counter terrorism

In a suspected terror attack on a Mosque in London, a man rams his truck into people, killing one and injuring several others. According to a recent report, 8 people have now been taken to the hospital, and two were treated at the scene.

            

The driver of the van, a man, 48, was detained by the police before police arrival. According to the metropolitan spokesperson;

He has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged. He will also be subject of a mental health assessment in due course.

Scotland Yard has now deployed armed policemen to the scene, while the counter terrorism command carry out investigation of the incident.

According to witnesses at the scene, the vehicle veered off the road into worshippers leaving the mosque after midnight.

A woman who lives opposite the scene, while speaking to BBC said;

From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside.Everybody was shouting: 'A van'has hit people, a van hit people. There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished.

Passers-by said that the crowd was trying to give a man who had collapsed by the pavement CPR, and the fan arrived to hit them. When the man later left the van, he was restrained by people, and was handed over to the police when they came around.


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Armed men have been deployed ahead of England Vs Scotland game today after a terror alert. The police will patrol Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow, and armed cops have doubled ahead of major public events in response to the London Bridge attack.

                      

The Scottish Football Association will also set up barricade to the stadium that will allow only people with tickets to go inside the stadium. Also the police will be looking to search more than 50,000 people, but it is not sure yet if Bollards will be installed around the arena to stop potentially dangerous vehicles from plowing into the crowds.

Speaking on the safety of the fans in the clash, British transport police chief John McBridge said that there will be "zero tolerance" approach towards any anti-social or criminal behaviour.

The Hampden Park safety officer Brian Muir while speaking to Sky News also said;

There’s a balance between terrorism measures and the normal measures we take, and there’s no doubt there’s an increased security aspect based on intelligence about risk groups and their behaviour.

Police will also have special search order to deal with hooligans or thugs looking to wreak havoc at the arena.

Scotland police also said;

We have stepped up security to support the expected large numbers of people in Glasgow this Saturday for the football at Hampden Park. For those attending the game, please plan your journey in advance.

 

 


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A Malaysia Airlines flight MH128 flying from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur was forced to make an emergency landing at 11pm on Wednesday after a passenger attempted to enter the cockpit and hijack the plane while in the air.

The man was later overwhelmed by passengers in the plane, and he was subdued and pin to the ground. Images of the man pinned to the floor, and held by a makeshift handcuff have been shared on social media.

                     

According to a passenger named Vanessa, who with her husband, Andrew was on the flight while speaking to 3AW radio station said that the man threatened to detonate explosives inside the flight, when he then tried to run to different parts of the plane, he was then tackled to the floor by the other passengers in the flight.

The plane made an emergency landing after the man was tackled to the floor, and later sat on the tarmac for more than 2 hrs. Armed guard later invaded the plane and detained the culprit inside the flight.

All flights from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport were grounded, and every other incoming flights were all directed to the nearest Avalon airport, far away from Tasmania.

                      

Malaysia airline confirmed the incident and released a statement, that reads;

Malaysia Airlines flight MH128 of 31 May from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur was forced to turn back to Melbourne due to a disruptive passenger.

MH128 departed Melbourne Airport at 11.11pm and was to arrive Kuala Lumpur at 5.28am on 1 June made a turn back to Melbourne after the operating Captain was alerted by a cabin crew of a passenger attempting to enter the cockpit.

MH128 safely landed in Melbourne Airport at 11.41pm. The aircraft is currently on the remote bay and waiting for security assistance to arrive at the aircraft.

 


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Masked gunmen once again struck on bus carrying Coptic Christians south of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing 26 people including children, and wounding 26 others. 

The bus travelling to the St. Samuel Monastery in Minya province was attacked  220 kilometres south of the Egyptian capital, when the gunmen that wore military uniforms and masks opened fire on the bus going from Bani Suief to visit the monastery.

               

The attack is yet to be claimed by the ISIS affiliate in Egypt, but security officials believe it goes along the same way of other ISIS attacks in the past.

Security forces have started hunting for the attackers, and the President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has called a meeting with the top-aides to discuss the attack on the people killed.

Last month, a bombing at the country's main Coptic cathedral left 25 people dead. 100 people were also killed when a twin bomb went off as the Coptic Christians celebrates Palm Sunday. ISIS claimed they were responsible for both attacks.

Copts are the Middle East's largest Christian community, and have complained of discriminations, and terrorist attacks in the hands of the Muslim populated country. 

Pope Francis visited Egypt late last month to show support for the Christians attacked by the terrorists, but after the pope left the country, ISIS vowed of increase attacks on the Christians and also Western embassies, and have warned Muslims not to go near those places


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The UK terrorist, Salman Abedi, that killed 22 people, and injured another 119 people after the Ariana Grande sold out concert was reported to police five years ago for always supporting terrorism and had thoughts that "being a suicide bomber was OK".

               

                     UK terrorist suspect, Salman Abedi

According to a colleague who would like to remain unnamed, Salman has been in support of terrorist, and full of their praises, and five years ago, his actions were reported to the police.

After his attack, the counter-terror police arrested his brother, Ismail. Also, his other brother, Hashem and his dad, Ramadan were both arrested by the Libyan counter-terror officers in Tripoli.

                 

                       Salman Abedi's dad

According to the Libyan counter-terror officers, Hashem knew all about his brother's plan, and was also planning his own activity in Tripoli.


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22 People have been confirmed killed at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena, including an eight-year old child, after a Libyan refugee, Salman Abedi blows up the music concert venue. The explosion also had more than 60 people injured.

                        

Salman Abedi, 22, had fled Libya during Gaddadi regime, and had travelled to the UK with his other 3 siblings and parents. He is also well known to police and intelligence agencies. He was known to have studied Business at Salford University, but seems to have problems with learning and had dropped out without completing his degree.

UK prime minister, Theresa May increased the threat level of Britain from severe to critical, and had said they military could be deployed to help police officers at public events.

Police on Tuesday blows up the door to a building on Elsmore Road, Fallowfield, where Salman stays, and told neighbours to remain indoors as they carry out the raid in this building. 

              

A 23-old man in Manchester has also been arrested in connection to the bombing. The recent bomb blast was the worst attack on British soil since July 7 bombings in London in 2005, where 52 British citizens were killed.

                         

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack which involved a home-made device packed with nuts and bolts, and was detonated as people were leaving the venue of the event.

Mrs May also flew to Manchester to speak with the police and medics helping with the injured.

The eight year old that lost her life in the attack was Saffie Rose Roussos, a student at Tarleton Community Primary School and was described by the Chris Upton of the school as "a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word"


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Three people have been reported dead after a lorry rams into a store in Drottninggatan (Queen Street), the city major pedestrian street. The lorry was hijacked on Friday from its owner, and was used to smash into people at the Ahlens department store just before 15:00 local time.

Local media have reported that a suspect has been arrested, but police officials are yet to confirm the story.

                  

The owner of the truck, Swedish brewery Spendrups said the lorry was hijacked from the driver while on delivery to a restaurant. According to the spokesperson of Brewery Spendrups;

Someone jumped into the driver's cabin and drove off with the vehicle while the driver was unloading

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said that everything pointed to an act of terror.

The same tactics of car crashing into civilians was recently used in London on March 22nd, killing 6 people, and injuring 50 others in Westminster bridge. The attacker then went into the parliament complex on foot and stabbed the police officer, before he was shot by officers around the scene.


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Sufiyan Mustafa, 22, the son of the UK hate preacher, Abu Hamza is currently stateless after the Home Office withdraw his passport, leaving him stranded in the civil war in Syria. Sufiyan has travelled to Syria to join ISIS to support Jihad.

He had left the UK in 2013 after his father was extradited to America to stand trial after been convicted of terrorism charges. Mustafa denied fighting for ISIS or Al-Qaeda.

                     

While speaking to the Arabic newspaper, Al-Quds, he complained about his frustration, and how the government has labelled him a terrorist, and also revoked his passport. He said he would return to the UK when the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has fallen and the fight in Syria has stopped.

Mustafa said he was fighting with a moderate group that is supported by both the British and fights with American weapons. Mustafa said;

Britain is the place where I was born and lived. I have never been a threat to national security in Britain and will not commit aggression on its population because our religion does not allow attacks on unarmed innocents.

Mustafa admitted that his father made a mistake, and said “Who hasn’t when they believe in a cause?" he added;

I am a believer that the real battle will be after the fall of the regime, in the construction of Syria again and reform of the political and economic affairs and construction of public schools to study. The victory of the revolution will be when we see the people elect a representative government and take the country to a better future than it was.

Mustafa is part of the 400 fighting in Syria and Iraq  for groups ranging from the moderate rebels to the extremists of Isil. He appeared last month in a propaganda video criticising ISIS for giving Muslims a bad name, while also denouncing Assad. 

                           

                                Abu Hamza

Abu Hamza, Mustafa father was the Imam of Finsbury Park mosque, in north London, and assumed his position in 1997. He was extradited to the US five years ago on terrorism charges and currently in a solitary confinement at a high-security prison in Florence, Colorado. 


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UK Parliament is in lockdown after a policeman was stabbed and the suspected assailant shot dead out the house of Parliament. After the shooting, another car rammed into crowd on the Westminster bridge, and police are treating this as a terror attack.

                     

According to a doctor at St Thomas, some of the injured people are described to have catastrophic injuries. One woman has also died, and a police officer.

Proceedings in the House of Common was halted after three shots were fired outside the Westminster building.

According to security sources, the suspected assailant is a middle-aged Asian man, who was understood to have left his car to stab the police officer with a 7 to 8 inch knife. The police fell down, and was clutching his arm or shoulder, while police yelled at the assailant to stop. Afterwards, shots were fired.

                  

                 UK Parliament halt proceedings after three shots were fired outside the building

Dozens of armed policemen ran around the parliament building after the shots were fired.

Paramedics are at the scene and have been working with the wounded, and injured.


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Four Israeli Soldiers cadet were killed in Jersualem on Sunday when a Palestinian attacker drives a truck and rammed into them. Three women and a man in their early twenties were reported to have died in the attack, but police is yet to identify the victims.

The attack took place as a large group of soldiers visited a scenic outlook overlooking modern Jerusalem and the Old City.

             

The attack took place just few blocks away from the US Consulate, though the new Trump administration has said it would move the embassy to Jerusalem.

Israeli PM, Benjamin Netayanhu in a statement after the attack wrote;

According to all the signs [the attacker] was a supporter of the Islamic State. We in Jerusalem have just experience an unprovoked terrorist attack, a murderous attack that claimed the lives of four young Israelis and wounded others.

This is part of the same pattern inspired by Islamic State, by Isis, that we saw first in France, then in Germany and now in Jerusalem.

Palestinian media reported that the attacker was a 20 year old married man, Fadi al-Qanbar, who has also served time in an Israeli Prison.

He was shot dead by other soldiers and tour guide as he reversed towards the dead and injured. 


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