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Date: Oct 18, 2018

Days after charging a second suspect in a series of mysterious explosions that rocked upper Bucks County this spring, law enforcement officials are warning residents to be wary of additional improvised explosive devices they may have left behind.

"As always, our number one priority is to make sure everyone in Bucks County is safe, and we are sharing this information with that priority in mind. This is more an FYI than an SOS," District Attorney Matt Weintraub said in a statement Tuesday. "Nonetheless, we will continue to do our best to protect you by working hard to find any unexploded devices that may remain. If you find something suspicious, please do not investigate it on your own. Call 911."

David Surman Jr., 30, has been charged with building and deploying these homemade explosives throughout the northern, rural portion of the county, an hour north of Philadelphia. His girlfriend, Tina Smith, 31, was arrested Friday and charged with helping him distribute the explosives.

Read more: Philadelphia Inquirer

A gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire Thursday on participants in a meeting with the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, killing three top southern provincial officials and wounding at least three Americans, officials said. But Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, the target of the attack claimed by the Taliban, escaped unharmed, they said.

Among those reported killed in the attack inside the governor’s compound in southern Kandahar province were the country’s top police general, Abdul Raziq, who was seen as the most powerful man in southern Afghanistan.

U.S. military officials confirmed that a U.S. soldier, a contractor and a civilian were wounded in the attack, which occurred shortly after a high-level meeting attended by Miller.

Read more: Washington Post

A suicide bomber killed two Afghan civilians and wounded at least three foreign soldiers and two other civilians in an attack near the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, government officials said.

Mohammad Mahfouz Walizada, police chief of Parwan province where the Bagram military base is located, said a suicide bomber on foot targeted foreign forces while they were on patrol.  The soldiers’ nationality was not immediately known.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement, saying that members of NATO forces were their main target. NATO was not immediately available for a comment.

Read more: Reuters

A lawyer for a Greek far-left extremist convicted of terrorism and murder for killings by the defunct November 17 group says her client is seeking early release from prison on health grounds.

Anny Paparoussou says Savvas Xiros, who is serving five life terms in a maximum-security Athens prison, is severely disabled.

Xiros was badly injured when a bomb he was trying to plant exploded prematurely in 2002 in Athens. He was arrested and his interrogation led to the quick unravelling of the previously elusive group that killed 23 Western diplomats and Greeks between 1975 and 2000.

Read more: San Francisco Chronicle

New sentencing dates have been set for two Russian sisters who admitted their roles in a fake-marriage scheme involving a friend of Syed Rizwan Farook, who with his wife killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in the Dec. 2, 2015 San Bernardino terror attack.

The sisters, Tatiana Farook and Mariya Chernykh, were to be sentenced separately in Riverside federal court during the next 2 1/2 weeks, but are now scheduled to be sentenced in the spring.

The bogus marriage of Chernykh to Enrique Marquez Jr. was a scheme to prevent Chernykh’s deportation, authorities said. Marquez was the illegal straw buyer of two AR-15-style rifles Syed Rizwan Farook and wife Tashfeen Malik used in the attack, the FBI said.

Read more: San Jose Mercury News