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Suspect in New York and New Jersey bombing arrested
An Afghan immigrant wanted in the bombings that rocked a New York City neighbourhood and a New Jersey town was captured Monday after being wounded in a gun battle with police, authorities said.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, appeared conscious, his upper right arm bandaged and bloodied, as he was loaded into an ambulance in Linden. Authorities said he underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to the leg.
Two officers were wounded in the shootout but were not believed to be seriously hurt, authorities said.
The arrest came just hours after police issued a bulletin and photo of Rahami, a naturalised US citizen from Afghanistan who lived with his Muslim family in an apartment in Elizabeth, New Jersey, over a fried-chicken restaurant owned by his father.
“We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said after Rahami’s capture.
On Saturday night, a shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bomb similar to those used in the Boston Marathon attack exploded in New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood, wounding 29 people, none seriously. An unexploded pressure-cooker bomb was found blocks away.
Earlier that day, a pipe bomb blew up in Seaside Park, New Jersey, before a charity race to benefit Marines. No one was injured.
Then on Sunday night, five explosive devices were discovered in a trash can at an Elizabeth train station. Investigators have yet to publicly tie Rahami to those bombs and said they are still gathering evidence.
With Rahami’s arrest, officials said they have no indication there are more bombs or suspects to find, though they cautioned that they are still working to understand Rahami’s connections. His motive remains unclear, New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.
The Union County Prosecutor’s Office charged Rahami with five counts of attempted murder in the first degree and two second-degree weapons charges relating to the shootout, spokesman Mark Spivey said.
More charges will likely be brought in federal court but Preet Bharara, the US attorney for the southern district of New York, said authorities would take their time.
Not on police radar
William Sweeney Jr., the FBI’s assistant director in New York, said there were no indications Rahami was on law enforcement’s radar at the time of the bombings.
Sweeney wouldn’t detail how investigators zeroed in on Rahami as potential suspect. But they were known to be poring over surveillance video and analysing bomb fragments and components, and found similarities in the devices that led them to believe the attacks were the work of the same person or group.
Linden Mayor Derek Armstead said the break in the case came late Monday morning, when the owner of a bar reported someone asleep in his doorway. A police officer went to investigate and recognised the man as Rahami, police and the mayor said.
Rahami pulled a gun and shot the officer – who was wearing a bulletproof vest – in the torso, and more officers joined in a gun battle along the street and brought Rahami down, police Captain James Sarnicki said.
Peter Bilinskas was standing by his desk at his Linden bowling-supply shop when he heard what sounded like gunfire and saw a man walking down the street with a gun in his hand.
As a police car pulled up at the traffic light in front of the shop, the man fired about six shots at the cruiser, then continued down the street with police following him, Bilinskas said.
“Not to give into fear”
Around the time Rahami was captured, President Barack Obama was in New York for a scheduled meeting at the UN General Assembly. He called on Americans to show the world “we will never give in to fear”.
Rahami lived with his family on a busy street a few miles from the Newark airport. An Associated Press reporter went to the building that houses the family’s restaurant and home, but it was cordoned off.
Rahami’s father, Mohammad, and two of Rahami’s brothers sued the city in 2011 after it passed an ordinance requiring their restaurant, First American Fried Chicken, to close early because of complaints from neighbours that it was a late-night nuisance.
In the lawsuit the family said they were targeted by neighbours because they are Muslims. The lawsuit was terminated in 2012 after Mohammad Rahami pleaded guilty to blocking police from enforcing the restrictions on the restaurant.
On Sunday, a federal law enforcement official said the Chelsea bomb contained a residue of Tannerite, an explosive often used for target practice that can be picked up in many sporting goods stores.
One of the five devices found at the Elizabeth train station exploded while a bomb squad robot tried to disarm it. No one was hurt.
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How teenage pranksters triggered major terror alert in Paris
French authorities have taken three teenagers in for questioning over a false terror alert that mobilised dozens of police officers in Paris on Saturday. Two of the adolescents had been brazenly bragging about the hoax online.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested on Monday, while his two suspected accomplices, 14 and 17, were arrested on Tuesday.
On Saturday, French police received a call from a certain “Father Mathis” claiming ten armed men had entered Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles church in central Paris and taken about twenty people hostage. Not only are the pranksters good impersonators, they also reportedly hacked the church’s phone number to make it look as if the call was coming from inside the church itself.
According to journalists at the French news magazine L’Obs, police had a long conversation with the caller, trying to determine if it was a hoax or not, before finally launching the emergency response. But when they did, it was full steam ahead. Dozens of police as well as members of an elite counter-terrorism unit descended on the busy Chatelet and Les Halles shopping area in Paris’s first district, while a helicopter buzzed overhead. The government even released an alert on SAIP, a special smartphone app that it developed to warn citizens in case of terrorist attacks. Shoppers fled and stores closed.
Only after investigating the scene did they realize that the call was a hoax.
For the two teenagers, age 16 and 17, who claim to be behind the call, the response surpassed their wildest dreams. They didn’t shy from bragging about the success online under the user names “Tylers Swatting” and “Zakhaev Yamaha”.
“I did the worst SWATT, I got them to send out helicopters, the government and fifty police cars!” one wrote using the Facebook account “Tylers Swatting.”
Swatting is the practice of calling in a fake emergency to elicit an emergency response. The name “swatting” comes from the ultimate response: bringing out a SWAT team. In the past 15 years, this illegal practice has become popular amongst some American gamers, who often try to catch the law enforcement response on webcam. The teens who claim to have provoked the Paris incident bragged on Facebook that they were watching the emergency response unfold on Skype.
The two teens also corresponded online withseveral French journalists on Saturday, telling them they “did it to go viral”.
They also claimed they would continue outsmarting the authorities.
“We aren’t traceable”, they wrote. “We use encrypted servers. We are at least two hours away from Paris and we aren’t afraid of the police.”
On Sunday, the Facebook accounts used by the teens to communicate— “Tylers Swatting” and “Taylers WB”— were both closed.
French police have opened up an investigation into what they are calling the “reporting of an imaginary crime”. The punishment is up to two years in prison and a fine of €30,000. In July of this year, a French court handed down the maximum sentence to an adolescent convicted of swatting.
In the United States, swatting is also considered a federal crime. Last year, a man in Connecticut was sentenced to a year in prison, three years of supervised release and 300 hours of community service for involvement in multiple swatting incidents.
A police source told the French news agency AFP that the investigation to find the two hoaxers who orchestrated the call on Saturday could take time. However, the source restated the police’s commitment to finding the perpetrators. Tolerance for this kind of prank is low, considering a total of 238 people in France have been killed and hundreds wounded since January 2015 in a string of attacks attributed to, or fomented by, the Islamic State jihadist group.
The French capital remains on high alert. Earlier this month, an abandoned car loaded with gas canisters and diesel was found near Notre Dame cathedral, a tourist hotspot in central Paris. French authorities have since charged several people over the failed attack.
Financing terrorism: “The refugee crisis is the perfect storm”
In her book “Merchants of Men”, Italian terrorist financing expert Loretta Napoleoni investigates the multi-billion dollar human trafficking. She tells FRANCE 24 how this criminal underworld is connected to jihadist groups.
Wars, daily violence and political oppression have forced more people to leave their homes now than at any other time since the Second World War – 65 million across the world, according to the UNHCR.
Half of these migrants are from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. Their perilous journey to Europe is usually facilitated by a dangerous new breed of human traffickers.
In her new book “Merchants of Men”, terrorism expert Loretta Napoleoni investigates how this deadly business has become a multi-billion dollars industry bankrolling jihadism inside and outside Western borders.
“The migrant and refugee crisis is the perfect storm for criminal activity,” Napoleoni says.
FRANCE 24 – How did human trafficking become a multi-billion-dollar global industry?
LORETTA NAPOLEONI – Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, we have seen a steady destabilisation of many parts of the world. Then came 9/11 and the Patriot Act, adding fuel to the fire. Colombian cartels could not ship its cocaine from the US to Europe any more. They needed to find another route. This is when they came up with the idea to reach Europe through West Africa. The cartels discovered a whole network of petty criminals smuggling cigarettes. Many of them were former GIA (Armed Islamic group of Algeria) members. They started to do business with the cartels and suddenly became richer. With that money, jihadist groups like AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) got bigger and they started to “diversify”, first into kidnapping foreigners then into human trafficking with migrants.
FRANCE 24 – How did jihadist groups become involved?
L.N – Because jihadist groups are made up of petty criminals! Kidnapping was a short term business for them as foreigners soon started to avoid those regions. But the migrants…It’s a long-term business unfortunately. The migrant and refugee crisis is the perfect storm for criminality. They represent a huge “opportunity” for criminals. If you take migrants to Libya, it’s 100 percent good business for you. You don’t owe anything to the cartels. The traffickers need to make money and they are ready to do so by any means necessary. To them, religious belief is just a veneer, an umbrella that unifies them on the surface. They may be in touch with each other and pledge alliances, but everything is localised. They are not organised like the mafia is. To exist, criminal organisations actually need a stable government. That’s how in the last decade we’ve seen the rise of the “criminal jihadist” in highly destabilised parts of the world like the Sahel region and the Middle East.
FRANCE 24 – How does the Islamic State (IS) group exploit migrants?
L.N – First, the Islamic State in Libya and in Syria are different. Everything again is localised. They call themselves the Islamic State in Libya but it’s not at all the same group. They want to be part of it and they apply the same principles – to make sure they control a territory and that they are perceived as a political authority. Their business model is to demand taxes to cross their borders. But [Syrian IS group leader] Al Baghdadi had nothing to do with that.
In Syria, it’s the same tax system. Traffickers are not permitted to charge migrants more than of the rates set by the IS group. At about $1,600 per person, crossing via IS group-controlled territory is more expensive than crossing from the eastern shores of Libya, but the journey is safer. However, the situation changes continually because they are not in control as much.
FRANCE 24 – According to the director of Europol, 90% of migrants arriving in Europe have had their journey facilitated by a criminal organisation. Who are the organisations, and how much do they charge migrants?
L.N. – These people are not members of an organised crime organisation. The majority of them are former migrants. They know the system and it’s all localised. For example, in Austria, you will have people to take you to the borders of Germany, and that’s about it. Then from Germany to let’s say Denmark, it’s another group. They are petty criminals who jump at the opportunity to drive migrants to the borders. Regarding the cost, it’s different if you get there by plane, by boat and/or by truck. But I would say that you need at least €7,000 to travel from Greece to Western Europe now. From Syrte to Italy, prices have gone up lately because of the restrictions. It used to be about €1,600 five years ago; now it costs about €2,000. If they have used an overland route, sometimes even by foot, it’s difficult to know the price.
FRANCE 24 – What do you think of Angela Merkel’s deal with Turkey regarding the migrant crisis?
L.N. – I think it’s terrible. Turkey is on the brink of destabilisation. It’s keeping refugees in horrible camps. We are breeding the next generation of jihadists! Look at what happened with the deal between Gaddafi and Berlusconi. Italy wanted to contain the situation in Libya. Migrants ended up being tortured, enslaved or even killed. You can’t pay another country to keep refugees at the borders. The Turkish economy cannot take this flow of people. Why Turkey? Why not Germany? I think this whole scheme is disgusting. We need to solve this problem in Europe, not in Turkey, not in Libya.
FRANCE 24 – Political leaders are addressing the migrant and refugee crisis at the UN. Is this a first step towards a real solution?
L.N. – No, the solution won’t be found at the UN. The US and Europe need to sit down with Putin because Russia knows those regions very well. They need to find an agreement. What we need to do is to pacify the Middle East by working on a common and more sensible foreign policy. Why are we pushing NATO to the borders of Russia? Why did Brussels invite Ukraine to join the EU? Ukraine should be neutral! These are crazy policies. Everything is falling apart in Europe and Brexit is just the tip of the iceberg. Western countries need to act now before it’s too late.
I also believe that the US elections will have a decisive impact. If Trump is elected, then we have a chance to reach a deal with Moscow. It will probably not be very democratic. But I’m convinced that if Hillary Clinton is elected, she won’t reach an agreement with Russia and the situation will only get worse.
French police make eight new arrests over Nice attack
French authorities have made eight new arrests in connection with the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice that left 86 people dead and over 300 injured, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Tuesday.
The authorities said the suspects detained Monday were French and Tunisian and had links to the attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej B., whoplowed a 19-tonne truck into a large crowd enjoying a July 14 fireworks display on Nice’s famed seafront Promenade des Anglais.
All eight were arrested in the Alpes-Maritimes region in the southeastern corner of France that includes Nice.
It was not immediately clear what role the latest suspects played in the massacre.
At least five people already face preliminaryterrorism charges in the attack, and are accused of helping the attacker obtain a pistol and providing other support.
The so-called Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the July 14 attack.
French authorities say the attacker, a Tunisian with French residency — who was shot dead by police during the attack — was inspired by the extremist group’s propaganda. The IS group said in a statement that Mohamed Lahouaiej B. was a “soldier” and that he was following their call to target citizens of countries fighting the extremists. However, the police have yet to find any evidence of a concrete link between Mohamed Lahouaiej B. and the terrorist network.
The Nice attack was France’s third major terror attack in 18 months following the January 7-9, 2015 “Charlie Hebdo” attacks and the November 13 Paris attacks, which killed 130 people.
A state of emergency remains in place in France since last November’s attack.
(FRANCE 24 with AP)
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