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March 25, 2019

March 25, 2019: ISIS calls for more attacks in Europe as the Caliphate falls in Syria and Iraq

SITUATION US-backed Kurdish forces say they have liberated the last enclave held by "Islamic State" militants in eastern Syria. The US-backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) said they took a camp in Baghouz in March 2019, where "Islamic State" (IS) militants had been besieged for months, bringing them close to capturing the last remaining IS territory. ISIS is plotting attacks in Europe as its “caliphate” collapses, according to a trove of the jihadists’ documents obtained by The Sunday Times. Although western-backed forces declared victory over the last Isis stronghold in Syria yesterday, the chilling documents reveal that in defeat the Islamists...

 

March 25, 2019

March 25, 2019: Wangzhen Lu: Chinese student kidnapped by armed men in Canada

SITUATION A 22-year-old Chinese student, Wangzhen Lu, was kidnapped by four masked and armed men in an underground parking garage in Toronto, Canada. According to York Regional Police, Wangzhen Lu was accompanied by his Chinese friend when he was ambushed by three suspects who used a stun gun to attack and later dragged him into a black wheelchair accessible Dodge Caravan and fled the crime scene. Lu is said to be a resident of the condo where the alleged abduction occurred. It is believed that the suspects got access to private underground parking and the vehicle was already parked in the garage...

 

March 22, 2019

March 22, 2019: Birmingham: UK Counter Terror Police probe attacks on five mosques

SITUATION Five mosques in Birmingham have been targeted in a strand of violent attacks after having their windows shattered with sledgehammers on Thursday. This event is the latest in a spate of Islamophobia attack since Christchurch massacre. West Midlands Police and Counter-terrorism unit are investigating attacks on the place of worship. The West Midlands force added the attack on five mosques were “being treated as linked.” West Midlands Police spokeswoman said it was yet to establish a motive for the attack. One of the attacks is understood to have taken place at a Muslim girl’s school. Mosques across Britain were...

 

March 22, 2019

March 22, 2019: 75 year old woman held for fatally stabbing a 7-year-old in Basel

SITUATION A seven-year-old boy was stabbed on the way home from school in Basel City,  Switzerland. Prosecutors said a 75-year-old Swiss woman was arrested after she turned herself in for the "terrible" attack on Thursday afternoon. The primary school pupil was found alone on a street by a teacher and died of his injuries in hospital. A motive for the knife attack is not yet clear and police are calling for witnesses to come forward. "Passers-by had seen an elderly woman move away from the scene," detective Inspector Peter Gill told local media. According to investigators, the boy was walking...

 

March 22, 2019

March 22, 2019: Remorseless Boko Haram kills at least 23 Chadian Soldiers

SITUATION In an overnight murderous raid, Boko Haram militants killed at least 23 Chadian soldiers.  This is the deadliest such attack inside Chad by the Islamist insurgent group. For a decade, Boko Haram has been fighting to establish an Islamist caliphate in northeast Nigeria and has carried out regular raids over loosely guarded borders into neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon. These attacks on Friday, occurred in the town of Dangdala, near the banks of Lake Chad. It is believed that the assailants crossed the frontier from Niger before attacking Chadian soldiers around 1:25 a.m. (0025 GMT). The spokesman of the...