At least 30 people were killed and dozens more wounded by an explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Saturday when a truck bomb exploded near the entrance of a hotel.
While no terrorist group has claimed responsibility so far, Mogadishu civilians are a regular target of al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked extremist group that seeks to overthrow the Somali government. Police were trailing the truck before it exploded and are continuing rescue and investigation efforts Saturday afternoon.
Eyewitnesses said the attack, which comes two days after the head of U.S. Africa Command visited the Somali president in Mogadishu, was the worst they'd seen in years. It was "the biggest blast I have ever witnessed; it destroyed the whole area," said Mogadishu resident Muhidin Ali. Bonnie Kristian
French police on Sunday killed a man wielding a knife and shouting "Allahu Akbar" at the train station in Marseille after he fatally stabbed two women. Law enforcement sources told Reuters this is a "likely terrorist act." The identities of the attacker and his victims have not been released.
"After the attack carried out next to Marseille Saint-Charles, I am immediately going to the site of the attack," French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said in a tweeted statement.
Meanwhile, a police officer and four other people were injured Saturday night in Edmonton, Canada, in a pair of incidents also believed to be terror attacks. The officer was directing traffic near a soccer game when a man driving a white car rammed him with the vehicle. The driver then exited the car and attacked the officer with a knife before escaping on foot.
Later in the evening, the suspect was driving a moving truck with which he "deliberately attempted to hit pedestrians" in downtown Edmonton, police said. The driver was arrested, and an Islamic State flag was found in one of the vehicles. Bonnie Kristian
The terrorist cell responsible for the vehicle attack in Barcelona that killed 13, including one American, on Thursday originally intended to target the city's iconic Sagrada Familia cathedral, Spain's El Español reported Saturday, citing police sources. The church was reportedly chosen for its religious symbolism as well as its busy flow of tourists, but the plan was ultimately abandoned after the terrorists apparently mishandled their own explosives stockpile.
The cathedral instead became the site for a memorial service for the victims' families Sunday.
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Authorities believe the terror cell had 12 members and collected 120 gas cannisters to use in vehicle attacks. Five cell members were fatally shot by police; four were arrested; and three — including Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, believed to be the driver in the Barcelona attack — remain at large.
The manhunt for the final suspects continued Sunday, though two sets of unidentified remains could account for two of the three missing men. The remains are from an explosion at a house in Alcanar, Spain, on Wednesday, the incident thought to have canceled the cathedral plan. Abouyaaqoub fled the scene of the Barcelona attack on foot and may have crossed the border into France. Bonnie Kristian
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a stabbing attack Saturday morning that wounded eight people in the Siberian city of Surgut, Russia. The attacker reportedly ran down a main street in Surgut, stabbing at random until he was fatally shot by police. The ISIS statement was published several hours later.
Russian authorities have yet to comment on the attacker's identity or motives, though they called for calm and announced four of the injured are in critical condition.
This attack comes close on the heels of multiple other fatal terror attacks elsewhere in Europe this week. ISIS also claimed responsibility for the vehicle rampages in Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain, on Thursday and Friday but has yet to claim Friday's stabbing in Finland. ISIS often claims responsibility for terror attacks with which it has no organizational connection, only ideological affinity. Bonnie Kristian
Police in Finland arrested a man accused of stabbing eight people, killing two and injuring six more, on Friday in the southwest city of Turku. Police reported that they shot the 18-year-old Moroccan man in the leg after his alleged attack.
"The act had been investigated as murder, but during the night we received additional information which indicates that the criminal offenses are now terrorist killings," authorities said Saturday.
Eyewitness reports of the incident offer conflicting accounts; some say the suspect was heard yelling "Allahu akbar," but others say the screams were people saying "watch out" in Finnish. Bonnie Kristian
At least 19 people were killed and another dozen wounded Sunday when a car bomber eluded police in Damascus, Syria. Police were tracking three vehicles and caught two of them, safely detonating the car bombs without casualties.
The third vehicle escaped, striking on the first normal workday after celebrations to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. "The terrorist bombings killed and wounded several civilians and caused physical damage to the area," a local official told state-run media.
Damascus remains under the control of the Bashar al-Assad regime and has enjoyed relative stability and quiet in the Syrian civil war, though the Islamic State detonated a car bomb in the city earlier this year. Sunday's attack has not been claimed by any terror group so far. Bonnie Kristian
At least two tourists were killed Sunday after three gunmen attacked the Le Campement resort near the capital of Mali, CNN reports.
Two of the three gunmen were also killed, and a third is missing. Mali's Ministry of Security and Civil Protection said the attack was carried out by "armed individuals, certainly terrorists," who exchanged gunfire with the country's anti-terror forces. Police rescued 32 people, and three U.N. staffers injured in the attack have been taken to a local hospital. The Le Campement is popular with tourists and expats who host meetings and retreats there.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Embassy in Bamako issued a travel warning, urging Americans to avoid locations that do not have a lot of security, including hotels, restaurants, and churches. Catherine Garcia
British police on Sunday arrested a 25-year-old man in connection to the suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert Monday. This is the 14th arrest linked to the attack; 12 people remain in custody.
On Saturday, police released photos of Salman Abedi, the Manchester-born man responsible for the bombing. "We are gathering a detailed picture of Abedi as the investigation develops and now need people to tell us if they have any information about his movement," said an official statement.
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has also implemented a temporary exclusion order, requiring special vetting for "suspected Islamic terrorists" seeking to return to the U.K. until it is certain Abedi does not have accomplices still on the loose. "The operation is still at full tilt," Rudd said, with about 1,000 people working the case. Bonnie Kristian