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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 14, 2019

The FBI is investigating a shooting incident that took place early Tuesday morning at two buildings associated with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Antonio.

Shots were fired round 3 a.m. local time into one of the buildings, which housed ICE offices, and around the same time at another building nearby, where an ICE contractor was located, according to the FBI.

No one was injured, though federal employees were inside at least one of the buildings.

"We had federal employees who were present, who although they were not hit by the rounds fired, by the grace of God. Had the bullets gone 2 inches in another direction, we could be here today talking about the murder of a federal official," said Christopher Combs, FBI special agent in charge for San Antonio, during a news conference.

Read more: CNN

Amid a growing trend of domestic terror attacks in the United States, Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally wants legislation on the books that makes such acts of violence a federal crime.  Currently there is a criminal statute for international terrorism, but not domestic.

McSally's bill comes as the FBI has issued a new warning about domestic terror threats in the wake of deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. The bill says "violent extremists could become inspired by these and previous high-profile attacks to engage in similar acts of violence."

Read more: CBS News

A judge has ordered an FBI agent to wear a disguise while testifying against an accused ISIS sympathizer.

Federal prosecutors had asked the courtroom be sealed to the public for the witness' testimony in Fabjan Alameti's upcoming trial for the safety of the informant.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled that a disguise consisting of a wig or hat, fake glasses, and fake facial hair, is a reasonable way to protect the FBI informant's identity while still allowing a public trail.

Federal agents say Alameti talked about joining ISIS, and attacking random American civilians in revenge for shootings at two mosques earlier this year in Christchurch, New Zealand, which left 50 people dead.

Read more: ABC Fox Montana

The gunman accused of killing 51 people in New Zealand has handwritten a letter from jail expressing his political and social views, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to say that should never have been allowed, media said on Wednesday.

The New Zealand Herald had an image of the six-page letter and envelope from the alleged mosque shooter, Brenton Tarrant, sent from Auckland Prison, which was posted online on the controversial image board 4chan.

It was said to have been in response to a letter sent to him by a person named Alan who is said to live in Russia.

Read more: Reuters

The FBI arrested an 18-year-old from Ohio for making online threats — including against the federal government and Planned Parenthood — and found a large cache of weapons, authorities said.

When agents raided the Boardman, Ohio, house where Justin Olsen was living they recovered 15 rifles, 10 semi-automatic pistols and roughly 10,000 rounds of ammunition, according to a criminal complaint written by FBI Special Agent Themistocles Tsarnas and seen by NBC News.

Olsen, who wrote under the name "ArmyOfChrist," was charged Monday with one count of threatening to assault a federal law enforcement officer.

"ArmyOfChrist discussed supporting mass shootings, and assault and/or targeting of Planned Parenthood," according to Tsarnas.

Read more: NBC News