Esteban Santiago, the man charged with killing five people at the Fort Lauderdale airport, told FBI agents he carried out the attack on behalf of ISIS, FBI special agent Michael Ferlazzo testified at Santiago’s bond hearing Tuesday.
The extremist organisation appears to have been planning a second attack in the city on the Mediterranean coast a month after it caused havoc with the assault on the Promenade des Anglais when a 19-tonne truck was driven through crowds of people watching a fireworks display for more than a mile.
In less than two years, ISIS has gone from a terror start-up overseas to what FBI Director James Comey calls a “chaotic spider web” in the US, with young Muslim men being radicalized in Illinois and the 49 other states. Comey suggests ISIS uses social media like a job fair. That’s how he says terrorists snagged three New York men facing ISIS charges.
Visitors to this year’s Christmas Eve Mass can expect heightened security including tougher checks and bag searches.But despite a heightened threat in recent years the pontiff has refused to change how he conducts the annual ceremony.
Last year Pope Francis ignored pleas from Italian police to wear a bullet proof vest during his Christmas message despite chilling threats issued by ISIS about a planned invasion of Rome.
Denmark has discovered that dozens of its citizens fighting for Islamic State have continued to receive cash benefits. According to local media the government somehow expects jihadists to pay the improperly distributed funds back.
Attacks on EU member states have not yet involved “the use of home-made, commercial or military explosives in vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices” as in Syria or Iraq, Europe’s police agency said in a report issued in The Hague.