Dortmund bus bomb: German police detain suspected Islamist

German police say that two people suspected of involvement in Tuesday’s bombing near the Borussia Dortmund team bus have an Islamist background. The federal public prosecutor also confirmed that the explosives used contained metal shards.

Police have searched the apartments of both suspects, one of whom has been arrested, the prosecutor confirmed Wednesday. Officials are attempting to secure an arrest warrant for the second suspect.

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A spokesperson for the public prosecutor, Frauke Koehler, said shrapnel from the explosive devices used in the attack traveled more than 100 meters (330ft) and contained metal pins which had pierced a headrest of a bus seat.

The team bus was severely damaged in the blast, which police are treating as a terrorist attack “based on the facts of the crime,” however the exact motive remains unclear, according to a police statement.

READ MORE: ‘Serious explosives’ used in Dortmund team bus blasts, no terrorism link yet – police

Three letters were found at the scene of the blast, the nature of which led investigators to believe the attackers may have an Islamic background. Earlier reports from German media claimed one of the letters opened with: "In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.”

Police confirmed the letter calls for the withdrawal of German Tornado aircraft from Syria and the closure of the American airbase at Ramstein.

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Another letter posted online, which also claimed responsibility for the attack, came from a group with “left-wing extremist background” police said. An investigation into the post, however, cast “considerable doubts about the authenticity” of the claim.

Three bombs hidden behind a hedge went off near the Borussia Dortmund team bus on Tuesday evening as the team made its way to a Champions League quarter-final game against Monaco.

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Dortmund’s center back Marc Bartra was the only person to suffer injuries in the blast, with his arm and hand affected. He has since undergone surgery, according to the club.

The fixture has been rescheduled for Wednesday evening.

 

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San Bernardino elementary school shooting: two adults dead, police say

A shooting at an elementary school classroom in San Bernardino, California has left two adults dead and two students injured on Wednesday, according to law enforcement.

Police officials said that a shooting at North Park elementary school – which may have been a “murder-suicide” – has affected at least four victims, including a teacher.

The extent of the students’ injuries was not immediately clear Monday morning. Jarrod Burguan, chief of the San Bernardino police department, wrote: “We believe this to be a murder suicide. Happened in a classroom. Two students have been transported to the hospital.”

The shooting is believed to be a domestic dispute, a San Bernardino City Unified school district spokeswoman, Maria Garcia, told a local news station, KNBC.

“We believe the teacher knew who the shooter was,” she said.

Burguan wrote on Twitter that there was a large police presence at the site of the shooting and urged people to stay away from the area. Students, he added, were being transported to Cajon high school nearby.

@SBPDChief We believe this to be a murder suicide. Happened in a class room. Two students have been transported to the hospital.

The San Bernardino fire department tweeted that there were multiple victims with gunshot wounds and that “triage and victim count [is] taking place”.

The incident happened not far from the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, where a mass shooting in 2016 left 14 people dead.

 

 

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Macri Police Attack, Evict Argentine Teachers at Mobile School

The government of Macri faces strong resistance from unions, with large strikes becoming more frequent in 2017.

Under orders of President Mauricio Macri, Argentine police forces violently evicted a group of teachers Sunday night, as they tried to hold a mobile tent school meant to provide free classes to about 30 people in front of congress, demanding a new bill on education funding.

RELATED: Argentine Teachers Begin New 48-Hour Strike Against President Macri

A few hours later, they attempted again to set up the tent as an alternative form of protest, but the police removed them with tear gas and sticks and arrested four people, said union leader Roberto Bardel to local media.

Bardel confirmed that the right-wing government of Mauricio Macri gave the order to remove the protesters, according to the words of the police chief.

The teachers, representatives of labor union CTERA, demanded the government start negotiations in order to improve the education sector, as a court ordered on Friday.

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They claimed the police illegally evicted them because they had previously asked authorities for permission to remain there for a few days without blocking any road, before moving the tent elsewhere.

The first classes were to be assisted by school orchestras, with teachers also hoping to invite legislators to talk about projects funding education.

At the end of March, thousands of teachers protested against the government, demanding a pay increase as the government prepared to squander US$2 billion on weapons from the United States.

The teachers also criticized the Macri administration for handing over decision-making authority on minimum wage policies to provincial governments, as they advocated for salary negotiation at a national level.

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3 killed & many injured after truck drives into pedestrians, crashes into Stockholm dept store

Three people have been killed and many injured after a truck drove into pedestrians on a Stockholm street before crashing into a department store, police have confirmed. Authorities say they are treating the incident as a possible terrorist attack.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says that all details indicate the incident was a “terrorist attack.” 

The suspect has been detained, Lofven told a news conference. However, Swedish police have said that no one has been arrested in connection with the attack, according to Reuters.

A witness by the name of Dimitris told Aftonbladet that he saw at least two people run over by the vehicle.

A separate witness told RT that he "saw at least three bodies that were covered with blankets and probably already dead." He added that he could see smoke and fire, calling the incident a "really awful situation." 

He went on to state that he was about to leave for lunch at the time of the attack, noting that "if I had been 15 seconds earlier I probably would have been dead right now..."

Swedish police have issued a warning to avoid Stockholm’s city center. All Stockholm subway services have been shut down, according to TT news agency.

The city's central train station has also been evacuated.

All Swedish government offices have been closed following the attack, and all ministers are safe, a source told Reuters.

Facebook has activated its safety check for people in the Stockholm area.

Footage posted on Twitter shows panicked pedestrians fleeing the scene.

“I saw hundreds of people run, they ran for their lives,” a witness by the name of Anna told the newspaper, adding that she also fled the scene.

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A worker at Åhlens department store said the truck drove into the store’s perfume department. He said an alarm went off inside the store and everyone was asked to leave the building, SVT reported.

A photo posted online shows the truck after it crashed into the department store, with the caption stating that the vehicle came from a direction in which trucks are not allowed.

Radio Sweden is also reporting that the truck caught fire after crashing into the department store. 

Helicopters are circling above the area, a witness told SVT.

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The area has been cordoned off by police. Authorities were alerted at 2:53pm local time, according to SVT.

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An employee at the nearby Stockholm Inn hotel told RT that hotel employees and guests are being “informed to stay in here because it's not over yet.” She added that she has not heard any shots fired.

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Swedish brewery Spendrups has reportedly said that one of its trucks was hijacked earlier on Friday.

The scene is near the site of a December 2010 attack which saw a man rig a car with explosives, in an effort to drive people to Drottninggatan - where the Friday incident took place. From there, he planned to set off devices strapped to his chest and back. The car bomb never went off, and the attacker died when one of his devices detonated. Two others were injured. 

The Friday incident comes less than three weeks after an attacker plowed a truck into pedestrians in London, killing four people. One police officer was also fatally stabbed by the attacker.

An attacker also smashed a truck through a Christmas market in Berlin in December, killing 12 people.

Last July, an attacker in Nice, France, plowed a truck into pedestrians during a Bastille Day celebration, killing 86 people.

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Meet the 8-year-old girl raised by monkeys

Police in Northern India made a startling discovery in a remote nature preserve near the Nepal border: an 8-year-old girl living “comfortably” alongside a troop of monkeys, according to a report.

The child was so acclimated to her simian lifestyle at the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, that when the cops tried to rescue the real life “Mowgli girl,” both the apes, and the child — screeched at them, the Times of India reported.

“She was terrified of us, she could not speak or hear properly. She was surrounded by three monkeys. She had wounds on her body specifically on her elbow and one on her leg. She was wearing clothes but not very dirty,” Inspector Ram Avtar told Cover Asia Press, adding that the girl appeared to be abandoned by her family.

“She looked weak and was very hungry. We gave her some food to eat. She looked miserable. If we hadn’t rescued her she could have been eaten by other animals.”

The girl has been in a district hospital for two months — and workers are still trying to teach her how to communicate and walk with two legs, CAP reported.

“When she was admitted here she was scared of us and she was always cowling like animals, like monkeys. She had wounds on her body and blood was oozing. We took care of her, bathed her, fed her and cleaned her. She was suffering from malnutrition. She might have eaten what animals did. She gets angry sometimes and we have to calm her down,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dinesh Singh told CAP.

Doctors said she acts violently sometimes and for some reason, she also refuses to eat from a plate and will only eat directly off her bedsheets.

Video posted by the Mirror UK shows her thrashing across a hospital bed as she screeches like a monkey.

She’ll eventually be sent to the government’s child protection office, doctors said.

Her “Mowgli” nickname comes from its similarities to “Jungle Book” — a story by Rudyard Kipling about a young boy with the same name who was raised by wolves.

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6 suspected ISIS recruiters arrested after St. Petersburg attack

Six suspected ISIS and Al-Nusra Front recruiters, said to come from Central Asian countries, were detained in St. Petersburg days after the blast in the city’s Metro. President Putin says any post-Soviet country could be the target of a terrorist attack.

Six nationals of Central Asian countries were detained following a series of anti-terrorism raid by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) the Interior Ministry and National Guard in St. Petersburg, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

The suspects, who came to Russia to seek employment, “have been recruiting people of Central Asian descent since 2015 in St. Petersburg to become followers of Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] and Al Nusra Front, and to carry out terrorist attacks,” the committee said.

Having searched the suspected recruiters’ flat, the security services also retrieved Islamist propaganda literature and documents, which may be a piece of intelligence worthy of further investigation.

While investigators will specifically try to uncover the men’s connections, it is not yet clear if they were in contact with the prime suspect believed to have set off a suicide bomb inside the St. Petersburg Metro earlier this week, the committee said.

Russian authorities said on Tuesday a 22-year-old Akbarzhon Dzhalilov is the presumed suicide bomber who carried out the attack which killed 14 people and left 49 in hospital. Dzhalilov is said to have originally come from the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan. He had lived in Russia for several years and obtained Russian citizenship.

 

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No radical group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far, nor did the investigation reveal any detail about Dzhalilov’s motives. However, suspicions are very likely to fall on the suspect’s Islamist background, possibly inspired by IS ideology.

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged the rising terrorist threat, affecting not only Russia, but also its allies in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) – an organization embracing 11 former Soviet countries.

“Unfortunately, there is no sign that the security environment is improving, and tragic events in St. Petersburg are the best evidence of it,” Putin said while meeting chiefs of CIS intelligence agencies, as cited by TASS.

“We do know that each of our countries, almost every country, is a potential target of a terrorist attack,” he said. “Our countries are facing many other challenges, including organized crime and drug trafficking.

To tackle these threats, the allied security agencies should step up intelligence sharing and mutual ties, Putin said.

“We have a very good [intelligence] community, and we enjoy very good cooperation on addressing major challenges.”

Meanwhile, some other CIS leaders have already pledged their support in combatting international terrorism. Shavkat Mirziyoev, the newly-elected president of Uzbekistan who came to Russia on a state visit, told Putin terrorist threats must be met with a swift response.

Offering condolences to the victims of the St. Petersburg attack, Mirziyoev said “for all of us terror has no borders and no ethnicity.”

“Once again, we have to unite ourselves and take tough measures [on combatting terrorism],” he said.

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Shots fired, driver arrested in incident at US Capitol

US Capitol Police have arrested a female motorist who hit a police cruiser and tried to run over several officers at a checkpoint on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, local media reported. Several shots were fired but no one was injured.

Multiple police cars have been spotted outside the US Botanic Garden, on the south side of the Capitol reflecting pool.

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A notice sent to area offices tells of unspecified Capitol Police activity at the intersection of Washington and Independence avenues, but the Capitol complex itself has not been locked down, according to one reporter from The Hill.

Police have reportedly cleared civilians from the streets, and lawmakers have been told not to go outside.

According to a reporter with WUSA-TV, the incident was an "officer-involved shooting" near the Botanic Garden.

Metropolitan DC police told WTVD that a motorist had struck a Capitol Police cruiser and tried to run over several other officers, who were on foot. There were no injuries from gunfire, and the suspect has been taken into custody.

A female driver was stopped by Capitol Police at a security checkpoint, but refused to follow instructions and rammed a cruiser, police said.

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London attack: World leaders show solidarity

Leaders of countries affected by recent terror attacks have voiced solidarity with the UK after the deadly attack near the Houses of Parliament.

A lone attacker was shot dead after he used a car to run down pedestrians, killing two, and stabbed a police officer to death outside Parliament.

Leaders of France and Germany, which suffered deadly vehicle attacks last year, offered the UK their support.

The US president offered condolences and praised UK security forces.

There is a mixture of nationalities among the dead, police say, and 29 people have been treated in hospital, of whom seven are critically injured.

Among those injured by the car on Westminster Bridge are three French schoolchildren and two Romanians, while five South Koreans were hurt in the chaos that followed the attack.

In Paris, the lights of the Eiffel Tower went out from midnight (23:00 GMT) in a tribute to the victims.

President Francois Hollande expressed his "solidarity" with the British people, saying "terrorism concerns us all and France knows how the British people are suffering today".

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In July last year, a man drove a lorry into pedestrians in the southern French city of Nice, killing 84 people. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country saw a lorry attack in December that killed 12 people in Berlin and was also claimed by IS, said her thoughts were "with our British friends and all of the people of London".

"I want to say for Germany and its citizens: We stand firmly and resolutely by Great Britain's side in the fight against all forms of terrorism," she added.

US President Donald Trump spoke by phone to British Prime Minister Theresa May to offer his condolences and to praise the effective response of UK security services.

Mr Trump pledged the "full co-operation and support" of the US government in bringing those responsible for the attack to justice, the White House said in a statement.

Belgium's prime minister sent a message of support as his country marked the first anniversary of the suicide bomb attacks on the Brussels airport and underground system, which killed 32 people.

"Our condolences are with those who mourn and all who are affected in London," Charles Michel tweeted. "Belgium stands with UK in fight against terror."

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement that the people of Brussels and Belgium had "suffered a similar pain and felt the support of your sympathy and solidarity".

"At this emotional time, we at the European Commission can only send that sympathy back twofold."

Russian President Vladimir Putin also sent condolences by telegram to Mrs May, expressing support for the bereaved and wounded.

"The forces of terror are acting more and more deviously and cynically. It is clear that, in order to counteract the terrorist threat, all members of the global community must combine forces," he said.

In other reaction:

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement that it was an "attack on democracies around the world" and Canadians stood "united with the British people in the fight against terrorism"
  • Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it was an "attack on parliaments, freedom and democracy everywhere" and offered his support and solidarity to the British government
  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said he and Mr Turnbull had discussed the attack as they met in Canberra. "Together, we send our condolences to the prime minister of the UK and together we condemn terrorism and we stand against all forms of terrorism.''
  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said: "Horrible images from London. The very heart of the city has been struck. Our thoughts are with the British people."
  • Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted "solidarity with the victims", and sent a telegram to Mrs May offering condolences. "We must remain united against these type of threats that affect all of us equally and that know no barriers,'' he wrote.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasised that "Turkey feels and shares deeply in the United Kingdom's pain" and that it stood in "solidarity" with Britain "in the fight against terrorism". It came just hours after his latest salvo in a fiery row with European allies, especially Germany and the Netherlands, over Turkish referendum campaigning in their countries. Mr Erdogan had warned that Europeans would not be able to walk safely on the world's streets if "Europe continues this way".

But not all international reaction was so reserved, with some right-wing politicians suggesting that controls on immigration - or even all Muslims - was the way forward. It has subsequently emerged that the attacker was born in Britain.

The leader of Australia's One Nation party, Pauline Hanson, announced her own personal hashtag..

"It's #Pray4Muslimban. Put a ban on it, that's how you solve the problem, and then let's deal with the issues here," she said.

"We've got real problems... make sure that we do not have this religion which is really an ideology that is going to eventually cause so much havoc on our streets, not only for ourselves, but for future generations."

In France, National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who is campaigning for the French presidency, said the London attack showed the need for borders to be protected.

She told French media that security measures needed enhancing amid a rising threat from "radicalised personalities who act alone without networks", and urged countries to co-operate with each other on sharing intelligence.

Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said the London attacks justified the country's policy of refusing to take in refugees.

"I hear in Europe very often: do not connect the migration policy with terrorism, but it is impossible not to connect them," she told private broadcaster TVN24.

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