Posts Tagged ‘ terrorism ’

Indonesia: Police say Christmas bomb plot foiled, three killed

December 21, 2016
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Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Indonesian police have foiled plans by an ISIS-linked group for a Christmas-time suicide bombing after killing three suspected militants Wednesday and discovering a cache of bombs, authorities said. A firefight erupted at a house in South Tangerang 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of the capital Jakarta, with police saying the alleged militants had opened fire at officers." (12/21/16)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Dec-21/386213-indonesia-police-say-christmas-bomb-plot-foiled-three-killed.ashx  

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Islamic State claims responsibility for Berlin truck attack

December 20, 2016
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Boston Globe    

"The Islamic State extremist group is claiming responsibility for the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people and left nearly 50 injured. The Islamic State group's Amaq news agency said in a statement Tuesday that 'the person who carried out the truck run over attack in Berlin is a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting citizens of the Crusader coalition.' German police are still hunting for the driver of the truck, which slammed into the downtown Christmas market Monday night. ... Federal prosecutors on Tuesday night released a man taken into custody in the vicinity of the crime on suspicion that he drove the vehicle in the attack Monday night, saying they hadn't found evidence putting him in the truck at that time." (12/20/16)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/12/20/suspect-berlin-attack-came-from-pakistan-official-says/LnFyH0z99e3TmMjzIezmjN/story.html  

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Germany: Berlin truck crash likely “terrorist attack,” police say

December 20, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Berlin's police force said for the first time early Tuesday morning that the truck that rammed into pedestrians at a popular Christmas market was set deliberately on its deadly course, confirming that investigators were looking at it as a suspected 'terrorist attack.' At least 12 people were killed and nearly 50 injured when the truck struck the popular Christmas market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church late Monday as tourists and locals were enjoying a traditional pre-Christmas evening near Berlin's Zoo station. ... Multiple German media outlets reported a police raid early Tuesday morning at a former airport facility near Berlin, which is currently being used to house migrants and refugees. German daily Die Welt reported armed police had raided the hangar at the disused military Tempelhof Airport, which sits just south of central Berlin, reportedly only a 10 or 15 minute drive from the Christmas market hit by the apparent truck attack on Monday." (12/20/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/berlin-germany-truck-crash-into-christmas-market-likely-terror-attack/  

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Afghanistan: Gunmen murder five women airport employees

December 18, 2016
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euronews [EU]    

"Five female airport guards have been killed in a gun attack in Afghanistan. They were attacked on their way to work at Kandahar airport. The driver of their minibus has also been killed. A spokesman for the governor of Kandahar says the women were in charge of searching female travellers at Kandahar airport. They had been hired by a private security company. 'Two gunmen on a motorbike followed their van and opened fire,' Samim Khpulwak told reporters." (12/17/16)

http://www.euronews.com/2016/12/17/five-women-airport-workers-gunned-down-in-afghanistan  

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Afghanistan: Suicide Bomber Hits Shiite Baqir-ul Ulom Mosque in Kabul, Killing 27

November 21, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"At least 27 worshippers were killed Monday after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a packed mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials said. ... The attack took place on the first floor of the two-story building where Shiite worshipers had gathered to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson and an iconic Shiite martyr, in Karbala, Iraq in 680 A.D, according to a Associated Press report from the scene." (11/21/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-uncovered/how-all-female-isis-morality-police-khansaa-brigade-terrorized-mosul-n685926  

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Kosovo: Police claim to have thwarted “synchronized” Islamic State terror attacks

November 18, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Police in Kosovo say they have arrested 19 people and thwarted simultaneous Islamic State attacks in Kosovo and neighboring Albania, including a planned assault on the Israeli national soccer team during a match. The suspects, who were planning 'synchronized terror attacks,' were rounded up over the past 10 days in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, police said in a statement Wednesday. The suspects were receiving orders from Islamic State member Lavdrim Muhaxheri, the self-declared 'commander of Albanians in Syria and Iraq,' police said." (11/17/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/11/17/police-isil-attacks-thwarted-kosovo/94013658/  

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Pakistan: At least 25 killed in explosion at Sufi shrine

November 12, 2016
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CBC News [Canadian state media]    

"An explosion at a Muslim shrine in southwestern Pakistan killed at least 25 people and wounded dozens of others, local officials said. Hashim Ghalzai, a local district commissioner, told Reuters that the death toll was an initial report, and could rise further. The blast occurred at the Shah Noorani shrine, located in Baluchistan province, about 100 kilometres north of the port city of Karachi. It took place while hundreds of people were inside, said Ghalzai." (11/12/16)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/pakistan-shrine-explosion-1.3848338  

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Germany: Police say mosque, congress center attacked in Dresden

September 27, 2016
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Winona Daily News    

"Two homemade explosive devices were set off outside a mosque and a conference center in the eastern German city of Dresden, police said Tuesday. Nobody was hurt. Dresden police said in a statement that there was no immediate report on the extent of damage from the explosions late Monday. 'Even though we do not have a letter of confession, we must assume there's a xenophobic background,' Police President Horst Kretschmar said." (09/27/16)

http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/world/police-say-mosque-congress-center-attacked-in-dresden/article_e0f70973-1579-5d89-a3f8-71794ab0e1aa.html  

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Americans’ fear of foreign terrorists is overinflated

September 14, 2016
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"One thing is clear from this presidential campaign: many Americans are scared of terrorists and immigrants. Donald Trump has managed to capitalize on that fear by conflating the two phenomena. The refugee crisis emanating from Iraq and Syria as well as recent attacks like the one in San Bernardino, Calif., have prompted calls for heightened immigration restrictions to keep our country safe. But is it really true that immigrants pose a unique terrorist threat? No, actually." (09/13/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/americans-fear-foreign-terrorists-overinflated  

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Pakistan: 13 injured in Eid bombings

September 13, 2016
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NDTV [India]    

"At least 13 people, including five policemen, were today injured in two separate suicide bombings during Eid prayers targeting minority Shias in Pakistan's relatively peaceful southern Sindh province. Four suicide attackers infiltrated Shikarpur district's Khanpur tehsil, 470 kilometres north of Karachi, police said. Two of the attackers targeted an Eid prayer ground where one assailant blew himself up, injuring 10 people, two of whom were policemen. The other attacker fled, they said. Two other suicide bombers targeted a Shia mosque but they were stopped at the entrance by policemen, which led to one of the attackers to blow himself up while the other was arrested." (09/13/16)

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/13-injured-in-eid-bombings-in-pakistan-1458092  

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France: Police find “car bomb” belonging to person on terrorist watch list

September 8, 2016
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Mirror [UK]    

"A car belonging to a person on a terror watchlist was found close to Notre Dame Cathedral stashed with gas cylinders. The car, a Peugot 607 with no licence plate, was found on Sunday morning close to the famous cathedral in Paris. It was parked on the Quai de Montebello in the fifth arrondissement of Paris -- a narrow stretch of water away from the cathedral. Inside were at least six gas cylinders -- although the tanks are not thought to have been connected to [a] detonator -- and a book in Arabic writing. Two people have been arrested, according to reports." (09/07/16)

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/police-find-car-bomb-near-8784482  

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Somalia: Truck bomb explodes near presidential palace

August 30, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A truck bomb exploded Tuesday outside the Somali presidential palace and the popular Somali Youth League Hotel in Mogadishu, police told CNN. Twelve people died in the blast, Dr. Mohamed Aden at Medina Hospital said. Police said at least 15 people were hurt and that the death toll is expected to rise, with many of the wounded in critical condition. Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack via its Radio Andalus station." (08/30/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/30/africa/somalia-truck-bomb/  

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Kyrgyzstan: Chinese embassy hit by suspected suicide car bomb

August 30, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"A suspected suicide car bomber rammed the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on Tuesday, killing the attacker and wounding at least three other people, officials said. An Interior Ministry spokesman said the car exploded inside the compound and quoted Deputy Prime Minister Janysh Razakov as describing the blast as 'a terrorist act.'" (08/30/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2016/0830/Chinese-embassy-in-Kyrgyzstan-hit-by-suspected-suicide-car-bomb  

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Iraq: Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly wedding blast

August 29, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 15 people and injured 16 others at a wedding Sunday in the Iraqi city of Karbala. A statement released by the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency said four suicide attackers targeted 'a Shiite gathering.' Iraqi authorities said there were five would-be suicide bombers, and that security members killed four." (08/29/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/29/middleeast/iraq-isis-wedding-attack/  

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Turkey: Young suicide bomber kills 51 in wedding party attack

August 22, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"An Islamic State group suicide bomber as young as 12 years old attacked an outdoor Kurdish wedding party in southeastern Turkey, killing at least 51 people and wounding dozens of others, the Turkish president said Sunday. The bombing late Saturday in Gaziantep, near Turkey's border with Syria, was the deadliest attack in Turkey this year. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking live on national television in front of Istanbul's city hall, said the attacker was aged between 12 and 14. He said 69 people were wounded, with 17 of them in critical condition." (08/21/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-21/turkey-s-president-blames-islamic-state-for-wedding-attack  

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Somalia: Al-Shabab claims twin suicide bombings

August 22, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"At least 20 people have been killed and several others wounded in twin suicide blasts in the central Somali town of Galkayo, according to a Somali health official. The first vehicle explosion on Sunday targeted the local government headquarters; the second targeted emergency services at the scene of the first blast. ... Al-Shabab, the armed group fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu, claimed responsibility for the blasts." (08/21/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/al-shabab-claims-responsibility-somalia-bombing-160821090836552.html  

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Canada: Police kill suspect after receiving “terrorist threat” tip

August 11, 2016
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Alaska Dispatch News    

"Canadian police killed a man on Wednesday after receiving 'credible information of a potential terrorist threat.' The suspect was killed during a police raid in a small Ontario town, CTV News and CBC News reported. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement they had identified a suspect in a national security threat and taken action to ensure the safety of the public. No further details were provided. Intelligence sources told Reuters that the suspect was Aaron Driver, who was arrested last year for openly supporting the Islamic State militant group on social media. The sources declined to be identified because they did not have permission to speak to the media." (08/11/16)

http://www.adn.com/nation-world/2016/08/11/canada-police-kill-suspect-after-receiving-terrorist-threat-tip/  

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Pakistan: Suicide bombing at hospital kills at least 63

August 8, 2016
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New York Post New York Post    

"A suicide bomber killed at least 63 people and wounded dozens in an attack that struck a gathering of Pakistani lawyers on the grounds of a government-run hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday, police and doctors said. Witnesses described horrifying scenes of bodies being scattered about and the wounded screaming out and crying for help. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast." (08/08/16)

http://nypost.com/2016/08/08/suicide-bombing-at-pakistani-hospital-kills-at-least-63/  

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Belgium: Islamic State claims machete attacks

August 7, 2016
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Irish Examiner [Ireland]    

"Islamic State (IS) yesterday claimed responsibility for an attack by a machete-wielding man in Belgium that left two female police officers seriously injured, said the group’s Amaq news agency on Twitter. Shortly before the claim, Belgian prosecutors had identified the assailant as a 33-year-old Algerian, K B, who had lived in Belgium since 2012, saying that he may have been inspired by terrorism." (08/08/16)

http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/islamic-state-behind-machete-attacks-on-belgium-officers-414650.html  

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The dawning of the age of non-terrorist terrorism

August 1, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by CJ Hopkins  

"The prosecutor in the case -- the French case, of course -- described the perpetrator as a 'barely coherent,' mentally unbalanced, middle-aged man who used his car to mow down over a dozen innocent French pedestrians while shouting Islamic stuff out the window. This, we are learning, is part of the cunning modus operandi of the non-terrorist terrorists, the way they are able to extensively plan and carry out terrifying terrorist attacks while posing as mentally disturbed individuals, or as sexually confused or alienated loners, who have absolutely nothing to do with Terrorism. This ruse was deployed again in Orlando, where the non-terrorist terrorist went as far as to pose as a closeted homosexual; and in Nice, where the attacker maintained his cover for years as a wife-beating petty criminal; and in Wurzberg, where apparently the teenage terrorist had been masquerading as an orphaned refugee, but in fact was an insidious sleeper agent sent by ISIS to attack some random train in the middle of the German countryside." (08/01/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/01/the-dawning-of-the-age-of-non-terrorist-terrorism/  

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France: One hostage, two assailants killed in Normandy church siege

July 26, 2016
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Belfast Telegraph [Ireland]    

"A priest has died from a slashed throat after two knifemen burst into a church as he celebrated mass, in what appears to be the latest in a string of terror attacks in France. Two men, believed to be the assailants, held members of the congregation hostage for an hour before being shot dead by police after emerging on to the courtyard of the church in Normandy, according to local reports. French newspapers suggested that the dead man was 92 years old and had served the community of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, south of Rouen, for decades. Police sources were quoted as saying that at least one of the two hostage-takers was bearded and was wearing a skullcap of the kind worn by some Muslims. ... French newspaper Le Figaro reported that the church was suspected to have been on a list of Catholic places of worship in the area around Paris drawn up as possible targets by Sid Ahmed Ghlam, an Algerian student arrested last year on suspicion of murdering a mother-of-one during a botched attempt to attack a church in Villejuif." (07/26/16)

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/priest-dies-from-slashed-throat-after-knifemen-burst-into-church-in-france-34913201.html  

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Germany: Ansbach suicide bomber pledged allegiance to Islamic State in video

July 25, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The Syrian suicide bomber who injured 15 people in an attack on a music festival in Ansbach, Germany, Sunday night left behind a video on a mobile phone pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said he was engaging in an act of revenge against Germans, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said Monday. 'I believe that after this video we cannot doubt that this attack was an Islamist terror attack,' he said. Police searching his home found multiple mobile phones, Herrmann said, as well as materials to make explosive devices." (07/25/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/24/world/ansbach-germany-blast/  

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Afghanistan: Powerful blasts kill at least 80 in Kabul protest

July 24, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Twin explosions targeting a large demonstration by members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara minority in Kabul have killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 230, officials have said. The attack on Saturday, near one of the most heavily fortified areas of the Afghan capital, was quickly claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), who have previously targeted the Hazara people. 'Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi'ites in... the city of Kabul in Afghanistan,' Amaq, an ISIL-linked website, said." (07/23/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/deadly-blast-kills-10-kabul-protest-160723105351090.html  

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The problem isn’t tools, it’s terror

July 17, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"'Our rifle is only a tool,' Private Joker notes in Gustav Hasford's The Short-Timers (adapted to film as Full Metal Jacket). 'It is a hard heart that kills.' Focusing on tools misses the point entirely: When they choose to attack, terrorists will buy, beg, borrow, steal or make the tools to do so (the Tsarnaevs used pressure cookers, nails, gunpowder from fireworks and remote detonators made from toy car controllers). Terrorists don't obey laws or conform to regulations. If they did, they wouldn't be terrorists." (07/15/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6695  

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Relatives of Israel attack victims file frivolous suit against Facebook

July 11, 2016
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Express Tribune [Pakistan]    

"A group of Israelis and Americans bereaved in Palestinian attacks said on Monday they would seek $1 billion in damages from Facebook Inc for alleged complicity, as part of a suit filed in the United States against the social media giant. The plaintiffs, relatives of four Israeli-US dual nationals and one visiting US citizen who died in attacks in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or the occupied West Bank between 2014 and 2016, accused Facebook of helping Hamas militants operate. ... The private legal initiative follows censure from Israel's security minister over what he deemed the firm's reluctance to help track potential Palestinian militants and curb incitement to violence. In response, Facebook defended its regulations against online abuse." (07/11/16)

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1139465/relatives-palestinian-attack-victims-sue-facebook-1-billion-us-court/  

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