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Sri Lanka DNA tests confirm Easter attacks ringleader was hotel bomber

May 22, 2019 - 7:34 AM

A Sri Lanka police spokesman says the government's main forensic laboratory matched Hashim's daughter's DNA with the remains of one of the bombers at the hotel

TRAGEDY. Sri Lankan security personnel walk through debris following an explosion in St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of the capital Colombo, on April 21, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Silent streets after dozens of children killed in Sri Lanka attacks

Apr 27, 2019 - 3:56 PM

'These streets are usually full of children playing,' says Suraj Fernando, whose own 12-year-old grandson Enosh was among those killed. 'Now everybody is inside because they are sad and scared.'

Ranjeewa Silva 46, father of St Sebastian's Church suicide blast victim Enosh Silva, 12, cries next to Enosh's portrait at his house, in Negombo on April 24, 2019. The streets of Sri Lanka's Katuwapitiya should be full of the sound of children's games. But after deadly Easter attacks that killed at least 45 children, they have fallen silent.  LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP

Sri Lanka Catholic churches halt public services over security fears

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:38 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities make fresh arrests and step up security measures as the government faces pressure over its failure to act on Indian intelligence warnings

Security personnel stand guard in front of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 23, 2019, two days after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka began a day of national mourning on April 23 with three minutes of silence to honour more than 300 people killed in suicide bomb blasts that have been blamed on a local Islamist group. Jewel SAMAD / AFP

Kenyan president says Nairobi attack over as 'terrorists' killed

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'I can confirm that... the security operation at Dusit complex is over and all the terrorists eliminated,' says Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyan special forces take position outside a hotel complex following an explosion in Nairobi's Westlands suburb on January 15, 2019, in Kenya. The Al-Shabaab Islamist group in Somalia claimed responsibility for an ongoing attack in the Kenyan capital, according to the SITE Intelligence Group which monitors jihadist activities. Luis TATO / AFP

Mali says foiled New Year's Eve terror attacks

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Authorities say the suspects earlier 'took part in the double attack on March 2 in Ouagadougou' as well as the abduction of a Colombian nun in February 2017 in southern Mali

Australia mass stabber 'inspired by Islamic State'

Nov 11, 2018 - 3:51 PM

Hassan Khalif Shire Ali stabbed to death well-known local cafe co-owner Sisto Malaspina and injured two other men in the heart of Melbourne

STABBING. A police officer inspects a body at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on November 9, 2018. Photo by William West/AFP

Workers still search for 9/11 remains, 17 years on

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:24 PM

In a New York lab, a team is still avidly working to identify the remains of than 1,000 victims of the hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Center

MISSING. In this file photo taken on May 26, 2014, Sally Regenhard, who lost her son on 9/11, speaks at a news conference with other family members on the steps of City Hall to criticize the placement of unidentified human remains beneath the newly opened National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/AFP

Indonesian cleric sentenced to death over 2016 terror attack

Jun 22, 2018 - 2:02 PM

'[The defendant] has been proven to have committed a criminal act of terrorism,' says judge Akhmad Jaini, who also cites Aman Abdurrahman's involvement in other attacks for handing down the death penalty

GUILTY. Indonesian anti-terror police officers escort Aman Abdurrahman (C), who masterminded a 2016 gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta that left 4 attackers and 4 civilians dead, after hearing the judges' verdict at a South Jakarta court in Jakarta on June 22, 2018. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Threat 'acute' as jihadist attacks double in 2017 – Europol

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:37 PM

In its annual report, Europol, says last year, a total 33 terror attacks were reported on the continent and Britain – 10 of which were successful, killing 62 people, while the rest were foiled or failed

EUROPOL. File photo shows an Italian Guardia di Finanza officer (center) walks with a Guardia Civil officer (left) beside a Europol member as they take part in a search at a Restaurant in Barcelona during an international police operation against Italian Mafia. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

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May 30, 2018 - 12:21 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a gesture of respect as he takes center stage during the San Beda University (SBU) Commencement Exercises at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on May 29, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gunman with Islamist links kills 3 in Belgium terror attack

May 29, 2018 - 10:22 PM

(UPDATED) Federal prosecutors say they have launched a terror investigation into the incident in Liege, Belgium

TERROR ATTACK. Police and forensic police officers work on the scene of a shooting in Liege, Belgium, after a gunman on May 29, 2018 shot dead two female police officers with their own weapons before killing a bystander in a brazen suspected terror attack in Belgium, briefly taking a hostage at a school before being killed by police.  Photo by Eric Lalmand/Belga/AFP

Davao City monitoring developments in Indonesia after suicide bombings

May 18, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The city has been on high alert since its own bombing incident in September 2016

HIGH ALERT. A military tank is parked near Davao City's oldest church, the San Pedro Cathedral. The historical landmark is also proximate to other public buildings, including the Sangguinang Panlungsod and the City Hall. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

France pays tribute to victims of jihadist attack

Mar 25, 2018 - 10:15 PM

'The [Muslim] community has been stabbed, Islam itself has been stabbed... by people who use symbols that are dear to our hearts,' says Carcassonne imam Mohamed Belmihoub

Mourners attend a service of remembrance from outside the Saint Etienne Church in Trebes in southwest France, on March 25, 2018, two days after a man carried out an attack in which four people were killed.  Mourners in this rural French town rocked by a deadly Islamist attack held a mass on Palm Sunday to pay tribute to the victims, including a policeman hailed a hero for offering himself in place of a hostage. Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was shot and stabbed after taking the place of a woman whom Radouane Lakdim had been using as a human shield during his attack Friday on a supermarket in the small town of Trebes.  / AFP PHOTO / ERIC CABANIS

Multiple casualties in suicide attack on Afghan Shiite mosque – officials

Mar 25, 2018 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) At least one worshipper is killed and 8 others wounded in the attack

Singapore passes terror attack blackout law

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The law allows police to stop anyone within the vicinity of what they deem to be a 'serious incident,' including a terror attack, from taking photos and video or communicating about police operations through text and audio messages

SINGAPORE PARLIAMENT. The parliament building in Singapore. Image from Shutterstock

Car-ramming wounds 3 in Israel, assailant shot – police

Mar 04, 2018 - 9:50 PM

'Police confirm that the incident was a terror attack,' police say in a statement

IN PHOTOS: Davao City responds to 'terror attack' in pilot drill

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The 'Southern Storm' drill, first held in Davao City, simulates how local governments should handle acts of terror

SOUTHERN STORM DRILL. Security forces respond to a simulated terror attack at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on February 28, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Manchester attack 'hero' jailed for stealing from victims

Jan 30, 2018 - 11:56 PM

On passing the 4-year-and-3-month sentence, judge David Hernandez tells Chris Parker: 'You were not the hero you pretended to be, you were just a common thief.'

MANCHESTER EXPLOSION. Police deployed at the scene of an explosion during a concert in Manchester, England, on May 23, 2017. File photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Kremlin praises U.S.-Russia 'exemplary cooperation' on terror fight

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin called US President Donald Trump on Sunday to express his gratitude for intelligence which allowed Russia's FSB security service to prevent attacks in Saint Petersburg

THANKS. This file photo taken on November 11, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang, Vitenam. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Philippines slams 'cowardly' attack on Sinai mosque

Nov 25, 2017 - 8:55 AM

'Attacks on any place of worship are totally unacceptable,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

FRIDAY PRAYERS. View of the Rawda mosque, roughly 40 kilometres west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, after a gun and bombing attack, on November 24, 2017. Photo by AFP/STR

The week in photos: October 28-November 3, 2017

Nov 04, 2017 - 8:44 AM

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Rohingya refugee childrens walk at Moynerghona refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on October 29, 2017.Bangladesh is planning to introduce voluntary sterilisation in its overcrowded Rohingya camps, where nearly a million refugees are fighting for space, after efforts to encourage birth control failed. More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country. / AFP PHOTO / Tauseef MUSTAFA

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Nov 03, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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Trump calls for death penalty for New York attacker

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:51 PM

Trump says he is considering sending Sayfullo Saipov, 29, to the military's notorious Guantanamo Bay detention center, but backed off the idea in a blast of early morning tweets calling for the death penalty

GREAT AGAIN. File image dated August 3, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump arriving to speak at a Make America Great Again Rally at Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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Nov 02, 2017 - 10:44 AM

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ATTACK. An investigator takes pictures with his phone near a pickup truck following an incident in New York on October 31, 2017.  Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

New York terror suspect drove for Uber

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Uber says Saipov had been a New Jersey Uber driver for the past 6 months, with over 1,400 trips in his log

SAYFULLO SAIPOV. This handout photograph obtained courtesy of the St. Charles County Dept. of Corrections in the midwestern US state of Missouri on October 31, 2017 shows Sayfullo Habibullahevic Saipov, the suspected driver who killed 8 people in New York on October 31, 2017. Photo by St. Charles County Dept. of Corrections/AFP

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Nov 01, 2017 - 12:37 PM

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How the Marawi siege affected terrorism in Indonesia

Oct 24, 2017 - 9:10 PM

'The [Islamic State] narrative for Indonesians was to do hijrah in the Philippines, not commit attacks at home,' states a report by the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium

MARAWI SIEGE. Philippine troops in action in the battle zone, during the war against IS-linked terrorists. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Britain wants post-Brexit security treaty with EU

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:49 PM

London says it wanted to maintain existing partnerships with a bespoke pact that would open the door to enhanced cooperation as terror threats evolve against British and EU citizens

BREXIT. Union and European flags flutter in the breeze at the start of a pro-EU march through central London during the People's March for Europe on September 9, 2017. Photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

Spain suspect says terror cell planned big attack on monuments

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Mohamed Houli Chemlal 21 says he knew of the plans two months ago as he and 3 other suspects appear in court for the first time since twin attacks killed 15 people and wounded more than 100

TO COURT. Mohamed Houli Chemlal, suspected of involvement in the terror cell that carried out twin attacks in Spain, is escorted by Spanish Civil Guards from a detention center in Tres Cantos, near Madrid, on August 22, 2017. Stringer/AFP

4 Spain attacks suspects to go before judge, 8 others killed

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Four suspects detained during the investigation into the deadly Catalonia attacks will appear before a judge for the first time after the 8 other members of the jihadist terror cell are killed

People display flowers, candles, balloons and many objects to pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks on the Rambla boulevard in Barcelona on August 21, 2017, four days after the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks that killed 15 people. Javier Soriano/AFP

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Spanish police shoot dead possible Barcelona attack fugitive

Aug 21, 2017 - 3:59 PM

3rd UPDATE They have shot dead a suspect who could be the perpetrator of the attack a source close to the probe told AFP on condition of anonymity

People leave post-it notes with messages against the attacks and in tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack, on a kiosk on Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona on August 19, 2017, two day after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 100. Javier Soriano/AFP

7-year-old Filipino boy confirmed dead in Barcelona terror attack – DFA

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The boy was earlier listed as among the missing after a van plowed through a pedestrian filled boulevard in the city center

IN SOLIDARITY. People stand next to flowers, candles and other items set up on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona as they pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack, three days after a van plowed into the crowd, killing 14 persons and injuring over 100 on August 20, 2017. Javier Soriano/AFP

Finland marks minute of silence for stabbing victims

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:05 AM

Several hundred people including emergency workers city officials and police gather at the market square where the attack took place

People hold a minute's silence in front of flowers and candles laid at a makeshift memorial at the Turku Market Square in Turku, Finland, on August 20, 2017. Ten people were stabbed in Central Turku on August 18, 2017 and two persons have been confirmed dead. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Vesa Moilanen / Finland OUT

Filipina's 7-year-old son missing after Barcelona attack

Aug 19, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The mother and son were in Barcelona to attend the wedding of a cousin when the Barcelona terror attack happened DFA says

TRIBUTE. People sit next to flowers, messages, stuffed toys and others items displayed on the Rambla boulevard on August 18, 2017, to pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack, a day after a van ploughed into the crowd. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Dozens of nationalities among Spain attack victims

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Here is a running list of nationalities affected from the incident

TRIBUTE. People lay flowers, candles and other items at a makeshift memorial set up on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona as they pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack. Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

Spain twin vehicle attacks: What we know

Aug 18, 2017 - 1:12 PM

UPDATED Here s what we know so far about the two separate attacks that happened in Barcelona and Cambrils

TERROR. The van who ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others is towed away from the Rambla in Barcelona on August 18, 2017 Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

4 Filipino-Irish family members hurt in Barcelona attack

Aug 18, 2017 - 10:32 AM

Two members of the family have been released from the hospital while the other two are still under observation says Philippine Honorary Consul to Barcelona Jordi Puig Roches

BARCELONA ATTACK. The van that ploughed into a Barcelona crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others, is towed away from the Rambla on August 18, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Philippines condemns Barcelona terror attack

Aug 18, 2017 - 10:23 AM

Malacañang condoles with the families and friends left behind by the victims of the attack which was claimed by ISIS

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on June 20, 2017 that the Philippines is ranked as one of the best-performing economies in Southeast Asia based on the report of the Oxford Business Group. Malacañan Photo

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Aug 18, 2017 - 10:07 AM

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'TERRORIST ATTACK.' Policemen stand together on the Rambla boulevard after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

The week in photos: July 8-14, 2017

Jul 15, 2017 - 9:30 AM

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People cool off in a swimming pool in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province on July 12, 2017.  The summer heatwave is forecast to continue and expand over more of the country, with people being warned to protect themselves from the sun. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT

7 attacks foiled in France in 2017 – minister

Jul 06, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Since the start of the year we ve stopped 7 plots which could have caused many deaths Interior Minister Gerard Collomb says

COLLOMB ON TERROR. French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb addresses deputies during a session of questions to the Government at the French National Assembly in Paris, on July 5, 2017.  Photo by Martin Bureau/ AFP

Philippines condemns attack near UK mosque

Jun 20, 2017 - 3:02 PM

No Filipino is reported injured in the attack near the Finsbury Park Mosque in London the Philippines says as it reaffirms its solidarity with the UK

TERROR ATTACK. People gather to attend a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque, close to the scene of a van attack in Finsbury Park, north London on June 19, 2017. Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP

Third French victim confirmed in London attack

Jun 07, 2017 - 7:12 PM

UPDATED We received confirmation of the new toll this morning There are 3 deaths and eight injuries on the French side Macron says deploring the heavy toll these attacks have taken on us

LONDON ATTACK. Police officers walk at the scene of an apparent terror attack on London Bridge in central London on June 3, 2017. Photo by Daniel Sorabji/AFP

Manchester tribute concert to go ahead despite London attack

Jun 04, 2017 - 7:41 PM

Manchester police say that there will be additional security in place at the event and asks people not to bring bags in order to speed up entry as everyone will be searched

'I LOVE MCR' An I Love MCR displayed on an electronic billboard in honour of the victims of the May 22 Terror attack at the Manchester Arena is seen in central Manchester, northwest England, on May 25, 2017. Oli Scarff/AFP

Anonymous Muslim opens arms to grieving Mancunians

May 27, 2017 - 6:16 PM

St Ann s Square has become the scene of a continuous and somber procession of mourners eager to pay their own personal respects to the dead

EMBRACE. A Muslim woman who attends West Didsbury Mosque hugs another lady as she are her family hand out biscuits to members of the public in central Manchester, northwest England on May 26, 2017, as a gesture of solidarity. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK Election campaign resumes after Manchester attack

May 26, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Analysts say Prime Minister Theresa May could benefit at the UK polls from the shift in focus ahead of the general election on June 8

UNITED KINGDOM. Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Manchester United fans celebrate Europa triumph after tragedy

May 25, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Manchester United defeats Ajax 2 0 to win the Europa League final

CHAMPIONS. Players held a minute's silence before the match in honor of the victims of Monday's suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena which left 22 people dead. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Manchester terror attack: The victims

May 25, 2017 - 10:10 AM

Here are the victims named so far in the deadliest terror attack in Britain since the 2005 London bombings

TRIBUTE. Messages and floral tributes in Albert Square in Manchester, England on May 23, 2017, in solidarity with those killed and injured in the terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

How to be a responsible netizen? Keep calm and think before you click

May 24, 2017 - 4:28 PM

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