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'Terrorist' or 'psychopath'? Complex picture of Dutch attack suspect

'Terrorist' or 'psychopath'? Complex picture of Dutch attack suspectThe prime suspect in a deadly shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht was known for a “rap sheet from here to Tokyo” but showed few signs of radicalism, according to residents and reports. Turkish-born Gokmen Tanis, 37, had been released from jail only two weeks ago in a rape case and has an extensive criminal record including for the possession of illegal weapons. Police were still questioning Tanis over Monday’s rampage in which three people were killed, saying they were “seriously” investigating a terrorist motive because of a letter found in his getaway car.



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'Terrorist' or 'psychopath'? Complex picture of Dutch attack suspect

'Terrorist' or 'psychopath'? Complex picture of Dutch attack suspectThe prime suspect in a deadly shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht was known for a “rap sheet from here to Tokyo” but showed few signs of radicalism, according to residents and reports. Turkish-born Gokmen Tanis, 37, had been released from jail only two weeks ago in a rape case and has an extensive criminal record including for the possession of illegal weapons. Police were still questioning Tanis over Monday’s rampage in which three people were killed, saying they were “seriously” investigating a terrorist motive because of a letter found in his getaway car.



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Iran condemns Britain for listing ally Hezbollah as 'terrorist' group

Iran condemns Britain for listing ally Hezbollah as 'terrorist' groupIran criticized Britain for its decision to list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, saying on Saturday it ignored both the will of a large portion of the Lebanese people and the Tehran-backed group’s role in fighting Islamic State. Britain said on Monday it planned to ban all wings of Hezbollah, which is deemed a terrorist organization by Washington, due to its destabilizing influence in the Middle East, having previously proscribed its external security unit and its military wing. “This British measure signifies deliberately ignoring a large part of the Lebanese people and the legitimacy and the legal position of Hezbollah in Lebanon’s administrative and political structure,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.



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UK 'terrorist' stabbing suspect held under mental health law

UK 'terrorist' stabbing suspect held under mental health lawA British probe into a stabbing at a Manchester railway station on New Year’s Eve which injured three people is being treated as “a terrorist investigation”, the city’s police force said on Tuesday. The 25-year-old man who was arrested at the scene on Monday night is now being detained under a mental health law, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said late Tuesday. The suspect reportedly shouted “Allah” and “long live the Caliphate” during what GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins called a “horrific attack” on three people, including a police officer.



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Amsterdam stabbing suspect had 'terrorist' motive, officials say

Amsterdam stabbing suspect had 'terrorist' motive, officials sayAn Afghan man shot by police at Amsterdam’s central station on Friday after stabbing two American tourists had a “terrorist” motive, city officials said on Saturday. The suspect, who was identified as a 19-year-old Afghan with a German residence permit, was questioned on Saturday in hospital where he was being treated for gunshot wounds to his lower body. “First statements made by the suspect indicate he had a terrorist motive,” Amsterdam city council said in a statement.



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Two US citizens hurt in Dutch 'terrorist' knife attack

Two US citizens hurt in Dutch 'terrorist' knife attackDutch officials Saturday said a knife-wielding attacker who wounded two US citizens at Amsterdam Central Station a day before “had a terrorist motive”. “Following an initial statement by the suspect it has emerged that the man had a terrorist motive,” Amsterdam City Hall said in a statement after police had questioned the suspect. US ambassador Pete Hoekstra earlier confirmed both the victims, who were rushed to hospital after Friday’s attack, were American citizens.



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Turkey detains students after Erdogan's 'terrorist' rebuke

Turkey detains students after Erdogan's 'terrorist' rebukeTurkish police on Sunday were holding seven students from a prestigious Istanbul university after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused them of behaving like “terrorists” for staging an action opposing his military campaign in Syria. Police stormed a students’ dormitory and a house at Bogazici University around dawn Sunday and detained three students — two men and one woman, lawyer Inayet Aksu told AFP.



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Niger buries soldiers killed in 'terrorist' attack

Niger buries soldiers killed in 'terrorist' attackNiger on Saturday buried soldiers killed in an ambush this week on the Niger-Mali border, which also claimed the lives of US special forces troops in the country to provide anti-terror support. Nigerien Defence Minister Kalla Moutari, US ambassador Eunice Reddick and other lawmakers watched as the four bodies were taken from the city morgue in Niamey, before being buried in a cemetery. With tears in their eyes, the widows, children and relatives of those killed also took part in the ceremony, during which Nigerien soldiers praised their fallen comrades for their “dynamism” and “bravery” in the fight against “terrorists”.



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Niger buries soldiers killed in 'terrorist' attack

Niger buries soldiers killed in 'terrorist' attackNiger on Saturday buried soldiers killed in an ambush this week on the Niger-Mali border, which also claimed the lives of US special forces troops in the country to provide anti-terror support. Nigerien Defence Minister Kalla Moutari, US ambassador Eunice Reddick and other lawmakers watched as the four bodies were taken from the city morgue in Niamey, before being buried in a cemetery. With tears in their eyes, the widows, children and relatives of those killed also took part in the ceremony, during which Nigerien soldiers praised their fallen comrades for their “dynamism” and “bravery” in the fight against “terrorists”.



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Russia arrests two suspected 'terrorist' recruiters

Russia arrests two suspected 'terrorist' recruitersTwo suspected recruiters of “terrorists” from Central Asia were arrested in Saint Petersburg, justice authorities said on Saturday, in connection with a deadly bomb attack on the Russian city’s metro. One suspect, aged 32, is accused of recruiting for the Islamic State group, while the other, aged 39, faces allegations of being a recruiter for “terrorist organisations in Syria”. One of the two is from the Osh region of Kyrgyzstan, an area known for the number of recruits it has provided for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.



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