British Boy Among Barcelona Attack Dead

From BBC:
A seven-year-old boy with dual British-Australian nationality was killed in the Barcelona terror attack, Catalan police have confirmed.

Julian Cadman was one of 13 people killed when a van ploughed into crowds on Barcelona's Las Ramblas on Thursday.

His mother Jom was injured and it was understood she was in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
Julian's family said they would "remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts".

"Julian was a much loved and adored member of our family," they said in a statement.

"As he was enjoying the sights of Barcelona with his mother, Julian was sadly taken from us.

"He was so energetic, funny and cheeky, always bringing a smile to our faces.

"We are so blessed to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts."

They also thanked those who had helped in the search for the boy, saying: "Your kindness was incredible during a difficult time."
Posting on Twitter, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson offered his sympathies to Julian's family and said: "His death is a tragedy."

Julian's father and grandmother travelled to Spain from Australia following the attack.

The boy's grandfather, Tony Cadman, made a public appeal after Julian went missing, urging people to share his photograph on social media, and revealing that his daughter-in-law was in hospital.

According to his Facebook profile, Mr Cadman is from Gillingham in Dorset but lives in Sydney.

Julian had attended Chiddingstone Nursery, in Edenbridge, Kent, during his time living in the UK before he and his parents relocated to Australia.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are assisting the family of an Australian-British child who was killed in the Barcelona terrorist attack.

"His family have our deepest sympathies at this very difficult time.

"Our staff are doing all they can to support them, working with our Australian colleagues and the Spanish authorities."

Christian Teen Badly Beaten By Mob Over Quran Rumor

From Tribune:
A Christian teenager was brutally beaten up by a mob in Jhamkay town of Wazirabad tehsil , Gujranwala on Sunday over accusations of committing blasphemy.

AS*, 16, was rescued by police and then shifted to the Ali Pur Chattha police station where he was booked under Section 295-B of the Pakistan Penal Code – punishable with life imprisonment – on the complaint of a pesh imam, Qari Rana Arshad Ali.

Ali Pur Chattha SHO Malik Irfan said the cleric had told the police that AS took away a copy of the Holy Quran from the shrine of Sundhay Shah in Jhamkay and set it on fire.

The complainant further claimed that AS, in the presence of a witness named Muhammad Nawaz, had confessed to his crime.

Sub-Inspector Pervez Iqbal, the investigation officer of the case, said two witnesses and the complainant had testified that the teenager had committed blasphemy.

He added that AS too had admitted that he had set the Holy Quran on fire, however he was unaware as to why he had committed the act.

The officer said as the suspect himself had confessed to his crime, there was no need for recording the statements of other witnesses.

“The police saved him from the enraged mob,” the sub-inspector said.

“His family should should be grateful to the police. The mob surrounded the police station but we pacified the protesters with the help of the notables of the area,” he added.

However, SM*, the father of the teenager, maintained that his son was falsely accused of committing blasphemy.

“He [AS] collects papers and used bottles from garbage and sells them to support our family. He also collects empty bottles from the shrine, which is around two kilometres away from our home,” he said.

“Muhammad Nawaz alias Maju, the witness in the case, also collects papers and bottles from the shrine. He has a grudge against my son as he doesn’t want him to collect scrap at the shrine because it hurts his business,” he added.

SM said his son was framed under a conspiracy that started about four weeks ago.

“On July 18 or 19, Nawaz claimed that somebody had burnt a copy of the Holy Quran at the shrine and made an issue out of it.”

The father claimed that on August 12, AS went to a market to buy cigarettes when Nawaz caught him and started beating him up. He also gathered a crowd shouting that AS had stolen money from the tomb’s donation box. He then called up the cleric and told him that he had caught the person who had burnt the Holy Quran.

“Qari Rana Arshid, who’s the pesh imam at a mosque, arrived there and without confirming anything, he too started beating up my son,” SM added.

“Someone from our community called up the police helpline 15. The police arrived there and took my son to the police station.”

The pesh imam, along with the mob, reached the Jhamkay police post where they barged inside the lock-up and started thrashing AS. The area’s police called up Ali Purr Chatta police station and asked them for help.

The Ali Purr Chatta police arrived there and took AS into custody.

The pesh imam, Qari Arshid Ali, told The Express Tribune that he was a landlord and also elected the councillor of the area.

“I haven’t seen him [AS] burning the Holy Quran, but I was told about this incident by Muhammad Nawaz,” he added.

“When the mob was beating up AS, I helped the police save him,” he maintained.

Daesh Militant Tells His Russian Mother She Should Be Killed

From Daily-Sabah:
The detention of a Russian-born Daesh militant planning to carry out attacks in Turkey has revealed a family drama. The militant rejected his mother's pleas trying to convince him to leave the terrorist group and said she should be killed for being "an infidel."

Renat Bakiev, 23, was arrested on Aug. 10 in the southern city of Adana on charges of plotting an attack against U.S. warplanes and a bomb attack on an association of the Alevi community. He was under surveillance for some time by Turkish security forces who found out he met his mother Nail Bakiev at the hotel he was staying at. Turkish media outlets reported that his mother tracked him to Adana and told the young man to leave the terrorist group and return to Russia with her. "You are an infidel like the others. You dress improperly. You should be killed too," Renat Bakiev told his mother. When her repeated attempts failed to convince him to leave Daesh, she denounced her son and said "you are not my son anymore" and left.

The suspect was captured in the hotel soon after the meeting with his mother. He is currently in detention, awaiting a court appearance.

Police said Bakiev confessed to being a member of Daesh and being in Adana to carry out an attack for the terror group. He had been in contact with the terror group via the Telegram messaging app to raise TL 2,800 ($796) to buy an aerial drone, the statement added. Police said Bakiev had also targeted civilians and Alevi associations in the Adana area. Alevis practice a form of Shiite Islam.

The Russian was previously the subject of a charge of membership of a terrorist group by the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in the southern province of Kilis. He had also appeared in court in Tekirdağ province, northwest of Istanbul, for making threats.

Recently in June, Adana counterterrorism police captured 11 Daesh suspects, including what the media called the Adana "emir" of Daesh, identified as 32-year-old Turkish national Abdulkerim Ç. for planning to carry out a truck bombing at the base. The U.S. Air Force uses Incirlik Air Base, near Adana, as a staging post for the air campaign against Daesh in Syria and Iraq. Daesh militants have used armed drones to deadly effect in Iraq and Syria, converting commercial drones to carry small explosives.

Daesh has become one of the most active terrorist groups in Turkey over a span of just two years. It has been blamed for a string of attacks in Turkey, ranging from suicide bombings to gun attacks. In January, a lone Daesh gunman stormed a popular nightclub in Istanbul where he killed 39 people during New Year's Eve celebrations. The gunman was apprehended a few weeks later.

Since the terrorist group's emergence, Turkey has detained over 5,000 suspects and last year launched Operation Euphrates Shield to back Syrian opposition groups fighting Daesh in Syria. The country has deported over 5,000 Daesh suspects and prohibited the entry of over 53,000 terrorist suspects so far.

On Saturday, two foreigners with links to Daesh were captured in Istanbul's Beylikdüzü district. Authorities said the two suspects whose nationalities were not disclosed illegally entered Turkey and were planning "sensational" attacks. Police found a shotgun and two pistols and a large cache of munitions in possession of the two suspects.

Christian Home Seized For Prayer Without License

From Egypt-Independent:
Calm returned to Ezbat al-Forn, of Abyouha village in Abu Qurqas city of Minya governorate on Monday, following skirmishes Sunday between Christians and Muslims.

According to head of Abu Qurqas city council, Brigadier Mohamed Salah, fights broke out on Sunday after some Coptic citizens in the village of Ezbat al-Forn tried to pray at the house of a citizen under the guidance of a priest, prompting some Muslims to intercept for not possessing a license.

Abu Qurqas prosecutors ordered the seizure of the house, until administrative authorities decide on whether or not to transfer a license and turn it into a church.

They also ordered the arrest of suspects in the fight.

Major General Essam al-Bedaiwy, governor of Minya, confessed to tensions between Muslims and Copts in some “very limited” areas of Minya .

“The state has a comprehensive plan to break into the strongholds of social tensions in the governorate, which lead to the emergence of the so-called sectarian strife, although it is not sectarian,” the governor said.

Similar clashes recur in some Minya areas like Samalut and Abu Qurqas when Christians buy a house and hold prayers inside regularly without obtaining a license. Muslim residents will interfere to prevent clashes, he added.

The security authorities, Muslim imams and Christian priests then often interfere to contain situations, after which an official request, that is often approved, is made to transfer the house into a church, Bedaiwy said in a press statement.

Delays in the response of a request sometimes occures due to social conditions, he pointed out.

Bedaiwy stressed that any person has the right to perform prayer however they choose.

Coptic Christians in Ezbat al-Forn said Sunday that security forces prevented them from holding mass and daily prayers, as the church is not licensed.

One of the worshipers told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the church is a staple of the Christian community, which consists of over 300 people, as they regularly hold prayers on the site.

Church sources said that security forces prevented the worshipers and the priest from accessing the church, so they worshiped in the street.

Salah said that the Coptic Christians in the area bring a priest with them every Sunday, and attempt to hold their rituals in homes not licensed for prayer.

He pointed out that this led to the intervention of security services to prevent both sides from clashing, adding that no arrests were made.

Christians make up about ten percent of Egypt’s population of over 93 million people. Christians complain about unfair treatment, including rules, they say, make it easier to build a mosque than a church.

Clashes often erupt between Copts and Muslims over land, church construction or sectarian tension.

Two People Killed As Boko Haram Ambush Travelers

From The-Nation:
Not fewer than  two persons have been confirmed dead while three other sustained various degrees of injury on Sunday as gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram opened fire on travelers along Damaturu Biu high way, security and military sources have said.

A military source who spoke on condition of anonymity informed that the insurgents had buried IEDs along the highway.

Our  correspondent gathered  the travelers took off from Damaturu on their way to Biu located some 121 Kilometers east of  Damaturu the Yobe state capital when they encountered the Boko Haram terrorists’ midway into the journey.

The source added that the militants opened fire indiscriminately on the travelers while in attempt to escape from trampled on IEDs  e which went off  killing two persons on the spot.

The three injured were rushed to the Damaturu specialists’ hospital by security forces on patrol along the road.

A hospital source at the Accident and Emergency ward of the Damaturu Specialists’ Hospital confirmed that   three peoples  have been treated and referred to the Federal Medical Centre Gombe on relative request.

Sunday’s attack on the road further cast doubt on the safety of the Damaturu-Biu road opened to travelers  last year by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai  after Buni Yadi was  recaptured  from the Boko Haram insurgents by security forces.

It has also increased fear along the only road connecting Borno and Yobe state to other north east states of the country.

The Maiduguri-Gwoza – Yola road and Maiduguri- Damboa – Biu road have long been opened for commuters but continue to record cases of Boko Haram attack as several travelers have either been killed or kidnapped in different Boko Haram ambush.

Islamic Imam Thought To Be Key Figure In Spanish Terror Cell

From Breit-Bart:
A police official in Spain says an imam whose home was searched as part of the investigation into two deadly vehicle attacks is believed to be the radicalizing force behind the cell of young men — and is now thought to have died in an explosion linked to the attacks.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal details of the new suspicions surrounding imam Abdelbaki Es Satty. Officials in Es Satty’s former mosque in the northern town of Ripoll, which he left abruptly in June, on Saturday denounced the attacks in Barcelona and a nearby seaside town.

The mosque president, Ali Yassine, said Es Satty told him he wanted to return to Morocco for three months and hasn’t seen him since. The police official says Es Satty is believed to have died in an explosion Wednesday that destroyed a house south of Barcelona.

The two vehicle attacks in Spain left 14 dead and over 120 wounded. Possible suspects whose names have emerged so far in the investigation are all from Ripoll.

Girl Axed To Death For Marrying Of Her Choice

From Tribune:
A 24-year-old girl was axed to death allegedly by her family members for marrying of her own will in Yazman, Bahawalpur District, police said on Friday.

An official of Yazman police station told The Express Tribune that Sughran Bibi, daughter of Allah Bachaya, had tied the knot with Muhammad Madni, a resident of Pakka Laraan, against the will of her family about eight months ago.

He added Sughran Bibi was not in contact with her parents but they were making efforts to bring her back home. He maintained, “Four days back, accused Allah Bachaya, his sons Zahid, Javed and Pervaiz brought the girl home by deceit.”

The official pointed out when Sughran Bibi came to her parents’ house, the accused allegedly axed her to death in the name of honour. “The accused fled the scene after committing the murder,” he said.

“Later, the accused tried to involve victim’s husband Muhammad Madni in the murder case,” he elaborated.

Soon after the incident, police reached the spot and shifted the body to hospital for legal formalities. The official said, “A case has been registered against Allah Bachaya, Zahid, Javed, Pervaiz and mother of the deceased girl.”

He said raids were being conducted to arrest the culprits and further investigation was underway.

Earlier in June 2017, a sixty-year-old woman was killed by her son in Multan for ‘honour’. Police said accused Kamran opened fire on his mother, who was sleeping at the time, killing her on the spot.

The accused was later arrested by the police. Kamran had become vary of his widowed mother’s ‘character’ after a relative had sent her a marriage proposal.


Moment Knifeman Wearing A Fake Suicide Vest Flees After Stabbing Eight People

From Daily-Mail:
A teenage knifeman wearing a fake suicide belt wounded at least eight people in a frenzied attack in a Russia this morning.

The attacker, named locally as 19-year-old Artur Gadzhiev, was shot dead by police in a busy main street in Surgut, central Russia, at about 11.20am local time.

He is believed to be from Dagestan, a strongly Muslim region of Russia in the Caucasus.

Gadzhiev's father Lametulakh was reported to be registered with Russian police as an 'extremist' and 'supporter' of radical Islam.

Shocking CCTV shows people fleeing for their lives as the attacker rampaged outside shops in the city.

Footage shows him running by a pavilion and throwing something away before he was shot dead.

At least two people are fighting for their lives, while another five were hospitalised in the stabbing spree, authorities said.

However witnesses claimed that the number of victims could be much higher.

The attacker was originally named as Bobichel Abdurakhmanov but his 'real name' was later reported by Mash, a media seen as close to law enforcement sources, and quickly reported by mainstream Russian news sources, including state media.

There was no immediate separate confirmation from the authorities. Gadzhiev was from Khasavyurt town, and it was unclear why he was in Surgut.

He was reported to be a supporter of Zenit St Petersburg and Manchester United football clubs.

His behaviour was sometimes described as 'strange' but he was not registered as a person with 'mental problems', according to unidentified locals.

Earlier the Russian Investigative Committee said it was looking into 'his possible psychiatric disorders'.

But local news agency, Surgut Inter Novosti, suggested the violent attack was larger than the authorities had initially revealed.

'According to witnesses, unknown people threw a Molotov cocktail bottle inside 'Severny' shop, then they attacked a woman with an axe near a cash machine.

'More than 10 people with injuries have been taken into emergency care.'

But there was no immediate official confirmation of this claim.

The knifeman 'carried out attacks on passers-by, causing stab wounds to eight,' Russia's Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes said.

The spokesman added that armed police 'liquidated' the attacker.

Nobody was killed in the assault but victims needed immediate medical treatment, said officers.

At least two of the victims were fighting for their lives while five more were in a stable condition, the government of the Khanty-Mansi region said in a statement.

There were reports that more than one attacker was involved and that the number of victims was higher than officials have disclosed, but these claims have not been verified.

The attacker may have suffered from a psychiatric disorder, the interior ministry said.

'The version that the attack was a terrorist one is not the main one,' the interior ministry added.

'In the interests of public calm and also of the investigation, citizens and media are recommended to use reliable information in assessing the situation until all the circumstances are established.'

Surgut is the largest city of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area region with a population of around 350,000.

It is a major centre for oil and gas production in the country.

Three People Killed In Suspected Al-Shabaab Attack

From KBC:
Three people have been killed by suspected Al-Shabaab militants at Maleli in Witu area of Lamu West constituency. Lamu County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo confirmed the incident saying the attack happened around 12:30am.

Suspected Al Shabaab militants reigned terror on villagers of Maleli in Witu area of Lamu West constituency.

According Kitiyo, a group of heavily armed militants raided one of the villages and beheaded three locals, torched several houses before escaping into the bush.

Kitiyo says his officers are currently pursuing the attackers who are believed to be part of the group that has been hiding in the nearby Boni Forest.

The attack comes barely a fortnight after nine people were butchered in Jima and Poromoko villages of Lamu County.

Three other people were also killed on 2nd August when suspected Al Shabaab militants attacked a passenger bus in Nyongoro area of Witu, Lamu County.

Suspected Al-Shabaab militants have been reigning terror on residents and security personnel in Lamu County and use the expansive Boni Forest as their hideout.

Last month, at least nine people were killed by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Pandanguo and Jima area of Lamu County. Reports from the area local chief indicated that the nine were brutally beheaded.

The suspects are said to have trespassed into the country through the porous Kenya-Somalia border.

Elsewhere, two people died Friday morning following a grisly road accident at Salama junction along the busy Nairobi-Mombasa highway.

The accident involved two Lorries. Area police boss Charles Muthui said a lorry coming from Mombasa tried to overtake a fleet of cars when it had a head-on collision with an oncoming truck.

Muthui said occupants of the lorry died on the spot. The truck driver and his conductor who sustained injuries were rushed to hospital.

The accident caused a heavy traffic snarl up along the busy highway.

The wreckages were towed to Salama police station and bodies of the deceased taken to Machakos level 5 hospital mortuary.

Two Dead And Several Wounded In Finland Stabbing

From Fox-News:
Police in Finland shot a man who reportedly screamed "Allahu Akbar" before stabbing at least six people on Friday.

The man, who was not immediately identified, was shot in the leg, the BBC reported. The mass stabbing incident occurred in the Puutori-Market Square area. One of those stabbed was pushing a stroller, The Sun reported.

Sound from a video that appeared to be taken by someone near the scene and was widely shared on social media featured a person repeatedly screaming "Allahu Akbar," a phrase often shouted by Islamic terrorists. Authorities had not officially labeled the incident in Finland as terrorism.

Images on social media showed at least one body -- that had been covered -- laying on the ground.