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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jan 24, 2019

On June 20, 2014, Felicia Perkins-Ferreira of Trinidad was torn apart when she woke to find her two sons missing. 

The first she heard of their whereabouts was six months later, when she received a WhatsApp message from her husband: He had kidnapped their sons Mahmud and Ayub, now aged 11 and 7, and smuggled them into Syria, where he had become a fighter for Islamic State. 

In late 2017, circumstances changed. Mahmud and Ayub were in Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State, with their father and his new wife, a Belgian national. 

As the fighting intensified, the father sent his wife and children away with people smugglers, hoping they would cross the border and end up in Turkey. He died during a battle. 

But the smugglers abandoned the boys, then aged 6 and 10. Their step-mother continued across the border without them. 

Read more: ABC News

A man accused of shooting dead five women at a Florida bank has long been fascinated with death and guns, a woman identifying herself as his former girlfriend has said. Zephen Xaver "for some reason always hated people and wanted everybody to die," Alex Gerlach told WSBT-TV.

On Wednesday, Mr Xaver called police from the SunTrust bank in the town of Sebring to report the shooting. The 21-year-old surrendered after police stormed the bank, officials say.

Police chief Karl Hoglund said at a news conference on Thursday authorities have no information about Mr Xaver's true motive at this time, but believe it was a random act of violence.

Mr Xaver has been charged with five counts of premeditated murder. He was denied bond and remains in custody. Prosecutors will seek the maximum penalty.

Mr Xaver worked as a trainee prison officer with the Florida Department of Corrections, according to officials. There were no issues during his employment, but he resigned abruptly in January.

Speaking on Thursday, Ms Gerlach said that nobody had taken seriously previous threats made by her former boyfriend. "He got kicked out of school for having a dream that he killed everybody in his class, and he's been threatening this for so long, and he's been having dreams about it and everything," Ms Gerlach told WSBT-TV. "Every single person I've told has not taken it seriously, and it's very unfortunate that it had to come to this," she added.

She was also quoted by the Washington Post as saying that last week Mr Xaver told her he had bought a gun. But she added that "no-one thought anything of it" because he had always liked guns.

Read more: BBC News


 
 

A video released Wednesday by the ISIS affiliate in Somalia showed a man it said was a doctor from Canada urging supporters to “get on the path of jihad.”

The 15-minute propaganda video introduced him as Dr. Youssef Al Majeerteyn and said he had “died bravely.” A man then spoke to the camera in Canadian-sounding English.

Wearing a stethoscope and seated in front of a rifle and ISIS flag, he encouraged “brothers and sisters” to join the terrorist group, which has a small presence in Somalia.

Read more: Global News (Canada)