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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Dec 26, 2018

Police on Christmas Eve morning arrested a man they say drove his SUV through a Northeast Portland church on purpose.

Hieu John Phung, 35, intentionally rammed his Acura MDX through the Southeast Asian Vicariate Church of Our Lady of Lavang early Monday, said Sgt. Chris Burley, a Portland police spokesman.

Officers responded to the Northeast Alameda Street church around 12:15 a.m. and found extensive damage to the outside and interior, police said.

Read more: The Oregonian

Catalan police were checking coaches, buses, and minibuses in Barcelona on Monday, after the local media reported on a possible terror plot involving a 30-year-old Moroccan. The man is reported to have a bus driver license. The daily El Periodico de Catalunya said that the police had circulated an internal note saying that the man could drive a bus into civilians.

The authorities also boosted police presence at popular tourist landmarks, including the Sagrada Familia Cathedral and the Las Ramblas Boulevard, according to the Spanish daily El Pais. In 2017, a 22-year-old Moroccan drove a van into crowds at Las Ramblas, killing 16 and injuring 131 people. He was killed several days later.

On Sunday, the US State Department unexpectedly tweeted a terror warning to travelers in Barcelona. The message advises visitors to exercise "heightened caution" around vehicles "including buses" in the Las Ramblas area.

Read more: Deutsche Welle

A Belgian judge has ordered the government to repatriate six children of Islamic State (IS) militants and their mothers who have been detained in a camp in Kurdish-controlled Syria, the national news agency Belga said on Wednesday.

Tatiana Wielandt, 26, and Bouchra Abouallal, 25, both Belgian citizens, and their children have been held in the Al-Hol camp in since the defeat of IS in nearly all territory it once held in Syria and Iraq.

Belga quoted the court ruling as ordering the Brussels government to take all necessary and possible measures to ensure the six children and their mothers can return to Belgium.

Read more: Reuters

German police said on Tuesday they had found a flag of the Islamic State (IS) militant group near the site of a suspected attack on a railway track in Berlin and that investigators were examining whether the perpetrators had any political motives.

It is still unclear whether the flag and a text in Arabic found close to the railway track were left by the same people who damaged the overhead contact wire, police said.

“Since the beginning of the investigation, several pieces of evidence have been secured,” police said, adding that authorities discovered a torn steel cable and the damaged overhead contact wire at the train track on Sunday.

Read more: Reuters

The world got a nasty foretaste Thursday of how new technologies can be used to dramatically disrupt air travel after  someone brought London’s Gatwick airport to a complete stop by flying drones intermittently over the airport’s lone runway. Drones have joined a lengthy list of unpredictable threats that aviation security officials have long fretted could allow bad actors to freeze airport operations.

Air traffic at other London airports, including Heathrow, Europe’s biggest and busiest hub, also was disrupted for a while over fears the drone operator or operators might be mounting a coordinated effort against all five of London’s commercial airports.

Read more: Forbes