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Homeland Security News

A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jan 7, 2021

The D.C. National Guard and Maryland National Guard will remain in D.C. after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

The D.C. National Guard will be placed on a 30-day mobilization, ensuring that troops will be on the ground through Inauguration Day and beyond, two defense officials told NBC News.

The Maryland National Guard will remain in D.C. through the end of January, Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a news conference Thursday afternoon, decrying the "heinous and violent assault."

Hogan said Rep. Steny Hoyer called him Wednesday, pleaded for help and said he was sheltering with Senate leader Chuck Schumer and House leader Nancy Pelosi.

Read more: NBC Washington

The man authorities accuse of leaving a hoax device in a stolen Tesla parked outside Queens Center Mall has surrendered to police.

Louis Shenker, 22, surrendered at 3 a.m. Tuesday in Brooklyn after calling 911.

He is charged with false bomb, criminal possession of stolen property and abandonment of an animal.

A second man who was with Shenker they were initially approached by police at the mall Monday is still being sought. He is a California resident.

Read more: ABC 7 NY

A man who stabbed three people to death in a minute in an alleged terrorist rampage had viewed material about a notorious Isis killer, a court has heard.

Khairi Saadallah murdered three men in a park in Reading on 20 June as they enjoyed a summer’s evening.

A hearing at the Old Bailey to determine if the attacks were terrorist acts and therefore subject to a higher sentence, was told that Saadallah viewed extremist material in the days before the attack and had a longstanding interest in extremism.

It also heard that Saadallah, 26, bought the knife from a supermarket the day before the stabbing spree in which he stabbed three people to death, wounded three others, and shouted: “Allahu Akbar”.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

Multiple air traffic controllers in New York heard a chilling threat Monday in audio obtained exclusively by CBS News: "We are flying a plane into the Capitol on Wednesday. Soleimani will be avenged."

The threat refers to Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general killed last year in a U.S. drone strike ordered by President Trump. It was made on the one-year anniversary of Soleimani's death, for which Iranian officials have long vowed revenge.

It's unclear who sent the threat. While the government does not believe the warning of an attack is credible, it is being investigated as a breach of aviation frequencies, CBS News has learned.

Read more: CBS News

During the chaos Wednesday in Washington, D.C., dozens of President Donald Trump’s supporters in Olympia broke away from a rally in front of the Capitol, pushed through the security gates of the Governor’s Mansion, and were able to storm through the grounds to the front door.

Troopers with the Washington State Patrol typically guard the front gates and the lawn of the Mansion, but the two troopers who were there were quickly overwhelmed by the angry crowd.

Protesters, some of who were armed, demanded to confront Inslee about the mandated lockdowns and unfounded claims that state elections were fraudulent.

Read more: KIRO (Seattle)