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Prison: A Training Ground for Terrorists

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Jun 5, 2018 | 07:00 GMT
This photograph shows prisoners in a cell.

Many inmates, including jihadists, emerge from prison far more dangerous than when they entered.

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When Benjamin Herman, a 36-year-old Belgian, walked out of prison in Liege with a two-day pass on May 28, he was a man on a mission. That evening he killed a drug dealer he had met behind bars by beating him with a hammer. The next morning he attacked two policewomen from behind and repeatedly slashed them with a box cutter while screaming "Allahu akbar!" He took a service pistol from one of them and shot them both dead. He continued down the street and killed a man in a parked car before taking a woman hostage in a school. She was a Muslim and appealed to him to not hurt the children. His murderous mission, and life, ended soon after as he attempted to flee from the school. He exchanged gunfire with police, wounding four officers, and was shot dead. Herman's deadly rampage is a reminder of the threat...

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