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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 20, 2018

A man is facing nine charges after threatening to kill people at a Springfield mosque Sunday night, police say.

Police were called to the Masjid Noor Mosque at 8608 Pohick Road where the man allegedly threatened to kill anyone he saw and refused to let people inside. Later investigations revealed he forced people to leave that were inside.

He also reportedly struck three parked cars with his own. One of the cars was occupied, leading the person inside to call 911.

As police arrived, the man sped in his car towards the officer before jumping out of the car and blocking the road. He began cursing and screaming at the officer before being arrested. No one was hurt during the incident.

Zulqarnain Khan, 22, was charged with three counts of abduction, one count of attempted malicious wounding and one count of destruction of property, which are all felonies. Misdemeanor charges included three counts of misdemeanor destruction of property and one count of disorderly conduct. He is being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.


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The UK has not “woken up” to the threat posed by the far right, the former head of the Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism unit has said.

Mark Rowley urged politicians, the media and communities not to underestimate the threat of far-right groups, citing how National Action, a proscribed neo-Nazi organisation, has “a strategy for a terrorist group” with online materials advising on how to sow tension and discord in communities and evade police surveillance.

“For the first time since the second world war we have a domestic terrorist group, it’s rightwing, it’s neo-Nazi, it’s proudly white supremacist, portraying a violent and wicked ideology,” Rowley told BBC Newsnight.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

Sperry police arrested a man on a complaint of conspiracy to commit domestic terrorism after officers reportedly found pill bottles fashioned into bombs and a homemade stick of dynamite at his home.

William Hollis Peoples Jr., 58, allegedly had the explosives in the bedroom of his residence, located in the 200 block of West Birch Place in Sperry, according to a probable cause affidavit. Sperry police state in the affidavit that the pill bottles contained black powder, fuses and shrapnel.

Police were searching for methamphetamine when officers served a search warrant Sunday at Peoples' residence. They found methamphetamine, marijuana, two firearms and several syringes in addition to the explosives.

Read more: Tulsa World

At least four police officers were injured on Monday in a series of attacks in the mountain republic of Chechnya, Russian law enforcement authorities said, raising fears of renewed violence in the restive region.

Three attacks occurred at around the same time in different locations, the Investigative Committee, a Russian security agency, said in a statement: an assault outside a police station by two men armed with knives, an attempted suicide bombing and the running over of two officers with a vehicle in Grozny, the regional capital. No police officers were reported killed.

The Islamic State’s official news agency claimed responsibility in a statement on the Telegram messaging app, describing the assailants as “fighters from the Islamic State.” It did not use the phrasing typically employed to describe an inspired attack, suggesting that it viewed those who carried out the violence as core members.

Read more: New York Times

Spanish police said on Monday they had shot a man armed with a knife as he tried to attack a police station in the northeastern region of Catalonia.

Regional police said on Twitter the man had entered the police station in Cornella, near Barcelona, just before 0400 GMT “with the aim of attacking the officers” adding he had then been shot.

A police spokeswoman said she could not give any further information.

State broadcaster RTVE said the attacker was a 29-year-old Algerian resident in Cornella with Spanish identity documents, and had been killed by the gunshot.

Last Friday, Barcelona commemorated the first anniversary of an Islamist assault in which a young man drove a van down a busy central boulevard, killing 14 and injuring over 100 in Spain’s worst attack in more than a decade.


Source:  Reuters