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Burials begin for mosque shooting victims

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/20/19, 12:20 pm

Mourners on Wednesday buried the first two of 50 worshippers who died last week in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand. The two, Khalid Mustafa, 44, and his son, Hamza Mustafa, 15, moved to the country last year with their family after spending six years as Syrian refugees in Jordan. Authorities have charged a 28-year-old Australian, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, with murder for the attacks in the city of Christchurch. His next hearing is scheduled for April 5. Police have formally identified and released the remains of 21 of the victims, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

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ISIS camp falls in Syria

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/19/19, 01:15 pm

U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of an Islamic State (ISIS) encampment near the village of Baghuz, the last territory controlled by the terror group. Hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, Syrian Defense Forces spokesman Mustafa Bali said. Among those captured were suspects in a January bombing that killed four Americans in northern Syria.

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Dutch police search for tram shooting suspect

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/18/19, 12:21 pm

Dutch police on Monday hunted for a suspect after at least three people died in a shooting on a tram in Utrecht, Netherlands. Authorities labeled the shooting a possible terror attack. A gunman opened fire inside the tram at about 10:45 a.m. Authorities released photos of the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Turkish man Gokman Tanis. “A terrorist motive cannot be excluded,” police spokesman Bernhard Jens said.

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