Man facing trial over mosque terror attack plot

By Press Association 2021

A man has gone on trial accused of plotting an attack on a mosque.

Sam Imrie has been charged with posting statements on social media platform Telegram indicating that he planned to stream live footage of “an incident” at the Fife Islamic Centre in Glenrothes.

The 24-year-old is accused of possessing weapons, and allegedly acquired knives, nunchucks, a hammer, a baseball bat, a rifle scope and petrol, which he referred to as his “arsenal”, between June 20 and July 4 2019.

A hearing at Edinburgh High Court on Friday heard that he has also been charged with being in possession of neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim material and extreme pornography, including indecent images of children and an image involving a human corpse.

Imrie denies all of the nine charges against him – three of which come under the Terrorism Act.

The trial, before Lord Mulholland, continues.

By Press Association 2021

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Scores killed and wounded by Afghan mosque blast during Friday prayers

At least 100 people have been killed or wounded in an explosion targeting Shiite Muslims at a mosque in northern Afghanistan, according to a Taliban police official.

Dost Mohammad Obaida said the “majority of them have been killed”.

The blast occurred during the Friday prayer service at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque in Kunduz province, when members of the Shiite minority typically go in large numbers for worship.

If confirmed, the death toll would be the highest in an attack by militants since US and Nato troops left Afghanistan at the end of August and the Taliban took control.

Witness Ali Reza said he was praying at the time of the explosion and reported seeing many casualties.

Taliban chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Taliban special forces had arrived at the scene and were investigating the incident.

The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. No group has claimed responsibility.

The Taliban leadership has been grappling with a growing threat from the local affiliate of the so-called Islamic State group, known as the Islamic State in Khorasan.

IS militants have ramped up attacks to target their rivals, including two deadly bombings in Kabul.

IS has also targeted Afghanistan’s religious minorities in attacks.

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