Manchester Arena and Parsons Green bombers refuse to attend court The Manchester Arena bomber Hashem Abedi and the Parsons Green bomber Ahmed Hassan have both refused to attend court after being charged with attacking a prison officer. They are accused of assaulting Paul Edwards on 11 May at Belmarsh Prison. He suffered a cut to the head, bruising and hearing problems, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard. Abedi and Ahmed, who are both being held at Frankland…

Two Yemeni men arrested at US border identified on FBI terror list

Two men on the FBI terror watch list have been arrested after trying to enter the US from Mexico amid the surge in migrants crossing the border. The men, both believed to be Yemenis, were arrested in separate incidents in January and last month, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency said yesterday. A group Republican politicians who recently visited the border in El Paso, Texas, said at the time that agency officials had reported…

Ivory trade and diamonds funding Isis rise in Africa

A new report says jihadist groups are behind the exploitation of elephants, rhinos and pangolins Islamic State is using ivory smuggling and illegal trade in wildlife, sugar and diamonds to finance its expansion in Africa, according to a new report. Last week Islamist fighters killed scores of people and displaced hundreds more as they stormed the town of Palma in Mozambique, raising fears that the region will be unable to contain the rapidly expanding insurgency….

NEW YORK CITY MAN AND ALABAMA WOMAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING AND CONSPIRING TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO ISIS

James Bradley, a/k/a Abdullah, and His Wife, Arwa Muthana, Were Arrested at a Seaport in New Jersey While Allegedly Attempting to Travel Overseas to Join and Fight for ISIS Audrey Strauss, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John C. Demers, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Dermot Shea, Commissioner of the…

US Capitol: Suspect shot dead and officer killed after car rams into police barricade

Police say the man was gunned down after he jumped out of his vehicle and lunged at two officers with a knife. A suspect has been shot dead and a police officer has been killed after a car rammed into a barricade near the US Capitol in Washington DC, prompting a lockdown at the complex on high alert since January’s deadly riots. Four senior law enforcement officials have told NBC News the suspect was 25-year-old…

Bristol man jailed for possessing terrorism material

Sohaib Embarek threw his phone out of the window when armed police raided his flat A man described as immature but no fool has been jailed after police found terrorist material in his home. Sohaib Embarek was arrested at his flat in Bristol after an operation involving Avon and Somerset Police and counter-terrorism officers. In January this year he admitted five charges of possessing terrorism material. The judge told Embarek he had spent his time…

Explosion Rocks Indonesian Church Compound on Palm Sunday

No churchgoers were killed, but at least 19 people were injured, the police said. President Joko Widodo called it an act of terrorism. An explosion shook a Roman Catholic cathedral compound in the eastern Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday morning, shattering the calm of Palm Sunday, a holy day for Christians. No churchgoers were killed, but at least 19 people were being treated for injuries at Makassar hospitals, a regional police spokesman said. The…

Canada – 1 dead, 6 injured in Vancouver after mass stabbing

According to Toronto Sun news, a woman has died and multiple people were taken to hospital after a mass stabbing took place in the Lynn valley Library in North Vancouver. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said multiple victims were stabbed both inside and outside the North Vancouver Library and a suspect is in custody and RCMP said there is no ongoing threat to the public, reported the Toronto Sun news. Sergent Frank Jang of…

UK – No evidence terrorist re-education scheme works

A deradicalisation programme for prisoners and convicted terrorists is riven with disruptive behaviour or deliberate disengagement by those attending, the terror watchdog has warned. Jonathan Hall, QC, said there was no evidence that the desistance and disengagement programme, which was attended by Usman Khan, 28, who carried out an attack at London Bridge after release from prison, was working. Hall, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said in his annual report: Disruptive behaviour or deliberate…

Chicago – Potentially explosive material found at Near North Side apartment scene of earlier death

Chicago police returned to a downtown apartment Wednesday afternoon to follow up on the earlier death of a 30-year-old man and discovered explosive material, prompting the bomb squad, SWAT team and FBI to respond, law enforcement sources said. One of the sources with knowledge of emergency response said two pipe bombs were found in the unit at 240 E. Illinois St. on Wednesday, more than 12 hours after Theodore Hilk was found dead there. On…