DHAKA (AFP) - police on Sunday (Oct 29) arrested three suspected Islamist extremists and seized weapons and explosives in a raid targeting a homegrown group accused of orchestrating a string of deadly attacks. The trio were detained in a pre-dawn raid at a mango plantation in the northwestern district of Chapai Nawabganj. Commander Abdullah al Murad, from the Rapid Action Battalion, said the men were from the Jamayetul Mujahideen , a group blamed for a cafe siege in Dhaka last year that left 22 people dead, including 18 foreigners
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SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube announced Monday (June 26) the launch of an anti-terror partnership aimed at thwarting the spread of extremist content online. The "Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism" intends to share engineering, research and knowledge to help "continue to make our hosted consumer services hostile to terrorists and violent extremists," the companies said. Each of the technology giants has been working individually to prevent its platforms or services from being used to promote or spread extremist views
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JAKARTA — Six suspected Islamic militants who police accused of plotting to fire a rocket at Marina Bay Sands from Batam were sentenced to prison on Wednesday (June 7) - but on charges of harbouring other extremists. Judge Tarigan Muda Limbong said there wasn't enough evidence to prove the rocket plot. Instead, the court found the militants guilty of hiding two Chinese Uighurs who were trying to join an extremist group in Poso, on the island of Sulawesi, and of setting up a jihadi training camp
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STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Sweden is home to some 2,000 Muslim extremists, the nation's intelligence chief said Monday (July 3), a nearly 10-fold increase in less than a decade. Anders Thornberg, head of domestic spy service Sapo, attributed the rise primarily to the sophisticated propaganda machine of the Islamic State group. Although "few extremists" have "the will and ability" to carry out attacks, they must be found and closely followed, Thornberg said
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LONDON (AFP) - Britain said Thursday (July 6) it had begun housing Muslim extremists in separate prison units to prevent them radicalising other inmates, as it grapples with a mounting terror threat. A new "separation centre" has been opened at Frankland jail near Durham, northeast England, the interior ministry said. It is first of three centres which together will have a capacity of 28 inmates