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German police foil Berlin half-marathon attacks

German police said they detained several people in Berlin who they suspected of planning a crime linked to Sunday’s half-marathon, and newspaper Die Welt said one was suspected of planning a knife attack at the popular event.

Berlin police said in a statement they had detained suspects aged between 18 and 21 after searches in the districts of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and Neukoelln in the capital.

They did not say how many people they detained. “Because of the ongoing investigation, no further information can be given at the present time,” the police added in their statement.

Terrorist killed himself after knocking Several pedestrians in Münster, Germany

Several people were killed and many others injured in Münster, in western Germany, after a van crashed into a group of people in the heart of the old city, according to the police and news media reports.

A spokeswoman for the Münster police told Die Welt newspaper, that the driver of the van killed himself after the crash.

The police said that they had closed the area and had urged people to leave in order to allow access for emergency services.

The crash occurred outside the Kiepenkerl, a restaurant on a cobble-stoned street in the center of the city that is popular with locals and tourists. It is not in a pedestrian zone, but has wide sidewalks where people had been sitting outside on a sunny, spring afternoon.

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Terrorist attack in progress, killing and hostage in France

Police in the southern French town of Trèbes are responding to an “ISIS-inspired” incident at a supermarket, according to CNN affiliate BFM TV, citing a local prosecutor.

The incident is unfolding at Super Market , Both BFMTV and the AFP news agency are referring to the incident as a “hostage-taking,” although the regional government in the Aude prefecture was not able to confirm reports that hostages had been taken.

Shortly before, still in the same area, about ten miles away, an armed man had opened fire on agents and had wounded one behind him.

Terrorist attach in Texas, killing two people, four wounded

The attacks that hit Austin, the capital of Texas in a few days, have risen to four, killing two people and causing four wounded in a series of bomb attacks.

Two other men ended up in hospital, hospitalized with serious injuries, but not in danger of life, after the fourth attack occurred last night and that the police found a backpack in the area of the explosion.

The Austin police chief, Brian Manley, has urged the inhabitants of the area to stay home until the investigations have been completed in the area and “not to touch any parcel or even approach”.

Meanwhile, there are $ 115,000 worth of reward for those who will give useful information to the police about who is sending the bombs.

Photo: © Olycom Fresno Police USA

Serious injuries in Vienna knife attack

A family of three have been stabbed outside a restaurant in Vienna by an unknown assailant.

Half an hour later another person was stabbed in the same area.

The first stabbing took place near the Nestroyplatz metro station, in Vienna’s Second District, where authorities said an assailant attacked a family of three with a knife in front of a Japanese restaurant.

The mother, father and their 17-year-old daughter are reported to be seriously injured and “their lives are in danger”, a police spokesman said.

Thirty minutes later, the second stabbing took place in the same neighborhood, where a 20-year-old Chechen was stabbed by an unknown attacker.

Authorities say that the young man’s life is also in danger, as a result of his injuries.

Burkina Faso Islamic extremists, 7 soldiers killed in attacks on French Embassy and army HQ

Attackers in Burkina Faso’s capital killed eight people and wounded dozens more in a coordinated assault on the army headquarters and French embassy that France’s foreign minister said was likely carried out by“terrorist groups”.

West Africa’s arid Sahel region is suffering a spike in violence by militant groups, some with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State, that is drawing an increasingly aggressive response from countries including France and the United States.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which is the third major assault on Ouagadougou in just over two years. Previous attacks were conducted by allies of al Qaeda in reprisal for Burkina Faso’s participation in a regional fight against Islamist militants.

Photo: AFP

Church shooting leaves five dead in Muslim-majority Russian region

Five people were shot dead after a gunman opened fire on worshippers leaving church in Russia’s southern province of Dagestan.

Another five people were injured in the attack on the village of Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan, local news agencies reported.

The small republic in the Caucasus mountains borders Chechnya, where Moscow has led two wars against separatists and radical religious groups since the 1991 Soviet collapse.

It is one of the poorest and most unstable regions in Russia and has seen a large number of people join Islamic State.

The Russian RBK daily quoted an Orthodox priest saying the attacker opened fire on churchgoers following an afternoon service.

We had finished the mass and were beginning to leave the church.

A bearded man ran towards the church shouting “Allahu Akbar” and killed four people,’ Father Pavel said. ‘He was carrying a rifle and a knife.’

Nigeria, three suicide bombers kill at least 20 people at market

Three suicide bombers have detonated their devices at a crowded fish market in northern Nigeria, killing at least 20 people.

Borno state police spokesman Joseph Kwaji said on Saturday that the attack happened on Friday night.

Hospital officials said two patients later died from their injuries.

The bombers, all believed to be female, also wounded dozens at the fish market in Konduga, just outside the state capital of Maiduguri.

The city is the birthplace of the Boko Haram insurgency and has been a frequent target.

1 dead, 12 injured after knife attack in mega Beijing mall

A woman was killed and 12 other people injured after a man carried out a knife attack at a popular shopping mall in downtown Beijing on Sunday (Feb 11), said police.

The attack happened at around 1pm at Joy City in the busy commercial area of Xidan. The suspect has been arrested. Police identified him as a 35-year-old surnamed Zhu from the northern province of Henan.

The man had already confessed to carrying out the attack to “express his discontent”, police added, without elaborating. Beijing radio showed pictures on their WeChat account of blood spattered on the floor in a part of the mall, and at least one injured person being taken from the scene.

In a video posted on Twitter, shoppers were seen running towards an exit, and a trail of blood was left behind by an injured man.

 

 

 

Gunfire follows car bomb explosion in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

The aftermath of a bomb blast outside the Save the Children office in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

A government spokesman said 11 people were being treated in hospital for their injuries Gunfire follows car bomb explosion in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

The aftermath of a bomb blast outside the Save the Children office in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Gunmen stormed the offices of Save the Children in Jalalabad on Wednesday, killing at least six people and wounding 27 in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

The attack began just after 9am when a suicide car bomb was detonated outside the offices. The attackers then used rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) to blast their way inside.

Afghan security forces fought the gunmen for nearly 10 hours, at one stage rescuing nearly 50 people from the basement of the building as fighting continued on the floors above, said a member of the Ningarhar provincial government, Sohrab Qaderi.

Army officials said at least six people had been killed – two soldiers, two guards working for Save the Children and two other civilians, one of whom also worked for the British charity. Another 27 people were wounded, including nine Afghan security service members.