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Counter-terrorism unit investigates Crimea explosion

A powerful blast in a college in the Crimean city of Kerch (pictured), claimed lives of at least 10 young people and injured more than 50. Initially accidental gas leakage has been presumed  as a cause of explosion,  but shorty afterwards the investigators revealed an explosive device was used.

Crimean emergency services and ambulances started to arrive shortly after the blast was heard. The injured have been rushed to local hospitals.  The majority of those injured are reportedly in serious condition and medical students have flocked to the hospitals offering their help, while locals rushed to offer  blood donations.

AMENDED: Blast in Crimea college was terror attack, explosive device was filled with shrapnel,  investigators said, according to RT TV channel.

AMENDED: There were two explosions according to local media, before the detonation armed people were rushing though the building and shooting. Death toll is growing to 13 people, but some reporters insist on 18.

AMENDED:
The suspect in the Kerch college attack has been identified as a 22-year-old student. He committed suicide after killing 18 people and injuring dozens with gunfire and a blast the head of the Republic of Crimea has said.

“The suspected murderer shot himself,” Sergey Aksenov told the media. He was a senior student of the same college.”

The official added that the number of people killed in the attack, which is reportedly mostly made up of students, has risen to 18. Earlier, witnesses claimed there were multiple masked attackers involved, but Aksenov didn’t mention any possible accomplices.

Russia’s investigative committee has named the suspect as Vladislav Roslyakov and said he was 18 rather than 22. It added the incident was now considered a multiple homicide rather than a terrorist attack.

ALERT: Hostage operation in #Cologne

German police asked to avoid the area of the central railroad station in the city of #Cologne, Germany. At present there is a perimeter  in the surrounding streets, and the passengers are evacuated. Witnesses report hearing some shots. Police also call for following their advice transmitted via different media, including Twitter.

German media is moving closer to the spot to report from proximity of the Central Station. However at present the pieces of information are contradictory.

AMENDED: According to German sources a person/persons (?) has been taken hostage at a drug store in the building of the station. There is massive police presence, reported by locals.

AMENDED: Special crisis negotiation team arrived to the spot of ongoing  hostage operation.

AMENDED: Media reports there is one woman taken hostage in the pharmacy in the Station building. Specialized police team has began the negotiations over her liberation.

AMENDED: Police operation is over according  to DW reporter. The attacker shot and taken to hospital, the hostage is assisted at spot.

22:30 AMENDED: Terrorist motives are not ruled out by the authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia after security forces shot and subdued a 55-year-old Syrian man who threw a Molotov cocktail at a McDonald’s and took a woman hostage. The local police said the assailant had claimed allegiance to the Islamic State, or ISIS.

The perpetrator, who is in intensive underwent surgery, has been captured at the central train station in Cologne after failed negotiations, they added. A special forces unit threw stun grenades at him when the order was given and the hostage was slightly injured, alongside two other people, according to the official report. The final act took place at a pharmacy next to the restaurant inside the building. The attacker held a pistol, the police said, but failed to ascertain whether it was real or a replica.

Officials revealed they found a passport issued to him that contained a residency permit. The suspect had prior offenses, namely theft and the possession of narcotics, they claimed and said he demanded the release of a “Tunisian woman.”

Iran Embassy in Ankara evacuated

The Iranian Embassy in Ankara (pictured) has been evacuated after Turkish security forces received an information about a possible suicide bombing plot, Turkish daily Sözcü reported.

After receiving the warning, Turkish police evacuated the Iranian Ambassador and cordoned off Tahran Street where the Embassy is located.

Ambassador concerned with OPCW anti-Russian swing

Endowment of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with attributive functions is directed against Russia, Permanent Representative to OPCW, Russian Ambassador to the Netherlands Alexander Shulgin.

“This will be directed against Russia. Western countries do not know themselves yet how this mechinsm will work, Shulgin said. “They want to do it in a format that will be maximally detrimental and painful for Russia,” he added.

It is not even clear to whom the OPCW Technical Secretariat will report its findings. Some say to the International Criminal Court, others say to the so-called impartial mechanism of investigating serious crimes in Syria which was established by the UN General Assembly,” Shulgin said. “It’s important for them to launch the process now, and the specifics will be developed later,” he continued.

The West’s main goal is to get a budget for this from the OPCW, the diplomat said. “They don’t care whether it will be 5 million, 2 million or 1 million. They want to launch the process. It’s clear that this will not be limited to Syria, the main effort will be directed against Russia,” Shulgin underlined. This will turn the organization into a “quasi-prosecution body,” the diplomat continued. “Will legal experts work there? This has nothing to do with the purpose of the Chemical Weapons Convention,” he concluded.

 

Germany expels Iran “terrorist-diplomat”

A German court announced the extradition to Belgium of an Iranian diplomat accused of involvement in a foiled bomb plot targeting a gathering of Iranian dissidents in a Paris suburb in June this year.

In a statement (27/09) the court in Bamberg  said  that it had approved the extradition of an Iranian diplomat based in Vienna who has been named as Assadollah Assadi.

The wanted man cannot cite diplomatic immunity because he was on a several day holiday trip outside his host state Austria and not travelling between his host country and the state that dispatched him,” the court said.

Six people were arrested in Belgium, France and Germany, plotting to target a meeting of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The plot was revealed after a husband and wife duo was caught in Brussels in possession of 500 grams of the powerful explosive TATP and a detonator.

The couple were identified as Amir S. (38), and Nasimeh N., (33). A suspected accomplice of the couple, identified as Merhad A. (54), was arrested when he lodged in an hotel in Paris.

All three are Belgian nationals of Iranian origin.

Wilders blames Merkel for Amsterdam CS attack

A man who stabbed two American tourists at Amsterdam’s Central station last week named Dutch critics of Islam Geert Wilders during police questioning and added he was motivated by perceived insults to Islam in the Netherlands, according to prosecutors.

The attacker, identified by Dutch media as Jawed S., is a 19-year-old Afghan with residency in Germany, who traveled to Amsterdam to carry out an attack motivated of repeated insults to God, the Koran and Islam’s Prophet Mohammed, prosecutors said in a statement.

The attack occurred after Wilders canceled plans to organised a contest of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed and had a clear “terrorist motive”, prosecutors said.

He named Wilders, but did not say anything about the cartoon competition,” a statement said. “Up to now there is no evidence the suspect worked with others.”

Prosecutors said that German police had searched the man’s home in Germany and seized computer memory devices.

Both victims of stabbing are still in hospital recovering from severe injures.

Wilders reacted via his Twitter micro blog, being widely quoted in Dutch press: “Thanks to Merkel Afghan terrorist is in Europe, and thanks to our open borders could he simply come to our country”.

 

 

Russia hosts talks on Afghanistan future

The US refusal to take part in the conference on Afghanistan scheduled to be held in Moscow on September 4 reflects the hypocrisy of Washington’s peace rhetoric with respect to Kabul, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary.
“We were sorry to learn from a statement by the US Department of State that the Americans refuse to take part in a Moscow format meeting on September 4. Aside from them, representatives of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and five Central Asian countries have been invited to take part in it,” the ministry said. “The American side’s decision once again highlights the hypocrisy of Washington’s peace rhetoric towards Afghanistan.”

This decision came as no surprise to Moscow, as there were no US representatives at the previous Moscow format meeting. “This time they came up with a far-fetched pretext that the US has no intention of taking part in those events, which are not organized under the supervision of the Afghans. Its obvious inconsistency is that the Moscow meeting is scheduled to be co-chaired by Russia and Afghanistan, and Washington is perfectly aware of that,” the ministry noted. “Apparently, the fact is that the Americans are in favor of taking part only in the meetings, which are held under their supervision and serve exclusively the US interests.”

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