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Date: Apr 10, 2018

While the number of incidents and casualties declined in 2017, a report released Monday by Marsh L.L.C. said terrorism is still a significant threat and that the insurance market is adapting to handle the evolving risk.

Marsh’s 2018 Terrorism Risk Insurance Report, which explores the state of the terrorism insurance marketplace, said that in the wake of recent events, terrorism insurers are expanding terrorism definitions to include active assailant events.

In some cases, the report said, insurers also are developing specialty products that offer first- and third-party business interruption protection for businesses that suffer lost income or revenue without the need for a direct property damage trigger.

Read more: Business Insider

Investigators still do not know the motive behind a deadly serial bombing spree that terrorized residents in Austin, Texas, but new documents indicate the suspect was so calculating and callous he used a "Drive Like Your Kids Live Here" sign to conceal one of his explosives.

Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, blew himself up with one of his homemade, shrapnel-loaded bombs on March 20 as a SWAT team moved in to arrest him.

"The investigation continues. We're looking at his intent, his motivations," John Bash, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, said at a news conference Monday evening. "There are no further suspects at this time and we do not have any reason to believe there's a further destructive device out there."

Read more: ABC News

Members of a Latino street gang have admitted to carrying out a racially motivated firebombing attack on black families in a Los Angeles housing project, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Three men belonging to the Big Hazard gang will plead guilty to federal hate crimes stemming from the 2014 attack, according to written plea agreements. In exchange for the confessions, prosecutors for U.S. Attorney Nicola T. Hanna agreed to seek some leniency for the men when they are sentenced. Each faces more than 30 years in federal prison.

The nighttime attack on Mother's Day four years ago laid bare long-standing racial animosity Latino gangs have stoked in the Ramona Gardens Housing Development and elsewhere. The Big Hazard gang claimed the housing project in the Boyle Heights neighborhood as its territory and the men set out to terrorize black families into fleeing their apartments, according to a statement released by Hanna.

Read more: MSN

Authorities were able to identify the man whose deadly bombings terrorized Austin for three weeks before he died in a blast he set off  after a confidential police source identified the bomber through images taken by security video, documents released Monday show.

Agents from several federal law enforcement agencies and the Austin police chief said at a news conference Monday that authorities are still collecting evidence from the randomly set blasts that left two dead and injured several others.

According to the information released, security video from the FedEx store in Austin where packages containing explosives were mailed showed images of Mark Conditt, 23, and his red pickup.

Video from an Austin-area Home Depot where "Drive Like Your Kids Live Here" signs similar to ones found at the site of an explosion that injured two men also showed an image of Conditt making the purchase.

March 23: Austin serial bomber: Self-described psychopath left behind unemotional trail of murder

March 21: How police tracked down the suspected Austin serial bomber Mark Anthony Conditt

A confidential police informant who authorities say had several contacts with Conditt said the Home Depot images were at least "98%" likely to be Conditt.

 

Read more:  USA Today

In a newly released video, the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), an al Qaeda-linked Uzbek group, showcased a joint raid with the Taliban in northern Afghanistan. The video, which is dated for Oct. 2017, takes place in northern Afghanistan, but no specific location is mentioned.

The short video begins by showing the jihadists preparing for the military raid and driving through a remote Afghan village. A clash with Afghan forces, the majority which occurred at night, is featured. During the aftermath of the assault, a fighter is seen climbing a tower to place the Taliban’s white flag. Fighters are then seen parading and celebrating with captured equipment. This includes several captured US-made Humvees.

It is unclear where in northern Afghanistan the battle took place. However, the IJU is known to operate in Kunduz and Badakhshan. In 2015, the IJU, which is loyal to the Afghan Taliban, took part in the latter’s siege of Kunduz city.

The same year, the IJU reported that its forces were active against the Afghan military in Kunduz and Badakhshan as part of the Taliban’s 2015 Azm offensive. The IJU has also shown its fighters in northern Kunduz near the border with Tajikistan in the past.

 

Read more:  Long War Journal