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Terrorism News

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

As New Zealand grapples with whether it could have prevented a white supremacist from launching a deadly attack on two mosques, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says the United States must take the threat of domestic terrorism more seriously — starting with a bill he is reintroducing Wednesday that would strengthen the federal government’s response to threats.

The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, a piece of legislation Durbin originally introduced in 2017, would require federal agencies to issue an annual report on domestic terrorism and codify an interagency domestic terrorism task force, according to the draft legislation, details of which were first shared with PBS NewsHour.

Read more: PBS News Hour

It’s morning in Majengo, a poor neighbourhood of Mombasa. The palm trees and swimming pools of the tourist resorts scattered around the coastal Kenyan city seem a world away from these narrow, rubbish-strewn streets and tin-roofed homes. In a small community centre, a small group sit on the battered wooden benches in the searing summer heat talking of extremism, police violence and gangs – and hope and courage.

Majengo already had a bad reputation before Islamist militants killed 21 in an assault in January on a luxury hotel, office and restaurant complex in the capital Nairobi, 500km away. The neighbourhood has long been known as a fertile recruiting ground for al-Shabaab, the Islamist extremist organisation based in neighbouring Somalia that is responsible for a bloody if intermittent terrorist campaign in Kenya.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

A man armed with a sword was killed and two police officers injured by gunfire at a Church of Scientology in California, authorities say.

Police gave few details but said the man entered the Los Angeles church with a "very large sword" on Wednesday.

Two police officers attended and the suspect was fatally shot in the head, Inglewood Police told US media.

The officers also suffered injuries, with one shot in the hand and the other in the arm, the LA Times reported.

Detectives were still trying to establish whether the suspect - who arrived at the church in a white Bentley - had a gun, Inglewood Police Lt Oscar Mejia told reporters on Wednesday.

Read more: BBC News

Spanish police said Thursday they had apprehended a suspected neo-Nazi on the island of Majorca who is wanted in Germany for allegedly trying to set off a bomb.

Officers arrested the 28-year-old in an operation with German colleagues as he stepped out of a luxury villa where he had been hiding, police said in a statement.

German authorities suspect the man manufactured a pipe bomb found by a resident in the small Bavarian town of Burgenlengenfeld in February this year.

The bomb did not explode but later anaylsis found it had been made with metallic substances that increased its power and Mercury to contaminate the intended blast zone.

Read more: Deutsche Welle

The man convicted of murder in the deadly car attack on counterprotesters at the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges Wednesday in order to dodge a possible death penalty.

James Alex Fields Jr., 21, from Maumee, Ohio, pleaded guilty to 29 of 30 charges against him. The 30th charge, which included a possible death sentence, was dropped. He's been ordered to return to court on July 3 to be sentenced.

The single charge in Count 30 was brought under a provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. It had accused Fields of racially motivated violent interference with a federally protected activity — counterprotesters using the public streets and sidewalks of Charlottesville — and carried a possible death penalty.

Read more: NBC News