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Date: Jan 17, 2019

Somali militant group al Shabaab said on Wednesday that they had launched a deadly attack on an upscale Kenyan hotel and business complex because of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

The two page statement said: “The Mujahideen (holy warriors) carried out this operation ... (as) a response to the witless remarks of U.S. president, Donald Trump, and his declaration of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel.”

Source: Reuters

A terror attack on a police academy in Colombia's capital Thursday killed eight people and injured at least 10, authorities said.

The attack happened when a man driving a vehicle arrived at the entrance of the police institution and security control stopped him. The driver ignored the checkpoint and crashed the car into a wall, where it exploded, El Tiempo reported.

The driver is among the eight dead, police said. The El Tiempo report said as many as 38 were injured, including five who were hospitalized. El Espectador reported the explosion killed "eight uniformed" persons.

Read more: UPI

Authorities have conducted raids in several parts of Germany on suspected members of a far-right group calling itself the National Socialist Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Deutschland.

Prosecutors and regional police in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said more than 100 weapons, including air guns, swords, machetes and knives, were seized in Wednesday's raids on 12 properties. They also found membership lists.

Seventeen people were targeted but there was no word of any arrests.

Authorities say about 40 people are under investigation. The group's members are suspected of glorifying Nazism and, in some cases, of harboring "violent fantasies."

Read more: Minneapolis Star Tribune

Over the years, terrorist organisations - including Islamic State - have concentrated their efforts on recruiting members from criminal groups in Europe.

Propaganda has claimed, for example, that by joining Islamic State, prospective members will receive redemption for their sins. The terror group also encourages fundraising through criminal activities, and promotes this as a divinely sanctioned method of raising money for jihad when operating in the Dar al-Harb (Lands of War).

Lorenzo Vidino found that over half (57%) of perpetrators in terrorist attacks in Europe and North America between June 2014 and June 2017 had been involved in criminal activity unrelated to terrorism prior to carrying out their attacks.

In recent years, the convergence of criminal and terrorist networks has become more pronounced.  It is common practice for terrorists to engage in a myriad of organised criminal activities such as prostitution, the sale of human organs, weapons, antiquities, the taxation of drugs and people smuggling routes, kidnap for ransom, and money laundering to raise funds for terror-related activities.

The relationship between drug traffickers and jihadists in North Africa is an important example of the intertwined nature of crime and terror. Since 2014, Islamic State in Libya has profited from taxing the passage of illicit drugs through newly established drug routes stretching from Morocco to Libya, and then onward to Europe.

Read more: Forbes

Federal agents in Georgia arrested a 21-year-old Atlanta-area man Wednesday on charges that he plotted attacks on the White House, the National Mall and a synagogue on Jan. 17 after a months-long undercover investigation, according to filings in a U.S. District court.

Authorities arrested Hasher Taheb, 21, of Cumming, Georgia in a parking lot as he met with undercover agents and an informant to trade his car for three semi-automatic rifles, three bombs with remote detonators and one AT-4, shoulder fired anti-armor weapon, court files show.

He was charged with an attempt to damage a federal building by explosive, for allegedly planning attacks on the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington monument, officials said in a statement and in court files.

Read more: Washington Post