A suspect arrested in Russia on Sunday has admitted he was behind the St Petersburg metro bombing that killed 14 people, Russia media say.
Hundreds of lives were saved by a quick-thinking security van driver who drove his van directly into the path of the rampaging lorry, forcing the terrorist to lose control and crash.
Sveriges Television (SVT) Russia and central Asia correspondent Elin Jönsson wrote on Saturday that while authorities “know nothing yet about the motive” for the attack, “many young people in Uzbekistan are poor, and become easy prey for Islamist organisations.”
Describing Uzbekistan as “extremely oppressive”, the SVT correspondent asserted that the policies of former Soviet republics to limit religious practice “led to a radicalization of many Muslims.
However, according to Dagens Nyheter, the suspect traveled to Sweden to make money, and was described as a ‘typical family man’ who ‘worked hard to make money for the family.’
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) armed group claimed responsibility for Sunday’s suicide bombings in the Nile Delta cities of Alexandria and Tanta, in which more than 40 people were killed.
“A series of steps will be taken, most importantly, the announcement of a state of emergency for three months after legal and constitution steps are taken,” Sisi said in a speech aired on state television.
Will we send cruise missiles into Islamic State bases in Egypt? No, that wasn’t on Obama’s to-do list, which is apparently guiding Trump’s foreign policy at this point. The U.S. Embassy issued the usual pro forma condemnation, which accomplishes nothing except manifest the virtue of the one issuing it. Genuine action against those Muslim groups that have decimated the Christian populations of the Middle East is unlikely to be forthcoming.
Jan Evensson, of Stockholm police, told a news conference on Sunday that the 39-year-old suspect’s request was rejected in June 2016 but police could not find him for deportation because he was not at the address he had given.
Jonas Hysing, of Sweden’s national police, said “we know he has been sympathetic to extremist organisations”.
Mr Evenssen said police are holding five more people in connection with the deadly attack on Friday and have questioned over 500 others.
The blast unfolded as Coptic Christians were commemorating Palm Sunday at St. George’s Church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, about 80 miles north of the capital, Cairo.
Mar Girgis Coptic Church Tanta Egypt – At least 21 killed and 69 injured in explosion at Coptic church in Egypt’s Tanta, says ministry
Update: Two killed in suicide bombing outside Alexandria church
A suicide bomber killed at least two people and injured 21 in front of a church in Alexandria, Egypt on Sunday, state television said.
FoxNews reports 6 confirmed dead.
Belfast Telegraph: 37 killed in bomb attacks on Egyptian churches
Egypt’s Health Ministry said an explosion at a church in the coastal city of Alexandria killed 11 people and wounded at least 35 others.
It was the second attack targeting Egypt’s Coptic Christians after a bomb in a church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta killed 26 people and wounded more than 70.
FoxNews: ISIS claims responsibility for twin bombings at two packed Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday that killed at least 37 and left over 100 injured.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the “apparent terrorist attack” which was carried out in Stockholm, Sweden on Friday, April 7, 2017.
A suspected terrorist targeted young children as he drove a hijacked lorry into a crowded shopping street in Stockholm, witnesses claimed last night.
Infants’ buggies were sent “flying through the air”, one Swedish broadcaster reported, as the vehicle zigzagged along the pedestrianised Queen Street shopping district and embedded itself in the window of a department store.
“It swerved from side to side. It didn’t look out of control, it was trying to hit people,” a second witness, Glen Foran, an Australian tourist, told Reuters. “It hit people, it was terrible. It hit a pram with a kid in it, demolished it.”
So this time it is Stockholm. And I am tempted simply to write ‘copy’, ‘paste’ and ‘repeat’ with links to my recent piece on the Westminster attack. Which in turn referenced my piece on the Brussels attack. Which itself was a re-run of my piece on one of the Paris attacks. And so on and on it goes.
Some reports suggested he had previously posted jihadist propaganda on his Facebook page and had images of people injured in the explosion at the Boston marathon in April 2013.
Police found explosives in the truck used in the attack in Stockholm, Swedish television said on Saturday citing multiple unnamed police sources.
Stockholm attack: ‘Homemade bomb’ found in lorry used to kill at least four people in Sweden
A homemade bomb has reportedly been found in the lorry used to kill at least four people in Stockholm.
Police sources told public broadcaster SVT the device was found in a bag, and had not been detonated, adding that the attacker had “burned himself”.
Islamic State jihadis posing as Iraqi police officers slaughtered at least 31 people and wounded 40 in an attack in Tikrit, a city in northern Iraq, reported Ireland’s Independent.ie.
The attackers first targeted a police checkpoint and the house of a police colonel who was head of counter-terrorism services. They then turned their fire on civilians in shops.
Two suspects were arrested last night in relation to the truck attack in Stockholm that saw at least four people killed and 15 injured.
The arrest of the first suspect, a 39-year-old man believed to be from Uzbekistan, took place after police were alerted when he ‘acted strangely’ in a store, according to Swedish media.
The father-of-four was arrested in the northern suburb of Marsta after going on the run following the attack, reported the Swedish newspaper Aftonblat.
The man, whom police suspect was driving the truck, was found ‘lightly injured’ and was wearing a balaclava, with broken glass on his clothes. He reportedly confessed to being behind the attack.
“We have no contact with the person or persons who drove the truck,” Sweden’s top police chief, Dan Eliasson, told a news conference.