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Terrorism News

A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Dec 11, 2018

A gunman entered a Catholic cathedral near Brazil's most populous city, São Paulo, killing five people, police say.

A Mass was being held when the attacker, carrying two guns, entered the Metropolitan Cathedral in the city of Campinas and opened fire.

The military police confirmed to the BBC that the death toll had risen from four to five. Four elderly people were also seriously wounded.

The attacker killed himself in the church. His motive is not yet known.

"It was frightful," witness Alexandre Moraes told Brazil's GloboNews channel. "He entered and shot randomly at people. They were all praying."

Read more: BBC News

A Sydney teenager has been jailed for at least 12 years for preparing a terrorist act, with a judge finding an attack was imminent when the boy was arrested near a Bankstown courthouse and police station in 2016.

The now 18-year-old, who was found guilty by a jury in September, has admitted he sympathised with Islamic State when he bought fixed-blade knives from a gun shop in October 2016.

However the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has continued to deny any plan to use the weapons in a terrorist attack and instead claims he wanted them for camping and hunting animals.

Justice Geoffrey Bellew on Tuesday said his denial flew in the face of overwhelming evidence when he sentenced the teenager to 16 years in prison with a non-parole period of 12 years.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

Armed police have arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of terrorism offences in Newcastle.

The suspect was detained in what police described as an “intelligence led and pre-planned” operation on Tuesday morning.

Residents described seeing armed officers “dressed like soldiers” in the Arthur’s Hill area of Newcastle as properties were evacuated near a primary school.

A spokeswoman for the north-east counter-terrorism unit said houses were evacuated “as a precautionary measure” within the cordon on Philip Place, a cul-de-sac about a mile from the city centre.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

The threat of terrorism in Finland remains at a raised level for the third year running, according to chief Antti Pelttari of the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo).

Pelttari was joined by deputy Supo chief Seppo Ruotsalainen and research specialist Saana Nilsson at a Helsinki press conference on Monday, where the organisation announced its official security assessment for the closing year.

"The report focuses on espionage, cyber spying, extremist movements and foreign hybrid influence," Pelttari said.

The terrorist threat level is at 2 out of 4 (low, raised, high, very high) according to a system that Supo adopted in mid-2017. The bureau also described the threat level as "raised" prior to this in 2015.

"There is no reason to believe that the threat level will fall to level 1 in the near future," Pelttari stated.

Read more: YLE (Finland)

A man has been arrested and is being investigated by the police unit responsible for targeting would-be lone wolf extremists after an incident in the centre of Parramatta on Monday morning.

Emergency services were called to Church Street about 10.20am following reports a man had threatened two people with a knife after attempting to set fire to a car.

Officers from Parramatta Police Area Command were on scene within minutes and arrested the 20-year-old man.

No one was injured and there are no ongoing concerns for public safety, police said in a statement.

Church Street was closed in both directions near Campbell Street until mid-afternoon as police investigated.

Read more: Sydney Morning Herald