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Terrorism

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The brutal murder of Pastor William Siraj in Pakistan
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Two attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on the car as the clerics drove home from church, killing Pastor William Siraj and wounding another. The gruesome killing is yet another incident of atrocities faced by the minority communities in Pakistan, where Christians have suffered brutalities like abduction, killings and have been convicted of blasphemy, facing death sentence.
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'I'm coming home in a body bag': Texas hostage-taker's last call
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The Blackburn terrorist who held up a synagogue ranted about "f***ing Jews" and urged more British Muslims to launch jihad in the United States in a disturbing final phone call to his family, minutes before he was shot dead following the hostage standoff in Texas, the report said. Father-of-six Akram, who had been in the US for a fortnight and bought his gun 'off the street' in Texas, had said: "I've told my kids to man up. Don't cry at my funeral. I've been praying to Allah for two years for this. I'm coming home in a body bag."
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IED blast in busy Lahore market leaves two dead, several injured
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The banned Baloch National Army has claimed responsibility for the attack. As per locals, Lahore's hub of wholesale markets, located around the Lohari Gate area, which is a congested and densely-populated vicinity, was rocked by a powerful blast, claiming lives of at least two, including one teenager, and injuring at least 25 others. Among the injured, 22 are men while three are women.
Terrorism
Pakistan to pay Chinese victims in terrorist attack
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A total of 10 Chinese national lost their lives and another 26 were hurt in a suicide attack on a bus that was carrying them to the work site of the Dasu Hydropower Project in July last year.
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Texas-Synagogue
Faisal Akram had a criminal record dating back more than 25 years
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The Blackburn-born father of six, a career criminal and reputedly a member of an ultra-conservative Islamist sect, was put under surveillance at the end of 2020 for four weeks, the report said. But a security source said MI5 closed the case having decided that he "didn't present a terrorist threat at that time". He was not kept on the terror 'watchlist' that would have prevented him from flying to America, which security experts have said was a big mistake given the surveillance he had been under.
Texas-Synagogue
Texas hostage-taker was granted entry into US despite criminal record
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Malik Faisal Akram, 44, from Lancashire, UK, staged a 10-hour attack near Dallas on Saturday and held a Rabbi and three others hostage while demanding the release of a convicted terrorist known as 'Lady Al Qaeda' so they could die together. Akram is understood to have landed in New York on January 2, most likely on a flight from Manchester, and was granted legal entry into the US, despite having a criminal record.
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Former IS-K chief killed in Afghanistan shootout
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The militant leader, who hailed from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Orakzai district, was killed during an investigation against organized kidnappers and criminal mafia.
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UK preacher Anjem Choudary called to free 'Lady Al Qaeda' 'physically' or by 'ransom'
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Choudhary called on his supporters to release Aafia Siddiqui 'physically or by ransom' in a Telegram post in September last year, the report said. The 54-year-old has been able to openly carry out social media campaigns again after licence conditions barring him from public speaking expired in 2021, three years after he was released from prison following a conviction for supporting ISIS, the report said.
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Texas-Synagogue
Texas hostage-taker's Pak link being probed; was supporter of Tablighi Jamaat
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As the police in the US and the UK scramble to find if he was part of a wider terror cell, it has emerged that Malik Faisal Akram, 44, from Blackburn, Lancashire, was branded a 'menace' for expressing his desire to be onboard one of the planes that destroyed the World Trade Centre in 2001. Akram's links to Pakistan are also being probed, having been a regular visitor to the country where his father was born. He was reportedly a supporter of the conservative Tablighi Jamaat group, set up to 'purify' Islam.
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Texas Synagogue attack: Accused Malik Faisal Akram identified as British citizen, Joe Biden calls it 'act of terror
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The accused was shot dead by the rescue team on Saturday night at about 9 P.M. (local time) and the hostages were freed unharmed after a 11 hour long standoff, as per a report by CNN. The accused landed in the U.S. legally five weeks ago in December, and spent three nights at a homeless shelter, the CNN further reports.  “There is no question that this was a traumatic experience…We are resilient, and we will recover," Cytron-Walker, the Rabbi said in a statement Sunday.
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