Islamic State names new leader after predecessor killed in US raid

By Helene Fung Terrorist group Islamic State (IS) released an audio recording, confirming the death of its previous leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, during a US raid in Syria last Sunday. Baghdadi was chased by US forces into a dead-end tunnel, and detonated a suicide vest. They also confirmed the death of their former spokesman Abu…

German shooter who attacked synagogue motivated by far-right views

By Helene Fung Germany’s chief federal prosecutor Peter Frank said that a man suspected of attacking a synagogue in the city of Halle on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur on Wednesday was motivated by far-right views, calling the incident “terrorism”. Mr Frank said that shooter, Stephen Balliet, was “a man who was influenced…

Indian PM to mainstreamise Kashmir region’s economy and halt terrorism

By Helene Fung Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a nationally broadcast address that he stripped Kashmir of its statehood and special constitutional status to free the disputed Himalayan region of “terrorism and separatism”. This follows a security lockdown and arrests of more than 500 people and near total communications blackout at the Muslim-majority…

Islamic State supporters sentenced to death in Morocco

By Helene Fung A court in Morocco has sentenced three Islamic State supporters to death after an 11-week-long trial of 24 suspects, for killing and beheading 24 year old Danish student Louise Vesteranger Jespersen and 28 year old Norwegian Maren Ueland, who were on a hiking trip in the High Atlas Mountains last December. Twenty-five…

Islamic State responsible for Sri Lanka bomb attacks: Sri Lanka PM

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister has claimed that an initial investigation into the Easter Sunday bomb attacks were a retaliation to last month’s Christchurch mosque shootings. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the Islamic State terror group may be linked to the bomb blasts, despite government claims that it was orchestrated by a local group.…

Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lankan churches and hotels

By Helene Fung Bomb attacks on Easter Sunday (21st of April, 2019) have killed at least 138 people and injured more than 400. The bombs targeted six separate sites, three churches and three luxury hotels. The attacks come almost 10 years after the end of a hard-fought civil war. There were no immediate claims of…

Debate Continues As Christchurch incident Victims Are Honored

By Vesh Arumugam Over a week ago, Christchurch saw one of the worst attacks on two of its prominent mosques. A place where serenity was supposed to be upheld, was in utter chaos, taking away lives that were meant to live. Since the incident, mainstream and social media are choked with similar appalling religious massacres…