Taliban gunmen, disguised in burqas, have opened fire on the campus of the Agriculture University of Peshawar, Pakistan. At least nine people were killed and dozens injured, medics say.
Gunfire and blasts can be heard from inside the university, local Geo TV reported.
One student told Geo TV that he saw two people injured in the attack. “We took them out with us and admitted them to the hospital,” Ariful Haq said.
Pakistani security forces were exchanging fire with the attackers in the building, Tahir Khan, Peshawar police chief said, as cited by Reuters. “Police and army commandos have cordoned off the campus. A blast was also just heard from the campus,” he said.
Police and army troops later killed all of the attackers who stormed the campus, the military’s press service said, as cited by Reuters. rt.com
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi promised vengeance in a speech to the nation after a deadly terrorist attack on a mosque in North Sinai killed at least 235 worshipers. El-Sisi said that the military and police “will avenge our martyrs” and will respond “using brute force against those fragments of terrorists” in the coming period to ensure stability and security.
Gunmen attacked Al-Rawdah mosque in Bir Al-Abed, after Friday prayers. Eyewitness told Ahram Online that improvised explosive devices were detonated and the gunmen then opened fire at worshippers at the mosque, which is affiliated with Sufi groups. El-Sisi said that Egypt is facing terrorism alone, on behalf of the region and the whole world, and said that events in Sinai are “an attempt to break our will,” and to end Egypt’s efforts “to terminate the terrorist plan that is aiming to destroy what is left of the region.”
“This evil terrorist attack will only make us more determined, solid, and strong to fight against terrorism,” he said. The president added that current events in Sinai are “a reflection of efforts in fighting terrorism,” telling Egyptians to be sure that the country’s current fight is the “most honourable against the evil powers.” “We will fight terrorism with unbreakable power and determination,” he said, expressing condolences to the families of the victims and wishing speedy recovery to the injured. egyptdailynews.com
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