Subway bombing in St. Petersburg. Chemical attack in Syria. Truck plowing into people in Sweden. Israeli soldier killed in West Bank car attack. Bomb found near a subway station in Norway. Two bomb attacks on Coptic Churches in Egypt. What a week. What do they all have in common?
A 17-year-old asylum-seeker from Russia was arrested Sunday in connection with an explosive device found near a busy subway station in Norway’s capital that police defused before it detonated, authorities said.
The youth was detained on suspicion of handling explosives, but investigators do not know if he planned to carry out an attack with the homemade device, Signe Aaling, chief prosecutor for Norway’s PST security service, said.
Aaling described the explosive as “a primitive improvised explosive device with limited damage potential.”
“PST is now working on finding his intentions and find out whether others are involved,” she said.
The youth was not identified, but security service head Benedicte Bjornland said Norwegian intelligence was aware of him. He is an asylum-seeker from Russia who arrived in Norway with his family in 2010, Bjornland said.
Bjornland also alleged that the youth was part of “extreme Islamism” circles in Norway. He was arrested based on a tip from the public, Bjornland said without elaborating. NYDailyNews
After Friday’s terrorist attack in Stockholm police in Norway have rearmed.
Norway’s state police began rearming themselves on Friday afternoon after Stockholm was hit by a terrorist attack that left at least four people dead and 15 injured, nine of them seriously. The attacker drove a stolen truck down a pedestrian street and into the large and busy Åhlens City shopping center in the heart of downtown.
The attack shocked Scandinavians and prompted Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) to immediately re-evaluate the threat level in Norway, which is on the verge of its traditional Easter holiday week. Norwegian leaders denounced the attack and sent their condolences. NewInEnglish
Imagine my shock. Not.
The Stockholm truck attack suspect from Uzbekistan was a rejected asylum-seeker who eluded authorities’ attempts to deport him by giving police a wrong address, Swedish police said Sunday while announcing the arrest of a second suspect.
Jan Evensson of the Stockholm police told a televised news conference that the 39-year-old suspect’s request for a residence permit was rejected in June 2016 but police could not find him to send him back to his native country because he was not at the address he had given. On Feb. 24, he was formally sought after by Swedish police.
“We know he has been sympathetic to extremist organizations,” said Jonas Hysing of Sweden’s national police. He declined to name the suspect, who had been arrested within hours of Friday’s attack on shoppers in Stockholm. NYPost
The same situation as the Islamic who was free to murder by driving a truck into Berlin’s Christmas market after having his asylum application rejected.
The German equivalent of CID warned in a confidential memo to regional authorities last March, that it has intercepted communications indicating Amri was planning a suicide attack, and recommended he be deported.
But the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia ruled that an order to expel him was not legally enforcable.
The new disclosures will add to questions over why Amri was allowed to remain in Germany and move freely around the country even though he was known to be a threat. Telegraph
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombings. 3 police officers were killed preventing the suicide bomber from entering the Alexandria church. The death count continues to rise.
Pope Tawadros had been at St. Mark’s in Alexandria and left before the blast to go to Tanta after hearing of the earlier blast there.
At least 38 people have been killed following two suspected suicide bombings at Coptic Christian services, Egypt‘s state television reported.
The first attack struck worshippers at a church in Tanta, outside Cairo. The second blast detonated outside the front doors of a church in Alexandria after three hero police officers prevented a suicide bomber from accessing the building.
According to General Tarek Atilya: ‘The explosion took place in the front rows, near the altar, during the mass.’ Witness Nabil Nader said: ‘I heard the blast and came running. I found people torn up… some people, only half of their bodies remained.’
More than 38 people have died in both attacks with in excess of 100 injuries.
A second blast happened outside a church in Alexandria killing 11 people and injuring a further 66, Egypt’s health ministry has confirmed.
In the second blast, a suicide bomber approached the church and detonated his vest after being stopped by police.
Three officers died after they prevented the killer from getting into the church and causing greater bloodshed.
Coptic Pope Tawadros II had said Mass in Alexandria before the explosion. DailyMail
Video: St. George’s in Tanta. The bomb was in “the front rows, near the altar, during the mass.” Some of the deacons seen in the video were killed or injured.