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

A small bomb has exploded near the Israeli embassy in the Indian capital, Delhi, damaging nearby cars but causing no injuries.

Police said a "very low intensity improvised device" caused the blast.

Israel said an investigation was under way but one Israeli official told news agencies it was being regarded as a "terrorist incident".

An Israeli diplomat's wife was wounded when a bomb was planted under her car in New Delhi nine years ago.

On the same day, 13 February 2012, a bomb was also planted under an Israeli diplomatic car in the Georgian capital Tbilisi but it failed to detonate.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of being behind both the incidents in 2012 - allegations denied by Tehran.

Read more: BBC News

Myanmar's powerful military has taken control of the country in a coup and declared a state of emergency, following the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior government leaders in early morning raids Monday.

The country woke up to widespread internet and communications blackouts, closed banks, and soldiers in army fatigues patrolling the streets of Myanmar's largest city, Yangon. Residents turning on their television sets could only access the military-owned Myawaddy TV channel, with all other news channels seemingly blocked.

As news filtered through that the country's democratically-elected leaders had been detained in the capital, a news anchor announced on the military-owned channel that power had been handed over to army chief Min Aung Hlaing.

Read more: CNN

Capitol Police have created a new portal for members of Congress looking to beef up security for their travel to and from Washington, according to a memo sent to lawmakers and obtained by ABC News.

Capitol Police will be stationed at airports around the Washington, D.C., and at the railroad terminal at Union Station near the Capitol to provide security on days with increased member travel.

"They will be in place to monitor as Members move throughout the airport," Acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett wrote.

The House sergeant at arms also is encouraging lawmakers to establish closer relationships with local airport police and Transportation Security Administration officials in their districts and to inform them of travel plans and any threats.

Read more: ABC News

Federal agents quickly cleared a Kentucky man of any involvement in the downtown Nashville bombing, but charged him after he used social media to threaten the life of the investigator who interviewed him, according to newly released court documents.

Hours after a man detonated a bomb inside of an RV parked outside of the AT&T building near Second Avenue North and Commerce Street on Christmas morning, a criminal complaint states the FBI received a tip regarding “concerning statements” that James Keith Ray made toward AT&T. The tip indicated that Ray was ranting in mid-December that “AT&T was abusing their power and how [AT&T’s] policies were criminal.”

On the evening of Dec. 25, the complaint reveals law enforcement officers, including FBI Special Agent James M. Brown, located and interviewed Ray at the home he shares with his parents in Henderson, Kentucky. During the interview, the FBI ruled Ray out as having any involvement in the Nashville bombing.

Read more: WKRN (Nashville)

Two men from New York, newly identified by the Justice Department as members of the Proud Boys, were slapped with additional conspiracy charges Friday in connection to the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan.6.

Dominic Pezzola, 43, of Rochester, and William Pepe, 31, of Beacon, were indicted in federal court in the District of Columbia on charges of conspiracy, civil disorder, unlawfully entering restricted buildings or grounds, and disorderly and disruptive conduct in restricted buildings or grounds.

Pezzola was also charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, additional counts of civil disorder and aiding and abetting civil disorder; robbery of personal property of the United States; assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers; destruction of government property; and engaging in physical violence in restricted buildings or grounds.

Read more: Fox News