Live Bombs Found In India

From Jihad-Watch:
A total of 14 live bombs were reportedly recovered from a shop in West Bengal’s Howrah district on Thursday.

This discovery was made by the bomb disposal squad after the shop owner named Komer Ali was injured in an explosion there on Wednesday. He as a result was admitted in a Uluberia hospital with severe burn injuries. The explosion had happened when Ali was closing shop, which is located in the Teen Kapati Pool region which falls under the under the jurisdiction of Manikpur police station.

This explosion thus had resulted in a search operation by the bomb disposal squad, the next day. With Komer being in the hospital, he hasn’t yet been interrogated by the police.

It remains to be seen of there is some form of a terror angle in the case, considering the fact that the Durga Puja is just 11 days away. In 2013 also 24 crude bombs were recovered from Kolkata, barely a week before the start of Durga Puja.

Such incidents of bombs being recovered have unfortunately become a very common occurrence in West Bengal, with some of them being even stored in establishments owned by alleged political party workers.

In May, around 70 live bombs were recovered in Chandipur village of the Birbhum district which had caused panic in the area.

We had recently reported how a house of a former Trinamool Congress worker was destroyed after 200 bombs kept there by him had accidentally exploded. This incident had happened in Demutita area of Lokpur village, which is about 50 Kms from Santiniketan. The house owner named Sheikh Samirchand was reportedly a notorious criminal who even had the backing of a Trinamool faction. Even though the party had denied any associations with him, the villagers were insistent on his links with the ruling party….

Ex-ISIS Fighters Reveal Children Were Handed Severed Head As Toys

From Mirror:
Ex-ISIS fighters have revealed children were given a severed head as a toy to play with as they exposed the depraved life of terrorists on return to their homeland.

Wannabe jihadists from Indonesia branded Islamic extremists "worse than animals" as they lifted the lid on the scale of brutality shown by the terror cell.

Urging people not to flee their country, some said they packed up and took their entire families to Syria off the back of promises which were made in propaganda films.

But when they arrived their children were ordered to get married while they witnessed first hand the sadistic life behind ISIS lines.

In a video which documents their tales of depravity, it was revealed children were handed a severed head as a toy to play with.

In the clip one woman called Difansa said: "The people who have not been there are lucky, it is all a deception."

She said that anyone who wants to go and join the IS cause should give up on their plans.

Another former IS supporter, Djoko, said he regretted taking his family with him.

He said: "They said there would be a free school, but once we got there they'd just order our children to get married.

"Many proposed to marry my child and said, 'let me know when she starts menstruating'."

The repatriated Indonesians came full of tales of how "cheap" human life was to IS and how they believed anyone outside of the terrorist organisation was a "kafir" and deserved to die.

One man called Heru said that despite never witnessing any executions he saw the way IS soldiers treated one dead body.

He said: "The head was made into a toy for children, to be kicked around. To do something like that to somebody who is already dead, it makes me nauseous."

Heru said that IS soldiers were not the holy warriors like he expected but often fought amongst themselves and about petty issues.

The Indonesians had nothing good to say about life in the IS capital of Raqqa, which is currently under siege by US-led coalition forces.

One woman called Naila said: "I did not suspect how bad it was but once in Syria, at the women's dormitory, their behaviour.
I can say they are worse than animals."

The Indonesian authorities estimate that around 600 people left the country to fight for IS in Syria.

A number of them have already returned home where they are now under close watch.

Those featured in the video, which was posted on the Indonesia counter terrorism agency website, were repatriated in August.

Two Killed In Car Bomb

From Indian-Express:
A car bomb explosion targeting a shop selling alcohol in Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk on Saturday killed two civilians and wounded eight, a security official said. He said the blast damaged the shop and sparked a fire in three vehicles.

Kirkuk is the capital of the oil-rich province of the same name which is disputed by the federal government in Baghdad and the autonomous region of Kurdistan.

The blast comes as Kurdish leaders prepare to hold an independence referendum on September 25 in the face of fierce opposition from Baghdad and the Kurds’ international backers.

The Kurdish Regional Government is embroiled in long-standing disputes with the federal government over oil exports, budget payments and control of ethnically divided areas.

On Thursday, the Baghdad parliament fired the governor of Kirkuk province, Najm Eddine Karim, over his provincial council’s decision to take part in the non-binding referendum.

Kirkuk, which is home to diverse communities including Arabs and Turkmen who oppose the vote, is under the authority of the Baghdad federal government.

Terror Level Critical After ISIS Claim Tube Bucket Bomb Attack

From Daily-Mail:
Armed police have flooded London's streets as the terror threat level was raised to critical amid fears the Parsons Green bomber could strike again, Theresa May announced tonight.

The introduction of Operation Temperer will see soldiers replacing police at key sites including nuclear power plants to free up extra armed officers for regular patrols.

Scotland Yard said it is making 'excellent' progress in hunting the suspected terrorist who set off a crude bucket bomb on a packed commuter train by Parsons Green tube station in west London at 8.20am.

Mrs May said in a statement from Number 10: 'The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has now decided to raise the national threat level from severe to critical - this means their assessment is that a further attack may be imminent.'

Minutes later Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley suggested there might have been more than one person involved, stating that police were 'chasing down suspects'.

Police identified the suspected terrorist using CCTV footage but the investigation has been overshadowed by an extraordinary diplomatic row triggered by Donald Trump

The US President tweeted just hours after the rush hour blast that police had the attacker 'in their sights' and should have been 'more proactive' in catching 'the loser'.

Scotland Yard hit back and said Mr Trump's comments were 'pure speculation' while senior officers refused to name the suspect.

The President later rowed back on his controversial comments by posting another tweet saying, ‘our hearts and prayers go out to the people of London’.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack tonight, saying its 'soldiers' had 'planted IEDs'.

It was the middle of rush hour when the crude bucket bomb - which had a timer - went off at 8.20am inside a tube train packed with commuters, including children and a pregnant woman.

The device was hidden in a builder's bucket and could have killed dozens but failed to properly detonate and sent a 'wall of fire' through the carriage at Parsons Green, injuring at least 29 people.

Terrified passengers were left covered in blood with scorched hands, legs, faces and hair – others suffered crush injuries during a stampede as they 'ran for their lives' over fears the
'train would blow up'.

London Ambulance took 19 patients to hospitals, while the others went in themselves. The four hospitals dealing with patients were Imperial, Chelsea and Westminster, Guy's and St Thomas' and St George's.

Officers are tonight hunting for the bomber across London amid claims he could be armed and might have planted other explosive devices.

An officer at the scene told MailOnline: 'We believe there is a second bomb - there is a man with knives on the loose.'

In a pre-recorded television statement released around 8.30pm, May said military personnel would replace police officers 'on guard duties at certain protected sites which are not accessible to the public'.

She said: 'The public will see more armed police on the transport network and on our streets, providing extra protection.
'This is a proportionate and sensible step which will provide extra reassurance and protection while the investigation progresses.'

Speaking moments afterwards, Assistant Commissioner Mike Rowley said: 'We are making excellent progress at the moment as we pursue our lines of inquiry to identify, locate and arrest those responsible.

'We have hundreds of police officers trawling through CCTV footage, detectives have spoken to tens of witnesses and we have taken a large number of calls to the hotline... from members of the public.
'Indeed members of the public have sent in so far 77 images and videos of the scene which they have sent in to our appeal website and these are now being assessed for evidential value.'

Mr Rowley said he was only aware of one device, and the remnants of that device are being examined by experts.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan told LBC radio 'there is a manhunt under way as we speak' and there have been no arrests. Mr Khan was later criticisd for using a TV interview to score political points about police cuts.

He said the events backed up his argument that the Metropolitan Police needed more money. But Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: 'I would've thought Sadiq Khan would want to keep politics out of the terror attack'.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack this evening through its Amaq News Agency, saying its 'soldiers planted IEDs'. However, the group has often made false claims in the past.
Photographs show what experts believe is an 'unsophisticated' bomb in a flaming white bucket inside a Lidl freezer bag with Christmas lights protruding from the top - a type of fuse encouraged by ISIS in its online manuals.

Donald Trump tweeted just hours after the rush hour blast that police had the attacker 'in their sights' and should have been 'more proactive' in catching 'the loser'.
Scotland Yard hit back and said Mr Trump's comments were 'pure speculation' while senior officers refused to name the suspect.

Mrs May also hit out at the President's tweet, calling it 'unhelpful', and has this evening discussed the intelligence sharing between the two countries with the President in a telephone call.

Witnesses to the explosion said there was a loud 'bang', a flash and then a ball of flame engulfed surrounding passengers on the 'packed' District Line train.

Luke Warsmey said: 'The explosion was like a large match going off at the end of the carriage. People just started sprinting. It was every man for himself when that happened. The burn victims had severe leg injuries.

'It was a very busy commuter train, young and old, school children going to their schools. I saw was nannies trying to look for kids, because of the rush of people just taking five and six year olds away from them and they were trying to look for them.

'There were lots of injuries from people being trampled on and everyone who had been close to it had the same burns to their head.'
Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergencies committee this afternoon to discuss the terrorist attack.

Mrs May later appealed to any members of the public with images of the incident to pass them to the police.
Armed Police, paramedics and firefighters were all said to be at the west London station within five minutes of the explosion.

A 100 yard cordon was erected around the station and a police helicopter was also overhead.

The Met confirmed it was a terrorist attack around 40 minutes later.
Scotland Yard said the area surrounding Parsons Green Tube station has been evacuated so specialist officers could 'secure the remnants of the improvised device and ensure it is stable'.

In the aftermath armed police swooped from the SO-15 counter-terrorism unit performed a hard-stop on a bus in nearby Chelsea Bridge Road. The call was linked to the terror attack but nothing suspicious was found on board.

Emma Stevie, 27, described a 'human stampede' after the bomb went off. She said: 'I heard lots of screams and people saying “run, run”. We got out and then there was a human stampede, down the stairs.

'There were people lying underneath getting crushed, a big human pile-on. I wedged myself in next to a railing. I put myself in the foetal position. I kept thinking, “I'll be ok, I'll be ok”.

'There was a pregnant woman underneath me and I was trying really hard not to crush her.'
Richard Aylmer-Hall told Sky News: 'There were a few crush injuries on the stairs. People got squashed and crushed going down the stairs. Police evacuated everyone from the scene pretty quickly.

'There was screaming, pushing and shoving - it was a like there was a terrorist on the loose with a gun or something - lots of people were in tears. When it was all over lots of people were being comforted and looked after. It was total chaotic panic.
'A lady who had been on the same carriage as the device described it going off - a puff of smoke and flames coming out of it.'

Couple Lucy, 24 and Fabin, 29, were on their way to work when the explosion happened.
Lucy, who works in PR, said: 'We just heard screaming and sprinting, there was a stampede on the stairs and people were falling over, there was a schoolboy being lifted up after he had fallen down, he was in his school uniform, he must have been about ten, he was crying and distressed.'
Fulham fitness instructor Niyi Shokunbi, 24, was in the next carriage the moment the bomb went off.
He told MailOnline: 'I have never seen anything like it was like something out of a film. I thought it was an acid attack. It happened like bang within ten seconds, I just wanted to run.

'I went towards the carriage where the bomb went off a woman said you don't want to go in there. I saw a little boy with scratches on his face crying for his brother. A woman was bleeding. Everyone was running. I've never seen anything like it.'

People suffered burns from the explosion and others were hurt in the crush.
Rob Partinton, 24, from Harrow told MailOnline: 'We were literally about two minutes from Parsons Green when the train suddenly stopped.

'I saw people running on the track opposite direction towards Fulham Broadway, I could hear no screams but a lot of people running. We've been held at the station for the last half an hour.

It's pretty busy, a lot of police around and police dogs.'
Another witness, Sham, said he saw a man with blood all over his face. 'There were loads of people crying and shaking,' he told Five Live.

'There were a lot of people limping and covered in blood. One guy I saw, his face was covered in blood - I've never seen anything like it.'

At the scene dozens of police and ambulances have continued to be called into the cordoned area. It is not known at this stage how many people are injured.
Specialist armed anti-terror units also swamped the area.
Chris Wildish, who was on the train, said he saw a 'device' in the last carriage.

'It was a white bucket, a builder's bucket, in a white Aldi bag or Lidl bag,' he told 5live.
'Flames were still coming out of it when I saw it and had a lot of wires hanging out of it'.
Sylvain Pennec, a software developer from Southfields, was around 10 metres from the source of the explosion when fire filled the carriage.

'I heard a boom and when I looked there were flames all around,' he said. 'People started to run but we were lucky to be stopping at Parsons Green as the door started to open.'
He described the scene of panic as commuters struggled to escape the carriage, 'collapsing and pushing' each other.
Mr Pennec stayed behind to take a closer look at what he believed was the source of the explosion.

'It looked like a bucket of mayonnaise,' he said. 'I'm not sure if it was a chemical reaction or something else, but it looked homemade. I'm not an expert though.'
Passengers on the train behind the affected Tube witnessed terrified passengers sprinting away up the tracks.

They were then held in their train for over an hour before being evacuated on to the tracks themselves.
Nicole Linnell, 29, who works for a fashion label, said: 'We saw people running down the tracks. About 30 or 40 people.

'They were running down the tracks outside our train.
'It was absolutely terrifying. Running on the tracks is the last thing you want to do so we were like 'What's going on?'

'After about an hour we were evacuated off the train on to the tracks. About 10 to 15 people at a time.'
Melanie Heyside had been at a gym nearby and intended to get on a District Line train to go to work.

She told Sky News: 'I just was about to open the doors to leave the studio and then all of a sudden Swat cars completely stormed and blocked the street and police jumped out with their armour and were telling people to 'move, to move'.
'So I was inside with a group of other people and we weren't really sure what to do.'

She said they were told to leave the area, which she added was populated by schoolchildren and others going to work, as quickly as possible.
Lady Margaret's School, next to Parson's Green tube station, put out an alert to concerned parents to say all children are okay and there are no absences.

Two Women Are Injured After Man Shouting Allahu Akbar Attacks

From Daily-Mail:
A man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' has attacked several people with a hammer in a town in eastern France, local media reports.

Two women are reportedly in critical condition after the assault in Chalon-sur-Saône, in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté around lunchtime today.

This comes as a knife wielding man attacked a French soldier outside a Metro station in Paris today while praising Allah.

The first victim was attacked at noon, and the other some 15 minutes later at a nearby location, Le Journal reports.

A local prosecutor told the paper the attacker, dressed in black, was shouting 'Allahu Akbar'.

The attack in Paris took place att Chatelet metro station at 6.30am this morning, and saw an unnamed assailant attack a soldier with a knife.

The victim managed to wrestle him to the ground and he was arrested by armed police as he shouted ISIS slogans.

The unidentified man is said to have rushed at a patrol of soldiers wearing combat uniforms and brandishing assault rifles.

'He was restrained, and nobody was injured,' said a source investigating the case on Friday morning.

The man was taken to the main Chatelet police station, and now faces a range of terrorist charges.

It is the latest in a long string of attacks on service personnel involved in Operation Sentinelle - an initiative involving 10,000 soldiers and 4700 gendarmes and police.

They were first deployed in November 2015 following a single night of violence by Islamic State suicide bombers that saw 130 people murdered in the French capital.

The soldiers' job is to protect vulnerable areas of the capital, including transport hubs such as Chatelet, which is used by thousands of commuters and tourists every day.

But many have complained that they are now easy targets themselves, with lone wolf attackers regularly trying to kill or wound them. In January six Sentinelle soldiers wereinjured when a car smashed into them close to the headquarters of France's anti-terrorism police unit in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret.

Two of the infantrymen were seriously wounded, while the attacker was later shot repeatedly following a manhunt and a dramatic motorway chase.

A few days earlier there was an attempt to kill a soldier at the Eiffel Tower by a 19-year-old psychiatric patient who brandished a knife and pledged allegiance to Isis.

In April, a 39-year-old police officer was shot dead by an Isis supporter on the Champs Elysee, while in February another knife attacker was gunned down in the Louvre Museum complex after attacking an army patrol.

Seventy Four Killed In Iraq Suicide Attacks

From RTE:
Gunmen and suicide car bombers have killed at least 74 people including Iranians near the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, in an attack claimed by Islamic State group.

The attackers struck at midday, opening fire on a restaurant before getting into a car and blowing themselves up at a nearby security checkpoint, officials said.

Security sources said the attackers were disguised as members of the Hashed al-Shaabi, a mainly Shia paramilitary alliance which has fought alongside the army and police against the so-called Islamic State militant group in northern Iraq.

The toll from the attacks was 74 dead, including seven Iranians, and 93 wounded, said the deputy health chief for the mainly Shia province of Dhiqar, of which Nasiriyah is the capital.

He told AFP that many of the wounded were in serious condition.

The area targeted is used by Shia pilgrims and visitors from neighbouring Iran headed for the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala further north, although Dhiqar has previously been spared the worst of Iraq's violence.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement carried by its Amaq propaganda arm.

The toll makes it the deadliest IS attack in Iraq since pro-government forces drove the jihadists out of second city Mosul in July.

The Sunni extremist group regularly stages attacks in Iraq, where it has also lost swathes of territory to US-backed pro-government forces.

Thursday's attacks come as Iraqi forces backed by tribal fighters close in one of the last IS bastions in the country: the Al-Qaim area on the border with war-ravaged Syria.

The group's only other stronghold is Hawija, in Kirkuk province some 300km north of Baghdad.

IS has suffered a string of defeats on the battlefields of Iraq and Syria, leaving in tatters the cross-border "caliphate" it declared in 2014.

But any military offensive in Hawija is expected to be postponed due to a planned referendum on Kurdish independence.

Bomb Strapped On To Child Explodes Killing Five

From Gulf-Times:
A girl with a bomb strapped to her walked into a mosque in northern Cameroon where it exploded, killing five worshippers in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, authorities said.

The girl of 12 or 13 years old arrived at the Sanda-Wadjiri mosque in remote Kolofata at the first call to prayer at between five and six a.m., the governor of Cameroon's Far North region Midjiyawa Bakary told Reuters by telephone.

"The men were bowed in prayer when she came," Bakary said. "Five of the worshippers were killed and the bomber also."

He did not name any suspects, but Boko Haram has repeatedly used suicide bombers as well as strapping children with explosives to strike at civilian and military targets.

The Nigerian jihadist group, which is now split into at least two factions, has been fighting for almost a decade to revive a medieval Islamic caliphate in the Lake Chad region, where Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad meet.

Allied forces from the four countries have routed it in much of the territory it once controlled, but the group has responded by scattering and stepping up attacks on civilians.

Amnesty International said last week that Boko Haram had killed 381 civilians in Nigeria and Cameroon since the beginning of April, more than double that for the preceding five months.

Of those, 158 of the deaths were in Cameroon, which the rights group linked to a rise in suicide bombings, the deadliest of which killed 16 people in Waza in July.

Suicide Bomb Near Cricket Stadium In Afghan Capital

From Reuters:
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint near the main cricket stadium in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least three people as a tournament was under way, officials said.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said two police and one civilian were killed and five people wounded. Local Tolo News Television quoted the Afghan Cricket Board as saying all players were safe.

The blast outside Kabul International Cricket Stadium took place during a match in Afghanistan’s Shpageeza Cricket League, a T20 franchise tournament on the lines of the Indian Premier League and similar 20-over tournaments.

A statement in Bosnian on Islamic State’s Amaq news agency said a suicide attack had been carried out on members of the Afghan security forces in Kabul‮‮‮,‬‬‬ although it was not immediately clear whether the statement referred to the same incident.

The Shpageeza tournament, now in its fifth season, is one of a small number of Western-style sports competitions along with Afghan Premier League football that have grown up since a U.S.-led campaign toppled the Taliban in 2001.

A small number of foreign players are also taking part in the competition.

Cricket, which spread from refugee camps in Pakistan, has become one of Afghanistan’s most popular sports and the national team has become increasingly successful, raising the profile of the game.

ISIS Says It Used Suicide Car Bomb Against Egyptian Police

From Alarabiya:
The extremist ISIS group says it used a suicide car bomb in its deadly attack on a police convoy in the turbulent north of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

The account given by Egypt’s Interior Ministry of Monday’s attack says that a car rushed toward the convoy exploded when policemen in the convoy shot at it.

Egyptian security and military officials say four armored vehicles and a fifth one carrying signal-jamming equipment were destroyed in the attack and a police pickup was commandeered by the militants.

They say 18 police were killed and another seven wounded in the attack.

The late Monday ISIS statement says the attack left a total of 35 dead or wounded and identifies the suicide bomber by his alias, Abu Suleiman al-Masri.

Suicide Bomber Kills Four At Somalia Cafe

From Brecorder:
A suicide bomber killed at least four people in central Somalia on Sunday, a security source said, in an attack claimed by the Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab movement.

Mohamed Abdulkarim, a security official in the town of Beledweyne, 300 kilometres (190 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu, said the bomber "detonated himself at a tea shop in front of the regional headquarters and four people died, all of them civilians."

Thirteen others were wounded, he told AFP.

Witness Osman Adan said there was a "huge blast there were several dead bodies and wounded people strewn in the area."

Shabaab militants claimed Sunday's attack, which the group said had killed six "soldiers", including three serviceman from neighbouring Djibouti.

The Shabaab have sworn to overthrow Somalia's fragile government, which is kept in place with international support.

The Shabaab force was pushed out of the capital in August 2011 and lost most of its other bastions in Somalia.

But they still control vast swathes of countryside, from where they launch guerilla operations and suicide attacks, against the capital and against local and international military bases.