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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.

Islamic State fighters have broken through government defensive lines in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, surrounding a military airport and cutting off food supplies for roughly a quarter of a million civilians in what could become a major humanitarian disaster.

Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria is divided between the militants and the government of Bashar al-Assad. The areas controlled by the government have long been under siege but were sustained by supplies flown in to the nearby military airport and by air drops from the World Food Programme.

But on Monday, Isis fighters, which sources from the city said were primarily reinforcements coming over the border from Iraq’s Anbar province, broke through government lines, splitting its territory in half and taking control of the area where the WFP’s air drops landed.

Read more: The Guardian

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has set off yet another controversy by ordering his troops to bomb extremist kidnappers even though there are hostages among them. Going further, he blamed the hostages for being kidnapped by the militants.

Duterte said the deaths of civilians and captives should be considered "collateral damage" when the army bombs the positions of the extremists. He said: "If there are kidnappers and they're trying to escape, bomb them all." And then went on: "They say 'hostages.' Sorry, collateral damage."

Read more: International Business Times (UK)

Abdulgadir Masharipov, the man arrested for killing 39 people at a Turkish nightclub on New Year’s Eve, confessed to the crime Tuesday morning, according to Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin. Masharipov not only killed 39 people on New Year’s Eve, but he also injured 69 others with a long-barrelled gun. 

Many of those killed were foreign visitors, including citizens from France, Israel, Tunisia, Belgium and India, among other countries. The club, called Reina, was a popular night spot in Istanbul.

Here’s what we know about Masharipov:

He’s married and a father. His wife was detained after the attack, but she said she was unaware of Masharipov’s connection to the attack. His four-year-old son was reported to have been with him at the time of the shooting.

Masharipov carried out the attack “in the name of ISIS,” said Sahin. The Islamic State militant group had previously taken responsibility for the attack.

Masharipov is an Uzbek citizen. He used the alias Abu Mohammed Khorasani Abdulqavi, and authorities suspect that he entered Turkey from the eastern border in January 2016. He was born in 1983, which means that he is either 33 or 34 years old.

Police found and seized $197,000, a pistol, an air gun, two drones and ammunition from Masharipov’s apartment. 

Read more: International Business Times

Police on Tuesday detained three suspects in connection with Monday's bomb attack on police officers in southeastern Diyarbakir province, according to a security source. Four police officers were killed and two others injured in the terror attack after suspected PKK terrorists targeted a police vehicle in Sur district.
The suspects are at a police station for further questioning, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to media. Earlier, security officials told that about 200 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack, which caused a pit measuring 2-meter in width and 1-meter in depth.

The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU -- resumed its armed campaign in July 2015 and since then has been responsible for the deaths of around 1,100 security personnel and civilians, including women and children. 

News source: World Bulletin

The man suspected of carrying out the New Year's Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul was trained in Afghanistan, the city's governor says.

Vasip Sahin said the man, named earlier as Uzbek national Abdulkadir Masharipov, was believed to have entered Turkey in January 2016.

Mr Sahin said the suspect had confessed to the attack and that his fingerprints matched those found at the scene.

Thirty-nine people died in the attack on the Reina club with dozens wounded.

Citizens of Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were among the victims. 

So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the attack, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.

Police detained the man on Monday evening in a raid on an address in the Istanbul suburb of Esenyurt. Initial reports said a Kyrgyz man was also held but Mr Sahin said on Tuesday that a man of Iraqi origin and three women of Egyptian and African origin were detained.

A picture of Abdulkadir Masharipov taken shortly after his arrest showed him being held by the neck by an officer with his face bruised and bloodied.

Read more:  BBC News