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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 19, 2019

An accused terrorist's mom said she's willing to watch over her son pending his trial, but a federal judge ruled Friday that the evidence shows he plotted to bomb a church while living in her house and ordered him to remain locked up.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy agreed with the U.S. attorney's office and the pre-trial services office that Mustafa Alowemer is a danger to the community and a flight risk.

Mr. Alowemer, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee and Brashear High School graduate, is accused of planning to bomb a Nigerian church on the North Side in the name of ISIS.

Read more: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Germany's Federal Criminal Police (BKA) wants to set up a new central unit to fight right-wing extremism and hate crimes, research conducted by German media outlets WDR, NDR and Süddeutsche Zeitung showed.    

They examined a BKA planning paper and concluded that the agency wants to set up the new unit in the state security policing (ST) division. An additional 440 jobs are expected to be created for the purpose.

The BKA proposal suggests putting in place a system that helps identify far-right extremist groups and their networks at an early stage. It also recommends better coordination between various national and international bodies dealing with the problem. The plan foresees setting up a risk assessment system, called "RADAR-rechts" ("radar right") for violent right-wing extremists, similar to the one that's being used to identify Islamist terrorists.
 
Read more: Deutsche Welle

Three mass shooting plots were thwarted in recent days with the arrests of three men in unrelated cases, authorities in Connecticut, Florida and Ohio said.

Tips from the public aided in the three arrests, which occurred from Thursday and Friday. Police in each case said the men, all white and in their 20s, posted online or sent text messages with threats of committing mass shootings.

The arrests come amid renewed cries for legislation to change the country's gun laws in the wake of mass shootings in California, Texas and Ohio. Multiple false alarm and hoax shooting scares have also kept the nation on edge in recent weeks.

Read more: USA Today

A bomb has exploded in County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland after security forces investigated a hoax device.

Army bomb-disposal officers and police were searching the area when the explosive device detonated at Wattle Bridge, close to Newtownbutler and the border with the Republic of Ireland, on Monday morning.

Bomb-disposal officers had been in the area at the weekend responding to reports a device had been left there.

Read more: Independent (UK)

The man accused of placing three suspicious devices that turned out to be empty rice cookers was arraigned Sunday on charges of placing false bombs in Manhattan.

Larry Griffin, 26, has been charged with one count of placing a false bomb or hazardous substance and two counts of placing a false bomb or hazardous substance in a sports stadium, said Naomi Puzzello, spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Read more: CNN