Attackers defeated in mall siege, Kenya's president says
September 24th, 2013
08:07 PM ET

Attackers defeated in mall siege, Kenya's president says

After four days of bloody mayhem, Kenyan security forces have "ashamed and defeated" the terrorist gunmen who had besieged Nairobi's Westgate Mall, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Tuesday.

In a nationally televised address, Kenyatta declared his country "bloodied but unbowed" after the attack.

"We confronted this evil without flinching, confronted our deep grief and pain, and conquered it," he said.

Five terrorists were killed in the fighting, Kenyatta said. Eleven other people had been arrested over possible connections to the attack.

The victory came at a cost: at least 61 civilian deaths, six dead security officers and some 175 injuries. Sixty-two people remain hospitalized, he said. The Kenya Red Cross was reporting 62 deaths.

The death toll may yet rise. The Red Cross said 65 people remain unaccounted for, and Kenyatta said three floors of the mall had collapsed, trapping some bodies.
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September 13th, 2013
12:50 AM ET

Al Qaeda message on 9/11

Americans commemorated this week the loss of those who died at the hands of al Qaeda terrorists on September 11, 2001. Their leader chimed in a day later with new threats against the United States.

Ayman al-Zawahiri called on his followers in an audio message posted on the Internet on Thursday to "land a large strike on it, even if it takes years of patience for this."

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September 11th, 2013
04:51 PM ET

Boston airport apologizes for fire training exercise on 9/11

Officials from the Massachusetts Port Authority issued an apology Wednesday after conducting a fire training exercise at Boston Logan International Airport on the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

"The fire department will be training this morning. Smoke on the airfield is part of the training," the airport's Twitter account announced.

In response to negative reactions on social media sites, the port authority, which operates the airport, said in a statement, "Massport apologizes for conducting the fire training exercise and understands that it may have offended many of those touched by the events of Sept. 11."

"It's just dumb," Gov. Deval Patrick said. "The timing could not be worse."

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September 2nd, 2013
03:16 AM ET

Afghan and NATO troops repel Taliban attack

NATO and Afghan forces fought back Taliban attackers who launched an assault Monday on a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan.
The insurgents detonated explosives and then began firing guns in an area where NATO supply trucks were parked in Nangarhar province, said Ahmed Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the province's governor.

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August 29th, 2013
04:46 AM ET

India nabs terrorism suspect Yasin Bhatkal

Indian intelligence agencies have arrested Yasin Bhatkal, one of the country's most wanted terrorism suspects, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said Thursday.

Bhatkal is believed to be a co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen, a militant group banned in India and listed by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization.

Intelligence officials arrested him Wednesday in the eastern state of Bihar, near India's border with Nepal, Shinde said.

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August 1st, 2013
09:23 PM ET

Terror threat prompts U.S. embassy closures

A terror threat prompted the State Department on Thursday to direct its embassies in key Middle East nations, including Egypt and Israel, to close on Sunday with the possibility they could remain idle longer.

A U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly on the matter called the threat "credible and serious."

It was "directed at American targets overseas," but may not be confined to main diplomatic facilities, the official said.

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June 21st, 2013
05:40 AM ET

At least 14 killed in Pakistan mosque bombing

At least 14 people were killed and 25 others were wounded during a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, according to a senior police official.

Shafiullah Khan told CNN the bomber shot and killed a guard at the entrance to the mosque then entered the main hall where he blew himself up while the victims were praying. The wounded were taken to Lady Reading hospital.

Friday prayers is the main gathering of the week for Muslims.

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June 21st, 2013
05:32 AM ET

Spain arrests eight suspects linked to al Qaeda

Security forces arrested eight members of a group linked to al Qaeda on Friday in a Spanish enclave in North Africa, authorities said.

"We have broken up a network responsible for sending combatants to al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups operating in Syria," the Spanish Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The suspects were captured in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave that borders Morocco.

Authorities said the network was based in Ceuta and the nearby Moroccan city of Fnideq.

It recruited, trained and paid for terrorists to fight in other countries, authorities said.

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Boston bomb suspect linked to 2011 killings
Ibragim Todashev, left, confessed to his role in a 2011 triple homicide in Massachusetts and also fingered Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the deaths, a federal law enforcement official said.
May 22nd, 2013
09:41 PM ET

Boston bomb suspect linked to 2011 killings

Deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev participated in a 2011 gruesome triple homicide outside Boston along with a Chechen killed early Wednesday during a confrontation with the FBI and Massachusetts State Police in Orlando, Florida, a federal law enforcement official told CNN.

Ibragim Todashev, who died during the interview with authorities, not only confessed to his direct role in slashing the throats of three people in Waltham, Massachusetts, but also fingered Tsarnaev in the deaths, the official said Wednesday.

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UK: Fatal cleaver attack an act of terror
Authorities examine the crime scene in London's Woolwich neighborhood.
May 22nd, 2013
09:38 PM ET

UK: Fatal cleaver attack an act of terror

They first hit the man, thought to be a British soldier, with a car in broad daylight. Then the two attackers hacked him to death and dumped his body in the middle of a southeastern London road.

As the victim - dressed in what appeared to be a T-shirt for Help for Heroes, a charity that helps military veterans - lay prone, one of the two attackers found a camera.

"We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone," said a meat-cleaver-wielding man with bloody hands, speaking in what seems to be a London accent.

British Prime David Cameron called the act a terrorist attack.

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May 3rd, 2013
02:47 PM ET

Source: Explosives residue in suspect's home

Investigators have found residue of explosives in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, apartment slain bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev shared with his wife and young daughter, a source briefed on the investigation told CNN on Friday.

The residue turned up in at least three places, the source said: the kitchen table, the kitchen sink and the bathtub.

Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had previously told investigators that he and his brother built the devices in Tamerlan's home, according to another U.S. law enforcement official regularly briefed on the investigation.

Meanwhile, investigators searched areas in and around Dartmouth, Massachusetts, on Friday, according to the FBI.

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April 30th, 2013
08:23 AM ET

Boston probe eyes slain Canadian jihadist, source says

Federal agents are looking into possible links between dead Boston Marathon bomb suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a Canadian boxer-turned-jihadist killed by Russian troops in 2012, a source being briefed on the investigation said Monday.

William Plotnikov and six others died in a firefight with Russian forces in the southwestern republic of Dagestan in July 2012, while Tsarnaev was visiting the region, the source said. The 23-year-old Plotnikov was born in Russia, but his family moved to Canada when he was a teenager.

The source said Plotnikov's body was prepared for burial by a local imam on July 14. Tsarnaev flew out of Dagestan two days later, arriving in New York on July 17. Investigators are looking into the possibility he left because of Plotnikov's death, the source said.

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April 26th, 2013
08:58 AM ET

Boston suspect moved to detention hospital

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, has been transferred from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to Federal Medical Center Devens, a facility that holds detainees who need medical care in north-central Massachusetts, U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Drew Wade said Friday.

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April 26th, 2013
06:22 AM ET

Suspects' father delays trip to U.S.

The parents of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects have left their home in Dagestan for another part of Russia, the suspects' mother Zubeidat Tsarnaev told CNN Friday. She said the suspects' father, Anzor Tsarnaev, is delaying his trip to the United States indefinitely.

He was to fly to the United States as soon as Friday to cooperate in the investigation into the attacks. But his wife called an ambulance for him Thursday.

She told CNN's Nick Paton Walsh that her husband was delaying the trip for health reasons. She wouldn't elaborate.

Anzor Tsarnaev agreed to fly to the United States after FBI agents and Russian officials spoke with them for hours this week at the family's home.

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April 23rd, 2013
05:56 AM ET

Spain holds 2 suspected of al Qaeda links

Spanish police arrested two suspected al Qaeda terrorists on Tuesday but said they had no indication of an imminent attack.

The Interior Ministry identified the suspects as Nou Mediouni, of "Algerian origin," who was arrested in the north-central city of Zaragoza, and Hassan El Jaaouani, of "Moroccan origin," and arrested in the southeastern city of Murcia.

Spanish police worked with their counterparts in France and Morocco to carry out the latest arrests, the Interior Ministry statement said.

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Source: Bomb suspect says brother drove plot
Boston police released this photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev using an ATM after he and his brother allegedly carjacked a man.
April 23rd, 2013
03:41 AM ET

Source: Bomb suspect says brother drove plot

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told investigators that his older brother - not any international terrorist group - masterminded the deadly attack, a U.S. government source said.

Preliminary interviews with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev indicate the two brothers fit the classification of self-radicalized jihadists, the source said Monday.

Tsarnaev has conveyed to investigators that Tamerlan's motivation was that of jihadist thought and the idea that Islam is under attack and jihadists need to fight back, the source said.

The government source cautioned that the interviews were preliminary, and that Tsarnaev's account needs to be checked out and followed up on by investigators.

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April 23rd, 2013
02:30 AM ET

Suspects in terror plot to appear in court

Two men accused of planning to carry out an al Qaeda-supported attack against a passenger train traveling between Canada and the United States will make their first court appearance on Tuesday, police said.

The hearing in Toronto's Old City Hall Court comes a day after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced they had arrested 30-year-old Chiheb Esseghaier of Montreal and 35-year-old Raed Jaser of Toronto.

The two men face charges of "receiving support from al Qaeda elements in Iran" to carry out an attack and conspiring to murder people on a VIA railway train in the greater Toronto area, Assistant Police Commissioner James Malizia said.

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April 22nd, 2013
06:34 PM ET

Official: Thwarted plot targeted train to U.S.

Canadian authorities have arrested two men accused of planning to carry out an al Qaeda-supported attack against a passenger train traveling between Canada and the United States, a U.S. congressman told CNN on Monday.

"As I understand it, it was a train going from Canada to the U.S.," Rep. Peter King, R-New York, chairman of the counterterrorism and intelligence subcommittee, said.

The news follows an announcement earlier in the day by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that they had arrested Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35.

The two men are charged with "receiving support from al Qaeda elements in Iran" to carry out an attack and conspiring to murder people on a VIA railway train in the greater Toronto area, Assistant Police Commissioner James Malizia said.

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April 22nd, 2013
07:33 AM ET

Monday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the investigation and fallout from the fatal bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Today's programming highlights...

The Jodi Arias trial resumes on Tuesday, April 23

12:00 pm ET - White House briefing - The Boston Marathon bombings, gun control and immigration will likely dominate discussion at today's briefing in Washington.

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April 22nd, 2013
04:56 AM ET

Boston honors victims; suspect can’t speak

At 2:50 p.m. Monday, Boston will fall silent to honor the victims of a tragedy that unhinged the city.

A minute later, bells will ring to mark the Boston Marathon bombings one week ago today.

As Americans reflect on the attacks, the lone surviving suspect remains hospitalized with a tube down his throat, unable to verbalize what he was thinking when a pair of bombs killed three people and wounded more than 170 others.

While authorities say Bostonians can rest easier now that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in custody, nagging questions hinder any total sense of security: Why would the assailants want to kill or maim throngs of innocent civilians, and could this happen again?

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