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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 18, 2019

Dutch police were hunting down a suspect after a shooting Monday on a tram in the central city of Utrecht that left one person dead and multiple people injured.

Authorities immediately raised the terror alert for the area to the maximum level and said they are considering the possibility of a “terrorist motive” in the attack. Dutch military police went on extra alert at Dutch airports and at key buildings in the country as the Utrecht manhunt took place.

Police, including heavily armed officers, flooded the area after the shooting Monday morning on a tram at a busy traffic intersection in a residential neighborhood. They later erected a white tent over an area where a body appeared to be lying next to the tram.

Read more: AP

When Osama bin Laden orchestrated the September 11 attacks to inflict maximum damage and terror on the US and its allies, he not only took the engineering of the World Trade Centre towers and the fuel loads of the planes into account. He also factored in the media’s capacity to send those images around the world and sear them into our memories.

The attacks took place in prime viewing time. They were staged on a cloudless late September morning at a location close to one of the most concentrated media hubs in the Western world: Downtown Manhattan.

Nearly two decades later, terrorists no longer need the services of the mainstream media to document and broadcast their hate-fuelled crimes. With the aid of the internet and live video-streaming tools they can do it themselves. Which is precisely what the man who has been charged in the Christchurch terror attack did.

Read more: Sydney Morning Herald

Social network giants and their users should share the responsibility of alerting authorities about online radicalism as soon as they spot it, according to a security expert.

"With social media, and with the internet today, basically terrorists can become their own mass media and, certainly, more does need to be done to try to take that ability away from them," Scott Stewart, vice president for tactical analysis at geopolitical intelligence firm Stratfor, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Monday.

His comments come days after a gunman killed 50 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and livestreamed the attack as it happened.

Read more: CNBC

Counter-terrorism police have raided two homes on the New South Wales mid-north coast, including the residence of the sister of the Australian suspect in the Christchurch terrorist attack, as part an investigation into last Friday’s mosque shootings.

Officers from the NSW joint counter-terrorism team searched a property in Sandy Beach, near Coffs Harbour, about 8.30am on Monday and then targeted a second property at Lawrence, near Maclean.

“The primary aim of the activity is to formally obtain material that may assist New Zealand police in their ongoing investigation,” the Australian federal police and NSW police said in a joint statement.

“The family of the Australian man arrested in Christchurch continues to assist police with their inquiries.”

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

British police say a stabbing west of London in which a man attacked a teenager with a baseball hat and knife while hurling racist abuse is being treated as a terrorist incident “inspired by the far-right.”

A 50-year-old man from the village of Stanwell, near Heathrow Airport, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder and racially aggravated public order offenses. A 19-year-old man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Read more: Time