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SPAIN: SEVERAL KILLED AS TRUCK RAMMED INTO CROWD IN BARACELONA

Barcelona Terrorist truck attack

 

BARACELONA TERROR ATTACK

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A truck has rammed into a crowd, reportedly killing and injuring several people on Barcelona’s bustling tourist strip. Police have confirmed that it was a terrorist attack.

According to the Olive Press at least 13 dead’ and dozens injured after terrorist van attack in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas

The alleged armed perpetrators fled on foot after the collision and entered a nearby restaurant
Police are treating it as a terrorist attack.

-Driver targets pedestrians on Las Ramblas in suspected terrorist attack at 5.20pm on Thursday.
-Police confirm there have been people killed and injured
-Driver fled on foot and remains at large
-Police have surrounded a Turkish kebab shop where reportedly an armed man is inside.

Interior Councillor of Catalonia Joaquim Forn told a press conference that he could only confirm one person was killed and 32 were injured in the attack.

“It is very possible unfortunately that the number will rise, but right now we can only confirm the information from emergency medical services,” he said.

Barcelona hospitals are calling for blood donations to treat the injured. Authorities confirm there are 32 injured, of which ten are described as in a serious condition.

According to THE LOCAL a second van has been stopped by police thought to be connected with the Las Ramblas attack. The van was stopped in a Burger King carpark in the city of Vic to the north of Barcelona.

RTVE is reporting that one man, named as Driss Oukabir, has been detained in connection with the attack.

The latest reports suggest that at least ten people have been killed (according to RTVE) while Catalan channel TV3 report 13 dead.

Among those reported injured are three children.

La Vanguardia report that a man, possibly the driver of the van, is holed up in a Turkish restaurant La Luna just off the Ramblas, which is now surrounded by police.

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India summons Pak envoy again, gives more proof of terror connection

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Armed with more proof of Pakistan’s involvement in Uri terror attacks, India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today again summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit and handed over proof of cross border origins of recent Uri terror attack.

BasitDuring the meeting, Mr. Jaishankar told him that the preliminary interrogation reveals that one of the slain attackers is the resident of Muzaffarabad besides giving details of Pakistan-based handlers.

He also informed that the two guides who helped the infiltrators were apprehended by locals and are now in Indian custody. They are also from Muzaffarabad.

Mr. Basit was conveyed that on 23rd of this month, another Pakistani national was apprehended in Molu sector opposite Pakistan’s Sialkot sector and he has confessed to undergoing training with the terrorist group LeT and donating funds to their front organization.

Mr. Jaishankar said India is willing to provide the Pakistan High Commission consular access to three individuals apprehended in connection with attacks.

Urging Pakistan to take seriously its commitment not to allow terrorist attacks against India from its soil and territory under its control, the Secretary said these apprehensions and subsequent interrogation underline the cross-border infiltration. He asserted that continuing cross-border terrorist attacks are unacceptable.

New Delhi has already offered to provide fingerprints and DNA samples of terrorists killed in Uri and Poonch to Pakistan, if that country wished to investigate these cross-border attacks.

This was the second time in a week when Pakistan High Commissioner was issued a demarche over the issue after Uri attack.

It came a day after India’s decision to maximize usage of its share available under Indus water treaty and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s appeal in UN General Assembly to isolate Pakistan for its support to terrorism.

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Germany: 10 killed in terror shooting at Munich shopping center

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Ten people were killed, one of them the suspect, after a shooting at a Munich shopping center which shut down the city for hours. Police believe the attacker was an 18-year-old German-Iranian; his motive’s not yet known.

Police had launched a massive manhunt after reports emerged that up to three shooters were at large. Later, it said, a body found near the scene was that of the shooter.

*Police said they currently believe that the attacker was an 18-year-old German-Iranian who had lived in Munich “for a long time,” but are still conducting checks. The motive was “unclear” at this point; the teenager had no criminal record.

*Police say a suspect committed suicide, and that they now believe he had acted alone. There was “no indication” of other shooters, after probing two false leads, Munich’s police chief said.

*Ten people, including the suspect, have so far been confirmed killed in the shooting at the Olympia shopping center in the north of Munich. The attack took place shortly before 6 p.m. local time.

*At least 16 people were also injured, with Munich hospitals calling in extra staff to respond.

*Police said they currently believe that the attacker was an 18-year-old German-Iranian who had lived in Munich “for a long time,” but are still conducting checks. The motive was “unclear” at this point; the teenager had no criminal record.

*Public transport in and around the city was suspended for several hours but restarted early on Saturday morning. Locals were ordered to stay indoors by police, who mobilized 2,300 emergency services personnel.

*People wishing to enquire about relatives or missing persons can contact the following telephone hotline: +49(0)8007766350

Police Chief Hubertus Andrae told reporters that the shooter was an 18-year-old German-Iranian man whose motive was completely unclear.

Police, which described the attack as act of terrorism, has lifted a shut down of all public transport in the Bavarian capital.The Indian Embassy in Germany said on Twitter that there are no reports of any Indians among the casualties.

It also released some helpline numbers. The numbers are, 0171-2885973, 0175-4000667.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has convened a meeting of her security council today.

Ms Merkel’s Chief of staff, Peter Altmaier said, they are determined to do everything so that terror and violence stand no chance.

No group has claimed responsibility of the attack, so far.

Europe has been on alert for terrorism in the wake of a string of attacks in neighbouring France and Belgium claimed by the Islamic State terror group.

The United States has offered full support to Germany in investigating the attack. President Barack Obama said at the White House that US will make available any resources to Germany that would assist their investigation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the shooting in Munich. Mr Modi said in a tweet that his thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and those injured.

We are appalled by the horrific incident in Munich. Our thoughts & prayers are with the families of the deceased & those injured.

84 killed in terror attack at Nice in France

Nice terror attack

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At least 84 people have been killed and many injured as an attacker ploughed an explosive filled lorry into the crowds watching fireworks display on the Bastille Day National holiday at Nice, France, reports Le Monde.

The driver behind the wheel was shot dead by the police and his identification is being established. However, a newsagency reports that the driver was a 31 year old French-Tunisian man.

“According to our information, documents were found in the truck by investigators. They belong to a Tunisian living in France, hitherto known mainly for acts of violence but unknown anti-terrorist services. Checks are underway to ensure that these documents are those of the driver”, writes Le monde.

India strongly condemns terror attack in France

In a televised address, French President Hollande said that the terrorist nature of the attack on Nice cannot be denied.

Mr. Hollande said that, France will always be stronger than the fanatics who want to strike it. He said that the state of emergency is to be extended by three months in the country. It was supposed to end on 26th of this month.

Indian Ambassador in Paris is in touch with the Indian community in Nice. So far, no report of any Indians affected has came. The embassy has also launched a helpline number +33-1-40507070 (Repeat: +33-1-40507070).

Nice attack: Obama condemns’ horrible attack “

The President of the United States Barack Obama strongly condemned Thursday “what appears to be a horrible terrorist attack” in Nice, where at least 84 people in a truck launched at the crowd who attended the fireworks of 14 July.

“We are in solidarity with France, our oldest ally, when she faced this attack,” Obama said in a statement.

The precise US president that he asked his team to be in contact with the French authorities and the United States offered “any assistance they might need to investigate the attack and bring those responsible to justice “sending” thoughts and prayers “to the relatives of the victims.

“With 14-July, we remember (…) democratic values ​​that have made France an inspiration to the world,” he continues. “We know the values ​​of the French Republic will endure long after the tragic and devastating loss of lives,” he concluded.

Bangladesh mourns deaths in Dhaka terror attack

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HasinaTwo-day state mourning is being observed across the Bangladesh in memory of the persons who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in a Gulshan restaurant on Friday night.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared the mourning in her address to the nation last evening.

The state mourning is observing on July 3 and 4.

The National flag has been hoisted at half-mast, people wore black badges and prayers are being offered in mosques, temples, churches and all other places of worship.

Describing the terrorist attack on a Spanish restaurant in Gulshan as “very unfortunate”, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said the roots of the culprits who provided arms and explosives to the terrorists would be tracked down.

“We must find out the roots of the culprits who gave arms and explosives to the terrorists for committing the barbaric attack on the restaurant,” she said.

The Prime Minister came up with the assertion when Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Seiji Kihara called on her at her official Ganobhaban residence here this morning.

After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.

The Premier said the terrorists earlier carried out secret killings, and the priests, fathers and monks were their target. “Many of the terrorists involved in the crimes were arrested,” she said.

The Prime Minister and the Japanese state minister agreed that Bangladesh and Japan would fight terrorism unitedly.

In this connection, Sheikh Hasina mentioned the terrorist attacks in France, Belgium, Japan and India.

The Prime Minister said the bodies of the Japanese nationals who were killed in the Gulshan attack would be handed over to the authorities concerned after the autopsy.

World strongly condemns Dhaka terror attack

Nine Italians, 7 Japanese, an Indian and two students attending a U.S. university were among those killed when militants stormed Holey Artisan Bakery, an eatery popular with foreigners in the diplomatic zone in Dhaka.

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The international community has strongly condemned the terrorist attack at a restaurant in Dhaka which claimed the lives of 22 people, mostly foreigners, including an Indian girl.

Top leaders of Italy, Japan, France, UK, US, India and Malaysia have extended their condolences and support to Bangladesh.

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Italy, which lost 9 citizens in the attack, said it has been hit hard but is not on its knees. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in a statement condemned the attack in strongest terms, while Italy’s football players wore black mourning belt during their Euro match with Germany last night.

Japan, which lost 7 nationals, pledged to assist Bangladesh in the fight against terrorism.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe telephoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday and said he is sending his State Minister for Foreign Affairs to Dhaka shortly.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the first to speak to Mrs Sheikh Hasina and pledge all support against terrorism. In a series of tweets, Mr Modi said India stands firmly with of Bangladesh in this hour of grief. He said, the attack in has pained India beyond words.

The United Nations Security Council also joined an international leaders condemning the attack. It reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. The Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of terrorism to justice.

Pope Francis denounced the acts as an insult to God and humanity.

The Bangladesh Prime Minister has appealed to people of the country to have faith in her government. In her address to the nation last evening, she urged everyone including the anti-terrorism units, the community police and the NGOs to unite to fight terrorism. Ms Hasina also declared two days national mourning.

Meanwhile heightened security arrangements continue in Dhaka with security personnel posted at all strategic points in the capital.

The crisis at the restaurant, which ended yesterday following an Army-led Commando operation to rescue the hostages. Six terrorists were killed in the operation, while one was captured alive. Arms and ammunition was also recovered.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh National Police Chief Shahidul Hoque told reporters in Dhaka that all gunmen were Bangladeshi citizens. He said, five of them were listed as militants and law enforcers had made several drives to arrest them.

Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Director General of Military operations, Brigadier General Naeem Ashfaq said, they cannot immediately say which group is behind the attack.