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The bombing, earlier this month, targeted a shopping centre connected to a subway station and injured 14 people.  Interior and Security Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said police had arrested two men and a woman.  The attack is one of the worst since democracy was restored in 1990.  There have been around 200 bomb attacks in Santiago in the past decade, with anarchist groups claiming responsibility for many of them.  No one admitted carrying out the latest attack.

Police said the homemade explosive device went off on 8 September at lunchtime in an underground shopping area at the Escuela Militar station.  Officials said about 150,000 people pass through the station daily.  Chilean President Michelle Bachele called the attack a "terrorist act, one of the most cowardly we have seen".  The police operation that led to the arrests in the La Pintana neighbourhood of the capital comes as two days of celebrations get under way for Chile's independence day.

Source: BBC News

Lahore-based Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist outfit's de facto chief Ratandeep Singh, who had only last year replaced ailing Wadhawa Singh as the BKI head and was sent by Pakistan's ISI to carry out strikes in Punjab during Navratras, was arrested by Punjab police on Wednesday.  The over six-foot tall terrorist was wanted in several cases, including the 1999 bomb blast at Chandigarh's Sector 34 passport office and another blast on a Panipat railway bridge the same year .  He was sent to India as Hussain Sheikh Zahid (son of Sheikh Nasiruddin) and was arrested by the State Special Operations Cell (SSOC) team of Punjab police near Gorakhpur on late Wednesday. He was sent to 10-day police remand by an Amritsar court. 

The 43-year-old had been tasked by ISI to eliminate several top Hindu leaders in Punjab, said police."A plan was conceived after PM Narendra Modi government was sworn in to use Bhindranwale's name to fan radicalism and polarise the communities after attacking Hindu leaders," a top Punjab cop told TOI. Ratandeep's name had first cropped up last year in August during the interrogation of Lashkar-e-Taiba top militant Abdul Karim Tunda.

Read more: Times of India

Officials are watching the actions of the Nusra Front and Khorasan.  Analysts in the United States are monitoring terrorist threats originating from al-Qaida's Syrian arm, while the world's attention is turned to the Islamic State. 
 
U.S. officials say they are closely watching the Nusra Front, the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, and another Syrian al-Qaida cell known as Khorasan, adding Khorasan is focused on violence against the West and has an attraction to bomb plots.
 
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acknowledged Thursday Khorasan may be as dangerous as the Islamic State "in terms of danger to the homeland." 
 
Read more: UPI
Fighting between Shia rebels and Sunni militias in Yemen has escalated, with clashes on the edge of the capital.  Armed rebels, known as Houthis, shelled buildings of the state TV and the main Sunni Islamist party, Islah, in Sanaa.
 
Hundreds of residents have fled their homes and international flights to the city have been suspended. 
 
Read more: BBC
The FBI on Thursday added the name of the suspect in last week's ambush of two Pennsylvania troopers to its list of the 10 most wanted fugitives, almost a week after a manhunt began for the person who killed one officer and wounded another.
 
Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, has been identified as the prime suspect in the fatal shooting of Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and the wounding of Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove late last Friday.
 
Read more: Reuters