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Keyword: worldwide terrorism threats & trends

At least seven people were killed and 10 others, including four foreign nationals, wounded in Kabul on Wednesday when a van packed with explosive targeted a vehicle belonging to a foreign security company, Afghan security officials said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rush-hour attack, which came a day after the Afghan government agreed on a prisoner exchange with the Taliban insurgents in the hopes of reviving peace talks.

Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the interior ministry, said a suicide bomber driving a van targeted an armoured vehicle that belonged to GardaWorld, a Canadian security company that saw four of its staff wounded in the attack.

Read more: Reuters

A 24-year-old university student blew himself up outside police headquarters in the Indonesian city of Medan on Wednesday, wounding six people, just a month after an Islamist militant attacked a former security minister.

National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said the student was a “lone wolf” suicide bomber, although authorities were still investigating whether he had links to any militant groups.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, has suffered a resurgence in homegrown militancy in recent years, with police frequently the target of attacks.

Read more: Reuters

Al-Shabab extremists in Somalia remain “a potent threat” to regional peace and are now manufacturing home-made explosives, expanding their revenue sources and infiltrating government institutions, U.N. experts say.

The panel of experts’ report to the Security Council, circulated Tuesday, said a significant escalation of U.S. airstrikes targeting al-Shabab militants and leaders has kept the al-Qaida-linked group “off-balance” but has had “little effect on its ability to launch regular asymmetric attacks throughout Somalia.”

The report said al-Shabab’s assault on Jan. 15 on a commercial business complex in Nairobi, Kenya, containing the DusitD2 Hotel “illustrates the danger the group continues to pose to regional peace and security.” That attack killed 21 people as well as four gunmen.

Read more: Washington Post

The U.S. wars against terrorism have lasted 18 years, and post-9/11 veterans and service members could soon have a memorial on the National Mall to honor their service.

Reps. Jason Crow, D-Colo., and Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., introduced a bill Tuesday to propose locations for a new memorial to honor veterans of the Global War on Terrorism. President Donald Trump approved the construction of a new memorial in 2017 and the proposed legislation designates options of where to build it in Washington. The three possible locations place the new memorial near the Korean, Vietnam and World War II memorials.

“In some ways, these are becoming forgotten conflicts,” said Crow, an Army veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I never pass an opportunity to highlight these conflicts are still ongoing. We’ve been at this for almost two decades.”

Read more: Stars and Stripes

Searches and seizures of materials belonging to the suspects took place on Tuesday at three apartments in Offenbach, according to the public prosecutor's office in Frankfurt am Main.

The men between the ages of 21 and 24 are alleged to have made preparations for an attack involving explosives or firearms.

According to the public prosecutor's office, a 24-year-old German of North Macedonian (formerly Macedonia) origin is the main suspect.

He had procured "basic components for the production of explosives" and searched the Internet for firearms, the authority announced.

Read more: The Local (Germany)