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November 21, 2018

November 21, 2018: Melbourne Terror Plot: Three men arrested over mass shooting fear

SITUATION Three Victorian men, including two brothers, were arrested on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State-inspired terror attack in Melbourne. Police believe the suspects planned to open fire on a Melbourne crowd with a semiautomatic rifle, with an intention to kill as many people as possible. Hanifi Halis, 21, and brothers Samed Eriklioglu, 26, and Ertunc Eriklioglu, 30, were arrested following the police dawn raid at their respective homes on Tuesday and charged with preparing for an act of terrorism.  However, the suspect’s family denied the allegations. Armagan Eriklioglu, the father of arrested brothers, said his sons were neither violent...

 

November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018: Jilted Moroccan lover made traditional recipe ‘machboos’, using boyfriend’s flesh

SITUATION A woman of Moroccan descent was arrested after allegedly killing her boyfriend. Following the murder, she butchered his body, cooked it, and then served it up with rice to unsuspecting guests. Disguised as a traditional rice and meat dish, called machboos, the woman served the remains of her boyfriend to Pakistani workers. It is believed that the woman killed her boyfriend of seven years after he revealed his plans to marry someone else. Although, it is said that the man died three months ago, the murder came to light only recently. The man’s brother found a tooth inside the...

 

November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018: Knife attack on Police Officer in Brussels, possibly an act of terror

SITUATION Brussels Law enforcement agencies are investigating a knife attack on a police officer. This attack is being considered as a terror incident. The The motive of the attacker is not clear yet. A judicial investigation has been opened in a terrorist context. In the early hours on Tuesday, the suspect attacked the officer with two kitchen knives. A man was reported as having shouted “Allahu Akbar”  before launching his attack. He was then shot at by two officers and later shot by two other officers. The victim and the attacker were brought to a hospital. Fortunately, the officer’s injuries...

 

November 19, 2018

November 19, 2018: Surge of Albanian Human trafficking in the UK

SITUATION The National Crime Agency (NCA) reports a massive increase in the number of humans trafficked into the UK. The majority of them are from Albania. The traffickers in Albania have a hot spot – the southern Albanian city of Vlore. The victims have traumatic pasts. They are raped, assaulted while pregnant, and held captive. The gangs not only exploit the victims, but also sell them to other gangs. They are threatened and made to work without any compensation. The agencies estimate that there are more than 5000 such persons who need to be saved from the traffickers. The gangs...

 

November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018: UN peacekeepers killed in fight with Islamist militia in DRC

SITUATION Eight United Nations (UN) peacekeepers were killed by Islamist militia during an operation against rebels on Thursday in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The deceased include one Tanzanian and seven Malawian peacekeepers. This is a tremendous setback to the UN forces in the DRC. In a similar and unfortunate setback to the peacekeeping forces in 2017, 15 troops of the UN were killed. General Bernard Commins, deputy head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) peacekeeping force, said a joint operation had been launched in conjunction...