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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Nov 5, 2020

A San Antonio man who claimed to be a member of the anti-government group, the Boogaloo Bois, will be in court this week following his arrest on federal weapons charges.

According to the Department of Justice, Cameron Rankin, 21, was arrested in August after flying from San Antonio to New Hampshire with a semiautomatic handgun he had checked in his luggage. Rankin, however, is not allowed to own a weapon because he was previously committed to a mental institution, according to federal prosecutors.

Investigators say Rankin has also protested at the Alamo in May following the death of George Floyd.

Read more: Fox San Antonio

A man was seriously injured Saturday in an apparent explosion inside the same Utah home where police found a cache of weapons and explosives in July.

Deputy fire chief Ryan Lessner with the South Jordan Fire Department told Fox News that firefighters arrived at the South Jordan home and found a middle-aged man with severe lower leg injuries.

Authorities have not publicly identified the victim, but the home was raided in July after its owner, Ryan McManigal, was arrested for manufacturing explosives and on suspicion of firing a weapon at police officers. Investigators reportedly found bomb-making materials, weapons and more than 4,700 rounds of ammunition in the home at that time, and McManigal remains in Salt Lake County Jail on those charges, the network reported.

Read more: WHIO

The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal has arrested and charged a Hagerstown man who they say manufactured multiple explosive devices.

Stephen Russell Smith, 40, is charged with four counts of manufacturing and possession of a destructive device, and four counts of possession of explosive material with intent to create a destructive device.

The Hagerstown Fire Marshal’s Office responded Monday to the 200 block of Hager Street around 10 a.m. after a woman occupant discovered suspicious items, including several hand grenades, within the home.

Read more: WJZ

At least 40 people fleeing extremist violence in northern Mozambique drowned when their boat sank, according to officials and reports in local media.

The boat had set off from Palma, a coastal town near the Tanzanian border, and picked up the majority of its 74 passengers near Namandingo, according to the Mozambican news services, Mediafax and Zitamar News.

The boat hit rocks and sank near Ibo island, said the reports.

At least 32 people were saved, but about 40 people drowned, according to the Portuguese news agency, Lusa. The boat was overloaded as it ordinarily carries about 30 people, reported Lusa.

Read more: Washington Post

France's defense minister says French military forces fighting Islamic extremists in West Africa "put away" more than 50 jihadists in a recent operation in Mali.

Defense Minister Florence Parly tweeted Monday night that the French force in the region, called Barkhane, also confiscated weapons and equipment from the fighters in the operation last Friday, which she said "shows once again that terrorist groups cannot act with impunity."

Parly is currently visiting Mali's capital Bamako, where she met with the head of the transitional government. After Mali's president was ousted in August by a military junta, she urged democratic elections "as quickly as possible" and said the current leadership promised to ensure them.

Read more: Stars and Stripes