1. Four terror suspects arrested in Rotterdam
The police arrested four men in Rotterdam on Sunday evening on suspicion of involvement in terrorism, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement on Tuesday. The suspects are three Dutch men and one Swedish man.
A foreign police service informed the Dutch authorities about the 29-year-old Swede's possible involvement in terrorism. He arrived in the Netherlands on a plane from Stockholm on Sunday afternoon. The police kept an eye on him, and arrested him with the three Dutch men early in the evening.
2. ISIS threaten attacks in western nightclubs, churches and markets over Christmas and New Year in new propaganda video
In the seven-minute clip an English speaking Islamic State fighter calls his 'brothers' to 'hunt down' non-believers during the festive holidays.
ISIS has called on lone wolves to target Christmas and New Years Eve celebrations in western countries and also threatened an attack on the Pope in a disturbing new propaganda video.
It features sickening mock-up footage of an explosion on the banks of the River Thames in London during the annual New Year's Eve party attended by tens of thousands of people.
3. Somali man stabs Minneapolis woman 14 times
A Minneapolis woman was stabbed 14 times while walking home from work on December 13th. Morgan Evenson told KSTP that she could feel the man walking behind her and that when she turned to look at him, he charged at her. Evenson and the suspect ended up in a struggle on the ground, and Evenson was stabbed 14 times.
Neighbors heard the commotion and ran over to help, but the suspect has escaped by then. Police are now searching for him. He is described as a Somali Man in his early 20’s, 5 foot 7, and was wearing an army green jacket and stonewashed jeans.
4. Hundreds of Muslims Storm ‘Unlicensed Church’, Smashing Contents and Assaulting Christians
The incident took place after Friday prayers when demonstrators gathered outside the building and stormed it. The demonstrators chanted hostile slogans and called for the church’s demolition, the diocese in Atfih said. The demonstrators destroyed the church’s contents and assaulted Christians inside before security personnel arrived and dispersed them.
The wounded were transferred to a nearby hospital but didn’t elaborate.
The church in Giza just outside of Cairo is yet to be sanctioned by the state but has been observing prayers for 15 years. The diocese said it had officially sought to legalize the building’s status under a 2016 law that laid down the rules for building churches.
5. Muslim Group launches Jihad on Toilet seats
The Muslim group best known for carrying out Female Genital Mutilation FGM on girls in North America has now launched a campaign to destroy Toilet seats to ensure Muslims only defecate the way Arabs did in the Seventh Century and not the ‘western’ toilet seats that come standard in North America and European homes.
The Islamic sect is known as Dawoodi Bohras. They operate like a top-down secret society very similar to the Aga Khan Ismaili community who live mostly in Gujarat, India and Karachi, Pakistan.
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6. Germany Needs 2,000 Extra Judges and Prosecutors to Process Fivefold Increase in Terror Cases
The German Attorney-General opened a shocking 1,200 terror cases in 2017, of which around 1,000 were related to radical Islamic terrorism, Tagesschau reports.
This represents a fivefold increase on 2016, when the figure stood at around 250 — with roughly 200 cases being related to radical Islam.
Sven Rebehn, the head of the German association of judges, has warned that the system is struggling to cope with the sheer volume of its expanded caseload, with burden particularly heavy in the migrant hotspots of Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Hamburg.
7. France: Christmas movie banned in school: “Too Christian”
83 students of a French school started to watch the movie “The Star“, a computer animated adventure comedy based on the history of Jesus nativity, film released by Columbia Pictures. But when the teachers realized that the subject was the nativity of Jesus Christ, they immediately suspended the projection because they judged the movie not enough secular.
8. Police investigate pork attack on Belfast Islamic centre
Police in Northern Ireland are treating as a hate crime an incident in which pork was forced through the letterbox of an Islamic centre on Christmas Eve.
Raied al-Wazzan, the treasurer of the Islamic Centre in south Belfast, described those responsible as “ignorant people”. He said: “We believe these people do not represent the vast majority of Northern Ireland. We have received many messages of support. They will not succeed. We have a very good relationship with all communities in Northern Ireland and we work hard with our outreach.”
His colleague Anwar Macady said that it was the first time the centre had been attacked in such a way, and it was sad that it had happened on Christmas Eve.
9. Egypt launches full investigation of school, fires principal for video of girls dancing
Egyptian media and several Twitter users have posted a video of female students dancing to local street rap music in a classroom in the governorate of Domyat, north of the country. It has also lead to a wave of anger in some quarters and calls for an immediate investigation.
The video shows the high school girls at an Arts Secondary school dancing to the ghetto music. As soon as the video went online, it went viral across all social media platforms.
Eventually, it lead to the Education Directorate in Domyat expeling the school’s principal.
10. Islamic State-affiliated fighters in Somalia release first official video
The first official propaganda video from Islamic State-affiliated fighters in Somalia was released late Monday, according to a group that monitors extremist organizations.
The SITE Intelligence Group said the inaugural video posted online urged Islamic State group supporters to take advantage of people’s “drunkenness” over the holiday season to “hunt down” and attack what it called non-believers.
“#ISIS called on lone wolves to attack during #Christmas and #NewYearsEve, and to hit nightclubs, churches, and markets, regardless of the presence of children,” the SITE Intelligence Group said in a description of the video.