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Terrorist looked into camera and smiled before 2017 Barcelona attack that killed 16

BARCELONA: Chilling images published in the Spanish media on Monday show men in a terror cell preparing explosives ahead of last year’s jihadist attacks in Barcelona and a nearby seaside resort that killed 16 people. In one picture, a plotter smiles and points to the sky while wearing an explosives belt around his waist. In another, two men pose for the camera as they make the explosives. There is an even a picture of one man posing next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. One of the men preparing the explosives is Younes…

Anyone could be a terrorist – the security challenge for Harry and Meghan’s wedding

LONDON: When more than 100,000 flag-waving, cheering royal fans gather for the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle next month, British police will be treating every one as a potential terrorist, prankster or royal obsessive. Barriers to stop vehicle attacks, armed patrols, and airport-style security will be among the measures employed in what will be one of the largest police operations the picturesque town of Windsor has ever seen. “It is a real challenge,” said Bob Broadhurst, a former police officer who was…

FATF meets today to discuss proposal to put Pakistan on grey-list

PARIS: The week-long meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global anti-money laundering body, begins today here with a proposal on its agenda to include Pakistan on a watch-list of countries having failed to combat terrorist financing. The meetings of FATF that begins today will continue till February 23 to discuss important issues to protect the integrity of the global financial system and contribute to security. It would also take up a motion put forward by the United States and its allies to put Pakistan…

Pakistan must take action against terrorists sanctuaries, says US

WASHINGTON: The United States says it expects Islamabad to take action against alleged terrorists sanctuaries inside Pakistan, a top American diplomat has said. Deputy secretary of state John J Sullivan, who recently returned from a visit to Afghanistan, said the US also expects Pakistan to contribute to a lasting and enduring peace in the region. "That was certainly part of my conversations with the Afghan leadership," Sullivan said in a briefing with reporters on his return, according to Press Trust of India. "We…

Pakistan condemns terrorist attack on Kabul hotel

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has condemned the terrorist attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel that killed five people and injured several others. Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal condemned the incident in a statement and said terrorism was not acceptable. Gunmen stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces. Several people had been killed and at least six wounded in the attack, which came days after a U.S. embassy warning of possible attacks…

No more terrorist sanctuaries exist in Pakistan, says prime minister

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday said Pakistan had achieved remarkable success against terrorism and there existed no more sanctuaries of terrorists on the soil of the country. "The tide has been turned against terrorists and their capacity to conduct activities has been immensely curtailed," he said while addressing the participants of National Security and War Course here at the National Defence University in Islamabad. Read More: Security agencies arrest 16 suspected terrorists in Karachi raid…

TTP terrorist involved in attack on Major Ishaq killed

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army on Thursday claimed to have killed a terrorist and his accomplice involved in the attack on martyred officer Major Ishaq. According to the Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR), Zafir Shah was a member of the proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was killed along with an accomplice after an intelligence-based operation was launched by security forcea in Kulachi area of district Dera Ismail Khan. Four other terrorists were also arrested in the operation. They were reportedly planting an…

Danish police arrest Syrian over planned ‘terrorist’ attack

STOCKHOLM: Danish police on Friday said they had arrested a Syrian asylum seeker from Sweden for "attempting to commit a terrorist act" in Copenhagen. The Copenhagen police said they arrested the 30-year-old man jointly with the Danish Security and Intelligence Service on Thursday over a failed attack which he plotted with another 21-year-old man in November 2016. "The man is charged with attempted terrorism for having, together with another man convicted in Germany, planned to randomly kill or hurt several people in…

Nine killed, 43 injured in terrorist attack on Quetta church

QUETTA: At least nine people including three women were killed while 43 others injured when two gunmen wearing explosives-filled vests attacked Bethel Memorial Methodist Church located on Quetta's Zarghoon Road on Sunday afternoon. Sources at Civil Hospital Quetta said four dead bodies and around 40 injured were brought to the medical facility. Four of the injured succumbed to their injuries during treatment, they said and expressed fears the death toll might increase as many of the injured are in precarious condition.…

Frontier Corps gun down terrorist in Balochistan

KAHAN: Frontier Corps (FC) gunned down a suspected terrorist in an encounter in Kahan area of Balochistan on Wednesday, ARY News reported. An FC spokesman said that large scale search operations were carried out against saboteurs in Naseerabad and Kohlu districts of Balochistan. A terrorist affiliated with an outlawed group was killed in an exchange of fire with the para-military force during the raid. Meanwhile, a large cache of arms were seized from Chattar area which included 101 mortar shells, 99 fuses,…