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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jul 2016

Two people suspected of links to terrorism were arrested on Friday by armed police officers on a high-speed train in Toulon, in the south of France, and the train was searched, a train conductor announced to passengers, according to a Reuters witness.  The TGV train was traveling from Nice to Paris.
"There were two people suspected of planning an attack and they were removed from the train," the conductor announced over the public address system.

News source: Reuters

A large trove of captured Islamic State records and computer files has provided new details of the extremist group’s efforts to send terrorists into Europe, according to senior U.S. intelligence officials.  The material — an estimated 10,000 documents and several terabytes of data — was recovered in recent weeks by Arab and Kurdish forces fighting to retake Manbij, a strategic border town that Islamic State uses to move fighters and supplies in and out of Syria.

The Pentagon trumpeted the intelligence haul as a positive development after a deadly series of terrorist attacks in France and Germany this month raised fears and rattled nerves around the globe.  It also comes after the government in Turkey jailed dozens of military officers, including some who had worked closely with the U.S. in the war against Islamic State, for their alleged role in a failed coup.

Read more: Los Angeles Times

ISIS has launched a brutal new crack down on civilians trying to flee from their territory, gunning down women and children and beheading a group of men for helping people escape.

Fanatics executed the four men in public after arresting them for helping families out of the besieged city of al-Bukamal in Deir Ezzor province in Syria.

In a separate murderous clampdown, the terror group executed 14 Iraqis, including five women and a child, who tried to flee from ISIS-held Mosul for the safety of liberated villages to the south.

Read more: Daily Mail

On July 3, 292 Iraqis were killed during ISIS' deadliest attack thus far.  In a crowded street in Baghdad's Karrada neighborhood, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, or VBIED, detonated after midnight, causing nearby dwellings to be engulfed in flames.  Many residents were trapped inside the inferno — it was estimated that 20 to 30 people died from the initial explosion. 

But investigators at the scene are now concerned with another potential threat: The terrorist group may have developed and used a new type of bomb. 

Read more: Business Insider

Boko Haram Islamic extremists ambushed a humanitarian convoy escorted by troops in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, wounding three civilians including a U.N. worker, and two soldiers, the army and UNICEF said.

The attack comes as aid agencies are warning that children are dying of starvation daily among more than 500,000 people in need of urgent help in recently liberated areas that still are dangerous to reach.

Read more: AP