ISIS Attacker on the run in Berlin

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Police raid flats in search for Berlin truck attack suspect Anis Amri

December 22, 2016

Police scrambling to find the Tunisian man suspected of being the driver of the truck that drove into a Berlin Christmas market on Monday night have carried out raids overnight in the German capital and Dortmund. Germany’s state prosecutor denied media reports that four “personal contacts” of the suspect Anis Amri had been arrested during the police operation. “We are not aware of any arrests,” a spokesperson told Reuters on Thursday morning. Amri, 24, is thought to have temporarily stayed at the Dortmund apartment which the German police raided around 6.30am. In Berlin, police raided flats in the city’s Kreuzberg, Moabit and Prenzlauer Berg districts at 4am.

German media on Thursday reported that Amri’s fingerprints have been found on the truck that was driven into the Christmas market. Daily newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung said Amri’s fingerprints were found on the driver’s door of the Polish-registered truck while the daily Berliner Zeitung reported that his fingerprints were also found on the steering wheel. Later on Thursday, the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market reopened to the public after a memorial service. Germany’s security services are facing mounting pressure to explain how Amri could have been able to carry out Monday’s attack in spite of having been under covert surveillance for several months and known to multiple intelligence agencies for apparent ties to Islamic extremists.

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BBC News

Berlin attack: Hunt for attacker after sole suspect released

December 21, 2016

German police are hunting for the perpetrator of the truck attack at a Berlin market which killed 12. Police released the only detained suspect on Tuesday, saying there was no evidence to link him to the attack. They now say more than one suspect may be on the run, possibly armed, and security has been stepped up in the German capital. So-called Islamic State (IS) said one of its militants carried out the attack, but offered no evidence. The former suspect, a Pakistani national named Naved B, had denied any connection with the attack. Police said there were no forensic clues to link him to the vehicle, and had expressed doubt about his involvement soon after his arrest.

After his release, police officials admitted that those responsible may still be at large. “No-one will rest until the perpetrator or perpetrators have been caught,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told German media. Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller said security had been increased, with extra police and barriers in place at markets to prevent copycat attacks. “The right thing is to keep your eyes open – be vigilant in this situation. But you can move around safely in public places. There is no need for panic,” he said.

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Berlin attack: Manhunt on for truck’s driver as ISIS claims it inspired attack

December 21, 2016

Berlin (CNN)A manhunt is underway for whoever was behind the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that left 12 people dead and 48 injured. Authorities released a man who was arrested shortly after the attack saying they did not have enough evidence to hold him. As the manhunt continued, ISIS claimed to have inspired the attack. The terror group’s affiliated Amaq news agency described the perpetrator as a “soldier of the Islamic State,” who had acted in response to calls for attacks in the West. While German authorities are treating this as a terror attack, there is no evidence of any direct link between the attacker and ISIS. Police have appealed to the public for any digital videos and photos they have of the incident or possible suspects. They tweeted Tuesday that they had so far received 508 leads.

After the suspect was released, police are “really back to square one in terms of this investigation,” said CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruikshank. According to German media, the man was identified by witnesses as being the driver of the truck at the time of the incident, but police soon ascertained that this was not the case. Peter Frank, general prosecutor at Germany’s Federal Court of Justice, said in a statement that forensic tests did not link the man to the truck’s cabin.The US Embassy in Berlin said that terrorism “remains a concern across Europe, particularly during the holiday period.” “In light of the on-going investigation, Embassy Berlin encourages all US citizens to maintain good situational awareness, a low profile, and exercise vigilance,” it said in a statement.

The UK Home Office warned its citizens to “remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities,” in the wake of the attack.
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Aljazeera

German police step up manhunt after Berlin truck attack

December 21, 2016

German police intensified a manhunt for the driver of a truck who killed 12 people when he drove through a crowded Berlin Christmas market at high speed, as concerns about the political and social fallout mounted. After releasing a Pakistani asylum-seeker arrested near the scene, authorities warned on Wednesday the attacker is on the run and may be armed. They also said it is unclear if the perpetrator was acting alone or with others. The 25-tonne truck smashed into wooden huts serving mulled wine and sausages, injuring about 45 people – many of those seriously. Six of those killed were Germans and the Polish driver of the truck was found shot dead in the cabin of the vehicle. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The head of the Association of German Criminal Detectives told German television late on Tuesday police hoped to make another arrest soon. “I am relatively confident that we will perhaps tomorrow – or in the near future – be able to present a new suspect,” Andre Schulz told a talk show on the ZDF public channel. Wednesday’s Passauer Neue Presse newspaper quoted the head of the group of interior ministers from Germany’s 16 federal states, Klaus Bouillon, as saying tougher security measures were needed. “We want to raise the police presence and strengthen the protection of Christmas markets. We will have more patrols. Officers will have machine guns. We want to make access to markets more difficult, with vehicles parked across them,” Bouillon told the newspaper.

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Berlin truck terror attack: Islamic State claims responsibility as police launch new manhunt for armed gunman

December 21, 2016

An intense manhunt was underway on Wednesday morning for the perpetrator of the Berlin terror attack, as police warned he was still at large and could be armed and dangerous. Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) claimed responsibility for the attack in which a lorry ploughed through a crowded Christmas market in the heart of the city, leaving 12 dead and 49 wounded. The claim came less than two hours after the sole suspect in the case was released without charge as police admitted they had arrested the wrong man. On Tuesday, a day that had begun with the killer believed to be in custody ended with the city on edge and heavily armed police patrolling the streets. “A soldier of the Islamic State carried out the Berlin operation in response to appeals to target citizens of the crusader coalition countries,” Isil claimed in a statement via its Amaq news agency. The group has previously called on supporters to use truck attacks to target civilians in Europe.

With the killer believed to be still at large, police called on people to be vigilant and not to investigate anything suspicious themselves, for their own safety. A gun used to kill the Polish driver of the hijacked lorry is still missing, and it is feared the perpetrator may be armed. Earlier, Peter Frank, the German attorney-general, admitted the authorities did not know if a single perpetrator or a group had been behind the attack. New details of the horror of the attack emerged, as an American tourist described seeing “two rivers of blood”. “There were people lying on the floor. I’m not sure what their condition was. I could count about eight lying down. The biggest mental images I have is there were two rivers of blood going down the floor,” Luke Theis, a 21-year-old from Washington DC, said. The death toll rose to 12 as some of the wounded died of their injuries, and there were fears it could rise further with 14 people still in critical condition in hospital.

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The Independent

Berlin attack: Isis claims responsibility for Christmas market massacre that killed 12

December 21, 2016

Isis has claimed responsibility for the lorry attack on a crowded Christmas market in Berlin. Through its Amaq news agency, the jihadi group has claimed the attacker is a “soldier of the Islamic State”. The phrase matches that used to claim previous lone wolf attacks, such as those in Orlando and Wurzburg. The statement also said the attacker “carried out the attack in response to calls to target nationals of countries in the international coalition”. It did not name the attacker. Speaking after the Isis claim, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said investigators are following several leads. “We just heard about the supposed claim of responsibility by this so-called Islamic State that is in fact a gang of terrorists,” Mr de Maiziere told ARD broadcaster. “There are several leads that investigators are following now,” the minister added. Mr de Maiziere added that “nobody will rest until the perpetrator or the perpetrators are caught”.

Earlier on Tuesday, German authorities released a Pakistani asylum-seeker who was suspected of driving a truck into the market, killing 12 people and injuring 48. The interior minister said the perpetrator of the attack is probably still on the run. He said the man arrested earlier was released due to lack of evidence. Witnesses saw only one man flee from the truck after it rammed into the crowd at the Christmas market, smashing wooden stalls and traveling 60 to 80 meters (200 to 260 feet) before coming to a halt. Six of those killed have been identified as Germans, and a man found shot and killed in the truck’s passenger seat was Polish. The other five people killed have not yet been identified. Twenty-five people remained in hospital, 14 with serious injuries.

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Berlin Christmas market attack killer still on the loose, say police

December 21, 2016

A hunt is under way in Germany for an armed attacker suspected of driving a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring dozens more. Earlier hopes that the perpetrator had been caught after a heroic chase by a member of the public through a park were dashed when police said they had arrested the wrong man. “We need to work on the assumption that an armed perpetrator is still on the loose,” Holger Münch, the head of the federal criminal police office, told a press conference. “We are on high alert and are investigating every possible angle.” On Tuesday night, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, although there is no evidence yet for their claim. Through its Amaq news agency, the jihadi group claimed the attacker was a “soldier of the Islamic State”. The phrasing matches that used to claim previous lone wolf attacks, such as the incident in Orlando in June when 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub.

Earlier, special forces stormed Berlin’s largest refugee shelter, at a hangar at the now disused Tempelhof airport in central Berlin, where the arrested man had been registered. They interviewed residents and removed a laptop and mobile phone. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, speaking before the suspect was released, condemned the attack as gruesome, saying it would be repugnant if the attacker turned out to be a person seeking asylum in Germany. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) said Germany was no longer safe. The party’s leader, Frauke Petry, accused Merkel of “importing terror to Germany over the past one and a half years”.

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RIP John Glenn

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John Glenn, first US astronaut to orbit Earth, dies aged 95

December 8, 2016

John Glenn, a former astronaut and US senator for almost quarter of a century, has died in Ohio aged 95. Glenn died on Thursday afternoon at the James cancer hospital in Columbus, according to Hank Wilson of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. Ohio governor John Kasich also confirmed the news on Twitter. An Ohio State University spokesman had announced on Wednesday that Glenn had been admitted to the hospital more than a week earlier. However, his illness was not disclosed and the spokesman had cautioned that it might not be cancer. Glenn became a national hero in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth, one year after the Soviet Union had sent their own man into orbit, Yuri Gagarin. Glenn was the third US astronaut in space and the first American in orbit, circling the Earth three times. He received a distinguished service medal from then-president John F Kennedy upon his return and was greeted by millions for a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

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Fracking: “Meet The Regulators” York, UK – November 29th 2016 and Related News

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#TerroristAttack at Ohio Campus by Abdul Ali Artan – November 28th

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Nine hurt, suspect killed in ‘terrifying’ Ohio State attack

November 28, 2016

A man crashed his vehicle into pedestrians on the Ohio State campus in Columbus on Monday, then slashed students with a butcher knife before being fatally shot by a university police officer, authorities said. Nine people were rushed to hospitals and one was in critical condition, according to university Police Chief Craig Stone. The drama began shortly before 10 a.m. ET, when the suspect deliberately drove up over the curb and began his attack, Stone said. He said the officer arrived about a minute later and engaged the suspect. “We are very fortunate that an OSUPD officer was there and took quick action,” Stone said.

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(UK) Investigatory Powers Bill Becomes Law – November 16, 2016

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Do Guns Make A Nation Safe?

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Recently I came across a video by ScIQ, which is a group linked with The Young Turks, which made some rather odd statements regarding safety and gun ownership. This is what Jayde Lovell had to say in her video:

“…So it turns out that our confidence in guns is woefully missguided, the evidence overwhelimingley shows that guns leave everbody less safe including their owners and this is not my opinion, these are the facts…” ~ Jayde Lovell, ScIQ

Jayde Lovell goes on to say:

“One study published in the reputable American Journal of Medicine looked at 27 developed countries to see if there was a relationship between guns and safety. They found no correlation between guns per capita per country and the crime rate meaning that if you add more guns to the population you don’t do much to affect the amount of crime, but what they found was a significant positive correlation between the number of guns in the population and firearm related deaths, basically the more guns the more people that die of gun injuries” ~ Jayde Lovell, ScIQ

Ironically ScIQ provided a link to an Harvard Law study called “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide” which goes against what she is saying in her video and here is what I found in that study within the first few pages:

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FBI Re-Open Investigation Into Hillary Clinton Emails

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A look at the latest FBI news on the Clinton email case

October 29, 2016

WASHINGTON — The FBI’s announcement that it recently came upon new emails that may be pertinent to the Hillary Clinton private email server investigation raised more questions than answers. FBI Director James Comey said in a letter to Congress on Friday that the bureau had discovered the emails while pursuing an unrelated case and would now review whether the messages were classified. The three-paragraph announcement, though vague in details, immediately resurfaced an issue that has dogged Clinton for her entire campaign — and will clearly persist for the remaining 10 days.

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