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A TURKISH teenager who brutally attacked a Jewish teacher in the name of Islamic State (ISIS) faces 20 years in jail, prosecutors said.

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The teen attacked Benjamin Amsellem with a knife and a machete
Published: 01/03/2017

The 17-year-old jihadist, who was 15 when the attack took place in Marseille, France, in January last year, making him a child in the eyes of the law, is due in court today.

The unnamed extremist – who is the first minor to be tried for a “grave” terrorist act committed on French soil – has been charged with a string of terror offences including “attempting to commit terrorist murder” and “aggravated anti-Semitism”. 

The teen, who claimed to have acted in the “name of Allah and ISIS”, attacked the Kippah-clad teacher, Benjamin Amsellem, with a knife and a machete, before being stopped and arrested by police.  

Fabrice Labi, Mr Amsellem’s lawyer, told the French daily Le Figaro that his client “still had a lot of unanswered questions,” and wanted to understand “why the ISIS-obsessed teenager had become a killer”. 

Mr Amsellem, who was left “emotionally scarred by the attack”, has been unable to return to work, Mr Labi added. 

He said he “deeply regrets his actions”.

The attack provoked a storm of outrage among Marseille Jews and shrouded the city in fear. 

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The leader of a Swedish Ambulance Driver’s Union has spoken out on the abuse his members experience while attending to emergency call-outs in so-called “No Go Zones” in migrant-populated areas, and has called for his members to have access to “military” defensive equipment to enable them to do their jobs.

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Union boss Gordon Grattidge spoke to well respected Swedish journalist Paulina Neuding in an interview for think tank Det Goda Samhället (The Good Society) and discussed ambulances being forced to retreat from no gone zones on a regular basis after coming under attack from “large groups of violent people”.

Saying his members needed police protection, as well as body armour and helmets, Mr. Grattidge described how ambulances frequently came under attack while on the job, remarking: “It’s when we enter hazardous areas and there’s a risk of putting our paramedics in danger.”

Responding to whether he was really “justified” in using the emotive phrase “no go zone”, the ambulance driver said: “I know it’s sensitive and controversial, but for us it’s really a no go because we have directives not to go into dangerous situations. We are also clear about that but sometimes you end up there anyway. In that case, it feels good if you have adequate protection. We are supposed to get personal protection from the police when we enter ‘no-go zones’.”

The union head explained what constitutes a no go zone in Sweden, saying they were “absolutely” majority immigrant neighbourhoods which were highly “segregated”. Despite claims by prominent Swedish politicians in recent days that crime is decreasing and that newly arrived migrants are integrating, the representative of the ambulance service, which sees the front line in Sweden’s housing estates and immigrant neighbourhoods, said: “We see this type of area increasing in number… We receive reports from members, media and other parties. We [have definitely seen] an increase.”

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Mr. Grattidge also spoke of the riots ongoing in Rinkeby, the infamous migrant neighbourhood where recently a journalist was attacked. He remarked the riots put his members at greater risk, and described how driving an ambulance to the area can go. He said:


“It’s too dangerous to enter. We can be prevented from entering. We may be blocked from getting out. Vehicles can be sabotaged at the site. We can be exposed to physical violence. In seconds it can turn to attacks on our vehicles or against us personally… It can be stone throwing and even worse. Hand grenades have been thrown at police so that is a great concern.”


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Police have confirmed that a grenade exploded in the Malmo suburb of Lindängen, injuring one in what they are saying was an attempt at murder.

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Police cordoned off a townhouse in Malmo’s Lindängen district after reports of an explosion that they believed to have been a hand grenade. One person has been taken to a local hospital with shrapnel injuries according to the authorities and members of Sweden’s national bomb protection were called to the scene newspaper Afton Bladet reports.

“We suspect that there was a grenade,” said police spokesman Calle Persson and added, “there are knowledgeable police officers on site who have concluded this after the object was found at the site and the damage to a person.”

“We examining the case as attempted murder because we believe that the hand grenade thrown with intent to harm. A man has been hit by shrapnel. But if the grenade was directed against him, in particular, I do not know,” he added.

Police say they were called Monday evening just after 9 pm after someone heard an explosion on the property which contains multiple residences.

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The national bomb squad is expected to seal off the area and examine the scene for evidence of the cause of the explosion and whether or not any more potential explosive devices are still in the area.

The injured man was taken to hospital with lacerations to one of his legs according to police and is not in life-threatening condition.

A spokesman said that they currently have no suspects in the case and have no suspicion or motive that they are currently examining for the incident.

Another grenade incident occurred earlier Monday when a grenade was discovered in Stockholm in a trash can near the police headquarters in Kista square. The bomb squad was able to remove the grenade without incident.

Last week in the Malmo area of Kronborg, police found a hand grenade in the nearby Pildamma park after scouring the area for weapons relating to a case in which a 15-year-old is suspected of shooting a man. Police said the grenade was unlikely to have any relation to the shooting. Full Story

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More than 400 police officers took part in raids linked to the mosque. Prosecutors have launched criminal investigations into the association's activity, which is suspected of being a meeting point for radical Islamists.

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Published: 28/02/2017

Berlin's office of the interior banned the mosque association known as "Fussilet 33" on Tuesday. The organization is suspected of being a meeting point for radical Islamists, prosecutors said.

Anis Amri, a Tunisian national who launched an attack on a Berlin Christmas market in December that left 12 people dead and dozens more injured, frequented the mosque, according to authorities.

Last week, authorities in Berlin arrested three men suspected of links to the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in an anti-terror raid. Police said the men had visited the mosque operated by the association.

Police raided 24 locations across Berlin early Tuesday morning with more than 400 law enforcement officers participating in the operation, local authorities said in a tweet.

Nach amtlichem Verbot des Vereins "Fussilet 33 eV" durchsuchen wir derzeit in Amtshilfe mit ca. 460 Kolleg. 24 Objekte in .

Authorities closed the mosque following raids last week. The mosque has been under surveillance since 2015 for its suspected links in recruitment activities. It had also raised donations to support terrorist attacks in Syria.

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Banning the association means that the group is formally disbanded and can no longer rent mosques for their activities.

Germany has taken proactive measures to curb terrorist threats and tackle radicalization following the Berlin attack.

The measures include launching dozens of raids across the country and proposing legislation to detain foreign nationals suspected of extremist activity who have been denied residency, a precursor for deportation.

According to Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, more than 500 individuals have been classified as a potential threat in Germany, of which roughly half of them are non-German nationals.

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Despite fewer Swedes eloping to join jihadi circles overseas, more supporters of violent Islamist extremism have been identified by the Swedish Security Service (SÄPO).

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In recent years, Sweden produced about 300 jihadists, who travelled to the Middle East to fight for their cause. Of them, at least 150 of these wannabe religious warriors have returned to Sweden from their overseas "jobs." They've successfully established a network of extreme Islamist supporters who work in various ways to recruit new blood and fund terrorism, SÄPO found in its recent report.

"We see individuals returning home and contacting young people. There is a kind of logistics, a network in Sweden recruiting youths, and it goes on all the time," SÄPO chief Anders Thornberg told Swedish Radio.

SÄPO noted a steady increase in the number of extremists who support terrorism.

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"There are more and more people that we must keep track of. There are individuals who collect money, and those who sympathize quietly or are involved in other ways," Thornberg stated, stressing that thoughts were not punishable, unlike actions.

A survey by Swedish Radio revealed, though, that the majority of those arrested or detained on suspicion of terrorism are in fact never convicted. Anders Thornberg explained that is was difficult to prove the terrorist connection.   Source & Original Article

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