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German police arrests Iranian for planning ‘Islamist-motivated’ attack

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A 32-year-old Iranian citizen has been arrested by German police over suspicion of having procured deadly poisons cyanide and ricin to commit an “Islamist-motivated” attack.

Authorities in western Germany in a joint press release from the Duesseldorf public prosecutor’s office and police in the cities of Recklinghausen and Muenster said on Sunday that the Iranian resident in the city of Castrop-Rauxel was searched as part of the investigation.

 Holger Heming of the Duesseldorf public prosecutor’s office told newsmen, Police seized electronic storage devices but found neither cyanide nor ricin during the search in Castrop-Rauxel.

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said following news of the investigation that “Germany continues to be a direct target of Islamist terrorist organisations. Islamist-motivated lone perpetrators are another considerable danger.”

“Our security authorities, therefore, expect preparations for an attack at any time,” she said, adding that since 2000 German security authorities had prevented 21 Islamist attacks in Germany.

Heming said the tip came from a security agency of a “friendly state”, without elaborating.

Between 1970 to 2021 in Germany, there have been a significant annual increase in the number of terrorism-related incidences in the European country, the peak was in 1993, with 156 instances of terrorism.

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Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, vows continued support for Mali

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Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov who is currently in Mali on a diplomatic visit has that Russia will continue helping Mali improve its military capabilities.

Mali’s recent relations with France have prompted Western concern.

Lavrov made the reiteration during a visit to the West African country where militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have waged a decade-long insurgency that has spread to neighbouring countries.

Lavrov has visited a series of African countries recently as Moscow, hit by Western sanctions over its war in Ukraine, seeks to deepen trade ties and strategic partnerships elsewhere.

Mali has continued diplomatic romance with the global south as it has recently solidified relations with Russia and China as its relation with the rest faces tension. The country had broken defence ties with France and other pro-Western states.

Russian media quoted Lavrov as saying that Moscow hoped to start delivering wheat, fertilisers and oil products to Mali soon.

United Nations experts last week called for an independent investigation into possible war crimes by government forces and Russian private military contractor Wagner Group in Mali.

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Russian FM, Sergei Lavrov, sets to visit Mali to ‘strengthen defence ties’

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Relations between West African country, Mali and European power, Russia has continue to gain strength as the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov plans a two-day visit to Mali this week.

The Malian foreign ministry described the visit as a reflection of a shared wish to strengthen defence and security ties.

Mali has continued diplomatic romance with the global south as it has recently solidified relations with Russia and China as its relation with the rest faces tension. The country had broken defence ties with France and other pro-Western states.

The Russian minister will arrive in Bamako on Monday. It is the first time a Russian foreign minister has officially visited the West African nation and reflects Moscow’s focus on extending its reach on the continent while it is at loggerheads with Western powers over its invasion of Ukraine.

A statement by Malian ministry says the visit of the Russian is “high-level visit is in line with the political choice made by the Transitional Government to expand and diversify strategic partnerships.”

Lavrov’s visit shows “the firm will of the Malian and Russian heads of state to give new impetus to the relations of friendship and bilateral cooperation … in priority areas, in particular defence and security,” the ministry said.

Last week, United Nations experts called for an independent investigation into possible war crimes by government forces and Russian private military contractor Wagner Group in Mali.

The West African country is currently engaged in a fight against militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State who have waged a decade-long insurgency that has spread to neighbouring countries.

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