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By Paul Cruickshank and Rudolph Birgelen, CNN (CNN)Six Syrian nationals detained in raids by German police were released without charge Wednesday after initial investigations found there wasn't "sufficient evidence of a terror plot," the Frankfurt prosecutor's office said. There was also "no concrete evidence" the suspects belonged to the ISIS terror group, the office said.   There are, however, indications the men have had contacts with ISIS and investigations are ongoing, the office's Christian Hartwig said.   A German intelligence officer previous told CNN that the arrest of the Syrians uncovered a possible terror plot on a Christmas market in Germany.   The men were detained following large-scale raids in four cities involving approximately 500 officers on Tuesday morning led by the Hessian State Criminal Police and the attorney general of Frankfurt, a joint statement by the two agencies said.   The men were targets of an investigation "into suspicion...

Scores killed in Mubi bomb blast

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The Nation By: Agency Reporter Scores of people are feared dead following a bomb blast at a mosque in Dazala area of Mubi town in Adamawa on Tuesday. According to eyewitnesses, suspected suicide bomber around 5 am during the Muslim early morning prayers carried out the attack. “I counted 27 dead and 49 injured people as they are being evacuated to the hospital,” said one Mubi resident, who simply identified himself as Danladi. The Chairman of Mubi North, Alhaji Musa Bello who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said he would give details of the incidence later. “There are many casualties including dead but I cannot give you the exact figure now as we are trying to ascertain the damage”. Also confirming the incident, the Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Haruna Furo said his team are on their way to Mubi to assess the...
by Anna Giaritelli - Washington Examiner The Transportation Security Administration is likely to screen 2.4 million air passengers each day during this coming Thanksgiving week, and could break the record of 2.71 million people screened in a single day in 2004.That record was set on Nov. 28, 2004, the Sunday after Thanksgiving.Record numbers are likely again this Thanksgiving, as TSA processed more travelers this last summer than any previous one. Officers screened an average of 2.28 million travelers per day, nearly 15 percent more than the average 2 million passengers processed at airports on a standard day.Of the agency's 10 busiest days in history, four were recorded this summer. Just under 240 million people took commercial flights between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend. The summer trends are likely to continue this week, and that Thanksgiving week has historically been one of the busiest times of the year for air...
Deployment of missile defenses comes 2 weeks after military destroyed an Islamic Jihad attack tunnel, leading to death of at least 12 of the group's operatives By Judah Ari Gross A number of Iron Dome missile defense batteries were deployed in central Israel on Monday, the military said, amid heightened tensions with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad since the army demolished the terrorist group’s border-crossing attack tunnel last month.The IDF confirmed on Monday the anti-missile systems were installed in “central Israel,” but would not elaborate on their exact location, citing army policy. The Iron Dome system, which is designed to shoot down short-range rockets and, in some cases, mortars, was deployed to counter the threats made by Islamic Jihad, which has vowed to avenge its members killed in the tunnel blast and its aftermath.Israeli officials have tried to dissuade the terror group, warning of a harsh retaliation by the IDF.On Saturday,...

Developing a new Prevent strategy

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Counterterrorbusiness.com Developing a new Prevent strategyIn recent months both Prime Minister Theresa May and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham have made significant interventions in the debate on counter extremism. In this article, Bob Hindle of Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, explains why a new Prevent strategy is needed, and how that might developThe UK government’s Prevent duty forms part of its wider CONTEST counter-terrorism strategy. The duty came into force in 2015 and covers schools, colleges, training providers and universities. It requires that staff be trained in preventing young people from being ‘drawn in to terrorism’ and in ‘understanding radicalisation’, developing institutional ‘capabilities’ to challenge this, being ‘aware of what action to take’. Referrals are made to Prevent Co-Ordinators. In schools and colleges, Safeguarding Leads are responsible for aligning procedures to the duty within school systems and collect referrals from staff, making a decision as to whether a...