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Manhattan terror attack: Eight people dead, 11 injured

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

Nice like attack; Truck crashes into Christmas market in Berlin

A truck crashed into a Christmas market in Berlin near the Zoologische Garten train station on Monday evening in one of busiest parts of the city. Police say nine were killed and at least 50 injured. They believe it was a deliberate attack.

A semi-truck plowed into a Christmas market in the crowded heart of Berlin on Monday evening at around 8:15 p.m. local time in what police believe may have been a deliberate attack. Berlin officials have confirmed that nine were killed when the truck drove up onto the sidewalk. The AFP is reporting that at least 50 people were injured.

The incident took place at the Christmas market at the Gedächtniskirche war memorial near the Zoologische Garten train station in the western part of the city, an area heavily frequented by tourists and locals alike with its proximity to Berlin’s most popular shopping areas. According to media reports, the driver of the truck was at large immediately following the suspected attack but German police have reported that one suspect has been arrested and that he is suspected of having been the driver of the truck. No information about the suspect has yet been released. Police have confirmed that a passenger in the truck was killed. spiegel.de

German police have released the man arrested over the Berlin terror attack over lack of evidence, meaning the real culprit is still at large and armed and dangerous. Authorities urged people to remain “particularly vigilant” and to report “suspicious movement” to a special hotline. telegraph.co.uk

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Turkey detains aid truck to Syria loaded with weapons

The Turkish authorities have detained a truck loaded with weapons, headed to Syria, Turkish Hurriyet informed. Three people, among whom a Syrian citizen, were arrested in the province of Hatay, Turkey. A large amount of ammunition and weapons were found inside the truck.

The driver claimed that the vehicle was loaded with humanitarian aid from a Turkish non-governmental organization, which has later called the allegations “defamatory “. Turkey has harshly criticized the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and is a supporter of the Islamist opposition, however the state denies the provision of any weapons.

In December, local media reported that Turkey has provided 47 tons of weapons to the Syrian rebels from June to December 2013. Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz denied the information and said that the country exported only hunting rifles. Turkey, which has been accused of turning a blind eye to militants who cross the border to enter Syria, has taken some 600,000 Syrian refugees.

Source: novinite.com

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Turkey had criticized as “premature” the US designation of al-Nusra as a terrorist organization in December 2012, given the advances the group appeared to be securing for the Syrian opposition at the time. During a visit to Washington in January, Turkish Foreign Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu reportedly told his American interlocutors that “it was more important to focus on the ‘chaos’ that Assad has created instead of groups such as al-Nusra.”

The Erdogan government has always denied providing weapons to al-Nusra, but has been vague about the logistical support the group is said to be receiving from Turkey. That too may be changing, especially after al-Nusra failed to stop the advance of Kurds in northern Syria. The idea that Ankara is supporting al-Nusra and other radical Islamist groups against the Syrian Kurds operating under the mantle of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) has also endangered Erdogan’s ongoing efforts to secure a peace with the Kurdistan Workers Party in Turkey.

With al-Nusra’s activities beginning to rebound on Turkey in unexpected and undesired ways, the first sign that Ankara may be changing tack, at least as far as such groups are concerned, surfaced in a July 25 Radikal interview with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. irdiplomacy.ir

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Mexico finds stolen truck that carried radioactive material

Mexican police have found a truck they suspect was stolen by common thieves and carried a dangerous radioactive medical material the United Nations said could provide an ingredient for a “dirty bomb,” a government official said.

The truck was found on Wednesday close to where it was stolen outside Mexico City, said the official, who asked not to be identified in line with policy. He could not confirm whether the cargo was aboard.

The truck was stolen on Monday while it was taking cobalt-60 from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste-storage center, Mexican officials and the UN agency said earlier.

The vehicle was seized when the driver stopped at a gas station in the town of Temascalapa, 35 km (22 miles) northeast of Mexico City.

Mexican officials say the thieves were likely common criminals unaware of the truck’s radioactive cargo. Truck hijacking is common in Mexico and the theft occurred in the State of Mexico, which is not a drug cartel stronghold.

Read more: reuters.com

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