A roadside bomb injured at least 17 people on Sunday when it detonated next to a bus of tourists, close to the Giza pyramids in Cairo. An “unknown device” exploded close to the bus, and struck a nearby car carrying four Egyptian citizens.
The brawl erupted when five militants, armed with makeshift knives and other weapons, killed three guards and five prisoners inside the facility that holds some 1,500 prisoners affiliated with ISIS. After the security forces at the prison intervened to restore order, 24 more prisoners were killed.
The U.S. says it supports an international effort spearheaded by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron to find ways to stop social media from spreading hate — but won’t take part in it. Signing onto the effort are the UK, Japan, Australia, Italy, India, Germany, and Spain, along with tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and YouTube. The White House suggested it has concerns about First Amendment violations.
Sri Lanka has blocked Facebook and WhatsApp after an eruption of retaliatory attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the wake of the Easter bombings by Islamist militants. “The attack continued for nearly two hours and they attacked one house also in the village. There were hundreds of attackers,” a resident of the Muslim-majority town of Kiniyama told reporters.
Gunmen stormed a hotel in China-operated Arabian Sea port of Gwadar, Pakistan. The nationalist terrorist Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) is claiming responsibility for the attack.
A U.S.-led airstrike against an ISIS-Somalia camp in the Golis mountains has killed 13 terrorists. The U.S. currently believes that no civilians were killed in the strike.
Twitter is making progress on tackling online terrorism content on its platform as it suspended over 166,000 accounts in the second half of last year. Together with other large tech companies, Twitter is under pressure from regulators and governments all over the world to remove extremist content more rapidly or face more heavy-handed legislation.
A bomb targeting Pakistani police outside a major shrine in the city of Lahore on Wednesday killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 20, officials said. The blast went off near the Data Darbar, one of the largest Muslim shrines in South Asia, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors a year.
Abdirizak Wehelie was arrested by federal authorities on charges of making false statements after he altered transcripts of calls in which he was caught speaking with terrorist suspects. Wehelie, who has a son in prison on terrorism-related charges, was previously an FBI translator.
Muslim community leaders say the mastermind of the Sri Lanka Easter suicide attacks used Facebook to publicly call for the death of non-Muslims, and worked for months in private chatrooms to persuade six young men to sacrifice themselves for that cause. He also used social media to inspire wealthy brothers Ilham and Inshaf Ibrahim to bankroll his assault.
“Small, simple steps can help stem the rising tide of white nationalist terrorism, but one thing above all could dramatically reduce domestic extremism: leadership. Offering ‘thoughts and prayers’ via tweets accomplishes nothing. Elected leaders must acknowledge white nationalist terrorism now, publicly refute the divisive ideology, and affirm their commitment to protect all Americans against threats foreign and domestic.”
Infamous Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi made his first appearance in an ISIS video in five years. As speculation grows behind the reason for his reappearance, many believe that he is attempting to assure supporters that the caliphate is not dead, despite heavy losses over the last few months. Others believe that he is signaling to lone-wolf attackers to work autonomously as the communication and structure of ISIS break down.
“America is unique in world history. Never before was a country founded on the ideals that all people are created in God’s image and that all people deserve freedom and liberty. We fought a war to make that promise real. And I believe we can make it real again. That is what I pledge to do with my borrowed time.”
The students were charged with conspiracy to commit murder on Friday for allegedly scheming to kill students and parents at South Cumberland Elementary School before killing themselves. A school resource officer heard about a rumor about a “hit list” relating to a future school shooting, and was able to alert the authorities on time.
At least one suicide bomber in the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka trained with Islamic State in Syria, reflecting the extremist group’s continued reach even after the collapse of its self-declared caliphate. As many as four of the bombers are being investigated for travels to Turkey, Syria or Iraq, where they learned bomb-making and communications skills and were sent home to Sri Lanka to start local operations.
Mark Domingo, an Army veteran and convert to Islam, had planned a terror attack in Long Beach, Calif., that would have targeted a white supremacist rally in the area in retaliation for the New Zealand mosque attack. Domingo was arrested by federal authorities before any attack took place. A supporter of violent jihad, Domingo spoke about becoming a martyr and of pledging allegiance to ISIS if it established a presence in the U.S.
Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was wounded during the shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue outside of San Diego. Despite losing a finger in the attack, Goldstein said, “We are a Jewish nation that will stand tall. We will not let anyone or anything take us down. We need to battle darkness with light…” The attack left one dead and four wounded.
The longtime leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, made his first video appearance in five years. While it is unclear what caused his absence, his appearance is shocking to many, as he was believed to have been killed.
The father and two brothers of the alleged organizer of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, Zahran Hashim, were among those killed in a security forces raid on Friday, police confirm. Hashim, who blew himself up at a hotel in Colombo, founded the Islamist group accused of carrying out the attacks. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan president has announced a nationwide ban on face coverings, an emergency measure he said he is taking on national security grounds.
One person was killed and several were injured during an attack on a mosque outside San Diego on Saturday. The attack has led to an increase in security at synagogues and mosques in the surrounding area. The attacker is believed to be connected to an arson which occurred at a mosque last month.
A 19-year-old man who authorities said gave himself up to police shortly after carrying out a deadly shooting in a Southern California synagogue filled with Sabbath worshippers is also under investigation in connection with an unsolved mosque arson.
Bengaluru and Mysuru in southern Sri Lanka are on high alert with security tightened in the aftermath of the serial blasts in Sri Lanka on April 21, a top police official said on Friday. “We have deployed additional forces in all sensitive areas, religious places, markets, malls and shopping plazas to prevent untoward incidents,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar said.
The State Department is now urging all Americans to leave Sri Lanka, following last week’s terror attacks, which killed hundreds of people. The State Department warns that terrorist groups may still be plotting attacks in the country.
Fifteen people including six children have died during a raid on their home by Sri Lankan security forces in which cornered suicide bombers detonated their explosives and others traded gunfire with police. Around the same time, security forces raided another building in a nearby town where they said they found explosives and a drone.
A driver intentionally plowed his car into a crowd of people in Silicon Valley because he thought at least some of them were Muslim, authorities said Friday, in what a prosecutor called a “horrifying and horrible crime.” Eight people were injured in the crash Tuesday evening, including a 13-year-old girl.
U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson, who reportedly plotted attacks against Democrats, Supreme Court justices, and African Americans, will be released on bail after federal prosecutors failed to charge him with terrorism-related offenses. Hasson still faces lesser gun and drug charges.
The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka has tweeted a warning that people should avoid “places of worship” in the island nation over the weekend because of possible extremist attacks. The embassy in Colombo sent the tweet Thursday night after security was stepped up in the capital city and elsewhere in the country.
In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand and Sri Lanka, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that she and French President Emmanuel Macron will lead a global effort to stop social media from promoting terrorism. Freedom watchdog groups worry they could enact laws and regulations that infringe on people’s privacy and freedom of expression, but Ardern says their efforts will uphold the principles of a free Internet.
Domestic terrorist Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man who admitted to sending pipe bombs to various media outlets and Democratic officials and donors last year and who pleaded guilty last month to 65 felony counts, told a judge in a handwritten letter on Tuesday that “the first thing you [hear] entering [a] Trump rally is, we are not going to take it anymore, the forgotten ones, etc. … It was fun, it became like a new-found drug.” Populism will do that to you.
The United States had no prior knowledge of the Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, but now believes there is ongoing terrorism plotting in the country, Washington’s ambassador to the country said on Wednesday.
Thirty-seven Saudi nationals were executed in Saudi Arabia for terror-related charges. The Saudi Interior Ministry has noted that one of the men was crucified. Mass executions are common in Saudi Arabia.
The leader of a militia group who’s been detaining migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border allegedly told the FBI his militia was training to assassinate former President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Democratic donor George Soros. Larry Hopkins, head of the United Constitutional Patriots, is charged with possession a firearm as a felon and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka that killed over 300 people and injured about 500. The group did not give any evidence for its claim, and the news came after the Sri Lankan government had already blamed National Thowheeth Jamaath for the deadly attacks.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the coordinated Easter bombings of churches and hotels that killed more than 320 people in Sri Lanka. The terrorist organization worked with local militants who helped carry out the attacks in retaliation for last month’s terrorist attack on mosques in New Zealand, in which 50 Muslims were killed.
Of the 290 that were killed on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, at least four of the dead were Americans. Some of the victims were killed while attending religious services while others were in their hotels.
The two countries are seeking to expand border cooperation in the fight against terrorist groups and to bring peace to their neighbor, Afghanistan. The joint security force agreement comes days after a terrorist attack in Pakistan was committed by terrorists based in Iran.
Sri Lankan officials failed to heed warnings from intelligence agencies about the threat of an attack by a domestic radical Muslim group was imminent. International intelligence agencies warned of the attacks several times starting April 4.
A day after hotels and churches were targeted in bombings in Sri Lanka a broader picture is emerging of the massive and well-coordinated attack. Although the government had not named suspects by Monday morning, the Sri Lanka Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne intimated that the attackers received “help of an international network.”
The Easter terror attacks which killed over 200 in Sri Lanka created a flood of fake news and false claims online. To stop the flow of fake news, Sri Lankan authorities blocked access to social media sites. While authorities say the ban is temporary, residents of Sri Lanka have no idea when they will be able to access social media sites.