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Homeland Security News

A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jan 6, 2021

At least one person was shot and rushed to a hospital after supporters of President Donald Trump who rallied outside the U.S. Capitol clashed with police officers and breached the building, forcing a lockdown with members of Congress inside.

The protesters, some of who were seen wearing body armor, made their way up the steps around 2:15 p.m. ET, pushing through barricades, officers in riot gear and other security measures put in place in anticipation of the protest.

A woman was shot inside the Capitol and seriously injured, sources tell ABC News. A source familiar with the situation said DC Fire EMS are transporting a woman in critical condition to a local hospital.

Read more: ABC News

Pakistan on Saturday arrested a man accused of being a leader of an Islamist militant group blamed by the United States and India for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, a counter-terrorism official said.

The arrest is in relation to terrorism financing, the official said, and not a specific militant attack.

“Proscribed organisation LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) leader Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi (has been) arrested on charges of terrorism financing,” a spokesman for the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Pakistani province of Punjab said.

Read more: Reuters

Al Qaeda’s branch in North Africa has claimed responsibility for killing two French soldiers who died when their armoured vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in eastern Mali, Site Intelligence Group reported on Monday.

The soldiers were on a reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering mission in the eastern region of Menaka when the blast occurred.

The group, known as Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin or JNIM, condemned the “indiscriminate” killing of 100 civilians in western Niger over the weekend, SITE Intel said.

Read more: Reuters

A self-professed member of the Black Panther Party plotted to assassinate Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser this summer, discussed his plans with an undercover FBI agent and drove past the attorney general’s Denver home multiple times to scope out the area, police allege in court records filed to seize the man’s guns.

Denver resident Bryce Shelby, 28, talked about shooting Weiser in the head, and told the undercover agent that he would “pull the trigger” himself and “did not mind getting ‘blood on his hands,’” according to an affidavit sworn by Denver police Detective Brad Baker. Shelby also said he wanted to kill Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and police Chief Paul Pazen, as well as Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman and police Chief Vanessa Wilson, according to the affidavit.

Read more: ABC 7 (Denver)