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Terror strikes Israel, Mali and France

Israel ISIS claimed a first attack in Israel, when a female border patrol officer was killed in a coordinated stabbing/shooting attack Friday. Three attackers carrying knives and an automatic weapon were shot dead by Israeli police. In its claim, ISIS promised “this attack will not be the last.” Not so fast: Competing claims, however, from rival Palestinian terror factions including Hamas and the left-wing PFLP claimed one and two of the attackers respectively. Israeli police also rebuffed ISIS claims, despite saying in the past that at least two attacks in the country have been ISIS-inspired. Also worth noting that despite the oft-mentioned “ISIS claims everything,” there seems to be some method and structure to their claims. Earlier this month, The Foreign Desk reported on an arrest in Germany of an ISIS operative who transferred claims from attackers to the terror group’s newswire source. London British authorities are treating a ramming attack on a group of pedestrians near the Muslim Welfare House in London’s Finsbury Park late Sunday evening as an act of terrorism directed toward Muslims. One man died and nine suffered injuries in the attack, shortly after evening prayers in Finsbury Park’s Mosque. All of the victims in the attack were Muslim, according to UK Police Police have arrested Darren Osborne, a 47-year-old father of four, who has been charged with terrorism offenses and attempted murder. Prime Minister Theresa May has called the attack a "sickening attempt to break those bonds of friendship that define the United Kingdom" Paris France has opened a counterterrorism investigation after a man rammed a vehicle into a convoy of police vehicles near the Champs Elysees. The suspect, who was shot dead by police, is a 31-year-old man known to authorities. Gas canisters, a handgun and a Kalashnikov were recovered from suspects vehicle. Mali Four people were killed Sunday when Islamic terrorists attacked a popular resort with Western tourists in Bamako, Mali. 32 people were rescued and 14 others were injured in the attack in which gunmen shouting “Allahu Akhbar” stormed the resort. The dead have been identified as a Portuguese soldier with the E.U. mission in West Africa, a Chinese citizen, a Malian and a French-Gabonese dual national. A fifth victim, a Malian soldier, died Monday from wounds sustained in the attack. Security forces killed three attackers while a fourth attacker escaped. Just one week ago, the U.S. State Department warned of possible attacks on diplomatic missions and Westerners in Bamako. Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, an alliance of Islamist groups with links to Al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack Monday.
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