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August 29, 2018

August 29, 2018:Iraq: Islamic State strike again, 8 killed in car bomb blast

SITUATION Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack on a security checkpoint near Iraq-Syria border that killed at least eight people and wounded 12 earlier on Wednesday.  The attacker drove a car rigged with explosives into the checkpoint in al-Qaim district, which was jointly manned by the Iraqi army and Shia militias, Mayor Ahmed Al-Mehlawy told Reuters news agency on Wednesday. " Security forces in the Qaim district noticed a suspect Kia vehicle and shot at it after it turned out to be rigged and driven by a suicidal terrorist, which led to its explosion and death...

 

August 29, 2018

August 29, 2018:Brazil police detain 3,000 people against homicide

SITUATION Brazil police reported that they have detained nearly 3,000 people as a result of countrywide ‘Cronos Ops’ operation. Over 2,600 adults and around 340 minors are suspected of homicide and social violence in various states. According to officials, nearly 450 people were detained because of homicide and femicide, 1,252 for various crimes and 640 for drug trafficking or illegal possession of firearms during 2-days operation by special forces. According to state-run media Agencia Brasil, 7,800 police officers, coordinated by the Ministry of Public Security, took part in the operation. During the operation also 383 kg of drugs, including marijuana...

 

August 28, 2018

August 28, 2018: ISIS recruiting Rohingya refugees in Malaysia

  SITUATION Malaysia is concerned over the crisis affecting the Rohingya in Myanmar as the situation may expose opportunities for terrorist groups to recruit new members among the refugees, according to Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu. Four Rohingya refugees were recruited by Islamic State (IS) cells in Malaysia at wage war against the Myanmar government, revealed the Malaysian police's Special Branch Counterterrorism principal director, Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.  Malaysia is home to a community of more than 100,000 Rohingya expatriates. "We are concerned that the Rohingyas could be manipulated to become suicide bombers or recruited into terrorist cells in this region,"...

 

August 28, 2018

August 27, 2018: Mass Shooting in Florida Video Game Tournament

SITUATION Three people were killed, including the suspected shooter, and 11 others were injured in a mass shooting that erupted at Madden NFL Esports tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, sheriff's officials reported. David Katz, a 24-year-old gamer from Baltimore, Maryland, was in Jacksonville for the tournament at GLHF Game Bar. David carried two handguns, bought in August, into the venue and opened fire, killing two people. Then he turned the gun on himself, according to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams. There were about 150 people inside the arena at the time of the shooting, said Williams, but the suspect "clearly targeted other...

 

August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018: Italian Coastguard Detained Four Suspected People Hidden among Migrants

SITUATION Italian coastguard has rescued four of the 140 people brought to Sicily on the Italian ship Diciotti. The suspects were detained on suspicion of involvement in human trafficking, as the rest of those onboard were finally allowed to disembark. The migrants, most of whom are believed to be from Eritrea, were given permission to come ashore early on Sunday after a five-day standoff between the Italian government and the EU, UN refugee agency and aid organizations. According to Ansa news agency, the four are accused of criminal association for the purposes of human trafficking, aiding illegal immigration, illegal entry by procurement, and sexual violence. The...