1. Police: Teen attempted to detonate explosive device at Pine View, researched ISIS
ST. GEORGE, Utah — UPDATE: Police said a homemade explosive device was the item discovered in a backpack at Pine View High School Monday, that forced the evacuation of the school. Police said if the device had detonated, it would have caused significant injury or death. Police have a suspect in custody.
A warrant served at the male juvenile's home and items were found consistent with the materials used to build the device. Police also said the suspect had been researching information and expressing interest in ISIS and promoting the organization.
The boy has not been identified but police said he was attending a class at Pine View.
2. Sri Lanka: Army rolls in as state of emergency declared after unrest
Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency after days of violent unrest between Sinhalese and Muslim communities, as shown in footage filmed in Kandy on Tuesday.
The special measures permitting soldiers to be deployed in civilian areas will initially apply for ten days, at which point the deployment would need to be ratified by parliament
Arson attacks and riots have hit the central district of Kandy in recent days and there was similar violence in late February when mobs set fire to Muslim-owned businesses and a mosque in the east.
The violence in Kandy is understood to have been sparked when a group of Muslim men in Digana town were accused of killing a man belonging to the majority Sinhala Buddhist community, who make up about 75 percent of the population.
Sri Lanka riot: Protest outside police station demanding release of detained Buddhists
Muslims attack in Diana Sri Lanka
3. Illegal Algerian Migrant Arrested for Murder of Homeless Man Was Found Wearing Victim’s Shoes
A 40-year-old illegal migrant living in France has been arrested in Montpellier after being suspected of murdering a 45-year-old homeless Romanian and was found wearing the murder victim’s shoes.
The Romanian man’s body was found in January in a vacant lot in the city by police near the Montpellier-Nîmes railway line. Police say that they were able to track down the Algerian illegal migrant after surveillance footage showed him in the area wearing the shoes given to the Romanian by a local charity, Metropolitain reports.
According to investigators, the Algerian had also frequented homeless shelters and other organisations that help the poor and the homeless including those that were used by the victim.
4. Two Girls Arrested in France After Trying to Set Church on Fire
Two young women were arrested in the French department of Morbihan in Brittany after a wave of vandalism on a number of churches in the area and for trying to set one of them on fire.
The attacks on churches went on for several days before the arrest of two girls who are believed to have set several fires within a church in the town of Auray, Le Telegramme reports.
The church escaped being totally set ablaze thanks to a parishioner from nearby Guerande who entered the church on Sunday and found several small fires.
“I was going into the church to pray, I used to come here when I went to Auray, but when I pushed open the door, I saw a thick smoke and two young people coming out running. I immediately called the firefighters,” the woman said.
5. May Laments Housing Crisis… Neglects to Mention “Root Cause” Mass Migration
Efforts to tackle Britain’s housing crisis “will fail” as long as the government neglects to mention its “root cause”, mass migration, the Conservatives have been warned following Theresa May’s speech on housing. [...]”
But according to UKIP leader Gerard Batten, the Prime Minister “has her head in the sand”.
“It’s all well and good that May’s talking about the housing crisis, but until mass migration is curbed, the problem isn’t going away,” he said.
“Yes, we do have a massive problem in the housing market, but these plans no matter how radical to ramp up building programmes can never deal with the demand created by immigration.
“Unless the government are honest about this then nothing will ever change apart from our environment.”
6. RAW: Russian federal police (FSB) bust ISIS cell in Dagestan, 5 recruiters detained
Russia’s FSB (Federal Security Service) detained five people who were allegedly recruiting people for Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS) in the city of Makhachkala in the Russian Republic of Dagestan on Monday.
According to a press release from the service, the head of the cell and four associates radicalized at least four local people, who were subsequently trained by IS and took part in combat operations for the group.
7. “It’s WHACK-A-MOLE” FBI boss reveals two terrorists EVERY WEEK being found in US
A TOP FBI counter terror cop has described fighting terrorists like a game of “whack-a-mole” as he revealed the chilling extent of the threat facing the US.
Michael Mcgarrity, assistant director of the Counter-terrorism Division, revealed an average of two suspected terrorists are arrested every week in the US.
He compared it to the fairground favourite, where players have to bonk fake moles as soon as they pop their heads up out of the board.
The top cop chillingly revealed that a jihadi can attack in just 30 days once radicalised.
He said every FBI bureau in all 50 states is working on terror investigations - with up to 3,000 currently under way across the US.
8. Muslim leaders say Philip Davies “misinformed” after he calls for abolishment of Sharia councils
SHIPLEY MP Philip Davies has called on the Government to abolish Sharia councils in the UK to “protect Muslim women”.
The Tory MP urged Prime Minister Theresa May to act to stop the religious law of Islam in the UK and protect vulnerable women at Prime Minister’s Questions this week. But Muslim leaders in Bradford said Mr Davies was “misinformed”, and invited him to learn more about the workings of Sharia systems.
Mr Davies told the House: “Last year I attended a meeting in the House of Lords organised by the wonderful crossbench Peer and Human Rights campaigner Baroness Cox, at which three very brave women told us harrowing tales of how they have been treated and discriminated against by Sharia councils.
“Isn’t it time this alternative discriminatory form of justice was no longer tolerated in this country?”
Mr Davies said he would “continue to push for Sharia councils to be abolished so Muslim women do not feel pressurised into having their cases determined by a Sharia council rather than in the British Courts”.
9. Indonesian Islamic university bans burqas on campus
JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian state Islamic university faced criticism from Muslim groups and activists on Wednesday after it banned female students from wearing full-face veils citing fears over the spread of radical ideology on the campus.
Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population, the majority of whom practice a moderate form of Islam.
But the country has seen a recent rise in more conservative interpretations of the religion, which many see as a threat to its long-standing reputation for religious tolerance and diversity.
The State Islamic University (UIN) in Yogyakarta city, on Java island, said it had 41 students using the full veil, or burqa, who would be offered counseling sessions and ultimately be asked to take off the veil if they wanted to graduate.
The Islamic Defenders Front, a conservative group that campaigns against activities it deems un-Islamic, said in a statement the policy “did not make sense” and was in conflict with the country’s efforts to preserve diversity.
10. Tommy Robinson reporting from Rome: “Italy tells the EU to F*** Off”
Tommy Robinson reports from Rome on recent election results, noting, “Italy is the latest country to reject far left politics in Europe”