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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Nov 13, 2020

Utah Valley Hospital says a handful of conspiracy theorists recently tried to get into their intensive care unit.

Hospital administrator Kyle Hansen told the Provo City Council this week that about five people have attempted to get inside because they question whether the ICU is as full as some say.

A few of them also brought video cameras.

"We have individuals trying to sneak into the hospital to visualize and videotape this themselves," Hansen said.

So far, it seems no one has been successful getting in.

Read more: KSL

A man, accused of impersonating an ISIS leader, pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending a bomb-making tutorial video to people online, who were interested in helping with a terrorist attack.

Murat Suljovic, 23, of Salt Lake City, pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization in the U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, the Utah U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

Suljovic admitted to corresponding with an individual, identified as Person A in court documents, who he believed was a follower of ISIS, according to the plea agreement. The correspondence occurred in January 2019 while Suljovic was living in Utah.

Read more: KUTV

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after their car was stopped along Pall Mall in central London, police have said.

The pair, both 34 and from east London, were spotted acting suspiciously in a vehicle in Westminster at around 12.10am on Thursday and were stopped by armed officers in Pall Mall, according to the Metropolitan Police.

They were arrested under the Terrorism Act and taken to a police station where they are still being held.

No guns were fired and a counter-terror investigation has been launched, the force added.

Read more: Sky News

The U.N. Security Council voted Thursday to prevent the sale or shipment to Somalia of components of improvised explosive devices if there is "significant risk" they may be used to manufacture the often deadly devices that are increasingly being used in attacks by al-Shabab extremists.

It also urged the Somali government to keep cracking down on the militant group's illegal financing methods that U.N. experts estimate raised over $21 million last year.

The resolution, adopted by a 13-0 vote with Russia and China abstaining, reaffirmed the arms embargo on Somalia and banned the resale or transfer of any weapons or military equipment sold or supplied to help develop Somalia's National Security Forces and security sector.

Read more: Minneapolis Star Tribune

German prosecutors have laid charges against 12 alleged members and supporters of a far-right terror cell, security sources said Thursday.

The men were arrested in nationwide raids in February.

Eleven of the suspects stand accused of belonging to a terrorist organization and weapons offenses, according to regional public broadcaster SWR, which first reported on the charges. The 12th is accused of supporting a terror group.

The suspects are believed to have set up a "right-wing terrorist organization" with the goal of "destabilising and ultimately overthrowing" Germany's democratic order, prosecutors said when they announced the arrests in February.

They allegedly planned to spark "a civil-war-like situation ... via as yet undefined attacks on politicians, asylum seekers and people of Muslim faith."

Read more: Deutsche Welle