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Date: Oct 4, 2021

Law enforcement authorities say they have made an arrest in Wednesday's arson incident at the Travis County Democratic Party office in East Austin.

A "Molotov cocktail" was thrown inside the office and ignited during the early morning hours. The arson suspect was recorded on security cameras, and a note was a left at the scene.

The Austin Fire Department says their arson investigators along with the FBI made the arrest. Ryan Faircloth, 30, is charged with second-degree felony arson and third-degree felony possession of a prohibited weapon.

He remains in custody at the Travis County Jail under a combine $40,000 bond for both charges.

Read more: CBS Austin

At least five civilians have been killed in an explosion outside the Eid Gah Mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, according to a Taliban interior ministry spokesman.

Four other people were wounded in Sunday’s attack that targeted a memorial service being held for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

Sunday’s attack is the first to target the capital since late August when an Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K) suicide bomber targeted American evacuation efforts outside Kabul’s international airport. The blast killed 169 Afghans and 13 US service members and was one of the deadliest attacks in the country in years.

An Italian-funded emergency hospital in Kabul tweeted it had received four people wounded in the blast.

Read more: Al Jazeera

An English-speaking narrator of ISIS recruitment videos is in custody in the US and charged with conspiring to help the terrorist organization, the Justice Department announced Saturday.

Mohammed Khalifa, a 38-year-old Saudi-born Canadian citizen, was captured by Syrian Democratic Forces in January 2019 following a firefight in which he was throwing grenades. Khalifa was recently transferred to the FBI, a DOJ statement said.
The acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Raj Parekh, called Khalifa the "voice behind the violence."

"Through his alleged leading role in translating, narrating, and advancing ISIS's online propaganda, Khalifa promoted the terrorist group, furthered its worldwide recruitment efforts, and expanded the reach of videos that glorified the horrific murders and indiscriminate cruelty of ISIS," Parekh said in the statement.

Read more: CNN