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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Dec 19, 2016

Several people were killed and up to 50 injured when a truck plowed into a crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday evening, the Berliner Morgenpost reported.

German media said police on the ground were saying first indications were that the incident was an attack.

Read more: Reuters

Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot by an attacker shouting about Syria’s civil war in the capital of Ankara on Monday, according to witnesses and the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed Andrei Karlov, 62, was later pronounced dead from his injuries, calling the shooting a terrorist act.

Private NTV news channel reports Turkish police fatally shot the gunman.

Read more: CBS News

Senior diplomats from Russia, Iran and Turkey will meet in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Turkish foreign ministry said.

Evacuations from the city resumed Sunday after several interruptions last week over alleged ceasefire violations from both sides. U.K.-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reportedly said the evacuation proceedings for Monday would involve 50 buses carrying at least 3,000 people away from Aleppo.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council is expected to pass a resolution Monday that will deploy observers to the city. “We expect to vote unanimously for this text tomorrow at 9 a.m.,” Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday.

Read more: International Business Times

Indonesia's anti-terror force says it has now arrested 14 people on suspicion of planning suicide bombs around the country.

The men and women are accused of being members of a terrorist network led by Syria-based Indonesian national Bahrun Naim, suspected by police to have orchestrated terror attacks in Jakarta in January. Reports Monday said that a further two people were arrested Sunday on suspicion of planning to attack some places in Java Island and its environs.

The alleged plot to attack the embassy came as large demonstrations took place in front of the foreign mission to protest violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State.

Read more: World Bulletin

Jordanian troops with armored vehicles have blocked access to a popular tourist site — a Crusader castle — following attacks in the area that killed 10 people the previous day, including a Canadian visitor.

State-media said on Monday that Jordan launched an investigation into the shootings, among the bloodiest attacks in recent years.

The attack was also the latest in a series of assaults over the past year that challenged the pro-Western kingdom's claim to be an oasis of calm in a region increasingly threatened by Islamic extremists.

Read more: ABC News