A man has been arrested as eleven people were injured following a car mounting the pavement and ploughing into pedestrians in London’s museum district, South Kensington on Saturday, 7 October around 2:20pm. Nine of the injured have been taken to hospital as terrorism has been ruled out a cause but deemed a road traffic collision.
This comes in the wake of a rise in vehicular attack on pedestrians in Europe for which the UK is no exception.
In the UK, a car ploughed into people on London’s Westminster Bridge after which it crashed into the railings by the House of Parliament in the early afternoon of 22 March 2017.
Six people have also been arrested as a bomb went off on a train at Parson Green Tube station on 15 September leaving 29 people injured. The UK terror threat level was again raised to critical i.e. a terrorist attack is imminent.
At this time more than ever, if anything, extra care must be taken on the street of the UK and most importantly, the UK’s transportation system (as I earlier wrote about this, for which some UK trains are now being patrolled by armed police officers) should be watched over and guarded properly. However, all these cannot effectively happen without due assistance given to the necessary authorities by citizens and other law enforcement officials to forestall or quell any such attacks.
On a related note (based on a previous article of mine of Friday the 13), the UK’s threat level should remain at critical as Friday the 13th which occurs mostly once every year, occurs twice this year, 2017. Nothing really happened on Friday 13 January 2017, however for, Friday 13 October 2017, security forces should be proactive and citizens watchful given the trend of vehicular attacks as this day precedes Halloween.
- A 49-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of preparing terrorist attacks in London Southend Airport.
- Etihad Airways is believed to be assisting Australian Police in investigating the alleged Sydney terror plot as a third suspect is arrested.
- Minnesota governor, Mark Dayton labeled the bombing of a suburban Minneapolis Mosque ‘an act of terrorism.’
- Fear of major terror attack rises in France as hundreds of jihadis supposedly return home from Syria.
- A French man who threatened Eiffel Tower security with a knife has engendered a counter-terrorism probe.
- Four men from Birmingham based terrorist group, the ‘Three Musketeers‘ have supposedly been jailed for life for plotting terror attacks making use of bomb and knives.
- Nigeria’s Acting President, Yemi Osibanjo described the internet and fake news as influencers of terrorism.
- The US has ratified the sale of $600 million worth of high-tech attack planes including 12 A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft to Nigeria in its fight against terrorism.
- Four men have been arrested by Australian Police following the foiling of an ‘elaborate’ terrorist plot to denote bomb on a plane in Sydney.
- A British who fought against IS in Syria has been arrested by Turkish authorities on suspicions of terrorism.
- Terrorism as a motive has been ruled out in the fatal disco shooting in Germany.
- Anti-terrorism barriers have been in several locations put in place ahead of this year’s Edinburgh festival, Scotland.
- Turkey has supposedly withdrawn a blacklist of German firms accused of funding terrorism.
- The Palestinian Authority is believed to have increased its direct funding of terrorism to $355 million.
- Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria has commended the country’s government in its fight against terrorism as he urges more coordinated efforts to cut down terrorism financing.
- A report by the US Department of State has suggested that the Nigerian Military lacks the capacity to hold captured terrorists.
- At least 50 people are believed to have been killed following an attack by the terrorist group, Boko Haram on an oil survey team in North Easter Nigeria returning from the Lake Chad Basin.
- One civilian and four Boko Haram members are believed to have been killed by a bomb explosion in the Cameroon-Nigeria border area.
- At least eight people are believed to have been killed in suicide bomb attacks in camps for Internally Displaced Persons in North Eastern Nigeria.
- Nigeria’s Air force claim Boko Haram terrorists are back in Sambisa forest.
An array of of suicide bomb attacks believed to be carried out by females (and a male) have rocked different locations in Maiduguri, Borno State, killing 16 and injuring 13 others as confirmed by Mr. Damian Chukwu, Borno State Commissioner of Police.
Giving details, the CP explained that around 10 pm of 25th June, 2017, a male suicide bomber blew himself up close to the Rapid Response Services Office building, a security post of the University of Maiduguri, after gaining access into the University premises.
According to him, the suicide bomber died while wounding three of the university’s security personnel on duty.
Less than two later, further explosions were reported at Zanari, Jere Local Government Area on the outskirts of Maiduguri as bombs were donated in a residential building killing eight and injuring 11 people, explained the Police Commissioner.
A female bomber (identified as Becky Edubiwho) is believed to have died at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, following injuries from the bombing was earlier captured alive.
- A new study has revealed that majority of the terrorist attacks in America are not by Muslims as earlier believed.
- According to an unpublished report delayed by the Home Office, a little less than 50 foreign terrorists have used human rights laws to remain in the UK.
- UK Home Secretary, Ms Amber Rudd has supposedly revealed that the British Police is stressed out due to terrorist attacks as she calls for a review of recent terrorist attacks in the UK.
- A man was arrested on suspicion of terror offences after a white van ploughed into a group of worshipers close to Finsbury Park Mosque, North London.
- Six people are believed to be injured after a car ploughed into people celebrating the Eid al-Fitr outside a sports centre in Newcastle in what Police say is not terror related.
- A policeman has been killed following a stabbing in a terror related attack as millions gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Medan, Indonesia.
- Officers in Italy have arrested a 29-year-old asylum seeker on charges of inciting terrorism in the country.
- Six foreign pilgrims have supposedly been injured in a foiled suicide bombing attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia as worshipers gathered for their last prayers.
- Armed Forces of the Philippines, Chief-Of-Staff, General Eduardo Año has warned that there are 40 foreign terrorists in the country and the number is increasing.
- Several supposed terrorists have been arrested following the foiling of terrorist attacks by the Department of State Services (DSS) aimed at people celebrating Eid-el-Fitr in several locations in North Western-Eastern Nigeria.
- The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has purportedly suggested that the $85 billion global illicit drug trade is exacerbating terrorism in West Africa, most notably Nigeria.
- Two people have been killed and six injured after a police convoy was ambushed in Borno, North Eastern Nigeria by Boko Haram.
- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reiterated the need for countries to strengthen the fight against terrorism financers as well as corruption and tax evasion.
Armed Police officers have been called up to several locations in London: London Bridge, Vauxhall and Borough market. They are believed to have responded to stabbing and shootings in Borough market, a vehicular collision with pedestrians on London Bridge and an incident in Vauxhall.
A van is said to have mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge. People in the areas of the incident in Vauxhall, London Bridge and Borough Market have been urged by the Metropolitan police to get to safer areas away from the scenes.
Source: Metropolitan Police twitter feed
Several emergency service workers have been called up to the area with good will messages and help pouring out from public officials and the public.
According to Metropolitan Police twitter page, at 0025hrs 4/6/17 the incidents at
#LondonBridge & #BoroughMarket were regarded as terrorist incidents while the incident at #Vauxhall is believed to be an unconnected stabbing to the incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market.
The UK has supposedly moved its terrorist alert level from ‘severe’ which meaning an attack is ‘highly likely’ to ‘critical‘ meaning an attack is imminent.
The country’s terror threat level was raised to severe (the second highest of five possible UK threat levels) in August 2014 following a speech by the then Home Secretary, and current Prime Minister, Theresa May in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria. However, in response to the Manchester arena attack of 22nd May 2017 in which 22 people are presumed dead and a large number injured, the UK’s threat level has been raised to critical.
The attack which was orchestrated by 22-year-old Manchester born of Libyan descent, Salman Abedi also known as Salman Ramadan Abedi is believed to have claimed 22 lives and leaving scores injured. He was born in Manchester in 1994 and was one of four children born to Libyan refugees who fled to Britain at the height of the Gaddafi regime.
He supposedly traveled to Manchester from London via train a few days before the attack. Police are still making investigations after the Islamic State claimed him to be “a Caliphate Soldier” and responsibility for the attack.
Law enforcement officials gained entry to Abedi’s home Tuesday afternoon following the setting off a controlled explosion to get in, while a 23-year-old man who is believed to be the attacker’s brother has also been arrested by Law enforcement for questioning. A further eight suspects between the ages of 18 and 38 are believed to be in custody with regards to the Manchester bombing.
This comes in the wake of the rise in vehicular attack on pedestrians. At this time more than ever, if anything, extra care must be taken on the street of the UK and most importantly, the UK’s transportation system (as I earlier wrote about this, for which some UK trains are now being patrolled by armed police officers) should be watched over and guarded properly. However, all these cannot effectively happen without due assistance given to the necessary authorities by citizens and other law enforcement officials to forestall or quell any such attacks.
- Three women have supposedly been charged with terrorism offences and conspiracy to murder following a North-West London raid by British Police.
- A man by the name of Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali alleged to be in possession of two knives in a bag near Downing street has been arrested and charged with terrorism offences as another man, Shamim Ahmed has also supposedly pleaded guilty in the in the UK to preparing for acts of terrorism.
- Five men have been arrested at residential addresses in Coventry under the the terrorism Act of 2000.
- Holiday reps are reportedly being trained to tackle terrorism abroad, the likes of the massacre in Tunisia in which 30 Britons were killed.
- Two men have been arrested in Dublin by gardaí investigating international terrorism.
- Former FBI director, James Comey suggests that 15% of terrorists cases in the US are linked to refugees.
- North Korea has accused the US and South Korea of ‘Hideous terrorism’ while vowing to wipe out ‘man-killing demons’.
- Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that terrorism cannot be fought with terrorists such as the US arming of Kurdish YPG forces fighting against ISIL in Northern Syria.
- Jihadi John ally and associate Aine Davies is believed to be jailed in Turkey on terrorism charges.
- Pakistani government has accused Hafiz Saeed of spreading terrorism in the name of Jihad through Lashkar-e-Taiba, a supposed terrorist organisation.
- A report suggests that high rate of unemployment and lack of formal basic education are a possible cause of growing terrorism in Africa as the continent sees a 1,000% increase in terrorism activities.
- Nigeria has pledged its commitment to end global terrorism and inequality as experts warn terrorists are taking advantage of the country’s porous borders.
- About 82 Chibok girls have supposedly been returned and welcome by the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari. This is the second time the government has negotiated with Boko Haram for some of the girls’ freedom.
A 26-year-old man by the name of Richard Rojas has been charged with murder and 20 counts of attempted murder after having plowed his car into pedestrians in New York Times Square in what seemed like a terrorist attack.
Rojas was arrested Thursday afternoon after he drove his car for three blocks in Times Square, before hitting almost two dozen people before finally being stopped by steel security barriers. He has been charged with five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.
An 18-year-old tourist from Michigan was killed. Her 13-year-old sister was among the 22 injured, four of them are in critical condition. Officials say following disciplinary actions, he was discharged from the US navy. He apparently told police he was “hearing voices”, after his arrest, and expected to die, two law enforcement officials said.
Following the wreck he emerged from his vehicle running, yelling and jumping before being subdued by police and bystanders in a riotous scene.
New York police department is still carrying out investigations of his intoxication levels as his Rojas intentions remain unclear. However, Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was “no indication that this was an act of terrorism”.
This comes after vehicles have plowed through pedestrians in recent terrorist attacks in the UK, France and Germany.