Islamic State’s propaganda agency Amaq has claimed the terrorist attack which occurred today at 4.30 pm (local time) in Bourke street, Melbourne.
A man stabbed three people randomly in the street. One is dead, and the two wounded were transferred to the hospital. For now, the victims’ names are not known. According to Victoria’s police officers, the two men, 26 and 58 years old, haven’t suffered life threatening injuries.
The assaillant, of Somali origin, was shot in the chest by a police officer and died a few hours after the attack at the hospital. He was known by both local police and federal intelligence.
Police said they were “not looking for anyone further at this early stage”.
“We don’t believe there is an ongoing threat at this stage, but certainly we are treating it as a terrorism incident,” said Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.
Police was officially called at around 4 pm to report of a car fire in Bourke street, a very busy street, just before the afterwork rush hour. When they arrived they found the assailant attacking pedestrians. Police also reported that the vehicle belonged to the terrorist and that they found gaz bottles inside. But, fortunately none of them has exploded.
It’s not the first time that a terrorist attack happened in Bourke street. Indeed, a drug-induced psychosis man, drove his car on pedestrians, and hit 33 people.
Marie Gounin, IEJ 3E
The attacks against the Burkina Faso in 2016 and 2017 are the fault of Blaise Compaoré’s indulgence toward terrorist groups, according to Christian Kaboré. The newly elected president was on TV5 Monde last Sunday, explaining that his country was considered as a peaceful place, free from terrorism before the carelessness of the previous president (currently on the run in Ivory Coast).
One month after his election, an assault took place in a restaurant and in a pub in Ouagadougou center. 30 people died on 15th of January 2016. This attack was claimed by AQMI not long after. The president had to face a lot of criticism about the security of the country, he answered that being an obstacle to the terrorists was the cause of the assault, not a security problem.
Christian Kaboré wants France to extradite the brother of Blaise Compaoré, Francois, because of the presumed murder of Norbert Zongo an investigation journalist in the country. The Burkinabé president is starting a political crisis.
Plantec Marine, IEJ1D
It has been announced today, Sting, the famous singer will be the first artist to perform in the Bataclan.
After one year of work, the sadly famous concert hall will welcome the artist. The place and the indoor room have been reproduced exactly the same as before the terrorist attack.
Originally, it was Pete Doherty, the young provoking artist, who was on the calendar to launch the new season. But, on France Info (news radio station), Jules Frutos, the co-president of the Bataclan declared :”Firstly, Pete Doherty was booked to open the hall. But, Sting, the legendary singer made the decision to call us, saying he wanted to play for the opening”.
Here in Paris, it’s good news that a worldwide and beloved artist wants to get involved after one year of terror. For Jerome Langlet, the other president :”It’s a concert, it’s not a ceremony”. Using this statement, the co-president proves that everybody in Paris wants to move forward from a sad year.
All benefits from this concert will be reversed to associations of victims of this November 13th horrific night.
Choosing November 12th, exactly one year after the attack, is also a symbolic way to show how selflessly workers and citizens contributed to rebuild the Bataclan theater.
Léo Leblond, IEJ3E
219 of the 276 girls kidnapped two years ago by islamists of Boko Haram in Nigeria are still missing. The girls were kidnapped from their school and deported to an unknown place.
On Wednesday, CNN released an apparent proof of life video of fifteen of the girls, reportedly filmed last December. They wore flowing headscarves and stated their names. “We are all well,”said one of them.
56 students have succeeded to escape during the days following the snatching. They were then taken to an unknown place in order to protect them.
After their disappearance the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls has been one the most tweeted hashtags on social media and many events took place in the following weeks to protest for those girls.
Many times it was believed that some of them were used as kamikazes during terrorist attacks in Nigeria, but no identification could be done. It seems that some of them have been married or sold, but this information could not be verified .
“Their research and the fight against Boko Haram will continue” assured Nigerian government.
Ilaria Congiu , IEJ 1Bis
New suspect of Paris bombings in January 2015 was arrested Tuesday in Spain. The Frenchman, Antoine Devini, is suspected of supplying weapons to Amedy Coulibaly, the author of the attack against the Hypercacher, the Parisian cocher supermarket on 9th January 2015, which killed four people.
The suspect was arrested in Rincon de la Victoria, in the region of Malaga, Andalusia, during a joint operation with the French police. He had been wanted by France, which had issued an international arrest warrant, for gunrunning.
He had left France, a few weeks after the attack, and was hidden in Rincon de la Victoria since. The police also arrested two accomplices, a Serbian and an inhabitant of Montenegro. They allegedly acted as intermediaries for Antoine Devini. According to the police, he continued his illegal activities from his hideout. Several illicit objects were found at his apartment, including false passports, and computer hardware.
Interrogated in Madrid, he denied having sold weapons to Coulibaly, and agreed to be transferred to France. The Spanish high court is expected to accept his extradition, unless he is involved in an affair with Spain. The French minister of interior affairs, Bernard Cazeneuve, congratulated his Spanish counterpart, Jorge Fernandez Diaz.
Louis Troadec, IEJ 1bis
The extradition from Brussels to Paris of Salah Abdeslam , principal suspect of the terrorist attacks in November , is temporarily suspended. In fact , he was supposed to arrive between Saturday and Sunday in the French capital.
The lawyer of the presumed terrorist released this information yesterday, explaining also that, informally , the Belgian justice wants to interrogate him about the house search in Forest, a city in Brussels.
During the police operation , that occurred in March 15 2016, the residents have been evacuated because of a gunfire exchange. But informally the justice wants more information about the terrorist attacks in Brussels in which 35 people lost their lives. That’s why they are decided to keep him in Belgium to completely clarify the investigation.
Abdeslam‘s transfer is not questioned by the French minister of justice, Jean-Jacques Urvoas; he rather grants the Belgian police the time they need in order to complete their investigation. Once all aspects of the events are clarified he will be extradited to France.
One of the authors of the attacks in the airport ‘Zaventem’ is still wanted by the police.
Ilaria Congiu , IEJ 1 Bis
It’s such a rare thing : a terrorist has been arrested, alive. That allowed politicians to give their minds on the issue of how we should punish terrorists. The least we can say is that Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, (called “NKM” in her own country), has a strong opinion on the subject.
Six days after the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, three days after the Brussels attacks, the question of punishment for terrorists appears. For the right-wing politician, “There is no solution today to guarantee that men like Salah Abdeslam will effectively spend the rest of their lives in jail”. Even Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, declared himself open to discuss possibility of adopting new laws in those cases.
However, the real life imprisonment that NKM asks for has already been voted by the national Assembly, just a few days ago (on the 8th of March of this year). Adopted by the majority, the 4th article gives the possibility to overpass, for terrorists, the maximal penalty, that is 30 years of jail. The text now needs the agreement of the Senate.
Shady Menard, IEJ 1 bis.