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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Nov 1, 2021

A man has been charged in connection to explosive devices found on three towboats and barges on the Ohio River since last Thursday, October 21.

Nathaniel Blayn Becker, 42, was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm or explosive device in the United States Magistrate Court.

Officials traced the materials used to build the devices to a Lowes store in Marietta, Ohio, and after reviewing records and surveillance camera footage from the store, they identified the vehicle and the suspect. Becker had not registered a destructive device with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, which is required by the National Firearms Act.

Becker is being held at the South Central Regional Jail.

Read more: WKBN (Youngstown, OH)

A Dutch woman charged seven years ago with raising money for the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab has been extradited to the U.S. to face trial.

Farhia Hassan, 38, made an initial appearance Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria after being brought to the U.S. on Thursday on charges of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization. She was ordered held pending her next hearing.

Prosecutors say Hassan helped raise money by telling donors it would fund schools and orphans when it was actually going to terrorists. The indictment alleges that al-Shabab cells in Nairobi, Kenya, and Hargeisa, Somalia received payments over a period from 2011 through 2014.

Read more: Westport News

A military jury imposed a sentence of 26 years Friday on a former Maryland man who admitted joining Al Qaeda and has been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. But under a plea deal, the man could be released as soon as next year because of his cooperation with U.S. authorities.

The sentencing of Majid Khan is the culmination of the first trial by military commission for one of the 14 so-called high-value detainees who were sent to the U.S. naval base in Cuba in 2006 after being held in a clandestine network of overseas CIA detention facilities and subjected to the harsh interrogation program developed in response to the 9/11 attacks.

Khan, a 41-year-old citizen of Pakistan who came to the U.S. in the 1990s and graduated from high school near Baltimore, earlier pleaded guilty to war crimes charges that included conspiracy and murder for his involvement in Al Qaeda plots such as the deadly bombing of the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, in August 2003.

Read more: NBC News

A knife-wielding man rampaged through a Tokyo Metro train on Sunday, setting a fire and injuring at least 17 passengers as commuters headed into the city center for Halloween festivities, Japan’s NHK public television reported. Police have made an arrest.

Police said that the assailant wore a “character outfit” that could have resembled a Halloween costume or a comic book character, Kyodo News reported.

A 24-year-old man was arrested at the scene and was under investigation. He told police he wanted to kill at least two people to receive the death penalty, NHK reported.

At least one person, a man in his 70s, was stabbed and is in serious condition, according to Japanese media. It was not clear how many people were injured by the knife, the fire or the resulting chaos as passengers fled the scene. The express train on the Keio Line made an emergency stop so passengers could disembark.

Read more: Washington Post