Terrorism Telegram Newsline – May 23

More as it happens and for those among you using Twitter, instant news via @terrorevents

– A lot of people are reporting an explosion near the MEN Arena. Huge police response. No confirmation of what’s going on

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** Police are asking to stay away from the area
** Keep in mind that NO attack has been confirmed. Only people reporting an explosion. Might be speakers that blew too
** Police statement on the ongoing situation @ MEN Arena. No statement on the cause yet
** Armed police on scene
** According to NBC, citing a police source, at least 20 fatalities and hundreds injured
** Stranded in Manchester, with no place to go? Check for help.
** A BBC5 reporter said police are treating this incident AS IF it were a terrorist attack until they learn otherwise
** Latest statement on the explosions @ MEN Arena. 19 killed, around 50 injured
** So far, fanboys on are only talking about what is being spread through regular media
** They are celebrating but no claims at this point.
**  supporters on say the attack (if confirmed as an attack) is retaliation for airstrikes in Syria and Iraq
**  has activated its safety check
** On channels: A 16 second video of a man talking about the alleged attack, showing this piece of paper

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** Full text of his statement. Please note this looks and sounds in no way like something you’d expect from .
** Emergency number for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area: +44 (0)161 856 9400
** Latest police statement: suicide attack confirmed & death toll rises to 22
** Manchester explosion: Ariana Grande fans criticise arena’s security after suicide bombing – https://t.co/plztVguLfw
** Mayor Andy Burnham says vigil will be held this evening in Albert Square following attack in which 22 people were killed
** 1st deadly victim is known: 18-year-old Georgina Callander. (Announced by her friends.)
** Police are working to determine if the attacker acted alone or was part of a larger group: PM May
** The attack was carried out by one man. Police believe they know his identity, but they’re not releasing the name yet: May
**  shopping mall is currently being evacuated. People running out. Armed police on scene. Market Street sealed off.
** 1 man arrested. Suspicious parcel found @ food court. Sniffer dogs on scene
**  shopping mall reopened
** A 23-year-old man has been arrested in south Manchester, in relation to yesterday’s bombing
** This is not currently believed to be connected to last night’s attacks. 1 under arrest.
**  has just claimed the attack @ MEN arena
**  statement in English

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** Note the statement has the same style as the claims for the and .
** Police are still asking to avoid the city centre
** CBS says attacker has been named as Salman Abedi. No confirmation from police though
** Another one of the victims: 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos: Lancashire County Council
** Police execute warrants and carry out controlled explosion in in connection to last night’s attack
** Warrants executed in and : police
** Terror posters are being spread via Telegram, as a tribute to last night’s terror attack @ Manchester Arena
** Manchester police are asking to urgently provide them with any footage you might have from last night
** Met increases number of officers on duty following the terrorist attack in
**Police at the scene of two raids in south Manchester following yesterday’s terror attack (pics )
** Suicide bomber is named as ‘Manchester-born British-Libyan’ jihadist Salman Abedi.
** He was chanting Islamic prayers loudly in the street’: Neighbours of British-born Manchester suicide bomber.
** Pro (media) groups are promoting the Manchester bombing with infographics in Arabic and English
** Another poster is being spread by supporters on Telegram. Note the hashtag in the right upper corner.

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**  – Vigil for victims of Manchester attack has been interrupted when a man w/ large knife and baseball bat had to be detained
** British terror threat level is being raised to critical: PM May. – Meaning an attack is imminent.
** Operation has been approved and launched: military personnel to be deployed to assist police
** Investigation has revealed that there is “a possibility” the Manchester bomber was part of a wider group of people: PM May


  • – Salford University evacuated due to suspicious package.
    ** Suspicious package was found under a bench. Police on scene and sniffer dogs on the way.
    ** Area cleared and reopened.
  • released pictures of their ongoing fight with the Egyptian army
  • – An armed man has allegedly been spotted. Large (special) police forces deployment. Some schools reportedly on lockdown
    ** Schools not on lockdown, but evacuated, due to the sighting of an armed man
    ** Identity of suspect unknown. If not caught tonight: extra security measures tomorrow @ schools and transport as of 7.30
  • – Huge explosion just heard. Casualties feared
    ** Preliminary death toll: at least 5 people
    ** Suicide attack: at least 5 killed.
    ** The attack was carried out near the popular Juba hotel
    **  has now claimed the attack through * This is Abū Qatādah al-Marihhānī, who carried out the suicide attack.

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  • – NYPD boosts security in weak of deadly U.K. concert attack
  • Extra armed police officers to be deployed @ for weekend’s FA Cup Final and @ for Premiership rugby final
  • – New attack against forces
  • (media office of IS Ninawa Wilayah) has released a new video, entitled “We will surely guide them to our ways”
  • released pictures of the distribution of their propaganda flyers “Answer the Call”
  • – Terror threat level to stay at 3, after the attack in : OCAD
  • – Tram @ Ceintuurbaan and area evacuated. Someone left suitcases on the tram and ran off fast. Sniffer dogs on scene
    ** Tram and suitcases will be moved to another place to examine for traces of the suspect. Area 2 be released shortly
  • shopping mall is currently being evacuated. People running out. Armed police on scene. Market Street sealed off.
  • Secret of rocket launcher revealed. (Source: Jane’s Defense Weekly)
  • – Two ‘dangerously radicalized’ men with links to arrested
  • – Suspected militants throw grenade at police station. A few police officers were lightly injured
  • – Deadliest month for Syria civilians in US-led strikes: monitor
  • published its daily brief for today. No mention of the attack
  • – Armed man arrested in the rue de l’hôtel des Monnaies. Not yet known if terror related
  • – Australian woman charged over links to  – https://t.co/rQY6MmXvGv
  • – 1 police officer stabbed. Attacker shot and heavily injured. Counter-terrorism investigation underway
  • – Counter-terror operation ongoing. 18 members arrested so far
  • – Egypt army chief-of-staff meets UK intel chief – https://t.co/1bxA21fuOL
  • – Syrian State TV announces a VBIED attack in Homs’ al-Zahraa neighborhood
    ** Preliminary toll: 4 killed
  • – 11 soldiers killed in attack on military base – https://t.co/j5LPmKi4xW
  • – Victoria Coach station has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found
    ** Area cleared, station reopened
  • – Sinjar Resistance Units repel attack on Yezidi district – https://t.co/8PsbDDiTha
  • – Homeland Security: No credible threat at US venues
  • claims having repelled a Syrian Army offensive by publishing pictures of it

Philippines – ISIS members on the streets of Marawi City. They have blocked some entry/exit points
** This is a daring IS (Abu Sayyaf and Maute) attack. Marawi City has a population of 200,000! **  supporters spreading pictures of the situation in the city. Large number of buildings set on fire
** The terrorists meanwhile also took over the police station and the city hall
** Philippine president declares martial law in province after troops clash with Islamic State-linked group
**  – NYPD boosts security in weak of deadly U.K. concert attack
** Preliminary figures say over 500 Asian -linked jihadis are attacking the city
** Scene of the ongoing attack by -linked jihadis

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Scene of -linked jihadis setting up checkpoints

** IS of the so called “liberation” of the prisoners out of the Marawi jail – https://twitter.com/geopolitiquee/status/867097836147675138

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