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Date: Jun 5, 2019

A 60-year-old U.S. Army veteran is facing federal charges after he left an improvised explosive device on the campus of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, authorities said.

Mark Edward Allen, a St. Petersburg resident, was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of unregistered explosive devices, records show. Investigators say a similar device was found at his apartment.

According to a federal criminal complaint, the Tampa Police bomb squad and the FBI responded on May 29 after a suspected explosive device was found on the sprawling campus at 10000 Bay Pines Boulevard. Authorities used X-ray technology to determine the device contained a 9-volt battery, electrical wires, an improvised initiator, an unknown powder and a clothespin switch.

Read more: Tampa Bay Times

House Democrats grilled officials from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security in a Tuesday hearing focused on how the Trump administration is addressing the growing threat of violent white supremacist extremists.

The House Oversight subcommittee on civil rights and civil liberties hearing, titled 'Confronting White Supremacy: Adequacy of the Federal Response,' was the latest effort by Democrats to spotlight ways they say the Trump administration has systematically cut back on resources used to address threats from domestic extremists even as the FBI has reported a 30-40% rise in domestic terrorism cases just since October.

Federal officials in attendance at Tuesday's hearing included FBI Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Michael McGarrity, FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Criminal Investigations Calvin Shivers and DHS Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Neumann.

Read more: ABC News

The RCMP is looking into whether war crimes laws can be used to prosecute Canadians detained in Syria over their alleged involvement in the so-called Islamic State, Global News has learned.

National security investigators are exploring not only whether terrorism charges are warranted, but also whether the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act could apply, officials said.

While war crimes-related prosecutions are extremely rare in Canada, with 32 Canadians detained in Syria by U.S.-backed forces following the collapse of ISIS, the possibility of charges is being examined.

Read more: Global News (Canada)

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a deadly overnight attack in an area of eastern Congo hit by an Ebola epidemic, although its account of the violence differed from local reports.

The deputy mayor of Beni in the eastern Democratic of Congo said 13 civilians were killed late on Monday in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) - a group thought to be linked to Islamic State.

“The victims were killed by bullets and others by bladed weapons,” Mayor Modeste Bakwanamaha told Reuters.

Read more: Reuters