Volunteers to fight the Islamic State, from different Iraqi factions including Kurdish and Yazidis, train at a camping area near Kurdish security points on Bashiqa mountain, around 15km Northeast of the Islamic State held city of Mosul, 2015.Reuters

Gunmen kidnap 26 in Iraq: Several members of a Qatari hunting group were kidnapped by gunmen in Iraq on Wednesday.

About 100 gunmen 'armed with light and medium weapons' kidnapped at least 26 people from near the Iraqi border with Saudi Arabia, AFP reported. 

"An armed group driving dozens of pickup trucks kidnapped at least 26 Qatari hunters from their camp in the area of Busaya in Samawa desert near Saudi borders," Samawa governor Falih al-Zayady was quoted saying. 

Car tries to smash into Paris complex: French police opened fire on the driver of a car in Paris that was reportedly attempting to smash into the Les Invalides complex which was the venue for a memorial service for the victims killed in the recent Paris attacks. 

The driver ignored warnings by policemen and refused to stop, after which the police fired about ten shots at him, The Local reported. 

The man was arrested. The motive is still not clear. 

France has been on high alert following the 13 November Isis attacks that killed 130 people, in one of the worst attacks on French soil since the Second World War. 

Boko Haram kills several in Borno state: Boko Haram militants reportedly attacked three villages in Nigeria's Borno state and killed at least 30 people on Tuesday, days after the group brutally killed 14 people in another village in the state. 

On Tuesday, Boko Haram terrorists attacked the villages of Warwara, Bura-Shika and Mangari, killing residents and setting houses on fire, vigilantes in the region were reported as saying. 

Last week, the terror group raided the Kamuya village in Borno, decapitating scores of locals. 

The Nigerian terror group, which seeks to build an Islamic state in the country, continues to carry out vicious attacks despite the new president Muhammadu Buhari ramping up offensive against the terrorists. 

Philippine soldiers killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf militants: Three Philippine soldiers were killed in a three-day battle with over 100 Abu Sayyaf militants in a forested region in the south of the country. Fifteen militants of the Abu Sayyaf terror group were also killed, AFP reported. 

The Abu Sayyaf group has increased its kidnappings in the region in recent months, targeting foreigners in the country. Its leaders had pledged allegiance to Isis last year. 

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