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Date: Jun 11, 2019

Extremists with ties to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group, were caught stockpiling explosive material in London in 2015, an article published by the Telegraph on Sunday revealed.

The article says the extremists were caught stockpiling ice packs containing ammonium nitrate, a common ingredient in homemade bombs, at a location in the outskirts of the British capital.

According to the Telegraph, a national British daily newspaper based in London, the Hezbollah-tied extremist plot was uncovered by MI5 in 2015 just after the UK had signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal.

Read more: Al-Arabiya

Lawmakers are again attempting to keep a Department of Homeland Security laboratory that specializes in first-responder technology and assistance from shutting its doors.

The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Monday evening that would permanently authorize the New York City-based National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, which has been at risk of losing funding over the past couple of years and was not included in the administration's latest DHS funding request.

The lab "is constantly developing and testing new tools for our brave first responders to use in the event of a terrorist attack, industrial accident or natural disaster and closely collaborates with law enforcement agencies like the FDNY, NYPD and the Nassau County Police Department in my district," Rep. Kathleen Rice, a New York Democrat who cosponsored the bill, said Monday on the House floor, urging her colleagues to pass the legislation. The final vote was 395-3.  She said the administration has proposed closing the lab in each of the last two federal budgets.

Read more: CNN

A bomb damaged a section of Colombia’s Cano Limon pipeline on Friday, state-run oil company Ecopetrol said, causing a crude oil spill around the site of the explosion.

The bombing, the eighteenth on the pipeline this year, occurred in the rural municipality of Saravena, in the province of Arauca near the border with Venezuela.

“The attack caused a rupture in the tubing and a spill of crude on the ground and into vegetation. Some of the oil was contained in the crater made by the bomb,” Ecopetrol said in a statement.

Read more: Reuters

Yassin Aref, an imam at an Albany mosque convicted of terrorism in a post-9/11 FBI sting, was deported Sunday night, his son and lawyer said.

Aref, who is Kurdish, will return to Iraq after 13 1/2 years in federal prison and eight months in immigration detention in Pennsylvania.

His son Salah Muhiddin said he received a call from his father around 3:45 p.m. Sunday telling him that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Aref to pack up his belongings and prepare to leave. A little later, the messaging system that he uses stopped working and ICE's detainee locator stopped listing him as a detainee.

Read more: Times Union (Albany)