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Fire Extinguisher, Giant Tusk Used on London Bridge Suspect

Deceased attacker IDed as 28-year-old Usman Khan, convicted in 2012 on terrorism charges

(Newser) - After Friday's stabbing attack at London Bridge that killed two, a name for the also-deceased suspect: Usman Khan, a 28-year-old who'd been convicted in 2012 on terrorism offenses, per CNN . The news outlet reports that Khan, originally hailing from Pakistan, was nabbed in a counterterrorism sweep in London... More »

Cops: We Foiled Terror Tactic Never Used in Southeast Asia

Police in Indonesia say they busted bomb plot that would've used WiFi for detonation

(Newser) - Next Wednesday was supposed to be the day. That's when Islamic militants were planning on setting off a bomb, an Indonesian police spokesman says—and they reportedly had a high-tech plan in place. They were going to use WiFi to detonate it, Dedi Prasetyo tells the New York Times ... More »

Sri Lankan Official: the 'Worrying Factor' About Suspects

Defense minister says it appears many bombing suspects lived, studied abroad

(Newser) - The Islamic State has claimed credit for helping suicide bombers pull off the Easter weekend attacks in Sri Lanka, and the nation's defense minister is now citing a "worrying factor" about them. "Most of them are well-educated and come from middle- or upper-middle class [families], so they... More »

An American on Work Trip Among the Dead in Sri Lanka

Dieter Kowalski, 40, was a Denver resident who was born in Milwaukee

(Newser) - We knew that Americans were among the victims of the terror attacks in Sri Lanka , and now we have the first name: Dieter Kowalski, a 40-year-old Denver resident. Kowalski worked in tech for Pearson, described as an educational publishing and assessment company, and he had just arrived in Sri Lanka... More »

Cops: 'Serious Act of Violent Subversion' Halted in Germany

10 have been arrested for allegedly plotting terror attack

(Newser) - German police say they've arrested 10 people in the west of the country on suspicion of planning an Islamic extremist terror attack, per the AP . The DPA news agency reported the suspects were taken into custody on Friday and Saturday in the towns of Essen, Duesseldorf, Wuppertal, Moenchengladbach, Duisburg... More »

Guns Used in Massacre Had Reference to 11-Year-Old Girl

She was killed in 2017 terror attack, and her father is angry gunman cited her

(Newser) - Stories are filtering in about what took place Friday during the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed at least 49, and by all accounts they're terrifying. ABC News reports on worshippers diving under benches and leaping over fences to get away from the gunfire,... More »

American Who Survived 9/11 Killed in Kenya Attack

Jason Spindler was eating lunch at targeted hotel

(Newser) - He escaped one act of terrorism, but not a second. American Jason Spindler, a survivor of the 9/11 terror attacks, was among at least 14 people killed Tuesday when militants stormed a hotel and office complex in Nairobi, Kenya. Nairobi News cites colleagues as saying the founder and CEO of... More »

A Month After Trump Declared Victory in Syria, US Soldiers Killed

As many as 4 US service members may have been killed in suicide bomber attack

(Newser) - It may have been the deadliest attack against US forces in Syria yet: A suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest amid international forces on a routine patrol in the northern town of Manbij Wednesday. It's not yet clear how many US service members were killed; per Bloomberg , the Trump... More »

'There Was No Time to Count the Dead' in Nairobi Attack

Al-Shabab claims responsibility for attack on luxury hotel

(Newser) - Extremists launched a deadly attack on a luxury hotel in Kenya's capital Tuesday, sending people fleeing in panic as explosions and heavy gunfire reverberated through the complex. A witness said he saw five bodies at the hotel entrance alone. Al-Shabab—the Somalia-based Islamic extremist group that carried out... More »

On 2-Day Leave From Prison, He Went on a Rampage

Belgian man killed 2 female officers, one bystander in suspected terror attack

(Newser) - A knife-wielding prison inmate on a 48-hour leave stabbed two police officers Tuesday in the Belgian city of Liege, seized their service weapons, and shot them and a bystander to death before being mowed down by a group of officers, setting off a major terror investigation into the country's... More »

Fatal Paris Stabbing Claimed by Islamic State

Macron says France will resist 'enemies of freedom'

(Newser) - President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday that France will not cede to "enemies of freedom" after a fatal stabbing attack in Paris was claimed by the Islamic State group, the AP reports. Macron tweeted his praise for police who "neutralized the terrorist" and his thoughts for the victims. In... More »

'Hero' Cop Who Swapped Self for Hostage Is Dead

Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was among the first responders

(Newser) - A French police officer who offered himself up to an Islamic extremist gunman in exchange for a hostage died of his injuries, raising the death toll in the attack to four, and the officer was honored Saturday as a national hero of "exceptional courage and selflessness." Lt. Col.... More »

France Hostage-Taker Kills 3 in Supermarket

Police shoot him dead, are investigating possible terror connection

(Newser) - An armed man took hostages in a supermarket in southern France on Friday, killing three people and injuring about a dozen others before being shot to death when French police stormed the market, authorities said. French President Emmanuel Macron said all evidence suggested that it was a terror attack—the... More »

He Was Busted at Train's Controls. Now, Terror Charges

FBI says it found weapons, ammo, white supremacist materials at Taylor Wilson's home

(Newser) - A white supremacist accused of stopping an Amtrak train in Nebraska has been charged with terrorism. Documents unsealed Wednesday in US District Court in Lincoln show 26-year-old Taylor Wilson of St. Charles, Mo., is charged with terrorism attacks and other violence against railroad carriers and mass transportation systems, the AP... More »

NYC Fights 'Disgusting' Acts With $50M Plan

Security bollards are designed to prevent ramming attacks

(Newser) - "When a vehicle plows into a group of innocent pedestrians, it's disgusting," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday, announcing a plan to install 1,500 new security bollards to protect pedestrians from vehicle ramming attacks like the one that killed eight people on Halloween... More »

NYC Bomb Suspect Told Trump He 'Failed' on Facebook

Per the five-count complaint filed against Akayed Ullah Tuesday

(Newser) - Before detonating a pipe bomb near Times Square Monday morning, Akayed Ullah reportedly took the time to update his Facebook status—and his message was about President Trump. The detail comes via the five-count federal complaint filed against him Tuesday (NPR posts the complaint in full here ), and USA ... More »

Source: Christmas Tree Bulb Used in NYC Pipe Bomb

Suspect Akayed Ullah may have made crude device himself

(Newser) - Did it go off prematurely or was it just kind of a dud? The NYPD is still trying to figure that out in the wake of Monday morning's pipe bomb explosion in the New York City subway. Only three bystanders suffered minor injuries in addition to the suspected bomber,... More »

Mayor: NYC Pipe Bomb Blast Was Attempted Terror Attack

Man in custody; he and 3 others were injured, but all are expected to survive

(Newser) - A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour. The man and three others were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries in what... More »

Trump Blames Schumer After NYC Terror Attack

President says 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program' allowed suspect to enter country

(Newser) - President Trump is singling out Chuck Schumer for blame after Tuesday's deadly truck attack in New York City. "The terrorist came into our country through what is called the 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program,' a Chuck Schumer beauty," he tweeted . "I want merit based."... More »

Cops: NYC Attacker Is Uber Driver Who Gave 1,400 Rides

Sayfullo Saipov came to US in 2010

(Newser) - The man who killed eight people Thursday in what's believed to be New York City's deadliest terror attack since 9/11 has been identified as Sayfullo Saipov, an Uber driver who came to the US from Afghanistan in 2010. The 29-year-old, who was shot by police but survived after... More »

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