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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

Jihadist attacks kill 17 Syria pro-regime fighters

Apr 27, 2019 - 3:29 PM

The assaults are done by Al-Qaeda's former Syria branch, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, and its ally Hurras al-Deen, which remains affiliated to the global jihadist network

15 die as Sri Lanka forces raid Islamist hideout – police

Apr 27, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The 3 men set off explosives killing 3 women and 6 children inside what was believed to an Islamist safe house near the eastern town of Kalmunai, Sri Lanka

RAID. Soldiers evacuate an injured child after they raid what believed to be an Islamist safe house in the eastern town of Kalmunai on April 27, 2019. AFP Photo

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

Pakistan says gunmen behind killing of 14 based in Iran

Apr 20, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Pakistan hopes Iran 'will take a swift action against the Baloch terrorist outfits,' says Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

RESPONSE. In this file photo, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi addresses a press conference in Multan on April 7, 2019. Photo by SS Mirza/AFP

Belgian man charged with terrorism offense

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Belgian federal prosecutors say the suspect, identified as Jimmy K, was formally charged on Sunday following reports of his arrest south of the capital Brussels on Saturday

Iran president says U.S. 'leader of world terrorism'

Apr 09, 2019 - 4:57 PM

'Who are you to label revolutionary institutions as terrorists?' Iranian President Hassan Rouhani asks in a speech broadcast live by state television

IRAN REACTS. President Hassan Rouhani says that the United States is the real 'leader of world terrorism' after Washington blacklisted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a 'foreign terrorist organization.' AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

Dutch tram gunman to be charged with 'terrorist' killings

Mar 21, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Three people were killed and 7 others wounded after the shooting rampage on a tram in the central Dutch city

TRAM SHOOTING. Police forces walk near a tram at the 24 Oktoberplace in Utrecht, on March 18, 2019 where a shooting took place. File photo by Robin van Lonkhuijsen / ANP / AFP

4 killed in Lanao del Sur clash

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Army troops clash with the group under the command of Owayda Benito Marohomsar alias Abu Dar

Civilian deaths in Afghan war hit record in 2018

Feb 24, 2019 - 10:35 PM

There were 3,804 people killed and another 7,189 wounded in Afghanistan in 2018, says the United Nations

AFTERMATH. Afghan volunteers carry a body at the scene of a car bomb that exploded in front of the old Ministry of Interior Affairs in Kabul on January 27, 2018. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Saudi prince agrees to step up anti-terror 'pressure' with India

Feb 20, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The promise comes as fallout from a suicide bomb attack that India has blamed on Pakistan overshadows the latest leg of the crown prince's tour aiming to boost his country's image

AGREEMENT. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looks on during a joint press briefing at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on February 20, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Jihadists sentenced to life for deadly 2015 Tunisia attacks

Feb 09, 2019 - 1:23 PM

The jihadists are sent to prison for attacks at a museum and on a beach in 2015

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 18, 2015, tunisian security forces secure the area after gunmen attacked Tunis' famed Bardo Museum on March 18, 2015. At least seven foreigners and a Tunisian were killed in an attack by two men armed with assault rifles on the museum, the interior ministry said. - A Tunisian court was poised to give verdicts on February 8, 2019, in the trials of suspects in deadly jihadist attacks on the capital's Bardo museum and on a beach in the tourist resort of Sousse, lawyers told AFP. The court first reopened the trial into the March 18, 2015 attack by two assailants armed with Kalashnikov rifles on the Bardo that killed 21 foreign tourists and a Tunisian security guard. (Photo by Fethi Belaid / AFP)

The week in photos: January 26-February 1, 2019

Feb 02, 2019 - 12:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

'HOT SPRING'. People enjoy a dip in a hotpot-shaped hot spring pool at a hotel in Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang province on January 27, 2019, to promote a healthy lifestyle in the run-up to the Lunar New Year which begins the first week of February. Photo by 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

[ANALYSIS] Global threat forecast 2019

Jan 13, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Harnessing both the physical and virtual space, ISIS continues to present an enduring threat worldwide

Malacañang on 'ISIS-inspired' Cotabato blast: Do not speculate

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr also tells the public to be more 'sober' in dealing with rumors and calls the incident an 'isolated case'

BLAST. Two people died while 34 were injured in an explosion in a mall in Cotabato City on December 31, 2018. Sourced photo

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

U.S. embassy in DR Congo warns of 'possible terrorist threat'

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:33 PM

American authorities urge its citizens to 'keep a low profile' as crucial election in the crisis-gripped central African nation approaches

Muslim leaders reject Australia PM's terror comments

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:47 PM

The Australian Grand Mufti and other senior Muslim figures in Australia say they are 'deeply concerned and disappointed' with comments by Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a national apology to child sex abuse victims in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. - Morrison on October 22 issued an emotive apology to children who suffered sexual abuse, saying the state had failed to protect them from "evil dark" crimes committed over decades. (Photo by SEAN DAVEY / AFP)

Duterte EO adopts strategy to fight money laundering, terrorism financing

Nov 21, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The strategy is to be implemented by government agencies from 2018 to 2022

3 charged over alleged Melbourne terror plot

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Police say the men are 'certainly inspired by ISIS,' but have no known links to a specific organization

AFTER NOVEMBER 9. This file photo shows a burnt vehicle at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on November 9, 2018. Less than two weeks after, 3 men who allegedly plotted 'chilling' terror attacks in Melbourne were charged on November 20. File photo by William West/AFP

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

Taliban confirm meeting with U.S. peace envoy in Qatar

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:56 PM

The meeting with Khalilzad and other American officials has taken place in Doha on Friday, October 12

CEASEFIRE. Afghan Taliban militants ride a motorbike as they took to the street to celebrate ceasefire on the second day of Eid in the outskirts of Jalalabad on June 16, 2018. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Anti-terrorism law weak, Senate wants longer surveillance, detention of suspects

Oct 01, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Proposed amendments to the Human Security Act include increasing surveillance to at least 90 days and detention to at least 30 days for 'suspected terrorists'

MONITOR. Amendments to the Human Security act eye longer periods of surveillance and detention.

'Major terrorist attack' foiled in Netherlands, 7 arrested

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:45 AM

'Police arrested 7 men on Thursday... suspected of being at a very advanced stage of preparation for a major terrorist attack in the Netherlands,' says the public prosecutor's office

FOILED. Police officers conduct an investigation at the residence of an alleged jihadist in Rotterdam on September 27, 2018. Photo by Robin Utrecht/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

‘Madrasah is not a breeding ground for extremism’

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:17 AM

'I studied Madrasah and I grew up in a Madrasah, but I am not a terrorist, I am not an extremist,' says Ustadz Alzad Sattar

IN PRAYER. Muslims inside the Masjid Ibnu Abbas mosque in Caloocan hold prayers in preparation for the Eid Al Adha celebration tomorrow. August 20, 2018 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Creation of PH homeland security department eyed as key vs terrorism

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The department is seen to consolidate security agencies like the Philippine National Police to focus on internal security

SECURITY CRISIS. A Philippine Marine walks past graffiti during a patrol along a deserted street at the frontline in Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao on July 22, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PH military asks communities to step up amid spate of bombings

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Security agencies fail to prevent another bombing in Sultan Kudarat in southern Philippines, raising questions about the effectiveness of martial law

KEEPING TRACK. Background images from AFP and Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Facebook 'terrorism' definition 'overly broad' – UN expert

Sep 03, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Facebook's definition, says UN rights expert Fionnuala Ni Aolain, equates all non-state groups that use violence in pursuit of any goals or ends to terrorist entities

ZUCKERBERG AND FACEBOOK. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on May 1, 2018. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

2 deadly bombings in a month demonstrate ISIS tactics

Aug 30, 2018 - 8:36 AM

(UPDATED) Military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr says ISIS is the biggest security threat in the Philippines

ISULAN BLAST. Scene at the blast site on August 29, 2018. Photo by AFP

3 'terrorists' killed, 5 detained in Jordan raid

Aug 12, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Three members of the security forces are also killed in a shootout with gunmen holed up in a building in Salt town

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Manila court clears 4 in DOJ’s terror tag request

Aug 08, 2018 - 4:46 PM

(UPDATED) Branch 19 does not throw out the main petition seeking to declare the CPP-NPA as a terrorist group

CLEARED. Manila RTC Branch 19 clears Satur Ocampo, Rafael Baylosis, Jose Melencio Molintas and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (L-R) from the government petition to declare 649 individuals as terrorists.

Bangsamoro law to be 'vaccine' vs terrorism

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte formally presents the signed Bangsamoro Organic Law to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

US sending 4 OV-10B planes to PH for anti-terror campaign

Aug 06, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana makes the announcement 5 days after the Basilan car blast that killed 10

A Philippine Airforce Bronco OV-10 is seen during a bombing sortie in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on June 20, 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte apologized on June 20 for aerial bombings that have destroyed a large part of the Philippines' main Muslim city but said it was necessary to crush self-styled Islamic State followers. / AFP PHOTO / Ted ALJIBE

Rappler Talk: Orlando Mercado on rethinking national security threats

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:30 PM

On Monday, August 6, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to former defense secretary Orlando Mercado about national security and the threats the Philippines is facing

Militants attack Afghan midwife training center

Jul 28, 2018 - 5:21 PM

There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack, but most of the recent assaults in the city have been carried out by the Islamic State group (ISIS), which has a stronghold in Nangarhar.

TARGETED. Afghan volunteers carry an injured youth on a stretcher to a hospital following an attack that targeted an education department compound in Jalalabad on July 11, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada / AFP

Turkey sacks 18,500 staff before expected end of coup emergency

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The Official Gazette says 18,632 people had been sacked including 8,998 police officers over suspected links to terror organizations that 'act against national security'

LEADER. Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan reviews a guard of honour as he arrives to the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on July 7, 2018. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

U.S. envoy to work with Sudan to remove from 'terror' list

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Sudanese officials say that having Khartoum on Washington's blacklist makes international banks wary of doing business in Sudan and in turn hampers the country's economic revival

In this file photo, top US envoy in Khartoum, Charge D'affaires Steven Koutsis, speaks during a press conference at the US embassy on October 7, 2017. File photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Iraq executes 12 death row jihadists in response to killings

Jun 29, 2018 - 8:43 PM

A statement from the office of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi does not specify how they were executed, but death sentences in terrorism-related cases are usually carried out by hanging

ORDER. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi talks during a campaign rally in the holy city of Najaf on May 3, 2018, ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections. File photo by Haidar HAMDANI/AFP

Lawmakers warn anti-terrorism bill seeks to 'normalize' martial law in PH

Jun 25, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago says the proposed bill expands the definition of terrorism to include 'simple' acts of protest like workers' strikes and flash mobs

'DRACONIAN' BILL? Activists stage a protest against the anti-terrorism bill outside the House of Representatives on June 25, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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

Suicide blasts in northeast Nigeria kill at least 31 – official, local militia

Jun 17, 2018 - 8:47 PM

(UPDATED) The suspected Boko Haram jihadists also fire rocket-propelled grenades into the crowds that had gathered at the scene of the attacks, increasing the casualties

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Military says 15 BIFF fighters killed in Maguindanao offensive

Jun 10, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The military adds that the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are working for the quick return of residents displaced by the offensive

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

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

[OPINION] Women and violent extremism

May 27, 2018 - 1:00 PM

By empowering women, we, in turn, empower their communities and change the dynamics of these spaces, leading to the promotion of peace, tolerance, and respect

AMLC zooms in on jewelers, fund managers, lawyers, accountants

May 23, 2018 - 9:45 PM

They are now required to register and submit deeds of undertaking to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering Act, as well as attend regular trainings