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Terrorism News

A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Oct 9, 2018

A suicide bomber killed eight people in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand on Tuesday, including a candidate in upcoming parliamentary elections, the latest in a series of deadly attacks targeting the vote, officials said.

The election candidate, Saleh Mohammad Achekzai, was killed in the blast at an election rally in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, Omar Zwak, the provincial governor’s spokesman confirmed. At least 11 people were wounded.

No group has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack in the province bordering Pakistan that has seen some of the fiercest fighting of the Taliban insurgency.

Read more: Reuters

Investigators continue to look into how an explosive device ended up on an interstate bridge in northwest Louisiana.

The Shreveport Fire Department’s bomb squad tells local news outlets it found something explosive on the Interstate 220 bridge over Cross Lake Friday night.

Authorities had received reports of something suspicious on the bridge.

Investigators didn’t describe the explosive device in more detail.

The bridge was closed to traffic for about two hours, as more than a dozen emergency units responded. The bomb squad removed the device after making it safe, and the bridge reopened late Friday.

Read more: KLFY

The innocent-sounding Facebook Group you joined half a decade ago to see funny cat videos may now be supporting controversial causes.

Dozens of Groups on the network, that support everything from the BNP to Jeremy Corbyn, have been caught secretly changing their name to boost their follower count.

Now, Facebook has released a new tool that allows people to see the previous names of any group on the site. It follows a tool released by Facebook earlier this year that allows you to see how pages have changed their names.

Read more: The Telegraph (UK)

A Kosovo court has put a suspect under a month's detention for allegedly taking part in terror groups in Syria as a foreign fighter.

A statement from the capital Pristina court on Tuesday said the suspect, identified only as M.D., took part in paramilitary or police units in Syria "with organizations declared terrorist groups by the United Nations." It said that since March 2013 he had travelled several times to Syria via Germany.

The suspect has not been charged. The court did not provide details on how and when the suspect was arrested.

Read more: ABC News

A card-carrying neo-Nazi who attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison Friday for stopping an Amtrak train in Nebraska to “save the train from black people.”

Pictures of Taylor Michael Wilson marching in Charlottesville started circulating online over the weekend after news broke that the 25-year-old Missourian had been sentenced for the Oct. 23, 2017, train incident, deemed an act of "domestic terror." Wilson broke into the secure engine compartment of an Amtrak train as it traveled through rural Nebraska, and pulled the emergency brake, bringing it to a screeching halt. As passengers received word that someone had broken into the compartment, some panicked and tried to escape through the train’s windows, according to court documents.

Read more: Vice News