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2 imams ar­rested over ‘Is­lamic State sup­port’

Two Moroc­can imams at a mosque on the Span­ish re­sort is­land of Ibiza were ar­rested yes­ter­day on sus­pi­cion of back­ing the Is­lamic State group and in­cit­ing ji­had, po­lice said. “They pub­licly and re­peat­edly ex­pressed on so­cial net­works their sup­port for the ter­ror­ist group Daesh, its meth­ods and its Salafist-ji­hadist ide­ol­ogy,” the Civil Guard said in a state­ment. Daesh is an al­ter­na­tive name for Is­lamic State, which is also known by the acronyms of ISIS and ISIL. The Civil Guard gave the ages of the pair as 31 and 35, but did not name them. They were ar­rested in the tourist town of Sant An­toni de Port­many. They were “imams in a mosque, a priv­i­leged po­si­tion from which to ex­ert in­flu­ence over mem­bers of the Mus­lim com­mu­nity on the is­land,” the Civil Guard said. It added there was par­tic­u­lar con­cern about the im­pact their teach­ings may have had on young­sters at the mosque.

Ger­many po­lice carry out raids on ter­ror fi­nanciers

Ger­man po­lice yes­ter­day stormed an ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­ity for refugees and 12 homes around the coun­try that were be­lieved to house peo­ple sus­pected of financing ter­ror­ism. Po­lice searched res­i­dences in the eastern states of Thuringia and Sax­ony as well as in Bavaria, the western state of North RhineWest­phalia and in Ham­burg, po­lice in Thuringia said in a state­ment. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion has so far not un­cov­ered any con­crete risk of at­tack, they said. The po­lice have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing a 28-year-old Rus­sian cit­i­zen of Chechen ori­gin since the sec­ond half of 2015 who was sus­pected of pre­par­ing “a se­ri­ous act of vi­o­lent sub­ver­sion”, the state­ment said. They be­lieved he in­tended to fight for Is­lamic State in Syria. Dur­ing the course of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, sus­pi­cion arose that that per­son as well as 10 other men and three women - all Rus­sian cit­i­zens of Chechen ori­gin - were financing ter­ror­ism. The sus­pects were liv­ing in Thuringia, Ham­burg and Dort­mund, are asy­lum seek­ers with un­clear res­i­dency sta­tus, and are aged be­tween 21 and 31, po­lice said.

So­ma­lia’s Al Shabaab Is­lamist group rammed a mil­i­tary base with a sui­cide truck bomb, shot dead an in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer and killed 12 peo­ple in a Kenyan border town in a series of strikes over 24 hours, the mil­i­tants said yes­ter­day. The group, which once ruled much of So­ma­lia, wants to top­ple the Western-backed government in Mo­gadishu and drive out African AMISOM peace­keep­ers made up of sol­diers from Kenya, Dji­bouti, Uganda, Ethiopia and other African na­tions. The attacks mark the build up to elec­tions in com­ing weeks for the So­mali par­lia­ment, which will in turn pick a new pres­i­dent to con­tinue slow re­con­struc­tion ef­forts in a nation racked by more than two decades of con­flict.

Egyp­tians scream their stress away in book­shop

Vis­i­tors to a book­shop in Cairo are be­ing in­vited into a dark, sound­proof room to scream at the top of their lungs in an ef­fort to re­lieve their frus­tra­tions and es­cape from the stresses of daily life. The new “scream room” is tucked away in the “The World’s Door” book­shop and is also equipped with a full drum kit al­low­ing cus­tomers to let go of their wor­ries through deaf­en­ing screams. “When you en­ter the room it’s like you’ve en­tered a whole other world, with­out your phone and with­out any­thing else that can have an ef­fect on you,” said one user, Ahmed Sharaf. Owner Ab­delRah­man Saad of­fers each vis­i­tor ten min­utes in­side the pri­vate scream room, free of charge.

South Korean leader apol­o­gizes for leaks

South Korean Pres­i­dent Park Geun-Hye was forced into a public apol­ogy yes­ter­day for the leak of of­fi­cial doc­u­ments to a fam­ily as­so­ciate in­volved in a growing cor­rup­tion scan­dal. “I deeply apol­o­gize to the peo­ple,” Park said in a tele­vised speech, be­fore bow­ing deeply to the cam­era. South Korean pros­e­cu­tors are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing Park’s long­time friend Choi Soon-Sil over al­le­ga­tions that she used her re­la­tion­ship with the pres­i­dent to strong-arm con­glom­er­ates into multi-mil­lion dol­lar do­na­tions to two non-profit foun­da­tions.

AFGOOYE, So­ma­lia: Peo­ple sit on the top of a truck heav­ily piled with corn-stalks plies as they head for Mo­gadishu from Afgooye. — AFP So­mali Al Shabaab launch attacks in So­ma­lia, Kenya MO­GADISHU:

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