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BBC News Survivors of UK terrorist attacks and bereaved relatives have launched a group to lobby the government over its anti-terror policies.Survivors Against Terror wants more effective measures against terrorism and greater support for its victims.Founders include the husband of murdered West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox and Dan Hett, whose brother Martyn was killed in the Manchester Arena bombing.Brendan Cox said the group would try "to defeat terrorism at its source".He added: "What terrorists want is for us to turn against each other, to hate each other."And what we want to do as a country is to come together in a united way and make sure we defeat it". The organisation's other founders include; Gina Van Dort - who was injured and lost her husband in the Tunisia beach shootings, Jo Berry - whose father was killed when the IRA bombed the Grand Hotel in Brighton, Sajda Mughal - who...
All Africa By David AjikobiAttacks linked to Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria have claimed more than 120 lives this year, sparking reprisal attacks in what is seen as a struggle for resources.A focal point of the violence has been Benue state, where over 70 victims were buried on 11 January 2018. (Note: The Fulani are a largely Muslim group found in the Sahel region and parts of West Africa.)The official response to the violence has sparked national debate. Likening the clashes to terrorism, former aviation minister and a prominent critic of the government Femi Fani-Kayode said terrorism deaths in Nigeria were higher than acknowledged."In the past year, Nigeria has experienced the greatest increase in deaths from terrorism, with 7,512 deaths reported - an increase of over 300%", he tweeted to his more than 650,000 followers at the beginning of January 2018.Attributing the figure to British online newspaper The Independent, Fani-Kayode, a...

Swedes charge Uzbek man with terrorism in truck attack

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ABC News By David Keyton, Associated PressSTOCKHOLM —  An Uzbek man who rammed a stolen truck into a crowd in downtown Stockholm in April, killing five and injuring 14, was charged Tuesday with terrorism, attempts to carry out a terror act and endangering others.Rakhmat Akilov is the only suspect and has already confessed. He was arrested hours after he drove a stolen beer truck into a crowd of shoppers on a busy pedestrian shopping street and crashed it into an upscale department store in Stockholm's city center on April 7. A British man, a Belgian woman and three Swedes were killed."Akilov wanted to punish Sweden for taking part in the international coalition against (the Islamic State group)," prosecutor Hans Ihrman told a news conference.Johan Eriksson, Akilov's defense lawyer, confirmed that was his client's motive. He said Akilov admits committing terror and exposing people to attempted murder, and has been cooperative...
By Cody Derespina, Katherine Lam | Fox News Terrorism was being eyed as a possible motive after a man in a black Honda targeted pedestrians Monday morning in Philadelphia, seriously injuring one person before being shot in the head by an off-duty cop, officials said.The driver, who wasn’t immediately identified, was prounced dead at 10:15 a.m. at a hospital, police said. The driver was initially in “extremely critical condition” after the incident and was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head.Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said at a news conference Monday evening that while initial reports said the driver attempted to hit multiple people with his car, police have been "unable to confirm that he was trying to strike several people."“Anytime someone is trying to run people over we got to look at that angle and see what the investigation leads us,” a police spokesman...

Risks 2018: Terrorism and New Ideologies

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Control Risks by Jonathan Wood, Director and Shawn VanSlyke, Director Terrorism and New IdeologiesIf you’re looking for good news about the global terrorist threat, this is it: the overall number of terrorist incidents worldwide, as well as the number of estimated casualties, declined in 2017 compared with 2016, according to Control Risks data. The essential drill down reveals the inevitable nuance. The decrease was broad but uneven, and multiple countries experienced increased terrorist activity because of shifting conflict and militant group dynamics.The emphasis on the high-impact acts of terror carried out by Islamist extremists in Western cities, notably Islamic State (IS), has deflected attention from other ideological actors, especially right- and left-wing extremists, compounding the difficult and delicate challenge of detecting and responding to radicalisation. Furthermore, the convergence of ideological and personal motivations in violent attacks remains among the most challenging aspects of the evolving terrorism threat environment.Fortunately, corporate responses,...

Kabul: bomb hidden in ambulance kills dozens

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Attacker passed first checkpoint by claiming he had a patient, then detonated explosives The Guardian by  Emma Graham-Harrison and Akhtar Mohammad Makoii A bomb hidden in an ambulance has killed at least 95 people and injured more than 150 in the heavily fortified heart of the Afghan capital, Kabul, in the latest in a string of high-profile attacks.The suicide bomber struck at a police checkpoint where the streets were crowded with people queueing to visit nearby offices and embassies, and vendors serving them. Witnesses said bodies were strewn across the pavement.“It’s a massacre,” said Dejan Panic, a coordinator for the nearby emergency hospital, which was nearly overwhelmed by the flood of victims. Dozens were laid out on mattresses in the courtyard to wait for treatment from medics with the Italian charity, which was still tending to patients from previous attacks.The bombing was the deadliest in Kabul for nearly eight months,...

Africa And Terrorism Funding

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EDITORIAL: Africa And Terrorism Funding by Leadership Editors LEADERSHIP -  President Muhammadu Buhari may have put his finger exactly on the solution to terrorism in the African continent when he urged his fellow leaders to collaborate to stop ransom payments and all forms of financing for terrorism networks. This was part of his opening address at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Nigerian leader also said that the creation of a continental database on terrorist groups and a halt to all flows of funds to them ought to be part of a comprehensive approach to fighting the threat. It is a surprise that this idea is just occurring to African leaders even as terrorists attempt to overrun the continent. However, we noted that as belated as it is, if the idea is adopted and implemented, it will go a long way in checking the menace those gangs...
Jihad Watch By Robert Spencer This stabbing incident was initially reported as an “interrupted theft,” with no indication that it was jihad. It took the perpetrator himself to explain that in stabbing these two non-Muslims, he was answering the “call for jihad by the Chief of Believer, Abu-bakr Al-baghdadi, may Allah protect him, and by the Mujahiden of the Islamic State.” He even says that his victims know this: “I understand that the two men I stabbed know and have explained the reason for my attack, and I am here reaffirming that it was indeed an act of Jihad in the way of Allah.”The only people who don’t know it, or refuse to accept it and ponder its implications, are in Minnesota law enforcement and media. “Court Records: Mall of America Stabbing Suspect Pleads Guilty, Calls it Act of Jihad,” KSTP, January 26, 2018: On Thursday, 20-year-old Mahad Abdiaziz Adbiraham...
Swedish police station is rocked by a 'hand grenade attack' with 'multiple vehicles damaged' Two people believed to have been involved in the bomb attack in Malmo at 9pm Police spokeswoman Anna Goransson said the area blocked off after the attack Speaking to SVT, neighbour Tomas el Massou said it was 'nothing new' for Malmo   By Iain Burns For MailonlineA police station in Sweden was put on lockdown last night fter a suspected hand grenade attack.Two people are believed to have been involved in the attack in Malmo, which began just after 9pm.  Police spokeswoman Anna Goransson said the area had been blocked off after the explosion. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5281677/Swedish-police-station-rocked-hand-grenade-attack.html...
Washington Post By Lori Hinnant | APPARIS — Six families of French jihadis captured during Islamic State’s retreat filed a complaint Wednesday demanding that the government bring them home, a week after a video of two notorious European extremists renewed the debate over how hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters should be handled.The complaint, filed by families of French women and children held by Kurdish militias, condemned what it called “deliberate inertia” by French authorities, saying it had left mothers and children — including infants — vulnerable to the risks of living in a war zone.Yet in an interview in Monday’s Liberation newspaper, France’s military chief Florence Parly said she sees no reason to bring French jihadis home for trial. She says only 20 returned to France last year, while Belgium’s top security official has said only five of the country’s foreign fighters returned in 2017.“The pseudo-Caliphate no longer controls territory, but...
Shabelle News A tense of a fight was reported near the southern port town of Kismayo as Somali National Army forces and African Union troops move closer to Al Shabaab stronghold.Reports said the tension rose after allied forces are advancing on Bulo-Gadud and Bar-Sanguni areas which are currently under Al Shabaab control.Residents in the two villages say a heavy fighting may erupt at any time.The development came following an airstrike by the U.S. warplanes against Al-Shabab bases in Bar-Sanguni, located about 45Km north of Kismayo city on Wednesday.Somali military and Jubbaland soldiers backed by AMISOM and U.S. personnel have been fighting Al Shabaab in the outskirts of Kismayo in the past five years. Read more: http://radioshabelle.com/tension-somali-forces-close-al-shabaab-stronghold/...
Las Vegas Review-Journal By Barbara Ortutay The Associated Press NEW YORK — Lawmakers grilled executives at Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter on Wednesday about what the companies are doing to prevent terrorists from using their platforms to spread propaganda and recruit new followers. The Senate’s commerce, science and transportation committee hearing comes amid growing government scrutiny over misuse of social media platforms and questions about what the companies are doing to prevent it. And it comes after November’s exhaustive congressional hearings on what the companies knew — and did — about Russia’s efforts to meddle with the 2016 U.S. elections using their platforms. Lawmakers acknowledged that the companies, especially Google and Facebook, have come a long way when it comes to weeding out extremist material. But they said more needs to be done. “What have we learned about how the Russians attacked us?” Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, asked...
NBC 10 Philadelphia His mother said she last talked to him about a year ago By Ted Greenberg and Brian X. McCrone He graduated from Atlantic City High School in 2010. His Albanian immigrant family owned a pizza shop in Margate, New Jersey. He attended a mosque where "he hated people," according his mother.Then Zulfi Hoxha went to Syria and became Abu Hamza al-Amriki, an ISIS soldier, according to his mother and court documents in another recent terrorism case involving an American."I am upset," his mother Ltefaji Hoxha told NBC10 at her house in Margate in the first confirmation outside of court filings that the 25-year-old is in Syria fighting for the group also known as the Islamic State. "No good. I'm very upset." Hoxha, 25, was identified in filings for the federal case against David "Daoud" Wright, who was convicted last year on terrorism charges and is serving 28...

Somali-Born Ohio Man Sentenced For Aiding Terrorists

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The Daily Caller by Grace Carr     A Somali-born naturalized U.S. citizen was sentenced to prison on Tuesday for training with terrorists overseas and plotting to orchestrate a terrorist attack on American soil. U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson gave 26-year old Ohioan Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud 22 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release, for training with terrorists overseas and returning to the U.S. with the intent to perpetrate an attack, according to a report from the Justice Department. Evidence seized by the FBI indicates that Mohamud planned to kill military officers and other government and military employees. Court documents show Mohamud obtained a U.S. passport and one-way ticket to Greece in 2014, but did not board his connecting flight to Greece and remained instead in Istanbul, from where he crossed the border into Syria. After arriving in Syria, Mohamud trained with the terrorist organization al-Nusrah Front, the Justice Department reports. In...

Motorcycle Used To Deliver IED In Thailand

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Daily Mail By Afp A motorcycle bomb killed three civilians and wounded two dozen others on Monday at a bustling morning market in Thailand's insurgency-hit south, the first such attack on a "soft target" in the Muslim-majority region for months.A rebellion against Thai rule in the country's culturally distinct "Deep South" bordering Malaysia has left nearly 7,000 dead -- the majority civilians -- since 2004.The death toll in 2017 from the insurgency was 235, the lowest in 13 years of conflict as peace talks edged forwards and the Thai junta boosted its security lockdown on the region.But Monday's bomb in Yala town at a packed market popular with Buddhists and Muslims may indicate that militants are once more aiming attacks at civilian targets.At least two bodies lay slumped over debris in the narrow alleyway, surrounded by chunks of torn corrugated roofing, destroyed motorbikes and market stalls."The suspects parked the motorcycle...

Prison in France: Terrorism and Islamism

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Gatestone Institute by Yves Mamou Like its police and the firefighters, France's prison guards say they live in a permanent climate of violence and fear. And their exasperation is growing. "Before, every morning, I was afraid to discover a guy hanging in his cell. You know what I'm dreading today? To be slaughtered, stripped, stabbed in the back. In the name of Islam and ISIS. Every day, on my way to work, this fear gnaws at my belly." — 'Bernard,' a French prison guard. "In the old days, aggressive behavior was linked to the difficulties of everyday life. Now hatred and violence are unleashed [by Islamists] against [our] authority, our society and its values." — Joaquim Pueyo, MP, former director of Fleury-Mérogis prison. Instead of understanding that the famous deradicalization centers have not been useful because deradicalization did not take place, France's policymakers persist in thinking that the solution to...
Express A DOMESTIC “immediate action” squad combining experts from across the Armed Forces has been formed to safeguard Britain from terror attacks. Operation Barracuda will see members of the SAS (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special Boat Service) supported by a further 80 soldiers drawn from specialist units across the British Army and Royal Navy. By Marco Giannangeli They will offer wide expertise in a number of areas, ranging from cyber warfare to chemical attacks.The unit will spearhead Operation Temperer, the Government’s over- arching security plan to provide thou- sands of soldiers to protect civilians during a high terror threat.It follows warnings by intelligence chiefs at the Joint Terrorist Analysis Centre that extremists are now seeking new targets and “spectacular incidents”, including ports and power stations.The routing of Isis from its so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria has seen hundreds of well-trained jihadis make their way through Turkey, determined to...

How Terrorism Is Taught Around the World

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USNews.com 9/11 turned terrorism into a hot topic. This is what students learn about it in academia.By Sintia Radu, Staff Writer In Europe the focus in the classroom is on case studies. In the U.S., educators emphasize statistics and data analysis. And in farther flung places such as Sri Lanka, which faced decades of civil war, the approach remains rooted in academic theory.Terrorist incidents may be declining worldwide, but the interest in learning about the topic is growing globally, say educators around the world. Since the deadliest terrorist attacks on U.S. soil on Sept. 11, 2001, students have wanted to know more about terrorism, and classes are becoming popular, especially in America."I've seen an incredible increase in interest in this topic coming from students and there was just about no interest prior to 9/11," says Gary LaFree, director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to...

Pulse trial: Terrorism expert allowed to testify

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WFTV By: Shannon Butler ORLANDO, Fla. - A federal judge in Orlando ruled Friday that a terrorism expert will be allowed to testify in the Noor Salman trial.Salman is the wife of Omar Mateen, who authorities have said killed 49 people and injured more than 100 at the Pulse nightclub June 12, 2016. Mateen was killed by police the night of the shooting. Prosecutors believe Salman knew about the planned attack, came up with a cover story and did nothing to stop the shooting.Salman faces charges of aiding a former terrorist organization and obstruction of justice.Terrorism expert William Braniff will testify during Salman’s trial, but Judge Paul Byron will need to determine how much Braniff is allowed to say."She believes in the system. She believes in the judge, and she is hoping for a fair trial, and that is what we are fighting for," said Salman's attorney Linda Moreno. The...
The Star Telegram The Associated PressDALLAS - A civil rights group has filed a court challenge to the federal government's Terrorist Screening Database, alleging it stigmatizes its targets without due process.The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Dallas on behalf of five Muslim American citizens. In a statement, the group says the five face consequences because they're on the watch list, "including the inability to fly on airplanes, intrusive screenings at airports, and the denial of applications for credit cards and bank loans."CAIR's senior litigation attorney, Gadeir (gah-DAYR') Abbas says the database is "nothing more than a list of innocent Muslim citizens who have not been arrested, charged or convicted of a crime."Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article195256019.html...