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Jul 9, 2006
Well, 2019 isn't looking good so far

Christchurch Shooting - March

The Christchurch mosque shootings were two consecutive terrorist attacks at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday Prayer on 15 March 2019. The attacks began at the Al Noor Mosque in the suburb of Riccarton at 1:40 pm and continued at the Linwood Islamic Centre at about 1:55 pm. The gunman live-streamed the first attack on Facebook Live.​

The attacks killed 50 people and injured 50 others. A 28-year-old Australian man, described in media reports as a white supremacist and part of the alt-right, was arrested and charged with murder. The attacks have been linked to an increase in white supremacism and alt-right extremism globally observed since the mid-2010s. Politicians and world leaders condemned the attacks, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as "one of New Zealand's darkest days." The government has established a royal commission of inquiry into its security agencies in the wake of the attacks, which are the deadliest mass shootings in modern New Zealand history.​

Sri Lanka Easter bombings - April

The 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks that occurred on 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday, when three Christian churches across Sri Lanka and three luxury hotels in the commercial capital Colombo were targeted in a series of suicide bombings. Later that day, there were smaller explosions at a housing complex in Dematagoda and a guest house in Dehiwala. At least 359 people were killed, including at least 39 foreign nationals and three police officers, and at least 500 were injured.

The church bombings were carried out during Easter services in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo; the hotels bombed were the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Tropical Inn. A minor explosion was also recorded in Savoy Cinema, Colombo during the raids conducted by police officers on 24 April 2019.

And today - ANZAC Day 2019

Suspected Islamic State member arrested over alleged plan to attack Gallipoli dawn service

Turkish authorities say they have arrested a suspected Islamic State member they believe was planning to attack the Anzac commemorations at Gallipoli attended by hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders.

The suspect, a 26-year-old Syrian national, was detained in Tekirdag, a north-western province close to the Gallipoli peninsula, a local police spokesman told Reuters.

Turkish security sources told the ABC that the planned attack on Gallipoli was in retaliation for the Christchurch mosque attacks.
Turkish media (Aydınlık) say person in custody over alleged plan to attack Anzac service in Gallipoli “was caught after some lS members were caught in Osmaniye city - his phone number was found on their phones and he was tracked“ @1NewsNZ - they say this is his photo

Authorities evacuated the memorial site and searched for bombs or other threats, but found nothing. Hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders are expected to attend services there later today.

Turkey banned its own citizens from attending the Anzac Day dawn service due to security concerns.

The suspect was identified in Turkish media simply as "A H", but the name Abdulkerim H later emerged, along with a blurred passport photo.

The IS suspect was arrested at 7:00am on Wednesday, and the arrest was connected to earlier arrests of IS suspects in the past 10 days.

Four Syrian suspects were arrested on April 16, including an alleged IS emir, or team leader. One other suspect was arrested on April 18.
Jul 9, 2006
London Bridge: attacker had been jailed for al-Qaida
inspired bomb plot

A man and a woman were killed in a terror attack in London carried out by an Islamist extremist who had been jailed for an al-Qaida inspired bomb plot and was recently released on licence.

Scotland Yard are investigating how 28-year-old Usman Khan was able to launch the attack in London Bridge on Friday, despite being known to the authorities and fitted with an electronic tag to monitor his movements. He was allowed out a year ago after serving time for his part in a plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange.

In the early hours of Saturday, officers confirmed earlier reports that Khan began his attack inside Fishmongers’ Hall, near the north end of the bridge, during a University of Cambridge-organised conference on rehabilitating offenders. Officers believe he acted alone.

“The circumstances, as we currently understand them, are that the attacker attended an event earlier on Friday afternoon at Fishmongers’ Hall called ‘Learning Together’. We believe that the attack began inside before he left the building and proceeded onto London Bridge, where he was detained and subsequently confronted and shot by armed officers,” said the Met police assistant commissioner, Neil Basu.

The two people who died have not yet been named. A man and two women were also injured. The casualties were taken to the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel, one of the capital’s four designated major trauma centres. NHS England said on Friday night that one of the three injured was critical but stable, a second was stable and a third had suffered less serious injuries.​

Jul 9, 2006
AFP arrest alleged Sydney Islamic State recruiter over radicalisation of teenagers

Federal police have arrested a 21-year-old Sydney man they allege was an Islamic State (IS) recruiter who tried to radicalise teenagers into carrying out politically motivated violence.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said the Riverwood man is expected to be charged with several terrorism offences, which carried a potential life sentence if he was to be found guilty.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney said the Australian-born man was connected to other individuals who have been charged with terrorism offences, but would not disclose who they were.

He said the man "created and posted increasingly extremist material on social media, including supporting martyrdom".

The AFP said the man also downloaded a "document on basic weapons and tactics", which included how to use knives and other blunt instruments during a terrorist attack.

"It will be further alleged he actively attempted to influence teenagers to adopt and act upon his extremist views," Assistant Commissioner McCartney said.

"It was fair to say there was a continuum of radicalisation … to the point of encouraging politically-motivated violence."

Police said the man was using several different social media platforms to indoctrinate young people between 17 and 18 years old.

While police have warrants to search two properties in Sydney's south-west, the Assistant Commissioner said there was no attack, imminent threat or further arrests planned.

The arrest of the Sydney man comes days after two people were killed during a knife attack on London Bridge.

While the terror incident in the UK was concerning to AFP investigators, particularly around how intense media coverage could influence other extremists, the arrest was not connected.

"We decided to act early because we needed to, we were concerned … our number one priority was the safety of the people in NSW," the Assistant Commissioner said.

The AFP admitted it had taken advantage of digital surveillance powers granted to it by the Federal Government in this case.

"We were able to use this legislation in terms of getting behind the veil of encryption and that was a key aspect leading to this action today," Assistant Commissioner McCartney said.

He did not elaborate on this point further.​