Extremism

Newlyweds identified as pair who targeted Indonesian cathedral on Palm Sunday
March 29, 2021 By Faith Matters

Newlyweds identified as pair who targeted Indonesian cathedral on Palm Sunday

Indonesian authorities identified a newly married couple with suspected militant links as the attackers who used a pressure cooker to blow themselves up outside a Roman Catholic cathedral during Palm Sunday Mass. The attack wounded 20 people, including four church guards, and broke windows at the church and nearby buildings in Makassar, the capital of […]

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20 injured in suicide attack targeting Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia
March 28, 2021 By Faith Matters

20 injured in suicide attack targeting Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island during a Palm Sunday Mass, wounding at least 20 people, police said. A video obtained by the Associated Press showed a burning motorbike at the gates of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Makassar, the capital of South […]

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New Zealand marks two years since Christchurch mosque killings
March 14, 2021 By Faith Matters

New Zealand marks two years since Christchurch mosque killings

New Zealand on Saturday marked the second anniversary of one of its most traumatic days, when 51 worshippers were killed at two Christchurch mosques by a white supremacist gunman. Several hundred people gathered at the Christchurch Arena for the remembrance service, which was also live-streamed. A similar service planned for last year was cancelled at […]

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Wannabe rapper who plotted terror attack ‘a very dangerous individual’
March 12, 2021 By Faith Matters

Wannabe rapper who plotted terror attack ‘a very dangerous individual’

A man who planned to wreak terror during the pandemic was no clownish buffoon but a “very dangerous individual”, according to a senior counter-terrorism police officer. Commander Richard Smith rejected Sahayb Abu’s wannabe rapper persona, as the 27-year-old was found guilty of preparing a terror act. During the trial, jobless convicted burglar Sahayb Abu described […]

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Pope calls on Christians to forgive and rebuild amid ruins of churches in Iraq
March 7, 2021 By Faith Matters

Pope calls on Christians to forgive and rebuild amid ruins of churches in Iraq

Pope Francis has called on Iraq’s Christians to forgive the injustices committed against them by Islamic extremists. The call came as he visited the wrecked shells of churches and met ecstatic crowds in the community’s historic heartland, which was nearly erased by the so-called Islamic State group’s horrific reign. At each stop in northern Iraq […]

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‘Fifth of terror prisoners are right-wing extremists’
March 4, 2021 By Faith Matters

‘Fifth of terror prisoners are right-wing extremists’

One in five people behind bars for terror offences in Britain last year were right-wing extremists – the highest proportion since records began. A total of 42 out of 209 prisoners in 2020 (20%) were classed as holding “extreme right-wing” views, up from 18% the previous year (41 out of 231), Home Office figures show. […]

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Three female media workers shot dead in eastern Afghanistan
March 2, 2021 By Faith Matters

Three female media workers shot dead in eastern Afghanistan

Three women who worked for a local radio and TV station in eastern Afghanistan have been shot dead in separate attacks, the news editor of the station said. Shokrullah Pasoon, of Enikass Radio and TV in Jalalabad, said one of the women, Mursal Wahidi, was walking home when gunmen opened fire, according to witnesses. The […]

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Terror accused ‘made pro-IS posts for lockdown thrill’
March 1, 2021 By Faith Matters

Terror accused ‘made pro-IS posts for lockdown thrill’

An aspiring rapper accused of plotting a terror attack has told jurors he made pro-Islamic State comments online for a “thrill” in lockdown. Sahayb Abu, 27, allegedly bought an 18in sword, knife, body armour, balaclavas and a hat in preparation for a strike last summer. He also discussed guns with an undercover police officer he […]

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Member of banned Islamist group jailed for breaching terror prevention order
February 22, 2021 By Faith Matters

Member of banned Islamist group jailed for breaching terror prevention order

A terror suspect who cut off his electronic tag before taking a taxi to London has been jailed for more than three years. The man, who can only be identified as LF, is a senior leader of the banned extremist group Al-Muhajiroun (ALM). He was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Monday after pleading guilty […]

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Raab calls for UN to respond to ‘appalling’ human rights violations in China
February 22, 2021 By Faith Matters

Raab calls for UN to respond to ‘appalling’ human rights violations in China

The Foreign Secretary has placed diplomatic pressure on the United Nations to respond to China’s “appalling treatment” of the Uighur Muslims and people in Hong Kong. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, Dominic Raab said “no-one can ignore the evidence any more” of a deteriorating human rights situation in China and called for […]

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