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May 26, 2016

Belgium announces the arrests of 4 new terror suspects

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Belgium officials announce arrests of four new terror suspects

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Belgium officials have released a statement today announcing they have put a stop to a possible terrorist attack, arresting four individuals in Antwerp who were suspected of attempting to recruit individuals for ISIS.

A statement released by officials claims that while the arrested individuals were suspected of being involved in future possible attacks, they were not involved in Belgium’s previous terrorist attacks, specifically the two suicide bombings in March at Brussels airport and a metro station which killed 32 people.

An investigating judged ordered the arrests of two of the suspects but one was later released with an electronic bracelet, while the remaining two were permitted to be released under strict conditions.

These new reports indicate Belgium continues to deal with high terror threats, with the country recently changing their terror threat level in March from four to a three. This change was made just two days after the two suicide bombings; with government officials claiming attacks were now less imminent.

However, previous reports which surfaced in April with Belgium officials stating citizens needed to remain vigilant, with attacks still being possible despite arrests continuing to be made.



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March 28, 2016

Bomb explosion in Lahore kills 69 on Easter

Bomb explosion in Lahore kills 69 on Easter

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A suicide bombing killed more than 65 people in Lahore city of Pakistan, yesterday evening in Gulshan–e–Iqbal park. More than 280 people are injured by it. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a member of Taliban claimed the responsibility of the bombing which detonated just a few feets away from the swing-set.

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Cquote1.svg When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air. Cquote2.svg

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The bombing was to target the Christian minority in the nation. Ehansullah Ehsan told Tribune, a Pakistani news agency that “We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter”. State of emergency was declared in the city.

A 30-year-old eye-witness Hasan Imran said, “When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air.” The country is in continuous threat of Taliban. In 2014, 140 children were killed in the Peshawar school attacks.

After the incident, White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price, in a statement said “The United States stands with the people and government of Pakistan at this difficult hour. We will continue to work with our partners in Pakistan and across the region … to root out the scourge of terrorism”. Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolence to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by telephoning him and said “The coward terrorists attacked children and women […] It’s condemnable to attack innocent children and women. We are with Pakistani nation at the time of this grief moment.”

Reuters reported that hundreds of citizen went and donated blood for the needy. Punjab minister Shehbaz Sharif announced three-day mourning.

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Bomb explosion in Lahore kills more than 65 on Easter

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A suicide bombing killed more than 65 people, by varying reports, in Lahore, Pakistan, yesterday evening in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park. More than 280 people were injured. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a Taliban-offshoot group, claimed the responsibility of the bombing which detonated just a few feet away from the swing-set.

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Cquote1.svg When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air. Cquote2.svg

—Hasan Imran, eye-witness

The claimant group said the bombing targeted the Christian minority in the nation. Ehansullah Ehsan told The Express Tribune, a Pakistani newspaper, “We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter“.

A 30-year-old eye-witness Hasan Imran said, in remarks to Reuters, “When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air.” The country has had continuing problems with the Taliban. In 2014, more than 140 people were killed in a Peshawar school attack.

After the incident, White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price in a statement said “The United States stands with the people and government of Pakistan at this difficult hour. We will continue to work with our partners in Pakistan and across the region […] to root out the scourge of terrorism”. Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolence to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by telephoning him; and said “The coward terrorists attacked children and women […] It’s condemnable to attack innocent children and women. We are with Pakistani nation at [this] time”.

Reuters reported hundreds of citizens donated blood for the needy. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced three-day mourning.

Facebook added the security check for people to mark themselves safe after the incident.


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March 22, 2016

Explosions at Brussels airport and subway systems

Explosions at Brussels airport and subway systems

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At least 26 people, according to Belgian officials, have been killed and many more have been injured today following attacks on transport infrastructure in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Authorities have stated one of the explosions, at approximately 08:00 (Central European Time, UTC+1) in the check-in area at Brussels Airport, was likely conducted by a suicide bomber. There was a subsequent attack at the Maelbeek/Maalbeek metro station, very close to the offices of the European Commission and the Council of the European Union.

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Passengers at the metro station were forced to walk along tracks to escape the blast. The Brussels metro system has been shut down.

Jef Versele, a business traveller intending to fly to Rome, witnessed the events at the airport. In remarks to NBC News, he said, “There was dust everywhere, glass everywhere there was chaos. There were people on the floor everywhere. The roofing came down. It was quite a mess. […] A lot of people were in panic. I saw a lot of blood, a lot of people were injured. People were crying, on the floor, covered by parts of the roofing. I saw a lot of leg injuries, a lot of people couldn’t move anymore. There were quite a lot of people injured. In the departure hall — you saw people storming out, it was like run for your life.”

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All flights to Brussels Airport have been diverted and the airport has been shut down. Eurostar has stopped the international train service from London and the train company Thalys have shut down their entire network.

Jan Jambon, the Belgian interior minister, said the country’s alert level had been at maximum following the capture in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, who is alleged to have been involved in the attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015.

Charles Michel, Belgium’s Prime Minister, described the attacks as “blind, violent and cowardly” and a “dark moment for our country”.

Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said: “These attacks mark another low by the terrorists in the service of hatred and violence”

The French President, François Hollande, has held a cabinet meeting to discuss security. After the meeting, Hollande said “terrorists struck Brussels but it was Europe that was targeted”. The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, said: “we are at war. We have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron has convened a COBRA meeting to discuss Britain’s response. He said he was “shocked and concerned by the events in Brussels” and pledged Britain would do “everything we can to help”. U.S. President Barack Obama has been briefed on the attack during his trip in Cuba. The U.S. Embassy in Brussels has advised U.S. citizens in Belgium to not use public transport and to stay where they are.



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March 3, 2013

Al-Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed in Mali by French forces

Al-Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed in Mali by French forces

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The President of Chad Idriss Deby has confirmed that the senior Al-Qaeda commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid has been killed by French troops in Northern Mali.

Abou Zeid is a senior commander in the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who are fighting French-backed Malian forces, he was killed along with 40 other militants four days ago in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountain range. He is believed to have been behind the abduction of 20 Westeners as well as the killings of British national Edwin Dyer in 2009 and French national Michel Germaneau in 2010.

President Deby said in a statement on Friday: “Chadian forces killed two jihadi leaders, including Abou Zeid”, “On February 22, we lost several soldiers in the Ifogha mountains after destroying the jihadists’ base. This was the first time there was a direct confrontation with the jihadists”. Chadian troops have been involved in helping to fight off troops as part of a wider African force and they have been playing a key role in trying to free Northern Mali.

A French government spokesperson, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem warned that reports of his death were as yet unconfirmed. Al-Qaeda are currently holding seven French nationals hostages in Sahel and there are no confirmed reports that they have been executed.



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Prominent militant Islamist Mokhtar Belmokhtar \’killed\’ in Mali

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The Chadian army says they killed prominent militant Islamist Mokhtar Belmokhtar in Mali on Saturday. Belmokhtar claimed responsibility for an attack at an Algerian gas plant in January which led to the deaths of 37 hostages.

In a statement read on Chadian national television, an armed forces spokesperson said: “On Saturday, March 2, at noon, Chadian armed forces operating in northern Mali completely destroyed a terrorist base […] The toll included several dead terrorists, including their leader Mokhtar Belmokhta.” The announcement of his death comes a day after the President of Chad Idriss Deby announced the senior Al-Qaeda commander Adelhamid Abou Zeid had been killed by French forces in Northern Mali.

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His death, if confirmed, is part of a larger conflict in the area. Islamist rebels have already been pushed back from towns such as Gao in Northern Mali.

The British Foreign Secretary William Hague said “It would be a blow to terrorism and to the criminal network around this man and other people. But it doesn’t mean that the problems of Mali would be at an end. There’s a lot to do to promote a political process in Mali: elections, legitimate government and so on. That work has to go on”.

Chad is working alongside France and other African nations in a force aimed at regaining control of Northern Mali which has been seized by Islamist rebels. Belmokhtar lost an eye whilst fighting in an Islamist insurgency in the 1990s; he has spent over two decades in militant Islamism. Also a former member of the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), he left to create his own militant group.

There are concerns over the fate of seven French hostages taken in Mali; the French government has not confirmed the announcements from Chad of the deaths of prominent Al-Qaeda commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid and Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Didier Beguin, a member of the support committee for another group of French hostages, said: “This is a rumour that is enormously worrying for the families and those of us who support them”.



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The Chadian army says they killed prominent Al-Qaeda commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar in Mali on Saturday. Belmokhtar claimed responsibility for an attack at an Algerian gas plant in January which led to the deaths of 37 hostages.

In a statement read on Chadian national television, an armed forces spokesperson said: “On Saturday, March 2, at noon, Chadian armed forces operating in northern Mali completely destroyed a terrorist base […] The toll included several dead terrorists, including their leader Mokhtar Belmokhta.” The announcement of his death comes a day after the President of Chad Idriss Deby announced the senior Al-Qaeda commander Adelhamid Abou Zeid had been killed by French forces in Northern Mali.

Cquote1.svg [His death] would be a blow to terrorism and to the criminal network around this man and other people Cquote2.svg

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His death, if confirmed, is part of a larger conflict in the area. Islamist rebels have already been pushed back from towns such as Gao in Northern Mali.

The British Foreign Secretary William Hague said “It would be a blow to terrorism and to the criminal network around this man and other people. But it doesn’t mean that the problems of Mali would be at an end. There’s a lot to do to promote a political process in Mali: elections, legitimate government and so on. That work has to go on”.

Chad is working alongside France and other African nations in a force aimed at regaining control of Northern Mali which has been seized by Islamist rebels. Belmokhtar lost an eye whilst fighting in an Islamist insurgency in the 1990s; he has spent over two decades in militant Islamism. Also a former member of the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), he left to create his own militant group.

There are concerns over the fate of seven French hostages taken in Mali; the French government has not confirmed the announcements from Chad of the deaths of prominent Al-Qaeda commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid and Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Didier Beguin, a member of the support committee for another group of French hostages, said: “This is a rumour that is enormously worrying for the families and those of us who support them”.



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March 13, 2012

Imam dead in Shia mosque attack in Belgium

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The area around Anderlecht (marked in red) is home to a large number of Muslim immigrants

An imam in the Belgian municipality of Anderlecht, near the capital, Brussels, has died following a suspected arson attack at a Shia mosque.

It is thought the mosque was attacked by a man wielding an axe, petrol and Molotov cocktails on Monday evening. The imam, in his mid-forties, reportedly died of smoke inhalation while trying to put out the resulting blaze. Another person was injured during the attack.

Police spokeswoman Marie Verbeck confirmed the death, and said a suspect has been arrested in connection with the fire. Police are not seeking anyone else in relation to the incident.

Belgium’s interior minister Joëlle Milquet said: “This person went in [to the mosque] hurling statements linked to the Syrian conflict. It appears to be a problem between Sunnis and Shias … Belgium will not tolerate this type of act and the importing of this type of conflict on its territory”.

She stressed that details on the motive for the crime are unclear. The area around Anderlecht is home to a large number of Muslim immigrants. The last imam to have been killed in an attack in Belgium’s capital was Saudi Abdullah Muhammad al Ahdal, who was shot in 1989.



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Russian scientists contact Lake Vostok

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Russian scientists say they have made first contact with Lake Vostok, one of several hundred subglacial lakes beneath the solid ice surface of Antarctica. It is estimated the lake has been separate from outside conditions for about 20 million years. Its size is comparable to Lake Ontario. The lake is located in the East Antarctic Ice Sheet with one of the lowest recorded temperatures on Earth.

Scientists believe the study of such subglacial lakes can provide them with an in-depth look into the White Continent’s history, as well as the possibility of finding live microorganisms that can live under extremely cold conditions.

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New U.S. airport program provides speedy security check

The Transportation Security Administration is to allow 35 U.S. airports to operate a faster way to get through airport security screeing.

The new Pre-Check program allows air passengers to keep on their shoes, carry-on their computers, and wear a light jacket. Passengers participating in the Pre-Check program are screened before reaching the security point on their way to the plane. To participate in the program, travelers are required to be citizens of the U.S. and pass a background check.

The program is already in place at seven national airports, such as Atlanta, but is to expand to 28 more large city airports like New York‘s three airports, Chicago, and Boston this year.

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Somalia’s rebels align with Al-Qaeda

Somalia’s Al-Shabaab formally allied itself with Al-Qaeda in separate audio and video announcements.

Rebel leader Mukhtar Abu al-Zubair praised Al-Qaeda’s leader and congratulated the organization on its victories in its wars with the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of Al-Qaeda, acknowledged the development and said, “The Arab region is slipping from America’s grip”.

UK defense think tank Royal United Services Institute, and US House committee on homeland security chairman Peter King, warn that Somali terrorists may try to strike inside both countries.

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