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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 20, 2019

A Maryland man is jailed in Seattle after the FBI said he made a series of social media threats against Hispanics in the Miami area.

Court records show 35-year-old Eric Lin had an initial court hearing Monday in Seattle federal court on a charge of interstate transmission of threatening communication. Lin has not yet entered a plea.

An FBI complaint in Miami says Lin sent messages via Facebook between May and August to a Hispanic woman he knows, threatening her and her family, expressing support for Adolf Hitler and calling for the extermination of Spanish-speaking people and other ethnic groups.

Read more: WJZ

A review of Conor Climo's online writings in message boards revealed the 23-year-old former security guard charged last week with possessing bomb parts wanted to plant propaganda inside Nevada middle and high schools to spread neo-Nazi ideologies.

Independent media collective Unicorn Riot built a database of chat server conversations between alt-right users, offering a look into a fringe ideology that's stoked deadly violence in recent weeks, including the attack on an El Paso Walmart that killed 22.

Climo is accused of plotting bomb and shooting attacks at an LGBTQ bar and synagogue in Las Vegas. Materials for building explosive devices were found in his home.

In the two years before his arrest, Climo traded thousands of messages with members of the white nationalist Traditionalist Worker Party – at the time one of the highest-profile neo-Nazi groups in the United States.

Read more: Reno Gazette Journal

Police arrested a man accused of calling a U.S. Army recruiting station in Tempe and threatening to blow it up, according to court documents.

Brian Keck, 35, was taken into custody hours after he allegedly made the call on Aug. 13, according to court docs.

The station, located near Broadway Road and McClintock Drive, also received text messages allegedly from Keck that talked about past terrorism events in the U.S.

Police were contacted and found the phone number traced back to a Cricket Wireless phone. After contacting AT&T, which owns Cricket, they found that the number belonged to Keck. AT&T provided a ping that placed the phone at the Western Lodge near Van Buren Street and 35th Avenue.

Read more: 12 News (Arizona)

Two men have been arrested in Dublin as part of an investigation into the discovery of a bomb underneath a police officer’s car in Belfast two months ago.

The viable explosive device was found underneath a serving police officer’s car on the grounds of Shandon Park Golf Club in east Belfast on 1 June.

Gardaí have confirmed members from the Special Detective Unit (SDU) arrested two men in their 40s this morning.

They said the arrests were linked to the investigation into the discovery of the explosive device under a vehicle at Shandon Park Golf Club in Belfast on 1 June this year.

Read more: The Journal (Ireland)