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UPDATED AT 1:30 p.m. ET: SOFIA, Bulgaria — An explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists at an airport in Burgas killed at least four people and injured at least 30 others, Bulgarian authorities said. Bulgarian officials could not confirm the deadly blast was terror-related but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran.
“Iran is responsible for the terror attack in Bulgaria, we will have a strong response against Iranian terror,” said Netanyahu in a statement, according to Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper.
source – MSNBC
Three Israelis were killed and many injured when a bomb exploded on an Israeli tourist bus at the airport of the Bulgarian city of Burgas on Wednesday, ZAKA reported.
The bus was carrying Israeli tourists who landed in Bulgaria at a 4:45 p.m. Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman spoke with the Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov in relation to the explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Burgas on Wednesday
Mladenov is heading to the site of the blast and said that he will bring Liberman up to date when he arrives. Liberman called for an immediate meeting at the Foreign Ministry’s situation room to discuss the issue with the relevant bodies.
The Israeli embassy in Bulgaria is also participating in the issue.
In January, a suspicious package found on a bus carrying Israeli tourists from Turkey to Bulgaria led Israel to request boosted security for its citizens traveling in the country, according to reports in the Bulgarian press.
The Sofia News Agency Novinite quoted Dan Shenar, head of security at the Israeli Transportation Ministry, confirmed he had requested the increased security at the time.
Israel has been concerned Hezbollah would try to attack Israelis overseas in in connection with the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah military commander Imad Mughniyeh, attributed to the Mossad.
Israel had asked Bulgaria, for example, to increase its security over Israeli tour groups in the capital city of Sofia. According to Sofia News Agency, a Hezbollah plot was earlier uncovered by local security agencies, which warned Israel. source – JPost
A parent’s nightmare
The mother of homegrown terror suspect Jose Pimentel says she loves the city — and her son.
“I want to apologize to the City of New York,” Carmen Sosa, 56, said Monday in the lobby of an uptown apartment building.
“I love the city. I’ve been here since 1987 and I’m very disappointed with what my son was doing. I didn’t raise him that way.
“I feel very bad about the situation. I thank the police. They did what they’re supposed to do.”
Sosa said that her son’s personality began to change after 2001, when the Dominican-born U.S. citizen swapped salsa for Islam.
“He started reading about the Koran,” she said, describing how the then-teenager man began praying and sleeping a lot.
She said Pimentel’s sudden, fierce embrace of Islam prompted her to move him from upstate Schenectady to Harlem in 2010.
“I brought him here because I didn’t like the way he was acting,” she said. “I’m Catholic … I don’t support the Muslims.”
She said she knew that Pimentel, now 27, created a website — www.truislam1.com — to showcase his beliefs.
“’I’m doing business,’” he told her about the hours he spent at the computer. “He was making his own web page about what he believed.”
But she said she never saw any evidence her son was building bombs to blow up police cars and post offices.
“I don’t know what he did in the house,” she said. “I know he didn’t do it in the kitchen.”
“He said he did it by himself,” she added. “I don’t know what to do.”
Since Pimentel’s arrest, Sosa says she hasn’t been able to sleep. “I don’t feel well,” she said.
Despite her dismay over her son’s activities, she had a message for the public about him.
“I just want to say I love him,” she said. source – NY Daily News
‘We can hear the screams’: 1,000 feared dead in Turkish earthquake as scores of buildings collapse
Up to 1,000 people were feared dead today after a powerful earthquake hit Turkey. The 7.2-magnitude tremor devastated parts of Van province in the east of the country, collapsing dozens of buildings into piles of twisted steel and chunks of concrete.
Desperate survivors dug into the rubble with their bare hands, trying to rescue the trapped and injured. The worst hit was Ercis, a town of 75,000 close to the Iranian border in one of Turkey’s most earthquake-prone zones. Twenty-five to 30 buildings collapsed including a dormitory.
At least 85 have been killed and 150 injured, but scientists estimated that up to 1,000 people could be dead, due to low housing standards in the area and the size of the quake.
Hospital staff in Ercis have been forced to treat injured people in the garden as the buildings were badly damaged.
Nurse Eda Ekizoglu told CNN: ‘The hospital has been badly damaged, so we can’t operate inside,
‘We’re giving care in the hospital garden and at a nearby building with a generator.
‘There should be more than 100 dead bodies left next to the hospital. We left them there because it’s dark and we didn’t want to step on bodies.’
An eight-storey building with shops underneath was flattened. Residents sobbed outside the ruins, hoping that missing relatives would be rescued.
CNN-Turk television showed one young man crying: ‘My wife and child are inside! My 4-month-old baby is inside!’ source – Daily Mail UK
The color of money
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan got right to the point in his 2009 Savior’s Day keynote address. He opened by calling it a great honor in his words to welcome “brother” and “leader” Muammar Gadhafi. The occasion was Gadhafi’s first visit to the United States. He was there to address the 64th opening session of the United Nations.
Farrakhan was just getting warmed up with his effusive introduction of Gadhafi. He spared no words in branding Gadhafi the second coming of Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah, George Padmore and Gamel Nasser. These are the men that Farrakhan regards as the genuine and authentic African and Arab freedom fighters who opposed the evils of colonial and imperial rule.
But Farrakhan’s placing of Gadhafi among the pantheon of historical African liberation figures was not simply a case of racial idolatry and hero worship. It was also a case of hard headed business and political pragmatism. Farrakhan didn’t try to hide it in his speech. He boasted that Gadhafi had shelled out $3 million to the Nation of Islam — then under the tutelage of Elijah Muhammad — in 1971 to buy and renovate a Greek Orthodox Church that became the Chicago based national headquarters of the organization.
Gadhafi’s largesse didn’t stop there. He chipped in $5 million more later for the group’s unnamed “economic development” programs. Farrakhan took pains to note that Gadhafi didn’t ask for a penny of the money back.
In later years, Gadhafi forked over more dollars to Farrakhan to host conferences and to bankroll his globe-trots through dozens of countries before and immediately after the Million Man March in 1996. Farrakhan shrugged off the criticism at the time that he was a bought and paid for front man for a global terrorist, and that he was cavorting with and praising dictators on his stops in countries with some of the most abominable human rights records on the planet, and Libya was right there in their ranks.
In the decade since his Libyan fronted tours, Farrakhan has repeatedly heard the same charges that while he rails at the U.S. government and European nations for their alleged racism, their colonial rule and continued support for murderous dictators, and hammers Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians, he has remained stone silent on the abuses of Gadhafi and other African and Arab dictators. This criticism hasn’t moved him one bit to utter a word against them and their practices. source – theGrio
Gitmo terrorists radicalised in London to attack Western targets
Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza, two preachers who lived off state benefits after claiming asylum, are identified by the American authorities as the key recruiters responsible for sending dozens of extremists from throughout the world to Pakistan and Afghanistan via London mosques.
The leaked documents, written by senior US military commanders at Guantánamo Bay, illustrate how, for two decades, Britain effectively became a crucible of terrorism, with dozens of extremists, home-grown and from abroad, radicalised here. Finsbury Park mosque, in north London, is described as a “haven” for extremists. United States intelligence officials concluded the mosque served as “an attack planning and propaganda production base”.
The files will raise questions over why the Government and security services failed to take action sooner to tackle the capital’s reputation as a staging post for terrorism, which became so established that the city was termed “Londonistan”.
The documents show that at least 35 detainees at Guantánamo had passed through Britain before being sent to fight against Allied forces in Afghanistan. This is thought to be more than from any other Western nation. Of those, 18 were originally from abroad. The other 17 were British nationals or citizens granted residency here after claiming asylum, who were indoctrinated before being sent to terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. The Government has paid millions of pounds in compensation and benefits to people regarded as highly dangerous by the US authorities.
Qatada, who was paid compensation under human rights laws for being “unfairly detained”, is described as “the most successful recruiter in Europe” and a “focal point for extremist fundraising [and] recruitment”. Hamza is accused of encouraging “his followers to murder non-Muslims”. Four mosques in London and an Islamic centre are highlighted as places where young Muslim men were radicalised and turned into potential terrorists. Finsbury Park mosque “served to facilitate and training of recruits,” note the files, adding that it was “a haven for Islamic extremists from Morocco and Algeria.” source – Telegraph UK
Our leaky border with Mexico about to bite us. Hard.
U.S. border guards got a surprise when they searched a Mexican BMW and found a hardline Muslim cleric – banned from France and Canada – curled up in the boot. Said Jaziri, who called for the death of a Danish cartoonist that drew pictures of the prophet Mohammed, was being smuggled into California when he was arrested, along with his driver Kenneth Robert Lawler. The 43-year-old was deported from Canada to his homeland Tunisia in 2007 after it emerged he had lied on his refugee application about having served jail time in France.
His fire and brimstone sermons and rabble-rousing antics catapulted him into the public eye during his short tenure as imam at a Montreal mosque. He branded homosexuality a disease and led protests over cartoonist Kurt Westergaard’s illustrations poked fun at Islam and were published in a Danish newspaper in 2006. He also caused anger when he campaigned for a bigger mosque to accommodate Montreal’s burgeoning Muslim population. Jaziri had allegedly paid a Tijuana-based smuggling cartel $5,000 to take him across the border near Tecate, saying he wanted to be taken to a ‘safe place anywhere in the U.S.’
According to the court documents, a Mexican guide led Jaziri and a Mexican immigrant over the border fence near Tecate. They then trekked across the rugged terrain under cover of darkness to a spot popular for drivers who pick up immigrants for smuggling runs into San Diego. He allegedly told officials he had flown from Africa to Europe, then to Central America and Chetumal, Mexico, on the Mexico-Belize border, where he took a bus to Tijuana. source – Daily Mail UK
Memo to Janet Napolitano – WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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(Reuters) – At least 31 people were killed and more than 100 injured on Monday in a suicide bombing at Russia‘s biggest airport, Russian news agencies reported.
Russia’s ruble-dominated stock market MICEX fell by nearly two percent following the blast, which ripped through the baggage claim area at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport at 1332 GMT.
Smoke wafted out of the baggage claim area and people were seen running out of the emergency exits at the airport, local media reported.
Initial casualty figures were contradictory with ITAR-TASS saying about 20 people had been killed. A spokeswoman for prosecutors put the number of casualties at about 20.
Moscow suffered its worst attack in six years in March 2010 when two female suicide bombers from Russia’s volatile Dagestan region set off explosives in the metro, killing 40 people.
The Kremlin is struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency in the mainly Muslim North Caucasus, and rebels have repeatedly vowed they will take their battle to the Russian heartland.