Latest Counterterrorism News

American kidnapped in southern Niger, says local official

Oct. 27, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen kidnapped an American citizen in the West African nation of Niger early Tuesday and demanded a ransom from his relatives, a local government official said. Philipe Nathan Walton was taken from his farm in Massalata in southern Niger at 1:45 a.m., Ibrahim Abba Lele, a prefect in...

French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, second left, speaks in front of a high school Friday Oct.16, 2020 in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, after a history teacher who opened a discussion with high school students on caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad was beheaded. French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he called an

Suspect in teacher's beheading in France was Chechen teen

Oct. 17, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A suspect shot dead by police after the beheading of a history teacher near Paris was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee unknown to intelligence services who posted a grisly claim of responsibility on social media minutes after the attack, officials said Saturday. France’s anti-terrorism...

Pakistani police arrest 2 men on charges of terror financing

Oct. 8, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's counter-terrorism police on Thursday arrested two suspected militants on charges of collecting funds for outlawed charities of a radical cleric wanted by Washington for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. According to a statement from the Counter-Terrorism Department,...

8 charged in French cryptocurrency scheme to finance jihadis

Oct. 3, 2020 7:14 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said Saturday that eight people have been charged for their alleged involvement in a complex scheme financing Islamic extremists in Syria through the use of cryptocurrencies. Two suspects have been handed preliminary charges of financing...

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2019, file photo, Professor Mohammad Ismail, father of Pakistani human rights activist Gulalai Ismail, holds a photo of his daughter in Islamabad, Pakistan. Ismail, an elderly human rights worker said Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 that his wife and their daughter, who has already fled to America after being targeted by the country's powerful military for investigations into rights abuses by solders, faces a fresh wave of terrorism related charges. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

Pakistani rights worker: Charges against family unfounded

Oct. 2, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An elderly Pakistani human rights worker said Friday his wife and their daughter — who has already fled to America after being targeted by the country’s powerful military for her investigations into human rights abuses by soldiers — face new terrorism-related charges....

FILE - In this March 29, 2014 file photo, Aziza al-Yousef drives a car on a highway during a women's rights campaign in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her son, Salah al-Haidar, a dual U.S.-Saudi citizen, is set to go on trial Thursday in a court established to try terrorism cases in the Saudi capital, Riyadh on charges related to alleged social media posts criticizing the government. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Trump is urged to intervene in trial of US-Saudi national

Sep. 30, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The trial of a U.S. citizen who is also a Saudi national began Wednesday in Saudi Arabia in a counter-terrorism court that has been used to imprison rights activists in a case that could spark further tensions in already uneasy U.S.-Saudi relations. The case of Salah...

Terrorism charges filed in stabbings near French newspaper

Sep. 30, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Pakistani man accused in a double stabbing outside the former Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has been handed preliminary terrorism charges. The suspect told investigators he acted out of anger over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad recently republished by the weekly...

From the left, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, anti-terrorism state prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard , and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin answer reporters after a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Friday Sept. 25, 2020 in Paris. French terrorism authorities are investigating a stabbing of two people outside the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and two suspects have been arrested, authorities said. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

Suspect claims prophet caricatures prompted Paris stabbings

Sep. 29, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The chief suspect in a double stabbing in Paris told investigators he acted out of anger over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad recently republished by the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, France's counterterrorism prosecutor said Tuesday. Two people were seriously wounded in last...

Police officers gather in the area of a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Friday Sept. 25, 2020 in Paris. Paris police say they have arrested a man suspected of a knife attack that wounded at least two people near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Police initially thought there were two attackers but now say there was only one. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Official: Paris stabbing suspect targeted Charlie Hebdo

Sep. 26, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The chief suspect in a double stabbing in Paris told investigators he carried out the attack in anger over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad recently republished by satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, a judicial official said Saturday. Two people were wounded and seven people are in custody...

Police officers stand by a knife, seen on the ground, in Paris, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. French terrorism authorities are investigating a knife attack that wounded at least two people Friday near the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, authorities said. A suspect has been arrested. (Soufian Fezzani Via AP)

Paris stabbing suspect wasn't on police radar, minister says

Sep. 25, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A young man stabbed two people Friday outside the former Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, where 12 people were killed in 2015, and a terrorism investigation has been opened into the new attack, authorities said. The suspected assailant had been arrested a month ago for...