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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jan 25, 2021

A young crowd of rioters have burnt down a coronavirus testing centre in a conservative Dutch fishing village, as the first night of a nationwide curfew was met with a largely peaceful – but occasionally incendiary – response.

The angry mob was also accused of destroying police cars and pelting officers with bricks and fireworks in Urk, situated 50 miles northeast of Amsterdam, prompting the mayor to invoke emergency powers and call for riot police – who arrived after the crowd had been tamed.

Footage showed dozens of protesters at the village’s harbour as the new 9pm curfew came into effect, some blaring car and moped horns. While several fires appeared to have been lit, the largest was the blaze at a drive-through test centre, which was reduced to a burnt-out shell.

Read more: The Independent (UK)

The First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, California, was the site of an explosion and fire about 1:10 a.m., and the FBI believes an improvised explosive device was involved, authorities said.

No injuries were reported, but 14 homes and eight apartments nearby were evacuated as a precaution, El Monte police said.

"The FBI responded overnight with the El Monte Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to an IED attack at the First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, CA," the FBI said in a statement.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the bureau is looking at hate crime as a possible motive but that nothing has been ruled out so early in the investigation.

Read more: NBC News

President Joe Biden asked his intelligence chief to launch a “comprehensive threat assessment” into domestic terrorism in the wake of the deadly Capitol riot, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday.

The invasion of the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump “underscored what we have long known: The rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat,” Psaki said at a press briefing.

Biden asked the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, led by his newly confirmed pick Avril Haines, to coordinate with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to gather fact-based analysis from across the government on domestic violent extremism, Psaki said.

Read more: CNBC

Lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands to prevent white supremacists and other extremists from joining and remaining in the military.

Following the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol — and the subsequent revelation that nearly 1 in 5 people charged in connection with the riot have some form of military background — Congress plans to insert language into this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to address extremism at the Pentagon and other federal agencies.

“The attack on our Capitol was an insurrection fueled in large part by groups that espouse the same extreme white supremacists’ views – groups that actively recruit veterans and from the ranks of our military,” Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) said in a statement to The Hill.

Read more: The Hill