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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Oct 15, 2018

Street beatings and melees broke out on both coasts this weekend during confrontations involving the Proud Boys and antifascists — ideologically opposed movements that both condone political violence and practice it with some regularity on their opponents.

Police in New York and Portland are investigating viral videos of the attacks but have not yet blamed either group. New York’s Democratic mayor, governor and attorney general, however, have accused the Proud Boys of instigating the weekend’s first act of violence. (Representatives for the Proud Boys could not immediately be reached.)

Read more: Washington Post

Anjem Choudary, the leader of the banned extremist group al-Muhajiroun, which has inspired a number of Britons to join Isis, is set to be released from prison this week.

Choudary is one of about a dozen jailed radicals who are due out in the coming months, sparking concerns about the demands this will place on the police and the security services.

Choudary has served half of a five and-a-half year prison sentence handed down in 2016 for “inviting support of a terror group” and is now entitled to automatic parole.

The Observer has been told that, in anticipation of his release, pencilled in for this Wednesday, he is being moved from Frankland prison in County Durham to Belmarsh high security jail in London.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

Somalia on Sunday marked the first anniversary of one of the world’s deadliest attacks since 9/11, a truck bombing in the heart of Mogadishu that killed well over 500 people, while the man accused of orchestrating the blast was executed by a firing squad.

As people gathered at a new memorial with prayers and a minute of silence, the deputy prosecutor general of the Somali military court, Capt. Mumin Hussein, confirmed the execution of Hassan Aden Isaq. It was the first under the country’s Somali-American president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

Memories of the bombing are still raw in a country that has faced decades of deadly warlord-led chaos and attacks by the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group. The Oct. 14, 2017 bombing was so devastating that al-Shabab never claimed responsibility amid local outrage.

Read more: Washington Post

A motorcycle rigged with explosives detonated at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan on Saturday killing at least 14 people, including civilians and security forces, officials said.

Khalil Aser, spokesman for the provincial police chief in Takhar province, said 32 others were wounded when the explosives-laden motorbike parked near the rally in Rustaq district blew up.

“There are a number of wounded people in critical condition,” he said.

Read more: AP

The authorities in a restive region of southern Russia have been offering smartphones in return for tip-offs about extremist material online.

Dagestan set up a website for members of the public to leave warnings about "posts that promote terrorism or incite religious or ethnic hatred", with the most prolific contributor winning an iPhone SE and the runners-up Chinese smartphones, the local Kavkaz-Uzel news site reports.

Anyone interested can send links to the Hot Line site in complete confidentiality. Anything that looks dangerous will be passed to the police after assessment by counter-terrorism specialists, the Dagestan Religious Affairs Committee announced this week.

Read more: BBC News