Nato helicopters were called in to kill three militants to end a five-hour clash at a top hotel in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The attack on the Kabul Intercontinental Hotel left two police officers, eight civilians and three other attackers dead.
United Airlines has issued an apology after “inadvertently” reintroducing flights numbered 93 and 175 – the same as those involved in the 9/11 terror attacks.
Al Qaeda has confirmed the death of its leader Osama Bin Laden, according to a statement attributed to the group which was posted on jihadist internet forums. The statement said his blood would not be “wasted” and that al-Qaeda would continue attacking the US and allies.
Three Moroccan men have been arrested in connection with the bombing of a popular tourist cafe in Marrakech. The suspects are reported to be “loyal” to al Qaeda, according to Moroccan police. The attack last week in the famous Djemaa el-Fna Square left 16 people dead including 11 foreigners.
New intelligence from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan has revealed that Al Qaeda had considered targeting the US rail network on 11 September 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of the original 9-11 attacks. It has also emerged that Bin Ladin continued to run Al Qaeda, and wasn’t merely the inspirational figurehead of the terror group.
Officials at the US Department of State have issued a warning to citizens living abroad of an increased risk of violence following the death of Osama bin Laden. US citizens are “strongly urged” to limit travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations in areas of known unrest.
Reactions from global leaders have flooded in following news of the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Read the thoughts of governments including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Germany, Britain, Yemen, Turkey and Israel.
The British man who was killed in the Marrakesh bomb on Thursday has been named as Peter Moss. The 59-year-old father of two from London was among 16 people killed when a remote controlled device was detonated in the Argana café in the popular Jamaa el-Fnaa square at midday.
An airline pilot or a celebrity should face less stringent security checks than a Yemeni student, according the chairman of British Airways. Sir Martin Broughton also called for the introduction of a “security light” lane for more trusted flyers.
British officials have launched an investigation into how a fake bomb was transported from the UK to Turkey without detection. The developments come just weeks ahead of the Royal Wedding and five months after a bomb disguised as an ink cartridge was found on a UPS cargo plane at East Midlands Airport.
A former British Airways software engineer has been jailed for 30 years for plotting to blow up a plane. Rajib Karim, 31, from Newcastle, used his role at the airline’s offices in Newcastle upon Tyne and at Heathrow airport to pass on sensitive information to an al-Qaeda preacher based in Yemen to target BA’s flights in the US.
Passengers were briefly evacuated from areas of London Heathrow Terminal 5 earlier following a suspected terror alert. A suspect package was located at the airport, with Metropolitan Police subsequently sealing off parts of the Terminal building.