A man wielding a hammer has attacked and injured two women in France while shouting “Allahu Akbar” (Arabic for ‘my God is greatest’).
The attacker, who stuck in Chalon-sur-Saône, Eastern France, was wearing all black and is still on the run, French media reports.
French prosecutors say they are treating the incident, which occurred just before midday, as a possible terror attack but did not rule out other motives.
The two assaults happened near Place de Beaune, 15 minutes apart. One of the two women is believed to have been hit in the back of the head.
A helicopter was flying over the area to try to find the fugitive.
“A man assaulted two women using a hammer, slightly injuring one of them in the back of the head; both victims are in shock. The events took place near the city centre,” authorities confirmed in a statement.
A 27-year-old woman from Cannes was arrested this week outside the CanneSeries television festival after she yelled “Allah hu Akbar” and threatened to blow herself up.
The threat of terrorism took place at the Place de Gaulle in Cannes, within the vicinity of the Palais des Festivals where both the internationally renowned Cannes film festival and the TV festival take place, regional newspaper Nice-Matin reports.
More disturbingly, the 27-year-old was accompanied by her two children aged two and four years old while she was making threats to explode. Police were able to quickly arrest the woman who was later taken for a psychiatric evaluation and hospitalised on the advice of a clinical psychiatrist.
The two children were taken into protective custody with social services.
The incident was not the only terrorist threat in France this week as two men were arrested in Saint-Brieuc in Brittany after they both also shouted “Allah hu Akbar” and uttered death threats against an employee of France’s national railway company SNCF at a train station.
Several witnesses to the incident said the two men were shouting not only “Allah hu Akbar” but were also making disparaging remarks about French people and Roman Catholics.
After the men threatened the employee, the station was evacuated until 15 police officers arrived on the scene with anti-bomb equipment as they were concerned the men may have bombs in their suitcases. “We had to react very quickly. We did not know what their suitcases contained,” a local police officer said.
The two men were quickly arrested and taken to a psychiatric hospital. One of the men, a 23-year-old born in France was said to be homeless and known previously to police, the other a 32-year-old was also known to police.
The threats come only weeks after a radical Islamic terrorist entered a supermarket in Trebes, taking several hostages and killing four people including French policeman Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame who traded himself for a hostage and died the following day of his wounds.
The man, identified as Moroccan migrant Redouane Lakdim, demanded the release of Bataclan terrorist Salah Abdeslam. He was killed by police after they stormed the supermarket.
SUICIDE rates among police officers in France have hit record levels leading to serious concerns about the mental and emotional health of people whose duty is to serve and protect the population.
39 police officers have committed suicide since January this year and a further two deaths are suspected suicides.
The majority of those who committed suicide over the course of the past 11 months lived in the Paris region, where some 36,000 police officers are based. Out of the 10 police officers who committed suicide in the last two months, seven were based in Paris.
Radio station France Bleu, which reported on the figures, added that male police officers are more likely to take their own lives than their female counterparts: out of the 39 law enforcement officers who died this year, only three were women.
The suicide risk among police officers in France is “at least three times higher” than the national average, France Bleu said, adding that while most people committed suicide for “personal reasons,” an increasing number of deaths were being linked to work-related stress, especially among France’s police force.
Police trade unions believe that the anti-social nature of the job as well as the increased workloads and stress levels in part triggered by the wave of extremist violence in France have gnawed away at police officers’ mental wellbeing.
“Most police officers work five weekends out of six, when in fact they should be getting a weekend off every other week,” Louis-Guy Dubois, a member of Police Force Ouvrière trade union, told France Bleu.
According to Mr Dubois, the growing threat from Islamist terrorism has put French police under severe strain: “Giving officers more time off is an administrative headache, especially now that they are needed to help patrol the streets and prevent attacks. The number of officers working overtime (since the wave of attacks) has exploded. Police are under unprecedented pressure.”
Some 1,133 police officers have committed suicide in France in the last 25 years. Around 50 per cent killed themselves using their service weapon, according to France Bleu.
Eight French officers including a high-profile former police chief have committed suicide in just a week sparking renewed concern among the forces of law and order and the government.
The worrying issue of the high number of suicides among French police officers is once again back on the agenda.
These latest suicides brought the number of French police officers to have taken their lives this year to 45. There have also been 16 suicides by members of France’s military police the gendarmerie nationale.
The most high profile death came on Sunday when it was revealed that France’s former police chief in charge of fighting hooliganism had been found dead in his office.
Antoine Boutonnet, whom The Local interviewed in June 2016 on the eve of Euro 2016 is believed to have used his service weapon to commit suicide.
Boutonnet’s death shocked those who knew him including the president of the French Football League Frédéric Thiriez.
“He wasn’t just a great professional but also a humanist. He became a friend,” said Thiriez.
France’s Interior Minister Gérard Collomb will meet with police unions after eight officers took their lives in a week.
He has also asked police chiefs to put together a list of recommendations aimed at cutting the number of suicides.
But French authorities seem powerless to prevent the loss of life given that in January 2015 the government had already unveiled its new plan aimed at cutting suicide numbers in the police forces.
That plan came after a black year for the forces of law and order when 55 police and 30 gendarmes took their own lives.
As part of the government’s measures seven extra psychologists were to be recruited for the police forces most in need. More psychologists were also to be recruited in police training schools.
Police officers were to get individual lockers where they can leave their weapon after work. This measure was aimed at stopping officers committing suicide using their service firearms in their own homes.
The then Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he also intended to “improve the quality of life at work” by promoting a healthier work-life balance.
He also said he would also consider changing working hours to allow more time for a private life.
Speaking to The Local at the time David-Olivier Reverdy from the police union Alliance said that there was a real crisis in the police force.
While he accepted there are always “multiple factors” behind suicides, he says the fact remains that there are fundamental problems within the French police force that is pushing many over the edge.
“Some of these suicides are clearly down to problems in their personal lives, but there is clearly a malaise among police officers,” he said.
Reverdy pointed to “archaic” management systems, working conditions, pressure from bosses, and a lack of protection from the government given the fact that “no one these days seems to be too scared to physically attack police officers”.
In recent years police officers in France have been under extra strain as they have become the targets of choice for jihadist violence.
In April last year and officer was gunned down on the Champs-Elysées and in June 2016 a police officer and his wife were stabbed to death at their home in front of their young son.
They have also been targeted by violent protesters and in May 2016 took to the streets to protest against a rise in anti-cop hatred.
“Confronted on a daily basis by human misery, violence and the worst that you can find in humans, police can no longer put up with a lack of consideration towards them, which is a factor in these tragic acts,” said the Unité-SGP-Police union.
Lance’s Limo Torched by Radical Left-Wing Protesters
Take heart – the weekend protests were not grass-roots or springing out of neighborhood yoga groups. They are the result of a dozen radical left organizations hooked up to the spirit that is manifesting because it lost its grip on our highest office.
These two work together, activist protesters and network news media – who deliberately ignored what took place in a four-square-block area downtown that led to more than 230 arrests.
These anti-Trump hired thugs were funded and organized by an Umbrella organization that is yet to be exposed. Why? Why does the media ignore this? This group operated a detailed website and designated a media spokesman. The participants were bused in They were trained to create anarchy and told what to do when arrested. According to the protesters and organizers, they arrived ready to confront police and prepared to violently disrupt the inauguration.
The Left Wing anarchists were even accompanied by a lawyer from Colorado who made sure he was arrested. I say lawyers like this should be suspended from practice for a year. They arrived armed with hammers and crowbars, spray paint and tools for torching vehicles. Officers could not move in to make arrests until after windows were broken on storefronts and a city emergency vehicle, and a parked limousine was set on fire.
“THAT LIMO WAS OUR LIMO!” says Preacher Wallnau.
Amazing what God allows to wake up the sleeping giant. And it starts with it’s leaders..
A pipe bomb exploded Saturday morning before a 5k charity run in honor of the U.S. Marines in Seaside Park, N.J., according to the Associated Press.
Local authorities said no injuries were reported.
The bomb was located in a plastic trash can and was apparently timed to explode during the race. However, the start of the charity run was delayed after officials spotted an unattended backpack nearby.
Authorities are investigating at least one more potential explosive device and are urging the public to stay clear of the area.
“There were multiple devices wired together. The one went off and the others did not,” said Ocean County Prosecutor’s spokesman Al Della Fave in an interview with CNN.
“Ive been told [there were] two to three additional devices.”
He added that if the blast happened minutes later “there would have been a good number of people running past that explosive device.”
A pressure cooker device was found four blocks away where an explosion in Chelsea injured 29 people. (CNN)
CHELSEA, Manhattan — Twenty-nine people were injured in an “intentional” explosion in the heart of Chelsea Saturday night, jolting a bustling neighborhood teeming with restaurants, bars and pedestrians and alarming the city on what had been a calm weekend evening.
“This was an intentional act,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Saturday night. He said there is no known link to terrorism or the explosion that happened in Seaside Park, N.J. earlier Saturday. “New Yorkers will not be intimidated. We will not let anyone change who we are or how we go about our lives.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo also emphasized in a press conference Sunday early investigation shows no link to international terrorism.
“Bomb explosion in New York is an act of terrorism, but it’s not linked to international terrorism,” Cuomo said. There is no link found yet to international groups such as ISIS.
The 29 people injured in the blast have been released from the hospital. Cuomo said the explosion caused “significant damage” in the Chelsea neighborhood, but said, “When you see the amount of damage, we really were lucky that there were no fatalities.”
A secondary device — a pressure cooker with dark colored wiring protruding, connected by silver duct tape to what appears to be a cellphone — was safely removed early Sunday by the NYPD Bomb Squad according to police sources.
“And I have seen unseemliness in the Neviim of Shomron: they prophesied by Baal, and caused My people Yisrael to err.” Jeremiah 23:13 (The Israel Bible™)
Despite initially cancelling plans to erect a reproduction of the Victory Arch that stood for 1,800 years in front of the Temple of Ba’al in Palmyra, the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) has announced they will recreate the arch destroyed by the Islamic State (ISIS) in New York City’s City Hall Park on September 19th.
Reproduction of Arch of Palmyra on display in Trafalgar Square London April 19 (Photo by Shutterstock)
The original arch, built in the third century was a major archaeological site and one of Syria’s biggest tourist attractions until it was destroyed by ISIS in October 2015. The arch was built by Roman Emperor Septimius Severus in front of a preexisting temple that was used to worship the pagan god, Bel, mentioned often in the Bible as Ba’al.
For he built again the high places which Chizkiyahu his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, II Kings 21:3
Harriet Alexander, new york
12 JUNE 2016 • 2:39PM
• Up to 50 killed and 42 wounded in Florida nightclub shooting
• Omar Mateen, a US citizen from Port St. Lucie, Florida identified as gunman
• Police storm Pulse nightclub after standoff and release 30 hostages
• FBI believe shooting was terrorism
• Customers on Facebook told to “get out of Pulse and keep running”
• Gunman confirmed dead
Authorities have identified the shooter as Omar Mateen, a US citizen from Port St. Lucie, Florida.
What we know so far
Around 50 people have been killed in a mass shooting in Orlando
Gunman opened fire at Pulse gay nightclub around 2am
Well-armed and wearing an explosive device
Police classing it as “act of terrorism” – unclear if homophobic, Islamist or unrelated
Gunman held 30 people hostage for three hours
Police stormed the building and the gunman died
Orlando police to update at 9:30am (2:30pm in UK)
America’s grim history of mass shootings
In February The Washington Post produced this excellent analysis of mass shootings in the US.
The result is a compelling look at the victims and killers. The oldest victim was 98, the youngest was three-months old.
“All but three of the mass shooters were male, the vast majority were age 20 to 49, and many showed previous signs of mental illness. More than half — 71 of them — died at or near the scene of the shooting, often by killing themselves.”
‘One of the worst mass shootings in American history’
CNN are describing the Orlando shooting as one of the worst in US history.
The police will update us on the situation at 9.30am local time, 2.30pm in the UK.
…Mary Caldwell has spiky pink hair, tattooed arms and works in customer service for a software company. She’s also the leader of a Wicca meet-up that gathers every other Monday at Monkey Nest Coffee on Burnet Road.
…as well as rituals and personal experiences with spirits. Recently, some members of the group had visited a local cemetery to commune with spirits.
“Some of the people in the group just see them, some just hear them and some of them just smell them,” said Caldwell, 44. “It was great fun.”
Wicca is a modern version of ancient pagan religions, created in England and brought to the United States in the 1960s. Its followers worship a goddess and a god, honor the Earth and practice ritual magic…
“We believe that everything is part of the One,” said Ed Fitch, 80, a Wiccan senior high priest and a member of Caldwell’s meet-up group, one of several Wiccan or witches’ groups in Austin. “Everything in the universe is linked to everything else in the universe.”
…The American Religious Identification Survey, which periodically surveys 50,000 Americans, said the number of self-identified Wiccans increased to 342,000 in 2008, up from 134,000 in 2001. The 2008 figures are the most recent available.
Wicca’s growth tracks the changing religious landscape in the U.S., as a growing number of people leave established religions and become either unaffiliated or switch to alternative religions. About 5.9 percent of Americans followed a non-Christian faith in 2014, up from 4.7 percent in 2007, according to the Pew Research Center,
“The number of people who have institutional affiliation are declining in general, so [Wicca] is part of a larger trend,” said Jennifer Graber, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Texas at Austin. “People are not aligning themselves in traditional religious ways.”
…“We don’t just have god, who in Christian values is a white male. We’ve got a goddess. They are equal to each other.”
…Caldwell dabbled in Wicca when she was a teenager, but said her interest faded as she grew up and had children. It was not until eight years ago that she became fully devoted the religion.
…“It’s funny, because I’ve got people who are devoted Catholics coming to me and saying, ‘I’ve got a problem, and can you do a spell for me?’ ” she said.
Acknowledge Muhammad as “the” prophet or face sharia law as an infidel:
“All Muslims are obliged to kill the infidel. An infidel (or kafir) is a non-Muslim. Many Muslims think that killing an infidel guarantees going straight to paradise.”
Labour party candidate comfortably outruns Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith, becoming the city’s first Muslim mayor.
The British Labour party’s Sadiq Khan has been sworn in as London’s new mayor after comfortably beating his nearest rival, Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith.
Speaking at the ceremony at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday, Khan called the city the “greatest in the world”, adding he was “proud” and “deeply humbled” by his win.
“I want every single Londoner to get the opportunities that the city gave to me and my family…the opportunities not just to survive, but to thrive,” Khan pledged.