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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Oct 8, 2021

A man has been charged with terror offences after being arrested at Heathrow Airport, Thames Valley Police said.

Shabazz Suleman, who is also accused of being a member of the Islamic State group, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old, of Freemantle Road, High Wycombe, was arrested at Heathrow on 29 September under the provisions of Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

It came after an investigation by Counter-Terrorism Policing South East.

On Tuesday, Thames Valley Police said he had been charged has been charged with preparing for acts of terrorism, under section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Read more: Sky News

Distant machine gun fire interrupted a speech by Cameroonian Prime Minister Dion Ngute on Tuesday during a visit to the capital of the restive North West region that Anglophone separatists had vowed to disrupt.

A video on social media shows Ngute trailing off mid-speech as the crowd turns and exclaims at a burst of far-off shots. In other footage, a suited man in a flak jacket puts his arms protectively around the premier as they are escorted away by security forces.

It was not clear who was responsible, but the incident underscores the insecurity plaguing Cameroon's two English-speaking regions since insurgents seeking to form a breakaway state first took up arms against the military in 2017.

Read more: Reuters

Judges have cleared former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and a host of other officials of charges in a case relating to an alleged cover-up of Iran’s possible involvement in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires.

Eighty-five people died in the bombing, the worst terrorist attack on Argentine soil, and more than 300 were injured. The case against Fernández de Kirchner and several of the officials from her 2007-2015 presidency was based on the Memorandum of Understanding with Iran to question the accused outside Argentina. 

Federal Oral Court No. 8. led by judges María Gabriela López Iñiguez, Daniel Obligado and José Antonio Michilini, on Thursday ruled that there was “no crime” had been committed on the part of the former head of state and that the allegations against the current vice-president and her fellow accused should be dismissed.

Read more: Buenos Aires Times (Argentina)

A Cumberland County, New Jersey, man will make his initial appearance today on charges related to his explosive devices and the materials used to manufacture them, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Thomas Petronglo, 63, of Vineland, New Jersey, is charged by indictment with one count each of unlawful possession of a destructive device, unlawful making of a destructive device, and unlawful storage of explosive materials. He is scheduled to appear by videoconference later today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jessica S. Allen.  

According to documents filed in this case:

On March 12, 2021, Petronglo was found in possession of one destructive device, a 5 ¾-inch diameter metal can, containing a quantity of an explosive mixture of potassium perchlorate and aluminum, with a fuse sticking out of the device.

Read more: Department of Justice

To the largely anonymous world of 4chan, Moleman was an outlier: an outlandish figure who liked to dig tunnels, shoot guns and thumb his nose at authority.

Unlike other users on the notorious message board site, Moleman made no secret of his real-world location, posting alleged photos of himself and his friends at recognizable locations around Edmonton wearing camouflage and other military gear.

Prosecutors claim Moleman is Kelvin Gregory Maure, the 26-year-old alleged right-wing extremist arrested after police turned up a cache of weapons and explosives at his Parkland County home earlier this year.

Maure is facing 34 charges after an investigation by the RCMP’s Alberta-based Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET). Police say their search turned up seven prohibited weapons including loaded assault-style rifles and materials for making explosives.

Read more: Edmonton Journal