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Terrorism News

A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 11, 2019

Most people arrested as the result of FBI terrorism investigations are charged with non-terrorism offenses, and more domestic terror suspects were arrested last year than those allegedly inspired by international terror groups, according to internal FBI figures reviewed by The Washington Post.

As government officials and activists debate the best way to pursue violent extremists, the figures show how much of counterterrorism work goes undeclared and unnoticed. Thousands are investigated each year. Hundreds are charged with crimes. But the public and the media see only dozens.

The debate centers on whether federal law and law enforcement are too focused on Islamic terrorism and not paying enough attention to the rise in far right-wing extremism. In fact, according to the data, more domestic terrorist targets are being charged, and in both categories, law enforcement officials often leverage simpler crimes, such as violations of gun or drug laws, to prevent violence.

Read more: Washington Post

A 22-year-old man remains in jail on a $2 million bond following his arrest Thursday on suspicion of felony terrorism and second-degree stalking after police say he made a bomb threat in a residential area.

The threat was found to be a hoax after hours of investigation, according to the Nampa Police Department.

Nampa Police received the report of the bomb threat through a social media message at 4:14 p.m. Thursday in the 1700 block of South Juniper Street, according to a press release from the department. The person sending the message, later believed to be 22-year-old Grant Stevenson, messaged the department under the name "Tony Abdul," according to an affidavit of probable cause for Stevenson's arrest.

Read more: Idaho Press

A United Nations expert finds the use of children by violent extremist groups to fight their battles is growing and becoming internationalized. The findings come in a report on Children and Armed Conflict submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for children and armed conflict, Virginia Gamba, considers children to be the primary victims of war. While children continue to be recruited as soldiers by governments and rebel armed groups, she notes the emergence of several disturbing new trends.

Speaking in Geneva, she said the transnational nature of violent extremist groups has seen the emergence of transnational recruitment and involvement of children as foreign fighters.

Read more: Voice of America

National security adviser John Bolton said Sunday that the Islamic State remains a threat and that it is “growing in other parts of the world” besides Syria and Iraq.

The statement by Mr. Bolton in an interview on ABC News’ “This Week” is at odds with claims by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence late last year that the terrorist group has been defeated.

“The president has been, I think, as clear as clear can be, when he talks about the defeat of the [IS] territorial caliphate,” Mr. Bolton said. “He has never said that the elimination of the territorial caliphate means the end of [IS] in total. We know that’s not the case.”

Read more: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Indian police arrested a minor over a grenade attack in Kashmir that killed two and left more than 30 people injured, saying the suspect claimed he was paid by a terror group to carry out the bombing.

The 15-year-old suspect carried the grenade in his school lunch box to evade detection at checkpoints and was paid Rs50,000 (£550) by a member of the militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, Indian police said on Friday.

The attack took place on Thursday lunchtime, resulting in the death of a 17-year-old boy and and injuries to 32 others. A second man died from his injuries on Friday morning.

Indian officials said this meant that terror groups were using minors for terror attacks in Kashmir, a tactic used in the past but not in recent years.

Read more: The Telegraph (UK)