Terrorism

Regional News • Middle East
Kabul: Rockets strike residential areas, several killed

Twenty-three rockets have struck Kabul, Afghan, hitting areas in the centre and the north. According to Tariq Arian, spokesman for the interior ministry, the rockets were fired from a small truck. The regional Islamic State group claimed responsibility. At least eight people have been killed, over 30 wounded.

Regional News • Europe • France
Macron accuses Anglophone media to not understand French laïcité and legitimising Islamistic terrorism
Macron accuses Anglophone media to not understand French laïcité and legitimising Islamistic terrorism
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French President Emmanuel Macron criticized the Anglophone media for their suggestion that the core issue on hand is not violence from Islamists, but the racism and Islamophobia in France.

Macron states that the Anglophone media seems to him not able to understand one of the core principles of the French republic, laïcité. France will not give up its special brand of secularism and freedom of speech, which very much includes every kind of satire, Macron says.

Law
German Police union: Complete monitoring of people at risk is not possible
German Police union: Complete monitoring of people at risk is not possible
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As a consequence of the attack in Vienna, the German police union ("Gewerkschaft der Polizei") is demanding that people who pose a risk to society are monitored by federal authorities in the future.

Complete monitoring of potential terrorists is no longer possible due to the lack of personnel at the state level.

Berlin currently counts 88 Islamists, whose surveillance would require 2,640 officials. The land has 190 at its disposal.

Regional News • Europe • France
Samuel Paty received the French Légion d’Honneur posthumously

Samuel Paty, the teacher decapitated in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, has been posthumously awarded the Légion d’honneur.

On October 21, during a private ceremony in the Sorbonne university, President Emmanuel Macron bestowed the country’s highest honour on the family of Paty.

Regional News • Europe • France
Rallies held across France to support beheaded teacher Samuel Paty
Samuel Paty
Samuel Paty Credit: Samuel Paty (Reproduction Facebook)

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of France on Sunday in support of Samuel Paty, the teacher beheaded after showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils.

A protester carried a sign reading "zero tolerance to all enemies of the Republic", another "I am a professor. I'm thinking of you, Samuel."

Over Twitter, the hashtag #JeSuisSamuel was being used to express support for the late teacher.

Regional News • Europe • France
Murdered teacher had been target of threats

The French teacher who was brutally murdered in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine had been the target of threats prior to his death, France's anti-terrorism prosecutorJean-François Ricard said.

The suspect is an 18-year-old Chechen born refugee living in France. Before the attack, he had asked pupils to point out his victim.

Regional News • Europe • France
Macron says Paris beheading was an "Islamist terrorist attack"
Macron says Paris beheading was an "Islamist terrorist attack"
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French President Emmanuel Macron has publicly said the beheading of a teacher in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine was an "Islamist terrorist attack". Macron said the teacher, who has yet to be named, was killed because he "taught freedom of expression."

Regional News • Americas • United States
FBI arrest six men over plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Credit: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy University of Michigan (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Six people were arrested Thursday morning in a raid over the alleged plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. According to the FBI, the group had been planning the plot since June.

They had surveilled Whitmer's vacation home in August and September, and according to the FBI, they indicated that they wanted to take her hostage before the presidential election in November.

Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta, and Ty Garbin were taken into custody in a raid on a house in suburban Detroit on Thursday morning

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
KLM flight from Bucharest to Amsterdam searched after bomb threat
A KLM Boeing 737
A KLM Boeing 737 Credit: Julian Herzog (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Reuters reports that the Saturday KLM flight from Bucharest to Amsterdam (KL1376) was evacuated before just before the departure on after a bomb threat was received, which later appeared to have been a false alarm.

KLM informed that passengers and crew have been taken off-board of the Boeing 737 and are safe, the flight will departure now on Sunday

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Potential right-wing terrorist detained in Poland
Representative image of police forces
Representative image of police forces Credit: unsplash.com / ev

According to the Polish counterintelligence agency ABW, a German man was arrested last week in Poland. The suspect apparently has a right-wing background and a history of online hate speech. He was charged with possession of weapons and explosives. A further investigation is underway.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Commemorate 9/11: 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks
9/11 Memorial
9/11 Memorial Credit: unsplash.com/Axel Houmadi

Today Americans are commemorating 9/11 with various tributes across the country. President Trump and the first lady held a moment of silence aboard the Air Force One, while the White House staff observed a moment of silence at 8:46 am ET.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Vice President Mike Pence are attending the 9/11 ceremony at Ground Zero in New York City.

Regional News • Oceania
Christchurch mosque terrorist sentenced to life without parole
Vigil after the Christchurch mosque shooting, March 2019
Vigil after the Christchurch mosque shooting, March 2019 Credit: Charles Edward Miller from Chicago, United States / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

The Christchurch mosque gunman and far-right terrorist Brenton Tarrant has been sentenced to life without parole in a Christchurch court on Thursday. He pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one charge of terrorism. Tarrant is the first person in New Zealand's history to be convicted of terrorism and to receive life with parole.

"As far as I am able to gauge you are empty of any empathy to your victims," said Justice Cameron Mander. "Your crimes are so wicked that even if you are detained until you die, it will not exhaust the requirements of punishment."

On March 15, 2019, Tarrant opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch, killing 51 Muslim worshipers and injuring 40.

Regional News • Africa
Somalia: Suicide bomber attack on Mogadishu military base, at least 8 dead
Somalia: Suicide bomber attack on Mogadishu military base, at least 8 dead
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A suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car at the gates of the military base "12th April Army Brigade" in Mogadishu, Somalia. Officials have reported the death of 8 people so far and over a dozen injured. The base is located near the newly reopened stadium in the Warta-Nabadda district.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Business Insider report: Taliban sources confirm that Russia put bounties on US soldiers

According to a report from Business Insider two active Taliban commanders and one former commander have confirmed that Russia pays for bounties to attack and kill soldiers of the United States in Afghanistan.
All three sources stated that they had not participated in the program and disparaged the practice, but confirmed the existence. According to one source the groups that associate with the Taliban but are not close to the central leadership the Quetta Shura "will do anything for money, and Russia, Iran, Pakistan, and other countries will hire them for operations".

He stated that he wasn't approached by Russia himself as he was based in a different region of Afghanistan as they operate in, but regularly by Iran. According to Business Insider, an official of the NATO military intelligence has also confirmed that the practice is well-known.

Regional News • Asia
Multiple people dead after raid on Pakistani stock exchange in Karachi

Four gunmen attacked the Pakistani stock exchange in Karachi, killing at least two people and wounding others before police shot them dead. A police officer and security officials are also among those confirmed dead.

In an interview with BBC, Sindh police additional inspector general Ghulam Nabi Memon said: "The attackers came in a silver Corolla and were stopped by police at the gate outside where the exchange of fire took place,".

Militants from the Majid Brigade of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) took responsibility for the attack, but the claim has yet to be confirmed.

Law
Verdict: Basically no universal statutory accident insurance in the event of a terrorist attack
Verdict: Basically no universal statutory accident insurance in the event of a terrorist attack
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Business travellers who fall victim to a terrorist attack while visiting a restaurant are not generally entitled to benefits from statutory accident insurance.

The State Social Court in Lower Saxony decided that a restaurant visit was private, even if the business trip was ordered. A worker sued and was the victim of the Ansbach attack in 2016. He justified his claim that the restaurant visit would be directly related to the posting.

Law
German Police officers investigated for unauthorized use of police computers

Two police officers and former members of the Uniter association, which is monitored by the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, are being investigated for unauthorized data queries from police computers.

The association is suspected of having formed a network of elite soldiers, military personnel, employees from security agencies and the private security industry. It is said that paramilitary training allegedly has been offered by the group.

Uniter is also repeatedly associated with right-wing terrorist groups such as "Nordkreuz", which are preparing for a coup and day X.