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  BBC NewsManchester Arena Inquiry: Mosque Failed To Act On Extremism, Families Say The mosque which the Manchester Arena bomber attended failed to adequately "challenge extremist ideology" in the years before the attack, the families of his victims have said.A former Didsbury Mosque imam has told the Manchester Arena Inquiry support for terror groups was preached there.In a statement, some of the bereaved said they were "dismayed" by the mosque's "failure to acknowledge this".A trustee has previously told the inquiry the mosque was "mainstream".On Tuesday, the chairman of the mosque's trustees, Fawaz Haffar, said encouraging any radicalisation would be "in contradiction of our charitable objects"."We are a mainstream mosque welcoming all Muslims, but we are in the middle of the road," he said.Twenty-two people were killed and hundreds more injured when Abedi detonated his homemade device at Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017.The inquiry has previously heard how his elder...
The Washington Post SUV Crash Into Wisconsin Christmas Parade Is Latest Among Deadly Car-Ramming Incidents By Annabelle TimsitPolice say that the driver of an SUV that plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis. Sunday, killing five people and wounding 48, did not appear to know anybody in the parade.At a news conference Monday afternoon, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said police are “confident” that the suspect, identified as Darrell E. Brooks Jr., 39, acted alone, and there is “no evidence this is a terrorist incident.” Car-ramming incidents have become all too familiar in the United States and around the world.They have an explicit endorsement from the Islamic State, for instance, as they are relatively simple and inexpensive to carry out — but can cause great harm if done in very crowded areas. They are also becoming a more prominent tool in attacks against protesters by far-right or far-left groups.Driver...
Reuters U.S. Blacklists 3 Leaders, Financial Facilitator For Afghan Affiliate Of Islamic State WASHINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on three leaders of Islamic State's Afghanistan branch and another man it accused of acting as a financial facilitator for the group, in a move that follows a series of attacks in Kabul claimed by the militant group.The State Department on Monday named the group's emir, Sanaullah Ghafari, spokesperson Sultan Aziz Azam and Kabul province leader Maulaw Rajab as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.The U.S. Treasury Department also blacklisted Ismatullah Khalozai, accusing him of operating a Turkey-based informal money-moving network, known as a hawala, to transfer funds to finance the Islamic State-Khorasan Province."Today's designation underscores the United States' determination to prevent ISIS-K and its members from exploiting the international financial system to support terrorist acts in Afghanistan...
5 dead, more than 40 injured after SUV plows into crowd at Christmas parade in Wisconsin Washington Post By Reis Thebault, Andrea Salcedo, Bryan Pietsch and Jennifer Hassan Five people were killed and more than 40 were injured after a driver in an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., on Sunday evening, officials said — a violent end to the otherwise festive scene where children were dancing in the street and a marching band played “Jingle Bells.”The toll of dead and injured could increase as more information is gathered, the Waukesha Police Department said early Monday.Authorities have recovered the driver’s vehicle and have taken one person into custody, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said at a news conference Sunday evening. Thompson, who said the investigation was still “very fluid” and that it was “unknown at this time whether the incident has any nexus to terrorism,” did not...
The National UK Christmas Crowds Warned Of Increased Terror Threat From Emboldened Extremists Patrols by armed police will be increased and security plans for major events reviewed after Britain's terrorist threat level was raised following the Liverpool attack.Assistant Commissioner Matt Jukes, the head of UK counterterrorism policing, said the public will see an increased police presence in key locations and officers will boost their work online.The British public were also asked to remain alert during the Christmas period and report anything suspicious to the police.Speaking in Leicester Square in London’s West End on Wednesday, Mr Jukes told the PA news agency: “All across the country you will have seen plans for major events reviewed, you will see an increased armed policing presence in some key locations. “In places like London where we have dedicated counterterror patrols, they will be very focused.“You will see some more visible policing but, of course,...