#AceNewsServices – EUROPE: Jan.17: As the world turns inward on its self and the fall-out of #CharlieHebdo is felt around the world. Security measures as many governments have wanted for a long time are ramped up to severe.
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Saturday, January 17
At least two churches were put on fire in Niger as protesters came out for a second day to slam French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, AFP reports.
More than 10,000 people rallied in Magas, the capital of the Russian southern republic of Ingushetia, to support Islam and protest cartoons insulting the Prophet Mohammed. The demonstration was aimed at demonstrating that Islam is a religion of peace and decry both the extremists aiming to hijack it for their own goals and the people deliberately insulting Muslims and their faith under a guise of protecting freedom of speech from the extremists.
French President Francois Hollande said that France had “principles, values, and notably freedom of expression” in response to protests against Charlie Hebdo magazine that were held in Niger and Pakistan.
“We have supported these countries in their fight against terrorism,” he added.
Police have fired tear gas at demonstrators in Niger, who on Saturday continued their protest against satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published by French magazine Charlie Hebdo, AFP reports.
Smoke rises from the Franco-Nigerien Cultural Center (CCFN) in Zinder after it was burned down during demonstrations after Friday prayer on January 16, 2015 against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s publication of a cartoon showing the Prophet Mohammed (AFP Photo / Stringer)
Amedy Coulibaly, one of the gunmen who killed a policewoman in Paris surburb and shot dead four hostages at a kosher grocery store, drove five people in Madrid, Spain to catch a plane to Turkey, a source told AFP.
“We think they travelled from Paris, going to Madrid-Barajas (airport), without stopping – Coulibaly, Hayat, the Belhoucine brothers, and Mohamed Belhoucine’s wife and son.”
Mehdi Sabry Belhoucine and his brother Mohamed, have already been convicted of terrorism related offenses.
Prosecutors in the French city of Avignon confirmed charging a 28-year-old man with “murder, attempted murder and possession of drugs” after he stabbed a Moroccan man, Mohamed El Makouli, to death inside his house.
The assailant rushed into the house of El Makouli in the village of Beaucet on Wednesday shouting “I am your god, I am your Islam” before stabbing the Morrocan man 17 times, the National Observatory Against Islamophobia said Friday.
“The Islamophobic aspect will be investigated when we interview this boy who claims to have heard voices,” a spokesman said, according to AFP. Observatory president Abdallah Zekri condemned the assult as a “horrible Islamophobic attack.”
More than 50 anti-Muslim incidents have been recorded by the Central Council of Muslims in France since the Charlie Hebdo attack.
Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and others run to escape security forces after they tried to reach the French embassy during a protest against satirical French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which featured a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad as the cover of its first edition since an attack by Islamist gunmen, after the Friday prayer in Amman January 16, 2015. (Reuters / Muhammad Hamed)
Friday, January 16
German authorities have received warnings of possible militant attacks at railway stations in Berlin and Dresden, security sources told Reuters. Dresden is considered the most vulnerable, due to anti-Islam marches in the city which often attract tens of thousands of people. An Interior Ministry official did not comment on this information, though he confirmed that security services receive a lot of data from different sources. According to him, not all protective measures are visible to the public. Earlier on Friday, after raiding 12 homes, police arrested two people suspected of recruiting fighters for Syria.
About 100 protesters carrying banners with the pictures of the Kouachi brothers and Osama bin Laden gathered on Friday in a conservative district of Istanbul in support of the gunmen who killed 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo HQ in Paris. The organizer of the rally was a group called the “Fraternal Platform of the Prophet’s Companions.” Police blocked the participants and prevented them from marching around Fatih mosque. “The day came when by Allah’s hand two or three people punished and humiliated these infidels. Today, Western media and the infidels know that Muslims will take their revenge,” the leader of the rally said, Naharnet reported.
The presence of radicalized Muslims across Europe and their network’s increasing sophistication, combined with its lack of organized structure, makes it extremely difficult for police and officials to track every possible terror attack, said Rob Wainwright, head of European Union police agency Europol.
“The scale of the problem, the diffuse nature of the network, the scale of the people involved makes this extremely difficult for even very well-functioning counterterrorist agencies such as we have in France to stop every attack,” AP reported him as saying.
Wainwright added that more than 2,500 and maybe even as many as 5,000 suspects have succeeded in entering Europe from war-torn countries such as Iraq and Syria.
More to follow ……….!
Courtesy of : AFP – RT – AP – French Media – France 24 – Reuters.