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Terrorism News

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

When detectives from the New York Police Department’s intelligence bureau arrested Jose Pimentel on Nov. 20, 2011, he was in a Washington Heights apartment putting the finishing touches on a pipe bomb he was building in an Al Qaeda-inspired plot to attack military and police targets in the city. On March 22, 2017, James Harris Jackson was arrested for the racially motivated sword killing of Timothy Caughman. Mr. Jackson, a white supremacist, said he had planned to kill more people of color in New York, hoping to start a race war.

Mr. Pimentel and Mr. Jackson were charged under the New York State antiterrorism law. Enacted shortly after Sept. 11, it allows New York to bring terrorism charges regardless of whether the ideological motive is “foreign” or “domestic” or whether the weapon is a bomb or a sword. This approach is a model for tackling today’s terrorist threat.

Read more: New York Times

In the weeks after a pair of massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 dead, local police and federal authorities scrambled to contain a succession of chilling new threats.

A Florida man allegedly vows to "break a world record" for mass shooting casualties; a disgruntled hotel cook in California threatens to transform a Marriott lobby into a killing field; a Jewish community center in Ohio is the target in a suspected shooting plot.

Police stopped each one before anyone was harmed. But the arrests, spanning just over a week, highlighted a frequent theme in the government's efforts to prevent domestic terrorism and other forms of mass violence: law enforcement didn't see the potentially deadly storms approaching until members of the public stepped forward with crucial information, and authorities had little power to intercede until an attack appeared imminent.

Read more: USA Today

An 18-year-old Islamic State follower who was shot earlier this year after throwing rocks at and wielding a knife toward a police officer in metro Phoenix is asking a judge to reduce his $500,000 bond or release him from jail with electronic monitoring.

A lawyer representing Ismail Hamed said in a court filing Thursday that his client’s bond was more than is necessary to assure his presence at future court hearings and that he isn’t a risk of fleeing from authorities.

Hamed has been jailed since his Jan. 8 arrest outside a sheriff’s substation in Fountain Hills, 38 miles northeast of downtown Phoenix.

“During his incarceration he has endured many difficulties being away from his family, including isolation, stress/anxiety, and harassment from others in the jail,” said Mark Mendoza, Hamed’s attorney.

Read more: KTAR

Authorities say a terrorist plot in Queens has been stopped and a teen is under arrest.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the 19-year-old was arrested as part of a “national security investigation.” He was apparently planning an attack using a knife in the name of Islamic terror group ISIS, somewhere in Queens.

The suspect reportedly lives in a neighborhood in East Elmhurst and FBI were still outside his house on Butler Street late Thursday night.

The suspect was reportedly under constant surveillance by law enforcement and insist there was no threat to public safety.

Law enforcement sources told CBS2 that a 19-year-old suspect was allegedly texting with undercover agents and revealed his plans to carry out the ISIS-inspired attack. An exact time and target has not been revealed.

Read more: CBS New York

An army reservist whose alleged links to a neo-Nazi group led to a raid on his rural Manitoba home last week has been fired, according to the Department of National Defence.

Master Cpl. Patrik Mathews, a member of the Winnipeg-based 38 Canadian Brigade Group, "will no longer be a participant in military activities in any form, and will not be returning to work," a military spokesperson wrote in an email to CBC News.

"This action was deemed necessary, considering the seriousness of the allegations and the risk to unit morale and cohesion."

Read more: CBC News