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.
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