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Terrorism

3rd London attacker named as Youssef Zaghba, 22

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by CBS 6 Albany LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on the attacks in the London Bridge area (all times local):12:20 p.m.The Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported Tuesday that Youssef Zaghba, the third named London Bridge attacker, had been stopped in Italy while trying to go to Syria in 2016.Zaghba, who was said to be born in Morocco to a Moroccan father and an Italian mother, was stopped at Bologna's Marconi airport on March 15, 2016, while he tried to take a flight to Turkey. He was allegedly on his way to Syria and was carrying only a backpack.The report said that Italy had put him on a watch list and flagged his presence to Moroccan and British authorities. The parents lived for a time in Morocco and when they separated the mother returned to Italy and re-established herself in Bologna.Zaghba was reportedly working in a London restaurant and had...
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Just a year ago London maniac Khuram Butt was grandstanding on Channel 4. Now he's the SECOND 'jihadi next door' from that documentary to become a killer, writes RICHARD PENDLEBURY* Terrorist Khuram Shazad Butt featured in Channel 4's The Jihadis Next Door * He and his associates prayed before an ISIS flag in the middle of Regent's Park * Like many modern Islamic terrorists he's devout, tech savvy and misleadingly banal By Richard Pendlebury for - Daily Mail His is the authentic voice of the 21st-century Islamist terrorist: devout, tech savvy and misleadingly banal. ‘Anyone got a smartphone?’ Khuram Shazad Butt asks in a Cockney Asian accent as he is filmed in Regent’s Park, Central London in July 2015.Dressed in an Arabic djellaba — a long robe — Butt is about to pray before the black flag of the Islamic State in the company of eight similarly clad associates, as...
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Business Insider by Christopher Woody While geographically distant from the battlegrounds of Iraq and Syria, Spain has still become a focal point for terrorism-related activity because of its history and position between North Africa and Western Europe.In the years since the devastating 2004 train attacks in Madrid — the deadliest attack in Europe so far this century — Spain has intensified efforts to uncover, monitor, and disrupt terrorist activity and plots — though such networks have been resilient.Terrorism is not new in Spain. Starting in 1961, the ETA, a Basque separatist movement, launched hundreds of attacks around the country, killing more than 800 civilians and security personnel. (The ETA announced the end of its armed campaign in 2011.)But prior to the March 2004 train bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, Spanish authorities gave little attention to Islamist terrorism.Imad Eddin Barakat, one of the founders of Al Qaeda in Spain, was...

London Terrorist Tried to Radicalize

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Clarion Project By Meira Svirsky One of the three jihadi terrorists responsible for the London attacks Saturday night was actively targeting children – easy prey, whom he hoped to radicalize.In fact, a neighbor of the terrorist, Erica Gasparri, an Italian mother with three children, reported him to the police two years ago after realizing he was “brainwashing” her children.“He was trying to radicalize the children, he would go down to the park and talk to them about Islam. He also came to the houses and gave the kids money and sweets during Ramadan,” Gasparri said, speaking to The Telegraph.Gasparri confronted him after one of her children came home from a local park saying, “Mummy, I want to become a Muslim” after encounters with him.Children are increasingly becoming targets for radicals. Their tactics range from threats, force and intimidation to more subtle methods of brainwashing through the media and school systems.Regardless...
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Evening Standardby Tom Powell, Hatty Collier, Francesca Gillett, Jason Collie Seven people have been killed and 21 others critically wounded in the terrorist attack at London Bridge and Borough Market.Three suspects were also shot dead in the horrific attack just after 10pm on Saturday, while two police officers are among the injured.Assistant Met Police Commissioner Mark Rowley revealed the death toll just after 4am on Sunday, as details of the attack began to emerge.Mr Rowley said police were alerted that a vehicle had run down several pedestrians on London bridge at 10.08pm, before it then drove on to Borough Market.At least three attackers then got out and began to stab people, including the on-duty British Transport Police officer who was responding to the initial incident on the bridge.Armed police then confronted and shot the three killers in Borough Market at 10.16pm.The eight armed officers fired an "unprecedented number of shots"...