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How Islamic State terrorists distort the meaning of Ramadan to justify violence

“Extremists like the Islamic State turn the spirituality of Ramadan upside down and deploy it as weapon of choice against real and imagined enemies,” said Fawaz Gerges, a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and author of “ISIS: A History.” “They claim that the Islamic community face an existential threat and say that the fate of the Islamic community rests on their individual effort.”

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LA Times -
Suspect held in London attack was overheard to say: 'I want to kill Muslims'

1:25 p.m.: This article has been updated with authorities raising the number of injured from 10 to 11.. 11:35 a.m.: This article has been updated with suspect’s name and an account of his capture by Imam Mohammed Mahmoud. 9:15 a.m.: This article has been updated with police charging a suspect in the attack and searching a residence in Cardiff, Wales.

Only this time, authorities say the driver was 47-year-old Darren Osborne, a father of four from Wales who was said to be angered by the recent terrorist attack on pedestrians at London Bridge.


Global News -
Muslim teen’s murder being treated as ‘road rage incident’: Virginia police

– Police blamed “road rage” on Monday for the killing of a teenage Muslim girl who was attacked by a driver while walking with friends to her mosque between Ramadan prayers this weekend.

“This tragic case appears to be the result of a road rage incident involving the suspect, who was driving and who is now charged with murder, and a group of teenagers who was walking and riding bikes in and along a roadway,” a Fairfax Police Department statement said. READ MORE: Virginia girl who went missing near her mosque believed dead, suspect charged. “Our investigation at this point in no way indicates the victim was targeted because of her race or religion,” police added.


The Guardian -
Seattle woman killed by police while children were home after reporting theft

Seattle police shot and killed a mother of four inside her apartment in the presence of her young children after she called law enforcement to report a burglary.

The Seattle Times identified the woman killed as Lyles and said she was pregnant and that three children, ages one, four and 11, were at home during the shooting.


New York Times -
Armed Man Is Killed After Driving Into Police Convoy on Champs-Élysées

An armed man was killed in Paris on Monday afternoon after he rammed a car into a police convoy on the Champs-Élysées, the French authorities said.

A convoy of vans belonging to the gendarmerie, one of France’s police forces, was traveling on the Champs-Élysées around 3:40 p.m. when a man drove up in a Renault Mégane and struck the lead vehicle, said Johanna Primevert, a spokeswoman for the Paris police prefecture.


Washington Post -
Killing of Muslim teenager not being investigated as a hate crime, police say

The death of a Virginia teenager who police say was attacked near a mosque in the Sterling area is not being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said Monday.

Prosecutors said Nabra was 16-years-old, but police had initially said she was 17.. Fairfax County police identified the man charged with murder in her death as Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling. [Officials: 17-year-old Muslim girl assaulted and killed after leaving Virginia mosque]. On Sunday night as family and friends gathered, Sawsan Gazzar the teenager’s ’s mother, said, “pray for me that I can handle this.


BBC -
Virginia Muslim girl found dead near mosque

Police in the US state of Virginia have found the remains believed to be of a 17-year-old Muslim girl who was assaulted near a mosque before disappearing.

The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (Adams), a local community centre, said that its members came across the teenagers and directed them to their building. At about 04:00 (08:00 GMT), the group was confronted by the driver as they walked on a street.

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NBC News -
'Everyone thinks Muslim are bloodthirsty people, but it's not true'

Local residents react after a vehicle was deliberately driven into Muslim worshippers near a mosque in the Finsbury Park area of London on Monday.

Residents of Finsbury Park, where an attacker drove a van at crowds gathered near local mosques and a Muslim welfare center, expressed fear for their safety and anger at authorities in the wake of Monday morning's attack. The attack unfolded in the middle of a hot summer night as Muslims in the north London district gathered to talk and eat during a break between the traditional post-fast prayers of tarawih and tahajjud.


CBS News -
Finsbury Park, London: Muslims targeted in terror attack near mosque

A man slammed a van into a crowd of worshipers leaving a London mosque after midnight Ramadan prayers on Sunday morning in what Prime Minister Theresa May has called "another terrorist attack" in the British capital.

Those targeted in the attack were leaving the local Finsbury Park Mosque and the neighboring Muslim Welfare House, another community Islamic center, just after midnight following Ramadan prayers.


Global News -
Finsbury Park attack: Man plows van into crowd leaving London mosque, injuring 10

A man plowed a van into a group of Muslim worshippers leaving a London mosque early Monday morning, injuring at least 10 people in an incident British authorities are treating as an act of terrorism.

WATCH: London Police say ramming of worshippers by van is ‘being treated as a terrorist attack’. Basu said officers in the immediate vicinity responded to the attack while additional support arrived within 10 minutes of the call.


New York Times -
U.K. Police Investigating Van Attack in London as Terrorism

The authorities in Britain said on Monday that they were treating an early morning attack near a mosque in London as a possible act of terrorism, amid fears of retaliatory attacks after several recent attacks attributed to Islamist extremists in the country.

There were reports that other people had fled from the van after the attack, but Mr. Basu seemed to discount that theory, saying there were no other suspects.


Wall Street Jurnal -
Pound steady with Brexit talks due to kick off

The British pound was holding steady on Monday, as investors awaited the start of formal Brexit talks between the U.K. and the European Union, while London faced the fallout from another suspected terror attack.

David Davis, the U.K.’s Brexit Secretary, and his team will on Monday begin talks with the EU’s chief negotiator Michael Barnier and his colleagues in Brussels to discuss Britain’s exit from the European Union.


ABC News -
Witnesses describe horror at scene of London mosque attack

Witnesses at the scene of a suspected deadly terrorist attack outside a London mosque described the horror they experienced as a van plowed into a group gathered outside after evening prayers, killing at least one and injuring 10.

Many of the people who were injured in Monday’s attack near the Finsbury Park Mosque in London had just finished praying at the worship center when a white van suddenly mounted the sidewalk and ran deliberately into them, according to people who witnessed the crash.


Washington Post -
Van strikes crowd near London mosques, 1 dead, suspect in custody

A van plowed into a group of Muslim worshipers as they were leaving prayers at a pair of north London mosques early Monday, killing one person and injuring 10 others, police said.

Eight people were killed last month when attackers used a van to plow into pedestrians on London Bridge, then got out to stab restaurant patrons with knives at the adjacent Borough Market. In March, a lone attacker drove his car into people on Westminster Bridge, then fatally stabbed a police officer at the gates of Parliament.


NBC News -
One killed, 10 injured when van plows into London pedestrians

A van plowed into pedestrians on a crowded sidewalk near a mosque in north London early Monday, killing one person and injuring 10 others in what London Mayor Sadiq Khan called a "horrific terrorist attack."

Finsbury Park Mosque was once led Abu Hamza al-Masri, whose extremist sermons were heard by Zacarias Moussaoui, one of the architects of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001; Richard Reid, the so-called shoe bomber who tried detonate explosives in his shoes on a jetliner in December 2001; and Mohammed Sidique Khan, who is believed to have orchestrated the July 7, 2005, bombings that killed 52 people in London.


ABC News -
London police investigating incident of collision with pedestrians

Police in London were investigating what they called a "major incident" tonight after reports of a vehicle colliding with pedestrians, and a British Muslim group said the people struck were worshippers leaving a mosque.

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New York Times -
Vehicle Hits Pedestrians in London

On June 3, three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, before launching a knife attack in nearby Borough Market.

On March 22, a 52-year-old Briton rammed a car into a crowd of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, fatally injuring four of them, and then stabbed a police officer to death before he was gunned down by police. On June 3, three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, before launching a knife attack in nearby Borough Market.


LA Times -
Vehicle hits people near London mosque, causing casualties

A vehicle struck pedestrians outside a mosque in north London road early Monday, causing several casualties, police said.

Earlier this month, a van veered into pedestrians on London Bridge, setting off vehicle and knife attacks that killed eight people and wounded many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area. Britain's terrorist alert has been set at "severe" meaning an attack is highly likely.


Washington Post -
Van strikes crowd outside mosque in London; one person is arrested

Police said early Monday that there were “a number of casualties” and that one person was arrested after a van struck a crowd of pedestrians in London.

The incident follows two recent terrorist attacks in London in which vehicles have been used as weapons, both on bridges for the Thames River.



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