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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Keyword: officer safety & awareness

A passenger who took a crew member hostage and threatened to storm the cockpit on a flight from Dhaka in Bangladesh was carrying a toy gun.

The 25-year-old man was shot dead by police after an emergency landing.

All 148 passengers and crew on board Birman Airlines flight BG147 disembarked safely after the landing, in the city of Chittagong.

Officials later said the man was "psychologically imbalanced" and had wanted to talk to the prime minister.

In an operation that lasted about 10 minutes, Bangladeshi special forces stormed the plane and shot the suspected hijacker, who has been named by local law enforcement as aspiring actor Mohammad Palash Ahmed.

It was feared that he was carrying explosives on the Dubai-bound flight, and some passengers said they saw him with a firearm.

But Chittagong police commissioner Kusum Dewan said in a statement on Monday that the suspect was carrying a toy pistol and had no explosives on him.

Read more: BBC News

A student was arrested for bringing a gun onto campus on Tuesday.

According to Mesquite police, several Poteet High School students reported suspicious activity to an administrator who notified school resource officers.

They made contact with the student in question and when officers searched him, they found a handgun in his possession.

He was arrested and charged but will not be identified because he is a juvenile.

Read more: NBCDFW

Police have charged a Kingston, Ont., man with three cold-case homicides between 1995 and 2001, as well as a bombing in Toronto in 2000.

Michael Wentworth, also known as Michael Verney, was arrested without incident in Kingston on Thursday after being under observation for "some time," according to police.

He's accused of three counts of first-degree murder, as well as one count each of armed robbery, wearing a disguise with intent, hostage taking using a firearm, possession of an explosive device, endangering life by planting an explosive device and intentional and reckless cause of damage by explosion.

Read more: CBC News

Over the next two weeks you may see more activity around our local Navy bases.

That's because Navy personnel are once again participating in their annual security training exercises.

The Citadel Shield Solid Curtain anti-terrorism force protection exercise kicked off Monday.

While this is a nationally recognized event annually, in this video from past years it shows how each naval base in Hampton roads is participating by conducting several different scenarios based on their needs

"It starts off slowly, on the low end of the security spectrum with things like access control trying to prevent unauthorized access, to a higher end, which is similar to attacks on ships or an active shooter type of scenario,” said Rear Admiral Charles W. Rock, commander NVY Region Mid-Atlantic

Rear Admiral Charles W. Rock said they take real life experiences into effect when creating training exercises, even though there is no real threat to the public at the time.

Read More: WAVY (Norfolk, VA)

A man was shot and killed following a pursuit Monday night at the Nevada National Security Site.

The man, whose name has not been released, drove about 8 miles past the security gate at the test site in Mercury, which is about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

He was chased by security officers and Nye County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

When the man eventually came to a stop, police said he exited his vehicle and approached officials while holding a “cylindrical object," the newspaper reported, citing a press release.

The man “refused to adhere to verbal commands," at which point officers shot him.

Read more: WBAL