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

The suspected leader of a jihadist cell has told a Moroccan court that he beheaded one of two Scandinavian hikers murdered in the High Atlas mountains.

Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were found beheaded in an isolated area in December.

The bodies were found on 17 December in an isolated area near Mount Toubkal, Morocco's highest peak, and a popular destination for hikers.

The women - flatmates at Norway's Bo University - were on a Christmas camping trip and were studying to become tour guides.

A video appearing to show the beheading of one of the women was shared widely on social media by IS supporters.

Morocco's anti-terror chief, quoted by the AFP news agency, said the group was inspired by IS but had no contact with IS militants in combat zones.

In the video, one of the militants refers to "the enemies of Allah" and claims the murders are revenge for the killings of jihadists in Syria.

Read more: BBC News

A Syrian man accused of financing the return to Europe of Islamic State (IS) group members has been arrested in Madrid, Spanish police say.

The man, who has not been named, is suspected of being part of the group's financial structure and of sending money to fighters in Syria.

The money raised in Europe reached the jihadists through an informal transfer system known as hawala, police said.

Almost 6,000 fighters from Western Europe joined IS in Syria and Iraq.

Spain's National Police said its investigation determined that fighters set up a structure in Syria to give financial support to foreign fighters wishing to return to Europe.

Read more: BBC News

The main suspect in the bombing last week in the French city of Lyon that wounded 14 people had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, France’s counter-terrorism prosecutor said on Friday.

Remy Heitz said in a statement the 24-year-old man has admitted making the bomb and depositing the device in front of a bakery. He will be brought before an investigating judge.

The suspect, identified only as Mohamed Hichem M., was arrested on Monday. He arrived in France on a tourist visa in August 2017 but failed to leave again. Police did not give his nationality but some French media reported that he was Algerian. He was unknown to police services before the incident.

He could be charged with attempted murder, criminal terrorist conspiracy and manufacturing, possessing and carrying an explosive device in relation with a terrorist undertaking.

Read more: AP

Prosecutors will file new hate crime charges against a former Army sharpshooter accused of eight counts of attempted murder after he deliberately plowed his car into pedestrians at a California crosswalk last month, authorities said Thursday.

Two hate crime allegations will be filed against 34-year-old Isaiah Joel Peoples, a veteran of the Iraq war, Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office spokesman Sean Webby said.

Peoples’ mother said he has struggled with PTSD.

He showed no remorse after his car intentionally plowed at high speed into a group of people on April 24 in a crosswalk in the Silicon Valley suburb of Sunnyvale, then went on to hit a tree, police Chief Phan Ngo has said.

Read more: AP

A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle filled with explosives Thursday afternoon outside the national military academy here, killing at least six people and wounding 16 others, defense and interior ministry officials said.

The vehicle exploded as cadets at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University were leaving the hillside campus overlooking the capital for their weekly two-day break. The extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The attack came after three days of Afghan talks in Moscow ended without any significant progress in ending the war, or even the hoped-for announcement of a cease-fire at the end of the holy month of Ramadan next week. Last June, a three-day truce raised nationwide hopes for a war settlement.

Read more: Washington Post