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Terrorism News

A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jan 31, 2019

The United States military says it has killed 24 al-Shabab extremists with an airstrike in Somalia.

The U.S. Africa Command says the airstrike was carried out on Wednesday near an extremist camp near Shebeeley in the central Hiran region north of the capital, Mogadishu.

The U.S. carried out nearly 50 such airstrikes last year in Somalia against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab.

The extremist group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a hotel complex in Kenya’s capital earlier this month. It often targets high-profile areas of Mogadishu with suicide bombings.

Read more: AP

A New Zealander has reportedly been arrested in Africa as part of a terror swoop following a bloody attack at a luxury hotel complex in Kenya.

Kenya police chiefs say that New Zealand national Sulub Warfaa, 36, was arrested just a few kilometres from the Kenya-Somalia border.

The Daily Nation news outlet says he was allegedly travelling in a white Toyota Hilux ute with two passports. A second passport was reportedly under the name Ramadhan Yusuf.

He was arrested with a 33-year-old named as Sakawawedin Abdullahi Mohammed, travelling on an Ethiopian passport.

Read more: New Zealand Herald

Iranian police say a double-bombing has lightly wounded three police in the southeastern city of Zahedan.

Gen. Mohammad Ghanbari, the provincial police chief, told the official IRNA news agency that the second bomb went off as police raced to the scene of the first explosion. He says the bombs were handmade and that police are investigating.

Zahedan is the capital of Sistan-Baluchistan province, which has seen past attacks by Baluch separatists and drug traffickers.

Last month a suicide car bomber struck a police headquarters in the port city of Chabahar, also in Sistan -Baluchistan, killing at least two police and wounding 42 other people.

Read more: Washington Post

A 47-year-old man from Baltimore pleaded guilty Thursday to making a series of telephone bomb threats in October 2016 against the Pentagon Tours Office and a CNN news affiliate.

George Tomasack made threatening calls on October 25, 2016 to the Pentagon Tours Office and to CNN-Atlanta, in addition to other private and government locations.

Tomasack admitted that during the calls he threatened to blow up the locations, and during the call to the Pentagon Tours Office, Tomasack stated the call was an “ISIS threat” and “there will be a (unintelligible) at your building in five hours,”

Read more: WJZ

A French judicial official says five people have been arrested and detained in relation with the investigation into the Christmas market attack that left five dead in Strasbourg in December.

The judicial official, who is not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation, says they were arrested on Tuesday. He did not confirm reports in French media that they are suspected of helping the gunman getting his weapon.

The alleged killer, Cherif Chekatt, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. He died in a shootout with police two days after the Dec. 11 attack at Strasbourg's popular Christmas market.

Read more: AP