of the election.

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