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Homeland Security News

A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Dec 2, 2020

Germany military intelligence has opened an investigation into eight civilian employees of the armed forces suspected of belonging to the far-right "Reichsbuerger" movement that denies the existence of the modern German state.

"We don't tolerate enemies of the constitution in the Bundeswehr," Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Tuesday, referring to the armed forces.

Read more: US News & World Report

The Indonesian army has deployed a special force to hunt for suspected Islamic State-linked militants behind a deadly attack on Christians.

Four Salvation Army members were killed - one of them beheaded - in an ambush on Sulawesi island on Friday.

Intolerance against Indonesia's Christian minority has been rising as the Muslim-majority country battles Islamist militancy.

A church body denounced the killings as terrorism rather than a religious feud.

A group of men wielding swords and guns attacked a Salvation Army outpost in remote Lemban Tongoa village in Central Sulawesi province on Friday morning.

Read more: BBC News

Baltimore County Public Schools officials said virtual learning will resume Wednesday after a ransomware cyberattack last week.

All Baltimore County Public Schools closed last Wednesday after the school system was hit with a ransomware cyber attack. The district said its entire network system was inaccessible after an unknown actor took over and demanded ransom.

Baltimore County Public Schools Superintended Dr. Darryl Williams said parents and students should expect a different experience Wednesday as students will have to log in a different way to reconnect with their teachers.

Read more: WJZ

Afghan forces have killed the Taliban mastermind of a suicide car bomb attack that left at least 30 security personnel dead, officials said Monday.

Hamza Waziristani was killed in an air strike overnight in the eastern province of Ghazni where the bomber struck an Afghan military base on Sunday.

"The mastermind behind yesterday's terrorist attack on the (Ghazni) base was killed along with seven other terrorists," the defence ministry said in a statement.

Ministry spokesman Fawad Aman told AFP that Waziristani was a Taliban militant from the Pakistani border region of Waziristan.

Read more: France 24

Ethiopia’s nearly month-long war against rebellious northern forces may be transforming into a guerrilla conflict, experts said on Tuesday, even though federal troops declared victory after capturing the Tigrayan regional capital at the weekend.

Fighting since Nov. 4 is believed to have killed thousands of people, as well as forcing refugees into Sudan, dragging in Eritrea, and worsening hunger and suffering among Tigray’s more than 5 million people.

Reports of clashes between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s soldiers and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) were still coming out of the region, though communications remain largely cut and outside access blocked.

Read more: Reuters