Tag Archives: terrorism

France: Paris on high alert after two police officers killed on Champs-Elysees

Source: WDAZ 8 News

"A second policeman has died from wounds received when he was shot by an attacker in central Paris on Thursday evening, a police source said. Police said a search was underway at the home east of Paris of an attacker who was shot dead after opening fire on police on the Champs-Elysees, killing one police officer immediately and wounding another. The shooting, in which the assailant was also killed, took place on the Champs-Elysees shopping boulevard just days ahead of France's presidential election. A witness told Reuters that a man got out of a car at the scene and began shooting with a machine gun." (04/20/17)


Syria: 126 killed as bomb hits buses with evacuees, group says

Source: CNN

"The death toll from a bomb attack targeting evacuees leaving besieged Syrian towns has risen to 126, a monitoring group said Sunday. The blast hit a convoy of buses Saturday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reported the higher death toll. The blast struck buses of people leaving their towns as part of a rebel-regime swap." (04/16/17)


Egypt: Islamic State claims responsibility for two church bombings that killed dozens

Source: ABC News

"ISIS has claimed responsibility for two attacks on churches in Egypt that were packed for Palm Sunday services, according to its news agency. The attacks follow warnings by the terrorist group that it would escalate attacks on Egypt's Christians, which according to an estimate by the CIA make up roughly 10 percent of the country's population. Two bombs killed at least 37 people and injured around 100 others on Palm Sunday." (04/09/17)


Sweden: Stockholm attack suspect was rejected asylum seeker from Uzbekistan

Source: CBS News

"The Stockholm truck attack suspect was a rejected asylum seeker from Uzbekistan who eluded authorities’ attempts to deport him by giving police a wrong address, Swedish police said Sunday while announcing the arrest of a second suspect. Jan Evensson of the Stockholm police told a news conference that the 39-year-old suspect's request for a residence permit was rejected in June 2016, but police could not find him to send him back to his native country because he was not at the address he had given. … The four victims killed in Friday’s attack, in which a hijacked beer truck was driven into an upscale department store, included a British man, a Belgian woman and two Swedes, authorities in those countries said. Their identities were not released by Swedish officials." (04/09/17)


Pakistan: Seven killed in attack on census team

Source: Los Angeles Times

"A suicide bomber attacked Pakistani soldiers escorting census workers on the outskirts of the eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, killing at least five army personnel and two civilians, officials said. The bomber targeted a van carrying 17 soldiers, among the 200,000 deployed nationwide to provide security for Pakistan’s first census in nearly two decades. Nearly 20 people were injured, officials said." (04/05/17)


Russia: Officials identify St. Petersburg bomber as a Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen; death toll rises to 14

Source: Los Angeles Times

"The intelligence agency in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday identified a suspect behind Monday's deadly bombing on the St. Petersburg subway as a Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen. Russia's health minister has raised the death toll from the blast to 14. Officials previously said 11 been killed and more than 40 wounded. … In the past two decades, Russian trains and planes have been frequent targets of attack, usually blamed on Islamic militants. Neither authorities in Russia nor in Kyrgyzstan have specified whether the attack was a suicide bombing or whether the bomber got away." (04/04/17)


You shouldn't blame Islam for terrorism. Religion isn't a crucial factor in attacks

Source: The Intercept
by Medhi Hasan

"Khalid Masood, was born and brought up in the UK and would not have been affected in the slightest by a travel ban on Muslims from the Middle East. He was neither a refugee nor an immigrant. He was not of Middle Eastern origin either, and he was not even a Muslim for the vast majority of his life. Born to a white mother and black father as Adrian Elms, and raised as Adrian Ajao, he is believed to have converted to Islam in prison in 2003 and had a well-documented history of criminality prior to mowing down innocent pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, and stabbing a police officer outside the Houses of Parliament, last Thursday afternoon. Does it sound like I am trying to excuse or exculpate Islam and Muslims from responsibility for his heinous crime? You bet I am. And why shouldn't I?" (03/29/17)


France: "Carlos the Jackal" sentenced to third life term for 1974 attack

Source: MSN

"The man known as 'Carlos the Jackal' has been convicted in a French court of a deadly 1974 attack on a Paris shopping arcade and sentenced to life in prison for the third time. The Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez is already serving two life sentences in France for murders and attacks he was convicted of perpetrating or organizing on behalf of the Palestinian cause or of communist revolution in the 1970s and '80s." [hat tip — David Klaus] (03/28/17)


Belgium: Police thwart car attack day after terror strikes London

Source: CBS News

"Belgian authorities have raised security in the port of Antwerp after a car with French license plates drove at high speed through a busy shopping street, forcing pedestrians to jump out of the way. The federal prosecutor's office said the car was intercepted late Thursday morning at the port docks and a Frenchman living in France was arrested. Authorities then raised security in the center of town, in places where people normally gather. In the car, authorities said they found knives, a shotgun and a gas can with an unknown liquid." (03/23/17)


UK: "We are not afraid," says May, a day after fleeing in terror

Source: Financial Times [UK]

"'This was an attack on free people everywhere,' prime minister Theresa May has said of the 'sickening' violence around the UK parliament on Wednesday. In a statement to members of parliament, she said that 'we are not afraid.' She said that aside from the killed or injured Britons, casualties included three French children, two Romanians, four South Koreans, one German, one Pole, one Irish person, one from China, one from Italy, one American, and two Greeks." [editor's note: According to the Melbourne Herald Sun, May "was immediately rushed into a silver Jaguar and driven at high speeds away from Parliament" during the attack – TLK] (03/23/17)