A man in a rented ute has driven onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Centre memorial in New York City, killing eight people and injuring 11 others in what the Mayor called “a particularly cowardly act of terror”.
The 29-year-old driver was shot in the abdomen by police and taken into custody after jumping out of the truck with what turned out to be a paintball gun and a pellet gun and shouting “Allahu Akbar!” officials said.
The suspect, who has been identified in US media reports as Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, was taken to a local hospital but his condition was not immediately released.
Sayfullo Saipov in an undated mugshot from the St Charles County Department of Corrections.
Photo: Suspected attacker Sayfullo Saipov is an immigrant from Uzbekistan. (AP: KMOV)
New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill was asked at a news conference whether the suspect shouted the phrase, which means “God is great” in Arabic, or something like it.
Commissioner O’Neill replied: “Yeah. He did make a statement when he exited the vehicle,” though he declined to elaborate. abc.net.au
The second man arrested by police over the Parsons Green terrorism attack has been named as Yahyah Farroukh.
Pictures showed the 21-year-old man being stopped by officers outside a fried chicken shop in the Hounslow area of west London on Saturday night. Metropolitan police officers were still searching the area on Monday morning.
Officers were also searching an address understood to be Farroukh’s home in nearby Stanwell, in Surrey, only metres from the outer boundaries of Heathrow airport. Farroukh was the second person to be arrested over Friday’s attack; an as-yet unnamed 18-year-old man was stopped by officers near the port of Dover on Friday evening.
According to a Facebook profile thought to belong to Farroukh, he is originally from Damascus, in Syria, and studied English for speakers of other languages at West Thames college, near the Stanwell property. His profile also claims that he worked for an events company in London.
Images of Farroukh on Facebook show him with family members and posing in front of a tourist site in central London. theguardian.com
Alf Dubs, Baron Dubs: Born in Prague, then in Czechoslovakia, Dubs was one of 669 Czech-resident, mainly Jewish, children saved by English stockbroker Nicholas Winton.
In 2016, Lord Dubs sponsored an amendment to the Immigration Act 2016 to offer unaccompanied refugee children safe passage to Britain amidst the European migrant crisis. Originally rejected by the House of Commons, the amendment was accepted by the government following a second vote in favour by the Lords.
In February 2017, the Home Office abandoned the scheme after accepting 350 out of the planned 3,000 child refugees.
Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov has questioned an accusation from the U.S., that the Syrian government is planning a chemical attack. He said Washington’s claim could encourage terrorists to use chemical weapons as a provocation, and blame it on President Assad. Sergey Lavrov made those remarks during a meeting with Germany’s foreign minister.
The White House issued a stern warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday night as it claimed “potential” evidence that Syria was preparing for another chemical weapons attack.
In an ominous statement issued with no supporting evidence or further explanation, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the U.S. had “identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.”
He said the activities were similar to preparations taken before an April 2017 attack that killed dozens of men, women and children, and warned that if “Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.”
The White House offered no details on what prompted the warning and spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said she had no additional information Monday night. chicagotribune.com
Belgian soldiers “neutralized” a person reportedly wearing an explosive belt at Brussels Central Station on Tuesday evening.
“We do not know whether the man, whose identity we have yet to confirm, is alive or dead. However, this was a terrorist attack,” Eric Van der Sijpt, spokesperson for the Belgian Federal prosecutor told reporters at a press conference.
Van der Sijpt later confirmed that the suspect had died and that there were no other casualties in the attack.
Crisis Center Belgium have advised that a controlled explosion may have be carried out on the scene by bomb disposal experts.
A heavily-armed driver “deliberately” rammed a police van at the Champs-Elysées roundabout in Paris on Monday, just 200 yards form the presidential palace where Emmanuel Macron resides.
The vehicle, a white Renault Mégane, struck a blue police van as it drove down the road in the central Parisian district at around 3.40pm, and burst into flames. Yellow smoke then billowed from the vehicle as police moved in to neutralise the driver.
According to BFMTV, he jumped out of the car, weapon in hand, but then collapsed and died from blast injuries.
Police are treating the incident as a terror attack after finding a Kalashnikov, handguns, “numerous” gun cartridges and at least one gas canister inside the vehicle, a security source told AFP.
The driver – reportedly a 31-year old known to intelligence and on a security watch list – died in the “attempted attack”, according to the French interior minister, Gerard Collomb. telegraph.co.uk
The suspect in the Finsbury Park terror attack had expressed increasingly antagonistic views towards Muslims in the weeks following the recent London Bridge atrocity, it emerged tonight.
Darren Osborne, 47, was arrested in the early hours of Monday on suspicion of driving a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers in north London. He is alleged to have shouted “kill all Muslims” and “this is for London Bridge” in the wake of the attack.
Muslim residents on the Cardiff estate where he lived with his partner and four children, claimed he had previously been friendly but said his attitude had changed in recent weeks.
He allegedly hurled insults at his Asian neighbour’s 12-year-old son, in the wake of the Islamist attack in the capital earlier this month. telegraph.co.uk
A young British woman was stabbed to death by a Palestinian man in Jerusalem yesterday just three months after she began a Bible studies course in the city.Hannah Bladon, 20, was killed on a tram near Jerusalem’s Old City by a disturbed Palestinian man who attacked her at random with a kitchen knife, Israeli authorities said. He was arrested at the scene.Ms Bladon was a religious studies undergraduate at the University of Birmingham who arrived in Jerusalem in January as part of an exchange programme with The Hebrew University. She was reportedly taking courses in Bible studies, archaeology and religion. telegraph.co.uk
If the UK had not played their part in the arming & training of dubious rebels groups, in hope of provoking regime change, then there would be no ISIS. Are we still repeating the mistakes of the past? There are indications that UK special forces have been on the ground fighting alongside the Muslim Brotherhood & al-Qaeda in Libya. The battles have mainly been concentrating on fighting ISIS in Sirte, effectively aiding one side in a terrorist power struggle, & expecting positive results.
An internal dispute within al-Qaeda over who would be the main beneficially of US coalition military aid in Syria, who would be the leader of a unified opposition, led to part of al-Qaeda breaking away from Ayman al-Zawahiri leadership, & forming al-Qaeda 2.0. ISIS. The London attacker is highly influenced by said terrorist groups, who’s rise can be linked to a poor UK policy of arming terrorists, in hope of provoking regime change, under the guise of humanitarianism, then having an open door policy where radical Islamists can enter the country &; influence others. What the UK government has called moderate rebels, have been groomed to kill secular citizens &; impose Islamic theocracy, it is culturally & quite possibly literally suicidal to be in favor of such policies.
When it came down to it the politicians who made the choices to aid the advance of terrorists in Libya & Syria knew the risks, they knew the huge potential for blowback, but they thought arming terrorists is worth the price. London attack: The victims