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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Keyword: worldwide terrorism threats & domestic extremist threats & trends

Two people are thought to be behind the bombing of an Indian restaurant outside Toronto on Thursday night that wounded 15 people, three of them critically, officials said.

The blast happened around 10:30 p.m. at the Bombay Bhel restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario, a sprawling city just west of Toronto. Sgt. Matt Bertram of the Peel Regional Police said the assailants had entered the restaurant and put down what appeared to be a pail or a paint can, which then detonated as the two fled down the street.

Rafael Concaceicao, a student from São Paulo, Brazil, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that he was on the patio of a nearby restaurant when he heard the explosion at Bombay Bhel. He rushed to help, he said.

Read more: New York Times

An Indiana teen who allegedly tried to flee the country and join ISIS is expected to plead guilty to terrorism charge in court today.

He was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist back in September 2016. He’s expected to plead guilty to that charge during his court hearing today which started at 2 p.m.

Officials stopped Akram Musleh, 18, on June 21, 2016 as he attempted to board a bus from Indianapolis to New York, where they say he planned to fly to Morocco on his way to territory controlled by ISIS. Court documents say he then planned to join the group.

Read more: CBS4 Indianapolis

A Boston police captain’s son pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges connected to an ISIS-inspired plot to detonate bombs in crowded areas, prosecutors said.

Alexander Ciccolo, 25, who used the alias Ali Al Amriki online, planned to set off the improvised explosive devices — including pressure cookers filled with nails, glass and ball bearings — in places like college cafeterias, the United States Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts said in a statement.

Read more: NBC News

An Adams, Massachusetts, man accused of plotting a terrorist attack plans to plead guilty on at least some charges. Alexander Ciccolo's trial had been scheduled to begin June 19.

Law enforcement began looking into Ciccolo following a tip from his father, a Boston police captain. They arrested Ciccolo on July 4, 2015, after he received firearms from a cooperating witness.

In an FBI interview, an agent asked Ciccolo about his support of ISIS and the terrorist group's tactics.

"Are they doing a good thing?" the agent asked.

"Yeah, yeah they are," Ciccolo replied. "They're doing a good thing."

Read more: WBUR

A high school student has been arrested and faces charges of planning to carry out an ISIS-inspired mass shooting at a local mall this month, and was looking for assistance, authorities said Wednesday.

Matin Azizi-Yarand, 17, faces charges of making a terroristic threat and criminal solicitation of capital murder, the Collin County district attorney's office said.

"Azizi Yarand was inspired by ISIS to conduct this attack, which he had planned for mid-May," the office said in a news release.

He had sent more than $1,400 to others to buy weapons and tactical gear at the time of his arrest, the office said. He'd also written and planned to distribute a "Message to America" explaining the attack.

Read more: Fort Worth Star-Telegram