Omar Mateen: Everything we know so far about Orlando gunman


The man behind America’s worst-ever mass shooting was a New York-born US citizen of Afghan descent, who had pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State and was said to have been angered by the sight of two men kissing.

He then opened fire at a gay club in Orlando, killing 50 people and wounding 53.

Security guard

Omar Mateen, 29, had worked since September 2007 as a security guard for G4S in Florida, a large security company which provided contractors to securing federal buildings.

Elderly Christian woman stripped naked and paraded through streets by mob

The 300-strong mob of Muslim men in rural Egypt also burned down seven homes belonging to Orthodox Coptic families, over rumours of an affair between a local Christian man and a Muslim woman

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A 70-year-old Christian woman has been stripped naked, beaten and paraded through the streets by a mob of around 300 Muslim men in a village in southern Egypt.

The mob also burned down seven homes belonging to Christian families, according to an unusually outspoken statement issued by the local Orthodox Coptic church, after rumours circulated in the village that a Christian man was having a relationship with a Muslim woman.

NHS doctor from Sheffield travelled to Syria to join Isis

Issam Abuanza left his wife and two children at home in Sheffield to travel to Syria in 2014


An image on Issam Abuanza's Facebook page shows him wearing doctors' scrubs and carrying a handgun in a holster, as he smiles and raises his index finger in the air in a gesture commonly associated with Isis Issam Abuanza/Facebook

Jihadi John's fourth Beatle unmasked as refugee given shelter in UK

Mohammed Emwazi (clockwise from top right), Aine Davis, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey
Mohammed Emwazi (clockwise from top right), Aine Davis, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey Credit: Buzzfeed News

Tom Whitehead, Security Editor Harry Yorke

A refugee given shelter in Britain as a child has been unmasked as the fourth brutal member of Jihadi John’s “Beatles” execution squad who went to Syria after being radicalised in just 17 days.

Munich stabbing: One dead after man 'shouting Allahu Akbar' launches attack at railway station

One person has died and three more were injured in the attack in Grafing on Tuesday morning

One person has been killed and several injured in a knife attack by a suspected Islamist at a railway station near Munich.

The suspect reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) as he started stabbing passers-by in the town of Grafing, to the south-east of the German city.

The attack took place at around 4.50am (3.50am BST) on Tuesday and the suspected perpetrator was arrested shortly afterwards.

Forensic investigators at the scene of a stabbing attack on a train at Grafing railway station near Munich, Germany, 10 May 2016. (AFP/Getty Images)

The suspect, a 27-year-old German man, has been named locally as Paul H, from Giessen in the state of Hesse.

Islam does not belong in Germany, 60% agree with AfD

5 May, 2016 16:12

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Political rivals may brand the right-wing German party AfD xenophobic for claiming that there is “no place for Islam in Germany” in its political program, but 60 percent of the country's citizens agree with the idea, according to a new poll.

Tarik Hassane and Suhaib Majeed guilty of IS London terror plot

British home-grown Isil-inspired terrorists jailed for life over plot to kill soldiers and police officer

Drive by terror plot

Tarik Hassane, left, and Suhaib Majeed

A pair of home-grown terrorists has been jailed for life after plotting to kill soldiers, police officers and civilians in a series of Islamic State-inspired drive-by shootings.

Acting on instruction from mastermind Tarik Hassane, physics student Suhaib Majeed had got his hands on a gun and ammunition and was discussing buying an untraceable moped before police swooped to arrest him in September 2014.

Preachers found to be distributing extremist literature including homophobic and misogynistic leaflets

  • MoJ-appointed imams 'routinely distribute extremist literature' in prisons

  • Leaked report found hate pamphlets and CDs in more than 10 jails

  • Review ordered by Michael Gove but not cleared for publication yet

  • It was led by former prison governor and Home Office official Ian Acheson

  • Muslims make up 14.5 per cent of inmates in prisons across the UK 

  • Majority of British imams are trained in the conservative Deobandi tradition


A review of extremism in British prisons found hate literature in more than 10 jails in November (file picture)

Muslim preachers approved by the Government are routinely distributing extremist literature in British prisons leaving hundreds of inmates at risks of radicalisation, a leaked report has found.

The extremist review, ordered by Michael Gove last year, found extremist CDs and pamphlets in more than 10 jails in November, it was reported today.

Inspectors also found hate tracts encouraging the murder of apostates, misogynistic and homophobic leaflets and extreme Islamic literature preaching contempt for British society.

The report is said to have sparked panic among officials who are worried about being seen to have lost control of jails - but ministers have not yet approved its publication. 

UK:5 Radical Muslims arrested in probe linked to Paris and Brussels jihad massacres

The BBC, true to form, gives us no indication that these people were Muslims. The only hint is that the probe was linked to the Paris and Brussels jihad attacks. The BBC does all it can to make sure that Britons have no idea they’re embroiled in a global war.


“UK terror arrests in probe ‘linked to Europe attacks,'” BBC, April 15, 2016:

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences as part of an investigation launched after the recent attacks in Paris and Brussels, West Midlands Police say.

Three men, aged 26, 40 and 59, and a 29-year-old woman, were held in Birmingham on Thursday night.

A fourth man, 26, was arrested at Gatwick Airport in the early hours of Friday. All five are from Birmingham.

Whitehall officials described the arrests as “significant”.

Mohamed Abrini admits to being 'man in the hat' at Brussels airport

The 31-year-old, also thought to have been involved in Paris attacks, made confession following arrest on Friday

Mohamed Abrini

Mohamed Abrini was held in raids in connection with Paris and Brussels attacks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

and agencies in Brussels

After nearly three weeks of frantic searching, Belgian authorities have announced they have finally arrested and identified the elusive “man in the hat” spotted alongside two suicide bombers who blew themselves up at Brussels airport on 22 March.

Bosnia becomes home to radical Islamists


Bosnia has reportedly become a hub for radical Islamists. They recruit fighters, promote jihad and preach a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam — just across the border from the European Union, according to a report published by Germany’s Spiegel online.

As many as 300 Islamist radicals have left Bosnia-Herzegovina to join Islamic State or al-Qaeda in Syria or Iraq. Two of the most wanted terrorists in the world are among them: Bajro Ikanovic, for many years the commander of the largest IS training camp in northern Syria; and Nusret Imamovic, a leading member of the Nusra Front in Syria, a group tied to al-Qaeda.

Black market supply and demand: The flow of illegal weapons from the Western Balkans to Islamist militants in Western Europe

Adrian Shtuni - IHS Jane's Terrorism & Insurgency Monitor

  • According to European counter-terrorism authorities, some of the weapons and ammunitions used by Islamist militants in terrorist attacks in Western Europe since 2010 originated from the Western Balkans, particularly from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • The routes used to smuggle the weapons from the Western Balkans are similar to those established and operated by organised crime syndicates for drugs and people trafficking, and smuggling migrants.

  • Although Western European Islamist militants will continue to procure firearms through traditional contacts with organised crime elements, the emergence of dedicated weapons-smuggling channels run by Balkan militants for ideological, rather than financial, motives remain possible.

Taliban Splinter Group in Pakistan Targets Christians in Easter Suicide Bombing

Explosive detonated near children's rides at park.By Our Pakistan Correspondent

LAHORE, Pakistan, March 28, 2016 (Morning Star News) – A deadly suicide bombing in a public park here marred Easter celebrations in Pakistan on Sunday evening (March 27), as an Islamic extremist group targeted Christians.

At least 70 people have been reported dead, most of them women and children, while more than 350 others were seriously injured and are being treated at hospitals. The condition of at least 138 of the injured was said to be critical.

Scores killed in suicide blast aimed at Christians in Lahore children's park

Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat ul-Ahrar says Christians were target of bomb killing 69 and injuring 280 in park thronged with families

Woman carries injured child

A woman carries a child injured in the explosion to hospital. The majority of those killed and injured were women and children. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty

and agencies in Lahore

Sunday 27 March 2016 20.36 BST

At least 69 people have been killed and more than 280 injured, most of them women and children, in an apparent suicide bombing directed at local Christians at a park in Lahore.

The explosion took place in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in the capital of Pakistan’s Punjab province, a few metres away from children’s swings. Deeba Shahnaz, a spokesman for the Lahore rescue administration, gave a figure of 300 injured.


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Airport Bombers Were Brothers - named as Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui


The airport bombers have been named as Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui

The suicide bombers who carried out a deadly attack on Brussels airport were brothers and known to police, according to reports.

Islamic State files leak: The 'good British Christian' who turned to jihad

The full story of Fasil Towalde's short life can be told for the first time after his Isil recruitment forms and those of thousands of other fighters were leaked

Abu Abdullah al-Habashi

Abu Abdullah al-Habashi 

By , and Camilla Turner

A British jihadist killed while fighting for Isil in Syria was a "good Christian boy" who fell in with a gang and turned to radical Islam inside a UK prison, his mother has said.

The full story of Fasil Towalde's short life can be told for the first time after his Isil recruitment forms and those of thousands of other fighters were leaked.


When Muslim leaders in the UK make it clear that they want to see the persecution of Christians in Pakistan, what do they intend for the Christians and other non-Muslims in the UK? It's a very good question that we all ought to think about.

Asia Bibi is a defenseless Pakistani Christian woman who was maliciously accused of “blasphemy” by her Muslim neighbors. They did this to settle a score after she committed the other “crime,” as a non-Muslim, of drinking water from the same cup as them. Asia was sentenced by Pakistan’s courts to death by hanging in 2010. She languishes in jail awaiting execution until this day. So far, so obscene.

Man who sexually assaulted 15-year-old girl at train station blames ‘cultural differences’

Man who sexually assaulted 15-year-old girl blames 'cultural differences'

A man who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at a train station says it was a misunderstanding due to ‘cultural differences’, a court has heard.

Somalian-born Ali Abdullahi, 34, committed two sex attacks against two females and approached a third woman while catching the train from Torquay to Bristol in December 2013.

Concern Over Islamist Schools In Austria As Kindergarten Teacher Convicted For Supporting ISIS

Islamist Schools In Austria



A teen who tried to join the Islamic State and was convicted for supporting terrorism worked as a helper in an Islamic kindergarten.

An 18 year old Chechen born girl living in Austria was sentenced to a total of six months in prison out of a potential three year sentence for supporting a terrorist organization. The girl intended to marry an Islamic State fighter and move to Syria to be with him accordingto Kronen Zeitung.

Trojan Horse scandal: Teachers banned indefinitely

Teachers get indefinite classroom bans for pupils “fed a diet of Islam” in state-run schools

Birmingham & Black Country

Park View school

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caption Akeel Ahmed and Inamulhaq Anwar worked at Park View Academy in Alum Rock

Two teachers who worked at the school at the centre of the "Trojan Horse" scandal have been banned from the classroom for life.

Inamulhaq Anwar, 34, and Akeel Ahmed, 41, had denied stepping up religious influence in education at Park View Academy in Alum Rock, Birmingham.

A professional standards panel handed the men interim teaching bans in 2015.

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