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Terrorism News

A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 10, 2016

A car bomb exploded in southeast Turkey's Diyarbakir city on Wednesday, wounding many police officers in an attack believed to have been perpetrated by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, a Turkish official said.

The official said the bombing had been coordinated with another attack believed to be the work of the PKK.

Read more: New York Times

U.S.-backed Libyan militias say they have taken over the Islamic State group's headquarters in Sirte, the militants' final bastion in Libya.

The fighters said on Wednesday that they had seized control of the sprawling convention center that was used as IS's headquarters in the coastal city. The militia fighters, who are mainly from the nearby city of Misrata, launched their offensive against IS in June.

Read more: AP

German special forces have arrested a Syrian suspected of being a member of the Isis group, local authorities said Tuesday, citing a threat to the opening game of the upcoming Bundesliga football championships.

"There are indications that something is being planned for the start of the Bundesliga season," a spokesman for the interior ministry of Rhineland-Palatinate told AFP.

The suspect, an asylum seeker from Syria, arrived in Germany at the start of the year and has been living in North Rhine-Westphalia, according to Germany's department for distributing refugees around the country, cited by the Südwestrundfunk channel.

Read more: The Local

Afghan forces, backed by the United States, have killed an estimated 300 Islamic State fighters in an operation mounted two weeks ago, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan said on Wednesday, calling it a severe blow to the group.

The group, believed to be confined to three or four of the more than 400 districts in Afghanistan, last month claimed responsibility for bombing a demonstration by the Shi'ite Hazara minority in the capital, Kabul, in which at least 80 people were killed.

Read more: Reuters

A 16-year-old French girl has been placed under investigation, accused of planning a jihadist attack using the Telegram messaging app, judicial officials say.  The girl, who has no criminal record, was detained at her home on Thursday, after an anti-terror raid near Paris.

She was an administrator of a group on the encrypted app, and is alleged to have been calling for attacks.

Read more: BBC News