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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 7, 2019

An outdoor memorial service attended by numerous Afghan politicians and officials, including Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and former president Hamid Karzai, was attacked by mortar fire Thursday in the Afghan capital, killing three people, police and health officials said.

The attack, which also wounded 20 people, was claimed by the Islamic State extremist group through its affiliated website.

The midmorning gathering, which drew several thousand mourners, was being held in a public arena to mark the anniversary of the death of a minority Shiite and ethnic Hazara leader, Abdul Ali Mazari, who was killed in 1995 by the Taliban.

Read more: Washington Post

The number of prisoners in custody for terrorism offences has fallen for the first time in five years, official figures show.

There were 221 people in custody in Great Britain for terrorism-related offences at the end of December, a decrease of 1% on the 224 in the previous year and the first fall since the year ending December 2013, according to Home Office statistics.

Forty-nine prisoners held for terrorism-related offences were released from custody in Great Britain in the year ending 30 September, of which 26 had been sentenced to four years in prison or more.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

For the first time in the history of Monroe County, defendants are charged with a section of the law enacted just after 9/11.

Three of the four young men accused of plotting to bomb an Islamic community near Binghamton are facing multiple conspiracy and weapons possessions charges "as a crime of terrorism."

Greece Police say the men had built and were building homemade bombs to blow up near Islamberg, New York. Police say they found at least two functional bombs in the basement of the home of defendant Vincent Vetromile in Greece.

Vetromile, Brian Colaneri, and Andrew Crysel pleaded not guilty in front of Monroe County Court Judge Sam Valleriani Thursday morning.

Read more: WHEC

Counter terrorism police officers have said the suspect package found at Glasgow University is linked with devices discovered around London.

Bomb disposal officers detonated the item after it was found in the mailroom on Wednesday morning.

Police Scotland is now "working closely together" with officers investigating finds at Heathrow and London City airports and Waterloo station.

Staff and students were evacuated from buildings and no-one was injured.

Classes were expected to return to normal on Thursday.

Read more: BBC News