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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Dec 9, 2016

A terror suspect with a loaded AK-47 and ISIS flag has been arrested in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, it has emerged.

Police found the Kalashnikov with two full magazines when they swooped on the 30-year-old's apartment in the port city.

Prosecutors say he was planning a terrorist attack and also had a haul of highly explosive illegal fireworks. Anti-terror police launched a raid after a tip-off from the Dutch intelligence services.

Read more: Dailymail

A border guard was killed in southwestern Saudi Arabia when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb near the Yemeni border, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Friday. SPA quoted Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki as saying that a water-carrying vehicle had struck a roadside bomb Thursday on a road running parallel to the kingdom’s border with Yemen in the Jizan area.

Al-Turki did not blame any particular group for the bomb, but in recent months Houthi militiamen are believed to have planted hundreds of landmines along the Saudi-Yemen border, especially in and around Najran and Jizan.

Yemen has been wracked by chaos since late 2014, when Shia Houthi rebels and their allies overran capital Sanaa and other parts of the country.

Read more: World Bulletin

Nigeria's army says two women suicide bombers blew themselves up at a market in northeast Nigeria's Madagali town, killing at least 30 people and wounding 67.

Boko Haram is blamed for the attack Friday morning on the edge of the Islamic extremist group's Sambisa Forest stronghold, which Nigeria's military has been bombing ahead of ground assaults.

Since the military has dislodged the extremists from towns and villages this year, the insurgents have been attacking soft targets.

Read more: AP

A bomb ripped through a security checkpoint on the outskirts of Cairo on Friday, killing six police officers and wounding three others, officials said, in the latest in a series of deadly attacks this year.

The bomb detonated next to a large mosque in Cairo’s twin city, Giza, less than two hours before hundreds flocked to the area for Friday Prayer. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The worst violence has taken place on the Sinai Peninsula, where an Islamic State affiliate has been fighting the Egyptian military for over three years.

Read more: New York Times

Some 400 migrants from Africa stormed a border fence to enter Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco on Friday, the Spanish Interior Ministry said. A ministry official in the city said two police officers and three migrants suffered cuts and bruises in the early morning crossing.

It was not clear how many managed to get over the fence and past police but Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido told reporters in Brussels that most of had been intercepted. Television video images showed many migrants celebrating and giving victory signs on having made it across. The videos also showed several migrants with cuts and Spanish Red Cross workers treating those in need of help.

Hundreds of sub-Saharan African migrants living illegally in Morocco try to enter Ceuta and Spain's other North African enclave city of Melilla each year, hoping to reach a better life in Europe. Both cities have six-meter (20-foot) -high border wire fences separating them from Morocco.

Read more: ABC News