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Date: Feb 22, 2021

The Italian ambassador to Congo and an Italian carabineri police officer were killed Monday during an attack on a U.N. convoy in an area that is home to myriad rebel groups, the Foreign Ministry and local people said.

The ambush on the World Food Program convoy that killed Ambassador Luca Attanasio and the officer occurred near Goma, Congo’s eastern regional capital in the territory of Nyrangongo, in North Kivu, Congolese civilians said.

It is the same area, known as the “three antennas,” where two Britons were kidnapped by unidentified armed men in 2018, said Mambo Kaway, president of a local civil society group in the Nyrangongo territory.

Read more: ABC News

Hurst police arrested a man Thursday after he was suspected of making bombs inside his apartment.

Police said they learned Wednesday that 37-year-old Nicholas Lloyd Nelson had been reportedly manufacturing explosive devices at the Valley Oaks Apartment complex in the 100 block of East Pipeline Road.

After obtaining a search warrant for Nelson’s apartment, police said detectives began surveillance and detained Nelson at his door as he was leaving his apartment Thursday. Residents living adjacent to the apartment were evacuated, police said.

Read more: Dallas Morning News

A federal grand jury returned a single-count indictment on February 18, 2021 against Murat Kurashev, 34, of Sacramento, charging him with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, United States Attorney McGregor Scott announced.

According to court documents, Kurashev attempted to provide financial support to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its other law enforcement partners. Assistant United States Attorney Heiko P. Coppola and Dmitriy Slavin, a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice’s Counterterrorism Section, are prosecuting the case.

Kurashev was arrested by FBI agents and is currently in custody awaiting his first appearance.

Read more: Homeland Security Today

A leader of the far-right “Oath Keepers” group charged in the deadly U.S. Capitol riots said she was in Washington on Jan. 6 to provide security for legislators and meet with Secret Service agents, according to a court filing.

Jessica Watkins, 38, is one of nine associates of the anti-government group charged with conspiring to storm the Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election victory.

Prosecutors said Watkins entered the Capitol building illegally. According to a defense petition filed on Saturday: “Ms. Watkins did not engage in any violence or force at the Capitol grounds or in the Capitol.”

Read more: Reuters