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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Nov 16, 2021

Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of cease-fire violations along their border, hours after three Azerbaijani soldiers were reportedly wounded by an explosive device at a Nagorno-Karabakh checkpoint.

Armenia's Defense Ministry said on November 13 that Azerbaijani forces opened fire at Armenian positions in the eastern Gegharkunik Province shortly after midday.

"The enemy fire was suppressed with retaliatory actions. There are no casualties on the Armenian side," it said in a brief statement.

Azerbaijan, for its part, accused Armenian forces of firing sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers at its military posts on the afternoon of November 13 in the Kalbacar district that borders Armenia.

Military authorities in Baku said skirmishes were continuing there in the late afternoon, but did not report any casualties.

Read more: Radio Free Europe

British police released four men who were arrested under terrorism laws while detectives investigate a homemade bomb explosion in a Liverpool taxi and work to understand the motives of the suspected bomber, who died in the blast.

Police have named the bomber as 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen, who came to Britain as an asylum-seeker from the Middle East and later converted to Christianity.

Al Swealmeen was killed and a taxi driver injured when a blast ripped through the vehicle as it pulled up outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Sunday morning.

Police have called the blast a terrorist act and believe the dead man built the bomb, but they are still working to determine the motive.

Four men in their 20s who had been detained under the Terrorism Act were released late Monday. Russ Jackson, the head of counterterrorism policing for northwest England, said that “following interviews with the arrested men, we are satisfied with the accounts they have provided and they have been released from police custody.”

Read more: ABC News

Three suicide bombers in the heart of Uganda's capital killed at least three civilians and sent parliamentarians rushing for cover as nearby cars burst into flames, witnesses and police said, the latest in a string of bombings over the past month.

At least 33 people were being treated at Mulago Hospital, including five people in critical condition, police spokesperson Fred Enanga said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The al Qaeda-linked Somali insurgent group al Shabaab has carried out deadly attacks in Uganda. Last month another group, the Islamic State-aligned Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), claimed its first attack in Uganda.

"Our intelligence also indicates that these are domestic terror groups that are linked to ADF," said Enanga.

Read more: Reuters

The Columbus Police Department said officers made an unsettling discovery Sunday night when a pipe bomb was found near a golf course.

According to a news release, officers were sent to the Greenbelt Golf Course at 1000 North Gladstone Avenue around 6 p.m. Sunday after someone said they'd found what they believed to be a pipe bomb in a nearby ditch.

Members of the agency's Hazardous Devices Unit were able to disable the pipe bomb, according to the police.  No one was injured. Police said no other pipe bombs were found, and there is not believed to be any additional danger to the public.

Anyone with any information on how the pipe bomb got there or who was responsible is asked to call the Columbus Police Department at 812-376-2600.

Rad more: WDRB (Columbus, OH)

Franklin Barrett Sechriest, 18, is accused of setting the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on fire and faces federal arson charges. If convicted, Sechriest could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

“Arson at a sacred place of worship shakes the very foundations of our society,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff. “This Office strongly condemns the intentional act of violence alleged in the complaint and will vigorously prosecute this type of conduct to the fullest extent possible. I commend the Austin Fire Department, the FBI and our other law enforcement partners for their outstanding investigative work.”

The Texas Military Department confirmed he used to be a member of the Texas State Guard.

Read more: CBS Austin