Terrorism and extremism weekly summary 22-28 January

Europe

On Wednesday 24 January, 27-year-old Amaechi Fred O. from Nigeria, suspected of membership in the Islamist group Boko Haram, was arrested in Bavaria, Germany. He was supposedly active in the group in 2013-2014 when he allegedly participated in at least four armed attacks in Nigeria, two of them aimed at local schools and one at a village, during which he was to kill several people and kidnap several girls. Boko Haram has been fighting against the local government since 2009, trying to establish an Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria. It has also conducted attacks in other countries and its operations have resulted in tens of thousands of deaths.

According to information from the Padua police from Sunday 21 January, the Italian authorities deported two immigrants due to their terrorist and extremist activities - a 34-year-old Tunisian and an Algerian, whose age is unknown. The Tunisian was in a prison in Italy, where he encouraged other prisoners to commit terrorist attacks. The second man was discovered during police raids in Padua despite having a false identity and the evidence found in the raids clearly showed his extremist tendencies. Even though the number of migrants arriving at Italy's shores decreased to 119.000 compared to last year's 181.000, the country is still experiencing difficulties dealing with them

A 32-year-old man was arrested in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Saturday 27 January in connection with an explosion which happened the previous night and is being investigated as an act of terrorism. A house search showed that the arrested man was in possession of explosives. The explosion in question destroyed a shed in a garden of a house in the Fraser Pass district and even damaged the building's windows and walls. No one was injured in the incident since, according to locals, some of the surrounding houses have been evacuated.

The Middle East and South Asia

The Turkish security forces have arrested some 115 people, who were, according to government sources, suspected of spreading alleged terrorist propaganda, during raids on Monday 22 January and Tuesday 23 January in Izmir, Ankara, Vanu and 10 other provinces. Aside from Kurdish activists and the leader of the Izmir office of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party, journalists from the Turkish branch of the German Tageszeitung newspapers have also been arrested. According to the arrested journalists' colleagues, most of the raids were conducted because the people in question criticised Turkey's ongoing military operations against the Kurdish forces near Afrin, Syria.  

 

A suicide bombing attack took place in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday 27 January, killing 103 people and injuring 191 more. The attacker slipped through the checkpoints in an ambulance, claiming he was taking an injured person to a hospital. Afterwards, he detonated the car at a busy road in the city centre which is also where many government buildings and foreign embassies are located. The Taliban movement claimed responsibility for the attack, while the Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman stated the perpetrator belonged to the so-called Haqqani network, which is tied to the Taliban. Another attack happened three days earlier in Jalalabad in the east of the country, where gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a local office of the Save the Children foundation, killed three people and injured 12 more. They were only stopped by the deployed security forces.

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