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Cologne police round up hundreds of men ‘of seemingly African descent’

Police in Cologne have detained hundreds of men ‘seemingly of African descent’ as part of operations to prevent a repeat of attacks in the German city a year ago.

Force chiefs said the men were detained at two main railway stations so officers could question them and check their identities.

Authorities deployed more than 1,500 officers across Cologne for new year celebrations in response to criticism that they failed to stop hundreds of robberies and sexual assaults last year, blamed largely on men of North African origin.

Some revellers this year complained on Twitter that police appeared to be detaining people based on their appearance.

By early Sunday police had received reports of two women being sexually assaulted in the city. One man was arrested and three remain on the run.

The number of police on duty last night, backed by up by hundreds of volunteers and public order officials, was ten times the number last year.

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Fireworks were banned in and around the station and the cathedral outside, security zones checked the bags of revellers who came to watch a light show by a Berlin artist and anyone drunk or threatening was turned away.

There were locals who said the light-hearted spirit of New Year’s Eve had evaporated due to the overwhelming security presence, but in the wake of the events of 2015 – and the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19 – most were grateful for the police operation.

A police spokesman said: ‘Overall the situation dissolved quickly and quietly because many parties left the city by train.’

Cologne Police President Jürgen Mathies said: ‘On the whole, the security plan worked’.

In total six people were arrested in the course of the evening.

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Police had installed new video surveillance cameras to monitor the station square after women were attacked nearby last year.

The attacks in the western German city fuelled criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to accept almost 900,000 migrants last year.

A leaked police document revealed the bulk of the crimes were committed in Cologne and Hamburg where 600 and 400 sexual assaults on women were reported respectively.

Israeli woman killed in Istanbul night club attack

An Israeli teen who went missing following the deadly shooting attack at the Reina nightclub Istanbul on New Year’s Eve, was pronounced dead shortly after noon on Sunday. Leann Zaher Nasser, 18, was later found at another Istanbul hospital after having lost her purse and cellphone.

She was one of the four Israeli women among the revelers at the Reina nightclub who fell victim to the attack, with another wounded and one suffering from shock. The fourth was unharmed.

At least 41 people were killed and 70 others wounded when an assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire inside the crowded nightclub.

One of the wounded is an 18.5-year-old Israeli woman from the Arab city of Tira who is in moderate condition.

“My daughter is currently in surgery at the hospital. She was shot in her hand and leg,” her father told Ynet. “I spoke to her at 7am this morning, before she went into surgery. She’s in good condition and I hope it improves.”

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His daughter was partying at the club with three other friends from Tira. One was suffering from shock and one was unharmed and taken to the police station to give her testimony. A fourth friend, 19-year-old Leann Zaher Nasser, is currently missing.

“She and her friends were very far (from the attacker), they were just on the other side (of the club), the father of the wounded woman continued. “Someone came in through the back door and started shooting—first into the air. When the guards approached him, he started shooting at civilians.”

“When my daughter heard the gunfire, she dropped to the ground and crawled toward the door to get out of the club. She was apparently hit by two bullets—one to her hand and one to her leg.”

He said his daughter is supposed to stay in the hospital in Turkey for three or four days and then will be taken back to Israel for further treatment.

The mother of the woman suffering from shock said her daughter’s mental state is “very bad.”

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“She told me they were at a restaurant near the club. All of a sudden a man in Santa Claus outfit came and started shooting non-stop. She’s still not internalizing everything that had happened and keeps asking about her friends who were with her,” the mother said.

The attacker, armed with a long-barreled weapon, killed a policeman and a civilian outside the club after 1am Sunday before entering and firing on people partying inside. Some customers jumped into the waters of the Bosporus to escape the attack.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the attacker has not been identified and is still at large. “Our security forces have started the necessary operations. God willing he will be caught in a short period of time,” he said.

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The minister said the attacker was believed to have left the club wearing different clothing to the Santa Claus outfit he was reportedly wearing during the attack. He said the attacker is believed to have carried out the assault alone.

At least 15 of the dead were foreign nationals, Soylu said, without providing information on their nationalities. Five of the victims were identified as Turkish nationals while authorities were still trying to identify the rest.

 

 

 

Terrorist ‘dressed as Santa’ kills at least 39, wounds dozens in Turkey nightclub

Thirty nine people have been killed in an armed attack in an Istanbul nightclub, the city’s governor has revealed.

The terrorist, believed to have been dressed in a Santa costume, opened fire inside the Reina nightclub in Istanbul’s Ortaköy district, where hundreds were celebrating the New Year.

A further 40 people are thought to have been wounded in the attack, which has been captured in CCTV footage. It happened at 1.30am local time.

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Special forces officers have stormed the building, but the location of the gunman is unknown. A media blackout has been imposed by the Turkish government.

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Many party-goers threw themselves into the Bosphorus in panic after the attack, and had to be rescued.  One report said the gunman had later been killed.

The British Foreign Office said it is liaising with authorities to establish whether any Britons were caught up in the massacre.

 The White House condemned the shooting as a ‘horrific terrorist attack’, and pledged their support to Turkey.

Eyewitness Sinem Uyanik said she had to lift bodies off her in order to get out.

It happened at one of the most popular nightclubs in the heart of Istanbul, and footage shows survivors being taken to safety.

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Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin has described the shooting as a terrorist attack. He revealed that a police officer was among those shot.

The attacker is believed to have shot the law enforcer and a civilian before opening fire inside the nightclub.

Foreigners are believed to have been among those killed.

Sahin said: ‘Unfortunately (he) rained bullets in a very cruel and merciless way on innocent people who were there to celebrate New Year’s and have fun.’

It is believed the terrorist set off a smoke bomb during the attack, and was reported to have calmly reloaded his weapon before gunning down more victims.

He did not specify who he believed was behind the massacre.

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Turkish authorities have imposed a temporary blackout on coverage of the attack, claiming it may cause ‘fear in the public, panic and disorder and which may serve the aims of terrorist organizations’.

US President Barack Obama has offered ‘appropriated assistance’ to Turkish authorities.

Nightclub owner Mehmet Kocarslan Turkey’s Hurriyet news site that security at the venue had been increased over the past 10 days following warnings from American intelligence officers.

He stated that the attack had been carried out with Kalashikov rifles.

Initial reports suggested that two gunmen had stormed the building, but authorities are currently understood to be searching for one killer. 

Turkish news site Virgul reports that the killer was shouting in Arabic during the attack.

Eyewitness Sinem Uyanik told the Associated Press she saw several bodies inside the Istanbul nightclub that was attacked during New Year’s celebrations.

Her husband Lutfu Uyanik was wounded in the attack.

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‘Before I could understand what was happening, my husband fell on top me,’ she said outside Istanbul’s Sisli Hospital.

‘I had to lift several bodies from on top of me before I could get out.’

Her husband was not in serious condition despite his wounds.

Footage from the scene showed at least six ambulances with flashing lights and civilians being escorted out.

Several people are believed to have jumped into the water outside the venue before being rescued by police.

Media reports said police have cordoned off the area and an operation is ongoing.

The nightclub lies on the European side of the Bosphorus Strait which divides Istanbul in two.

An estimated 17,000 police officers are on duty in the city. Turkey has been heavily hit by terror attacks in 2016.

The nightclub is one of the city’s most popular venues, and past celebrity guests have included Hollywood stars Kevin Costner, Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek, as well as British star Sting.

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Hamas taunts Israel with video implying slain soldier is held hostage, feature ‘clown’ Netanyahu

Hamas’s terrorists on Saturday released videos of a mock birthday party for Israeli soldier Oron Shaul, who was killed in the summer 2014 war in Gaza.

Hamas military wing Al-Qassam Brigades said in a New Year’s Eve statement that it had posted online “two video clips to mark the 23rd birthday of the Zionist soldier and prisoner Oron Shaul”.

The statement went on to say the Al-Qassam Brigades had previously announced that it had killed 14 Israeli soldiers and abducted Shaul in eastern Gaza on July 20, 2014.

A 36-second video shows six people in military fatigues sitting on chairs and surrounding another person on a wheelchair who is wearing a shirt bearing the number 102. Their faces cannot be seen.

In the middle of them on a table is a cake with three candles bearing a message written in Hebrew that reads: “Three years in Hamas jail”.

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In the background a choir sings in Hebrew: “Happy Birthday Oron”.

In the second clip, which lasts 54 seconds, a person whose face appears to have been digitally altered to that of Shaul’s is seen sitting in a prison cell with their hands bound in ropes.

In the final scene, a man dressed as a clown and appearing to be Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enters the cell.

Messages written in both Arabic and Hebrew read: “A new year and the soldier Shaul is still away from his family” and “the decision is in the hands of the government”.

Another soldier, Hadar Goldin, was killed along with Shaul two years ago and Hamas is thought to hold their bodies.

Hamas has denied this, claiming Shaul is alive and in captivity.

In September, a senior Israeli official said that Israel had been holding since the 2014 Gaza war 18 terrorists from Gaza as well as the bodies of 19 others and “offered to swap them for the bodies of the two Israeli soldiers”.

But Lior Lotan, who is in charge of prisoners and missing persons, said that Hamas rejected the offer.

Austria: Muslim migrant stabs Christian woman for reading the Bible

A Christian woman in her 50s was stabbed by an Afghan migrant while she was reading the Bible in an asylum accommodation in Austria. The attacker later told police that he had assaulted her because he had “personal problems.”

The incident took place in the Timelkam municipality in Upper Austria state, police said on Thursday, as cited by the local media.

The woman and her husband had been invited to read the Bible by some of the center’s Christian residents, which is apparently what angered the 22-year-old Afghan Muslim asylum seeker.

When he heard the woman reading the Bible, he entered the kitchen where she was standing and stabbed her with a butter knife.

Luckily for the woman, she was wearing a thick winter coat that protected her from serious injury, but she did hurt her ear when she fell backwards.

The Muslim was detained by police and later taken to a prison in the city of Wels, some 35 kilometers from Timelkam. The attacker claimed that he stabbed the woman because he was suffering from “personal problems.”

He also noted that he had never seen his victim before.

Israel issues severe terror warning for India, immediate threat of attacks

Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau warned Friday of “immediate” risks of attacks likely to target Israeli tourists in southwestern India as New Year’s Eve approaches.

The threat level was raised to three- meaning there is a concrete threat, but did not provide specific details.

“We warn Israeli tourists who are staying in India about the possibility of immediate terrorist attacks against Western and tourist targets especially in the southwest of this country,” the Counter-Terrorism Bureau said in a statement.

The bureau called for “increased vigilance during events that will take place in the next few days on the occasion of the celebration of the New Year, and especially during celebrations organized on beaches, or in clubs where there are many tourists.”

The office recommended avoiding participation in these events, as well as visiting markets, festivals and busy shopping malls.

India is a popular destination for young Israelis, especially after they conclude their military service and take extended vacations.

The Counter-Terrorism Office periodically issues warnings to its citizens about threats of attacks in various countries of the world.

Child terrorists are filmed hunting down and executing prisoners in sickening ISIS training video

Sickening footage has emerged of child terrorists hunting down and executing prisoners in a ‘cat and mouse’-style ISIS training exercise in Syria.

Children carrying handguns are ordered to take part in a training mission, going from room to room in an abandoned building searching for tied-up captives.

One man is shot in the leg before receiving a point blank head shot while another terrified prisoner is cornered on a roof before plunging to his death.

The executions are shown in first person-style footage as children seek out hostages held in the building.

Brainwashed youngsters aged between nine and 13 also learn martial arts and how to fire machine guns during the film.

Others are ordered to make ranting jihadist statements to camera.

The 34-minute video, called My Father Told Me, shows so-called cubs of the Caliphate in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa going through military drills in the middle of the night and learning how to use handheld rocket launchers.

It is not the first time ISIS has released training videos featuring children.

Others have shown youngsters shooting jumpsuit-wearing prisoners in the back of the head and delivering chilling threats to the terror group’s enemies.

When ISIS seized power in parts of Syria and Iraq in 2013 it took over schools and immediately began ‘educating’ children the Daesh way.

Staff were ordered to teach their extreme interpretation of the Koran and orphanages were also built, where the orphans came under the protection of ISIS commanders.

With no parents to nurture them or teach them their own morality the orphans could simply be moulded from an early age into brainwashed puppets.

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Fearing terror attacks NYC deploying ‘Extraordinary Assets’ to secure New Year’s Eve

Fearing Berlin-style vehicular attacks during New Year’s Eve celebrations, New York authorities will deploy dozens of trucks on city streets to boost security.

About 65 sand and sanitation trucks will be placed in “strategic locations” around Times Square, where more than a million people are expected to attend the traditional New Year’s Eve ball drop, New York police Chief of Department Carlos Gomez told a news conference.

An additional hundred or more “blocker” vehicles will be deployed elsewhere throughout the city to prevent vehicles from plowing into the crowd, he added.

“We paid close attention to events in Nice and Berlin, we have enhanced security measures,” Gomez said.

The deployment will reinforce the already massive security regime adopted in recent years, including some 7,000 police and anti-terrorist forces in uniform and plain clothes patrolling the areas around Times Square and other planned festivities across the city, he added.

Pedestrians wishing to access Times Square will have to settle for carrying only small bags and passing through at least two security checks, where any objects deemed dangerous – including alcohol and even umbrellas – will be prohibited.

In July, a truck driven by a Muslim Tunisian terrorist cut down a crowd gathered in the French city of Nice to mark the national Bastille Day holiday, murdering 86 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Last week, another Muslim Tunisian terrorist murdered 12 people when he smashed a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin. Italian police eliminated the ISIS terrorist, several days later after stopping him for a document check in Milan.

ISIS arch-terrorist is ‘back in Europe with 400 trusted soldiers’

An ISIS general once pictured decapitating a prisoner is back in Europe with up to 400 of his most trusted terrorists after fleeing the warzone in Syria, it has been claimed.

Ex-NATO soldier Lavdrim Muhaxheri and ‘his men’ are among thousands who have fled after ISIS suffered devastating losses in war-torn Syria, according to sources in the Italian intelligence services.

Many of the terrorists are feared to have disguised themselves as refugees in order to get into Europe, according to information leaked from the spying agency.

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Muhaxheri, also known as Abu Abdullah al Kosova, is not only a Kosovo Albanian ISIS leader but also one of the most public figures because of his foreign roots and his efforts to recruit other foreign jihadists.

He left for Syria in late 2012 and has appeared in several propaganda videos, calling Albanians to join jihad, and has uploaded photographs of himself appearing to decapitate a man, as well as a video where he kills a captive with a rocket.

On September 24, 2014, the US State Department designated Muhaxheri as a global terrorist.

Italian newspaper ‘L’Espresso’, quoting the intelligence services, said that between 300 and 400 members of the Islamic ‘caliphate’ had come to Kosovo with him.

His arrival coincided with plans for an attack on Israel’s national soccer team and other targets which he is believed to have masterminded after arriving back in the country.

Prosecutors say Muhaxheri and fellow ISIS terrorists Ridvan Haqifi planned attacks on international and state institutions, ultimately with the intent to establish an Islamic state.

They say he planned to attack the Israeli football team during a match in Albania and Kosovo government institutions, as well as Serbian Orthodox Church sites, were also potential targets.

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In total 19 people were arrested as a result of the plot being uncovered, with the trail to the mastermind reportedly leading back to Muhaxheri.

Quoting an unnamed security source the paper said: ‘Numerous jihadists are returning to Europe and the Balkans, aiming to hit the old continent at its heart. Some of them are being identified by security services, but many others manage to cross the borders without being identified.’

The Italian intelligence reports however have so far been rejected by Kosovo police, who despite admitting that he was probably behind the attacks, insisted that their information was that he was still in Syria.

It is not the first time he has managed to sneak back into the country. He managed to get back into Kosovo in 2013 and was photographed to prove that he was there, but then he returned to Syria again before he could be arrested.

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