Terrorism and extremism weekly summary 17 - 23 July

Europe

On Tuesday 18 July, a man suspected of alleged connections to terrorist organisations was arrested in Besançon, France, as part of a large-scale counter-terrorism operation. The man was living in Syria in the past, where he was supposed to be in contact with members of the so-called Islamic State (IS). The raid, conducted by the French elite RAID counter-terrorism unit, took place in the St-Claude district and the man was transferred to a cell in Bisont afterwards. Closer information has not yet been released.

German police arrested 56-year-old Turkish national Zahir A. on Tuesday 18 June in Berlin, who is suspected of cooperation with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist organisation. The man was accused of managing the financial affairs of a PKK cell located in Salzgitter, in addition to which he was also supposed to participate in the group's propaganda and recruitment between 2014 and 2015. 

A counter-terrorism unit of the Westmidlands police arrested an 18-year-old woman suspected of actions related to terrorism on Tuesday 18 July in Coventry, Great Britain. The arrest followed an extensive intelligence operation, the woman was accused of preparing and encouraging terrorist attacks.

Middle East and South Asia

Up to 35 people died and at least 40 were injured during a suicide bombing attack taking place in the early morning on Monday 24 July in Kabul. The attacker ran a car loaded with explosives into a bus transporting Afghan government officials, mainly officers of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum. The incident happened close to Afghani Deputy Prime Minister Mohammad Mohaqeq's offices in a district in the west of the town populated mainly by the Hazara minority. It is being argued whether the main target of the attack was the government bus or the Deputy PM's offices. The Taliban, which holds the post of the strongest anti-government fraction in the country, claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Sunday 23 July an incident took place at the Israeli embassy in Amman, Jordan, when two Jordanians working for a furniture company entered the embassy building and shooting could be heard afterwards. According to some sources, the security guards opened fire at the arriving men. Two Jordanians were killed and one Israeli was injured. According to a source connected to the Jordanian army, an attack by both a firearm and a knife took place. More information is not available yet, Israeli officials have not commented on the attack so far. The incident happened at a time of heightened tensions between both countries because of new security measures at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where, after the last attack, security frames were introduced.

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