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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 4, 2020

Foreign rogue nation-state threat actors are targeting critical infrastructure in the U.S., according to the White House report involving the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

The threat actors are targeting internet-connected operational technology (OT) in the United States defense systems. Cyber threats originating from state-sponsored actors were also targeting critical infrastructures such as electricity, water, and gas. Consequently, the NSA and CISA directed the owners and operators to take immediate action to secure the systems.

read more: CPO Magazine

A grenade exploded in a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) killing 15 and wounding five in an attack on Sunday morning, a a local official told CNN.

The incident happened in Nguetchewe village in Cameroon's far north region, near the country's border with Nigeria, and was carried out by suspected Boko Haram militants, the official said.

The militants crossed from neighboring Nigeria around midnight and stormed an IDP camp, throwing a grenade in a group, killing 13 people instantly, according to Medjeweh Boukar, the town's mayor.

"13 persons died on the spot and two died in the hospital and my convoy is now taking the bodies to the village," Boukar told CNN after the incident.

Read more: CNN

An 18-year-old is facing charges for allegedly injuring a federal officer after damaging the federal courthouse building in downtown Portland, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon.

Isaiah Jason Maza, Jr., of Portland, injured both of the deputy U.S. Marshal’s legs after removing plywood attached to the front of the building early in the morning on July 22, the attorney’s office said.

Several other people were also allegedly helped to remove the plywood sheeting. The plywood was affixed to the building to protect its already damaged façade.

After the sheeting had been removed, Maza made multiple attempts to kick in the window, hit it with a metal object, and repeatedly pounded on it with what appeared to be a hammer, the attorney’s office says.

Read more: KPTV

An explosive device underneath a rental car detonated in the border city of Tornio, Lapland early on Tuesday morning, according to local authorities.

The rental car was hired for use by the Finnish Border Guard.

The explosion took place in the city's Pudas residential neighbourhood on Aarnintie street, an area that features blocks of flats.

An investigation into the suspected blast is still in early stages and the Lapland police department has not issued further information about the incident. Police did not disclose whether anyone was injured in the blast.

Tornio resident Tatu Savikurki said he heard a "very loud bang" at about 1 am.

Read more: YLE (Finland)