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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.

A terror-related arrest was made in Central Indiana on the same day as President Obama's visit to Indianapolis.  The FBI said the two are not connected. The arrest happened on Ronald Reagan Parkway in Plainfield near the airport Feb. 6.  Marion County jail records identify the man as Nihad Rosic. He was taken to the Marion County Jail and then released to U.S. Marshals

Five others were arrested throughout the Midwest, with the bulk of the arrests in Saint Louis. All six are Bosnian nationals and were taken into custody by the FBI and charged with terrorist-related crimes.  In addition to Rosic, the suspects are Armin Harcevic, Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, Sedina Unkic Hodzic, and all of Saint Louis; Mediha Medy Salkicevic of Schiller Park, Illinois; and Jasminka Ramic of Rockford, Illinois.

The federal indictment names two of the six as point people for funneling money, guns and military equipment to ISIS fighters in the Middle East.  The document says that around July 20, 2014, Rosic attempted to board a Norwegian Airlines flight at J.F.K. International Airport intending to travel to Syria to join Abdullah Ramo Pazara and others who were fighting in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere.

Read more: Greensburg Daily News

Japanese police on Friday (Feb 27) arrested a teenager on suspicion of killing a 13-year-old schoolboy, in a chilling murder some local media suggested was inspired by extremist executions.

The brutalised and naked body of Ryota Uemura was found in undergrowth near a river last Friday. His neck and been repeatedly hacked at, apparently using a blood-soaked knife that was discovered nearby. Low-crime Japan has been captivated by the killing, with media reporting every twist and turn in the investigation, including details of how the youngster's mobile phone was used to send a friend request on a messaging app around the time of his death.

Populist weekly Shukan Shincho reported the wounds appeared to indicate that whoever killed Ryota may have been trying to decapitate him. "Some investigators suspect (the criminals) watched internet videos showing the execution of hostages by Islamic State (IS) fighters and sought to mimic them," the magazine said, quoting an unnamed source close to police.

Japan is still reeling from the brutal murder of two of its citizens - war correspondent Kenji Goto and his friend Haruna Yukawa - by extremists in Syria.

Read more: Channel News Asia

Islamic State militants are trying to eradicate Iraqi minority groups from large parts of the country, human rights organisations have warned.

A report details summary executions, forced conversions, rape and other abuses suffered by minorities.  Such acts are tantamount to war crimes, and in some cases, genocide, it argues.  Iraqi minorities face a "threat to their existence", said the Institute of International Law and Human Rights (IILHR), one of the groups involved.

Focusing on Iraq's Christian, Kaka'i, Shabak, Turkmen and Yazidi populations, the report looks at their plight after the fall of Mosul to IS in June 2014, a key point in the rise of a group that now controls swathes of the country.

Minorities were soon targeted, the report details. Christians were told to leave Mosul or face execution. 

Read more: BBC

Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death an American blogger, the latest of a series of attacks on writers who support free-thinking values in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.

The attack comes amidst a crackdown on hardline Islamist groups, which have increased activities in recent years in the South Asian nation.

Avijit Roy, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin, and his wife and fellow blogger, Rafida Ahmed, were attacked on Thursday while returning from a book fair. Ahmed was seriously injured.

Police retrieved two machetes from the site, but have not yet identified any suspects. They said they were investigating the involvement of Ansarullah Bangla Team, an Islamist extremist group based in Bangladesh that claimed responsibility on Friday for the murder.

Read more: NBC

Three alleged international arms dealers have been extradited to the U.S. from Europe to stand trial for allegedly conspiring to sell "military-grade" machine guns and anti-aircraft weapons to a Colombian terrorist group, the Department of Justice announced today.

The trio was arrested in December, at which time the Department of Justice described in a statement how the suspects allegedly had unwittingly attempted to unload their deadly wares on confidential sources working with the Drug Enforcement Agency. The suspects believed the weapons were going to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, the DOJ said.

"[The suspects] agreed to provide these weapons to the [DEA's confidential sources] with the specific understanding that the weapons would be used to kill Americans and, in particular, to shoot down American helicopters and airplanes," the DOJ statement said.

Read more: ABC News