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US synagogue suffers 20 minutes of terror

US synagogue suffers 20 minutes of terrorGunman Robert Bowers only needed 20 minutes to sow terror at the Tree of Life synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh, where congregants had gathered peacefully for Shabbat services marking a day of rest. Shortly before 10 am (1400 GMT) the 46-year-old Bowers — who had penned virulent anti-Semitic messages on social networks — burst into the synagogue armed with an assault rifle and three handguns. Stephen Weiss, a member of the congregation who was inside the building, told the Tribune-Review newspaper he heard dozens of shots coming from the front lobby.



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Germany deports man convicted over 9/11 terror attack 17 years after atrocity

Germany deports man convicted over 9/11 terror attack 17 years after atrocityGermany has deported a Moroccan man who acted as a “book-keeper” for the 9/11 terrorists, 17 years after the deadly attacks. Mounir el Motassadeq, a member of a terrorist organisation known as the called “Hamburg cell”, was imprisoned in 2006 after he was convicted of aiding lead hijacker Mohamed Atta and two other al-Qaeda extremists by paying their tuition and rent to keep the pretence that they were students. Almost 3,000 people were killed when two hijacked planes were flown into the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001.



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10 minutes of terror: A quake, a tsunami and a missing son

10 minutes of terror: A quake, a tsunami and a missing sonPALU, Indonesia (AP) — The Muslim call to prayer had just started echoing across the Indonesian city of Palu when Musrifah's home began to shake violently.



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Pope honours victims of Holocaust, Soviet terror in Lithuania

Pope honours victims of Holocaust, Soviet terror in LithuaniaPope Francis on Sunday paid homage to Holocaust victims who perished in the Vilnius ghetto, 75 years to the day after the Nazis liquidated it, and remembered those who risked and lost their lives to challenge the Soviet regime in Lithuania. Pre-war Lithuania was home to a thriving Jewish community of more than 200,000 people known as “Litvaks”, with its capital Vilnius a hub of learning known as the “Jerusalem of the North”.



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The Latest: Terror studied as possible motive for stabbings

The Latest: Terror studied as possible motive for stabbingsAMSTERDAM (AP) — The Latest on stabbings at Amsterdam's main train station (all times local):



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Two US citizens stabbed in possible terror attack at Amsterdam station

Two US citizens stabbed in possible terror attack at Amsterdam stationTwo bystanders who were seriously injured in a knife attack at Amsterdam's Central Station are US citizens, the US ambassador said Saturday. "We are aware that both victims were US citizens and have been in touch with them and their families," Pete Hoekstra said in a statement. Police shot and wounded a 19-year-old Afghan man with a German residency permit. He stabbed the two people at the Dutch capital's busy station in the city centre on Friday. "We are seriously taking into account that there was a terrorist motive," Amsterdam police spokesman Frans Zuiderhoek told AFP. Earlier witnesses described scenes of panic as gunshots rang out and thousands of commuters and tourists were evacuated from the rail terminus shortly after midday on Friday.  "A man in the west side tunnel of Amsterdam Central Station stabbed two other people and directly after that he was shot by the police," another police spokesman Rob van der Veen said, adding terrorism was not being ruled out by investigators. Security official stands guard outside Amsterdam's main railway station. Credit: Remko De Waal/AFP "The two people are very badly injured, and they were brought to the hospital," he said. "We are looking at all scenarios, also the worst scenario, which is terrorism." One witness said he saw a young man "stumble" into his flower shop at the station with a bleeding wound to his hand. "Shortly afterwards I heard some shots and I know something has gone badly wrong," Richard Snelders told the ANP news agency. A while later he saw another man lying on the ground nearby, he said. "The first thing that comes up in your mind is that it's a terror attack. After all, you are at Amsterdam Central Station. There was a lot of panic," Snelders said. Police quickly arrived at the scene with video images showing police ordering the suspect in English to "stay down" after he had been shot. Images posted on social media showed security guards ushering passengers towards exits and paramedics arriving at the scene with stretchers. Police spokesman Zuiderhoek said the knifeman's condition was not life-threatening, but that he had been shot in the lower body. "At this moment he is under police custody in hospital. He is being questioned about his motive," Zuiderhoek added. Profile | Geert Wilders Dutch police were also in close contact with their German counterparts in regards to the suspect's background, he added. Two platforms at the station – located in the Dutch capital's historic canal-ringed city centre – had been evacuated and closed off to passengers, police said, and were reopened for rail traffic two hours later. A special police department opened a routine probe into why police shot the man. The Netherlands has so far been spared from the slew of terror attacks which have rocked its closest European neighbours in the past few years. But amid a number of scares and reports that people linked to some of those attacks may have crossed briefly into the country, top Dutch security and intelligence officials have stressed that the threat level is substantial. Police declined to speculate on the reasons for Friday's incident, but the Afghan Taliban in a statement Thursday called for attacks on Dutch troops following plans by Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders to stage a Prophet Mohammed cartoon competition in the Dutch parliament. Wilders, who received several death threats has since cancelled the competition which has angered Muslims and sparked protests, saying he wanted to "avoid the risk of making people victims of Islamist violence". Around 250,000 people travel through Central Station every day, according to statistics provided by the Amsterdam.info travel guide.  



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Police investigate possible terror link to double stabbing at Amsterdam station

Police investigate possible terror link to double stabbing at Amsterdam stationA knife attacker on Friday stabbed two people at Amsterdam's Central Station before being shot by police in a suspected terror attack, Dutch police said. The suspect was identified late on Friday evening as a 19-year-old Afghan man with a German residency permit. "We are seriously taking into account that there was a terrorist motive," Frans Zuiderhoek, Amsterdam police spokesman, told AFP. Witnesses described scenes of panic earlier as gunshots sounded and thousands of commuters and tourists were evacuated from the rail terminus shortly after midday. "Around 12.10 a man in the west side tunnel of Amsterdam Central Station stabbed two other people and directly after that he was shot by the police," another police spokesman Rob van der Veen said, adding terrorism was not being ruled out by investigators. "The two people are very badly injured, and they were brought to the hospital," he said. "We are looking at all scenarios, also the worst scenario, which is terrorism." Policemen and forensic scientists are at work after a stabbing incident at the central station in Amsterdam Credit:  REMKO DE WAAL/AFP One witness said he saw a young man "stumble" into his flower shop at the station with a bleeding wound to his hand. "Shortly afterwards I heard some shots and I know something has gone badly wrong," Richard Snelders told the ANP news agency. A while later he saw another man lying on the ground nearby, he said. "The first thing that comes up in your mind is that it's a terror attack. After all, you are at Amsterdam Central Station. There was a lot of panic," Snelders said. Police quickly arrived at the scene with video images showing police ordering the suspect in English to "stay down" after he had been shot. "It happened really quickly," Mr Snelders said. Images posted on social media showed security guards ushering passengers towards exits and paramedics arriving at the scene with stretchers. Mr Zuiderhoek said the knifeman's condition was not life-threatening, but that he had been shot in the lower body. "At this moment he is under police custody in hospital. He is being questioned about his motive," Mr Zuiderhoek added. Dutch police were also in close contact with their German counterparts in regards to the suspect's background, he added. Policemen are at work after the stabbing incident  Credit: SEM VAN DER WAL/AFP Initially, police said that the station – located in the Dutch capital's historic canal-ringed city centre – had been evacuated and closed off to all rail traffic. However, police shortly afterwards issued an update to say there was "no talk" of a complete evacuation and that only two platforms had been closed off to passengers. A special police department opened a routine probe into why police shot the man. The Netherlands has so far been spared from the spate of terror attacks which have rocked its closest European neighbours in the past few years. But amid reports that people linked to those attacks may have crossed into the country, senior Dutch security and intelligence officials have warned of an elevated risk. Passengers are pictured outside the Central Railway Station in Amsterdam  Credit:  GERMAIN MOYON/AFP Police declined to speculate on the reasons for Friday's incident, but the Afghan Taliban in a statement Thursday called for attacks on Dutch troops following plans by Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders to stage a Prophet Mohammed cartoon competition in the Dutch parliament. The plan angered Muslims and sparked protests before Mr Wilders, who received several death threats, announced he was cancelling the competition, saying he wanted to "avoid the risk of making people victims of Islamist violence". About 250,000 people travel through Central Station every day, according to statistics provided by the Amsterdam.info travel guide.



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After Indonesian earthquake terror, hundreds trek down from volcano

After Indonesian earthquake terror, hundreds trek down from volcanoBy Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Fergus Jensen JAKARTA (Reuters) – Nearly 700 trekkers headed down Mount Rinjani on Indonesia’s tourist island of Lombok on Monday, a day after a powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.4 terrified the climbers as boulders tumbled down the slopes of the volcano. Officials said the death toll from Sunday’s earthquake, which was centered on the northern part of Lombok, but was also felt on the resort island of Bali to the west, stood at 16. “I thought I was going to die,” said John Robyn Buenavista, a 23-year-old American, who was at the summit when the quake hit.



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Guatemalans recall terror of eruption

Guatemalans recall terror of eruptionSitting on the floor of the community shelter where he and his family found refuge, Manuel Lopez breathed a sigh of relief Monday after his close call with Guatemala’s deadly Fuego volcano. Barefoot, with his wife and two-month-old daughter sleeping on a blanket by his side, the 22-year-old recalled the terror that gripped his family as a tide of boiling mud and ash suddenly swept into their hillside home. The floor of the community hall in Escuintla, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the Guatemalan capital, is temporary home to 272 people, including many children, who managed to outrun a surge of fiery rock and scalding mud when Fuego exploded on Sunday.



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Paris terror attack: Knifeman shot dead by police after killing one and injuring four was Russian, sources say

Paris terror attack: Knifeman shot dead by police after killing one and injuring four was Russian, sources sayThe knifeman who killed one person and wounded four others in a suspected terror attack in central Paris was a Russian born in Chechnya in 1997, a judicial source said on Sunday. Armed with a knife, the attacker lunged at bystanders in the French capital on Saturday night, killing at least one man and injuring four others before being shot dead by police. The assailant shouted ‘Allahu Akhbar’ (Arabic for God is greatest) as he struck pedestrians. Two of the injured were in serious condition. His parents have been taken into custody, the source added. Forensic officers and French policemen walk in Monsigny street in Paris centre after one person was killed and several injured by a man armed with a knife Credit: AFP Islamic State of the Iraq and the Levant (Isil) claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE monitoring group, but provided no corroborating proof. In a tweet, the French President Emmanuel Macron said: “France is paying the price of blood once again but is not yielding an inch to the enemies of freedom "I salute on behalf of all French people the courage of the police officers who neutralised the terrorist," he added  The attack took place around 9pm on rue Monsigny in the heart of Paris near the Palais Garnier Opera House in the 2nd arrondissement. The area, which has many cafés, restaurants, cinemas and theatres, was packed with people out for the evening. Policemen stand guard in Paris centre after one person was killed and several injured in a knife attack in Paris on May 12, 2018. The assailant was killed by police Credit: AFP PHOTO  The unnamed attacker targeted five people and then fled, according to Paris police and a witness. A 29-year-old man was killed, and four others were injured.  Police first attempted to taser the attacker, but opened fire after failing to subdue him, witnesses said. Police cordoned off the area after the attack and emergency vehicles converged on the neighbourhood. The attacker, who was dressed in black and reportedly looked in his early 20s, was not carrying ID and Pierre Gaudin, an official at Paris Prefecture,  said his motives were still unknown. Forensic officers were examining evidence at the scene and police said they would try to identify the attacker from his fingerprints and DNA, and by using facial recognition technology. Loic Travers, a police union spokesman, said the onslaught was similar to a knife attack carried out by a suspected jihadist in Marseille last year.  Forensic officers and French policemen stand in Monsigny street in Paris centre Credit: AFP François Molins, the Paris prosecutor, said a terrorism investigation had been opened and confirmed the attacker had shouted “Allahu Akbar”. Yvan Assioma, a police union spokesman, described the man as "bearded, with long hair.” Mr Assioma said he "looked North African.” Mr Collomb said his “first thoughts are with the victims of this odious act.” He added: "I salute the sang-froid and quick reactions of the police.” Kiomi, a woman who witnessed the attack, described the assailant as “dark-haired, of medium build.” Another witness, Fiona Zanetti, said she was in a restaurant when the attack happened. “The guy just targeted people, at random it seemed, attacking them in the street where they were standing or walking. People started running.” A third witness, a restaurant worker, said: “There was a lady standing near the entrance of the restaurant and he went for her and then stabbed her boyfriend. There was chaos, and then there were two shots.” Firefighters vehicles block Saint Augustin street in Paris centre after one person was killed and several injured  Credit: AFP Charles Pellegrin, a journalist, said: “I came out of a comedy show and was told to go back inside immediately because there was a madman with a knife. Once inside, we heard sirens and two gun shots.” More than 245 people have been killed in a string of jihadist attacks across France in the past three years.  In November 2015, gunmen wearing suicide vests killed 130 people at the Bataclan concert venue and nearby bars and restaurants. On 14 July 2016, a Tunisian man drove a 19-ton lorry into crowds of families on the Nice beachfront as they watched a Bastille Day fireworks display. The Isil group claimed both attacks. A knife attack outside the main railway station in Marseille in October last year that killed two young women was claimed by Isil, but French investigators have not confirmed it was a jihadist attack. In March this year, four people were killed by an Islamist armed with a gun and a knife, who attacked motorists, police and supermarket shoppers near Carcassone, in southern France. Arnaud Beltrame, a gendarme, was killed after volunteering to take the place of a woman hostage. Islamists have repeatedly targeted French police. In a 2016 attack, a policeman and his partner were stabbed to death at their home.  



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