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Stockholm truck attacker pleads guilty as trial opens

STOCKHOLM: An Uzbek asylum seeker who confessed to wanting to mow down "infidels" in an April 2017 Stockholm truck attack that killed five people pleaded guilty to terrorism charges on Tuesday as his trial opened. Rakhmat Akilov appeared handcuffed in Stockholm's special high-security courtroom, wearing green prison clothes and with a shaved head and a beard, accompanied by his lawyer Johan Eriksson. Akilov, whose Swedish asylum application had been rejected in 2016, had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group…

Several wounded in Russian knife attack, attacker shot dead

MOSCOW: From seven to eight people were wounded in a knife attack in the Russian Siberian city of Surgut, local criminal investigators said on Saturday, adding that the attacker had been shot dead by police. The militant Islamic State group, monitored in Cairo, said one of its fighters had carried out the attack, though a Russian law enforcement spokeswoman would not comment on whether police regarded the incident as terrorism related. "A man was moving along the main streets stabbing people", the local law enforcement…

Spain attacker showed ‘no sign of radicalisation’: father

BARCELONA: Residents of Melouiya, a village high in Morocco's Atlas Mountains, are in shock at the news two of their sons were implicated in terror attacks in Spain. A traditional tent set up on a rocky patch of ground near the rough stone house of the Oukabir family, originally intended for a wedding reception, has been turned into a funeral tent. "Joy has given way to sadness and pain," said Abderrahim, in his forties, an uncle of the Oukabir brothers. Driss Oukabir, 27, was arrested in the Spanish town of Ripoll…

Man jailed for kicking Berlin woman down station stairs

BERLIN: A man who kicked a woman down the stairs at a Berlin subway station last year has jailed for two years and eleven months for grievous bodily harm. The CCTV video emerged last October of an unprovoked attack on a woman at Hermannstrasse subway station shocked Germans and went viral. The woman suffered a broken arm and a head wound. Her attacker, a 28-year-old Bulgarian, named at the trial as Svetoslav S, is seen in the video with a group of three other men. He said he did not remember the incident but admitted…

Police reveal Manchester attacker’s petty criminal past

MANCHESTER: British police revealed the Manchester suicide bomber's petty criminal past on Tuesday as the train station next to the scene of last week's attack reopened for the first time since the carnage at a pop concert that left 22 people dead. Police said 22-year-old bomber Salman Abedi had appeared in police records over theft, receiving stolen goods and assault in 2012 but was never flagged up for any radical views. "He was known to the police for some relatively minor matters," Manchester police chief Ian…

UK police seek information about Manchester attacker’s suitcase

LONDON: British police released a picture of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi on Monday that showed him wheeling a blue suitcase on the day of the suicide attack last week, asking the public to come forward with information as their investigation continues. Abedi killed 22 people in a suicide bombing at a concert by US singer Ariana Grande last Monday, in the deadliest militant attack in Britain for 12 years. "We continue to track the final movements of Salman Abedi and are particularly interested in his whereabouts…

London Parliament attacker Khalid Masood: ‘Jack the lad’ turned killer

LONDON: Khalid Masood, the Briton behind this week's terror attack on parliament, was a Muslim convert with a history of violence who was known to security services but only as a "peripheral" figure.             Police said the 52-year-old father, who also used the names Adrian Elms and Adrian Russell Ajao, was not under investigation when he went on the rampage in Westminster on Wednesday, killing four people. Masood was born on Christmas Day 1964 to a single mother, who remarried when he was young and brought him and…

London parliament attack: Khalid Masood ‘a nice guy’ turned extremist

LONDON: The attacker who ploughed a car through a throng of pedestrians and then stabbed a policeman outside Britain's parliament was named on Thursday as Khalid Masood, a British-born man who was once investigated by MI5 intelligence officers over concerns about violent extremism. The death toll from Wednesday's attack on the heart of Britain's democracy grew to five as police said one of the injured, a 75-year-man, had died in hospital after his life support was withdrawn. That number included Masood, 52, who was…

Turkey says New Year’s nightclub attacker captured in Istanbul

ISTANBUL: Turkish police have captured the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day after a two-week manhunt, authorities said on Tuesday, seizing him with four other suspects at a hideout in an outlying suburb of the city. Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin named the man as Abdulgadir Masharipov and said he was born in 1983 in Uzbekistan and received training in Afghanistan. He had admitted his guilt and his fingerprints matched those at the scene, Sahin said. "He knew four languages and was…

Turkey says identity of Istanbul attacker established, manhunt goes on

ISTANBUL: Turkey has established the identity of the gunman who killed 39 people in an attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day, its foreign minister said, and further arrests were made on Wednesday, but the attacker himself remains at large. The gunman shot dead a police officer and a civilian at the entrance to the exclusive Reina nightclub on Sunday then opened fire with an automatic rifle inside, reloading his weapon half a dozen times and shooting the wounded as they lay on the ground. Islamic State has…