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The New York City Police Department released surveillance video in the fatal stabbing. James Harris Jackson, 28, of Hampden turned himself in at a Times Square police station early Wednesday in the case, police said.

Jackson, of the 800 block of W. 35th St. in Hampden, told police he'd harbored feelings of hatred toward black men for at least 10 years, authorities said. He traveled to New York on March 17 and had been staying in a Manhattan hotel. 

"The reason he picked New York is because it's the media capital of the world, and he wanted to make a statement," Aubrey said. Investigators said they believed Jackson was considering other attacks but surrendered after noticing his photo in media reports. He had two knives and told investigators where they could find the sword, police said. The sword was retrieved from a trash can not far from the scene.

Jackson served in the Army from March 2009 to August 2012 and worked as a military intelligence analyst, the Army said. He was deployed to Afghanistan from December 2010 to November 2011, earned several medals and attained the rank of specialist. The circumstances of his discharge are unclear. 

Read more: Baltimore Sun

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint near Bangladesh's international airport on Friday, police said, the second such incident in a week.

A young man set off a bomb in front of a police checkpoint and killed himself, police official Ruhul Amin said. No other casualties were reported.

The attacker could not be identified immediately. Police have cordoned off the area.

The latest incident came a week after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security forces base near the international airport in the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, injuring two police officers.

Read more: Reuters

Police Friday released a photograph of the British national believed to be behind this week's deadly terror attack in London. 

The suspect, Khalid Masood, was shot and killed by police after his Wednesday afternoon attack that killed four people, including a police officer, and injured at least 28 others. 

The Metropolitan Police said Masood "has previously gone by the names of Adrian Elms and Adrian Russell Ajao. He may also be known by a number of other names." 

The investigation focuses on determinding Masood's motivation, preparation and associates, Metropolitan Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley said Friday. Police are working to find out if Masood "acted totally alone inspired by terrorist propaganda" or "if others have encouraged, supported or directed him," Rowley said. 

There is no evidence of further threats connected to the attack, Rowley said, adding that anyone with information about Masood is asked to come forward, Rowley said. 

Read more: CNN

Afghan forces in the strategic town of Sangin in Helmand province have withdrawn from its center, effectively ceding territory to the Taliban and delivering a blow to the Afghan government and its coalition partners.

The NATO-led Resolute Support mission said Wednesday the forces had moved two kilometers south (1.2 miles) of the administrative center in a planned strategic maneuver, while a provincial spokesman said the withdrawal was to prevent civilian casualties. 

The Taliban released a statement celebrating control of the whole district while the country's Ministry of Defense denied the government had ceded any territory. 

Read more: CNN

A former Russian member of parliament who defected to Ukraine and began sharply criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin was gunned down Thursday in downtown Kiev in an apparent contract killing.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the murder of Denis Voronenkov, a former member of Russia’s Communist Party who fled to Kiev in October 2016, an act of state terrorism by Russia.”

A suspected assailant was arrested after Voronenkov was shot twice in the head, dying on the spot. The suspect’s identity or other details were not immediately made public. In Moscow, a Kremlin spokesman denied Russian involvement in the killing.

Read more: Washington Post