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An assailant was shot and injured by a policeman after he knifed several people at the southweestern Finnish town of Turku Friday. Two of his victims have since died of their wounds. Security has been boosted at Helsinki Vantaan airport and eastern train stations in case of further attacks.
Steve Bannon, a strong figure alongside Donald Trump as his senior strategic adviser, announced in a joint statement with Chief of Staff John Kelly that Friday would be his last day at the White House.
“We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters. The details leading up to his departure are still a matter of wide speculation. . Bannon, a right-wing conservative, was known to be a strong influence on the president’s thinking, but they also differed on some key foreign policy issues, such as China. He was more odds with other members of the White House team, especially, it was said, with Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Spain this week suffered the biggest Islamic State onslaught to be mounted in Europe since Nov/ 14, 2015, when they murdered 140 people in Paris. The Spanish offensive claimed the lives of 14 civilians and 7 terrorists. More than 100 victims are in hospital, 20 with serious injuries. ISIS does claim some terrorist operations carried out by local extremists on their own initiative. But the three-day terror rampage that hit Spain this week bore all the hallmarks of ISIS planning and organization.
None of the 20,000 Israel tourists visiting Barcelona when the town was attacked by terrorists Thursday came to harm. All 30 unaccounted for later that day have been located, except for one. The attack which left 13 people dead and injured up to 100 was claimed by the Islamic State.