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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 5, 2019

Counter terror police are investigating after three improvised explosive devices were sent to transport hubs around London.

The three packages, which police said were capable of igniting a small fire when opened, were sent to buildings at Heathrow Airport, City Airport and Waterloo Station.

The devices were contained in jiffy bags contained inside A4 size envelopes.

The Met Police said it was treating the incidents as linked but was keeping an open mind regarding motives.

In a statement a Met spokesman said: "At approximately 09:55hrs the Met Police received a report of a suspicious package at The Compass Centre, Nelson Road, Hounslow.

Read more: The Telegraph (UK)

A 42-year-old man was charged on Monday in connection with a fire that was set at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, Mo., last month.

The man, Wesley Brian Kaster, was arrested Saturday, about three weeks after the authorities began investigating what they called a suspicious fire at the clinic on Feb. 10.

Don Ledford, a spokesman for the United States Attorney’s office, declined to elaborate on a possible motive. “It’s early in the case,” he said. “It’s still an ongoing investigation.”

In court papers, prosecutors noted that Mr. Kaster’s wife had posted a picture on Facebook in 2015 showing a handgun and the caption, “Guns Don’t Kill People, Planned Parenthood Kills People.”

Read more: New York Times

A 31-year-old Russian who knew the perpetrator of the 2016 Berlin Christmas market attack has been charged with plotting to bomb another target in Germany, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday.

The Russian suspect, identified as Magomed-Ali C., was accused of planning the bomb attack with Tunisian Anis Amri - the man who ploughed a truck through shoppers in December 2016, killing 12 people - and a French man, identified as Clement B.

Prosecutors gave no detail on where they suspected the group was planning to attack or when.

Read more: Reuters

Germany's governing coalition has agreed to strip fighters of the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group of their citizenship, according to German outlets Süddeutsche Zeitung, NDR and WDR.

The new law would apply only to jihadis who are of age, have a second nationality and take part in future battles as part of IS. It would not be applied retrospectively, and thus would not affect IS fighters who are currently imprisoned.

Germany's Nationality Act already includes a similar rule for dual nationals who join "the armed forces or a comparable armed unit" of another country without the permission of the German Defense Ministry.

Read more: Deutsche Welle

Spanish agents in Syria are cooperating with Operation Gallant Phoenix, a U.S.-led effort to identify fighters from Western nations who have joined Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in the region, counter-terrorism sources told EL PAÍS.

The Spanish Interior Ministry believes there are 130 jihadists who are either Spanish citizens or residents and who remain in conflict areas, out of a total of 237 who have traveled to the region. The ministry recently launched a new counter-terrorism strategy that underscored the risk posed by returning fighters.

Spanish participation in Operation Gallant Phoenix is not new, but its relevance has grown after US President Donald Trump issued an ultimatum in mid-February urging European countries to take back the more than 800 foreign jihadists captured in Syria and held by Kurdish forces.

Read more: El Pais (Spain)