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Date: Feb 19, 2019

The man who carried out a suicide bombing which killed 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards near the border with Pakistan last week was Pakistani, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said on Tuesday, according to the Tasnim news agency.

One other member of the militant cell that planned the attack was also a Pakistani citizen, the head of the Guards’ ground forces, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said.

Iran has repeatedly blamed Pakistan for sheltering militants connected with attacks in the border area, although Tuesday’s remarks appear to be the first time Tehran has said Pakistani citizens were directly involved in the attack.

Read more: Reuters

A car parked at the main train station in Dresden raised the suspicions of local police — and one attentive sniffer dog was right on the scent.

Police in the eastern German city of Dresden announced Tuesday that they had arrested two men the previous evening after finding 17 smuggled hand grenades in their car.

The vehicle had been parked in the parking lot of the city's main train station, raising the officers' suspicion, a police spokesperson said.

The officers gave the car an initial search and then used a sniffer dog, which alerted the officers to the live ammunition that had been hidden in the paneling.

The two men of Bosnian nationality were suspected of having entered the country illegally.

The reason for their possession of the hand grenades remains unclear. The spokesperson said that an investigation was ongoing.

Source: Deutsche Welle 

The death toll from a late-night suicide blast near Cairo’s famed tourist market rose to three on Tuesday after a police officer died of his wounds, Egyptian security officials said.

The fatalities in the attack near the Khan el-Khalili bazaar in the heart of Cairo were all policemen. The explosion late Monday also wounded two other policemen and a woman, the officials said.

The attack was a rarity for the central area of Egypt’s capital amid a years-long security crackdown under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

The Interior Ministry said the attacker, 37-year-old al-Hassan Abdullah, blew himself up after police officers approached to arrest him. He was wanted in a bombing last Friday near a mosque in Cairo’s district of Giza and the police had been monitoring his movements, the statement said. The attacker’s affiliation was not known and no militant group claimed responsibility for the bombings.

Read more: Washington Post

Hoda Muthana, a Hoover woman who traveled to Syria and joined terrorist group ISIS, is back in the news.

Muthana told The Guardian she regrets joining the group and now wants to come home.

“I don’t know, I thought I was doing things correctly for the sake of God,” she said. “And when I came here and saw everything with my own eyes I realized I’ve made a big mistake.”

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Muthana and her 18-month old son are reportedly in a refugee camp in northern Syria.

Muthana was 20 when she abandoned her family and fled to Syria in November 2014, a year after she graduated from Hoover High School. She later studied business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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More than four years ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation appealed to the public to help identify the narrator in one of the Islamic State’s best-known videos, showing captured Syrian soldiers digging their own graves and then being shot in the head.

Speaking fluent English with a North American accent, the man would go on to narrate countless other videos and radio broadcasts by the Islamic State, serving as the terrorist group’s faceless evangelist to Americans and other English speakers seeking to learn about its toxic ideology.

Now a 35-year-old Canadian citizen, who studied at a college in Toronto and once worked in information technology at a company contracted by IBM, says he is the anonymous narrator.

Read more: New York Times