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Two suspected ISIS returnees back in Ontario

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Pamir Hakimzadah was released from jail despite being an “undue risk to society”.FACEBOOK

They’re b-a-a-a-ck.

Two suspected ISIS sympathizers are back in Ontario, according to published reports.

Truth North said Pamir Hakimzadah — a former Ryerson student — was sprung from a Canadian prison on May 24 — even though he was deemed an “undue risk to society.”

He reportedly tried to join the death cult in 2014 but was nabbed after travelling to Turkey where he was jailed for six months.

He allegedly said that “all non-Muslims should be killed.”

He spoke either in favour of or in defence of ISIS. He viewed online ISIS content such as videos and posts. He also viewed a website that provided instructions on how to get into Syria,” a Crown lawyer involved in the case told True North.

 

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Ikar Mao, 22, of Guelph has agreed to a number of conditions because of a “fear of [a] terrorism offence.”COUCHSURFING

Hakimzadah was nabbed by counter-terrorist agents and later dumped back into Canada’s lap.

 

Back home, prosecutors wanted a six-year sentence in a federal slammer for his alleged crimes, but last February, a judge sentenced him to six months in prison, giving him credit for the three years and seven months he already spent in custody. The sentencing came after he pleaded guilty to leaving Canada to participate in the activity of a terrorist group.

His time in prison was to be followed by three years of probation with a number of conditions, including undergoing psychotherapy, not possessing a gun or passport and undergoing “de-radicalization counselling.”

But according to True North, it took three years for Canada to arrest and charge Hakimzadah for travelling abroad to join Islamic State.

He was charged as a result of an unrelated assault.

Meanwhile, another Ontario man who was jailed in Turkey for three months is under a slew of court-ordered conditions because of “fear of [a] terrorism offence.”

CBC News reports that Ikar Mao, 22, of Guelph, and his wife were in Turkey last July when they were detained near the Syrian border.

They were suspected of terror-related activity but released without charge and booted back to Canada in mid-October.

Now, Mao has agreed to 19 conditions after appearing in a Brampton court. He agreed to surrender his passport, remain in Ontario, wear a GPS ankle bracelet, have limited Internet access and a number of other conditions.

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No surprise here. Despite what the government said at the time, there was no question that CSIS would be looking closely at this event. There was a shroud of silence around the entire investigation which only served to offer further evidence of their involvement.

This was used as a watershed moment for activating the current round of action against registered owners. The stage was set in advance by collecting manifestly bogus data and presenting it as real. The 50% domestically sourced notion, the idea that 24 year olds were children and that paint ball guns, nail guns and soldering guns etc. were actually firearms, or that a semi auto rifle with a 5 round mag and a plastic stock is actually an assault rifle stand as examples of deliberate (with malice of forethought) statistical manipulations requiring only a tragedy to serve as a catalyst for further action. They jumped on this with both feet and the information about CSIS involvement was deliberately withheld to make it appear more "domestic." You may remember that the police chief was deliberately vague about the investigation and appeared embarrassed when discussing it..... at least I do. In short, there was never the slightest doubt and the Liberals looked you in the eye (on camera) and lied. Now, imagine what those with agendas would say if DJT did the exact same thing.

 

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FEBRUARY 5, 2020 / 9:17 AM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

UK to pass law to stop early release of terrorists by February 27: government source

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain plans to pass emergency legislation by Feb. 27 to prevent convicted terrorists automatically being released from prison half-way through their sentence, a government source said on Wednesday.Justice minister Robert Buckland announced plans for the law earlier this week after an Islamist attacker stabbed two people in London on Sunday. Sudesh Amman had been released from prison half-way through his term on Jan. 23, despite still being considered a risk by authorities.He was shot dead by police officers who had placed him under covert surveillance.The new emergency law will be introduced to parliament on Tuesday next week.“If the legislation is passed by Feb. 27 we can prevent the automatic release of any further terrorist suspects who might pose a threat to the public,” the source said.“This is emergency legislation which we believe is vital for protecting the public ... We cannot continue to be in a position where the state has no power to block the release of terrorists who continue to pose a threat.”Neil Basu, the country’s top counter-terrorism police officer, welcomed the move to keep the most dangerous offenders locked up for longer but said it was only part of the solution. More had to be done to prevent people becoming radicalized in the first place, he said.“With 3000 or so subjects of interest currently on our radar and many convicted terrorists soon due to be released from prison, we simply cannot watch all of them, all the time.”

“Early intervention ... is absolutely key. We need families, friends, colleagues and local communities to recognize that early intervention is not ruining someone’s life but saving it, and potentially that of others, too,” he said in a statement.The government has said the legislation will apply to those already in prison, prompting predictions from some opponents that it could be challenged in the courts for breaching human rights law.

“What we are proposing in this emergency legislation is not to retrospectively alter offenders’ sentences as they were imposed by the court,” the government source said.

“This is in relation to release arrangements which are part of the administration of a sentence and it would be our position that you can change those without being considered to breach an offender’s human rights.”

 

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Dick said there was no evidence at this stage that it was “directed or enabled by anyone else

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Doesn’t seem to be getting much coverage in the media (surprise) but there has been another terrorist attack resulting in death in Toronto:

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Hang-Kam Annie Chiu was walking along Sheppard Ave. E. near Markham Rd. Friday around 7 p.m., when attacked by a man armed with a hammer, Toronto police said. Police received calls for a possible medical complaint. Chiu died of her injuries.

 

Meanwhile, Saad Akhtar, 30, of Toronto, surrendered at a nearby police station. A source told Postmedia he allegedly walked into the station and told officers he  allegedly walked into the station and told officers he had an explosive device, prompting an evacuation. Police have not confirmed that.

The hammer attack, at first look, aligns with that trajectory, said Amarnath Amarasingam, an assistant professor in the School of Religion at Queen’s University who specializes in terrorism and radicalization.

 

“Based on the initial evidence, it seems to be a kind of copy-cat attack. The attacks in London on November 2019 and February 2020 were quite similar and both individuals had on fake suicide vests as well,” Amarasingam said.

“How much of this can be used to ascertain motive remains to be seen, but if it does end up being inspired by the Islamic State, it would be a remarkable testament to how this group continues to inspire attacks even after the fact that most of their fighters are dead or in prison, all physical territory has been clawed back and their propaganda arm has taken a major hit,” he said.

Toronto police and the RCMP, in a joint statement, assured the public “this appears to be an isolated incident and there is no further known threat to the public associated to the accused at this time.”

Part of the government funded media’s efforts not to embarrass the current immigration policies.

 

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Part of the government funded media’s efforts not to embarrass the current immigration policies.

And in addition, those attempting to deliberately derail trains (in support of a political cause) are not protesters, they're terrorists. 

The media still refers to them as protesters, but the definition is pretty clear:

"the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives"

This is why gang members (as a for instance) are not terrorists. People with agendas always try to manipulate the definitions and there are several. The UN, RCMP, FBI, Homeland Security etc all have their own but they are all slightly different versions of the above. Most others also include religious objectives, in this case "social" is intended to capture that aspect.

The notion of enshrining the "UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples" into Canadian law will ensure more of these events over time. The overall threat assessment of these actions has the potential to quickly eclipse that of ISIS. If not for our self inflicted weak stance on terrorist offenders, I would argue that it already has.

In addition, please consider that we don't even need new laws:

"Every one who, with intent to commit an indictable offence, has his face masked or coloured or is otherwise disguised is guilty of an indictable offence."

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From the Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian file....We'll see how long it takes for the boywonder to blame somebody else for this disaster....

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Mohamed got seven years.

But three years later, he was already out of prison on statutory release, although his parole report said he had not abandoned extremist ideology and remained a “significant” risk.

He was one of five terrorism offenders released from Canadian prisons in 2019, despite concerns raised by parole boards that four of them still posed a risk to public safety.

 

https://globalnews.ca/news/6574722/terrorism-in-canada-deradicalization-programs-parole/

 

I’m betting he’ll blame the Harper government.

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On 2/27/2020 at 11:41 AM, st27 said:

I’m betting he’ll blame the Harper government.

A tough sell; it was the Harper government who brought in Dangerous Offender Laws. In general, Canada has very good laws across the board. People demanding new ones don't even realize what they already have to work with;  they simply aren't enforced and if they are the justice system thwarts the outcome. 

Here's a fun example of what I mean:

 “every one who, with intent to endanger the safety of any person, places anything on or does anything to any property that is used for or in connection with the transportation of persons or goods by land, water or air that is likely to cause death or bodily harm to persons is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life.”

The latest nonsense is "the red flag law," it already exists and has been used before. The Desmond murder suicide case (currently under review) is an example of it being used.... and used badly. 

 

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Repatriated ISIS fighters should be jailed

 

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  • LICIA CORBELLA Licia Corbella is a Postmedia columnist in Calgary. lcorbella@postmedia.com
img?regionKey=VCVRCuDWOTuYpBeO2YPbCQ%3d%3d Andriy Bazelevsky’s younger brother, Misha, right, was murdered by an ISIS terrorist who drove into a crowd of people with a truck in France in 2016.

Should Canadian citizens who fought for ISIS in Iraq and Syria be repatriated to Canada? A chorus of human rights advocates argue that they should. But the brother of a young man killed by ISIS isn’t so sure.

“Abandoning citizens to indefinite, unlawful detention in filthy, overcrowded and dangerous camps and prisons does not make Canada safer,” says Letta Tayler, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of a June 29 report called Bring Me Back to Canada: Plight of Canadians Held in Northeast Syria for Alleged ISIS Links.

It’s a nonsensical statement. If those terrorists are in a jail in Syria more than 9,000 kilometres away, obviously Canada is safer than if they were here getting mollycoddled.

“At time of writing, Canada had repatriated or assisted the returns of more than 40,000 citizens and permanent residents from 100 countries in response to COVID-19, including 29 from Syria — but not one of at least 47 citizens held without charge in northeast Syria,” says the 62-page report.

The Canadian detainees include eight men, 13 women, and 26 children, most under age six.

“The lives of Canadians are on the line, and the time to bring them home is now,” adds Tayler.

Not so fast, says Andriy Bazelevsky.

His younger brother and only sibling, Misha Bazelevsky — a commerce student at Macewan University in Edmonton — was murdered along with 85 others by an ISIS terrorist in Nice, France.

Misha had won one of four spots awarded to top students at the university to take a threeweek trip to France to attend the European Innovation Academy. He was killed on his 11th day of the trip on July 14, 2016.

“Misha was a bright light in the world,” said Andriy Bazelevsky, 40, from his home in Toronto. He was a prize-winning ballroom dancer, he learned to speak French, he was a member of student council at Macewan and he was “very, very kind and generous,” adds Bazelevsky.

“He was very entrepreneurial and had worked for Suncor, applied to work at Tesla and planned to change the world,” says his grieving brother.

Misha, an international Ukrainian student, had completed his third year toward a degree in commerce when he was killed by a radicalized Tunisian resident of France, who deliberately drove a 19-tonne cargo truck into crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day. Besides killing 86 people — 14 of whom were children — 458 others were injured, many very seriously.

“This concern for the safety of these men who joined ISIS willingly — who left Canada to join this organization that kills civilians and beheads people — rubs me the wrong way,” said Bazelevsky, who moved to Canada from Ukraine when he was 18. Misha, who was just four, remained in Ukraine with their parents, Mykola and Olena.

“I feel very sad for the children because, obviously, they did not choose this life to go to Syria or to be born there to ISIS parents. Perhaps Canada could bring back the women and children?” suggests Bazelevsky.

According to the Human

Rights Watch report, at least 20 countries have repatriated about 100 of their citizens from the same camps and prisons where the Canadians are held including, since mid-october 2019, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. France repatriated 10 children as recently as last month.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said that repatriating Canadians with alleged ties to ISIS in Syria is “complicated.”

“Syria is an area where we do not have any diplomats or any Canadians on the ground, and therefore we work through intermediaries to try to provide consular assistance as best we can,” Trudeau said.

For Bazelevsky, that answer by Trudeau is much better than Trudeau’s 2015 declaration that “a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”

That’s why Bazelevsky says before any of these men — and possibly their wives — are repatriated to Canada, the government should establish a law with a mandatory minimum sentence for any Canadian citizen who joins a terrorist group abroad to fight against Canada and its allies.

“They should not be allowed to just come home and be free,” argued Bazelevsky. “They should know before they return that there will be automatic time behind bars . ... And then, once they’re behind bars, investigate them for crimes they may have committed.”

It’s a good plan.

Otherwise, these so-called Canadians might enjoy the fate of the Canadian ISIS fighter who goes by the jihadi nom de guerre Abu Huzaifa al-kanadi. He confessed to The New York Times that he killed civilians in Syria before returning to the greater Toronto area in 2016, where he lives freely and has never been charged with a crime in Canada.

He didn’t even suffer a slap on the wrist for joining the worst, most barbaric organization in the world, that posts videos of beheadings on the internet and targets civilians.

Mohammed Khalifa, who goes by the jihadi name Abu Ridwan, is another Canadian ISIS member; he is currently being held in a crowded Kurdish-run jail in northern Syria.

Impressed by his proficiency in both Arabic and English, the Toronto man became the English voice of ISIS in videos, including the horrific 55-minute Flames of War video. In that film, a man who sounds like Ridwan goes from narrating what’s going on in the video, to standing over men as they dig their own graves and then shooting one of the men in the back of the head. Canadian security experts believe it’s Ridwan, but he has denied that claim.

He says he would like to return to Canada, provided he can bring along his non-canadian wife and their three children, he told The Fifth Estate in a 2019 interview from the prison where he’s being held.

But if his return means he will likely face justice in a Canadian court, Ridwan told the CBC he would rather remain locked up where he is.

“In terms of going back to be judged, then no.”

Good. Canada can safely wipe our hands of him.

As for the rest of them, before any moves are made to repatriate any of these men, the federal government must swiftly pass a retroactive law that ensures all returning men, and perhaps the women, will be sent directly to jail.

This concern for the safety of these men who joined ISIS willingly ... rubs me the wrong way.

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On 7/7/2020 at 11:51 AM, Marshall said:

It’s a nonsensical statement. If those terrorists are in a jail in Syria more than 9,000 kilometres away, obviously Canada is safer than if they were here getting mollycoddled.

What's nonsensical is the notion that they will stay there.

Don't be thinking it's the same level of professional security and procedural detention as exists in Canada. A change in political trajectory or targeted raids can change the game. I want them here, and I want them in jail and I want them secured. Trying to predict the future there is a fools game, if you want to control this beast you grab it by the throat and squeeze. Anything short of that is a weak sister effort in the land of fuzzy bunnies, no one knows how all this turns out and those who say they do are either liars or fools.

Wait a few years and you may find yourself fighting the same people all over again. And it won't be the purveyors of "nonsensical pronouncements" who will be doing that fighting either... 

These guys are war criminals and I want them back, right here, right now and off to jail we go for war crimes. Now, if the plan is to give them bail and watch as they establish a new Toronto street gang, then yes, leave them where they are. If we collectively are too foolish to address the problem at more than a grade 6 level it doesn't matter a damn where they are.... does it? 

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Wolfhunter, you are guilty of fake news.  I never said what you quoted me as saying, it was part of an article that I posted

You doesn't mean you.... it means you, we us and I. I was quoting the article. It came up with your name because you posted it .... that's it that's all. Frankly, I didn't even take note of your name on it....  

And there isn't one damn thing fake about my conclusions

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You doesn't mean you.... it means you, we us and I. I was quoting the article. It came up with your name because you posted it .... that's it that's all.

And there isn't one damn thing fake about my conclusions

So to clarify for everyone else, your post should have said: Marshall posted an article saying...........  ?   And as far as as your conclusions, I guess only time will tell us if you were correct. 

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So to clarify for everyone else,

Not to worry, virtually no one agrees with my position on this.

 After Libya, we had a big parade and many of the Jihadists headed off to Northern Mali.... cool eh? It's a bit like recycling plastic straws from Dog Pound Alberta while Right Whales perish in the Bay of Fundy.

This is a bit dated but speaks to my point. So why leave key elements undone? Just do the work and earn the win.... or stay home. Either is just fine with me but let's pick one and do it right. People should also consider the Khadr effect because most hardcore pronouncements fail to survive first contact in, around and in respect of that part of the world. You usually only achieve that which you were seeking to avoid in the first place.

 https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2019/10/us-literally-doesnt-know-how-many-isis-fighters-have-escaped-syria/160645/

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3 hours ago, Wolfhunter said:

Not to worry, virtually no one agrees with my position on this.

 After Libya, we had a big parade and many of the Jihadists headed off to Northern Mali.... cool eh? It's a bit like recycling plastic straws from Dog Pound Alberta while Right Whales perish in the Bay of Fundy.

This is a bit dated but speaks to my point. So why leave key elements undone? Just do the work and earn the win.... or stay home. Either is just fine with me but let's pick one and do it right. People should also consider the Khadr effect because most hardcore pronouncements fail to survive first contact in, around and in respect of that part of the world. You usually only achieve that which you were seeking to avoid in the first place.

 https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2019/10/us-literally-doesnt-know-how-many-isis-fighters-have-escaped-syria/160645/

Of course some of the countries who currently house Canadian Jihadists do offer a final solution that is not available in Canada.  Execution is a permanent fix. 

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Jihadists do offer a final solution that is not available in Canada. 

Yes, but invoking that places you (we and us) firmly in Khadr territory and that gets pretty pricey. You may like the idea of it ( lots of folks do) but like it or not, Citizenship means something and just what it means will be left to the courts.

Also, consider that when a traitorous Jihadist has dual citizenship it sets up a race between allies to see who can disown him first. We lost round 1 of that in the first 15 seconds and now we own Jack and the UK doesn't.

As if that wasn't enough, making a person stateless by revoking their citizenship violates at least 1 UN directive (and likely more) and we had better hope that our allies and trading partners don't see fit to beat us with the same cane. When JT dropped the VISA requirement for Mexico we inherited a couple of hundred cartel members who came here on fake passports (shhhh, he doesn't want you to know about that BTW). What if Mexico simply revokes their citizenship and refuses them on deportation? It's also noteworthy that the detention facilities these guys are currently in beg to be raided by their Jihadi brothers. The political instability in the area virtually assures you (we and us again) will get to enjoy round 2 of the same fight at some point in the future.

Being that doing the right thing is soooooooo much easier in the long run, I'm shocked at how many people and politicians try to end run the 3 fates. These chicks are dangerous, save your energy for the real fights and hope the witches of fate consider your cause worthy.

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My POV is we should let them serve their sentences in the country that the illegal activity happened.  After they have served the full sentence, then they can use their citizenship to return to Canada. 

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Man drove into motorcyclists in German highway terror attack

Kirsten Grieshaber Published Wednesday, August 19, 2020 7:02AM EDT
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An investigator works on the scene, following several accidents on the city motorway A100 in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Paul Zinken/dpa via AP)

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BERLIN -- An Iraqi-born man deliberately drove his car into motorcycles along a stretch of Berlin highway, leaving at least one person in life-threatening condition in what German officials said Wednesday was a terror attack.

"According to the current state of our investigation we assume this was an Islamist-motivated attack," Berlin's senator for the interior, Andreas Geisel, said. "A religiously motivated background cannot be excluded."

Six people were injured, three of them severely, when the 30-year-old man allegedly drove into several vehicles, intentionally hitting motorcycles, on Tuesday evening, Berlin prosecutors and police said in a joint statement.

The crashes at three different locations happened during rush hour shortly before 7 p.m. local time and led to a complete closure of one of the main traffic arteries of Berlin.

Investigators did not reveal the man's identity, as is customary in Germany, but local media identified the suspect as Samrad D. He is being investigated for three cases of attempted murder.

There were also indications that the man had mental health issues.

"The fact that the suspect was possibly suffering from psychological problems does not make this issue any easier," Geisel said. "If personal problems mix with religiously loaded ideas, this can lead to uncontrollable acts -- yesterday's events have shown in a very painful way how vulnerable our society is."

Police and prosecutors said they were investigating if the suspect was linked to any terrorist group but had not found any indications of that yet.

The suspect, who was driving a black Opel Astra, stopped on the highway after the third crash and put an old ammunition box on the roof of his car, claiming it had explosives inside, the statement said.

Several media reported that the man shouted "allahu akbar" or "God is great" as he got out of his car. The Bild daily reported that he also shouted: "Nobody gets closer, or you will all die."

The suspect then rolled out a prayer carpet and started praying, daily paper Tagesspiegel reported. A police officer of Arabic immigrant background then approached the man, talked to him in Arabic, pulled him away from the car and detained him, the paper reported.

According to Tagesspiegel, the man is known to Berlin police. He was born in Baghdad in 1990 and lived in a refugee home in Berlin. In 2018, he was detained for injuring others and taken to a mental institution for a short time, Tagesspiegel reported.

Dpa reported that the suspect allegedly made references to his plans on Facebook before the attack. He posted photos of the car that he later used in the attack, as well as religious writings, it said.

After the man was detained, hundreds of people stuck on the highway nearby were led away from their cars. Specialists opened the box with a strong jet of water but found only tools inside.

Among the three severely injured people, one is in life-threatening condition, dpa reported. One of the three was a firefighter going home from work, Geisel said. It was not clear if he was the one who is in life-threatening condition.

"If a car intentionally targets motorcycles, they don't have a chance," Geisel said.

The incident led to long traffic jams Tuesday evening. The people who were led away from the site where the suspect was detained and others who were stuck on the highway for hours were getting support from the German Red Cross, the Berlin fire department tweeted Tuesday night.

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Philippines: Twin explosions hit Jolo, killing at least 14

  • 24 August 2020
 
Filipino soldiers carry a comrade on a stretcher, after an explosion in Jolo Island, Sulu province, PhilippinesImage copyrightREUTERS

Twin explosions have ripped through a town in a restive region of the southern Philippines, killing at least 14 people and wounding 75.

Military officials said two bombs went off within an hour of each other in Jolo, Sulu province, on Monday.

They suspect the bombings were carried out by militant Islamists linked to the Abu Sayyaf group.

A spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte condemned the attacks, the worst the country has seen this year.

"Authorities are now conducting an investigation, which includes identifying individuals or groups behind these dastardly attacks," Harry Roque said.

No-one has yet taken responsibility for the explosions. But the southern Philippines have seen a surge in Islamist militancy in recent years and has a long history of separatist violence.

Abu Sayyaf is one of the smallest and most violent jihadist groups in the southern Philippines, known for its kidnap-for-ransom activity and its brutality, including beheadings.

Listed by the US as a terrorist organisation, the group has pledged allegiance to so-called Islamic State, and has carried out kidnappings of both foreigners and Filipinos.

Monday's bombings come after the arrest earlier this month of an Abu Sayyaf leader on the southern island of Mindanao.

Security forces had been on alert for possible reprisal attacks.

How did the bombings unfold?

The military said the first explosion happened at around midday (05:00 GMT) on a busy street in Jolo, the capital of Sulu.

Lt-Gen Corleto Vinluan said an improvised explosive device attached to a motorcycle went off near a military truck outside a supermarket.

 

As police and soldiers descended on the scene, a second blast erupted on the same street at short time later.

"A female suicide bomber detonated herself as a soldier stopped her from entering the cordoned area," Lt-Col Ronaldo Mateo, an army spokesman, told local media.

Eight members of the security forces and six civilians were killed, while 27 security personnel and 48 civilians were wounded in the explosions, reports say. The bomber also died.

 

The mayor of Jolo locked down the town after the blasts and the Philippine Coast Guard issued a "red alert" for Sulu and several other areas nearby.

The blasts happened not far from the site of a suicide bomb attack that killed more than 20 people at a Catholic cathedral in January 2019. Authorities blamed a group linked to Abu Sayyaf.

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 So far in 2020

" During this time period, there were 1691 Islamic attacks in 44 countries, in which 8137 people were killed and 5948 injured"

 

Grisly beheading of teacher in terror attack rattles France

Last Updated Friday, October 16, 2020 7:25PM EDT

PARIS - For the second time in three weeks, terror struck France, this time with the gruesome beheading of a history teacher in a street in a Paris suburb. The suspected attacker was shot and killed by police.

French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he called an “Islamist terrorist attack” and urged the nation to stand united against extremism. The teacher had discussed caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad with his class, authorities said.

The French anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation for murder with a suspected terrorist motive. Four people, one a minor, were detained hours later, the office of anti-terror prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said without elaborating. Police typically fan out to find family and friends of potential suspects in terror cases

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