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EXPRESS AT LEAST 14 people have been wounded after a man drew a kitchen knife and began stabbing terrified passengers on a packed bus in the German city of Luebeck this afternoon. By Harvey Gavin Witnesses described a "bloodbath" following the horrific attack which has left two people seriously injured.Screaming passengers ran for their lives after a man, believed to be in his 30s, started knifing people at random shortly before 2pm local time (noon BST).One witness said the bus driver was attacked but managed to open the doors to allow those on board to flee.Another witness said: "One of the victims was just offering his seat to an elderly lady when the attacker stabbed him in his chest. It was a bloodbath!"Local media reported the suspect dropped a backpack before beginning the attack, which witnesses said began “smouldering”. Officers in a police car which happened to be close to...
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On-the-run British terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite known as The White Widow 'is recruiting suicide bombers to attack Spanish beaches this summer' Samantha Lewthwaite, 34, is the world's most wanted female terrorist Mother-of-four dubbed 'White Widow' due to husband suicide bomber Intelligence shows she recruited dozens of women for terrorist missions Targets are UK, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Canary Islands, Spainish Costas By Phoebe Southworth For Mailonline The world's most wanted female terrorist is recruiting suicide bombers to target holidaymakers this summer.Samantha Lewthwaite, 34, was dubbed 'The White Widow' after her extremist husband killed himself and 26 others in the 2005 London suicide bombings.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5955915/The-White-Widow-recruiting-suicide-bombers-attack-Spanish-beaches-summer.html...
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Motherboard by Lorenzo Franceschi-BicchieraiMeet the hackers who flip seized Instagram handles and cryptocurrency in a shady, buzzing underground market for stolen accounts and usernames. Their victims' weakness? Phone numbers. It seemed like any other warm September night in the suburbs of Salt Lake City. Rachel Ostlund had just put her kids to bed and was getting ready to go to sleep herself. She was texting with her sister when, unexpectedly, her cell phone lost service. The last message Rachel received was from T-Mobile, her carrier. The SIM card for her phone number, the message read, had been “updated.”Rachel did what most people would have done in that situation: she turned the phone off and on again. It didn’t help.She walked upstairs and told her husband Adam that her phone wasn’t working. Adam tried to call Rachel’s number using his cell phone. It rang, but the phone in Rachel’s hands didn’t...
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Did Qatar Pay the Biggest Ransom in History to Terrorist Groups? New Evidence RevealedBBC reveals voicemails and text messages that purport to verify that the Qataris paid $1bn in order to secure the release of hostages held in Iraq from 2015 to 2017 Haaretz On December 16th, 2015, 28 members of the Qatari royal hunting party were kidnapped in Iraq. They had gone falcon hunting, despite warnings not to travel to Iraq.On Monday, the BBC reported a government hostile to Qatar leaked a series of texts and voicemails between the ambassador of Qatar to Iraq, Zayed al-Khayareen, and the foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, which shed new light on the ransom payment.The BBC's new evidence points to the ransom being paid by the Qataris to terrorist organisations - a claim Qatar, which is under scrutiny for funding terrorism, vehemently denies.The Qatari government insists that the money paid went to...
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Washington Post by Elaine Ganley | APPARIS — An Algerian-born man twice convicted in France on terror charges and for years a high-profile figure in the underground world of terrorism has been expelled to stand trial in his homeland.Djamel Beghal was expelled by France on Monday, ending years of wrangling over his fate, Algeria’s official APS news agency reported.There was no official confirmation by France on his expulsion, including by the Foreign Ministry which reportedly negotiated for weeks with Algeria to take in Beghal once his second prison term had ended. APS then reported that Beghal was back in Algeria to stand trial for a 2003 conviction in absentia there.Beghal’s name has emerged in numerous terror cases over the years, linked to top officials of al-Qaida and with an array of European contacts, making him a symbol of globe-spanning terrorism. Stripped of his French nationality a decade ago, Beghal had nowhere to...
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WPLG Local 10 Miami Walter Stolper angry after being served with eviction papers, police say By Ian Margol - Reporter MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - The state attorney's office is looking into whether an attempted arson in Miami Beach will be considered a hate crime or possibly terrorism.Miami Beach police said they received a credible tip that Walter Stolper, 72, was planning to burn down The Pavilion residences on Collins Avenue after having recently been served with eviction papers. Luis Diaz, who works security at a nearby building, was the man who tipped police off to the plot. "He made the comment about two weeks ago to me that he was going to burn down his apartment and every Jew in the building," Diaz said. When police arrested Stolper last Thursday, they said he had already started pouring gasoline down the garbage chute. Police said they also found more than two...
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By Wyre Davies BBC Wales Investigates A terrorism network founded in Wales is suspected of a number of attacks in Bangladesh, the BBC can reveal.The cell was started by respected south Wales businessman Siful Sujan, who had companies based in Cardiff.The American military said he was a key figure in the so-called Islamic State, before he was killed by a US drone strike in Syria in 2015.It is now claimed the work of his network continued, led by his brother Ataul Haque, who had lived in Wales.Haque moved from Wales to Spain, and he was arrested in the town of Merida in September 2017.The FBI says Sujan's Welsh company, Ibacstel Electronics, was sending money to the USA to fund plans for a bomb attack there; and it was also buying military-grade equipment which was being sent to Islamic State fighters. Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/uk-wales-44823666...

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Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee This hearing examined global threats to the Department of Homeland Security supply chain and reviewed existing and proposed DHS authorities to harden acquisition procedures.   ...
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The New York Post By The Post Editorial Board An 8 percent jump in homicides citywide is troubling; more worrisome is that it’s driven by a nearly 65 percent spike in the Bronx. We trust the NYPD to turn the numbers around — but can only hope it will have the full support of local politicians.To be fair, the percentage increase is so big mostly because New York’s Finest have brought crime so far down over the last quarter-century: The 51 homicides in the Bronx in the first six months of the year is up just 20 over the same period in 2017.Back in the late 1980s, that would’ve been barely a blip in the murder rate.It’s still bad news, and accompanied by a jump in shootings — but in itself no sign that crime is raging out of control. (Indeed, other crime categories have hit historic lows.)And the NYPD...
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The Jerusalem Post IDF drill in southern Israel simulates capture of Gaza City in next war with Hamas; IRGC's Quds Force Commander Soleimani a no-show for speech to Gazans By Anna Ahronheim A projectile launched from Gaza in the direction of Israel fell short of the border in the Gaza Strip on Monday, hours after Israel struck Hamas positions in Gaza.The mortar, which set off rocket sirens in communities in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council near the northern border of the strip, reportedly caused two audible explosions.Earlier in the afternoon, the Israeli Air Force struck two Hamas positions in northern Gaza after Palestinians had launched incendiary balloons into southern Israel earlier in the day.According to Palestinian sources, the drone strike occurred near Beit Hanoun and left several wounded.The strikes came two days into a fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas after Hamas launched 200 mortars and rockets into southern Israel...
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By Katherine Lam | Fox News A Massachusetts police officer and an elderly woman were killed Sunday after a suspect attacked the officer with a rock, took his gun and shot him in the head and chest, officials said.Weymouth police officer Michael Chesna, 42, was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly before 8 a.m. The unidentified woman was fatally wounded by stray bullets in a nearby home. A suspect, identified as Emanuel Lopes, was in custody and was expected to be arraigned on two counts of homicide Monday. According to investigators, Lopes crashed a car he was driving and fled the scene on foot at approximately 7:30 a.m. Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Greg Connor said Chesna discovered Lopes vandalizing a nearby house. When the officer drew his gun and commanded Lopes to stop, the suspect allegedly attacked Chesna with the stone and struck him in the head. According...
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The Kansas City Star By Glenn E. Rice, Ian Cummings, Katie Bernard And Max Londberg  Kansas City police on Sunday killed a man they say shot three police officers and had been a person of interest in the off-campus July 6 shooting death of a University of Missouri-Kansas City student.All three injured officers are expected to live.The harrowing events began just before noon at the Sky-Vu Motel on U.S. 40 and ended an hour later when the man came out of a house at 30th and Topping Avenue. All told, the suspect and police exchanged gunfire three different times.By 4:30 p.m., police continued an active investigation near 30th and Topping. Officers were seen with guns drawn. A specialty armored vehicle carrying about a half-dozen heavily armed officers was stationed outside a residence there. The home had yet to be cleared by police, a police spokesman said. There is no reason...
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TribunistDuring an operation in Deh Bala, an area in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, American Green Berets worked with three Afghan commando companies to combat ISIS in the region. The US military has confirmed that, during the operation, approximately 170 terrorists were killed in the ISIS capital, and the area is no longer in the hands of terrorists.The joint US-Afghan assault took place between April and was largely completed by early June. Around 600 Green Berets took part in the operation along with their Afghan counterparts. In the end, no allied casualties were reported.“This was one of the main green zones that did two things. One, it provided money, finance, logistics to ISIS and we’ve taken that away from them,” said Lt. Col. Josh Thiel, a representative for the US First Special Forces Group.“Additionally, ISIS was using this as a site to prepare and move high-profile attacks on Kabul and...
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Trinidad Guardian Rosemarie SantPrime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is describing last Sunday’s triple murder on the Boardwalk in Chaguaramas as an act of “terrorism” and he is appealing to communities and citizens that if they know of people who are “arming themselves to let somebody know.”Last Sunday, Fabien Williams, Andrew Francis and Kadel Osbourne were shot dead on the Boardwalk, while eight-year-old Jakeem Moses, Keron Jones and Ian Brown were injured when gunmen sprayed bullets into a crowd as they targeted Williams. Yesterday, Rowley extended his sympathy to “all families that have experienced the effect of this tragedy.” But he also expressed concern that persons “must know somewhere who is armed, who is doing this and in defence of the community and the country, we need to let the authorities know who is doing this, so that some kind of response, an appropriate response, can take place.”He said it was...
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Forbes Control Risks Contributor By Gillian ParkerDespite all efforts from the Nigerian government, and support by surrounding states, Boko Haram in northern Nigeria is far from defeated. This was proven once more on June 17, when at least 31 people were killed in explosions in the Damboa local government area (LGA) of Borno state.Sub-Saharan Africa has suffered greatly under the increase of Islamist militant attacks. The number of incidents rose from 317 in 2013 to 1,549 for the period April 2017 to April 2018, according to Control Risks’ report Changing patterns in the terrorist threat to business. In West Africa, where 36% of the incidents were reported, Nigeria suffered most (220 incidents), followed by Mali (194) and Cameroon (96). While not all incidents can be attributed to Boko Haram, the continued strengths of the extremists group is now starting to turn the public opinion against President Muhammadu Buhari.Buhari is likely...
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Des Moines Register by Kevin Hardy An Iowa teenager was arrested Sunday on terrorism charges for posting photos of guns with a foreboding message about school on Snapchat.The Federal Bureau of Investigation notified the Jefferson Police Department of the photo on Snapchat, according to the city's police log. It showed eight long guns with the message: "Ready for school 7 can join me."Police traced the message to a 15-year-old boy in Jefferson. He quickly admitted to posting the photo, said Jefferson Police Captain Heath Enns. But it didn't appear that the teenager had any intention of taking the weapons to school, he said. "He was very forthcoming," Enns said. Police found eight firearms in his home: three BB guns; two single-shot, 12-gauge shotguns; a 50-caliber black powder rifle; a .22 rifle; and a 12-gauge pump shotgun. All eight firearms were removed from the home. Greene County Schools were notified about...
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By Clarion Project Clarion Project asks what can be done to stop children from carrying out terror attacks. This follows an interview with a former Islamic State member who says the next major ISIS attack will be carried out by a child in Europe.Listen to the podcast: https://clarionproject.org/ex-isis-man-next-big-attack-will-be-by-child-in-europe/...
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  CBS News AP LONDON -- The nerve agent Novichok could remain active for 50 years if kept in a sealed container, Britain's top counterterrorism police officer said Wednesday, adding that he cannot yet "guarantee" there are no traces of the lethal poison in southwestern England. Metropolitan Police Assistant Police Commissioner Neil Basu told residents of Amesbury Tuesday night that police are searching for the container that held the nerve agent believed to have poisoned two people on June 30. "I would love to be able to say that we have identified and caught the people responsible and how we are certain there are no traces of nerve agent left anywhere in Wiltshire," he said."But the brutal reality is that I cannot offer you any reassurance or guarantee at this time."He said there is so far no definitive forensic proof that the Novichok that poisoned 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess and 45-year-old...

Pakistan election rally suicide bomb toll climbs to 20

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France 24 PESHAWAR (PAKISTAN) (AFP) - The death toll in a suicide bombing at an election rally in northwestern Pakistan rose to 20 Wednesday as Taliban militants claimed responsibility, officials said, in the first major attack ahead of July 25 polls.A local leader of the Awami National Party (ANP), Haroon Bilour, was among those killed in the attack in the city of Peshawar late Tuesday, officials have confirmed.The party has been targeted by Islamist militants in the past over its vocal opposition to extremist groups like the Taliban. The bombing came hours after the Pakistan military spokesman said there were security threats ahead of national elections."The death toll has risen to 20 and 63 others were wounded, out of whom 35 are still admitted in two Peshawar hospitals," Peshawar police chief Qazi Jameel told AFP. Read more: http://www.france24.com/en/20180711-pakistan-election-rally-suicide-bomb-toll-climbs-20...
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Defense News By: Pierre Tran PARIS ― Greenpeace flew July 3 a light drone decked out in Superman gear, crashing the UAV into a nuclear power station near Lyon, central France, in a bid to show the atomic installation’s vulnerability.“The flight and crash of this drone showed how the airspace was not well protected,” the nongovernmental organization said in a statement. The operation aimed to show the lack of security of nuclear power stations, the NGO added.Greenpeace has conducted previous operations pointing up the vulnerability of French nuclear power stations, but this was the first time a drone was used to underline the ease of access in the airspace.Greenpeace operators flew two UAVs, one which followed and filmed the lead drone, which flew directly into the wall of a building storing spent uranium fuel.The operation showed the nuclear power stations were “easily accessible and extremely vulnerable to external attacks,” Greenpeace...

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