Terrorism and extremism weekly summary 28 August - 3 September

Europe

The police in Edinburgh, Scotland, carried out several lightning raids on houses near Dumbryden Road on Wednesday 30 August, targeting local Kurdish communities. The people and groups were already suspected of being connected to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist organisation. The local Kurdish community centre was also targetted during the raids. There have been suspicions in the past that PKK groups operating primarily in Turkey and Iraq are financed by the Scottish diaspora. The investigation is still ongoing, the police refused to disclose further information.

On Wednesday 30 August, the police in the Spanish exclave of Melilla arrested two men, aged 24 and 20, for making threats with terrorist subtext against members of the security forces during an earlier operation, where police intervened against a Morrocan man suspected of involvement in recruitment for terrorist groups. 

A 36-year-old woman working as a coordinator of special educational activities was arrested together with her 40-year-old husband on Tuesday 29 August in London, both were charged with spreading Islamist propaganda, for example sharing videos of radical Islamist preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed and other materials. In the materials, the arrested woman was supposed to encourage young Muslims to sacrifice their finances to build a global caliphate.

Russia and post-Soviet space

Russian FSB intelligence service informed about the arrest of two men of Central Asian origin, who were allegedly planning a suicide terrorist attack on the following day, in Moscow on Thursday 31 September. A strong explosive was found in one of the men's apartment. The other arrested man was allegedly planning to attack using an axe and, according to the security forces, was in contact with Islamic State cells and was receiving instructions for the planned attack.

Middle East and North Africa

According to a report from 30 August, a man suspected of ties to the terrorist cell responsible for the Barcelona attack which killed 16 people was arrested in Casablanca, Morroco, thanks to cooperation between Spanish and Morrocan security forces. The arrested man was supposed to supply canisters with gas usable for creating explosive devices to the attackers in Spain. The police believe that the explosion in the house in Alcanar, which happened the day before the Barcelona attack, was caused by the terrorists' attempt to create such an explosive device.

A suicide attacker dressed as a policeman attacked a power plant near Samarra, Iraq, some 100 km north of Baghdad, on Saturday 2 September. Seven people were killed during the attack and 12 more were injured, two more attackers armed with assault rifles were shot by security forces guarding the plant before they could detonate their explosives. The so-called Islamic state took credit for the attack.

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