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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jul 10, 2020

Stephen Parshall, a suspected boogaloo member facing terrorism charges, is under investigation for the alleged sexual abuse of his teenage stepdaughter, the Review-Journal has learned.

The allegations surfaced in a heavily redacted but graphic police report justifying the June 24 arrest of one of Parshall’s longtime friends, Phillip W. Merrill, who was charged with sexually assaulting the girl.

Merrill, 35, whom police described as a convention worker and volleyball club coach, was charged in a Clark County criminal complaint June 29 with 15 counts of sexual assault against a child under 14 and two counts of lewdness with a child under 14, all felonies. Merrill was released on $25,000 bail with “high-level” electronic monitoring and ordered to have no contact with minors and the victim’s family.

Read more: Las Vegas Review Journal

A teenage girl lost most of her right foot after a powerful explosive device went off inside a Philadelphia home.

The 16-year-old girl and two other teens were inside a row home on Blakemore Street in the city’s Germantown neighborhood when the explosion occurred around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, NBC 10 is reporting.

She was in the middle of a bedroom when an explosive device went off on the second floor, injuring her and putting a foot-wide hole in the ceiling, reports indicate.

The girl, who did not live at the home, was rushed to the hospital and is in stable condition, reports indicate.

Read more: PennLive

Armed counter-terrorism police made a series of arrests on Thursday, over what they described a a potential attack linked to extremist Islamist ideology.

Four men were arrested, three in east London. The fourth man was arrested by unarmed officers in Leicestershire.

Neighbours near one address in Ilford said they heard loud bangs as armed police went in. At a suburban home in nearby Goodmayes, at least seven specialist counter-terrorism firearms officers were seen staging a raid.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)