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ISIS-inspired immigrant ‘drawn by Xmas posters’ in New York attack

WASHINGTON, United States --- The Bangladeshi immigrant who set off a bomb in New York's subway Monday told investigators that he was avenging attacks on the Islamic State (ISIS) group and chose the location by its Christmas posters, US media reported. Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, recalled a Christmas attack in Europe in 2016 and said he was also retaliating for US airstrikes on ISIS in Syria, law enforcement officials told the New York Times. The bomb, set off in a crowded subway passage during the morning rush hour, only partially detonated, deeply wounding the bomber himself but only causing slight injuries to three other people. Ullah was burned...Keep on reading: ISIS-inspired immigrant ‘drawn by Xmas posters’ in New York attack.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerDec 11th, 2017

ISIS-inspired immigrant ‘drawn by Christmas posters’ in New York attack

WASHINGTON -- The Bangladeshi immigrant who set off a bomb in New York’s subway Monday, Dec. 11, told investigators that he was avenging attacks on the Islamic State (ISIS) group and chose the location by its Christmas posters, US media reported. Read More........»»

Category: newsSource:  filipinoexpressRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

Trump calls for death penalty for NYC truck attack suspect

          WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump says the suspect in the New York City truck attack that killed eight people "SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!"   Trump expressed his feelings late Wednesday, tweeting that "NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!"   Federal prosecutors say in court papers that 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov (sy-foo-LOH' sy-EE'-pawf) asked to display the Islamic State group's flag in his hospital room. Authorities say the Uzbek immigrant said "he felt good about what he had done."   Prosecutors...Keep on reading: Trump calls for death penalty for NYC truck attack suspect.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

New York bombing heightens fears of holiday attacks

WASHINGTON: The abortive bombing by an Islamic State-inspired Bangladeshi in New York has raised fresh fears of a possible surge in attacks during the year-end holiday season on both sides of the Atlantic. Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old immigrant who mainly injured himself when he tried to detonate a pipe bomb in a New York subway [...] The post New York bombing heightens fears of holiday attacks appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

‘Terror’ bomber strikes New York subway, three hurt

NEW YORK -- A 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh detonated a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York subway passage during the morning rush hour Monday, wounding three people and putting the city on edge just six weeks after a deadly truck attack. Akayed Ullah told….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 12th, 2017

Trump wants federal death penalty for NY attacker, but it is rare

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Thursday called for the death penalty for the Uzbek national charged with carrying out the New York truck attack, demanding swift justice. But the death penalty remains a rare sentence— and typically it takes years to be carried out. A legal possibility Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old immigrant from Uzbekistan, is [...] The post Trump wants federal death penalty for NY attacker, but it is rare appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017

Trump calls for death penalty for New York attacker

NEW YORK, United States – President Donald Trump called Thursday for the man charged over the New York truck attack to be executed, after investigators said he confessed to being inspired by Islamic State group propaganda. Trump had earlier said he was considering sending Sayfullo Saipov, 29, to the military's ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

U.S. charges suspect who felt good about NYC attack

NEW YORK CITY, USA (UPDATED) – The Uzbek immigrant behind New York's worst attack in 16 years confessed to acting in the name of the Islamic State group and "felt good" about the killings, having planned an assault for a year, investigators said Wednesday, November 1. The shocking details emerged ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

New York suspect after attack: ‘It felt good’

NEW YORK: The Uzbek immigrant behind New York’s worst attack in 16 years confessed to acting in the name of the Islamic State group and “felt good” about the killings, having planned an assault for a year, investigators said Wednesday. The shocking details emerged as federal prosecutors filed terrorism charges against Sayfullo Saipov, who subsequently [...] The post New York suspect after attack: ‘It felt good’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

New York attack suspect followed IS online instructions

An Uzbek immigrant suspected of killing eight people in New York City by plowing a truck into cyclists and pedestrians on a New York City bike path followed online plans from Islamic State and left a note extolling the militant group, police said on Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

Military locked in firefight with ISIS-inspired BIFF

MAGUINDANAO — The military on Friday bombarded militants who were about to attack soldiers in Guindulungan town in an attempt to avenge the deaths of compani.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2017

ISIS militants, hostages escape Marawi mosque

MARAWI CITY – Dozens of local ISIS militants and their hostages managed to escape undetected from a mosque they used to attack security forces in the besieged city of Marawi.  The daring escape was only discovered after troops managed to advance and eventually recaptured the mosque from militants on Thursday hours before President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Marawi. The military trumpeted the “liberation” of the mosque, but it did not say how ISIS fighters and their captives managed to escape from thousands of troops who surrounded Marawi, and spy planes and drones monitoring the siege since May 23.  The fate of the hostages, including a Catholic priest and church workers, remains unknown.  Duterte, wearing a Kevlar helmet and a bullet-proof vest, inspected troops in the battlefront and spoke to them. “The President also congratulated the troops for defending Marawi from terror elements and for successfully retaking the Islamic Center yesterday, a structure that was maintained as the Daesh-inspired terrorist group's command and control for the longest time before it was retaken,” said Army Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, a spokeswoman for the Western Mindanao Command.  It was his 3rd visit to Marawi since the fighting began when militants occupied the city in an effort to put up an Islamic province in the restive region. Security officials also briefed Duterte on the progress of the military operations against the militants.  In his talk with the soldiers, Duterte assured his full support to the military and police forces fighting ISIS. “I would like to reiterate this, I will never abandon you as long as you are doing the right thing. This would include fighting against the terrorists groups, the drug lords or the common criminals as long as you are doing your sworn duty to enforce the law and protect the republic. Let me emphasize however that you must do your job in accordance with the law,” he said.  Duterte was accompanied by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Defense Undersecretary Cesar Yano, Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Eduardo Ano and Army Chief Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda.  Oust Duterte  His visit to the battlefield came days after disgruntled soldiers and policemen who are members of a shadowy group called Patriotic and Democratic Movement or PADEM called for the ouster of Duterte. They accused Duterte of treating the military and police as his private armies and for betraying and violating public trust and cited 10 reasons to call for his ouster. The group also urged Filipinos to join PADEM in condemning and fighting Duterte and his administration and to stage mass actions and demand the President’s ouster. In a manifesto, Antonio Bonifacio, who claimed to be PADEM’s spokesman, called on members of the military and police to also join the people in demanding Duterte’s resignation and also his administration. It said the group is working for the withdrawal military and police support for Duterte.  “We urge all Filipinos as individuals and as groups in whatever social sector, field, institution or organization to exercise their right of assembly and expression to undertake mass actions demanding the ouster of Duterte and his administration. We call on our fellow officers and members of the AFP and the PNP to join the people in demanding the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration.” “We pledge to work for the withdrawal of military and police support for Duterte and his administration in conjunction with mass mobilization of the Filipino people in millions to manifest their demand for the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration. Upon the change of administration, we pledge to follow the principle of civilian supremacy and support a new civilian administration, in accordance with the 1987 Constitution and the rule of law,” the manifesto, released by Bonifacio – believed to be a nom de guerre – said. PADEM also condemned and holds accountable for gross crimes in betrayal of public trust and in violation of national sovereignty and democratic rights of the Filipino people. It cited the following reasons as alleged crimes of Duterte:   Treating the AFP and the PNP as these were his private armies and practising favoritism and violating professional and service standards in the promotion and assignment of officers; Corrupting the PNP and the AFP with a system of monetary awards for the extrajudicial killing of alleged illegal drug users and of NPA suspects; Condoning and protecting top-level illegal drug lords; Emboldening/inciting police officers to engage in extrajudicial killings of poor suspected illegal drug users and pushers by publicly telling officers to plant evidence and by guaranteeing their pardon and promotion in case of conviction; Aggravating corruption in government and criminality through the collusion of Duterte trustees and crime syndicates; Allowing China to occupy maritime features in the West Philippine Sea and to violate Philippine sovereign rights upheld by decision of the Arbitral Tribunal in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; Bungling the operations in Marawi City and indiscriminately destroying lives and property through aerial bombings, artillery and mortar; Favoring certain Chinese businessmen and Duterte relatives and cronies in the award of projected infrastructure projects using loans from China; Betraying the sovereign rights of the Filipino people by making the Philippines a debt vassal of China and offering to China the oil and gas resources under the West Philippine Sea as collateral for Chinese loans; and Seeking to replace the partnership with the United States in matters [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2017

Libyan-Canadian cleric linked to Manchester bomber plans return to Canada to clear his name – CBC News

A Libyan-Canadian cleric linked in U.S. and British media reports to Manchester bomber Salman Abedi says he will return to Canada in weeks with the intention of clearing his name. Abdul Baset Egwilla was an Ottawa-based imam until his return to Libya in 2007. In an exclusive interview with CBC News over Skype, Egwilla denied any connection to Abedi. &'8220;I challenge whoever accuses me of such a connection to produce evidence, such as a time, date and place where I met with the suicide bomber,&'8221; Egwilla said. CBC News has agreed not to disclose Egwilla's current location due to concerns for his safety, as he is the subject of death threats in Libya. Salman Abedi, 22, was identified on May 23 as the suicide bomber who killed 22 people and wounded more than 60 others, including children, at a pop concert in Manchester. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. The bomber's father, Ramadan Abedi, who denies his son was a member of ISIS, has since been arrested by Libyan counter-terrorism officers. U.S. and British media reports, citing anonymous sources, have claimed a link between Salman, his father and Libyan-Canadian cleric Egwilla. A senior American official told the New York Times on May 24 that Salman Abedi &'8220;had links to a radical preacher in Libya&'8221; identified as Abdul Baset Egwilla, and that Egwilla's son had died fighting for ISIS. Egwilla's son did die in 2016, but Libyan news reports and a martyrdom notice at the time said he was killed fighting for the Omar Mukhtar Brigade, a Libyan Islamist militia that is not a listed terrorist organization. The Times newspaper in the U.K. reported May 27 that Ramadan Abedi was an associate of &'8220;extremist Canadian-Libyan preacher&'8221; Egwilla, and that the Libyan-Canadian is believed to have radicalized Ramadan's son, Salman Abedi. The father would regularly meet with Egwilla at Friday prayers in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, in 2015, added the Times, citing a resident of the city who asked not to be named. The Greater Manchester Police Force would neither confirm nor deny to CBC News that Egwilla is under investigation for possible involvement in the Manchester bombing. Egwilla, who has been absent from Libya for several months since fleeing a plot to assassinate him, said he has never, to his knowledge, met either Salman or Ramadan Abedi. &'8220;I am a public figure, I appear in the media. I show up in mosques and preach to a multitude of people. People know me, but I do not know them,&'8221; Egwilla said. &'8220;And if I met him once or twice before, it could be that he changed his beliefs later on, but I never met him in the first place,&'8221; Egwilla said of the Manchester bomber. Declassified documents released by Canada's Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre in 2014 flagged a YouTube video in which Egwilla is seen &'8220;promoting violent jihad in Libya.&'8221; &'8220;In the video, Egwilla urged an audience of Libyan Islamist fighters to take part in jihad, stating that 'jihad is simply and easily accessible, and does not require moving as in the past, as it was for Afghanistan and Iraq,'&'8221; the report said. Egwilla says that call to jihad was made to recruit people to fight specifically against a militia led by a former general in Moammar Gadhafi's regime, and not a call to support the global jihadi movement. &'8220;I spoke about jihad only through Fajr Libya Dawn (a rebel militia alliance) and only when [Moammar Gadhafi] suppressed peaceful demonstrators and bombed them with anti-aircraft weaponry,&'8221; said Egwilla. &'8220;This was unjust and an act of tyranny.&'8221; Egwilla said people claiming to be with the government of Canada have attempted to reach out to him using the app Viber, though he says he has never agreed to an interview. Egwilla said he intends to speak to authorities to clear his name when he returns to Canada. After seven years in Ottawa, Egwilla left Canada for Libya in 2007, when Gadhafi's regime began sending signals that it would not persecute returning dissidents. ​ He began working at a Tripoli religious radio station and associated with a group of clerics that included Sadiq al-Ghariani, who today is the country's Grand Mufti, the top religious leader, and a strong supporter of Islamist militias. When rebellion broke out in 2011, Egwilla was a prominent supporter, and after the fall of Gadhafi's regime, was promoted to be the administrative director for the mosques in Tripoli. He said he became a prominent imam and broadcaster. In 2014, as splits emerged between liberals and Islamists over the direction post-Gadhafi Libya should take, Egwilla identified with the &'8220;Libya Dawn&'8221; coalition of Islamist militias that seized Tripoli from the UN-backed government. Libya Dawn soon found itself involved in a war with the secular forces of Gadhafi-era general Khalifa Haftar, and Egwilla's Ottawa-raised son Owais joined one of the Islamist militias battling Haftar. Owais died in combat in March last year. It was reported in some quarters that Owais Egwilla had died fighting for Islamic State. In fact, martyrdom notices posted at the time of his death show him as a member of the Omar Mukhtar Brigade, an Islamist militia that was part of the coalition that fought Islamic State and drove it out of its Libyan stronghold in Sirte. Egwilla says he fled Libya eight months ago following the kidnapping and murder of fellow cleric Nadir al-Omrani by assassins of the Madkhali sect of Sunni Islam. Madkhalis, followers of a school of thought founded by a Saudi cleric, have become increasingly active in Libya. Like Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Madkhalis in Libya have destroyed ancient shrines and manuscripts they deem un-Islamic and they consider voting to be heresy. In a videotaped confession seen by CBC News, one of [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2017

Martial Law Declared For Entire Mindanao Following Maute Attack in Marawi City

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law for the entire island of Mindanao as of 10PM on May 23, 2017 following terrorist attacks by the Maute group in Marawi City. The Maute group is an ISIS inspired terrorist group that have been trying to gain foothold in the country. &'8220;He (Duterte) has full confidence in [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2017

ISIS claims it inspired truck assault at market – CNN News

German authorities released a man and intensified their manhunt for the person who plowed a tractor-trailer truck into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market, even as ISIS claimed Tuesday that it inspired the attack. Police said they didn't have enough evid.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2016

Explosives found in alleged camp of ISIS-inspired group

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 24 Sept) – Police operatives captured an alleged base of an Islamic State-inspired local terror group and recovered improvised explosives in an operation on Sunday in a remote village in Polomolok town in South Cotabato. Chief Supt. Eliseo Rasco, regional director of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-12, said elements from the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated News12 hr. 8 min. ago

Fil-Ams tend to favor Trump travel ban in immigrant-friendly Hawaii

    HONOLULU --- Maria, a university staff worker living in Hawaii for more than three decades, would not give a direct answer when asked if she supports US President Donald Trump's ban on Muslim-majority countries.   "It's a very complicated issue," the Filipino-American said with a laugh.   But when encouraged to speak her mind, Maria (name changed), who immigrated to the US after the Edsa People Power Revolution of 1986, said she thought the travel ban was a necessary evil to ensure the security of the state.   "You know, there are all kinds of problems with terrorists and ISIS (Islamic State) and all that, so it's only for security...Keep on reading: Fil-Ams tend to favor Trump travel ban in immigrant-friendly Hawaii.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News19 hr. 8 min. ago

Mariska Hargitay hails impact of ‘SVU’ as it marks 20 seasons

NEW YORK --- Mariska Hargitay thinks "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has played a huge role in educating people on sexual violence, but believes there is still a lot of work to do. The star of the TV drama spoke as the NBC show celebrated its 20th season Thursday at the Tribeca TV Festival. Hargitay has been playing Lt. Olivia Benson from the first episode. She said she was initially drawn to the show because it was tackling issues that others weren't. "It's an incredibly progressive show, progressive idea, and really starting a conversation and taking sexual assault, domestic violence, and these issues that were traditionally swept under the carpet," Hargitay said. ...Keep on reading: Mariska Hargitay hails impact of ‘SVU’ as it marks 20 seasons.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

Rockets fired near airport in Tripoli, ISIS claims attack on oil company

TRIPOLI – Rockets were fired late on Tuesday in the direction of the airport in Libya’s capital, residents said, forcing flights to be diverted, less than a week after the United Nations brokered a fragile truce between rival armed groups in Tripoli. A spokesman for a faction controlling Matiga airport, the only one functioning in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

We remember the 9/11 terror attack in New York

Tomorrow is a red-letter day for the Kaiser Health Group as it formally opens its 3rd medical center (the first one was years ago at the Mactan Export Processing Zone) and the next one was opened only this year at the SM Seaside at the South Road Properties......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Four dead, four hurt after gov& apos;t troops clash with ISIS-inspired Abu Turaifie Group - GMA News

Four dead, four hurt after gov't troops clash with ISIS-inspired Abu Turaifie Group - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018