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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 27, 2019

Police are looking for a man that’s accused of walking into a mosque in the Bronx on Sunday and asking the imam for help in executing an attack on a police precinct. according to the NYPD.

Authorities said the unidentified man entered the Bronx Muslim Center on Rhinelander Avenue, in the Parkchester section of the Bronx, around 4 p.m. Sunday.

According to police, the man approached the mosque’s imam and requested assistance from the imam in committing an act of terror against a police precinct.

Read more: WPIX

Websites and social media companies that host terrorist material during attacks will be blocked, Australian officials have said.

The government plans to crack down on extremists exploiting digital platforms to post very violent content.

And it is considering bringing in legislation to force the platforms to improve safety.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: "We are doing everything we can to deny terrorists the opportunity to glorify their crimes."

Read more: Sky News

The Department of Homeland Security stored sensitive data from the nation’s bioterrorism defense program on an insecure website where it was vulnerable to attacks by hackers for over a decade, according to government documents reviewed by The Times.

The data included the locations of at least some BioWatch air samplers, which are installed at subway stations and other public locations in more than 30 U.S. cities and are designed to detect anthrax or other airborne biological weapons, Homeland Security officials confirmed. It also included the results of tests for possible pathogens, a list of biological agents that could be detected and response plans that would be put in place in the event of an attack.

The information — housed on a dot-org website run by a private contractor — has been moved behind a secure federal government firewall, and the website was shut down in May. But Homeland Security officials acknowledge they do not know whether hackers ever gained access to the data.

Read more: Los Angeles Times

New details have emerged in the investigation into the August 2018 demonstrations in Chemnitz that show extreme right-wing individuals made specific plans to "hunt" migrants and foreign-looking individuals, German media reported.

On August 26, a German national was killed in a stabbing in Chemnitz. Non-German nationals were suspected of the crime, with a 23-year-old Syrian national recently convicted of manslaughter in the crime.

The stabbing led to a week of far-right protests in the city that drew neo-Nazis from across Germany and saw migrants or foreign-looking individuals chased in the streets.

The Saxony report summarized that the demonstrations were marked by "great readiness to use violence against police officers, people with actual or presumed immigrant backgrounds, political opponents and journalists," the Süddeutsche Zeitung said.

The report also stated that the chat participants used the word "hunt" ("Jagd") repeatedly as the events in Chemnitz were ongoing, and described wanting to or having violently attacked people of immigrant background. 

Read more: Deutsche Welle