Sri Lanka bombers follower arrested in Kerala plotting attacks

Hashim was a Sri Lankan preacher who led the coordinated Easter Sunday suicide attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, killing at least 253 people in one of the world’s deadliest terrorist attacks.Military sources have said Hashim was not known to have visited Syria or Iraq, but travelled to Tamil Nadu and had been in contact with Islamists there. “He admitted that he wanted to carry out a suicide attack in Kerala,” NIA added. An alleged follower of Sri Lankan bombing leader Zahran Hashim is to appear in court today after admitting he wanted to carry out an attack in Kerala, investigators said.The accused, identified as Riyas A, alias Riyas Aboobacker, 29, was arrested on Monday by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which handles counter-terrorism cases, WION news reported. Riyas has allegedly been in online contact with that suspect and has followed his audio clips including one “instigating others to carry out terror attacks in India,” NIA said. The NIA said that it arrested Riyas “for conspiring to commit a terrorist act” in connection with a 2016 case against a wanted man, along with others, for leaving India to join IS abroad. Hashim also appeared in a video released by the Islamic State group, showing him leading others in pledging allegiance to IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.IS has claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka attacks.India had warned Sri Lanka that suicide attacks were possible weeks before Hashim and the other bombers carried out their slaughter. During the interrogation, he allegedly “disclosed that he has been following speeches/videos of Zahran Hashim of Sri Lanka for more than a year”, an NIA statement said. read more

Rhyolite Ridge lithium looks to rapid development

first_imgLatest results confirm the potential for a simple, low-cost acid-leach process to produce lithium carbonate and boric acid at Global Geoscience Ltd’s Rhyolite Ridge project. This is a large, shallow sedimentary lithium-boron deposit located in southern Nevada, USA.Leach results provide an economic pathway for Rhyolite Ridge to become a significant near-term producer of lithium and boron through a low-cost acid-leach flowsheet using established technologies and processesRecoveries of 98% for lithium and 99% for boron from acid-leach test workAcid consumption of 296 kg/t of ore for both metals, well below the pre-test target range of 350-450 kgWork has commenced to optimise the processing flowsheetPFS due for completion in late 2017Global has exercised its option to acquire 100% ownership of the Rhyolite Ridge project with no residual interest or royalties to the previous owners.Global’s Managing Director, Bernard Rowe commented: “The acid-leach results exceed our expectations and demonstrate that Rhyolite Ridge mineralisation is amenable to low-cost acid-leaching to extract lithium and boron. The combination of high recoveries and low acid consumption from the test work indicates the likelihood of favourable economics.”Company Chairman, James D. Calaway commented “Our processing team, headed by Silvio Bertolli and Peter Ehren, working with Hazen Research and SGS Minerals, have made significant progress in uncovering and understanding the unique properties of this deposit, and then applying this knowledge to design what is a simple processing flowsheet. These latest results confirm our view that we have an economic pathway to make the Rhyolite Ridge resource into a significant, near-term producer of lithium and boron in America.”last_img read more