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Date: Dec 15, 2020

A member of Chabad of the Bluegrass was injured Saturday night after an alleged antisemitic incident.

Chabad of the Bluegrass’s Rabbi Shlomo Litvin confirmed the incident happened around 7 Saturday night ahead of a menorah lighting ceremony at the UK Jewish Student Center.

Both Lexington Police and Rabbi Litvin said a driver pulled up to the group, using foul language. The Rabbi said the full extent of what was said was unclear. Police told WKYT the driver was using antisemitic slurs.

Rabbi Litvin said a community member at the lighting ceremony walked up to the driver’s side door, and tried to block the driver from causing further disruption. Officials said the man in the car then reached out, grabbed the victim, accelerated his car and dragged them. Rabbi Litvin said the driver swerved and ran over the victim’s leg.

Read more: WKYT (Lexington)

The deputy governor of the Afghan capital, Kabul, has been killed in a "sticky bomb" attack, security officials say.

Mahboobullah Mohebi and his secretary both died on Tuesday when a device attached to their car exploded.

No group has yet said it was behind the attack.

It is the latest in a spate of killings. Also on Tuesday, a deputy provincial council member died after a similar attack in Ghor province.

Journalists, activists and other political figures have been targeted in recent weeks.

The capital has also been hit by rockets twice this month, and recently saw attacks on educational centres, including a massacre of students at a university. The Islamic State group said it had carried out the student killings and one of the rocket attacks.

Read more: BBC News

Indonesian police have arrested a man believed to be the military leader of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network who has eluded capture since 2003, and is suspected of being involved in the 2002 Bali bombings, authorities said Saturday.

Aris Sumarsono, known as Zulkarnaen, was arrested late Thursday by counterterrorism police without resistance in a raid at a house in East Lampung district on Sumatra island, said national police spokesperson Ahmad Ramadhan.

Zulkarnaen is suspected of being involved in the making of bombs used in a series of attacks, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists including 88 Australians, and a 2003 attack on the JW Marriott hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, that killed 12, Ramadhan said.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

U.S. officials called out Iran Monday, formally blaming two intelligence officers for the abduction and likely death of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson who disappeared nearly 14 years ago from an island off Iran's southern coast.

Federal authorities said the actions attributed to Mohammad Baseri and Ahmad Khazai were authorized by top Iranian officials, ending in the likely death of Levinson. The Trump administration identified Baseri and Khazai as "senior officials" in Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security and said they were involved in Levinson's abduction on an Iranian island in March 2007.

The sanctions announcement against the two officers, coming at the tail end of the Trump administration, were largely symbolic. But the action could complicate the incoming Biden administration's plans to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran that President Donald Trump had abandoned in 2018.

Read more: USA Today

The leader of Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group that abducted hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria six years ago, has claimed responsibility for the mass abduction of students in north-western Katsina state last week.

In an audio tape released on Tuesday, Abubakar Shekau said: “Our brothers were behind the abduction in Katsina.”

A large group of men armed with AK-47s overran the all-boys Government Science secondary school in the town of Kankara on Friday night, marching more than 300 students into surrounding forests.

Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from their school dormitory in Chibok, in north-eastern Borno state, in April 2014 and about 100 are still missing. The group has also taken other schoolchildren as well as thousands of people across north-east Nigeria and has recently expanded into the country’s north-west.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)