Police Arrest Two Moroccans Training To Become Suicide Bombers

From Express:
Police in Spain have arrested two Moroccans they say were training to become suicide bombers.

The pair, aged 43 and 22, were held during dawn raids in Madrid today.

Ministry of Interior officials described them as being in an "advanced and dangerous process of radicalisation."

They said the men were using the internet to teach themselves to become special forces-style suicide fighters called Inghimasi - who use firearms to kill victims and try to stay alive but detonate their explosives belts when they feel trapped or threatened.

A spokesman for Spain's National Police claimed the older suspect was constantly accessing websites which included bomb-making tutorials.

He added: "The two detainees were in an advanced and dangerous process of radicalisation.

"It led them to look repeatedly at self-teaching manuals which would enable them to learn Inghimasi - and become combatants ready to commit terrorist acts on European soil following the modus operandi used in cities in the UK, Germany, France or Belgium, through suicide attacks or the use of homemade explosive artefacts."

Egypt Puts Forty Eight On Trial For December Church Bombings

From BBC:
Egypt's public prosecutor says 48 suspected members of so-called Islamic State (IS) have been referred to a military court in connection with three bombings of Coptic churches.

Thirty-one of the suspects are in custody while the others are still at large.

More than 70 people died in suicide attacks against churches in Cairo in December and in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria in April.

IS said it carried out the bombings.

In a statement on Sunday, public prosecutor Nabil Sadek said some of the suspects were leaders within IS and had formed cells in Cairo and the southern province of Qena to carry out the church attacks.

He said the militants were also responsible for killing eight police officers at a checkpoint in Egypt's Western Desert in January.

The attack in December killed 29 people at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church in central Cairo, close to the headquarters of Coptic Pope Tawadros II.

In April, 45 worshippers celebrating Palm Sunday died in attacks at St George's Coptic church in Tanta and St Mark's in Alexandria.

IS has threatened more attacks on Egypt's Coptic Christians, who make up 10% of the population.

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency after the attacks in April.

The Coptic Orthodox Church is the main Christian Church in Egypt. While most Copts live in Egypt, the Church has about a million members outside the country.

Copts believe that their Church dates back to around 50 AD, when the Apostle Mark is said to have visited Egypt. The head of the Church is called the Pope and is considered to be the successor of St Mark.

This makes it one of the earliest Christian groups outside the Holy Land.

The Church separated from other Christian denominations at the Council of Chalcedon (451 AD) in a dispute over the human and divine nature of Jesus Christ.

The early Church suffered persecution under the Roman Empire, and there were intermittent persecutions after Egypt became a Muslim country. Many believe that continues to this day.

Two Gay Men Are Each Caned Eighty Five Times In Indonesia's

From Daily-Mail:
Two gay men have been caned 85 times each after they were caught in bed together by a vigilante group in Indonesia.

The pair, aged 20 and 23, who have not been named, were marched on to a stage in white shirts while men dressed head-to-toe in brown robes carried out the sentence.

Hundreds of people in Aceh province, which recognises sharia law as part of its legal system, gathered to watch as the men were beaten outside a mosque in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh on Tuesday.

While many filmed on their smartphones, others taunted the men, saying 'let that be a lesson to you' and telling the whippers to 'do it harder', the BBC reports.

Organisers warned the crowd not to attack the men, reminding people that 'they are also human'.

Before the sentence was carried out, reporter Rebecca Henschke met with one of the men, who said he was terrified, shaking all over, and had a rash on his skin.

As they spoke in his jail cell, the other inmates crowded around the bars, trying to intimidate him.

Speaking about the punishment, he said: 'I just want the caning to be over and to go back to my family, I have been deeply depressed. I am trying to pull myself out of a deep black hole.'

Eni Tri Retnaningsih, a 20-year-old student who watched the punishment, said she had seen others caned before for other offences such as adultery

'I hope there won't be any more cases of homosexuality, it is shocking,' she said.

At least eight other men and women were caned for other offences ahead of the punishment of the two found guilty of having gay sex.

Police separated men and women in the crowd as proceedings began, with 10 men in brown robes and hoods preparing a bundle of canes in case any broke during the flogging.

The sentence marks the first time that caning has been handed out as a punishment for homosexuality in Aceh province, where it is usually reserved for those caught gambling or drinking.

The beatings were delivered on the clothed backs of the men and women, some of whom cried out in pain with each stroke. In some cases, the caning was suspended briefly if the offender
signalled they were in too much pain.

At the end of the lashing, the two men were helped off the platform. They were free to return to their families, authorities said.

The men were caught together in bed in March by thugs who burst into the boarding house where they were staying.

Shaky mobile footage of the raid showed the vigilantes kicking, slapping and insulting the men, one of whom was slumped naked on the ground during the attack.

Police later arrested the distressed couple, who said they were in a relationship and had had sex three times.

Handing down the verdict at the Banda Aceh court, presiding judge Khairil Jamal said the men had been 'proven legally and convincingly guilty of committing gay sex, the defendants are sentenced to 85 strokes of the cane in public'.

While homosexuality is not prohibited in the rest of Indonesia, authorities have been cracking down on the LGBT community using loosely-worded pornography laws that can be construed to include erotic dances.

On Monday 141 men, including a British man and a Singaporean, were arrested at the Atlantis sauna and gym in capital Jakarta for taking part in a 'gay sex party'.

Most of them had been released on Tuesday morning, but police say up to 10, including the organisers and dancers, could face charges.

That follows a similar raid in Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, in which 14 men were arrested on similar charges.

Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country in the world, with a population of 260million, 87 per cent of whom follow the religion.

Imam Arrested For Molesting Seven Year Old Kulgam Boy

From Kashmir-Reader:
Police in Kulgam have nabbed a local Imam accused of sexually abusing a seven year old boy in July last year.

The Imam was on run after perpetrating the crime-at a time when a public uprising was at its peak in Valley- and a subsequent police complaint by the victim’s family.

Identified as 25-year-old Arif Ahmad Lone, son of Ghulam Muhammad Lone of Mohipora village in Kulgam district, the accused was arrested from his house late Sunday night in a police raid.

“We were waiting for his return home. Soon as we got inputs that he is back we swung into action and arrested him,” a senior police official from Kulgam district told Kashmir Reader.

According to the police’s FIR number 173-2017, under section 377 of the RPC, Lone had lured the seven year old boy by offering him some juice and his mobile phone, while he played outside.

“He had asked the boy to play games on his mobile phone and lured him to the secluded toilet compound of a local mosque,” the police report reads.

The police complaint is based on the victim’s and his father’s statements and further reads, “Lone forced himself upon the young boy and sodomized him inside the toilet compound of the mosque.”

A police officer investigating the case told Kashmir Reader that he has never lost faith, even after he was inflicted with grievous injuries during the protests.

“I am supposed to be a tough guy. But watching the child narrate the ordeal, I swear, I broke into tears,” the police official said.

Victim’s father, a mason by profession, told Kashmir Reader that he had gone to buy some medicines and on his return home he found his wife crying.

“My son had come home crying and had narrated the ordeal to his mother,” he said.

He said he went for a police complaint soon after his wife narrated the whole incident to him.

Lone was on Monday produced before the Judicial Magistrate in Kulgam, who has remanded him into ten day police custody.

The victim’s father told Kashmir Reader that the boy, now eight, has been badly scarred and is showing signs of a psychiatric disorder.

“We made him sleep alone since he was very young but after the incident he has refused to be alone. He has not slept well since, except the last few nights after he got to know that the
monster has been arrested,” the father said.

He added that his son was a confident young boy and very bright in studies but the incident has left him so damaged that he often refuses to attend school and rarely goes out to play.

“I am afraid life is never going to be the same for my son and for no fault of his,” laments the father.

Valley’s leading psychiatrist Dr Arshid Hussain told Kashmir Reader that such incidents can severely dent the overall development of the child.

“Insecurity, lack of trust and absolute lack of confidence become personality traits of such children,” Hussain believes.

Hussain explains that the phenomenon is called DESNOS in medical terms, an abbreviation for Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified, which is acute Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Four Men Accused Of Gang Raping Sixteen Year Old Girl

From Mirror:
Four men accused of gang raping a teenage girl 'passed her around like an entertainment device', a court heard today.

The 16-year-old victim was so drunk she was filmed "rolling around on the floor" before the men 'penetrated every single orifice, while others watched, laughed and joined in themselves,' Canterbury Crown Court heard.

Takeaway workers Tamin Rahmani, 37, Shershah Muslimyar, 20 and Rafiullah Hamidy, 24, and a 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, all deny three counts of rape.

Prosecutor Simon Taylor accused the co-defendants of 'plotting' and 'lying' their way out of the evidence held against them.

He said: "Every single orifice had been penetrated by the group of men, while others watched, laughed and joined in themselves."

Mr Taylor said the girl had been drinking to excess, was walking the streets alone late at night, and the defendants took advantage of those features.

He added that she was so drunk she was filmed "rolling around on the floor" before the alleged attack.

It is alleged the rape took place in the early hours of Sunday, September 18, above 555 Pizza and Kebab, reports Kent Live .

The prosecution said all the four defendant's DNA was found at the scene of the rape in Hamidy's room.

Mr Taylor said the alleged victim decided to leave her group of friends and walk to her friend's house by herself, and was told by her friend on the phone to ask for directions to Cliftonville.

He told the court she was then taken to a room and raped on a "grubby mattress" whilst men physically restrained her and stood by the door "so she knew there was no escape."

Mr Taylor read out a statement from the girl, previously given as evidence, which said: "I'm not sure how many were in the room, I think there was about four or five of them. They were all like pushing me, like, to each other.

"One of the men pushed me onto the bed and was just laughing."

She added: "He pushed me onto a mattress, I think it had a duvet.

"I think there was one or two by the door and a few in the middle of the room.

"One was on top of me and one was beside me holding my shoulders.

"I don't remember much after that but one of them was having sex with me."

She said they were 'all swapping round' and she told them to stop 'but they carried on anyway.'

Prosecutor Simon Taylor added: "There was much laughter in that room where she was being subjected to the ordeal."

Questioning each of the defendant's accounts, Mr Taylor said Muslimyar only admitted he had sex with the girl after he was told his DNA was found.

When questioning him over his defence he had sex with the girl on the street after being so drunk he threw up, he said: "What is so magical about Mr Muslimyar's vomit breath that the victim would change her intentions of asking for directions and ask for sex?"

In relation Rahmani, he said the takeaway owner had lied about being in bed with his wife on the night of the rape.

When Rahmani was questioned about CCTV images showing him driving his car at the time, he claimed he had mistaken the day of the week and thought it was in "Afghan time".

Mr Taylor added: "If anybody should know when Saturday night turns into Sunday morning, it's the owner of a kebab shop."

He then questioned the 16-year-old youth's account, saying his voice had been heard in the room where Muslimyar's former girlfriend heard sex noises.

He added that the youth lied to his foster mother about where he was that night, and was later seen escorting the victim out of the premises.

In the case of the defendant Hamidy, who fled to Italy after the alleged attack, Prosecutor Simon Taylor said: "The proof is in the pudding, he left Kent and did not come back."

Mr Taylor said Hamidy was seen escorting the girl, along with the youth, into the room where she was allegedly raped.

He also said Hamidy's semen had been found on the victim in several places.

Glenn Harris, defence barrister for Muslimyar, said even though the 20-year-old had cheated on his girlfriend and had sex on the street with a stranger, he was not a rapist.

He added from CCTV images "it is clear the girl came onto my client" and said she was shown leaning into the defendant and later held his hand.

He said: "She literally jumped on him."

Rahmani of Northwood Road, Ramsgate, Muslimyar, of Hovenden Close, Canterbury, Hamidy, of no fixed abode, and the 16-year-old defendant deny the charges.

The jury is expected to consider its verdict later this week.

The trial continues.

Town In Austria Refuses To Accept Refugees After Girl Brutally Raped

From RT:
The mayor of Tulln in Lower Austria has announced the town will stop accepting refugees and asylum seekers. The ban comes after a sexual assault on a teenage girl, allegedly carried out by refugees.

The ban was announced in Tulln earlier this week, with the mayor having informed senior authorities in the region that his town refuses to accept any refugees or asylum seekers "until further notice," local media reported.

"We have zero tolerance against criminal asylum seekers who abuse the rights while being guests. In view of what these criminals have done to the girl, the full severity of the law is demanded," Mayor Peter Eisenschenk said in a statement, as cited by Heute News.

No refugees or asylum seekers will be allowed in the town while the incident is being investigated, he said. The mayor asked for a parliamentary hearing on the issue.

Three men are suspected to have "brutally raped" a 15-year-old girl in late April, Austria Press Agency (APA) reported, citing police. The girl was abused twice by three perpetrators, police said. She was on her way home in the late evening hours when three suspects followed her, grabbed her and forced her mouth shut. They then allegedly raped their victim, who managed to flee, but was captured again, and sexually assaulted again.

In the course of the investigation, the local prosecutor's office ordered 59 male residents of asylum accommodation in the area to submit DNA samples, APA reported. At least one man was taken into custody.

Police have not disclosed any further information in order "not to jeopardize" the ongoing investigation, but media reports emerged suggesting the suspects are of Afghan and Somali origin.

Saying that the regional temporary ban on refugees and asylum seekers is "too little" a measure, the Tulln mayor and his supporters have requested Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka to address the issue, saying the case should be heard in the parliament, according to Austrian Nachrichten newspaper.

Austria is among several other Schengen zone member states that introduced border controls during the height of the migrant crisis in Europe in 2015. Initially temporary, the emergency measure has been granted several extensions. Austrian ministers have lately been pushing for the EU to grant them yet another extension to help control the flow of asylum seekers into their country.

Palestinian Killed Attacking Police With Knife

From Y-Net:
A Palestinian minor from Bethlehem is shot to death after charging Border Police officers with a knife at a checkpoint near Abu Dis on the outskirts of Jerusalem as President Trump visited the city.

Israeli police said a Palestinian attacker was killed after he tried to stab officers near Jerusalem as President Donald Trump visited the city on Monday, while clashes erupted in the West Bank as Palestinians declared a strike in solidarity with hundreds of hunger striking prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Police said the attempted stabbing occurred near Abu Dis, a Palestinian town on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The assailant was running at police officers with a knife when he was shot. Trump was visiting Jerusalem's Old City, just a few miles away, at the time.

Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli troops, and Palestinian shopkeepers shuttered their stores across the West Bank and east Jerusalem on Monday in solidarity with hundreds of hunger striking prisoners held in Israeli jails.

The strike coincided with the arrival of Trump for a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Although the protests were not directly aimed against the president, organizers hoped to draw attention to their cause.

The heaviest violence occurred at the Qalandiya checkpoint on the outskirts of Jerusalem, where dozens of Palestinian youths set tires and garbage on fire and hurled bottles and stones at Israeli troops.

The army said troops responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. The Palestinian Health Ministry said three people were wounded by live fire, a claim denied by the military.

Protesters blocked roads elsewhere in the West Bank as the hunger strike entered its 36th day. Stores and government offices closed down, public transportation ground to a halt and main thoroughfares in Palestinian cities were empty of people and cars.

Hundreds of prisoners have joined the strike, which they say is aimed at improving their conditions, particularly allowing more family visits. Israel says the strike leader, Marwan Barghouti, is orchestrating the strike to raise his political profile.

A Palestinian advocacy group says several of the hundreds of hunger striking prisoners have been hospitalized.

The Palestinian prisoners' affairs committee called for a "day of rage" on Tuesday, when Trump visits the West Bank town Bethlehem, for "the voice of the prisoners to be heard by the president."

Nineteen Killed In Suspected Suicide Attack

From Y-Net
At least 19 people were killed and 59 wounded in an explosion at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday, in what two US officials said was a suspected suicide bombing.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack. If confirmed, it would be the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005.

Police responded to reports of an explosion shortly after 10:33pm at the arena, which has the capacity to hold 21,000 people, where the US singer had been performing to an audience that included many children.

A witness who attended the concert said she felt a huge blast as she was leaving the arena, followed by screaming and a rush by thousands of people trying to escape the building.

A video posted on Twitter showed fans, many of them young, screaming and running from the venue. Dozens of parents frantically searched for their children, posting photos and pleading for information on social media.

"We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming," concert-goer Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters.

"It was a huge explosion—you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out."

Ariana Grande, 23, later said on Twitter: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."

May, who faces an election in two-and-a-half weeks, said her thoughts were with the victims and their families. Her ruling Conservative Party was preparing to suspend campaigning ahead of the election due to the suspected attack.

"We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack," she said in a statement. "All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected."

May will hold a crisis response meeting on Tuesday.

Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said police were treating the blast as a terrorist incident and were working with counter-terrorism police and intelligence agencies but gave no further details on their investigation.

Suicide bomber?
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but US officials drew parallels to the coordinated attacks in November 2015 by Islamist militants on the Bataclan concert hall and other sites in Paris, which claimed about 130 lives.

Two US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said that initial signs pointed to a suicide bomber being responsible for the blast.

"In the absence of conclusive evidence, the choice of venue, the timing and the mode of attack all suggest this was terrorism," said a US counter terrorism official who also spoke on condition of anonymity.

Islamic State supporters took to social media to celebrate the blast and some encouraged similar attacks elsewhere.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of "severe", meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.

The US Department of Homeland Security was monitoring the situation in Manchester closely but said it had no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving music venues in the United States.

British counter-terrorism police have said they are making on average an arrest every day in connection with suspected terrorism.

In March, a British-born convert to Islam ploughed a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing to death a police officer who was on the grounds of parliament. The man was shot dead at the scene.

In 2015, Pakistani student Abid Naseer was convicted in a US court of conspiring with al Qaeda to blow up the Arndale shopping centre in the centre of Manchester in April 2009.

Austrian Victim Of Migrant Gang Rape Speaks Out

From The-Old-Continent:
The Austrian newspaper ‘Krone’ yesterday published an interview with the 15-year-old victim of the Tulln gang rape, which took place at the end of April 2017. An Afghan and a Somali asylum seeker have been arrested in the case, while a third suspect is still at large.

The victim is opening up on Facebook:

“Yes, I am the victim. I am glad, that there are people who give me strength and help me rebuild myself again and again. I thank you.“
The girl furthermore relates that she now engages in self-harm through scratching and cutting her arms, in order not to relieve her psychological pain.

But above all else, because the perpetrators have “destroyed her life”, she voices one wish:

“I want to see my tormentors severely punished.“
While messages of sympathy pour in for the young victim, the rumour mills are turning again. Were there attempts to cover-up the whole affair?

The accusations levelled at the police are harsh. The possibility of a ‘cover-up’ is discussed in the media. Clear above all else, is that the triple rape of the young Austrian citizen was not made public immediately after it happened at the end of April, but only in May, during the course of investigations, requiring samples from 59 men for comparison with samples found on the victim.

The police has defended its conduct by pointing out that it was necessary for the investigation. According to the spokesman for the police, Johann Baumschlager, “information was withheld from the public in order to not endanger the first phase of inquiries.” In particular, the police were anxious not to alert the perpetrators and scare them into running off while DNA-samples were collected. Baumschlager also states that police:

“responded immediately by posting more officers around the container villages were the asylum seekers are accommodated.“
But even after this first phase of investigations, the police was not forthcoming with information about the case, and for good reason: Because while two of the suspects are apprehended, the third is still at large. Seemingly in order not to stimulate his willingness to escape even further, the police remain reluctant to give out more information.

The severity of the case has lead to a response in politics. In view of the upcoming elections in October, it is clear that this case will be at the forefront of the tough battle on immigration which is to play such a pivotal role. In the words of FPÖ politician Hafenecker:

“Countless cases already show, that the mass-immigration of predominantly Muslim men under the cover of seeking asylum is becoming an uncontrollable danger. (…) Even for ‘tactical’ reasons, accepting this kind of security risks for women is unacceptable.“

Immigrants Behind Nine Of Ten Shootings In Sweden

From Fria-Tider:
Young men with immigrant background are behind almost all murder and assassination attempts by firearms. It shows a recent survey from DN. Most of them originate in the Middle East and North Africa. Not one is Finns, although it is a large immigrant group in Sweden.

The DN survey includes 53 sentenced and 47 suspects in investigations regarding general shooting since 2013.

Most are born in the 90's and many live at home with their parents. The use of cannabis is common.

Of the 100 people involved in assassination and murder attempts where firearms were used, 90 people have at least one foreign-born parent, according to DN's review.

One possible explanation is "variations over time in the part of the population who have a foreign background", writes DN.

The vast majority of men, around 80 percent, have their roots in the Middle East and northern Africa. Most come from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, Somalia and Eritrea.

Latin Americans only occur in three of the cases, people from the Balkans in five and Finns are not in anything, points out DN.

The newspaper explains the extreme overrepresentation with the lack of jobs, for example, writes that less than 30 percent of adult Somalis have a job.

Only 40 percent of men can be linked to organized crime where there is money to earn.

The DN also points out that the darkness is large and that the review does not include casualties with suspects abducted from the investigation.

"It is a fact that the phenomenon of street violence and violence occurs in some areas, and most of those living there have been foreigners," says sociologist Amir Rostami at Stockholm University to the newspaper.

Linda Staaf, Head of the National Operational Department's Intelligence Unit, says that the review shows a failed integration in Sweden and that it is a larger social issue for more authorities than her to handle.

She believes that there has been a negative development of society in areas where many immigrants live, and that these areas are increasingly isolated from other Swedish society.

DN's review also shows that most victims of shooting, both killed and injured, are foreign men.