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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Nov 11, 2020

Several people have been hurt in a bomb attack at a Remembrance Day ceremony attended by foreign diplomats in the Saudi city of Jeddah, France says.

A French foreign ministry statement said an improvised explosive device blew up at a cemetery for non-Muslims, as officials from several consulates remembered the end of World War One.

It strongly condemned what it called the "cowardly, unjustifiable attack".

There was no immediate confirmation from the Saudi authorities.

On 29 October, a guard at the French consulate in Jeddah was stabbed and injured by a Saudi man on the same day that three people were killed in a knife attack in the French city of Nice that was blamed on an "Islamist terrorist".

Read more: BBC News

An IED, or improvised explosive device, was found inside a vehicle that had been involved in a crash in Lincoln.

On Saturday, Lincoln Police said Desmond Hauser, 35, suffered a medical episode and crashed his vehicle into a light pole near 48th and Cleveland Streets.

Hauser only suffered minor injuries.

Upon arriving on scene, Lincoln Fire and Rescue discovered a firearm on Hauser, who was a convicted felon.

A search of the vehicle by Lincoln Police then turned up the IED.

Read more: KOLN/KGIN (Nebraska)

A New York City man has been criminally charged with sending death threats on social media, in part because he was unhappy with Democrat Joe Biden being declared the winner of the presidential election, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday.

Members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Brian Maiorana, 54, at his Staten Island home on Tuesday after he posted threats directed towards protesters, politicians and law enforcement.

At a late afternoon hearing, a federal judge in Brooklyn ordered Maiorana detained while his lawyer works on a bail proposal, which the government plans to oppose.

Read more: U.S. News & World Report

A Pakistani bomb-maker who trained Taliban members before switching allegiance to al-Qaeda has been killed in a security operation in western Afghanistan, the country’s intelligence agency said.

In a statement on Tuesday, the National Directorate of Security said Mohammad Hanif was a close aide to Asim Omar, who headed al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and was killed in a joint US-Afghan operation in 2019.

The agency said Hanif, originally from Karachi, had “close relations” with the Taliban and helped train fighters in making car bombs and improvised explosive devices.

It said he was initially a member of the Taliban, but joined al-Qaeda in 2010.

Read more: Al Jazeera