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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Sep 24, 2019

EU police agency Europol has warned of growing far-right violence and urged more international cooperation to tackle the problem, Germany's Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday, citing Europol's confidential "Strategic Report." Public broadcasters WDR and NDR also say they have seen the document.

Far-right and extremist organizations and networks are getting "increasingly popular among younger and better educated demographics," the German paper cited the document as saying. The agency refers to international movements such as Hammerskins, Soldiers of Odin, Combat 18 and Blood & Honour, which is banned in Germany.

The extremist groups are showing interest in weapons and explosives, according to Europol.

"In order to build up their physical abilities and combat skills," the report says, "members of extremist far-right groups are attempting to win over members from the military and security services in order to learn their expertise in the area of surveillance and combat readiness."

Read more: Deutsche Welle

Islamic State militants have claimed responsibility for a bus bombing that killed 12 people near the Iraqi city of Kerbala, the Amaq news agency reported on Saturday.

Iraqi security services said on Friday that 12 people were killed and several others wounded when a bus bombing occurred near the holy city south of Baghdad.

Two police spokesmen in the area said an explosive device planted on the bus detonated at a northern entrance to the city, setting fire to the vehicle.

Read more: Reuters

Five women go on trial in Paris on Monday over an attempt to set off a car bomb near Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in a case that aims to uncover female French jihadists’ active role in homegrown terrorism.

On the night of 3 September 2016, Ines Madani and Ornella Gilligmann parked a grey Peugeot 607 with no number plate on a narrow street in front of busy restaurants near Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris. The car was loaded with six gas canisters. The woman poured fuel over the car and threw a lit cigarette at it.

But they had chosen diesel fuel, much less flammable than standard petrol and, despite several attempts, the car did not catch fire. If it had done it would have caused a devastating firebomb. “Only a poor choice of petrol meant their attempt failed,” investigative judges said. They said if the women had succeeded, there would have been “carnage”.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

Singapore’s authorities have for the first time detained three domestic workers on suspicions of financing terror activities, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a Monday statement.

The three Indonesian women – Anindia Afiyantari, 33; Retno Hernayani, 36; and Turmini, 31 – had worked in the city state for between six and 13 years.

They had become radicalised in 2018 after viewing materials about Islamic State on the internet, as well as online sermons by Indonesian radical preachers.

A fourth Indonesian domestic worker – not radicalised, but “aware of others’ radicalisation” – was arrested, investigated and then repatriated to Indonesia, the MHA said.

Read more: MSN