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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jan 15, 2019

German federal prosecutors on Tuesday said an employee of the German army had been held on suspicion of spying for the Iranian intelligence service.

The prosecutor's office said in a statement that a 50-year-old German-Afghan citizen, whose name was given as Abdul Hamid S., was a language expert and cultural adviser for the German armed forces. "Abdul Hamid S. is strongly suspected of having worked for a foreign intelligence agency," the intelligence officer said.

The German news magazine Der Spiegel reported that the suspect had access to sensitive information, including possible details of troop deployments in Afghanistan. It said he had worked for Iranian secret services for several years.

Germany's military the Bundeswehr often uses native interpreters to accompany troops on patrol in Afghanistan. The man was reportedly arrested in Germany's Rhineland region.

Intelligence officials in Germany and Europe have raised fears about what they see as increasing espionage by Iran. Germany's domestic intelligence agency in July reported that Iran had upped its cyber warfare capabilities and posed a danger for German companies.

German has past examples of uncovering spies working for foreign agencies that made for big headlines. In 2016, former German intelligence officer Markus Reichel was convicted of spying for both the CIA and Russian intelligence.

In 2013, Germany jailed a married couple who it found had spied for the Russian secret services for more than 20 years. The pair had been planted in the former West Germany from 1988 by the Soviet Union's KGB and later its successor, the SVR.

Source: Deutsche Welle 

A hotel complex is under attack in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

At least two blasts and gunfire were heard at the compound in the Westland district of the city, which houses the Dusit hotel as well as offices.

Police say they are treating it as a terrorist attack. Witnesses saw four armed men entering the complex.

Vehicles are on fire in the car park and people are being evacuated. Police have cordoned off the area and are trying to rescue those trapped inside.

The BBC's Ferdinand Omondi says the head of Kenya's Directorate of Criminal Investigations, George Kinoti, is at the scene to lead the operation.

Read more: BBC News

A Czech pensioner who felled trees to block railway lines and then pretended Islamists were responsible has been jailed for four years for terrorism.

Jaromir Balda, 71, left messages at the scene proclaiming "Allahu Akbar" - or "God is great" in Arabic.

Two passenger trains hit the trees, but nobody was injured.

On top of his conviction, the court ordered psychiatric treatment for the far-right sympathiser. He said he hoped to spread fear of Muslim migrants.

Read more: BBC News

Police in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia say they have arrested at least three people as part of an ongoing anti-terror operation.

A Catalan police spokeswoman said Tuesday that more arrests are expected on possible terror-related links, theft, drug trafficking and other crimes and that more than 100 agents are taking part.

The spokeswoman, who declined to be identified by name in line with the police force's standard practices, says six venues have been searched in and near Barcelona.

Read more: New York Times

A bomb-laden vehicle detonated in a large explosion heard across Kabul late on Monday, and officials said the blast killed at least four people and wounded 90.

The vehicle blew up in the eastern part of the Afghan capital, home to government offices, the country’s elections commission, housing for foreign security contractors and agencies of the large United Nations mission.

The exact target was not clear. Witnesses and officials suggested the vehicle had detonated at a roundabout, an indication the blast occurred before the actual target had been reached.

Read more: New York Times