1. Terror cell in Spain was planning “much larger things”
The terror cell that brought carnage to north-eastern Spain, killing 15 people and injuring more than 130, was planning attacks on a much larger scale, including the bombing of Barcelona’s Sagrada Família church, a suspect has told a court.
Mohamed Houli Chemlal made the admission after being brought before a judge in Madrid, Spanish media reported, quoting court officials.
Houli, 21, confirmed what police said they had concluded last week: that the group had been planning large-scale bomb attacks before an explosion ripped through a house in Alcanar where a number of them had been staying, killing two of the plotters.
One of the proposed targets was the Sagrada Família, the half-finished church designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí that is one of Barcelona’s best loved buildings.
2. Finland: 18-year-old jihadi pleads guilty to killing two women
3. German foreign minister’s wife, family threatened; claims Erdogan uses Interpol for personal vendettas
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has accused supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of threatening his wife amid a festering diplomatic crisis.
He said that Erdogan's strident style "had apparently led some to feel motivated to try to threaten and harass my wife," in comments broadcast Tuesday by news channel NTV.
"Of course, this is a terrible outcome," he said without giving further details, at a time when relations between the NATO allies have plunged to their lowest point in years.
On Saturday, Erdogan launched a bitter personal attack on Gabriel, who has frequently criticised the president's leadership and his treatment of opponents and critics.
4. We'll shoot terrorists, says Venice mayor
“Venice is the only city in Europe that has arrested four terrorists. They wanted to place a bomb on the Rialto (Bridge) saying that they wanted to go to Allah. We'll send them straight to Allah without bringing down the Rialto Bridge,” said Luigi Brugnaro.
“If someone shouts 'Allah Akbar' running through St Mark's Square we'll shoot them,” he said.
5. “Defend Europe” and a Libyan patrol boat ended Golfo Azzurro’s presence near African coasts
“The captain of the Libyan coastguard knew our mission and we talked on a cooperative basis. Meanwhile, this same patrol boat was commanding to the Golfo Azzurro to leave the area as quickly as possible. The last message from the Libyan coast-guards was: “leave and never come back!”. We recorded both these communications and will release them now.”
6. BELGIUM: Teachers warning of greater radicalization of children
The Flanders ‘Netwerk Islamexperts’ have reported 481 cases since 2016 of young children showing early signs of becoming radicalised. An internal report, seen by HLN News, entitled “Indoctrination in Toddlers” makes for troubling reading.
Teachers claim Muslim children are calling other children “pigs” and some have “run their finger over the throat” making throat cutting gestured,” according to the report.
The document also claims that unlike other children who spend their playtimes talking about friends, family and TV, some Muslim children spend their breaks “reciting Arabic verses from the Quran”.
Teachers say they have pupils “as young as toddlers” openly discussing arranged marriages with relatives back home in Morocco. Dirk Moulart, the director of the school group told HLN News that the report largely relates to three families who are known to Ronse police.
7. Muslims accused of major terror plot in Australia refuse to stand in court
8. Imam suspected of organizing Spain attacks avoided deportation, was labeled “no threat”
The Moroccan man who allegedly instigated the attacks in and around Barcelona last week escaped expulsion from Spain in 2015 after serving a sentence for drug trafficking, local media report. The imam posed “no real threat,” the judge ruled back then.
Albdelbaki Es Satty, one of the deceased members of the Islamist cell which is said to have carried out the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, was ordered to leave Spain in 2014 at the end of his jail term for drug trafficking, according to El Mundo, which obtained access to judicial documents.
Two members of that cell called Es Satty the key organizer of the plot, as the four surviving suspects gave statements at the high court in Madrid on Tuesday.
Although Es Satty’s role is yet to be defined, Catalan police chief Joseph Lluis Trapero indicated that investigators are working on a hypothesis that the imam radicalized the group’s members, La voz de Galicia reports. Earlier, however, a police spokesperson said they “can’t compromise evidence or leads, or give unreliable information” concerning Es Satty.
The Moroccan-born preacher was detained in 2010 on charges of committing crimes against public health, and was sentenced to four years and one month behind bars. He served time from 2012 to 2014, El Mundo reports, without detailing why the term was reduced.
9. Republic of Ingushetia: As police try to arrest terrorists, a cache of explosives inside the home explodes
(The text below is edited from a Google translate of some of the information under the video.)
Security agencies received information about the presence of a group of terrorists involved in the commission of terrorist crimes in a private house in the village of Psedakh of the Malgobek district.
The house, in which the insurgents settled, and the territory adjacent to it were blocked by special forces. Citizens living in proximity are evacuated in order to ensure their safety.
In response to the lawful demands of law enforcement officers to lay down their arms and surrender to the authorities, the criminals opened fire. During the fire confrontation in the house in which the bandits were hiding, a powerful explosion occurred. The structure is completely destroyed.
10. Dutch authorities may have been covering up for Muslim who ran over Israeli tourists among others at train station
The official reports were that all 12 cameras where in standby mode and not recording, and that the name and origin of the person who ran them over never matters. “He had low blood pressure” was the official excuse from Dutch authorities. This stems from the fact that is was Ramadan, and assumed that the attacker was fasting at the time.
Not sure how often Israelis are run over by diabetics or Buddhists, even in Israel, due to low blood sugar however.
The name of the driver, Khalid Karmaoui, a Moroccan national’s file matches all other information in the police file for the so called, “Blood Sugar Driver” and other evidence of a cover up has surfaced in some Dutch publications, and was translated to English here.