Extremism

Arena bomber’s friend was ‘wholly committed to terrorist purposes’, court heard
November 27, 2020 By Faith Matters

Arena bomber’s friend was ‘wholly committed to terrorist purposes’, court heard

Abdalraouf Abdallah is a man “wholly committed to terrorist purposes”, a court heard. His own father, Nagah Abdallah, as the father of Salman Abedi had done, came to the UK in 1993 as a refugee from the brutal regime of Colonel Gaddafi with his wife Samira Lalouche, a refugee from political oppression. Abdallah’s uncle was […]

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Islamist extremism referrals up for first time since 2016
November 26, 2020 By Faith Matters

Islamist extremism referrals up for first time since 2016

The number of people flagged up to authorities for concerns over extremism rose 10% last year, with the first increase in Islamist radicalisation referrals since 2016, figures show. There were a total of 6,287 referrals to the Government’s Prevent programme between April 2019 and March 2020 – up 10% from a record low of 5,737 […]

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Extremist jailed for Islamist-related terror offences
November 23, 2020 By Faith Matters

Extremist jailed for Islamist-related terror offences

An extremist who opted to listen to “notorious terrorist loudmouths” and downloaded instructions on how to carry out attacks has been jailed for 32 months for a series of Islamist-related terror offences. Zakaria Yanaouri, 21, of Worthing, West Sussex, had pleaded guilty to five counts of possessing material likely to be of use to a […]

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Extremist jailed for making video inciting terror attack on Royal Festival Hall
November 21, 2020 By Faith Matters

Extremist jailed for making video inciting terror attack on Royal Festival Hall

A former carpet fitter who made a video inciting a terror attack on London’s Royal Festival Hall and posted it to an extremist WhatsApp group has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years. Shehroz Iqbal, 29, posted the mobile phone footage to a group of like-minded friends on March 11 this year with the words “Attack, attack”. […]

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Younger teenagers being drawn in by right-wing extremism
November 18, 2020 By Faith Matters

Younger teenagers being drawn in by right-wing extremism

Ten out of the 12 under-18s who were arrested for terrorism last year were linked to extreme right-wing beliefs, police figures show. The proportion is high compared to data for all age groups, which shows that 20% of terrorism arrests in the year to June 30 2020 were linked to the ideology. Head of UK […]

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US and Israel worked to track and kill al Qaida’s second in command
November 15, 2020 By Faith Matters

US and Israel worked to track and kill al Qaida’s second in command

A senior al Qaida operative was killed in Iran earlier this year by Israeli agents supported by US intelligence. Abu Mohammed al-Masri was killed by assassins in Tehran during a period in which the Trump administration was ramping up pressure on Iran. He was killed on August 7, the anniversary of the 1998 bombings of […]

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World leaders condemn beheadings by extremist rebels in Mozambique
November 11, 2020 By Faith Matters

World leaders condemn beheadings by extremist rebels in Mozambique

Reports of more than 50 beheadings by Mozambique’s Islamist extremist rebels have raised international alarm over the new level of violence in the country’s north. The killings mark a bloody turn in the three-year insurgency in Cabo Delgado province, prompting condemnations from the United Nations secretary-general and the presidents of France and Zimbabwe. In the […]

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French Muslims protect church in gesture of peace after Nice attack
November 6, 2020 By Faith Matters

French Muslims protect church in gesture of peace after Nice attack

A group of French Muslims decided to stand guard outside their town’s cathedral to protect it and show solidarity with Catholic churchgoers. Muslim residents in the southern French town of Lodeve organised the initiative as a gesture of peace after a deadly Islamic extremist attack on a church in the French city of Nice. They […]

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Vienna attacker had previous terrorism conviction
November 3, 2020 By Faith Matters

Vienna attacker had previous terrorism conviction

Five people including an assailant have died and 17 others are wounded after a shooting in the heart of Vienna hours before a coronavirus lockdown started, Austrian authorities said. The dead attacker was a 20-year-old Austrian-North Macedonian dual national who had a previous terror conviction. Two men and two women died from their injuries after […]

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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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