A day after the bloody car attack in the UK police and soldiers managed to prevent another such attack in Antwerpen, Belgium. The assailant known to have a criminal record, a French Moroccan named Mohamed R. drove towards the cities most famous shoppingcentre (the Meir) at high speed. However all pedestrians managed to avoid being hit by his car. An army patrol at the scene reacted at once, the soldiers tried to stop the attacker. The coward fled right away probably after spotting the soldiers. Shortly after his escape the man was arrested by Antwerpens police. According to a police spokesman many weapons were found in the car among them knives and a riotgun. Belgiums security was allready on high alert, and according to the meir additional security measures have been declared after this incident.
Yesterday afternoon a man armed with a knife drove with his car into a crowd of people walking across Westminster bridge. Behind him he left 29 wounded ( 7 in critical condition) and 2 deads. He than tried to reach the parliament buildings where he stabbed an unarmed policeofficer (48 year old PC Keith Palmer, who had 15 years of service with the parliamentary and diplomatic protection service. He was a husband and father) Shortly after which he was killed by armed policemen responding to the emergency. Another identified victim is Aysha Frade, 43, who worked as a teacher in London. A mother-of-two riginating from Spain. Among the wounded were students from France and the UK, tourists from Korea, Australia, Romania and Germany. One of the victims was rescued from the water, its unclear if she fell or jumped into the water. Investigators say they believe they know the identity of the attacker, and that he is thought to have acted alone but was “inspired by international terrorism”. They are investigating possible associates. This morning police conducted a raid against suspected adresses, arresting 8 people.
Two soldiers patrolling Orly airport in Paris have shot a man dead after he tackled their female colleague to the floor and tried to take her weapon, according to French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. He tackled the woman and was able to grabb her gun, he used her as a shield. When he rose up a little the other soldiers got a chance to shoot him. The man, a known criminal named Zyian Belgacem, had earlier in the day opened fire on a police officer during an identity check in the northern Paris suburb of Garges-les-Gonesse, according to Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux. He was stopped by an officer for traffic violations. At some point he unarmed the policeman and shot him. The officer was only slightly injured. Then, Paris police said, he stole a woman's car at gunpoint. It was found near Orly. Police did not immediately provide a motive or identify the attacker, though the Paris prosecutor's office said he was 39 and had a record of robbery and drug offenses. The office said he did not appear in a French government database of people considered potential threats to national security. The prosecutor's office said its anti-terrorism division was handling the investigation and had taken the attacker's father and brother into custody for questioning. Francois Hollande, the French president, praised the courage and efficiency of troops and police following Saturday's incidents. In a written statement, Hollande reaffirmed the state's "determination to act without respite to fight terrorism, defend our compatriots' security and ensure the protection of the territory".
Due to a terrorisme alert a large mall in Essen, Germany was closed by the police. A thorough search was conducted, the mall is safe now but remains closed untill monday. An estimated 60.000 people visit this mall with over 200 stores and restaurants every weekend. Police spokesman told the press that 2 men have been arrested in Oberhausen. 1 at a house in that town and another in an internet cafe. They had contacts with a foreign member of IS according to the police, this man gave the order to set off a bomb in Essen. He also provided a guide how to make a bomb.
Its the third time since 2016 that Essen is a target. In april 2016 two Turks attacked a Sikh wedding with a bomb causing 3 injured people and a policeman was stabbed in his neck some weeks later.
2 attacks in 24 hours. At the main trainstation a man ( refugee from former Yougoslavia) attacked people with an axe. 7 people injured, 3 of them bad. Police spokesman said the man was not a terrorist but confused......he could be arrested after he jumped from a bridge. The man is held in a prisonhospital.
Second attack was carried out with a machete, only 1 victim slightly injured. No details known about this guy but again police say that it had nothing to do with terrorism.....
This man is still on the run from the authorities.
Today in paris in a mall near the Louvre museum a terrorist attacked French soldiers on patrol with 2 machettes. He shouted Allah Akbar according to wittnesses. The attacker lightly injuried one of the soldiers before getting shot and hit 5 times by another soldier. He was badly injured and transported to a hospital. The man carried a bag with him, but no explosives were found, in his house no weapons or explosives were found either. The man is a 29 year old Egyptian, he came from Dubai using a tourist visum. Another man was arrested at the scene because police found he acted suspicious. Nothing is known about the mans identity or his motives.
The killer responsible for the attack on nightclub Reina has been arrested. Its Abdulgadir Masjaripov from Uzbekistan. Masjaripov was arrested in Istanbul living in a luxury appartment with 3 women his son and a friend from Kirgizia. According to the police he is trained in Afghanistan. Police kept the man under surveillance for 5 days before arresting him. Additional investigations are ongoing to find out more about his network.
Today 3 terrorists carried out an attack against Izmirs courthouse. Police stopped the terrorists before they could reach the court itself. Their car carrying a heavy bomb, was stopped at a gate. After a brief firefight the terrorists blew up their bomb. In the exchange of fire and the aftermath of the explosion a policeman and an employee of the court died. Two of the 3 terrorists are dead, a third fled from the scene. Izmirs governor thinks the PKK is behind this ltest attack, however IS could have done this as well. None of these groups have claimed resposibilty.
The Royal netherlands Airforce has a place to honour and commemorate fallen soldiers and airmen. Its located near the national military museum just a few steps from the parking place overlooking the runway at the Former airbase Soesterberg.
View at the museum from the monument.
The monument has two sites. The first site has a large statue with the airforce weapon on it, around it is a large plain where ceremonies can be held. Every year on july 1 the airforce helds a ceremony here to commemorate the men.
The second part has a U shaped wall with the names of all fallen soldiers. Several signs are placed along the route. On one of them are the names of the pilots who died in the fighting of may 1940. There is also a plaquette with the areas the airforce fought in.
The new year started with the first terror attack.
This time nightclub Reina in Istanbul, the scene of jet another massacre. According to a wittness the gunman first shot a policeman outside the club. After that he fired round after round inside the club at the defenseless victims, according to the owner 500 to 600 people must have been inside. 39 of them were killed and 90 wounded of which 4 serious. A newspaper journalist spoke of victims from Iran, Palestine, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia and Israel. Camaera footage shows the man running outside changing his cloths. He has not been arrested. No responsability has been claimed either, but judging at the victims this must have been the work of ISIS.
The Nigerian army has captured a large camp from Boko Haram in the north east. According to president Buhari this is a major victory over the terror organisation. The camp was the last major one in the northeast.
A spokesman of the army claimed that 1900 women and children have been freed. Over 500 inhabitants of the camp have been arrested.
A bad day for democracy and freedom, attacks in Turkey and Switzerland and now in Berlin. 12 people are dead and dozens injured. A man hijacked a Polish truck and stabbed the driver moments before the attack when the driver tried to avoid that. He than drove into crowds at a busy Christmas market near the famous Gedachtniskirche. After his cowardly attack he shot the Polish driver and fled the scene. Police arrested a Pakistani aged 23 about 2 km from the truck shortly after the attack. But this man claimed not to be the killer, subsequently he was released from custody after proven to be innocent. The killer was a Tunesian refugee aged 24 named Anis Amri. He has been shot and killed by Italian police in Milan. He was on the run for four days. Amri had 10 different passports, police is busy with an investigation why he was caught in Italy, why he took the train to Italy.
Three people (aged 30, 35 and 56) were wounded in a shootout near an Islamic center in central Zurich on Monday, police said. Swiss media said a suspect was on the run after the incident near the main train station in Switzerland's financial capital after a long manhunt police discovered the body of the shooter. It was not immediately clear whether the Islamic center or any of the other businesses registered buildings nearby, were the target of the attack, or what any motive might have been. People at the scene told Reuters they prayed at the center, which was used as a mosque, often by Somalis. Zurich police confirmed people had been wounded in the incident on Zurich's Eisgasse, but gave no more details. A police official is expected to give a pressconference. Roughly 20 police officers were present and an ambulance had driven away, a Reuters witness said. There was no word on the condition of the wounded. The center is registered as an association enabling Muslims to practice their religion, particularly through instruction on Islamic beliefs and teachings, as well as providing for the preservation of Islamic cultural values and scientific seminars, according to Swiss business data website Moneyhouse. Across Switzerland, two thirds of its 8.3 million residents identify as Christian but the nation has been wrestling with the role of Islam as its Muslim population has risen to 5 percent, particularly with the arrival of immigrants from the former Yugoslavia. In 2009, a nationwide vote backed a constitutional ban on new minarets. The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Switzerland said the center was not a member and it did not have any direct knowledge of the incident. Another umbrella group, the Swiss Islamic Central Council, was not immediately available for comment.
The Russian ambassador in Ankara has been killed in a shooting at an art gallery in the Turkish capital. Reports said Andrei Karlov was attending the opening of an exhibit at a contemporary arts centre when he was attacked. Karlov was several minutes into a speech at the exhibit when a man shouted “Allahu Akbar” and fired at least eight shots, according to an AP photographer who was present. The attacker also smashed some of the photographs, AP reported. Karlov had died at the scene, his attacker was killed shortley after when Turkish security forces stormed the room. According to witnesses the attacker could get close claiming he was a policeofficer (confirmed to be a 22 year old policeman, his roommate was arrested together with some the killers relatives.) Other statements claimed the attacker blamed Russia for the tragedy in Syria.
Turkish authorities has no clue why he shot the ambassador. A reason can be that Karlov had been one of the negotiators in the peace deal in Syria regarding Alleppo. The shooting comes just 3 days before a sceduled meeting with Russias foreign affairs secretary.
Its also embarrasing for security forces in Turkey being a NATO partner that such a high profile VIP can be targeted and killed so easily specially since the killer comes from within their securityforces. President Putin has called a meeting with his security advisors according to Russian officals. Moscow and Ankara also opened a hotline to share information.
New terror attack this time in Istanbul. Two explosions killed 38 people and wounded another 155, among the dead are 30 policeofficers. The police men were gathered outside Istanbuls Besiktas stadium. The attack came two hours after the game, supporters and players were allready gone at that time. The first explosion was caused by a car bomb after that another man, possible a suicide bomber blew himself up. Reporters also spoke of a short exchange of gunfire.
So far nobody claimed responsability. Police spokesmen said 13 people were taken into custody.