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Keyword: domestic extremist threats & trends

A Reston resident is among three that have been arrested for allegedly funding an overseas terrorist group that partners with al-Qa'ida, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday. The suspects are accused of providing material support including money to al-Shabaab, a "designated foreign terrorist organization that is conducting a violent insurgency campaign in Somalia," DOJ officials said in a statement. In addition to the three arrested, officials said there are two more suspects being sought in Kenya and Somalia. Officials on Wednesday arrested Muna Osman Jama, 34, in her home in Reston. Also arrested were Hinda Osman Dhirane, 44, at her home in Kent, Washington; and Farhia Hassan at her home in the Netherlands.  The two additional fugitives being sought are Fardowsa Jama Mohamed in Kenya and Barira Hassan Abdullahi in Somalia.

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Deputies say a Jackson County man built a bomb and planned to build more to attack a nearby schoolyard and the homes of his relatives. Blake Ryan Garnes, 20, of Garnes Valley Drive in Evans, was arrested Thursday and charged with making terroristic threats and possession of an explosive device.

Detectives R.H. Mellinger and M.E. Cullen began investigating after learning from a confidential informant that Garnes had a bomb stored at his grandmother's house, according to a complaint filed in Jackson Magistrate Court. The informant, who was interviewed Wednesday afternoon at South Central Regional Jail where he was being held on unrelated criminal charges, told detectives that he'd been smoking marijuana at Garnes' grandmother's home three weeks before with Garnes and another man.

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The deaths of two Las Vegas cops on Sunday raised to 23 the number of law enforcement officers killed this year by gunfire across the country while in the line of duty -- a 53 percent increase compared to the same time last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  That is a stark contrast to the same time last year when firearms-related shootings accounted for 15 deaths, the group said.

Spurred by anti-government and white supremacist groups, the group said law enforcement agencies around the country have sounded the alarm -- saying the recent Las Vegas shootings highlight the increased potential for police officers to be ambushed.

"This is an alarming trend that we cannot allow to continue,” said Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson, who chairs the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence. "We are outraged that more has not already been done to prevent the senseless killings of citizens and law enforcement alike. Our nation must make it a priority to prevent dangerous individuals from acquiring guns and inflicting such grave damage on others. Enough is enough."

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An armed man and woman shouting about a "revolution" opened fire and killed two Las Vegas policemen who were eating lunch in a pizza parlor on Sunday, then fatally shot a civilian in a nearby Wal-Mart store before killing themselves, police said.

The two uniformed patrol officers, later identified as Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31 - both family men - were ambushed without provocation shortly before 11:30 a.m. local time inside a CiCi's Pizza shop, authorities said.  One of the two officers managed to return gunfire before the suspects fled to an adjacent Wal-Mart, where they killed a bystander inside the front door, then exchanged gunfire with police who pursued them further into the store, Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie said.

Moments later, the female suspect shot her accomplice to death, then took her own life, Gillespie told reporters at a late-afternoon news conference.

Read More:  Reuters

A man armed with a shotgun opened fire on Thursday at a small Christian college in Seattle, killing one person and wounding two others before he was subdued by a group of students and arrested, Seattle police and hospital officials said.  A fourth person was injured in the struggle with the gunman, police said.

The Seattle Police Department said via Twitter that Aaron Ybarra, 26, had been booked into King County Jail for the shooting at Seattle Pacific University.  The lone suspect, who was not a student, entered an academic building of the university in the late afternoon and shot three people, police said.   He was disarmed as he paused to reload his gun and was pepper-sprayed by a student security guard.

"Other students jumped on top of them, and they were able to pin the shooter to the ground until police arrived" minutes later, police Captain Chris Fowler told reporters on the scene.

Read More:  Reuters