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4 Muslim terrorists arrested in plot to bomb a plane over Sydney

Security is heightened in airports across Australia following the Islamic-inspired terror plot that was thwarted on Saturday.

An Islamist cell planned to bring down a domestic flight with an ‘explosive device’ discovered at the Cleveland Street home.

Heavily-armed police stormed a Surry Hills home in the inner east of Sydney at 4pm before officers raided properties in Lakemba, Punchbowl and Wiley Park resulting in the arrests of four male Muslim terrorists.

An ‘explosive device’ was discovered at the Surry Hills property and deactivated by a bomb squad that was called to the scene.

One Muslim terrorist draped in a bed sheet with a heavily-bandaged head was seen being led into an ambulance outside the Surry Hills property.

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The bandaged terrorist appeared to be distressed and bleeding from the head as he walked to a waiting ambulance.

He could be heard saying ‘they bashed me.’ When asked by whom, he answered ‘police.’

When asked why he was being arrested, the terrorist mumbled ‘I don’t know nothing.’

A law enforcement official told the Daily Telegraph they found material to be used for an improvised explosive device.

Residents living near the Surry Hills home, just metres from the Redfern Mosque, were evacuated while the bomb squad worked to remove the ‘explosive device.’

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Commissioner Andrew Colvin addressed the media at a press conference on Sunday morning and said details about the terror plot are still developing.

‘We don’t have a great deal of information on the specific attack, the location, date or time, however, we’re investigating information indicating the aviation industry was potentially a target of that attack,’ AFP Commissioner Colvin said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reiterated the raids were aimed at stopping a terror plot to ‘bring down’ a plane and said security screening will take longer over the coming days.

‘Some of the measures will be obvious to the public, some will not be — those travelling should go about their business with confidence,’ Turnbull said in a press conference on Sunday morning.

‘The office of transport security has advised security screening will take longer, and travellers should arrive at terminals at least two hours before flights to allow ample time for screening.

‘They should limit the amount of carry-on and checked baggage, as this will help to ensure that security screening is efficient.’

Australia’s terror threat remains at probable.

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China kindergarten explosion: homemade bomb targeting Jews

A 22-year-old terrorist made the deadly bomb that exploded at the front gate of a kindergarten in eastern China, investigators said Friday.

The bombed Chinese kindergarten: “Israel international project: let’s your kids thinking as Jewish ones”.

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Police said the terrorist was identified primarily using security camera footage and DNA collected at the scene of the blast, which struck Thursday as relatives were waiting to pick up students at the end of the school day. Only the terrorist’s surname, Xu, was released and no motive was provided.

The blast killed 8 people, including Wu, while 65 others were injured.

Investigators say they found materials for making a homemade bomb at Xu’s nearby residence. Emblazoned on its walls were the Chinese characters for death, disaster and other related dark themes.

The blast at the Chuangxin Kindergarten in Xuzhou’s Fengxian county occurred at 4:50 p.m. before school had let out for the day and no students or teachers from the kindergarten were among the injured, according to a statement from local authorities.

However, videos purportedly from the scene showed children — possibly relatives of the kindergartners or passers-by — among the casualties.

Videos posted  showed a chaotic scene, with children and adults lying on the ground, some of them motionless, their clothes blown off them, and others struggling to get up. Clothing, shoes and other items were strewn across the area beside pools of blood.

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Kindergartens and elementary schools in China have been attacked several times before by suspects authorities have said were mentally ill or bore grudges against their neighbors and society.

 

ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi reportedly killed in Russia-led airstrike

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday it is checking on information indicating that ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was reportedly killed in a Russia-led airstrike in Syria.

Russian Su-34 aircraft and an Su-35 multirole fighter carried out airstrikes near the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria on May 28, the ministry said. The strikes targeted a meeting of high-ranking ISIS chiefs where Al- Baghdadi was reportedly present.

The meeting was gathered to plan “routes for the exit of terrorists from Raqqa through the so-called ‘southern corridor’,” the statement read.

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“According to information that is being checked through various channels, ISIS leader Ibrahim Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed as a result of the strike, was also present at the meeting,” the ministry said in a statement.

Among those who were killed in the strike were Emir of Raqqa Abu al-Haji al-Masri, Emir Ibrahim al-Naef al-Hajj, “who controlled the district from the city of Raqqa to the settlement of es-Sohne” and IS head of security Suleiman al-Sawah,” the ministry added.

Moscow has given its American partners information about the place and time of the airstrike, the ministry said.

Although numerous media reports have speculated on al-Baghdadi’s death, neither the Pentagon, nor the Iraqi or Syrian militaries have ever confirmed those claims.

The latest report, which came in early June, claimed that the notorious ISIS terrorist had been killed in an airstrike in Raqqa. No official confirmation followed, however.

Born Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri, al-Baghdadi made his first public appearance back in the summer of 2014, when ISIS began capturing territory in Iraq and later in Syria.

The terrorist group has repeatedly released messages allegedly sent by Al-Baghdadi calling for the establishment of a world Caliphate.

The US Department of State has designated al-Baghdadi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).

Hotel under attack – ISIS terrorists storm Manila resort popular with tourists

At least 37 people have been killed after a ‘white, English-speaking’ gunman attacked a casino in Manila, stole $2.3million worth of betting chips and set fire to tables before he ‘burned himself to death’.

It is understood many of the victims were women who suffocated due to smoke inhalation as crowds battled to get to the exits.

Witnesses said the gunman, who had an assault rifle, entered the Resorts World Manila casino in Pasay City, Philippines, shortly after midnight before opening fire on betting terminals and televisions.

It sparked mass panic and the man was then seen pouring fuel over tables and setting them ablaze while gamblers were fleeing for their lives.

Explosions were also heard coming from the tourist hotpot and bloodied victims were seen being stretchered out of the building.

A Resorts World Manila official said the dead, who all died from smoke inhalation, included 13 employees and 22 guests.

Before the gunmen had been killed and police had confirmed any motive, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and US President Donald Trump also branded it a ‘terrorist attack’. It was later revealed that the incident was likely a robbery gone wrong.

National police chief Ronald Dela Rosa said a ‘foreign looking, Caucasian gunman’ had stormed the second floor of one of the complex’s four hotels and fired an automatic rifle at TV monitors, before setting gaming tables alight.

He stuffed a backpack with casino chips before he fled but was found dead in an adjacent hotel early Friday of an apparent suicide.

The man did not shoot anyone but 53 people were reported injured in the stampede and from the smoke, while one security guard accidentally shot himself in a panic, Dela Rosa said.

The gunman disappeared into the chaos of smoke and running people, leading to a manhunt throughout the casino, hotel and shopping complex that ended just after dawn.

Dela Rosa initially said police killed the assailant who was hiding in a hotel room, but later told reporters the man committed suicide.

Some seven hours after the attack began police confirmed the gunman had killed himself, wrapping his body in a thick blanket on a bed in a hotel room and dousing himself in gasoline.

Philippine authorities swept through the burnt casino after the siege, reportedly finding at least 37 bodies and taking 54 people to hospital. Most of the victims died as a result of smoke inhalation during the chaos.

The bodies were found in the smoky gambling room by firefighters and all died from suffocation and smoke inhalation, Metropolitan Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde said. None of the bodies had gunshot wounds.

 

19 murdered 59 injured after a Muslim suicide bomber targeted children leaving a concert at Manchester Arena

At least 19 people are dead and 59 more injured after a Muslim suicide bomber targeted children leaving a packed pop concert at Manchester Arena last night in Britain’s worst terror attack since 7/7.

Witnesses told of nuts and bolts tearing into young gig-goers when the blast was detonated in the foyer area between the arena and the next-door Victoria station just after the Ariana Grande performance ended.

One image captured bodies of the dead and injured lying in an area between the arena and the next-door Victoria station, which had been packed with people leaving the venue as the gig wound down.

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As the explosion tore through the lobby, terrified youngsters stampeded for the sold-out 21,000-seater stadium’s exits in horrifying scenes caught on mobile phone cameras. Witnesses described the carnage as being ‘like a war zone’.

Armed police, the bomb squad and scores of emergency vehicles descended on the venue in the aftermath of the explosion, which took place at 10:35pm last night.

Shortly after 1.30am, a controlled explosion was carried out in the Cathedral Gardens near Manchester Arena, but police later confirmed the suspicious package had been an item of clothing.

Officials in the US said their UK counterparts had identified a possible male suicide bomber as being responsible for the atrocity. In a 3am press conference, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirmed his force were treating it as a terror attack.

An hour later, US star Grande, who escaped unharmed, tweeted she was ‘broken’.

‘From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words,’ she added. Her manager Scooter Braun said: ‘We mourn for the children.’

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Witness Abby Mullen from Airdrie, who was at the event, described the carnage.

‘As we were leaving a bomb or explosion went off centimetres in front of me,’ she said. ‘People’s skin and faeces where everywhere including in my hair and on my bag.

‘I’m still finding bits of God knows what in my hair. You never ever expect these things to happen to you but this proves it can happen to anybody.

‘That sound, the blood and those who were running around clueless with body parts and bits of skin missing will not be leaving my mind any time soon or the minds of those involved.’

Prior to the incident yesterday evening, an unverified Twitter account posted cryptic Tweets showing the ISIS black flag alongside the hashtags #IslamicState and #Manchesterarena. It was unclear early today what if any significance these Tweets carried.

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But the Tweeter also said: ‘You forget our threat? This is the just terror’. His account was deleted shortly afterwards.

Outside the arena, shocked concert-goers struggled to find ways home as the adjoining Victoria station was closed.

Chris Parker, 33, told how like many others he was heading towards the box office when he heard the explosion.

He told The Sun: ‘There was nuts and bolts flying everywhere, and also human flesh. It was just one bang and a white flash.

‘I treated a woman called Pauline. I’ve got blood on my hands. It was like a war zone inside where the box office is.’

Gary Walker told the Daily Star: ‘The nuts must have been packed in the device that’s exploded – there’s nowhere else they could’ve come from.’

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Hospital computers across England shut down by cyberattack, hackers demanding ransom

Hospitals across England have reportedly been hit by a large-scale cyberattack. Some are having to divert emergency patients, with doctors reporting messages demanding money.

The Guardian says National Health Service (NHS) hospitals across the country appear to have been simultaneously hit by a bug in their IT systems. Doctors have been posting on Twitter about what has been happening.

In Spain, Telefonica — one of the country’s biggest telecommunications companies — has fallen victim, and its IT staff is desperately telling employees to shut down computers and VPN connections in order to limit the ransomware’s reach.

A screengrab of an instant message conversation circulated by one doctor says: “So our hospital is down … We got a message saying your computers are now under their control and pay a certain amount of money. And now everything is gone.”

A second doctor tweeted: “Massive NHS hack cyber attack today. Hospital in shut down. Thanks for delaying emergency patient care & endangering lives. Assholes.”

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, one of those affected, said in a statement: “Today, the trust has experienced a major IT problem, believed to be caused by a cyber attack.

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According to reports, affected hospitals include those run by East and North Hertfordshire NHS trust, Barts Health in London, Essex Partnership university NHS trusts, the university hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS foundation trust, Southport and Ormskirk hospital NHS trust and Blackpool teaching hospital NHS foundation trust.

Services affected are thought to include picture archiving communication systems for x-ray images, pathology test results, phone and bleep systems and patient administration systems, the Telegraph reports.

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“At approximately 12:30pm we experienced a problem with our email servers crashing. Following this a lot of our clinical systems and patient systems were reported to have gone down,” an NHS IT worker said in a message to a Guardian reporter.

“A bitcoin pop-up message had been introduced onto the network asking users to pay $300 to be able to access their PCs. You cannot get past this screen.

“This followed with an internal major incident being declared and advised all staff to shut down all PCs in the trust and await further instructions.”

There are reports of messages on computers saying: “Oops. Your files have been encrypted,” and demands for bitcoin to be paid, according to Sky News.

The hack appears to be an example of ransomware, where malicious hackers break into computers and only allow their owners back in when they pay enough money.

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The attackers are allegedly demanding $300-worth of the digital currency bitcoin, which equates to around £415,000, otherwise the files will be deleted. It gives a deadline of May 19 to pay.

A screenshot obtained by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) purported to show the pop-up that appeared on at least one of the computers affected.

It said: “Your important files are encrypted. Maybe you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but do not waste your time.

“Nobody can recover your files without our decryption service.”

This week on Telegram, pro-ISIS hackers Caliphate Cyber Terrorism Army published pictures and said it will attack your computers at home. May be related to today’s attack in Spain and UK.

North Korea threatens Israel to ‘think twice’ before smearing Pyongyang

North Korea lashed out at Israel on Saturday after Israel’s defense minister called the totalitarian dictatorship a “crazy and radical group,” blamed it of being an ally of Syria’s Assad and the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah and said growing tensions between the U.S. and Pyongyang have “direct implications” for Israel.

A statement released by the North Korean Foreign Ministry called Avigdor Liberman’s statement “reckless” and a form of “sordid and wicked behavior” that posed a “grave challenge to North Korea.”

In the statement, North Korea blasted Israel as the “only illegal possessor of nukes in the Middle East under the patronage of the U.S.” It said Liberman’s comments were part of a “cynical ploy” to escape criticism of the “occupation of the Arab territories” and “crimes against humanity.”

In a warning to Israel, Pyongyang said “Israel would be well advised to think twice about the consequences [of] its smear campaign against North Korea.”

In an interview last week to the news site Walla, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that tensions between the U.S. and North Korea “have direct implications for Israel.”

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“Kim Jong-un is an ally of Assad. From North Korea, through Iran, to Syria and Hezbollah,” Liberman said, adding that country’s sole goal was “undermining global stability,” and calling the country’s leadership “a crazy and radical group.”

According to foreign reports, North Korea was involved in helping Syria build a nuclear reactor, which was destroyed in an attack attributed to Israel in 2007.

At least 12 murdered, 50 injured on St Petersburg metro after Muslim terrorist places nail bomb onto train

A nail bomb placed onto a train by a Muslim terrorist has ripped through a carriage in St Petersburg killing at least 12 people and injuring 50 more today.

The terrifying incident, which is being investigated as a terror attack by officials who say the terrorist has been captured on CCTV, took place on a train that was travelling between Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya metro stations.

The attack has left dozens injured, including children, after it was reported a terrorist left a briefcase on the train before moving carriages moments before the deadly blast and a second explosive device was found and defused in a nearby station.

Vladimir Putin is in his hometown of St Petersburg today for talks with the president of Belarus and has confirmed ‘there are dead and injured’ and offered his condolences to the families of those killed.

The Kremlin leader, who wanted to visit the scene in the aftermath of the attack but was held back by security services, said: ‘I have already spoken to the head of our special services, they are working to ascertain the cause of the blasts.

‘The causes are not clear, it’s too early. We will look at all possible causes, terrorism as well as common crime.’

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied earlier speculation that President Putin was due to pass by the Sennaya Metro station around the time of the blast.

Earlier reports indicated a backpack had been thrown onto the train and witnesses also suggested there had been multiple explosions, but officials confirmed just the one blast.

Russian security agencies did find an explosive device at a different metro station in central St Petersburg and made it safe, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said in a statement.

The device was found at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station, a different location from where a blast earlier took place.

Other witnesses also described a man leaving a briefcase on one carriage before moving to another just seconds before the huge explosion.

As reports of the terror attack trickled through to the capital, Moscow heightened its security and local reports suggest three metro stations – Nagatinskaja, Savelovskaya and Ugrezhskaya (CIP) – were cordoned off due to suspicious packages.

A witnesses told Russia’s Life News: ‘People were bleeding, their hair burned. We were told to move to the exit, because the movement stopped. People just fled.

‘My girlfriend was in the next car that exploded. She said that he began to shake. When she came out, she saw that people were mutilated.’

Eight bodies were recovered from the carriage while two more were found on the platform and the final two killed were found in the tunnel.

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Terrorists are finding new ways to plant bombs in laptops to get past airport security undetected

Terrorists may now be using laptops to conceal bombs that could evade airport security, US security intel sources say.

New government analysis suggests that terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda have developed innovative ways to plant bombs in electronic devices, CNN reports.

US intelligence believe terrorists are testing the effectiveness of their hidden explosives using commonly used airport security equipment.

The bombs are possibly being built into laptops in a way that allows the devices to contain enough power to briefly power on and fool security screeners.

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The intelligence was one of the reasons behind the Trump administration’s recent decision to ban large electronics in carry-on baggage for direct flights from certain Middle Eastern and North African nations.

America’s Department of Homeland Security announced on March 21 that passengers on airlines flying directly to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight countries will only be allowed to bring cellphones on board with them.

Other electronics, including laptops and tablets, will be indefinitely banned from the passenger cabin, and must be checked in checked baggage if they are brought on the plane at all.

Checked bags are forced to undergo stronger security detection.

The British government added legitimacy to the concerns by following through with their similar ban.

‘As a matter of policy, we do not publicly discuss specific intelligence information. However, evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in electronics,’ the Department of Homeland Security said.

‘The U.S. government continually re-assesses existing intelligence and collects new intelligence. This allows DHS and TSA to constantly evaluate our aviation security processes and policies and make enhancements when they are deemed necessary to keep passengers safe.

‘As always, all air travelers are subject to a robust security system that employs multiple layers of security, both seen and unseen.’

The new carry on restrictions come a little more than a year after the bombing of Daallo Airlines Flight 159, a flight from Somalia to Djibouti.

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The bombing took out a piece of the plane a little more than a row, but only resulted in the death of the bomber and two other injuries. It was believed that the bomb was rigged to a timer device on the bomber’s laptop.

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The flight had been delayed by 20 minutes, so it was believed that the timing of the bomb was premature and may have been intended to occur about halfway through the flight.

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