The UK government has branded the brutal attack on a soldier in Woolwich, East London, as a “sickening and barbaric” act of terrorism, although the terror allegation has not been officially confirmed. In video footage of the incident, the two assailants yell “God is greatest” in Arabic as they attempt to decapitate their victim.When police arrived on the scene they reportedly opened fire and injured the two suspects, who subsequently spent the night under arrest in hospital. Speculation over the motivation behind the unprecedented attack is rife in UK media, with the press drawing parallels to a foiled 2007 plot to kidnap and decapitate a soldier in Birmingham.Citing police sources, Reuters reported on Thursday morning that officers were examining possible links to Nigeria in the attack. Nigeria was a British colony for over a century before gaining independence in 1960. The UK now has a large Nigerian immigrant population numbering 174,000, according to the Office for National Statistics.The colonial factorBrian Becker from anti-war coalition ANSWER told RT that the UK’s neo-colonial approach to the Middle East, along with its NATO and US alliance, was leading to an “escalating cycle of violence.” “The British colonial past and its current legacy of intervention and war is undoubtedly a factor,” Becker said.“The British government joined George W. Bush in the invasion of Iraq and supported the war in Afghanistan.” UK politician George Galloway also intimated that the attack could have been a consequence of British actions abroad, drawing a parallel with Syria:“This sickening atrocity in London is exactly what we are paying the same kind of people to do in Syria.” But Defense Consultant Moeen Raoof told RT that the nature of the attack was “bizarre,” and did not bear the hallmarks of Al-Qaeda.“If this were an Al-Qaeda act they would have attacked many more targets,” Raoof said, describing the attack as more “opportunistic” than premeditated. Raoof added that UK soldiers were guilty of similar “appalling acts of murder,” and are “returning to the UK without any consequences.”The UK government has stepped up security around the capital in the aftermath of the attack, and Prime Minister David Cameron has called an emergency meeting with top politicians and security officials to discuss the atrocity.Terror stereotypesIn 2008, the Guardian obtained a copy of an MI5 internal research document on terror suspects that, based on numerous studies, concluded it was difficult to identify those who might be involved in terrorism in the UK.The study’s results “challenge many of the stereotypes that are held about who becomes a terrorist and why,” the Guardian said.According to the assessment, terror suspects are “a diverse collection of individuals, fitting no single demographic profile, nor do they all follow a typical pathway to violent extremism.” These include individuals from Pakistani, Middle Eastern and Caucasian backgrounds.The research revealed that roughly half of terror suspects were born in the UK, and a majority of the other half is in the country legally. Most of those involved in terrorism were males, with the majority becoming radicalized in their early- to mid-20s. A large number of those involved in terrorism did not practice Islam on regular basis. Cases have also revealed supects being involved in drug and alcohol consumption, and soliciting prostitutes.MI5 added that there is evidence that a well-established religious identity makes individuals less inclined towards violent extremism.Hundreds of UK men continue to travel abroad to places like Syria and Somalia to join anti-government and terrorist-linked organizations. Britons are allegedly involved with the Al-Nusra Front in Syria, as well as Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab in Somalia. …
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A man has been charged over a 1982 car bomb attack in central London which killed four soldiers.
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) claimed responsibility for the Hyde Park blast, which happened when members of the Royal Household Cavalry paraded towards Buckingham Palace.
A further 23 soldiers from the Household Cavalry, the Queen’s official bodyguard, which carries out ceremonial duties on state occasions, were wounded.
The soldiers had been due to carry out the Changing of the Guard.
John Downey, 61, from County Donegal in Ireland, is accused of four counts of murder and a charge under the explosives act.
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One person has died and at least two others have been wounded in a violent attack near a military training barracks in London.
Police have not commented on whether it is terror-related but there are reports in the British media that the attack was being treated as an act of Islamic extremism. According to eyewitnesses being quoted by Sky News, two men hacked the victim, a soldier, to death with a machete. They reportedly shouted ‘Allah Akhbar’ and invited onlookers to take photographs of them.
It’s understood armed police shot the two men believed to be the attackers, who remain in hospital.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has called a meeting of his government’s emergency Cobra committee – which only deals with incidents that have implications for national security.
Security has been tightened at all military barracks in London, says the government.
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The explosion took place in the industrial zone of the capital at about 8 am local time (03:30 GMT). The suicide bomber attacked the convoy with a car packed with explosives, according to local officials. The blast was powerful enough to set a nearby building on fire.Six people died and 37 were wounded, according to the Afghan Health Ministry, which adds that some of the bodies are unidentifiable.NATO confirmed “an explosion occurred on a coalition convoy in Kabul”, according to spokesman Lt Quenton Roehricht, cited by AP. The Hezb-e-Islami insurgent group, with links to the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the blast.”We planned this attack for over a week, our target was American advisers,” Hezb-e-Islami spokesman Haroon Zarghoun told Reuters by telephone, adding that the bomb killed 12 Americans. Officials however warn that insurgents tend to exaggerate death tolls. The group carried out a suicide attack on a minibus in September 2012, killing 14 people. Russian and South African pilots were among casualties of the explosion, which Hezb-e-Islami claimed was in response to a film mocking the prophet Muhammad.Hezb-e-Islami means Islamic Party and is a radical militant group sharing much of the Taliban ideology.The last major suicide bombing took place in the capital in March, when a man blew himself up next to the Defense Ministry, leaving nine Afghans dead. It happened during the state visit by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. …
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A car bomb has exploded outside a hospital in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi.
Reports on the number killed vary between three to 15 people. Defence Ministry official Saleh al-Bargathi said that there were 17 wounded, and two children amongst the dead. One doctor said only one of the deceased was carried into the hospital still in one piece.
One restaurant was destroyed and nearby buildings were heavily damaged by the explosion.
So far no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Security remains an issue in post-Gaddafi Libya with a string of attacks across the country in recent weeks.
In April, a car bomb outside the French embassy in the capital, Tripoli, injured two guards.
BP has withdrawn a number of its employees as a precaution.
Militia withdrew on Sunday, ending a two-week long siege of ministries in the capital. They were hoping to pressure lawmakers into passing legislation banning anyone who held a senior post under former leader Muammar Gaddafi from the new government. Parliament bowed to the pressure. Justice Minister Salah Marghani denied any deal had been made with the gunmen.
More than 18 months after the uprising against Gaddafi, new leaders are struggling to impose authority in a country flooded with weapons.
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A failure to share intelligence played a major role in last month’s Boston Marathon bombing.
While surveillance video eventually led to the naming of two ethnic Chechen brothers as being the chief suspects behind the attack, an earlier warning from Russian security forces that one of them had possible jihadist connections was not passed on.
That is the initial finding from the first in a series of Congressional hearings looking into the bombing.
“My fear is that the Boston bombers may have succeeded because our system failed. We can, and we must do better,” said Michael McCaul who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
There was also a warning that public events will need tighter security in the future.
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said:
“The truth of the matter is, nobody bats a thousand, and I think that as a nation we need to come to terms with it and do everything we can to prevent it, but also recognize that fusion centers, and intelligence analysis and joint terrorism task forces are part of our future”.
Meanwhile the body of the elder brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev who died in a shoot out with police has finally been buried although where has not been disclosed.
A crowd had earlier picketed outside a local funeral home where the body had been held since it was claimed from the medical examiner last week.
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