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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jun 19, 2017

A strong explosion rocked one of the busiest shopping centers in Colombia’s capital on Saturday, killing three people and injuring nine others, the authorities there said.

Mayor Enrique Peñalosa of Bogotá condemned what he called a “cowardly terrorist bombing” at the upscale Centro Andino, a shopping center located in the heart of the city’s tourist district.

Witnesses were evacuated from movie theaters and stores after the blast, which they said had occurred in a second-floor bathroom. Ambulances and fire trucks responded to the scene, and the injured were taken to a hospital.

Read more: New York Times

A car loaded with gas canisters rammed into a police van on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on Monday, leaving the driver dead in what the interior minister said was an "attempted attack". 

According to police sources, a Kalashnikov rifle, handguns and gas bottles were later found in the deceased suspect's vehicle.

Police have identified the suspect as a 31-year-old man from a Paris suburb who had previously been flagged for extremism. 

A note praising the Islamic State group was found next to the body of that gunman, Karim Cheurfi. Police later found other weapons in Cheurfi's car including a shotgun and knives.

Read more: France 24

The attack on the police headquarters in the provincial capital of Gardez took place in the early morning. The Taliban suicide team used tactics that have been perfected by multiple jihadist groups on numerous battlefields over the past decade and a half.

First, a suicide bomber drove a vehicle packed with explosives and detonated his payload at the main gate, opening a breach for the assault team to enter the compound. Then, a heavily armed assault team fanned out to shoot anyone they could before they occupied a building inside the compound. Afghan forces battled the Taliban team throughout the day before killing the last remaining attacker.

In a statement released on Voice of Jihad, the Taliban claimed the strike under the aegis of Operation Mansouri, its most recent spring offensive.

The suicide assault, or coordinated attack using one or more suicide bombers and an assault team, is a tactic frequently used by the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, al Qaeda and its branches.  It is also used by allied groups such as the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Shabaab, and by the rival Islamic State. Suicide assaults are commonly executed by jihadist groups in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Nigeria.

The Taliban used this tactic to penetrate security at the Afghan National Army’s 209th Shaheen Corps Headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif in Balkh province in April. A ten man strong team dressed in Afghan military uniforms killed more than 140 Afghan soldiers using both gun fire and bomb blasts.

Read more: Long War Journal

Five female suicide bombers killed 12 people and wounded 11 in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, police said on Monday.

Borno state police spokesman Victor Isuku said the attacks took place on Sunday at around 08:30 p.m. (3.30 a.m. ET) in Kofa community, around 8 km (5 miles) from the state capital Maiduguri.

Islamist militant group Boko Haram killed 14 people in bombings and shootings in Maiduguri on June 7.

Source:  Reuters

After firing missiles targeting the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Monday issued a stark warning to IS militants, saying that any future attack against Iran will result in more powerful launches.

The Guard said it launched the strikes on Sunday in retaliation for attacks in Tehran earlier this month that were claimed by the Islamic State group. Iran has been involved in Syria’s long-running civil war, in which it has backed embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad. 

Iranian state television quoted Gen. Ramazan Sharif on Monday as saying that “if they (IS) carry out a specific action to violate our security, definitely there will be more launches, with intensified strength.”

He spoke as part of a TV package about the missile launches, showing them shoot off into the night from the western province of Kermanshah. The Guard said it fired six missiles in total from Kermanshah and also from Iran’s Kurdistan province into Syria’s Deir el-Zour province, where IS has been trying to fortify its positions in the face of a U.S.-led coalition onslaught.

But the missiles sent a message to more than just the extremists in Iraq and Syria, Sharif told state television in a telephone interview.

“The Saudis and Americans are especially receivers of this message.” Said Sharif. “Obviously and clearly, some reactionary countries of the region, especially Saudi Arabia, had announced that they are trying to bring insecurity into Iran.”

Read more:  AP