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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Oct 5, 2018

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office on Thursday evening investigated a suspected explosive device at a PG&E substation in Fulton.

Both on- and off-ramps for southbound Highway 101 at River Road were shut down during the investigation. Authorities hours later reported the suspicious device was "mitigated" and cleared the area.

No other information was immediately available.

Source: NBC Bay Area

France said on Tuesday there was no doubt Iran’s intelligence ministry was behind a June plot to attack an exiled opposition group’s rally outside Paris and it seized assets belonging to Tehran’s intelligence services and two Iranian nationals.

The hardening of relations between Paris and Tehran could have far-reaching consequences for Iran as President Hassan Rouhani’s government looks to European capitals to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal after the United States pulled out and reimposed tough sanctions on Iran.

“Behind all this was a long, meticulous and detailed investigation by our (intelligence) services that enabled us to reach the conclusion, without any doubt, that responsibility fell on the Iranian intelligence ministry,” a French diplomatic source said.

Read more: Reuters

An Italian man with extreme rightwing views has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for shooting and wounding six African migrants in a racially motivated attack in the central city of Macerata.

Luca Traini, 28, was arrested by police in the main square of the central city of Macerata after the rampage, which injured six immigrants and terrorised the city last February. The sentence included an aggravating circumstance of racial hatred.

Traini targeted black migrants as he drove around Macerata, hitting nationals from Ghana, Mali and Nigeria. He later abandoned his car and made a fascist salute, an Italian flag draped over his shoulders, as police arrested him.

Read more: The Guardian

Pakistani police say unidentified gunmen have shot and killed the senior leader of a Sunni extremist group along with his guard in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Local police official Javed Iqbal says no one claimed responsibility for the attack that killed Ismail Darvesh before dawn Friday on the outskirts of the city. He said officers are searching for the attackers.

Iqbal said Darvesh was senior leader of Pakistan’s radical Sunni militant Ahle Sunnat Wal Jammat party, which is an offshoot of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan.

Read more: Washington Post

An infatuated young Sydney couple, who aspired to be a jihadi Bonnie and Clyde, have been found guilty of plotting a terrorist attack.

Sameh Bayda and his wife Alo-Bridget Namoa, both now 21, had denied conspiring between December 8, 2015 and January 25, 2016 to do an act in preparation for a terrorist act.

But after more than three days of deliberations, a NSW Supreme Court jury on Friday found them guilty of the plot said to involve detonating an improvised device, an incendiary device or using a bladed weapon.

Namoa, who married Bayda in an Islamic wedding ceremony in 2015 when they were 18, had referred to the couple as a jihadi Bonnie and Clyde.

Read more: Sydney Morning Herald