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Date: Jan 22, 2019

Four suspects have been arrested and charged after Greece Police say they planned to attack a Muslim community near Binghamton. 

Greece Police arrested 20-year-old Brian Colaneri of Gates, 18-year-old Andrew Crysel of East Rochester, 19-year-old Vincent Vetromile of Greece, and a 16-year-old Odyssey Academy student and charged each of them with three counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of conspiracy. 

According to court paperwork, the suspects are accused of having multiple IEDs in the shape of medium to large-sized cylinders and mason jars wrapped in duct tape. Each suspect is charged with the intent to use the IEDs in a plot against the hamlet of Islamberg, Delaware County, located about 40 miles east of Binghamton.

The Greece Police Department held a press conference Tuesday about an investigation involving Odyssey Academy on Friday. Police Chief Patrick Phelan said during lunchtime on Friday, the 16-year-old suspect showed a picture of another student to a group of kids and said: “he looks like a school shooter doesn’t he."

Pheland said one of the students in the group told an adult right away. The police chief said there was never a threat against any Greece school, but police say through the investigation, they uncovered the plot that the three men and one teen had to harm a Muslim community.

Investigators say they have recovered 23 rifles and shotguns, all legal weapons, from multiple homes, and found three IEDs in the home of the 16-year-old suspect. 

Authorities are continuing to go through other electronic devices. The FBI will investigate the homemade bombs in Quantico, Virginia. Chief Phelan said it's possible federal charges will be filed. 

Source: News 10 NBC

A Colorado man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to go “killing as many girls as I see” because he was a virgin and never had a girlfriend, authorities said.

Christopher Wayne Cleary, 27, was nabbed by Utah police at a McDonald’s in Provo after he made the disturbing comments on his Facebook page, according to the Daily Herald.

Cleary allegedly wrote “All I wanted was a girlfriend, not 1000 … not a bunch of hoes … I’ve never had a girlfriend before and I’m still a virgin, this is why I’m planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter cause I’m ready to die and all the girls the turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I see.” Another post allegedly said, “There’s nothing more dangerous than man ready to die.”

Police were made aware of the comments after several women reported them, according to the report. There was even more cause for worry because of the nationwide women’s marches planned over the weekend, including in Provo. Cleary was visiting the city for the weekend and staying in an Airbnb. Arrests records show he was charged with threat of terrorism.

Cleary allegedly admitted to writing the Facebook comments to police, but said he was “upset and not thinking clearly when he did so.” He also reportedly made suicidal comments during the police interview.

He was serving a three-year probation term at the time of his arrest from a January 2018 felony conviction for stalking and making a repeated communication of domestic violence, according to Jefferson County District Court records.

Cleary’s threats against women, blaming them for his own sexual inexperience, draw comparisons to recent incidents.

Alek Minassian was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder after ramming a van into a crowd of pedestrians, mostly women, last year in Toronto. Officials later learned he referenced a misogynistic online community before the attack.

“The Incel Rebellion has already begun!” he wrote, using the term incel to refer to “involuntarily celibate.”

Minassian also praised Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old who killed six people and wounded 13 more near a California college in a 2014 attack.

Read more: New York Daily News

A Colombian described by federal drug agents as the country’s most significant drug trafficker in Africa has been arrested and brought to the United States to face charges of narcoterrorism conspiracy, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Friday.

David Cardona-Cardona arrived Thursday in New York where he was charged with arranging to trade cocaine for surface-to-air missiles and other advanced weaponry. He is due to appear in federal court on Friday afternoon.

Cardona allegedly needed to move the drugs into Europe and agreed to give the weapons to a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda in exchange for use of the group’s smuggling routes through the Sahara Desert, the DEA said in the complaint.

Read more: ABC News

A US airstrike in Somalia has killed 52 Islamic militants from al-Shabaab, military officials have said.

The strike comes days after a deadly attack by the extremist organisation on a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya.

A statement from the US Africa command said no civilians had been injured or killed in the strike, which was launched on Saturday in response to an attack by a “large group” of militants against local Somali forces in a fiercely contested zone south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Twenty-one people died in the attack on Nairobi’s dusitD2 hotel complex.

Kenyan police have arrested the wife and father of a man identified as the suicide bomber in the attack, police officials said.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

A branch of Al Qaeda in northwestern Africa claimed responsibility for an attack on a United Nations base in Mali that killed 10 Chadian peacekeepers on Sunday, saying it was in response to Chad’s resumption of diplomatic relations with Israel.

In a statement, the United Nations mission in Mali said that a peacekeeping base had come under attack in the northeastern village of Aguelhok. The village is in one of the most troubled regions of the country, which has repeatedly been in the cross hairs of a jihadist insurgency.

“Early this morning,” the statement said, “the blue helmets of the Minusma” — the peacekeeping mission in Mali — “fought off a complex attack launched by assailants who arrived aboard a convoy of numerous vehicles.”

Read more: New York Times