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Minnesota has more jihadists and white supremacists than any state in the country. That's according to Minnesota's chief federal probation officer and chief federal judge.

There are currently 21 extremists on supervised release in the state. Twelve of them are jihadists. Nine are white supremacists.

Four more extremists are scheduled to be released in the next year. That means 25 extremists will be living in Minnesota communities.

The increase in extremists coming into the system demanded a strategy or plan that wasn't available nationally, chief federal probation officer Kevin Lowry said.

Read more: KSTP (Minneapolis, MN)

The face of terrorism has evolved from the coordinated, carefully plotted events of 9/11 to a helter-skelter approach where lone wolves use low-tech means to attack soft targets, according to one of the officials charged with keeping the traveling public safe.

“We face ambitious adversaries who are continuously looking for a point of attack and waiting for us to slip up,” Transportation Security Administration chief David Pekoske said in a “State of the TSA” presentation at George Washington University on Wednesday.

Adapting his agency to grapple with solo operators who may claim allegiance to a cause without having genuine connections to a terrorist group has been Pekoske’s focus since taking over as head of the TSA in August.

Read more: The Washington Post

The Metropolitan Police has appointed Neil Basu as head of counter-terrorism operations in England.  He will take up the role of assistant commissioner for specialist operations when the incumbent, Mark Rowley, retires on 21 March.

Mr Basu, who currently serves as Mr Rowley's deputy, said it was a "privilege" to be offered the job.  Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said Mr Basu was a "worthy successor" to the role.  She added: "He takes on a job of enormous importance and responsibility leading counter-terrorism policing nationally and in London.

Read more: BBC News

Law enforcement officials in the nation’s capital, which draws millions of visitors each year, are expanding parking restrictions around special events to protect pedestrians and crowds from terror-inspired attacks where vehicles are used as weapons.

The city has been assessing new measures to prevent attacks like those seen in New York and London in the past year, where attackers used trucks and other vehicles to mow down pedestrians.

D.C. police are establishing new parking rules along race and parade routes beginning this month.  The new restrictions will affect the Rock and Roll Marathon on March 10; the annual event draws as many as 25,000 runners and thousands more spectators. Police say the goal is to ensure everyone’s safety.

Read more: Washington Post

The U.S. Treasury Department has added two individuals and seven organizations in Africa and Asia connected to Islamic State to its sanctions list for global terrorism, it said on Tuesday.

The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said on its website it had added Abu Musab Al-Barnawi of Nigeria and Mahad Moalim of Somalia, and seven groups from Bangladesh, Egypt, the Philippines, Somalia, Nigeria and Tunisia to its sanctions list.

The additions include ISIS-Bangladesh, ISIS-Egypt, ISIS-Philippines, ISIS-Somalia, ISIS-West Africa, Jund al-Khilafah-Tunisia, also known as ISIS-Tunisia, and the Philippines-based Maute Group, also known as Islamic State of Lanao, OFAC said.

Read more: Reuters