Palestinian injured by Israeli fire in West Bank

By Osama al-Ghassani

JERUSALEM (AA) – A Palestinian man was injured by Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank on Monday, according to the Israeli military.

In a statement, the army said Israeli soldiers opened fire on two Palestinian suspects after reports of shooting near the Mevo Dotan settlement in the northern West Bank.

It said one of the suspects were injured and detained, while the second fled the scene.

The army said a manhunt has been launched for the second suspect.

There was no comment from Palestinian authorities on the report.

US: 1 dead, 6 injured in Baltimore shooting

By Michael Hernandez

WASHINGTON (AA) – At least one person was killed and six other victims were injured Sunday when a gunman opened fire indiscriminately while people were gathered for cookouts in Baltimore, Maryland, according to officials.

The suspect remains at large after fleeing the scene.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the gunman "began firing indiscriminately into the crowd, striking a number of people" in west Baltimore, according to multiple reports.

Harrison urged the community to provide information that could be used to identify the suspect, and reportedly said there is information to suggest the presence of a second shooter, including bullet casings in separate locations.

The injured victims have been transported to a nearby hospital, and Harrison said he could not identify the deceased other than to say he was male.

UPDATE 2 – US: Shooting at San Diego synagogue kills 1, injures 3

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By Umar Farooq

WASHINGTON (AA) – A shooting at a synagogue just outside of San Diego, California killed one woman and left three others injured, authorities said Saturday.

The attack was carried out on Chabad of Poway synagogue on the last day of the Jewish holiday Passover, which commemorates the Israelites’ flight from Egypt during the time of Prophet Moses.

A 19-year-old was arrested in connection with the shooting, authorities said. He was identified as John Earnest. San Diego County Sheriff's Department said the attacker acted alone in the shooting.

President Donald Trump called out anti-Semitism during a rally in Wisconsin hours after the shooting, saying that "America's heart is with the victims" of the attack.

"Our entire nation mourns the loss of life, prays for the wounded, and stands in solidarity with the Jewish community. We forcefully condemn the evil of anti-Semitism and hate, which must be defeated," Trump said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he was "heartbroken."

"This despicable act of Anti-Semitism on the last day of Passover, and 6 months after the #TreeofLifeSynagogue massacre, is sickening," he said on Twitter. "May the victims’ families and the Jewish community know no more sorrow."

Pompeo was referring to the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Robert Bowers, an anti-Semitic white nationalist who frequented extremist forums, killed 11 people.

Prior to the attack, an anti-Semitic letter was posted online under a user named John Earnest.

While the letter does not make any reference to the synagogue attacked on Saturday, it discusses the killing of Jewish people.

The writing was similar in style and tone to another letter posted by Brandon Tarrant, the perpetrator of the terrorist attacks on Christchurch mosques in New Zealand, which left 50 worshippers dead.

According to a post published by the Escondido Police Department, authorities are investigating an arson incident that took place at the Islamic Center of Escondido, just under 20 miles from the city of Poway, on March 24.

San Diego Sheriff's Department has said it is investigating whether Earnest was involved in the arson attack.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the country's largest Muslim advocacy organization, expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in San Diego and nationwide.

"We condemn this disturbing and despicable attack on our neighbors at a house of worship, offer our heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of those killed or injured," CAIR's San Diego Executive Director Dustin Craun said in a statement.

*Erdogan Cagatay Zontur in Ankara contributed to the story

UPDATE – Shooting at San Diego synagogue kills one

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By Dildar Baykan

NEW YORK (AA) – Shooting at a synagogue in San Diego, U.S. killed one person leaving three others injured, local police said Saturday.

San Diego Police Department said over its Twitter account that Sheriff Bill Gore "confirms one person was killed and three others were injured" in the shooting.

"Our hearts go out to those affected by this incident," it said.

The police department also informed that a 19-year-old man was arrested in connection with the shooting on the last day of the Jewish Passover.

“We are assisting @SDSheriff with shooting incident at the Chabad of Poway synagogue. One person has been detained. No known threats however in an abundance of caution, we will be providing extra patrol at places of worship,” the police in an earlier Tweet.

Passover, which commemorates the Israelites’ flight from Egypt during the time of Prophet Moses, is considered one of the most important holidays on the Jewish calendar.

This year, Passover began on the evening of April 19 and will end on the evening of April 27.

*Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur

UPDATE – 14, including navy personnel, shot dead in SW Pakistan

                                          UPDATES WITH STATEMENT BY PAKISTAN NAVY, RESPONSIBILITY CLAIMED BY SEPARATIST GROUP</p>    <p>By Aamir Latif</p>    <p>KARACHI, Pakistan (AA) - Gunmen shot dead at least 14 people, including personnel of Pakistan navy, in the country’s southwestern Balochistan Province on Thursday morning, officials said.</p>    <p>The gruesome incident -- latest in a fresh flare-up of violence -- took place on a main highway that connects Pakistan's commercial capital Karachi to southwestern strategic Gwadar port, where unidentified assailants in camouflage uniform intercepted five to six passenger buses, Gwadar’s Deputy Commissioner retired Capt. Muhammad Waseem told reporters.</p>    <p>The heavily-armed assailants, according to local broadcaster Dawn News that quoted unnamed security sources, first offloaded the passengers and then took 16 with them after checking their identification in remote Buzi Top area.</p>    <p>At least 14 were killed by the gunmen while two managed to escape and reached a nearby security check post. Security forces rushed to the spot and shifted the bodies to the area hospital.</p>    <p>&quot;The martyrs included Pakistan navy personnel,&quot; the country’s navy said in a statement, without specifying the number of personnel and their ranks killed in the gruesome incident.</p>    <p>Baloch Raji Aajoi Sangar (BRAS), an umbrella group of several outlawed Baloch separatist groups, has claimed responsibility for attack.</p>    <p>Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has condemned the “dastardly act of terror” and directed the authorities to bring the perpetrators of the “barbaric act” to justice.</p>    <p>Khan also expressed his sympathies with the families of the victims.</p>    <p>The large Balochistan province, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, has seen a fresh wave of violence in recent weeks. At least 21 people were killed and dozens injured in a suicide attack in the provincial capital Quetta last week.</p>    <p>The province is strategically important because of the rich presence of copper, zinc and natural gas but has been beset by violence for over six decades.</p>    <p>The province is also a key route of multi-billion dollars China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) -- a part of Beijing's ambitious One Belt-One Road project.</p>    <p>Various sectarian outfits, including Taliban, and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, have also been active in the region, especially in Quetta for the last decade.

14 passengers shot dead in southwest Pakistan

                        By Aamir Latif</p>    <p>KARACHI, Pakistan (AA) - Gunmen shot dead at least 14 passengers in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan Province on Thursday morning, an official and local media said.</p>    <p>The gruesome incident -- latest in a fresh flare-up of violence -- took place on a main highway that connects Pakistan's commercial capital Karachi to southwestern strategic Gwadar port, where unidentified assailants in camouflage uniform intercepted five to six passenger buses, Gwadar’s Deputy Commissioner retired Capt. Muhammad Waseem told reporters.</p>    <p>The heavily-armed assailants, according to local broadcaster Dawn News that quoted unnamed security sources, first offloaded the passengers and then took 16 with them after checking their identification in remote Buzi Top area. </p>    <p>At least 14 were killed by the gunmen while two managed to escape and reached a nearby security check post. Security forces rushed to the spot and shifted the bodies to the area hospital.</p>    <p>Security forces have launched an investigation into the incident, including the possible motive, which might be sectarian or linguistic.</p>    <p>Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has condemned the “dastardly act of terror” and directed the authorities to bring the perpetrators of the “barbaric act” to justice.</p>    <p>Khan also expressed his sympathies with the families of the victims.</p>    <p>In a similar incident in 2015, gunmen kidnapped and later killed 19 passengers of Karachi-bound buses in the mountainous Khad Kocha region of Balochistan.</p>    <p>The large Balochistan province, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, has seen a fresh wave of violence in recent weeks. At least 21 people were killed and dozens injured in a suicide attack in the provincial capital Quetta last week.</p>    <p>The province is strategically important because of the rich presence of copper, zinc and natural gas but has beset by violence for over six decades.</p>    <p>The province is also a key route of multi-billion dollars China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) -- a part of Beijing's ambitious One Belt-One Road project.</p>    <p>Various sectarian outfits, including Taliban, and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, have also been active in the region, especially in Quetta for the last decade.

Pakistani premier hails Erdogan’s stance on NZ attacks

                           By Aamir Latif</p>    <p>KARACHI, Pakistan (AA) - Pakistan's prime minister on Friday hailed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad for taking a quick and clear stand on deadly terror attacks on mosques in New Zealand.</p>    <p>In a live televised joint news conference with his Malaysian counterpart in capital Islamabad, Imran Khan said there were only a few Muslim leaders who took stand on issues affecting Muslims across the world. </p>    <p>Last Friday, at least 50 Muslims were killed and as many injured when a terrorist -- identified as 28-year-old Australian-born Brenton Tarrant -- entered the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch and shot worshippers in cold blood, including four children younger than 18. </p>    <p>&quot;Unfortunately, a very few Muslim leaders do take stands on the issues that affect the other Muslim world. One of them is Erdogan and the other is Mahathir Mohamad&quot;, Khan said.</p>    <p>He was referring to Turkey's timely steps, including an emergency meeting of the foreign ministers of Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) in Istanbul on Friday.</p>    <p>&quot;We have seen transformation of Turkey and development of its economy under his (Erdogan) leadership&quot;, the prime minister went on to say.</p>    <p>Khan also appreciated Mahathir's war against corruption and vowed to learn from Malaysia's anti-corruption drive.</p>    <p>Terming the rising Islamophobia in the West as the reason behind the Christchurch terror attacks, the prime minister lamented that all the Muslims were blamed for any crime committed by a Muslim individual in any part of the world.</p>    <p>&quot;Any crime committed by a Muslim was immediately blamed on the whole 1.3 billion Muslims and this was reflected in the Christchurch killings where a man, a terrorist, brazenly filmed shooting innocent women and children and innocent people in a mosque and then he didn't regretted. This was because of Islamophobia,&quot; he added.</p>    <p>The Malaysian premier, for his part, called for an increased trade between the two countries, which would help in growing both economies. 

Netherlands: Shooter fires on relative, bystanders

By Yusuf Hatip and Abdullah Asiran

BRUSSELS (AA) – A suspected shooter in the Netherlands fired upon a relative in a tram due to a family dispute, as well as others trying to intercede to defuse the situation, relatives of the shooter said Monday.

Three people were killed and five injured after Gokmen Tanis, 37, shot at tram passengers in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

<p>Police told local media they were focusing on non-terror motives and that the attack may have happened due to a family dispute.

Security authorities said the perpetrator of the attack was still on the run.

*Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur

UPDATE 3 – Netherlands: 3 killed in tram shooting

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By Yusuf Hatip and Abdullah Asiran

BRUSSELS / UTRECHT, the Netherlands (AA) – Three people were killed when a gunman opened fire on tram passengers in the Netherlands, local officials said on Monday.

Jan van Zanen, the mayor of the central city of Utrecht, also said on social media that nine people were injured in the attacks.

The attack was carried out at October 24 Square in the city.

Dutch police are investigating the case as a terrorist attack.

Gokmen Tanis, 37, is a suspect in the attack, Dutch police said on Twitter.

"A possible terrorist motive is part of the investigation," they added.

The national coordinator for security and counter-terrorism (NCTV) also announced on Twitter that the threat level was raised to five — the highest level — for Utrecht until 6.00 p.m. local time (1700GMT).

NCTV added that the offender is still on the run.

This is a developing story.

*Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur

UPDATE 2 – Netherlands: Injuries reported in tram shooting

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By Abdullah Asiran, Yusuf Hatip

BRUSSELS / UTRECHT, the Netherlands (AA) – Several people were injured after a gunman opened fire on tram passengers in the Netherlands, security sources said on Monday.

The attack was carried out at October 24 Square in the central city of Utrecht.

Dutch police are investigating the case as a terrorist attack.

Gokmen Tanis, 37, is the suspect in the attack, according to Dutch police.

"A possible terrorist motive is part of the investigation," it said on Twitter.

The national coordinator for security and counter-terrorism (NCTV) also announced on Twitter that the threat level was raised to five — the highest level — for Utrecht until 6.00 p.m. local time (1700GMT).

NCTV added that the offender is still on the run.

This is a developing story.

*Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur