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Homeland Security News

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

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Mali’s ousted president, was released from detention and driven to his home in the West African country’s capital early Thursday, nine days after a military coup brought an end to his seven years in power.

A heavy security escort took Mr. Keïta to his house in Sebeninkoro, a residential neighborhood of Bamako, the latest twist since his abrupt fall last week, after military officers with guns arrested him, took him to their base and forced him to announce on television that he and his entire government had resigned.

Leaders of the coup, in announcing his release, did not specify whether the 75-year-old former president was still subject to any restrictions.

Read more: New York Times

A former Army employee charged with terrorism and explosive offences had the ingredients to make an improvised explosive device (IED), a court heard.

Dean Morrice, 33, of Paulton, Somerset, was arrested under the Terrorism Act on 20 August and his property searched.

Police found the components for the pyrotechnic composition thermite, ball bearings and metal pipes, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard on Thursday.

He was remanded into custody and is due to appear at the Old Bailey in October.

Mr Morrice is charged with possessing the explosive substance black powder, possessing a document containing information useful to terrorism and two counts of transmitting content of a terrorist publication electronically.

Read more: BBC News

A 22-year-old Minneapolis woman who failed in her bid to join al-Qaida and subsequently tried to set a series of fires at St. Catherine University in St. Paul in 2018 pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal terrorism charges.

Tnuza Jamal Hassan admitted to one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization at her former school’s campus.

Hassan also faces arson charges in Ramsey County in connection with trying to set fires in six buildings on the campus. Hassan admitted setting the fires months after she tried to fly to Afghanistan to join al-Qaida.

According to Hassan’s plea agreement, when she was a freshman at St. Kate’s she drafted an anonymous recruitment letter that encouraged others to join the terrorist group and delivered it to two other Muslim students at the university.

Read more: Minneapolis Star Tribune

Thirteen schools within the Fremont Unified School District received bomb and shooting threats overnight, police said Thursday.

Police were investigating the threats, and said they don’t have any reason to believe they were credible.

Fremont Unified School District Superintendent CJ Cammack said the schools affected were Warwick, Millard, Hirsch, Warm Springs, Patterson, Oliveira, Niles, Mission Valley and Maloney elementary schools; Thornton Junior High School; and Robertson, Mission San Jose and Washington high schools.

Classes are not meeting in person due to the COVID-19 epidemic. An unspecified number of staff members still work on the campuses of those schools, Cammack said. Those employees were told to stay home, while food service and delivery were moved to other locations.

Read more: East Bay Times (California)

Haleema Mustafa, a Toronto-area woman, has been arrested over allegations she left Canada to join a terrorist group, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada confirmed Wednesday.

Mustafa has been charged with two terrorism-related offences and will appear in court either Thursday or Friday, a spokesperson for the service said. Global News first reported Mustafa had been arrested by police in Markham, Ont.

Mustafa is accused of leaving Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group pursuant to section 83.181 of the Criminal Code and under section 83.18, which forbids participation in the activities of a terrorist group.

Read more: CBC News (Canada)