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Date: Jun 15, 2017

The Trump administration on Thursday added three senior members of the Islamic State group to a terrorism blacklist, including the group's leader and chief recruiter in India and a recruiter for attackers who carried out two deadly assaults in Europe.

The State Department and Treasury said the trio have committed or pose a significant risk of committing terrorist attacks that threaten Americans or U.S. national interests. The move adds them to a list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists, freezing any assets they may have in U.S. jurisdictions and barring Americans from any transactions with them.

Read more: ABC News

Tora Bora, the mountain redoubt that was once Osama bin Laden’s fortress, fell to the group that calls itself the Islamic State group early Wednesday, handing the extremists a significant strategic and symbolic victory, Afghan officials said.

Taliban fighters who had previously controlled the extensive cave and tunnel complex fled overnight after a determined, weeklong assault by the extremist group, according to villagers fleeing the area Wednesday.

Read more: Boston Globe

A suicide bomber killed at least three people and wounded five more in an attack at mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Thursday, security officials said.

The suspected bomber tried to enter the mosque but was blocked by police, setting off a gun battle, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. The attacker then took refuge in a kitchen before detonating a bomb. 

The attack came as mosques around the city were crowded for a night of religious observances as part of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The Al Zahra mosque is used by Kabul's Shi'ite minority, who have been targeted by suicide bombings in the past. An attack on a Shi'ite mosque in November killed more than 30 people.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for that attack, as well as an attack last July that killed more than 80 people at a mostly Shi'ite demonstration.

Source: Reuters

A South Carolina port terminal was briefly evacuated because of a "potential threat" in a container ship, then reopened early Thursday after authorities scanned it and cleared it. 

Authorities got a warning Wednesday night of a threat in a container on a ship at the Port of Charleston, the Coast Guard said. The ship, Maersk Memphis, was at the Wando terminal, the Coast Guard said in a statement. "There were four containers where threat was posed at terminal in Charleston, SC. These have been scanned and cleared by authorities."
It said the source of the "original reporting source of the threat" has been detained for questioning.

Coast Guard Lt. JB Zorn said the threat was based on an anonymous claim shared by a man on YouTube. 

Read more: CNN

One person was killed and nine others wounded when a grenade exploded in Bujumbura, in a neighbourhood of the capital known as an opposition bastion, the city's mayor said Thursday. 

Musaga, in the south of the city, is a bastion of opposition where protests erupted two years ago over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a disputed third term in office, which he went on to win. The demonstrations swelled into a major crisis which even saw a failed coup attempt. Since then, Musaga has seen regular anti-government protests.
 
The "Imbonerakure", whose name means "The Watchmen", has long been accused of using barbaric methods to achieve political ends on behalf of Nkurunziza and his ruling CNDD-FDD party. Last month, three members of the youth league of Burundi's ruling party -- considered a militia by the UN -- were killed in a grenade attack in the same neighbourhood.

Four days later eight people were hurt in a grenade explosion in a northern Bujumbura neighbourhood considered a CNDD-FDD stronghold -- the scene of a string of similar attacks that have left two people dead and around 20 injured in less than a month.

Read more: World Bulletin