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Terrorism News

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

German police have launched a probe after firefighters unexpectedly found 35,000 liters (9,250 gallons) of various chemicals and 50 propane bottles stashed in a warehouse in northwest Germany.

Firefighters were called to the scene in the village of Preussisch Oldendorf to put out a small electrical fire. Witnesses report seeing two people fleeing the building and speeding away in a large vehicle as the team arrived.

The firefighters managed to quickly put out the fire with no injuries reported. However, an inspection of the 650 square meter (nearly 7,000 square foot) site revealed large containers of caustic soda, sulfuric, phosphoric, and formic acid,as well as highly flammable propane gas and other substances that have not yet been identified.

Police said they had secured the building.

Read more: Deutsche Welle

On 30 April 1999, a third nail bomb attack inside two weeks was carried out in London, killing three people and injuring dozens more. It was the final bombing by David Copeland, a self-confessed racist and homophobe.

Twenty years on from the explosion at the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho, those who were affected by the 22-year-old's campaign of hatred have been speaking about their experiences.

Sandra Mills was walking past the Iceland supermarket near Brixton market in south London late in the afternoon of Saturday 17 April 1999 when a bomb went off, "sending thousands of nails flying in all directions".

"I remember hearing a loud, deafening blast, like a huge gust of wind that blew all the windows out," she said.

"My heart sank to my stomach in sheer panic and I just stood still.

Read more: BBC News

New Zealand police said on Tuesday a man was arrested and bomb disposal officers found a package with a suspected explosive device at a vacant property in Christchurch, where 50 people were killed in attacks by a lone gunman on two mosques in March.

Police cordoned off streets in the Phillipstown area of the city on New Zealand’s South Island, with a bomb disposal team, ambulance and fire and emergency crews sent to the scene.

“Police have located a package containing a suspected explosive device and ammunition at a vacant address ... in Christchurch,” district police commander Superintendent John Price said in a statement.

Read more: Reuters

At least two people blew themselves up on Monday after they were cordoned off by the security forces in a house in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, according to officials.

Before the "militants" killed themselves, they exchanged gunshots with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) -Bangladesh's elite police forces, Benazir Ahmed, the Director General of RAB, said at a press briefing in Dhaka.

Authorities in the South Asian nation had increased vigilance in the wake of Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people.

Read more: Al Jazeera

An Army veteran who allegedly planned to bomb a Los Angeles-area white-supremacist rally has been arrested and his plot foiled, authorities said Monday.

Officials identified the man as Mark Steven Domingo, 26, a recent convert to Islam who, they said, was seeking revenge for the March massacres at two New Zealand mosques that left 50 people dead. The FBI had been tracking the California resident for weeks, law enforcement said, and he had spoken to a confidential informant about other possible attacks against Jews, police officers, churches and the famed Santa Monica Pier, a local landmark and tourist destination.

He wanted to cause “mass casualties,” authorities said.

“The criminal case outlines a chilling terrorism plot that developed over the past two months and targeted innocent Americans,” Nicola T. Hanna, U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, said in a Monday news conference.

Read more: Washington Post