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    CNN -- VANTAA, Finland -- An explosion that killed seven people at a busy shopping centre near Helsinki was caused by a bomb, Finnish authorities say.

    More than 80 people -- including 10 children -- were injured in Friday evening's blast at Myyrmanni mall in Vantaa, a suburb about 15 km (10 miles) north of the capital. Hospitals said several of the injured were in critical condition and the death toll could rise.

    President Tarja Halonen and Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen expressed their condolences on Saturday. "It was an act of terror," Lipponen told Finnish media. "It is too early to say whether it was a terrorist organisation or a single person acting."

    The blast in the country's second largest mall was packed with 2,000 shoppers when the blast occurred at about 7.30 p.m. (1630 GMT) on Friday, sending debris flying and causing part of the roof to collapse. A small fire that erupted was quickly extinguished.

    Shoppers described the chaos after the blast. "Glass fell down from the third floor and children and parents were in total panic when they saw the injured people," Orvokki Neuvonen told The Associated Press.

    "Mothers were screaming. Among the shattered glass were injured and unconscious people."

    Police said they had no idea who planted the bomb. National Bureau of Investigation Deputy Chief Jari Liukku said the agency, which has taken over the investigation, was considering all possible motives for the bombing, including the possibility of a terror attack.

    "We are keeping all the lines open at the moment," Liukku told Reuters. "We are cooperating with national and international authorities."

    Initially, officials suspected the explosion was caused by gas cylinders. But officials later said that it was unlikely that any were at the site.

    Police bomb squads with sniffer dogs were searching the area on Saturday, which is expected to be cordoned off for several days.

    Finns shocked
    "This is the most serious accident since World War II in (the) Helsinki (region)," Eero Hirvensalo, a physician at Helsinki University Central Hospital, told AP.

    Local journalist Mika Makelainen told CNN that the blast was an unprecedented situation and was very shocking for Finns in their relatively crime-free country.

    The last time the Nordic country was rocked by an explosion was in July when a car bomb killed a Finn in what authorities said was probably a gangland attack.

    The last time such a deadly peacetime incident occurred in Finland was in 1976 when 40 people died from an explosion at a munitions factory, Finnish news agency STT said.

    The Myyrmanni shopping centre in Vantaa has 138 shops and restaurants. The 32,000 square metre mall was opened in 1994 and is run by Citycon, a Finnish property company.
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    CANBERRA, Australia – Australia has been warned by U.S. authorities to be on guard against possible terrorist attack on power stations and electricity facilities.

    There was no specific threat to Australia, Attorney-General Daryl Williams said on Saturday, adding that other countries had also received similar warnings.

    "Recent statements by al Qaeda raise concerns about the possibility of another major terrorist attack and are another reminder that we cannot be complacent and are not immune to such threats," Williams warned.

    Williams comments follow a warning earlier this week that an al Qaeda terrorist cell may have been set up in Australia with a brief to attack targets inside the country.

    Al Qaeda expert Rohan Gunaratna says there is evidence the terrorist network's Southeast Asian arm -- Jemaah Islamiyah -- has a number of support cells operational in Australia.

    Gunaratna warned the Australian government may not being doing enough to detect the "two or three" al Qaeda operatives sent there. (Full story)

    Gunaratna, who wrote the book Inside al Qaeda, said his information came from debriefings of a number of al Qaeda and Taliban fighters.

    He said those discussion revealed two or three members of al Qaeda may already be in Australia, but he was unable to say what their targets might be. Australia has boosted its anti-terrorism spending markedly since September 11.

    In Saturday's government warning, Williams said Washington warned Australia because of its role in the ongoing war against terror that includes the deployment of 150 Special Air Services troops to Afghanistan.

    "We are a high-profile partner in the war against terrorism," Williams said.

    Williams told Australian Broadcasting Corp. television that a high-level government security task force met immediately after the Washington communiqué and sent warnings to state governments and power generators across the country, the Associated Press reported.

    Following September 11, the Australian government introduced tough new laws aimed at curtailing terrorist activities and boosted budget spending on anti-terror measures.

    Last month, the government launched two new anti-terrorist units based in Sydney -- Australia's largest city and main business center.

    The new units comprise a 300-person Incident Response Regiment trained in dealing with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive incidents and a second Tactical Assault Group (TAG) to handle direct terrorist threats such as sieges and hostage situations.
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      CNN -- WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Firm evidence has been found that the explosion of a French oil tanker off the coast of Yemen was an act of terrorism, U.S. and French investigators said Thursday.

      U.S. military sources cited TNT residue, fiberglass and small marine engine parts found in the wreckage by French inspectors, who had examined the Limburg externally and internally.

      A senior Pentagon official said a local newspaper in Yemen received a communication from an Islamic group claiming responsibility for the attack. It is not known if that group had ties to the al Qaeda terrorist network.

      French Foreign Ministry spokesman Francois Rivasseau said the ministry directed all French diplomatic missions in the region to take all necessary steps to avoid risk.

      The Pentagon official said officers from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service visited the ship Thursday and their preliminary report indicated the source of the explosion was outside the ship.

      A senior U.S. State Department official said that while initial indications pointed to an explosion on board the vessel, "we are now seeing other things that might indicate another direction."

      State Department spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters that "terrorism has not been ruled out as a possible cause."

      The tanker, carrying 397,000 barrels of crude oil, was set afire by the blast Sunday in the Gulf of Aden. One crewman was killed in the blast.

      The incident happened not far from where the USS Cole was bombed in a terrorist attack nearly two years ago -- October 12, 2000 -- killing 17 sailors and wounding 39 others.
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      • #4
        TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- Pinning down a squirming Palestinian suicide bomber, Israeli bus driver Baruch Neuman pleaded with the man Thursday to abandon his deadly mission.

        "We told him, 'We caught you, you can't do anything now,"' said Neuman. The bomber did not reply, and with the bus passengers fleeing to safety and the assailant struggling to get free, Neuman decided to make a run for it himself after several heartpounding minutes.

        The bomber ran too, setting off his explosive charge about 30 yards away, killing himself and a 71-year-old Israeli woman, and wounding four people.

        The terror attack, the first in three weeks in Israel, occurred just before 8 a.m. at a bus stop on a major highway east of Tel Aviv. The drama began when the assailant tried to jump onto a bus packed with soldiers, but slipped and fell backward onto the roadside, apparently because of the weight of the explosives belt, said Tel Aviv Police Chief Yossi Sedbon.

        Neuman got off the bus and, along with a female paramedic, began treating the man who they thought had been hurt. They had no idea he was wearing a bomb belt.

        "We opened his mouth and the paramedic opened his shirt as part of the routine. She opened two, three buttons and it was enough to see the (explosives) belt and the wires coming out," Neuman said in an interview.

        At that moment, a doctor who thought there had been a car accident also arrived to help.

        "The doctor and I yelled to everyone: 'Terrorist! Run! Terrorist! Run!"' Neuman said. "We looked around as we held him for a few minutes -- just us, him and God -- as everyone fled."

        Although the bus was packed with soldiers, Neuman said most were unarmed and they ran away rather then approaching the bomber.

        Neuman said he spoke to the bomber in Arabic, asking him about his motives and assuring him he would not be hurt if he stopped resisting. The bomber did not respond.

        "All I could think was, 'Why are you doing this?"' Neuman said. "I looked at him and I saw how determined he was to blow up and it was as if he was a robot who was programmed to blow up."

        Neuman, who was unarmed, said he and the doctor finally let go of the bomber when they began to fear for their lives because the bomber, who was initially passive, began struggling.

        "We made the decision together to let go of the arms, and to flee together," Neuman said.

        A female soldier wounded when the bomber detonated his explosives belt at the bus stop in Tel Aviv on Thursday.

        The bomber then got up and ran toward a group of people at the bus stop, setting off his charge. "I saw the terrorist run after us and then I heard the explosion," said 45-year-old supermarket cashier Niri Salam.

        A 71-year-old Israeli woman, Saada Aharon, was killed and four people were wounded, police said. About a dozen others were treated for shock, Israeli officials said.

        The bomber was identified as Rafik Hamad, a 30-year-old Hamas member and father of four from the West Bank town of Qalqiliya, a relative said.

        There was no immediate claim of responsibility from Hamas, though the Islamic militant group has said it would avenge an Israeli raid in the Gaza Strip this week in which 16 Palestinians were killed.

        Sedbon said Neuman -- who became the hero of the day on Israeli radio and TV -- was "very brave and very correct." He said citizens who encounter suicide bombers should generally hurl themselves on the ground to avoid flying bomb fragments.
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        • #5
          BEIRUT, Lebanon (Reuters) -- A shadowy Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group threatened vengeance on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his country on Sunday over the disappearance of a charismatic cleric 24 years ago.

          Lebanese Shi'ites have long believed Libya kidnapped and killed Imam Musa al-Sadr, who organized Lebanon's 1.2 million dispossessed Shi'ites, during a visit to Libya in 1978.

          Libya says Sadr, founder of the pro-Syrian Shi'ite Amal movement, left the country safely. But Lebanese Shi'ites have demanded that Tripoli explain his fate.

          The Shi'ite Sadr Brigades said proof of Libya's involvement had reached them recently from Iran.

          "The killing of the leader imam and his companions was confirmed to us through reliable news that reached our brothers in Iran a long time ago and we were able to get a few weeks ago," the statement said.

          "We shall avenge the blood of the martyred imam...in the appropriate way and at the appropriate time. We shall strike without mercy the interests of Gadhafi and his men in every place on the face of the earth in revenge," it said.

          It called on Lebanon to sever diplomatic ties with Libya.

          Libya sent out a call in August for information on the fate of Sadr, after the issue resurfaced several months ago at an Arab summit in Beirut.

          Shi'ites had protested against allowing Gadhafi to attend the summit and the Sadr Brigades warned they would take unspecified action if he did.
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          • #6
            According to the latest information the terrorist in Finland was under 20-year old Finnish (native) university student, who was killed in the explosion.
            “To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed…” -1984 about the Big Lie

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sheik Yerbouti
              According to the latest information the terrorist in Finland was under 20-year old Finnish (native) university student, who was killed in the explosion.
              What the heck was his problem?
              "There is no great genius without some touch of madness."

              Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Chuck


                What the heck was his problem?
                That is a good question.
                “To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed…” -1984 about the Big Lie

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                • #9
                  According to the news he had had mental health problems, and it might very well have been a suicide. Just why couldn't he have jumped in front of a train or something? Takes a real twisted ******* to commit suicide like that and destroy other people's lives if all you want is to kill yourself.

                  Lucky thing my uncle was in Poland, or he'd very possibly have been among the victims, because he usually does his weekend shopping in that particular mall around that time on Fridays.

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                  • #10
                    Why can't he just use cyanide on himself? It isn't hard to obtain that if you're into chemistry.


                    Southeast Asian arm -- Jemaah Islamiyah --
                    Singapore's internal security people arrested a bunch of them a couple of weeks ago. It was revealed that they were planning on blowing up our airport's control tower. A few army bases were also on their list of targets.

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                    • #11
                      during the recent riots/demonstrations at the Pine Gap facility, the AFP (Aussie FBI) were alerted to the fact that some of the protesters were indeed Jemaah Islamiyah members, but whether they were only there as organisers, or they had a more nefarious purpose is unknown.

                      edit - just heard about the Bali explosion, not sure about Twoblade, but I've been there over a dozen times, and I know that friends of mine were holidaying there when the bomb went off. Looks like Jemaah Islamiyah is a bit more active than anyone thought.

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                      • #12
                        KUTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Described as the worst act of terrorism in Indonesia's history, a massive car bomb is believed responsible for a blast that tore through a nightclub in Bali, killing more than 180 people -- most of them thought to be Australian tourists.

                        The death toll from the bombing stood at 181 late Sunday afternoone, with at least 250 people injured, many with severe burns, stretching local hospital and medical facilities to breaking point.

                        Saturday night's explosion virtually destroyed the Sari Club in the Kuta Beach tourist area, a destination popular with international visitors, and swept through an entire city block. (Bali's nightmare)

                        In what police believe was a coordinated attack, another bomb exploded almost at the same time near the island's U.S. consular office. There were no reports of casualties in that blast.

                        No one has claimed responsibility for the bombings, which were condemned by Australian Prime Minister John Howard as "wicked, cowardly and barbaric acts."

                        Howard said that it was the view of both Australian and Indonesian authorities that the explosions in Bali were an act of terrorism.

                        His counterpart, Indonesian President Mewgawati Sukarnoputri -- whose government has been accused of failing to respond fast enough to terror threats -- flew to Bali and promised to cooperate with the international community in the fight against terrorism.

                        "The bombings once again, should be a warning for all of us that terrorism constitutes a real danger and potential threat to the national security," Megawati told reporters on Sunday.

                        Investigators at the scene in Kuta were analyzing a huge 1.5-meter crater and a car engine block at the blast site looking for clues to the type of bomb.

                        Although Jarkarta has been cautious in publicly labeling the bombings a criminal attack rather than an act of terrorism, top Indonesian security officials say they are investigating any links between the attack and the al Qaeda terrorist network.

                        "This is a terrorist and not a criminal act," a top security source told CNN. "I believe it was the work of local people who may have links or were working with foreign groups," the official added.

                        Indonesian national police chief Dai Bachtiar said the bomb blasts were proof of the existence of terrorist acts in the country and apologized for the deadly incident.

                        "This is the worst act of terror in Indonesia's history," he said. "We have to be more alert for other acts of terror."

                        Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said there were "preliminary indications" that an Islamic radical group could be behind the attack.

                        "We have been very concerned about terrorist organizations operating in southeast Asia , including Indonesia, organizations such as Jemaah Islamiah, and there are at least preliminary indications that one of those types of organizations is behind this," Downer told CNN.

                        Jemaah Islamiah -- a group that authorities believe is al Qaeda's network in Southeast Asia -- is blamed for a September 23 grenade explosion near a U.S. Embassy warehouse in Jakarta.

                        Authorities believe the death toll is likely to rise. Identifying victims was proving difficult with many bodies charred beyond recognition.

                        Among the dead, injured and missing are nationals from Australia, Britain, France, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and Indonesia.

                        As at 5:00 p.m. local time (0900 GMT) the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs had confirmed that two Australian nationals had been killed in the explosions. Approximately 40 were injured, 15 seriously, and a large number remain missing.

                        Two Britons have been confirmed killed and 27 others injured, the British Foreign Office said. The victim's families had been informed, but no further details were released. Twelve of the injured Britons have left hospital and six are still being treated, although there was no immediate word on their condition.

                        Bali is a popular holiday destination and particularly popular with Australians. Many of the tourists in Bali over the weekend were attending an international rugby tournament.


                        These acts of terror are starting to fit into a loose pattern of sorts. In his recent audiotape (which is now believed to be authentic) Ayman al-Zawahiri states that attacks on the world's economy's are coming and that "puppet" nations friendly to the US (Germany and France were explicitly mentioned) would be targeted as well. It seems al Qaeda is attempting to make good on that promise.

                        A concerted effort to attack the various aspects of the world's economies could not only be difficult to defend against, but it could really hurt a lot of institutions. The airline industry is already suffering badly, tourism is down all over the world, a lot of people are probably having second thoughts about visiting Bali now, and even folks in Finland have been touched by tragedy. It's becoming clear that al Qaeda sees the whole Western world as its enemy, not just the US.

                        It's clear to me that if the world doesn't stand up and rapidly take some decisive measures to deal with these criminals, eventually these terrorists are going to paralyze our people and alter our way of life.
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                        • #13
                          >>It's becoming clear that al Qaeda sees the whole Western world as its enemy, not just the US.

                          Is that only just becoming clear? I have always viewed the attack on 9/11 as a signal of oncoming attack to all the world, not just the American people. As far as the terrorist are concern, anyone who does not have the same belief as them is an enemy. It has always been that way. If not for the 9/11, the Americans seem not to acknowledge the problem of terrorism in the other parts of the world, where it has always existed before but not as united.

                          For us the terrorist has always existed. Ask the people in the middle east, in Indonesia, in The Philipines, in England... In our history they come and go. But never before have they merged and become such a terrible network.

                          The "Western World" as you call it is not what this is about. As long as you see it that way, you keep isolating and thinking you are better than countries in Asia or Middle East, where in case you don't know, have nations in development who are _not_ how you pictured it - just a bunch of terrorist hubs. While we struggle to fight against this terrorist ourselves, we do not appreciate "The Western World's unfair judgement of this problem, and view it as being The Western World's problem, and ignore the efforts of the immediate locals. FYI, we are trying to deal with this problem too. It is The World Vs Terrorism, People trying to live normally, vs people trying to terrorise the world.

                          My country unfortunately sits in the middle of all this **** that is going on. We ourselves, being a mostly a Chinese society, is and has been in history a target of the muslim extremists who feel that we are to be done off with and replaced. Meantime, they are also trying to turn Malaysia and Indonesia into a Islamic states (although their population consists of mostly muslims, they are NOT islamic states, and yes there is a difference between a muslim and a muslim extremist/terrorist) -- you of the Western World, of course, probably do not understand how terrifying that kind of implication is for us, or do you?




                          >>It's clear to me that if the world doesn't stand up and rapidly take some decisive measures to deal with these criminals, eventually these terrorists are going to paralyze our people and alter our way of life.

                          The way of life has already been altered. Paralyse? Not yet and hopefully that never gets to happen. The world is taking action. All the governments in this region is quite riled up. Everyone is on standby status - the army, the police, the civil defense and the hospitals. But while you sit over there with your CNN, you don't seem see that, do you?

                          This weekend just leaves a bad feeling.

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                          • #14
                            perphaps its not the western world they see as evil, but anyone significatnly alligned with the US. Spain, France, Italy, and Germany are certainly "western" but not lovers of the US. But Austrailia is certainly alligned with the US. Al Queda wants to take out the US, or anything involving the US.
                            Doesn't read Al Franken, can't watch Al Jazeera, will attack dumbasses. Anyone but Rumsfeld '04.

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                            • #15
                              The main targets of today's terrorism is against what would be deemed 'western' countries or values. The terrorist aren't going after regimes that are Islamic Fundamentalist. Rather they strike against regimes that have 'western' values such as Indonesia.
                              "There is no great genius without some touch of madness."

                              Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)

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