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Muslim terrorist arrested after trying to drive car loaded with liquid gas and assault rifles into crowd in Belgium

A French -Tunisian Muslim terrorist has been arrested after trying to drive a car loaded with liquid gas, assault rifles and knives into a crowd of shoppers in Antwerp in an attempted terror attack.

Belgian police, who confirmed the bomb squad had been sent to the area, said the car was being driven at high speed and that pedestrians had to jump out of the way to avoid being injured.

Authorities found knives, a shotgun and a gas can with an unknown liquid in the car prompting officers who usually deal with terrorist attacks to take over the case.

Belgian police arrested a Muslim named as Mohamed R, 39, on Thursday after he tried to drive into a crowd at high-speed in a shopping area in the port city of Antwerp at around 11am.

The Muslim terrorist, said to be of North African descent, was wearing camouflage when he was arrested.

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Belgian security forces found a rifle as well as bladed weapons in the car driven by the Muslim terrorist who tried to ram a crowd in the main pedestrianised street in the port city, described by the French President Francois Hollande as an ‘attempted terrorist attack’.

The federal prosecutor’s office also said bomb disposal units were sent to the scene to examine the vehicle.

‘Different arms were found in the boot – bladed weapons, a riot gun (rifle) and a container of liquid that is still unidentified,’ the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

‘The suspect is Mohamed R, born on May 8, 1977, of French nationality and a resident of France,’ the statement said.

The driver sped off after Belgian soldiers, who have been deployed around the country to assist the counter-terrorism fight, tried to stop the car.

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‘A short while later, a rapid intervention force from Antwerp police was able to stop the car,’ the statement said.

Shoppers had to dive out of the way of the speeding car to avoid serious injury.

Belgian soldiers then forced the driver to stop, but he fled by running a red light as he made his way towards the Scheldt river.

Less than a mile later, he was stopped by police officers and arrested.

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The gas liquid was found in a canister, and as a result the case was handed over to the federal prosecutor’s office, which usually deals with terrorism cases in Belgium.

The office said: ‘Because of these elements, and the events in London yesterday, the case is being taken on by the federal prosecutor’s office.’

Prime Minister Charles Michel said ‘we remain vigilant. Our security services have done excellent work.’

ISIS claims responsibility for London attack

ISIS have claimed responsibility for yesterday’s Westminster terror attack after it emerged the British-born jihadist was known to MI5 but considered ‘peripheral’.

It emerged today that the ‘lone wolf’ Muslim terrorist who murdered four and injured at least 29 was known to the police and security services, having been investigated some years ago over violent extremism.

But he was considered a ‘peripheral’ figure, who was ‘not part of the current intelligence picture’.

Giving details of the terrorist’s background in Parliament today, Prime Minister Theresa May said: ‘His identity is known to the police and MI5 and, when operational considerations allow, he will be publicly identified.

‘What I can confirm is that the man was British-born and that – some years ago – he was once investigated in relation to concerns about violent extremism. He was a peripheral figure.

‘The case is historic – he was not part of the current intelligence picture. There was no prior intelligence of his intent – or of the plot. Intensive investigations continue.’

According to the SITE Intel Group, which monitors jihadist groups, an ISIS statement said: ‘The attacker yesterday in front of the British Parliament in London was a soldier of the Islamic State executing the operation in response to calls to target citizens of coalition nations.’

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The details of his background will raise questions over what security officials knew about the terrorist and what decisions were taken when he first appeared on the radar.

May’s statement came after armed police arrested eight Muslims and raided six properties in London and Birmingham, where three Muslims were detained in a flat thought to have been lived in by the terrorist.

ISIS is currently being squeezed in its stronghold of Syria and has previously urged jihadists around the world to attack in their own countries rather than travel to join them. Fears have also been raised that fighters who went to join the terror group may now be fleeing back to the UK.

It is believed the Muslim terrorist was not on an MI5 list of 3,000 people thought to be capable of mounting an attack.

Further details about the terrorist came after dozens of officers wearing body armour ran into the address on Hagley Road, Birmingham late yesterday evening. A neighbour said he believes the flat is the home of the Westminster terrorist.

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A local resident said he thinks two men lived in the flat and he had heard one of them speaking on the phone in what he described as an ‘Arabic or Pakistani’ accent.

The neighbour added: ‘It’s a cheap area [to live]. People come and go all the time.’

The road in Birmingham was closed from 11pm and reopened by 2am last night, with witnesses in the area saying three men were taken away in handcuffs.

Stuart Bailey, who lives four doors down, said: ‘There were a load of armed police in the street. They were all dressed in black and armed with what looked like MP5s (submachine guns) and one of them had six ammunition magazines strapped to his leg.

One of the flat’s windows was covered in cardboard, with non-uniformed officers spotted taking pieces of equipment into the property.

Landlord Farhad Makanvand said he didn’t know who had been staying at the flats above his curry house as it was rented out by a separate letting agents.

Muslim terrorist mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before being eliminated attacking police in Parliament grounds

A knife-wielding Muslim terrorist was shot by armed police in the grounds of Parliament today after pedestrians were mowed down on Westminster Bridge.

Three people were murdered after a Muslim terrorist brought carnage to central London today, mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before attacking police with a knife in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament.

Twenty people were hit by a vehicle on the bridge after a Muslim terrorist in a 4×4 drove into pedestrians and cyclists before crashing into the gates of Parliament.

A ‘middle-aged Asian’ Muslim terrorist then managed to break into the grounds of the Houses of Parliament and stabbed a police officer before he was shot and eliminated.

Injured people were seen on the floor outside Parliament and the Palace was placed on an immediate lock down.

Prime Minister Theresa May is said to have been bundled into a car by a plain-clothes police officer and driven quickly from the scene.

Commons Leader David Lidington told MPs a ‘police officer has been stabbed’ and the ‘alleged assailant was shot by armed police’ following a ‘serious’ incident within the parliamentary estate.

Witness Jayne Wilkinson said: ‘We were taking photos of Big Ben and we saw all the people running towards us, and then there was an Asian guy in about his 40s carrying a knife about seven or eight inches long.

‘And then there were three shots fired, and then we crossed the road and looked over. The man was on the floor with blood.

‘He had a lightweight jacket on, dark trousers and a shirt. He was running through those gates, towards Parliament, and the police were chasing him.’

Her partner David Turner added: ‘There was a stampede of people running out. You saw the people and you thought ‘what the hell is going on’.’

After the incident, Radoslaw Sikorski posted a video to Twitter purporting to show people lying injured in the road on Westminster Bridge.

People outside the palace could be seen running from the scene when the shots were heard.

An eye witness said that a car was seen to mow down five people on Westminster Bridge.

Police are then believed to have shot a man who tried to enter the Parliamentary Estate.

The terror attack comes weeks after it was revealed that UK security services have foiled 13 potential attacks in less than four years, while counter-terrorism units are running more than 500 investigations at any time.

The official threat level for international terrorism has stood at severe, meaning an attack is ‘highly likely’, for more than two years.

It is currently known that:

  • One woman was killed on Westminster Bridge after a number of pedestrians were mowed down by a car.
  • It is believed a second person was killed in the attack on the bridge.
  • Another woman ended up in the Thames and was treated for serious injuries after being pulled from the water.
  • A group of French schoolchildren were among those targeted on the bridge.
  • The Muslim terrorist jumped out the car and fatally stabbed a police officer in the grounds of the Palace of Westminster.
  • The terrorist was shot and eliminated moments later by another officer.
  • Police are treating the terror attack as a terrorist attack.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May will be chairing a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee.

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Muslim terrorist known to French authorities is shot and eliminated at Orly airport near Tel Aviv check-in

French security officials have identified as a known Muslim terrorist the man who Saturday grabbed a gun from an Orly airport security guard near the check-in desk for Tel Aviv.

‘A convicted criminal with links to radical Islam’ has been shot dead at Paris Orly airport after trying to wrestle a soldier’s gun from her and fleeing into a McDonald’s.

Less than two hours earlier he had shot a female police officer in the head in a northern Paris suburb after a routine stop-and-search operation.

The terrorist’s father and brother have been taken into custody, judicial sources have confirmed.

Officials have confirmed that the shooting in Stains, where a gunman opened fire on three police officers, was carried out by the Muslim terrorist who was later killed.

After the police shooting, the 39-year-old terrorist fled in a Renault Clio, which was later found abandoned 11 miles away on the other side of Paris.

He hijacked a woman’s car at gunpoint, and this second car was later found parked at the airport.

This finding supports the French police in their assumption that the terrorist was not acting alone but part of a terrorist conspiracy.

The terrorist had previously been jailed for drug trafficking and was radicalized in prison, according to reports in Paris.

He has not been formally identified, but was a ‘homeless French national’ on the run from the authorities, according to police sources.

Orly airport is meanwhile under terror alert. Air flights are indefinitely suspended and the terminal evacuated as police comb through the large area for explosives.

Passengers landing at Orly were kept on planes while the anti-terror operation is carried out.

France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation into the shootings.

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German daily apologizes for including Netanyahu on list of ‘craziest leaders in the world’

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its anger that the regional German daily newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost included Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a list of “The Seven Craziest Leaders in the World.”

The Israeli premier featured along with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Khamenei North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, with whom Netanyahu met on Thursday in Moscow.

The text accompanying Netanyahu’s picture says that he is promoting settlement policies and that he tried to convince former US President Barack Obama to attack Iran.

The Israeli Embassy in Germany criticized the paper: “The fact that they put an elected prime minister of a democratic Western country, which has been fighting for its life since its founding, alongside some of the worst dictators in the world, reveals more than anything the newspaper’s level of understanding of what is happening today in the world, or something much worst, which was already supposed to have disappeared from the world: anti-Semitism.”

Following Israeli and internal German objections, the newspaper apologized for including Israel’s prime minister in the list. “Including Netanyahu in a the list was a mistake, and we apologize for it,” the newspaper announced on Saturday night.

Police close German shopping center after tip off over imminent terror attack

Police in the western German city of Essen have ordered a shopping mall in the center of town to remain closed on Saturday due to ‘concrete indications about a possible terror attack’.

‘The current state of our investigations points to the threat being exclusively at the shopping center,’ said the police in a statement, adding it could give no further details about the nature of the threat at the Limbecker Platz center.

‘Police have concrete indications of a possible attack,’ a spokesperson for North Rhine Westphalia Police said.

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‘In order to avoid possible danger to visitors, they will not be able to enter the shopping halls or the car park.’

Germany is on high alert following major radical Islamist attacks in France and Belgium and after a Muslim asylum seeker from Tunisia drove a truck into a Christmas market in December, killing 12 people.

The incident comes just a day after seven people including two police officers were injured when a Muslim terrorist wielding an axe went on the rampage at a train station in Dusseldorf and an 80-year-old man was attacked by Muslim terrorist with a machete in a car park, near a forest in second terror attack in Dusseldorf.

Hours later two Muslim terrorists carried out a tear gas attack on a packed train in Hamburg and fled after spraying the toxic substance in a carriage carrying around 50 people. Two children aged 3 and 6 and four adults suffered respiratory and eye problems.

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2 shot dead and a third person critically injured after Muslim terrorists open fire at a Swiss cafe

Two people have been shot dead and a third is fighting for their life after Muslim gunmen opened fire inside a Swiss cafe.

The two Muslim terrorists entered Cafe 56 in Basel at 8.15pm on Thursday and started shooting wildly at diners before fleeing.

They ran away towards the direction of a local train station and are said to be still at large having killed two customers at the cafe.

The identity of the three male victims had yet to be determined, authorities said, who added nobody one else was hurt in the attack.

In a statement released late last night, police said the third man was in a life-threatening condition.

Investigations are still ongoing but a police officer said: ‘This is a local incident. It has nothing to do with Islamists or terrorism.’

He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Forensic teams could be seen going in and out of the cafe collecting evidence.

The attack comes a day after the town concluded celebrations of Fasnacht, the largest carnival in Switzerland.

Bullet holes could also be seen in the cafe which is located in a residential area of the city.

Germany: Muslim terrorist jumped out of a train and started to stab people with an axe

Seven people including two police officers were injured when a Muslim terrorist wielding an axe went on the rampage at a train station in Dusseldorf.

The terrorist has been arrested and German anti-terror police confirmed no other terrorists were still at large.

The 36-year-old Muslim ran towards a nearby underground station and jumped from a bridge as he attempted to flee. But he was arrested after seriously injuring himself in his unsuccessful escape attempt and is now being treated in hospital.

Pictures from Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof, the city’s main station, showed one of the victims lying helplessly on the floor as paramedics rushed to their aid.

His victims included three men, a woman and a 13-year-old girl, with the teenager suffering lacerations to her upper arm. Three were seriously injured.

‘A person, probably armed with an axe, attacked people at random,’ police said in a statement. Seven people were injured, three of them seriously, they said.

The 36-year-old Muslim terrorist, described as being from ‘the former Yugoslavia’ and living in the nearby city of Wuppertal, suffered serious injuries and was being treated in a hospital.

‘The suspect appears to have had psychological problems,’ police said.

Police said an axe was recovered and officers were searching the area in and around the station, which has been closed for the investigation.

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Swiss parliament prohibits government funding for boycotts of Israel

Switzerland’s National Council – the lower chamber of the legislature – passed a bill on Wednesday to stop government funding of organizations that promote boycotts of Israel and spread antisemitism and racism.

The measure will be submitted in May to the Council of States, the upper chamber of the legislature, which will decide whether it becomes law.

The measure was introduced by Christian Imark, a National Council deputy from the conservative Swiss People’s Party. It passed 111- 78.

Dominik Feusi, a senior editor with the Basler Zeitung newspaper, first announced the groundbreaking motion on Twitter, writing “Swiss parliament approves a Motion to end funding of NGOs who work for terror, hate, racism or antisemitism…”

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Imark’s motion to slash funding for organizations that boycott Israel appears to the first national parliamentary act in Europe to blunt economic and political warfare targeting the Jewish state.

The head of the Federal Council, Didier Burkhalter from the FPD Liberal party, opposes the measure. According to an article in the Zurichbased Weltwoche weekly, Burkhalter, who oversees the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, blames only Israel for the collapse of the peace process.

Feusi published a series of eye-popping investigative reports over the past year on alleged financial misconduct in the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The Swiss government provided funds in December to the US- and EU-designated terrorist organization Hamas for a conference in Geneva. Switzerland’s government funneled nearly $60 million to diverse projects in the Middle East, many of which are shrouded in secrecy.

Swiss government money flowed to the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, which advocates the boycott of the Jewish state. Switzerland – in contrast to the US, Canada and the EU – does not recognize Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist organizations.

Switzerland also funds the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which routinely calls for the arrest of Israeli politicians and compares Israel with the former apartheid regime in South Africa, and Al-Haq, a Ramallah-based legal center that engages in lawfare against the Jewish state.

According to NGO Monitor: “The Swiss government, directly through the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (managed by the Institute of Law at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah and the NIRAS consulting firm in Sweden), provides core-funding to a network of organizations, some of which are directly affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist organization designated as such by the US, EU, Canada and Israel.”

NGO Monitor continued: “From 2013 to 2016, the IHL Secretariat provided a total of $2.38m. to organizations directly affiliated with the PFLP, while the Swiss government’s contribution amounted to approximately one-quarter of the total secretariat budget. The IHL Secretariat distributes 56% of its budget to NGOs that advocate for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaigns against Israel.”

 

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