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Terrorism News

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

A man who claims he is a sovereign citizen and therefore not subject to U.S. laws is headed to prison for life.

A jury convicted Erick Schute of the murders of three men in Morgan County, West Virginia, in June 2016. Police said Schute shot three neighbors after accusing them of stealing.

During the eight-hour manhunt that followed, police put a judge in hiding. Schute had a history of threatening judges he’d faced before.

He was taken into custody in Pennsylvania.

Read more: NBC Washington

At least 15 people were killed on Tuesday in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad when gunmen stormed a government building, trapping dozens inside after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate, officials and witnesses said.

The attack underlines the country’s dire security situation after 17 years of war, with Islamic State increasingly claiming attacks on civilian targets even as pressure builds for peace talks between the Western-backed government and the Taliban.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though the Taliban issued a statement denying involvement.

Read more: Reuters

Yemeni officials say a roadside bombing in the southern city of Aden has wounded a prominent politician, his son and two other people.

The officials say the attack took place on Tuesday and targeted Aref Ahmed Ali of the Islah party, which is Yemen's branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, in the district of Maala.

They say the wounded have been taken to hospitals for treatment. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk to reporters.

Read more: Bloomberg

An Indonesian court disbanded the country’s largest Islamic State-linked group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), on Tuesday for “conducting terrorism” and affiliating itself with the foreign militant organization.

Senior JAD figure Zainal Anshori stood up and shouted “Allahu akbar” when the judge delivered the ruling in the heavily guarded courtroom in Jakarta, capital of the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.

JAD is a U.S.-listed terror organization with thousands of followers in Indonesia.

Read more: Reuters

A Queensland man who wanted to use improvised explosives in a domestic terrorism plot after being prevented from fighting in Syria has been jailed for 17 years.

Agim Kruezi, 25, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane supreme court on Tuesday to preparing for incursion into a foreign state and preparing or planning for a terrorist act. He was sentenced to 17 years and four months, with a non-parole period of 13 years.

Justice Rosalyn Atkinson found he had not rejected the violent extremist views that had led him to obtaining materials to create molotov cocktails to unleash a “deadly” attack.

“You remain a serious risk to the public,” Atkinson said.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)