Extremism

Children among dead in Kabul bombing
October 24, 2020 By Faith Matters

Children among dead in Kabul bombing

A suicide attack in Afghanistan’s capital has killed at least 10 people and wounded 20 others, including schoolchildren, the interior ministry said. The explosion struck outside an education centre in a heavily Shiite neighbourhood of western Kabul. Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said the attacker was trying to enter the centre when he was stopped […]

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Students helped killer find teacher who was beheaded, says French prosecutor
October 21, 2020 By Faith Matters

Students helped killer find teacher who was beheaded, says French prosecutor

The 18-year-old suspected killer of a French teacher who showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in class paid students to help him identify the victim, France’s terrorism prosecutor has said. Prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old are among seven people who appeared before an investigating magistrate on accusations of complicity in murder […]

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French militant group and mosque to close after teacher’s killing
October 21, 2020 By Faith Matters

French militant group and mosque to close after teacher’s killing

France’s president has named a domestic militant Islamist group as “directly implicated” in last week’s beheading of a history teacher who had discussed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed with his class. Emmanuel Macron said the group will be ordered dissolved on Wednesday, when a mosque that relayed a denunciation of the high school teacher is […]

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Thirteen killed, 120 injured in Afghanistan car bomb blast
October 18, 2020 By Faith Matters

Thirteen killed, 120 injured in Afghanistan car bomb blast

A suicide car bombing killed at least 13 people and injured around 120 others in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province on Sunday, officials said. Mohammad Omer Lalzad, the head of a hospital in Ghor, said emergency staff were treating dozens of people with both serious and light injuries from the bombing. He expected the death toll […]

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Chechnya strongman condemns murder of teacher in France
October 18, 2020 By Faith Matters

Chechnya strongman condemns murder of teacher in France

Chechnya’s strongman regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who has used massive federal subsidies to rebuild the province and squelched any resistance with his feared security forces, has condemned the killing of a teacher in France. An 18-year-old from Chechnya claimed responsibility for the attack in a Paris suburb before being shot by the police. Mr Kadyrov […]

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Demonstrations across France to pay tribute to murdered teacher
October 18, 2020 By Faith Matters

Demonstrations across France to pay tribute to murdered teacher

Demonstrations have been called around France in support of freedom of speech and to pay tribute to a history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed with his class. Samuel Paty was decapitated on Friday by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee, who was then shot dead by police. Political […]

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French leader decries Islamist terror attack against teacher
October 16, 2020 By Faith Matters

French leader decries Islamist terror attack against teacher

French President Emmanuel Macron has denounced what he called an “Islamist terrorist attack” against a history teacher decapitated in a Paris suburb. The teacher had discussed caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed with his class, authorities said. The suspected attacker was shot by police after Friday’s beheading. The French anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation concerning murder […]

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Terrorists look for different targets as coronavirus cuts crowds, new MI5 boss warns
October 14, 2020 By Faith Matters

Terrorists look for different targets as coronavirus cuts crowds, new MI5 boss warns

Terrorists are hunting for fresh targets because there are fewer crowds amid the coronavirus pandemic, the new boss of MI5 has warned. Director general Ken McCallum said the security service has been “rapidly adapting” how it works to keep the country safe during the outbreak as well as helping research efforts in combatting the virus […]

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Manchester bomb-plotter held in jail with extremism separation unit
October 9, 2020 By Faith Matters

Manchester bomb-plotter held in jail with extremism separation unit

Manchester Arena bomb-plotter Hashem Abedi is being held at County Durham’s maximum-security Frankland Prison, a court has heard. The prison is one of three with separation centres, dubbed “jails within jails”, which were first announced in 2017 to tackle extremism behind bars. Abedi, 23, was found guilty by a jury in March of 22 counts […]

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Life sentences for prisoners who tried to murder guard in terror attack
October 8, 2020 By Faith Matters

Life sentences for prisoners who tried to murder guard in terror attack

Two serving prisoners have been handed life sentences for trying to murder a prison officer in an Islamist terrorist attack behind bars. Brusthom Ziamani, 25, is five years into a 19-year sentence for a 2014 terror plot to behead a soldier inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby. He and fellow Muslim convert Baz […]

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