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Terrorism News

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

A key leader of Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has been killed in an explosion at a cafe he owned in Donetsk city, sources in the rebel administration there say.

Alexander Zakharchenko's death was reported by rebel news agency DNR.

Ukrainians suspected of being behind the blast were arrested nearby, a security source was quoted as saying.

But it had been widely reported that Zakharchenko was out of favour with Russia.

Authorities in the "Donetsk People's Republic" have blamed previous assassinations of rebel leaders on the Ukrainian government, which denies any involvement.

Read more: BBC News

Australia has arrested and charged a Sri Lankan man with planning a terror attack after finding “symbolic locations within Sydney” listed as possible targets in his notebook, police said on Friday.

A staunch U.S. ally, Australia has been on heightened alert from 2015 for attacks by home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East, and its intelligence agencies have stepped up scrutiny.

The 25-year-old was arrested on Thursday in Sydney, charged with preparing a terror offense and is in custody while his home and workplace at a university are searched, New South Wales police official Mick Sheehy told reporters.

“From the documentation, he would affiliate with ISIS,” Sheehy added, using an acronym for militant group Islamic State.

“There is a number of locations and individuals named in that document who are potential targets,” Sheehy, a detective acting superintendent, said of the notebook, adding that it needed further analysis.

 

Read more:  Reuters

Police in the Dutch capital shot and wounded a suspect Friday following a stabbing at Amsterdam’s busy central railway station.

Amsterdam police said in a series of tweets that two people were injured in the stabbing and the suspect was then shot by officers. All three people were taken to a hospital.

Police said the motive for the stabbing was under investigation and “all possible scenarios are being kept open.”

Police said that two platforms were closed to train traffic, but the station wasn’t evacuated. Trams to and from the square in front of the station were stopped as police and emergency services converged on the area. Red and white police tape kept members of the public away from the scene.

Central Station is a busy entry and exit point for visitors to the Dutch capital, with regular trains linking it to the city’s Schiphol Airport. Friday is one of the busiest days of the week, with many tourists arriving for the weekend.

 

Source:  AP

Dutch police have arrested a 26-year-old man suspected of threatening to attack far-right politician Geert Wilders over his plan to hold a contest of cartoons depicting Islam’s Prophet Mohammad, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

The man, whose nationality has not been determined, was taken into custody on Tuesday at Central Station in The Hague, spokesman Jan Rensen said.

He is believed to have posted a video on Facebook on Monday in which he said he was five minutes from the parliament building.

Read more: Reuters

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after officers discovered an “unknown substance” during a routine raid, Scotland Yard said.

The teenager was detained on suspicion of the “commission, preparation or instigation” of offences under the Terrorism Act after police searched a property in west London on Wednesday morning.

Local officers carried out the raid at about 9.55am and found an imitation firearm and cannabis plants as well as the unknown substance, Metropolitan police said.

The latter find prompted an escalation to the counterterrorism command and the substance will be sent for urgent analysis to determine what it is, the force said.

Read more: The Guardian