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

Police blew up a pressure cooker that had been abandoned near a Meriden elementary school Thursday morning, prompting authorities to keep students inside and tell neighbors to take shelter.

The item had not been altered to be a bomb, police said. It was discovered about 70 yards from Israel Putnam Elementary School at 133 Parker Ave., Sgt. Christopher Fry said.

Altered pressure cookers blew up at the Boston Marathon in 2013, killing three people and injuring hundreds.

Police were first alerted to the pressure cooker along Parker Avenue by a person walking nearby about 8 a.m. In a 911 call, the woman described what she saw: “On the curb is a round thing. It looks like a container, almost like a pressure cooker. … It looks odd sitting there.”

Read more: Hartford Courant

At least two policemen were killed and three wounded when a suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives at their checkpoint near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Thursday, police sources said.

Police said the attack took place in the town of Abbasi, around 65 km (40 miles) southwest of the oil city of Kirkuk.

No group has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack, but Islamic State militants often carry out such attacks.

On Wednesday, a suicide car bomb attack on a security checkpoint killed at least eight people, including five militiamen and three civilians in western Iraq.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the Wednesday’s attack.

Iraqi security officials have said Islamic State is likely to wage an insurgency in Iraq after its self-proclaimed caliphate all but collapsed and the militants were dislodged from large areas of the west and north of the country.


Source:  Reuters

Nurses and passersby ran into the street to save victims after a van ploughed into pedestrians and motorbike riders outside a hospital, killing at least one person.

There were distressing scenes in the aftermath as a number of bodies and bikes lay scattered on the road along a trail of destruction.

A nurse, wearing a white mask over her face, ran out of the hospital to help the injured, and was seen pumping a motionless person's chest while trying to revive them.

Eyewitnesses rushed to the scene and heroically tried to push the van off of victims after it had crashed into a pole and finally come to a stop.

The horror crash happened in the Chinese city of Nanning, the capital of its southern Guangxi region near the Vietnam border.

At least one person was killed, but a number of others were severely injured and there were fears the death toll would rise, according to local reports.

The van was "out of control" when it ploughed into pedestrians and motorbike riders on a road in front of the Taoyuan Road District Hospital just after 11.30am on Thursday, said eyewitnesses.

Harrowing video shows a nurse in uniform performing CPR on one of the victims, while others lay motionless or are sat up waiting for medics.

About a dozen people tried to pull the van off of other victims.


Read more:  Mirror (UK)

The Department of Homeland Security has forked out $5 million dollars to help Southern Nevada prepare for and prevent acts of terrorism.

The grant is part of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program which helps to provide funding for high-threat, high-density urban areas.

"Prevention is always key," said Carolyn Levering, emergency management administrator for the City of Las Vegas.

Read more: KTNV ABC 13

A soldier based in Hawaii who is accused of pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group and fixating on videos of beheadings and suicide bombings planned to plead guilty Wednesday to attempting to support the terrorist group.

Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang is set to plead guilty as charged in an indictment last year, defense attorney Birney Bervar said. He is agreeing to a 25-year sentence for charges that could have put him in prison for life.

Kang met with undercover agents he believed were part of the Islamic State group, prosecutors said. He is accused of providing them with classified military information, a drone, military equipment and training in combat fighting.

When Kang met with the undercover agents he thought were from the Islamic State group at a home in Honolulu, he pledged allegiance to the group and kissed an Islamic State flag, according to court documents.

Read more: Army Times