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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jun 9, 2017

Two Chinese citizens, who were abducted by the Islamic State group (ISIS) from Quetta, Balochistan, in Pakistan at the end of May, have reportedly been executed.

After the news was conveyed to the Chinese government by Pakistan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement China and Pakistan would continue to work hand in hand when it comes to countering terrorism and uprooting ISIS, ABC News reported.

A security official in Balochistan told the Guardian the Chinese couple might have held in Mastung after they were abducted. However, a three-day long thorough search of the area, including a network of caves did not prove fruitful in locating the abducted Chinese nationals. The military, however, were able to locate the vehicle used by ISIS to kidnap the Chinese nationals and kill 10-15 “hardcore terrorists” from the Lashkar-e Jhangvi group, the Guardian reported. 

Many Chinese workers in Pakistan and have been targeted by militants in the past. Some of the Islamic militants who have taken shelter in Pakistan's lawless tribal areas are believed to be opposed to Chinese rule in the north western region of Xinjiang and have also threatened to launch violent attacks in the near future. 

Read more: International Business Times

A Bronx man conducted surveillance of military and intelligence outposts in New York City as well as Kennedy International Airport in support of anticipated terrorist attacks by Hezbollah, the federal authorities said in a criminal complaint released in Manhattan on Thursday.

The man, Ali Kourani, a 32-year-old naturalized citizen from Lebanon, told the F.B.I. in a series of interviews that he believed he had been recruited to join Hezbollah’s Islamic Jihad Organization as part of an effort to develop “sleepers” who lived ostensibly normal lives but could be “activated and tasked” with conducting operations, the complaint said.

Islamic Jihad Organization is a Hezbollah group that is responsible for the planning and coordination of intelligence, counterintelligence and terrorist activities outside Lebanon, the office of Joon H. Kim, the acting United States attorney in Manhattan, said in the complaint.

Read more: New York Times

Islamic State (IS) threatened attacks in Saudi Arabia after the militant group claimed responsibility for assaults in Tehran that killed at least 17 people, Site Intelligence monitoring group reported on Friday.

In a video that appeared to have been recorded before the attack on Tehran, five masked fighters were shown threatening Shi’ites in Iran as well as the Saudi Arabian government saying their turn "will come". "Allah permitting, this brigade will be the first of jihad in Iran, and we ask our brothers the Muslims to follow us, as the fire that was ignited will not be put out, Allah permitting," one of the masked fighters said, according to SITE. At the end of the video, he sent a message to the Saudi government.

"Know that after Iran, your turn will come. By Allah, we will strike you in your own homes... We are the agents of nobody. We obey Allah and His Messenger, and we are fighting for the sake of this religion, not for the sake of Iran or the Arabian Peninsula." IS, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq, had carried on attacks on Saudi security forces as well as deadly bombings and shootings that target the kingdom's Shi'ites in the past.

Read more: Reuters

Arab countries put 12 organizations and 59 people on a terror sanctions list early Friday they described as being associated with Qatar, the latest in a growing diplomatic dispute that's seen the energy rich nation isolated by Saudi Arabia and others. Six of the organizations are already considered militant groups in Bahrain, a Sunni-ruled, predominantly Shiite island home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet and an under-construction British naval base. Bahrain has been gripped by a government crackdown on dissent for over a year now.

Among the individuals named is Youssef al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric considered a spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, a Sunni Islamist group. Other names involving Egypt include more Brotherhood members and those once belonging to Gamaa Islamiya, an Islamist group that carried out a series of bloody attacks in Egypt in the 1990s before renouncing violence in 2000s. 

Names involving Libya include militia commanders and the Benghazi Defense Brigade, which is battling forces commanded by Gen. Khalifa Hifter, who has the backing of Egypt and the UAE amid that country's chaos. The sole Yemeni, Abdel-Wahab al-Humayqani, is the leader of a Salafi party whose has been accused by the U.S. of financing al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror group's branch in Yemen.

Read more: AP

A white pickup struck and injured two D.C. police bicycle officers and a third person Thursday night along the busiest street in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. police said.

The incident happened in the 2400 block of 18th Street just before 9 p.m., said Officer Hugh Carew, a police spokesman. One D.C. police officer was reportedly in critical condition at a local hospital.

At a press conference outside the hospital, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said the officers were struck by a vehicle “traveling at a high rate of speed.”

The second officer was in serious condition, police said. And a woman who works for DDOT as a traffic control aide was struck by the pickup and was in serious condition. Both suffered injuries that were believed to be non-life threatening, Newsham said.

The chief said police arrested two people from the truck and were interviewing them Thursday night.

A questioner at the media conference asked whether terrorism might have been a motive for the pickup driver. Newsham said police did not have a motive for the incident, and that the department was not ruling anything out.

Read more:  The Washington Post