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50 people have been confirmed dead and another 406 injured after a gunman attacked an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night. 

                          

The shooter identified as  Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, shoot his gun from the 32nd floor of a glitzy hotel, sending more than 22,000 concert goers into panic mode. According to a witness, Meghan Kearney, who spoke to MSNBC, said;

We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off. Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit… When we started running out there were probably a couple hundred [people] on the ground.

People kept dropping and dropping… People were getting shot one foot away from us. People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.

      

It is not clear if Paddock had specifically booked a room facing the concert, but police stormed his room after 10pm, and according to police officers, he had killed himself. 

The shootings started when Jason Aldean was onstage. A police officer was shot, and according to Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, off-duty policemen were part of the killed and injured in the shootings.

Police have arrested Marilou Danley, 62, who was in the room with Paddock, and also a Hyundai Tuscon and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring related to the investigation have now been found. Police also found around 10 rifles in the room, and also explosives were said to be in the room of the shooter.

This is the biggest case of domestic terrorism in the United States.


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Five pedestrians have been reported injured when a car ploughs into the Cup Thai restaurant at Chatswood, northern Sydney, this morning. A woman was immediately rushed to the hospital after having serious condition, and four others injured, and also an infant was also taken away for treatment.

 

According to the statement from the New South Wales Police; The incident was not a deliberate act and it's believed the man may have suffered a medical episode.

The report suggested the incident that happened at 3.45pm local time is not terror related.

Police said they now have an exclusion zone, and the male driver is assisting them with what happened.

According to Neville Yates‏, who wrote about the incident on Twitter;

Just saw three people mowed down at the bottom of chatswood mall. Looks like driver had passed out. Three women hurt, hopefully ok

The world is currently in shock after 14 people were reported dead and 130 injured in Barcelona, Spain after a van ran into pedestrians and another  knife wielding man went on rampage in Finland killing two people.

                    


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Authorities in Manila, Philippine have confirmed the death of 36 people after a series of gunshots, explosions and fire erupted at the Resorts World, Manila, a casino and resort on Manila Bay in the Philippines.

According to the BBC, the attack was carried out by a lone gunman who was attempting robbery at the hotel. The Philippine police chief said that there was no evidence that the attack was related to terrorism, and there was no reports of a gunshot wound.

                      

The body of the gunman was later found dead in what police called suicide at the adjacent hotel on Friday.

According to the Metropolitan Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde, the bodies of those dead people were found in a smoky room by firefighters, and they have all died from suffocation and smoke inhalation, no gunshot victim was found.

The President Trump White House in its response to the attack, said; "It's really very sad what's going on throughout the world with terror."

The local Red Cross team leader, Fernando Atienza, while speaking to the Manila Times report said that at least 25 people were injured from the attack, as many of the victims were jumping from the second floor of the hotel.

                          

One of the casion dealers that witnessthe mayhem said that there are more than one attackers, and one of them poured flammable liquid on the casino table and burned it.

The Philippine has been a target of ISIS attack recently, with President Duterte declaring a martial law in the city of Mindanao to combat the group.


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A recent metro explosion in St Petersburg has killed 11 people, and injured 11 others. The head of the anti-terrorist committee confirmed the news, and said the blast hit a train between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the blast was a "terrorist attack," and an anti-terror investigation.

                   

Andrei Przhezdomsky, the head of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee, said that the explosion was caused by an unidentified object, but the exact cause is yet to be determined. Another device was later located at another station, and the explosion was deliberate. The attacker had planted his explosive in a suicase and left it there.

At the moment, the FSB is yet to pinpoint to the perpetrators of this act, but will likely be looking into ISIS organizations, who could be angry because of Russia military activities in Syria, or some Chechen activist, or both.

Chechen militants or IS -inspired are well known for plotting attacks on Russia transport hubs, especially in Moscow. More than 7,000 Russians that had travelled to Syria to help fight alongside ISIS had returned to the country.

 


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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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Police have confirmed 15 people dead  and 45 others injured after a knife-wielding man went on a rampage in a disabled facility in the city of Sagamihara, west of Tokyo.

            

Police said they received a call at 2:30am in the morning on Tuesday that a man carrying a knife had entered the building. At 3AM, police arrested a young man who turned himself in at the police station in the city.

The suspect said he was a former employee at the Center, and he did the killing. He is currently held for murder, but the reason for the rampage is currently unknown.

Developing story - more to come


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Eight people have been killed in Munich, Germany, after 3 gunmen started shooting sporadically, killing and injuring civilians in Germany. The police responded by alerting everyone to stay indoors and avoid public place with large people gathering, as this seems to be the target for the attackers.

                     

The 3 gunmen according to eyewitnesses attacked the Olympia centre in the north-western Moosach district. And a helicopter was deployed in the city, and elite border security unit, GSG9, has been flown in. 

The body of one of the attackers was later found 1km away from the shopping centre, and police checked his body for explosives. According to local media, one of the gunmen was said to have shot himself in the head, but investigators are yet to confirm that.

Thousands of people who could not get home after the attack have been offered an open door by local residents via a hashtag on Twitter, #Offenetür (open door).

 


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Police in Montreal have arrested a man who threatens via a Youtube video to kill Muslims in Quebec. The man who appeared in the video used a joker-type of mask, and threatens to kill Muslims in the province each week.

               

The man was arrested in  Monselet Street in the borough of Montreal North on Tuesday night, and will appear at the courthouse on Wednesday afternoon.

Interim Quebec Security Minister Pierre Moreau, while speaking on the suspect's action said "This attitude has to be condemned, under the Criminal Code, such threats can carry a sentence of five years in prison"

Investigating such issues put more pressure on the police resources, he added.


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