ISIS are claiming they are behind America’s worst ever mass gun shooting that killed at least 59 people – despite cops confirming shooter Stephen Paddock had no ties to the terror group. The death cult had claimed in a statement published by their official Amaq propaganda agency that the attacker recently converted to Islam and was a “soldier of the Islamic State”. thesun.co.uk
COPS tracked down an Asian gran after a woman reportedly screamed “you’re all going to die” at a Las Vegas concert crowd minutes before the mass shooting.
Marilou Danley, 62, was named as a “person of interest” after it was claimed that she was staying with the gunman who carried out the deadliest shooting in US history. thesun.co.uk
Danley, 62, was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting, according to law-enforcement officials cited by multiple news agencies. As of Monday night, Danley was “no longer being sought out as a person of interest,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said. Investigators made the determination after interviewing Danley, the BBC reported. businessinsider.com
A military court on Wednesday convicted an Israeli soldier of manslaughter for shooting a Palestinian assailant in the head as he lay wounded on the ground, laying down a decisive marker in a case that has polarized Israelis and rocked the pedestal on which the military normally stands.
With the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank approaching, the highly charged trial fueled a debate about military ethics and the place of the army in Israeli society. It became as much about the military’s value system as the conduct of the soldier, Sgt. Elor Azaria.
The military’s rules make clear that assailants must be quickly incapacitated, but that once neutralized, they should not be killed. But critics and rights groups have accused Israeli soldiers and police officers of being quick to pull the trigger, particularly in response to a recent spate of deadly stabbings, shootings and car attacks by Palestinians.
Many in Israel, a country where military service is a part of national identity, called for backing up young soldiers sent on dangerous missions. They said that Sergeant Azaria had been in an impossible situation and that the deck had been stacked against him, since an acquittal would have put his commanders in a bad light. nytimes.com
A gunman opened fire on New Year revelers at a packed nightclub on the shores of Istanbul’s Bosporus on Jan. 1 killing at least 39 people, including many foreigners, before fleeing the scene.
The terror attack at the waterside Reina nightclub began when 2017 in Turkey was just 75 minutes old, after a year of unprecedented bloodshed that saw hundreds die in strikes blamed on Kurdish militants and jihadists.
The assailant shot dead a policeman and a civilian at the club entrance and then went on a shooting spree inside, where up to 700 people were feting the New Year.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said the attacker had escaped and was now the target of a major manhunt, expressing hope that the suspect “would be captured soon.”
The hunt for the attacker was ongoing.
“The attacker – in the most brutal and merciless way – targeted innocent people who had only come here to celebrate the New Year and have fun,” Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin said at the scene. hurriyetdailynews.com
Media puts the focus on Andaer Brevik, as to not highlight the mistakes made by German security services during the NSU attacks.
The NSU murders (German: NSU-Morde) were a series of xenophobe murders perpetrated by German Neo-Nazi group National Socialist Underground (Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund) perpetrated between 2000 and 2007 throughout Germany, leaving ten people dead and one wounded. Primary targets were ethnic Turks but also Kurds, though the victims also included one ethnic Greek and one ethnic German police woman.
Originally, suspicions surrounded the family and friends of the victims. German security services also blamed the murders on the Turkish mafia during the period of killings. Right-wing groups were never mentioned and investigated.
Munich shooting happened on fifth anniversary of Anders Behring Breivik’s bloody attack in Norway.
Possible motive: Shooter growing up found it hard to feel accepted in German society, even after his strong urge to assimilate. After years of harassment shooter finally starts to feel accepted in German society, this is until refugees sent from Turkey due to western intervention start flooding into Germany, the refugees start to attack the German public. Shooter starts to feel rejected by (fearful/defensive) German society once again, so he amplifies his desire to assimilate which manifests in the form of far right ideals. These ideals mixed with the feeling of being rejected, manifested in the form of blood thirsty anger against those shooter blamed, for the diminishing acceptance of shooters identity as a German.
The Dallas police ended a standoff with the gunman suspected of killing five officers with a tactic that by all accounts appears to be unprecedented: It blew him up using a robot.
In doing so, it sought to protect police who had negotiated with the man for several hours and had exchanged gunfire with him. But the decision ignited a debate about the increasing militarization of police and the remote-controlled use of force, and raised the specter of a new era of policing.
The Dallas police chief, David O. Brown, said officers had used one of the department’s “bomb robots,” attaching an explosive device to its arm that was detonated early Friday when the robot was near the gunman. “Other options would have exposed the officers to grave danger,” he said.
But the decision to deliver a bomb by robot stunned some current and former law enforcement officials, who said they believed the new tactic blurred the line between policing and warfare. nytimes.com
Orlando Nightclub Gunman’s Father Says Son Was Angry After Seeing Two Men Kissing
A gunman opened fired at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, killing approximately 50 and injuring at least 53.
In a press conference this morning, Orlando Police Chief John Mina originally said that approximately 20 people had been killed with 42 injured, but both of those numbers were updated in a press conference held later this morning.
According to Mina, the suspect began shooting shortly after 2 a.m. An officer working at Pulse exchanged shots with the suspect outside the club. Following that exchange, the gunman went inside Pulse and opened fire. He subsequently held those remaining in the club hostage. Mina said that at approximately 5 a.m., authorities made the decision to enter the club, at which point SWAT teams exchanged further gunfire with the suspect and killed him.
Militants from far right armed group ‘Right Sector’ clashed with police in western Ukraine on Saturday. Kiev called the incident an “act of terror,” while the group said its forces would stand against the authorities across the country.
Four civilians and three police officers were injured in a shoot-out in the city of Mukachevo in the Zakarpattia region of Ukraine’s south-west, according to the country’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. The fighters used grenade-launchers, the minister added in his Facebook post. rt.com
After prematurely reporting that a suspect in Baltimore was shot by police during a pursuit, Fox News’ Shepard Smith issued an on-air apology for getting ahead of the story.
During a breaking news broadcast, Smith followed up on claims from Fox News correspondent, Michael “Mike” Tobin, who said he and his crew witnessed a police-involved shooting while they broadcast live from the epicenter of the Baltimore riots sparked by the death of Freddie Gray.
Earlier, Baltimore Police Department posted a tweet about a possible shooting in another location of the city. Fox says the alert on Twitter could have been intermingled with the report it issued in error, as the situation was fluid. inquisitr.com
One person has been killed and three police officers injured after armed men opened fire on a cafe in Copenhagen where a debate on Islam and free speech was being held.
The meeting was attended by Lars Vilks, the controversial Swedish artist who has faced death threats for caricaturing the prophet Muhammad. Also in attendance was François Zimeray, the French ambassador to Denmark.
“They fired on us from the outside. It was the same intention as [the 7 January attack on] Charlie Hebdo except they didn’t manage to get in,” Zimeray told AFP.
“Intuitively I would say there were at least 50 gunshots, and the police here are saying 200. Bullets went through the doors and everyone threw themselves to the floor,” the ambassador added.
“We managed to flee the room, and now we’re staying inside because it’s still dangerous. The attackers haven’t been caught and they could very well still be in the neighbourhood.” theguardian.com