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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 29, 2019

Australia’s first terrorist to be convicted of plotting a home soil attack is set to be released from jail after serving 15 years for attempting to create a mass casualty bomb on military bases and the power grid.

Pakistan-born architect Faheem Khalid Lodhi came unstuck as ASIO spies watched him perform a dead letter drop of his plans in a garbage bin in Sydney’s west.

Lodhi was sentenced to 20 years in June 2006 after three years earlier attempting to order chemicals, collecting maps of the nation’s electricity supply and aerials of military bases including Holsworthy and Victoria barracks in Sydney in what the court heard has linked to fellow notorious French terrorist Willie Brigitte who was dispatched to Australia by the al-Qaeda backed Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba. He is currently in a Paris maximum security jail and had gone on to be linked to other attacks including the 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

Read more: The Weekly Times (Australia)

Colombia’s Trasandino oil pipeline was bombed late on Friday in western Narino province, state-run oil company Ecopetrol said, the 5th time it has been attacked this year.

The bombing took place in a rural area of Ricaurte municipality near the border with Ecuador. The pipeline was not in operation at the time of the attack, Ecopetrol said in a statement on Saturday.

The company is waiting for the military to secure the area before sending in clean-up personnel, it said.

There have been around 20 attacks on Colombian pipelines so far in 2019. The Cano Limon pipeline was offline for most of 2018 because of bombings.

Read more: Reuters

After spending four years in a federal lock-up fighting terrorism charges, a mother of four children from west suburban Schiller Park has pleaded guilty.

Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 38, now admits she was part of a small group of Bosnian immigrants in Illinois, New York and Missouri who bought tactical gear from surplus stores and sent it overseas along with money and other supplies to ISIS fighters. She was among six people aligned with Abdullah Ramo Pazara, also a Bosnian immigrant, who lived in St. Louis before traveling in 2013 to Syria to join Islamic radicals.

Salkicevic was arrested in Schiller Park in February 2015 and held in St. Louis where the case was being prosecuted. She was working for an air cargo company at Chicago O'Hare Airport when she was taken into custody. She is the third and latest to plead guilty-leaving just a husband and wife from St. Louis, Ramiz Zijad Hodzic and Sedina Unkic Hodzic, to face trial. There are rumblings that one or both of them may be considering plea deals as well to get out from under a meandering prosecution.

Read more: ABC 7 Chicago

Two country cops who arrested the man allegedly behind the Christchurch terror attacks will receive some form of recognition, the Police Association says.

The police officers rammed the gunman's car on Brougham St at 2.02pm on March 15 as he sped towards his third target, the Ashburton Masjid. The arrest was made 21 minutes after police received the first 111 call.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said earlier he was listening to a live stream of the officers at the time of the arrest.

Read more: Stuff.co.nz

A powerful car bomb has exploded at a shopping mall in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing at least 11 people, security officials said.

Police officer Mohamed Hussein said 10 people were also injured in Monday's blast in an explosives-laden car parked near a mall close to Mogadishu's local government offices.

"Several dead people were removed from a wrecked building at the blast scene. So far death toll is 11 civilians and 10 others injured," Hussein told Reuters news agency.

Read more: Al Jazeera