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  1. File Photo RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Rangers Punjab have apprehended nine suspects said to be involved in the recent terrorist activities in the province, the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement issued on Thursday. The Rangers, in collaboration with the Punjab police, conducted intelligence-based operations (IBOs) in Lahore, Rawalpindi, and DG Khan, the statement added. During the past 24 hours, nine suspects ? allegedly suspected of having involvement in recent terrorist activities in the province ? were apprehended, it added.
  2. RAWALPINDI: The Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday chaired a security meeting in Lahore and said regional actors and hostile agencies are fully involved in using terror as a policy tool. General Bajwa also said the key to defeating terrorism is participation at the national level. "We have fought terrorism as a nation. Key to success is national participation," the Inter-Services Public Relations quoted the army chief as saying. Referring to the recent terror attacks in Kabul and Lahore, he offered Pakistan's help to Afghanistan in eliminating terrorists safe havens in their border areas. "Concurrent blasts in Kabul and Lahore are testimony to the fact of our stance that both Pakistan and Afghanistan are victims of terrorism." He added that both countries will continue to suffer if these "actors are able to use Afghanistan's territory with impunity". General Bajwa also said the Army fully supports and stands with the police and other law enforcement agencies towards performance of their role as first responders. He added that the people should report suspicious activity to the security forces. During the meeting General Bajwa said such incidents can not lower our resolve to eliminate terrorism from its roots. He was also given a detailed briefing on the ongoing security operation in the country and the attack in Lahore. The high-level huddle came after a suicide attack on Lahore's Ferozepur road martyred at least 26 people, with nine policemen among them.
  3. Clint Eastwood has cast three young Americans who stopped a terrorist attack on a high-speed train to play themselves in "The 15:17 to Paris," according to US media. Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and US Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone were traveling through Europe when they overpowered a man with an AK-47 on a Paris-bound service carrying more than 500 passengers. "Eastwood began a wide-ranging search for the actors who would portray the three Americans. The studio and Eastwood made their choices but at the 11th hour decided to have Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone portray themselves," Variety magazine reported on Tuesday. The film follows the course of the friends' lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing to the series of unlikely events leading up to the thwarted attack. They leapt into action and stopped heavily armed Ayoub El Khazzani from completing an attack on the train from Brussels on August 21, 2015. The three have since been hailed as heroes both in the United States and in France, where they were awarded the Legion of Honor, the country's highest decoration. Starring alongside the real-life heroes are Jenna Fischer ("Hall Pass," TV's "The Office") and Judy Greer ("War for the Planet of the Apes") and Ray Corasani, the Hollywood Reporter said. Eastwood's last two films -- "Sully" and "American Sniper" -- were also about real-life heroics, but this is the first time he has used real life people to play their characters. He directs from a screenplay by Dorothy Blyskal, based on the book "The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes," by Sadler, Skarlatos, Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern. Eastwood, 87, is also co-producing the Warner Bros. film.
  4. KOHLU: Security forces foiled a terror plot in Kohlu district of Balochistan on Sunday as part of the ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, Geo News reported. Intelligence agencies and levies personnel conducted an operation in tehsil Kahan of Kohlu district, according to security sources. In the operation, they seized a huge amount of explosives material including mines and weapon. Recovered weapons include a machine gun with 170 rounds, 75 mortar bombs, 14 mortar fuses, 11 anti-tanks mines, six anti-tank fuses, 1,328 rounds of light machine gun, and a satellite phone, said the security sources. Ammunition recovered in Lahore In another operation, about 47,500 bullets were recovered from a vehicle in Lahore?s Shera Kot on Sunday. Two suspects, identified as Noor Jan and Anwar Shah, were also arrested. The suspects were travelling to Lahore from Peshawar, according to the police. The police stopped the ?suspicious? vehicle at a checkpoint and recovered bullets of pistol and 9mm from it. A case has been registered and further investigation is under way.
  5. RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday presided over a high-level security meeting in the backdrop of recent spate of terrorist activities in the country, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). The COAS was briefed in detail about the recent incidents and their manifest linkages with terrorist sanctuaries in Afghanistan operating under the patronage of NDS and Indian covert agency, RAW. The meeting was held a day after three deadly attacks in Karachi, Quetta and Parachinar, killed 85 people, including 11 policemen, and wounded more than hundred others. Seven policemen among 14 killed in suicide car bombing in Quetta Nine policemen said to be among 21 injured; investigations under way Death toll from twin blasts in Parachinar rises to 67 The two back-to-back explosions occurred as people were busy shopping for Iftar and Eid in Turi Bazaar area General Bajwa said that since 9/11, Pakistan is one of the few countries which have borne the brunt of terrorism and made monumental sacrifices to effectively neutralize this menace in its state territories, the ISPR said in a statement. "Unfortunately our sacrifices against terrorism are not well acknowledged and we are often subjected to demand of 'Do More'," the statement quoted the army chief as saying. The meeting concluded that "while counter-terrorism efforts by Pakistan continue, it is time now for the other stake holders particularly Afghanistan to 'Do More'." Recent terrorist attacks linked to sanctuaries in Afghanistan: ISPR Four policemen martyred in Karachi gun attack Policemen had stopped at a local eatery for Iftar when the attack occurred The COAS reiterated that they will continue their efforts to positively contribute towards regional peace & stability, and won't allow use of the Pakistani territory against any other country, the statement said. He appreciated efforts of security forces, intelligence and law enforcement agencies in foiling countless terrorist bids under ongoing operation 'Raddul Fasaad'. General Bajwa further expressed his resolve to eliminate the menace of terrorism to ensure safety & security of Pakistan, and its resilient people, whom he said were the real strength of their valiant forces.
  6. ISLAMABAD: The United States on Saturday condemned the multiple terror attacks that shook the country on June 23 and assured Pakistan of cooperation to combat the threat of terrorism, said a statement released by the US State Department. ?We will continue to work with the Government of Pakistan and our partners across the region to combat the threat of terrorism,? said the statement. The statement also added that the US stands with the people of Pakistan in their fight against terrorism. Condolences were also offered to the victims and their families. At least 55 people were killed on June 23 when multiple terror attacks rocked Pakistan after a period of relative calm. Triple bombings in Quetta and Parachinar and a gun attack on policemen in Karachi shook the nation days before the end of Ramazan.
  7. People gather to attend a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque, close to the scene of a van attack in Finsbury Park, north London. Photo: AFP LONDON: Londoners bearing flowers and messages of solidarity gathered Monday at the spot where a man ploughed a van into Muslims leaving prayers at a mosque, the fourth terror strike in Britain in four months. Eleven people were injured in the attack, which took place early Monday near Finsbury Park mosque, north London, raising fears of retaliation against Muslims after recent assaults by extremists. One elderly man, who had collapsed just before the incident, was pronounced dead at the scene, but it is not yet known whether his death was directly linked to the van assault. Among the roughly 100 people at the vigil, some carried signs reading "United Against All Terror". "One of the things that all these terrorists share is a perverse ideology that wants to fuel division and divide our communities. We?re not going to let them," said Mayor Sadiq Khan, speaking after prayers at the Muslim Welfare House on Monday evening. Flowers were left at the scene where hours earlier the 47-year-old van driver was pinned down by locals and shielded from violence by an imam, before being detained by police. The driver was later arrested on suspicion of "the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder", the police said. The suspect was identified by British media as Darren Osborne, a father of four who lived in the Welsh capital Cardiff. As police searched a property, five residents speaking to journalists from the Press Association news agency identified images of the arrested man as their neighbour, Osborne. Security Minister Ben Wallace told BBC radio that the suspect was "not known to us". Stepped-up police presence London police chief Cressida Dick said the incident was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims" and promised a stepped-up police presence near mosques as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close. Witness Abdiqadir Warra told AFP the van "drove at people" and that some of the victims were carried for several metres along the road. "He was shouting: ?I want to kill all Muslims?," another witness, Khalid Amin, told BBC television. The Finsbury Park Mosque said the van "deliberately mowed down Muslim men and women leaving late evening prayers" at the mosque and the nearby Muslim Welfare House shortly after midnight. Eleven people were hurt, all Muslims, with nine requiring hospital treatment. Two were in a very serious condition, police said. One Algerian man was among those injured, the north African country said. Locals pinned down the driver and the imam of the Muslim Welfare House stepped in to stop him receiving a mob beating. France and Germany quickly condemned the attack. US President Donald Trump?s daughter Ivanka expressed solidarity with the worshippers in a tweet but her father has so far not commented. Community in shock Prime Minister Theresa May, who was heavily criticised for failing to meet survivors of a devastating fire in a London tower block last week, visited Finsbury Park Mosque where she met local faith leaders. May condemned the assault as "sickening", saying Britain?s determination to fight "terrorism, extremism and hatred... must be the same, whoever is responsible". The use of a vehicle to mow down pedestrians drew horrifying parallels with this month?s London Bridge attack. In that incident, three men slammed a van into pedestrians before embarking on a stabbing spree -- an attack claimed by Daesh. In March London was hit with another car and knife rampage, that one near parliament. It was also claimed by Daesh. This time the attacker deliberately targeted Muslims, according to the police. After the London Bridge attack, the mayor?s office reported a 40-percent increase in racist incidents in the capital and a five-fold increase in anti-Muslim incidents. Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, described the attack as "cowardly". "Our community is in shock," he said, urging people attending prayers to remain vigilant. ?Extraordinary city? It was the third major incident in the capital this month, after the London Bridge attack and last week?s devastating fire in the Grenfell Tower block, in which 79 people are thought to have died. "This is an extraordinary city of extraordinary people," May said outside Downing Street after chairing an emergency government meeting. "Diverse, welcoming, vibrant, compassionate, confident and determined never to give in to hate." Last month, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a pop concert in Britain?s third city of Manchester, killing 22 people, many of them children. The Finsbury Park Mosque was once a notorious hub for radical extremists but has changed markedly in recent years under new management. Its former imam, Abu Hamza, was jailed for life in New York on terrorism charges in 2015. Despite the change in leadership and the focus on bolstering inter-faith relations, the mosque reported it had received a string of threatening emails and letters in the wake of the Paris attacks.
  8. Police said they arrested a man outside London's Paddington Station on Monday but added that the incident was not terrorism-related, a few hours after a van ploughed into worshippers near a mosque in the British capital. "Officers have arrested a man outside Paddington for public disorder and possessing an offensive weapon. The incident is not terror related," British Transport Police said in a statement. Video footage posted on Twitter showed officers restraining a shirtless man outside the station before taking him away. Police have said the earlier attack at the mosque, which injured 10 people, appeared to be a terrorism-incident which would make it the fourth such attack in three months in Britain.
  9. Photo: File LAHORE: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) late Sunday foiled a major terror attack and killed two terrorists belonging to a banned terror outfit near Lahore?s Saggian Bridge vicinity. The CTD acted upon intelligence reports received about four members of a banned terrorist organisation entering Lahore and planning to attack sensitive installations. Four motorcyclists opened fire on the CTD personnel when they were stopped late at night near Saggian Bridge. The retaliatory firing by security forces killed two terrorists, however, two of their accomplices managed to escape, the CTD said. Explosives, detonators, Primacords, Kalashnikov, pistol, and other arms were seized from the possession of the dead terrorists. ?A search operation is underway to find the fugitive terrorists,? a CTD spokesperson said
  10. Weapons, ammunition and explosives material was seized from the suspect?s possession. Photo: Geo News screen grab KARACHI: Rangers arrested on Saturday four suspects during operations in Baldia Town and Orangi Town. The suspects had made all preparations to carry out a suicide attack during the Youm-e-Ali procession in Karachi, according to the Rangers spokesperson. The alleged terrorists belong to banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Weapons, ammunition and explosives material was seized from the suspect?s possession. Over 5,570 police personnel and officers have been deployed across the port city to protect the participants of the processions and Majalis on Youm-e-Ali. The Sindh government on Thursday issued notifications banning pillion riding for motorcycles and scooters and the use of ?heli-cams? for media coverage on the occasion.
  11. Thousands of French football fans joined in with the English national anthem as tribute was paid to the victims of recent terror attacks in the United Kingdom prior to a friendly match in Paris on Tuesday evening. The words to 'God Save the Queen' were displayed on big screens around the Stade de France before France's meeting with England, allowing the French spectators in the crowd of close to 80,000 to sing along with their English counterparts. A minute's silence was impeccably observed by the crowd, after the teams had come out to 'Don't Look Back in Anger', the song by Manchester group Oasis which was played by the band and choir of the French Republican Guard. They were ably backed up by around 2,500 travelling English fans in one corner of the ground on a balmy night in the French capital. That song was seen as an anthem for Manchester after the English city was hit by a suicide bombing at the end of an Ariana Grande concert last month which claimed 22 lives. Another eight people, including three French nationals, were also murdered in a terror attack in London on June 3. An English flag was displayed by a section of the Stade de France crowd as the teams entered the field. Underneath the display was a banner reading: "United with the Cities of Manchester and London". The match kicked off around five minutes later than the scheduled 9pm (1900 GMT) start, after French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May had arrived at the stadium in the nick of time. Macron and May had met at the President's Elysee Palace a little earlier to discuss business ahead of the start of Brexit negotiations next week. Security was very tight around France's national stadium, as it has been for all events since a wave of terror attacks began to hit the country over the last couple of years. The game was the first meeting of the sides since November 2015, when England won 2-0 in a friendly on an emotionally charged night at Wembley. That match was played despite France being in a state of shock in the wake of the terror attacks that struck Paris just four days earlier. A total of 130 people were killed on November 13, 2015, when the Stade de France itself was one of the targets, being attacked by suicide bombers during a friendly match against Germany. On that occasion, the London crowd joined in with the singing of the French anthem, 'La Marseillaise', which was also played before English Premier League games the following weekend.
  12. LONDON: Britain braces for the final day of general election campaigning on Wednesday, after a turbulent few weeks which have shifted the political ground and been marred by terror attacks. Prime Minister Theresa May was riding high when she called a snap election on April 18, having kicked off Brexit proceedings and boasting a double-digit lead over the rival Labour party. After London attack, May faces election heat over police cuts But in recent weeks, the Conservative leader has seen her popularity wane as the political debate shifted from EU membership to domestic policy and her own record on security. "Give me your backing to lead Britain, give me the authority to speak for Britain, strengthen my hand as I fight for Britain," May urged voters on Tuesday in Stoke-on-Trent, the city that registered the highest vote for leaving the European Union. With formal Brexit talks due to start on June 19, May is hoping to sweep up supporters from the UK Independence Party as well as taking seats from Labour. The Conservatives have run a presidential-style campaign, promoting May as the "strong and stable" leader to fight Britain´s corner in Brussels and warning that Labour´s Jeremy Corbyn is not up to the task. Despite being seen as an unlikely leader -- one who has faced off a rebellion by his own MPs -- Corbyn has gained momentum during the election campaign and regularly attracts big crowds to his rallies. Labour gained a boost following the May 18 release of the Conservatives´ manifesto, outlining elderly care costs which the tabloids dubbed the "dementia tax". The pledge hit the party´s core supporters and May was forced to backtrack on capping the costs, prompting further criticism that she was unreliable. A "Liar, Liar GE2017" election protest song which targeted May and the Conservatives has made waves, reaching number four in the weekly charts on Friday. Terror attacks But even though the prime minister has faced a tougher campaign than expected, the Conservatives are still ahead in the polls. According to a poll published Tuesday by the group Survation, May´s one-time 20-point lead over Labour has shrivelled to just over a single point -- 41.6 percent to 40.4 percent. Bookmakers, meanwhile, forecast May will win an increased majority. Ladbrokes predict the Conservatives´ present majority will rise from 17 to 70 seats, while William Hill suggests a more modest increase to between 40 and 50. Since failing to predict the outcome of the last general election and the Brexit referendum, pollsters have adjusted their methodologies and broadly show the Conservatives ahead despite their lead narrowing. The final day of campaigning comes under the shadow of security concerns, following three terrorist attacks since March all involving assailants who were known to the authorities. In the most recent attack, seven people were killed on Saturday when three men drove into pedestrians and went on a stabbing spree in central London before being shot by police. Attacker Khuram Shazad Butt was known to British intelligence services, while an Italian prosecutor said Britain was notified that one of his accomplices, Youssef Zaghba, was a "possible suspect" back in March 2016. Their rampage followed a similar attack next to British parliament in March, in which assailant Khalid Masood was shot after killing five people. In the most deadly attack, Salman Abedi killed 22 people at a Manchester concert venue on May 22 when he detonated a suicide bomb. The electorate usually favours the Conservatives on security issues, but May has come under fire for her record during the six years she served as interior minister. The devastating terror attacks have also heightened public admiration for the emergency services, which have faced government cuts in recent years.
  13. After the gruesome terror attack that shook London from its core, people have been under constant fear of who will be the next target of these attacks and where will it happen. In the attacks on the London Bridge and near the Borough Market and Vaux Hall, over 7 people have died and as many as 50 have been left injured. On one hand where the whole world stood in solidarity with London, the Brits had their own way of recuperating and proved that come what may, there will always stand strong – even if that courage comes wrapped in the garb of humour. After one of the American newspapers reported the incident stating that “The London attacks hit a nation still reeling from the shock of the bombing in Manchester almost 2 weeks ago”, the Brits came up with their own interpretations of the term ‘reeling’. The London attacks hit a nation still reeling from the shock of the bombing in Manchester almost 2 weeks ago https://t.co/aapuMBQTmf — The New York Times (@nytimes) 4 June 2017 According to this guy this is what reeling means in British English. This is what "reeling" means in British English @nytimes pic.twitter.com/F9QJ9kaR7X — Andy L (@A_V_M_L) 4 June 2017 Or this… No @nytimes, this is what "reeling" looks like. We'll start panicking when we've no milk for our tea. #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/9U7KqtaC4l — Daniel (@DannyDutch) 4 June 2017 Earlier, we saw pictures of a guy who was seen running with a pint of beer in hand, while others were trying to save their lives. The tweets have definitely left us in splits. However, it will be wrong to assume from the tweets that the Brits aren’t feeling the pain or trauma, post these attacks. But, the defiance, solidarity and humour with which they are facing these attacks are truly commendable. Here are some of the golden tweets where they have explained the things which they felt would ‘really’ strike fear in their hearts. This just hit us right in the feels. #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling Not being thanked when you let another car through. — beth innes (@bethinnes) 4 June 2017 Happens most of the time. Biting into a chocolate bar to discover it's Hershey's and not Cadburys. #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling — Karen Moseley (@SFExpat) 5 June 2017 When you call for “aubergine with onions and tomatoes cooked in Indian spices” and it turns out to be ‘baingan ka bharta’. Choosing the wrong items for a meal deal and having to pay £10 for a bottle of water, a Sandwich and a twix #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/kFHmjnyEq6 — Louise Annette Smith (@LouiseAsmith) 4 June 2017 Life in a Delhi metro…ugh, Tube in Britain. #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling finding one passenger occupying more than one seat on the tube. pic.twitter.com/iZpnTkArSE — Rob (@GenericZA) 4 June 2017 This happens all the time. "Unexpected item in the bagging area" #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling — Dave Cooper (@dcoops1989) 4 June 2017 ‘Their’ is a point. #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling people not using there, their and they're correctly — just me..Nic x (@1970nsj) 4 June 2017 Can we call them cookies though? #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling calling this a biscuit..... It's a scone for God's sake and is never ever dipped in gravy pic.twitter.com/q84fjoJcas — Paul Chapman (@injumneer74) 4 June 2017 Wait, please…wait! Someone holding a door open for you when you're an awkward distance away so you have to jog a few steps #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling — Sam Wilson (@MrSamWilson) 4 June 2017 When I do that stupid little jog over a zebra crossing because a car has stopped for me... #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/vrikiaEIMa — Kate Mann (@kate1978) 4 June 2017 Hi, her name is…ugh, Darling! Not catching someone's name and having to spend the next three decades avoiding introducing them to anyone #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling — Sarah Crook (@SarahRoseCrook) 4 June 2017 London is reeling… If London is reeling it means there must be an Irish dance festival in Trafalgar square again ;) 💃 — Mary Branscombe (@marypcbuk) 4 June 2017 When you see someone making a cup of tea and they put milk in first ☕🐸#ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling — Amer Aka Biggie (@AmerAkaBiggie) 5 June 2017
  14. If you have seen ‘Jurassic World’ at least 10 times, then it won’t be hard for you to answer who the main hero of the movie was. If you thought Chris Pratt is the obvious answer, then sorry mate, you are wrong. The real hero was this guy who gave zero f**ks to the genetically modified dinosaurs and considered saving the two margarita glasses to be his utmost priority. Look closely again. Well, it seems that it wasn’t just an exaggeration created to spice up the movie. In real life too we can find such blokes and surprisingly we came across one during the London attacks. On one hand where people were trying to save their lives, this man was found running with a beer in hand (without spilling a drop) which has turned him into an overnight internet sensation. People fleeing #LondonBridge but the bloke on the right isn't spilling a drop. God Bless the Brits! pic.twitter.com/ceeaH0XxeX — Howard Mannella (@hmannella) 3 June 2017 We are sure that even the guy in picture will be enjoying this accidentally found fame, while sipping his beer, in the midst of the chaos, terror and fear that London attack has instilled on the people. And at London prices, you wouldn't want to spill it either. — Dastardly Danny (@dastardlydanny) 4 June 2017 It's London bridge ffs he's paid £5.50 for that pint — m i l l e r (@DrCMiller) 4 June 2017 People are calling this photo a slap on the face of terror and considering it a dark comedy that Londoners are using to cope with the post attack trauma. Thank you. We've always used dark humour to get through crisises. Its a particular Brit quirk. — Sgt.Big_Bubbles! (@Big_Bubbaloola) 4 June 2017 The people hating on this guy are blatantly NOT British. We find this a) funny and b) admirable. — Sgt.Big_Bubbles! (@Big_Bubbaloola) 4 June 2017 After the Manchester Arena blast, people were left traumatized when a terror attack hit London Bridge and the nearby Borough Market and Vaux Hall, which left 7 people dead and nearly 50 injured. In this situation, people couldn’t help but smile and applaud this guy who refused to leave his beer behind, despite being in grave danger. People are hating on this bloke but after the scare he's had he'll bloody need that beer! — Jennifer Kirby (@Jenni__Mari) 3 June 2017 A pint of London Pride please — ann garvin (@annmarg) 4 June 2017 People flee a terrorist attack LIKE LONDONERS #LoveLondon #LondonBridge pic.twitter.com/AaXhIQIGV4 — Sir Lynton Crosby (@LyntonSpins) 4 June 2017 Well, no matter whether people hate him or not, this picture has definitely emerged as a humorous respite for the fear stricken Londoners. People flee a terrorist attack LIKE LONDONERS #LoveLondon #LondonBridge pic.twitter.com/AaXhIQIGV4 — Sir Lynton Crosby (@LyntonSpins) 4 June 2017 It's great to find a reason to laugh despite this horrific event!! Good on us and our British humour & values! 🏃🍺🤣 — Liz Bilney (@lizbilney) 4 June 2017 Reacting to hate with humor. Well done Brits. 👍Mourn and remember the victims, but don't change. — Kristof Strijkers (@strijkers) 4 June 2017 When you're fleeing terror, but you don't wanna spill your pint. #LoveLondon #LondonAttacks Pic via @hmannella @taxbod pic.twitter.com/0wHbKF9xeI — Anna Mazzola (@Anna_Mazz) 4 June 2017 Why ISIS will never win. Attack just taken place but fella on right refuses to spill his pint. Nazis, IRA tried. Didn't win. #London pic.twitter.com/kwRlgNVM4Q — Pearly Queen (@londonlass666) 4 June 2017 This man paid London prices for a pint. He was not going to let the #LondonAttacks stop him from enjoying it. We salute you 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/cDgVnXFAT8 — Darren Hardie (@DarrenHardie) 4 June 2017 On a lighter note, all we can say is this Londoner had his priorities straight and that was not to let any terror attack stop him from enjoying his drink. However, our hearts still reach out to all those who lost their loved ones or were left injured in this heinous incident.
  15. Police aim guns at balcony above a betting shop in East Ham. ? Twitter LONDON: Police have raided a building in East Ham and are currently searching it, British media reported, after three men rammed a van through crowds of pedestrians on London Bridge Saturday, before attacking revellers with knives, killing seven people. Police are searching a building in East Ham that has been cordoned off, the Independent reported. There is heavy armed police presence on Barking Road, but it is not yet confirmed whether it was linked to the earlier arrests. Police arrest 12 over London attacks that killed 7 At least 48 people were injured in the attack, the third to hit Britain in less than three months Images and video footage from the scene show at least half a dozen police vans parked in the High Street area, with dozens officers standing in the middle of the road. The development comes hours after arrest of 12 people in connection with Saturday's stabbing rampage. Sources told Sky News, the flat was home to one of the people suspected to have taken part in the stabbings, but the Metropolitan Police did not immediately comment. Residents reported hearing loud bangs and said they were later told by police they were controlled explosions.
  16. QUETTA: Under the ongoing Operation Raddul Fasaad, security forces foiled a major terror plot and killed 12 hardcore terrorists in Balochistan?s Mastung district, said the Inter-Services Public Relations. According to Pakistan Army?s media cell, the security forces conducted an Intelligence-based Operation in Splinji area of Mastung during the last two days. The terrorists were hiding inside a cave for planning, coordination and execution of terrorist activities in Balochistan, stated the ISPR press release. Five security officials including two officers also got injured in the crossfire. Balochistan - Pakistan's largest province in terms of land area - has been plagued by an insurgency and sectarian killings for several years now. However, security forces have conducted effective operations across the province cracking down on militants. This has led to a considerable drop in militancy in the province but scattered attacks are still reported at times. Following the beginning of Op Raddul Fasaad, security forces have intensified intelligence-based and combing operations in the province in an effort to establish peace in the province.
  17. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/f087d987e63615e8f7e40f2054c2f4dc.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni80LzIwMTcgMjozMzozOSBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPTEvcE0rdkxiQ1lvSUJpTVh6QjhqZVE9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] LONDON: Three assailants stabbed people at random after smashing into pedestrians in a van Saturday, killing at least seven in a "terrorist" attack in central London before armed officers shot all three dead. As they rampaged through a busy night-life hub around London Bridge, the trio wore what looked like suicide vests which turned out to be "hoaxes", said Mark Rowley, head of counter-terrorism policing. geo_embedgallery "We believe that six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot dead by police," Rowley said. More than 30 casualties were rushed to hospitals in the area, according to the London Ambulance Service. The attack came just five days ahead of a general election and just minutes after the end of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus in an area teeming with bars where many fans were watching the football on television. Britain is on high alert only 12 days after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester, north-west England and ahead of Thursday´s general election, in which security is a major theme. It is the latest in a string of attacks to hit Europe, including in Paris, Berlin and Saint Petersburg. Witnesses described the van speeding into several pedestrians on London Bridge and then one or more knife-wielding men sprinting towards bars packed with revellers enjoying a Saturday night out. One witness described seeing five assailants and several people said they were locked inside pubs and restaurants by police and had to come out with their hands on their heads. Italian photographer Gabriele Sciotto, who was watching the Champions League final at the Wheatsheaf pub in Borough Market, said he saw three men shot just outside the pub. In his picture, a man wearing combat trousers, with a shaved head and what looked like a belt with canisters attached to it could be seen on the ground with two more bodies behind him. Police responded rapidly with dozens of emergency vehicles and authorities led shell-shocked members of the public away from the scene. The three suspects were shot by armed police within eight minutes of the first call to the emergency services. The attack had harrowing echoes of an attack on London´s Westminster Bridge when 52-year-old British Khalid Masood rammed his car into pedestrians before crashing into the barriers surrounding parliament and then stabbing a police officer to death. ´Potential act of terrorism´ Police said the first reports of a "vehicle in collision with pedestrians on London Bridge" came at 10:08PM (2108 GMT) and were quickly followed by "reports of stabbings in Borough Market," at the south end of the bridge. Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the "terrible incident in London" was being treated as "a potential act of terrorism". She will hold an emergency ministerial meeting later on Sunday and Facebook activated its safety check function for people in London to let their loved ones know they are safe. US President Donald Trump offered his help, tweeting "WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!" French President Emmanuel Macron said France was "more than ever at Britain´s side." US pop star Ariana Grande, whose concert in Manchester was the scene of last week´s fatal terror attack, tweeted: "Praying for London". ´Her throat had been cut´ Witnesses on London Bridge reported seeing a van mounting the pavement and hitting pedestrians. "There was a van that crashed into the fences on London Bridge. And then there was a man with a knife, he was running. He came down the stairs and went to the bar," Dee, 26, who was visibly in shock and declined to give her last name, told AFP. BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on London Bridge at the time of the incident, said she saw a van driven by a man travelling "at about 50 miles (80 kilometres) an hour". Alex Shellum at the Mudlark pub near the scene of the attack said a woman had come into the bar "bleeding heavily from the neck". "It appeared that her throat had been cut," he told the BBC. ´Large blade´ Another witness, who gave his name as Alessandro, also told BBC radio that he saw a van strike several people on London Bridge. "I saw this van going left and right, left and right, trying to catch as many people as he could. And people just tried to get out of the way of the van. "Then I tried to help people, wounded people." Husband and wife Ben and Natalie told BBC radio they were outside Borough Market when they witnessed a stabbing. Ben said: "We saw people running away and then I saw a man in red with a large blade, at a guess 10 inches (25 centimetres) long, stabbing a man, about three times. "It looked like the man had been trying to intervene, but there wasn´t much he could do. He was being stabbed quite coldly and he slumped to the ground." Ben said the man then walked towards another pub. He said they saw a metal chair being thrown towards the man. "Then we heard three gunshots, definitely gunshots, and we ran." Germany ´resolutely at Britain´s side´ after attack: Merkel Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Germany was "resolutely at Britain´s side" after the attack in London that left six people dead and almost 50 injured. "Today we are united across borders in horror and mourning, but also in determination," Merkel said in a statement. "For Germany, I reiterate that in the fight against all forms of terrorism, we are resolutely at Britain´s side." French people among London attack casualties: French presidency French people are among the casualties from the London attack which left six dead and nearly 50 wounded, the Elysee Palace said on Sunday without giving further details. "France is doing everything it can to help," the presidency said in a statement, adding that security would be tightened for expatriates voting in London Sunday in the upcoming French parliamentary election. UK Conservatives suspend election campaign after London attack Britain´s ruling Conservatives said Sunday they were suspending their campaign for Thursday´s general election after six people died in a suspected terror attack in London. "The Conservative party will not be campaigning nationally today. We will review as the day goes on and as more details of the attack emerge," a spokesman told AFP. More parties are likely to follow suit. We stand in solidarity with the people and government of UK: PM Nawaz Sharif Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the terrorist attack in London resulting in loss of precious lives and injuries to many. In a statement denouncing the terrorist attack on Sunday, the Prime Minister said we [the people of Pakistan] stand in solidarity with the people and government of United Kingdom. He expressed condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured. In a statement on Sunday, the Foreign Office spokesperson said the people and government of Pakistan stand in solidarity with the United Kingdom and its people in this hour of grief. He reiterated Pakistan?s stance that terrorism is a global menace and as a common challenge it needs to be tackled with collective effort and cooperation. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan took to Twitter to condemn the terrorist attack. Additional input from Web Desk
  18. Frank Underwood’s unquenchable thirst for power returns in the latest season of 'House Of Cards' and is arguably one of the most compelling TV shows we have seen that has not degraded in quality over the course of time. The fifth season picks up exactly where it left off from the previous season and Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) waste no time kick-starting their plans of gaining more power in the Capitol. © Netflix In a way, the twisted circus that is the Trump presidency is eerily similar to what is happening in the fifth season of 'House of Cards'. It even looks like Trump may have stolen some ideas from the TV show (joking!). Political dramas generally depend on real-life events and the controversies surrounding the political sphere today are probably not too far from the fictional premise of 'House of Cards'. The latest season makes the viewer believe that the current political state of the world is probably stranger than fiction and probably too idiotic to even consider tackling in a show like 'House of Cards'. © Netflix The fifth season is probably the darkest and most intense season I have seen up until now. Frank Underwood is amidst a re-election campaign with his running mate, Clare Underwood. The couple faces a big battle as Frank’s ignominious past is their biggest obstruction in their hopes of staying in power at the White House. The Underwoods, as usual, strike with fear, using the ICO (Fictional ISIS-inspired terrorist group) as their catalyst to push their own agenda. Frank and Claire Underwood are the master of puppets in the rhetoric and they want to control the conversation as much as they can. The Underwoods propose a travel ban (much like in real life) while having thousands of protestors clamouring at the White House’s doorstep. © Netflix Kevin Spacey delivers what we are used to from his performance from the previous seasons. In fact, it was a bit more like his role in 'Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare'. He is captivating, refined and better than ever, reprising the role of Frank Underwood. In the opening episode of the season, Frank crashes the Congress uninvited and takes control of the podium to demand Congress wage a war against the ICO. The situation is nerve wrecking as Spacey aggressively roars, “I will not cease! I will NEVER cease!” © Netflix During the course of Underwood’s re-election campaign, he faces tough competition from his opponent, Will Conway. He has an edge over Frank in the race and has a few secrets of his own. The show is.a delight to watch in a very wicked way as the Underwoods use their sneaky schemes to manipulate, deceive and dodge the system to get their way. Frank’s godsend right-hand man, Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), continues to deliver an alluring performance where he handles every situation with such ease and coolness, just like he did in the previous seasons. Summary © Netflix While the fifth season may not be as fast-paced as the first two seasons, it still has the charm we all expect from a political drama. Season 5 stands on its own and probably has the most absurd and far-out concepts that may be influenced by real-life events in the political sphere. Spacey and Wright deliver one of their best performances we can expect anytime soon across any drama series. One can easily say that art is imitating life in the fifth season of 'House of Cards' and I can guarantee that people will be binge watching this season on Netflix as soon as they watch the first episode. There’s no having it any other way. I binge watched the entire fifth season in over 12 hours and as Frank Underwood would say “I’ve always loathed the necessity of sleep”
  19. People take part in a vigil for the victims of an attack on concert goers at Manchester Arena, in Trafalgar Square, London, Britain May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville MANCHESTER: Twenty-two people were killed in Monday's suicide attack on a Manchester pop concert, including an eight-year-old girl, teenagers and several parents who had come to collect their children. Here are the victims named so far in what was the deadliest terror attack in Britain since the 2005 London bombings. 'Beautiful little girl' Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos from Leyland in Lancashire, north-west England, is the youngest victim among those named so far. Saffie Rose Roussos, the eight-year-old who was killed in the Manchester bombing. (Image: Facebook) She attended the concert with her mother and older sister. Friends said they are both being treated at a hospital. Chris Upton, the headteacher at the Tarleton Community Primary School, described Roussos as "a beautiful little girl". "She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly," he said. 'Centre of attention' Martyn Hett, a public relations manager, was killed in the Manchester bombing. (Image: Facebook) Public relations manager Martyn Hett, from Stockport near Manchester, had appeared on television shows like Come Dine With Me and Tattoo Fixers. His brother Dan confirmed his death on Twitter saying, "They found my brother last night. We are heartbroken". His friend Russell Hayward said, "Our wonderful, iconic and beautiful Martyn didn't survive." "He left this world exactly how he lived: centre of attention." Christina, a friend of Hett, wrote a heartfelt and poetic eulogy. Hett even tweeted just sometime before his untimely death. 'Family was her life' Michelle Kiss was a loving wife to Tony and mother to Dylan, Elliot, and Millie, her family said in a statement. Michelle Kiss, one of the 22 victims of the Manchester bombing. (Image: Facebook) "Family was her life and we are all obviously devastated by her loss. She has been taken away from us, and all that love her, in the most traumatic way imaginable," they said. A young girl is being comforted by a rescue team member. The girl was later confirmed to be Kiss' daughter. (Image: The Mirror) A young girl seen being comforted by a rescue official in a viral picture circulated earlier is now confirmed to be Kiss' daughter. 'Having an amazing time' Olivia Campbell, 15, had been enjoying the concert with her friend Adam. He survived and is under treatment at a hospital. Olivia Campbell, one of the 22 Manchester bombing victims. (Image: Facebook) "RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far too soon," her mother Charlotte wrote on Facebook. "Go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much." A screenshot of Campbell's memorialised Facebook profile. Facebook has memorialised Campbell's profile. The social networking website 'memorialises' accounts of deceased or killed with the help of verified family members, who contact or are contacted by Facebook directly. Campbell's mother said they had spoken two hours before the blast, adding, "She'd just seen the support act and said she was having an amazing time." 'Lovely young student' Georgina Callander, believed to be 18, had been studying health and social care. Her school, Runshaw College in Lancashire, confirmed her death. Georgina Callander, a loyal Ariana Grande fan, was killed in the Manchester bombing. (Image: Facebook) Her former school, Bishop Rawstorne academy, brought together students to pray for her and remember her life. Callander met Grande two years before her death. (Image: Facebook) "Georgina was a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff and always made the most of the opportunities she had at the school," it said. Just before the Ariana Grande concert, Callander had responded to the American singer's tweet, saying, "SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU TOMORROW". Friends waiting for daughters Alison Howe, 45, and Lisa Lees, 47, from Oldham outside Manchester, were killed while waiting in the foyer to pick up their daughters, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported. Alison Howe, another of the 22 victims of the Manchester bombing. (Image: Facebook) Lisa Lees was also killed in the Manchester bombing. (Image: Facebook) Their girls, both aged 15, are believed to be safe. Howe's stepson Jordan Howe confirmed his stepmother's death on Facebook, writing, "They took a caring beautiful mum and step-mother away from us all she was amazing to us all." Lees' brother Lee Hunter wrote a heartbreaking message on his Facebook account, stating she's "gone but never ever forgotten" and that he will"miss [her] so much". Polish couple A Polish couple living in Britain were killed as they went to collect their daughters, Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said. Waszczykowski said their daughters were unhurt. Marcin (L) and Angelika (R) Klis, the Polish couple killed in the Manchester bombing. (Image: Facebook) Polish media identified them as Marcin and Angelika Klis. The couple's daughter Alex Klis had posted a picture of her parents on Facebook, asking people to let her know if they saw them after the blast. A screenshot of Marcin and Angelika Klis' memorialised Facebook profiles. Both Marcin and Angelika Klis' Facebook profiles have been memorialised. "The parents went to pick up their daughters after the concert and unfortunately this morning we received news that they did not survive the explosion," he told RMF Radio. Alex Klis later posted a note of gratitude for the condolences. 'One in a million' John Atkinson, 26, from Bury in Lancashire, was named by friends as one of those killed. John Atkinson, identified by his friends as one of the Manchester bombing victims. (Image: Facebook) John was "one in a million and loved by so many", wrote Hayley Turk, who organised an online fund for his family. A screenshot of Atkinson's memorialised Facebook profile. "A true gentleman," she added. 'Happiest she has ever been' Kelly Brewster was also killed in the Manchester bombing. (Image: Facebook) Kelly Brewster, from Sheffield, northern England, was confirmed as one of the victims by her partner Ian Winslow. "Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together. My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated like we all are," he wrote on Facebook. A screenshot of Brewster's memorialised Facebook profile. Media reports indicated Brewster died shielding her 11-year-old niece from the blast. Bright, popular teenager Nell Jones, one of the 22 victims of the Manchester bombing. (Image: Facebook) Nell Jones, 14, died at the scene, her school in nearby Cheshire confirmed. The teenager was a "very bright and popular student", said Holmes Chapel headteacher Denis Oliver. 'Delightful' pupil Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, from Leeds, northern England, was "a delightful member of the school community", said Elaine Silson, the head of Allerton High School, in a letter to parents. "Our staff and students are very upset," she said. Sorrell Leczkowski was killed in the Manchester bombing. (Image: Facebook) Leczkowski's mother Samantha and grandmother Pauline, who had 15 hours of surgery to remove shrapnel, are among the injured. Waiting for friend's daughter Jane Tweddle, 51, a school receptionist, was waiting for a friend's daughter when the blast happened, her friend Mark Taylor told BBC radio. 51-year-old Jane Tweddle was waiting for a friend's daughter when the Manchester bombing took place; she died on spot. (Image: Facebook) Jane Bailey, head of South Shore Academy in Blackpool on the Lancashire coast, said she was a "truly wonderful friend and colleague".
  20. Police identified 22-year-old Salman Abedi as the suspected suicide bomber who detonated bombs as throngs of teenagers poured out of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Image: AFP MANCHESTER: British police arrested a woman in here on Wednesday, following searches in the north of the city, as part of their investigation into a terror attack at a pop concert in the city, bringing the total number of arrests to five men and one woman. "A woman has been arrested [at an address] in connection with the ongoing investigation" following searches in Blackley, an area north of the city centre, a police spokeswoman said. In a statement, police explained, "These searches are connected to Monday's horrific attack on the Manchester Arena, but this is a fast-moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage." Earlier, the BBC reported that armed police had made the arrest during a raid on a block of flats. 'A network that we are investigating' Earlier arrests, made in Manchester and Tripoli arrests on Wednesday, were focused on tracking down a network of accomplices who authorities fear could strike again. Manchester police made four new arrests and searched an address in the city centre. A source said British investigators were hunting for anyone who may have helped build the suicide bomb and could be ready to kill again. "I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating," police chief Ian Hopkins said outside Manchester police headquarters. "And as I've said, it continues at a pace. There's extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak." 22-year-old, British-born Abedi blew himself up on Monday night at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by US pop singer Ariana Grande attended by thousands of children and teenagers. A graphic showing where the blast hit in Manchester. Courtesy: Reuters Police in Tripoli arrested a brother of Abedi and his father. A spokesman for the local counter-terrorism force said younger brother Hashem Abedi was arrested on suspicion of links with Daesh and was suspected of planning to carry out an attack in the Libyan capital. A man arrested on Tuesday was reported by British and US media to be Abedi's other brother. Earlier, interior minister Amber Rudd said the bomber had recently returned from Libya. Her French counterpart Gerard Collomb said he had links with Daesh and had probably visited Syria as well. The Manchester bombing has raised concern across Europe. Cities, including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin, and London, have suffered militant attacks in the last two years. Britain's official terror threat level was raised to "critical", the highest level, late on Tuesday, meaning an attack was expected imminently. Nevertheless, with just over two weeks to go until the national election, Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives and political parties said they would resume campaigning in the coming days. Soldiers on the streets The Manchester bombing was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transport network. Rudd said up to 3,800 soldiers could be deployed on Britain's streets, taking on guard duties to free up police to focus on patrols and investigation. An initial deployment of 984 had been ordered, first in London and then elsewhere. Soldiers were seen at the Houses of Parliament, May's Downing Street residence and the London police headquarters in New Scotland Yard. A source close to the investigation into the bombing told Reuters that the focus was on whether Abedi had received help in putting together the bomb and where it had been done. The bomb used in the attack appeared to contain carefully packed shrapnel and have a powerful, high-velocity charge, according to leaked photographs from the investigation published by the New York Times. The BBC reported that security services thought the bomb was too sophisticated for Abedi to have built by himself. Police arrested three people in South Manchester and another in Wigan, a town 17 miles to the west of the city on Wednesday. They said they were assessing a package carried by the man in Wigan. Police also said that they had searched an address in central Manchester as part of the investigation. 'Proper respects to those lost' Grande was scheduled to perform two shows at London's O2 arena this week, but the singer's representative said on Wednesday she was suspending her tour to assess the situation and to "pay our proper respects to those lost". Chelsea soccer club said it had cancelled a victory parade that had been scheduled to take place on Sunday to celebrate its Premier League title. Several high-profile sporting events are coming up in Britain, including the soccer FA Cup final at London's Wembley Stadium and the English rugby club competition final at Twickenham on Saturday and the UEFA Champions League final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on June 3. US leaks 'irritating' Rudd also scolded US officials for leaking details about the investigation into the Manchester attack before British authorities were ready to go public. The New York Times later published detailed photographs of the suspected remnants of the bomb. The interior minister was asked by the BBC about the fact that information about Abedi, including his name, had come out of the United States before it was cleared by British authorities. "The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources, and I have been very clear with our friends that should not happen again." Victims to be named in 4-5 days Greater Manchester Police said they were now confident they knew the identity of all the people who lost their lives and had made contact with all the families. They said they would formally name the victims after forensic post-mortems, which would take four or five days. The 22 victims in Manchester included an eight-year-old girl, several teenage girls, a 28-year-old man, and a Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters. The bombing also left 64 people wounded, of whom 20 were receiving critical care for highly traumatic injuries to major organs and to limbs, a health official said.
  21. MANCHESTER: Britain raced Wednesday to track down a militant network suspected of orchestrating the Manchester concert attack, as the suicide bomber?s father and brother were arrested in Libya and grisly information emerged of how he engineered the deaths of young pop fans. British soldiers fanned out to guard key sites as investigators tried to piece together the last movements of bomber Salman Abedi, a Manchester-born university dropout who died at the scene of Monday?s explosion. Images published by the New York Times showed a detonator that he was said to have carried in his left hand, shrapnel including nuts and screws, and the shredded remains of a blue backpack from low-cost British sportswear brand Karrimor. Abedi?s bomb killed 22 people, including children as young as eight attending the performance by US pop star Ariana Grande. His upper torso was flung several metres beyond the immediate blast vicinity, the New York Times said, quoting experts as saying the device appeared to be fairly sophisticated. A French minister said Abedi may have been radicalised in Syria. His parents had reportedly fled the now fallen regime of Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi. His father and younger brother were detained in Libya, authorities there said, after the father reportedly insisted on Abedi?s innocence. "It?s very clear that this is a network that we are investigating," Manchester police chief Ian Hopkins told reporters, with five people now under arrest. The British government announced a nationwide minute?s silence for Thursday morning in memory of those killed and the dozens wounded in Monday night?s bombing. A girl aged just eight was among the victims of the attack, which was claimed by the Daesh. 'Act of cowardice' It was the latest in a series of deadly incidents across Europe claimed by Daesh militants that have coincided with an offensive on the group?s redoubts in Syria and Iraq carried out by US, British and other Western forces. Officials said the 22-year-old Abedi had been on the radar of the intelligence community before the massacre and warned another attack "may be imminent". After arresting a 23-year-old man on Tuesday, police said they had taken three more men into custody on Wednesday in south Manchester, where Abedi lived. A fifth man who was carrying a suspect package was then detained in Wigan, west of the city. An armed raid was also carried out in Manchester city centre on Wednesday, during which police said a nearby railway line had to be "briefly closed". Elders at the mosque in the Manchester area that is believed to have been frequented by Abedi insisted that his actions were wholly alien to their preaching, and pointed the finger at online radicalisation. "This act of cowardice has no place in our religion," said Fawzi Haffar, a trustee at the Didsbury mosque, after he and other mosque leaders held their own minute?s silence. French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Abedi had "likely" been to Syria after a trip to Libya, citing information provided by British intelligence services to their counterparts in Paris. "In any case, the links with Daesh are proven," he said as Libyan authorities announced the arrest of one of Abedi?s two brothers in the country. Hundreds of armed military personnel meanwhile fanned out to take up guard duties at the British parliament and Buckingham Palace -- a highly unusual sight on the streets of Britain since the end of the Northern Ireland conflict in the 1990s. NATO needs to ?step up? In light of the Manchester attack, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the military alliance had to "step up and agree to do more in the fight against terrorism" at summit talks set for Thursday. The summit is to be attended by US President Donald Trump, who has lambasted NATO for not doing more against extremism and who called those responsible for the Manchester bombing "evil losers". The NATO leaders are expected to formally sign up to the US-led coalition against Daesh, according to one diplomatic source. British Prime Minister Theresa May placed the country on its highest level of terror alert -- "critical" -- for the first time since June 2007, when it was sparked by an attack on Glasgow airport. The Changing of the Guard, a military ceremony in front of Buckingham Palace popular with tourists, was cancelled on Wednesday and the Houses of Parliament suspended all public events. Chelsea football club said they were cancelling their Premier League victory parade on Sunday saying it would be "inappropriate". Manchester United players will wear black armbands at Wednesday evening?s Europa League final against Amsterdam club Ajax in Stockholm, where a minute?s silence will be held. ?Sing with the angels? The attack was the deadliest in Britain since July 7, 2005 when four suicide bombers inspired by Al-Qaeda attacked London?s transport system during rush hour, killing 52 people. A Polish couple living in Britain were confirmed among the Manchester victims, along with 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, whose mother had issued heartrending appeals for help when her daughter was still missing. Next to a photograph of Olivia, Charlotte Campbell wrote on Facebook: "RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far too soon. Go sing with the angels and keep smiling, mummy loves you so much." A total of 64 people are being treated in hospital, including 20 in critical care, medical officials said. Twelve of the injured are aged under 16. Nick Lewis said his daughter Freya had been through 10 and a half hours of surgery. "Freya has been sewn, bolted, drilled and bandaged back together. It is going to be a long climb but we are on the first step," he said.
  22. The next terror attack might just take place on July 22nd 2017. That’s not me saying it. That’s a theory that has emerged on the internet after having observed a host of previous terror attacks. Why July 22nd 2017 you ask? For some reason, the number 22 holds a lot of significance and seems to have a rather sinister link to the events of previous attacks—the attack in Munich on July, 22 2016, the attack in Brussels on March, 22 2016, the Lee Rigby murder on May 22, 2013 and the terror attack in Norway on July 22, 2011. If the pattern is anything to go by, then 22nd July 2017 could spell doom. Each attack has come after a gap of one month. © Independent UK Even Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, announced in a statement that another terror attack was imminent and raised the threat level in England to critical. The suicide bomber responsible for the Manchester terror attack, Salman Abedi, was all of 22-years-old and was supposed to be a friend of an ISIS recruiter who is said to have persuaded hundreds to go to Syria. The bomb caused 22 deaths in Manchester. © Standard UK Social media users even took to their respective platforms to talk about the ominous threat that surrounded the sinister theory. Some said, “I think it’s more than a coincidence. It’s shocking and scary. So 22 March, May and July every year will be a scary time of each year.” While another added “This is more than concerning.” © Reuters Twitter users, too expressed concern and fear around the theory. everyone stay safe on July 22nd 2017 if you're doing anything. this is the date of the next suspected attack which follows a pattern 🙏🏼 — caitlin 💕stay safe (@butlerftadidas) May 23, 2017 Is anybody else noticing that the Brussels and London terrorist attack also happened on the date of the 22nd?😰 #prayformanchester❤️ — yasmin bentley (@yasminbentleyxo) May 23, 2017 Dates of attacks Lee Rigby 22-05-13 Brussels 22-03-16 Munich 22-07-16 London 22-03-17 Manchester 22-05-17 Coincidence? #PrayForTheWorld — Jessamine (@Jess_Humphrey7) May 23, 2017 Isis attacks in Manchester, Westminster, Brussels, failed attempt in Exeter and Lee Rigby's murder ...all happened on 22nd, coincidence? — Bexy Boo (@BexSum) May 23, 2017 There, are of course others, too who seem to think that there is no such pattern. Some reminded, “The Tunisia beach attack was on 26/06/2015 and Paris was 13/11/2015.” Another stated, “The lorry attack 14/07/2015 plus all the others 7/7 and 9/11.” And yet others opined, “This will be a theory if people miss the other dates out. You can make theories from most things if things are missed out.” And they are right, too. At this point, anything can and cannot be believed. One thing is certain from it all. An attack is imminent. It’s just a matter of time. And when it hits, humanity needs to unite. This is not an attack on mere lives. It’s an attack on the spirit of humanity in the world.
  23. geo_embedgallery MANCHESTER: At least 22 people, including children, died in a suicide bombing at a pop concert packed with teens in the British city of Manchester late Monday. Here is what we know so far about the terror attack, the deadliest in Britain since 2005. What happened? Police said they were called at 2133 GMT to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena during a concert by pop star Ariana Grande, who is popular with teenagers and pre-teens. According to police, the blast occurred "within the foyer area of the stadium", although the venue said it was in a public area outside. Prime Minister Theresa May said it was near one of the arena exits. The arena foyer connects the 21,000-capacity auditorium with Victoria train and tram station, a major transport hub on the northern edge of the city centre. It remained closed on Tuesday lunchtime. Witnesses described a "huge bomb-like bang" and scenes of panic as young fans rushed out and parents waiting outside searched frantically for their children. Armed police patrol near Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 following a deadly terror attack in the city in northwest England - AFP2 Who is behind it? Authorities are treating the attack as a terrorist incident. Police chief Ian Hopkins had said earlier that a sole attacker had set off an "improvised explosive device" and died in the process. The Daesh militant group claimed responsibility on Tuesday through its social media channels. May said earlier that police know the attacker´s identity but would not yet confirm it publicly, adding: "They now need to know whether he was acting alone or as part of a wider group." Manchester police later announced the arrest of a 23-year-old man in the south of the city, saying only that it was connected to the investigation into the attack. The bombing is the latest in a string of attacks that have hit Europe in recent years, several claimed by Daesh. Britain's threat level remains at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely, but this will remain under review, May said. Britain´s Prime Minister Theresa May (C) walks with Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Ian Hopkins (R) and Britain´s Home Secretary Amber Rudd (L), as she arrives at the police force´s headquarters in Manchester - AFP Who are the victims? At least 22 people were killed and 59 injured, including "many children and young people", May said. Georgina Callander, 18, was the first victim to be named after her school, the Runshaw College Sixth Form Center in Lancashire, confirmed the news on its Facebook Page. "It is with enormous sadness that it appears that one of the people who lost their lives in Monday's Manchester attack was one of our students here," it said, adding that she was studying health and social care. The prime minister condemned the attack for its "appalling sickening cowardice" and for "deliberately targeting innocent defenceless children and young people". A floral tribute and a teddy bear are pictured alongside police tape near to the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017 following a deadly terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert - AFP Other attacks in the UK The incident is Britain´s second terror attack in less than two months. On March 22, five people were killed and more than 50 injured when a man drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in central London, before crashing into the fence surrounding parliament. The attacker, 52-year-old Khalid Masood, fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot dead by police outside the Houses of Parliament. The deadliest bomb attack on British soil took place on July 7, 2005 when four British suicide bombers inspired by Al-Qaeda attacked London´s transport system, killing 52 people and wounding 700.
  24. QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri on Wednesday said that the enemies of Pakistan are panic-stricken because of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project and they were behind recent terror incidents in the province. Speaking to the press he said that an agreement has been signed in the Beijing for an international airport in Gwadar, further adding that in the Chinese capital he has also signed for Gwadar Expressway and port city projects. “All eyes globally are set on CPEC,” he said. “And the opinion of Chinese President for Gwadar has been really positive.” The chief minister said that Gwadar port free zone, LNG terminal, and Pak-China Vocational Institute are part of CPEC. Zehri said that the under-construction 50-bed hospital in Gwadar will be extended to 150-bed. The CM Baluchistan reiterated that CPEC project will be completed at any cost and would foil every conspiracy designed to destabilize the country. Recently unidentified attackers gunned down ten labourers in two separate incidents on the outskirts of Gwadar. One labourer is also said to have been injured in one of the attacks. The incidents took place in the Pishgan and Guns Road area of Gwadar where the labourers were working on construction projects. Most of the victims are said to be natives of Naushero Feroze, Sindh, according to sources. Sources added that the site of the incident has been cordoned off by security forces and a sweeping operation is under way. Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti termed the incident an attack on Pakistanis, saying the perpetrators will be brought to book. He added that it seems that RAW-funded terrorists are behind the attack. In a statement, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the killing of innocent labourers, saying every step will be taken to bring peace to Balochistan.
  25. RAWALPINDI/PARACHINAR: Security forces on Friday foiled a major terror bid in Parachinar by seizing an explosives-laden vehicle, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. The ISPR said that an alert was received on March 25 about terrorists' plan to explode a vehicle laden with improvised explosives devices (IEDs). The possible target of the attack could be both civilians or security personnel in Parachinar and surroundings, the alert stated. Thereafter, law enforcement and intelligence agencies were on a hunt to track down the vehicles, the ISPR said. On May 11, the vehicle, White Binjo 2005/6 model, was tracked down near Kharlachi area, which the security forces seized soon afterwards. Heavy explosives were found fitted inside the vehicle.