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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 30, 2018

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

Police blew up a pressure cooker that had been abandoned near a Meriden elementary school Thursday morning, prompting authorities to keep students inside and tell neighbors to take shelter.

The item had not been altered to be a bomb, police said. It was discovered about 70 yards from Israel Putnam Elementary School at 133 Parker Ave., Sgt. Christopher Fry said.

Altered pressure cookers blew up at the Boston Marathon in 2013, killing three people and injuring hundreds.

Police were first alerted to the pressure cooker along Parker Avenue by a person walking nearby about 8 a.m. In a 911 call, the woman described what she saw: “On the curb is a round thing. It looks like a container, almost like a pressure cooker. … It looks odd sitting there.”

Read more: Hartford Courant

At least two policemen were killed and three wounded when a suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives at their checkpoint near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Thursday, police sources said.

Police said the attack took place in the town of Abbasi, around 65 km (40 miles) southwest of the oil city of Kirkuk.

No group has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack, but Islamic State militants often carry out such attacks.

On Wednesday, a suicide car bomb attack on a security checkpoint killed at least eight people, including five militiamen and three civilians in western Iraq.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the Wednesday’s attack.

Iraqi security officials have said Islamic State is likely to wage an insurgency in Iraq after its self-proclaimed caliphate all but collapsed and the militants were dislodged from large areas of the west and north of the country.

 

Source:  Reuters

Nurses and passersby ran into the street to save victims after a van ploughed into pedestrians and motorbike riders outside a hospital, killing at least one person.

There were distressing scenes in the aftermath as a number of bodies and bikes lay scattered on the road along a trail of destruction.

A nurse, wearing a white mask over her face, ran out of the hospital to help the injured, and was seen pumping a motionless person's chest while trying to revive them.

Eyewitnesses rushed to the scene and heroically tried to push the van off of victims after it had crashed into a pole and finally come to a stop.

The horror crash happened in the Chinese city of Nanning, the capital of its southern Guangxi region near the Vietnam border.

At least one person was killed, but a number of others were severely injured and there were fears the death toll would rise, according to local reports.

The van was "out of control" when it ploughed into pedestrians and motorbike riders on a road in front of the Taoyuan Road District Hospital just after 11.30am on Thursday, said eyewitnesses.

Harrowing video shows a nurse in uniform performing CPR on one of the victims, while others lay motionless or are sat up waiting for medics.

About a dozen people tried to pull the van off of other victims.

 

Read more:  Mirror (UK)