15. oktober 2012
Jihad du jour:
“Belgian police have arrested six suspected members of a terrorist cell tasked with “indoctrinating Brussels’ young Muslims”. In a statement issued today, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office clarified that the party of seven also includes a Belgian citizen. All other arrests targeted north Africans, among whom several Moroccan citizens.“
“French anti-terrorist police have found bomb-making materials and weapons while investigating a suspected radical Islamist network, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said on Wednesday.
Molins said a dozen suspects rounded up in raids across France over the weekend would be held for a further 24 hours after the discovery of chemicals that could be used to make explosives at a garage, in a Paris suburb, which belongs to one of the suspects.
‘We are clearly confronted with an extremely dangerous terror network,’ Molins said in a statement to the media. “It is essential to extend their stay in custody.’”
“‘You have to use violence to defend Islamic values?’ asks the judge.
‘Yes, of course,’ Murat K. replies. Five months after he attacked police officers with a knife, the 26-year-old Salafist came clean in the courtroom: it was his duty, he said, to wound the police officers.
The officers in question are veterans, used to dealing with hooligans and rioting demonstrators, also very aggressive ones. They are not prone to being easily riled. That they should be the ones involved makes Murat K.’s case all the more unusual.
The wiry 49-year-old commander has been with the police’s operational readiness squad since 1998. Murat K. went for him with a knife, but missed.
The policeman whose job it was to get into the thick of the action with a camera and document what happened had 12 years of police experience. He received a knife wound.
Then there was the group leader: a self-possessed woman of 30 with a clear and precise way of speaking. She had been through May 1 demonstrations in Berlin several times. She describes what happened this way: ‘This was different from everything else. Here, it was a matter of life or death.’ She also received multiple stab wounds.
Her camera-wielding colleague says: ‘Imagine being attacked by a swarm of birds. That’s how the stones were coming at us.’ And the commander adds: ‘In all my years in the force, I have never experienced violence this extreme.’
The violence exploded in front of the King Fahd Academy in Bonn on May 5, 2012, when several hundred Muslims were demonstrating against the far-right populist Pro NRW splinter party’s use of some caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.”
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