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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Nov 14, 2018

Authorities have arrested a man using the same chemicals al-Qaida terrorists around the world use to make bombs, the Volusia County sheriff's office said in a press release.

“It’s so volatile, so dangerous that al-Qaida calls it the ‘Mother of Satan,’” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood told the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Authorities said they were acting on an anonymous tip when they found the explosive triacetone triperoxide — used by terrorist organizations to make powerful bombs — in a home in Lake Helen. The same material was used in the 2005 London bombings.

The discovery caused enough concern for the FBI and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to respond to the home.

Read more: Orlando Sentinel

A 30-year-old man was arrested on a gun charge after his relatives alerted authorities about his white nationalist outbursts on a social media network called Gab.

An FBI investigation revealed Jeffrey Raphiel Clark, Jr., of Northwest Washington, was "friends" with Roberts Bowers, a self-proclaimed white supremacist who killed 11 members of the Tree-of-Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27.

Court documents say Clark lived with his father, sister and younger brother, Edward "Teddy" Clark, 23, who shot himself at Theodore Roosevelt Island in D.C. the same afternoon of the synagogue massacre.

Read more: WJLA

Three men have been found guilty of conspiring to prepare a Christmas Day terrorist attack in central Melbourne.

Hamza Abbas, 23, his cousin Abdullah Chaarani, 27, and friend Ahmed Mohamed, 25, were found guilty in the supreme court on 2 November of acts in preparation for an attack targeting Federation Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street Station in December 2016.

The verdict, made public on Wednesday after legal delays, followed seven days of deliberations and eight weeks of evidence including from Hamza’s older brother Ibrahim Abbas, 24, who confessed his involvement to police and pleaded guilty earlier this year.

Mohamed and Chaarani laughed and smiled at each other as their verdicts were read. Mohamed gave his family a big grin while Hamza gave them a thumbs up.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

A Montreal man who told investigators that his "mission was to kill and be killed" was convicted of terrorism and other crimes Tuesday in the stabbing of a Michigan airport officer.

It was a slam dunk for federal prosecutors: Witnesses saw Amor Ftouhi attack Lt. Jeff Neville at the Flint airport in June 2017 and wrestled him to the ground.

Ftouhi, 53, was convicted of three crimes. He's a native of Tunisia who was living in Montreal at the time of the stabbing.

"This isn't a mystery. He was caught right there. He has the knife in his hand," Assistant U.S. Attorney Cathleen Corken told jurors.

Read more: NBC News

One of Britain’s top police officers says intelligence-sharing allies including Australia need to join forces and push technology giants harder for help to decrypt the messages of terrorists, tackle crime gangs and fight child exploitation.

Lynne Owens, the director-general of Britain’s National Crime Agency, has also warned there is a risk that the impact of terrorism through social media and 24-hour news means fighting organised crime is under-resourced even though it kills more people.

Ms Owens, who is roughly equivalent to the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, was speaking to Fairfax Media in the wake of the Bourke Street attack and as federal Parliament considers far-reaching legislation to make tech companies help authorities access encrypted messages used by criminals and terrorists.

Read more: Sydney Morning Herald