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

Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi survived an assassination attempt with armed drones that targeted his residence early Sunday and officials said he was unharmed. The attack was a major escalation amid tensions sparked by the refusal of Iran-backed militias to accept last month’s parliamentary election results.

Two Iraqi officials told The Associated Press that seven of al-Kadhimi’s security guards were injured in the attack with two armed drones which occurred in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone area. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to give official statements.

“I am fine and among my people. Thank God,” the prime minister tweeted shortly after the attack. He called for calm and restraint, “for the sake of Iraq.”

He later appeared on Iraqi television, seated behind a desk in a white shirt, looking calm and composed. “Cowardly rocket and drone attacks don’t build homelands and don’t build a future,” he said.

Read more: AP

A police officer was stabbed with a knife in the southern French city of Cannes on Monday morning, according to France's interior minister.

The officer, attacked as he was at the wheel of a vehicle, was saved thanks to his bulletproof vest, police sources told AFP.

The attack occurred around 6:30 am in front of Cannes police station when a man opened the door of a parked police vehicle and stabbed an officer in the chest before attempting to attack the other police officer in the car, a police source confirmed to AFP.

Another police officer seriously injured the attacker with gunfire, which injured two other police officers.

Terrorism has not yet been ruled out as a possible motivation but the anti-terrorism prosecutor has not yet been put in charge of the investigation.

Read more: EuroNews

The United States Department of State on Saturday urged all non-emergency government workers living in the country to evacuate amid the ongoing civil unrest there. 

"Do not travel to Ethiopia due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas," the state department wrote in an updated travel advisory on Saturday.

The State Department said it urged US citizens in the country to depart by commercially available options and said it was "unlikely" that the US Embassy would be able to assist with departure should commercial options become unavailable. 

"Although seats on commercial flights currently remain available, we cannot predict when demand will exceed capacity," the state department said Saturday.

Read more: Business Insider

The man who stabbed four people on a train in the southern state of Bavaria on Saturday did so "indiscriminately," police said during a press conference Sunday presenting the first results of their investigation into the attack. 

Prosecutor Gerhard Neuhof said the suspect had been suffering from delusions and a preliminary mental health evaluation has indicated he likely suffers from a psychiatric disorder. Police have said there is no basis for a terrorist motive for the stabbing.

The suspect was arrested without resisting and had pleaded for "help" during the incident, he added. He was taken into psychiatric care on Sunday.

"There are no indications of an Islamist background" to the attack, said Sabine Nagel, the criminal director of Oberpfalz in Bavaria. She stressed that the investigation was still in its early stages.

Three men aged between 26 and 60 were injured in the stabbing that took place on the high-speed ICE train traveling from the Bavarian city Passau to Hamburg. Two of the injured are still being treated at a hospital. 

Read more: Deutsche Welle (Germany)

A man was arrested on suspicion of attempting to start a fire on a shinkansen bullet train in southwestern Japan on Monday morning, in an incident that appeared to be inspired by a recent arson attack on a train in Tokyo on Halloween, police said.

Kiyoshi Miyake, 69, from Fukuoka was arrested at the scene, they said. No injuries were reported on the train from Hiroshima bound for Kagoshima-Chuo Station, which was running in Kumamoto Prefecture at the time of the incident around 8:40 a.m., according to Kyushu Railway Co., known as JR Kyushu.

Miyake was quoted as telling the prefectural police that he "wanted to imitate" the recent knife and arson attack on a train in Tokyo after seeing the news about it.

In the Oct. 31 incident, a man wearing a costume reminiscent of Batman villain the Joker injured 17 people, including one seriously, during the attack on a Keio Line train. The man, Kyota Hattori, has told investigators he adores the Joker and wanted to kill people and be given the death penalty....

Read more: Kyodo News (Japan)