Lockerbie bombing: New suspect soon to be charged – US media

The US will soon announce charges against a Libyan suspected of making the bomb that blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie in 1988, US media say. Prosecutors will soon seek the extradition of Abu Agila Mohammad Masud to stand trial in the US, reports say. He is currently being held in Libya, according to the Wall Street Journal. This has not been confirmed by the Libyan authorities. The blast on board a Boeing…

Nigeria school attack: Hundreds of boys freed, local authorities say

Hundreds of schoolboys kidnapped last week from a boarding school in north-western Nigeria have been released, local authorities have told the BBC. A spokesman for the governor of Katsina state said 344 had been freed and were all in a good condition. However, other reports suggest some remain in the hands of their captors. The attack was claimed by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which hours earlier released a video apparently showing some of…

Two sentenced to 30 years in jail over Charlie Hebdo killings

A French court has jailed for 30 years the main accused present for the trial over the 2015 killings at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices and a Jewish supermarket in Paris, stopping short of the life term demanded by the prosecution. Ali Riza Polat was convicted of complicity by the court, which also gave a 30-year jail sentence in absentia to Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of one of the attackers. She fled to Syria in…

French judges to issue verdict in Charlie Hebdo terror attacks trial

Judges will issue their verdict on Wednesday on 14 suspected accomplices of the Islamist gunmen who murdered some of France’s most famous cartoonists at weekly Charlie Hebo in 2015, killings that horrified the nation. Seventeen people were killed over three days of attacks in January 2015, beginning with the massacre of 12 people at the satirical magazine, which had published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. That attack was followed by the killing of a French…

Nigeria. Katsina school abduction: Boko Haram says it took the students

Nigeria-based Islamist militant group Boko Haram has said it was behind last week’s kidnapping of hundreds of schoolboys in the north-western Nigerian state of Katsina. More than 300 pupils are unaccounted for, but others managed to escape. The authorities had previously blamed bandits for the attack. Boko Haram has been notorious over the last decade for school kidnappings, including in Chibok in 2014, but these have taken place in the north-east. In an audio message…

Bali bombing: last suspect arrested after 18 years on the run

The last of the Bali bombers has been arrested in Indonesia, 18 years after the terrorist attack on the holiday island that killed 202 people, most of them western tourists. Indonesian police announced today that they had captured Aris Sumarsono, known by his alias Zulkarnaen, on the island of Sumatra. He was arrested without resistance last Thursday in Lampung province, and was the last known member of the Bali bombing gang, members of the Islamist…

London warned to be on alert for Christmas terror attack

London warned to be on alert for Christmas terror attack as probes into extremist plotting reaches record high. Londoners are being warned to be on the alert to thwart a potential pre-Christmas terror attack as the country’s top counter-terrorism officer revealed that investigations into extremist plotting have reached a new record high. Met Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said he feared that the public might become complacent as London faces the risk of being moved into…

France. Nice church attack suspect faces terror charges, officials say.

The suspect is accused of fatally stabbing three people to death at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice PARIS – French authorities said that the main suspect behind October’s deadly Nice church attack has been handed terror murder charges. Brahim Issaoui’s health had impeded authorities ability to question him. Issaoui was seriously wounded by police following the attack, and remained hospitalized in life-threatening condition for some time. A communique said the Tunisian migrant was charged…

IS tried to build pulse jet-powered drones – report

The Islamic State (IS) group attempted to develop high-speed drones powered by pulse jet engines like those used in V-1 bombs dropped on the UK during World War Two, an investigation has found. A conflict monitor revealed the engine in a new report about how IS obtained and made weapons under its caliphate. Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said IS had sophisticated production capabilities for improvised weapons. IS was declared territorially defeated in Syria and Iraq…

West Belfast shooting: Man in his 30s attacked

A man in his 30s has been shot in both legs in a suspected paramilitary-style attack in west Belfast. The attack, which happened in Downfine Walk in Turf Lodge, was reported to police at about 20:10 GMT on Thursday. Det Sgt Sam McCallum said: Those responsible for this barbaric act do not represent the interests of this community. They do it to try to exert influence or gain control of those they claim to represent….