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A rookie police officer was struck in the head by a man wielding a hatchet in the New York City borough of Queens Thursday, in an assault that has police checking for any ties to terror organizations or whether the attack could have been inspired by Wednesday’s lone-wolf attack in Canada.

Police opened fire, killing the 32-year-old suspect and wounding a woman who was nearby, according to officials. The officer, 25, survived the attack. A second police officer, 24, was struck with the hatchet in the arm and is also being treated. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.  The 2 p.m. apparently unprovoked attack occurred as four police officers were posing for a passing photographer when the suspect charged the group, swinging a hatchet with a four-and-a-half-inch blade, officials said. He struck one officer in the arm and another in the head before two officers drew their weapons and opened fire as he swung the hatchet a third time, officials said.

"No known motive for this attack has been established," Police Commissioner William Bratton told reporters.

Read more:  NBC News


Despite the ceasefire declaration and efforts by the federal government to negotiate the release of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram in April, about 60 women were reportedly kidnapped by the terror sect from Waga Mangoro and Garta villages in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State following renewed attacks unleashed by the insurgents.
Read more: allAfrica
Eight people have been killed after gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Shia Muslims in the Pakistani city of Quetta, officials say.
A bus carrying members of the city's Hazara community was targeted outside a local vegetable market.  Police told the AFP news agency that four gunmen killed six men in a minibus before chasing down another two and shooting them dead.
Sunni militants regularly attack members of the city's Shia community. 
Read more: BBC

The suspect in Wednesday’s attack on Parliament Hill is Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian citizen born in 1982, CTV News has confirmed.  The suspect was gunned down Wednesday morning, following shootings at Ottawa’s National War Memorial and inside Parliament.  Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo, a soldier standing guard at the war memorial, was fatally shot. Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms for the House of Commons, later shot the gunman in the main entrance of the Centre Block.

Parliament Hill and Ottawa’s downtown core remain under lockdown, but police are not saying if other suspects are on the loose.  Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said residents need to stay “vigilant” and report any suspicious activity to police. But he did not directly answer questions from reporters about the possibility that another shooter – or shooters – were still at large.  Earlier Wednesday, Ottawa police Const. Marc Soucy said officers believe there may be more than one assailant. He said that police will be assuming that any other assailants are armed.  Boderleau said police received multiple 911 calls around 9:52 a.m. Wednesday about a shooting at the National War Memorial.

Read more: CTV News (Canada)

A three-month old baby was killed and eight other people wounded in Jerusalem – one seriously – in what Israel police are describing as a “terrorist attack” in which a speeding car drove onto a pavement crowded with pedestrians alighting from the city’s light railway.  Video footage posted on social media appears to show a car on the main road slowing slightly before crossing to the train tracks and climbing on to the station pavement and ploughing through the people standing on it.  According to a tweet from an Israeli government spokesman for the Arab media, the driver – a former Palestinian prisoner – “is a member of Hamas”.  Video footage of the injured suspect showed a young man in blue jeans and a blue T-shirt lying on the ground.

The incident occurred on Wednesday evening at about 6pm on Road 1 – one of Jerusalem’s main arterial roads – as passengers were getting off one of the city’s light railway trains a a stop on Ammunition Hill near the national police headquarters.  The baby girl, who suffered serious head injuries in the incident, died a few hours later of her wounds in a nearby medical centre.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)