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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 2, 2021

FBI Director Christopher Wray is expected to face questions from Congress on Tuesday about whether his intelligence analysts missed warning signs before the riot at the U.S. Capitol and how the bureau plans to confront the rising threat of domestic terrorism.

Wray's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee will be his first public testimony since September and the first formal statement from the FBI about the status of the riot investigation, one of the most expansive in its history.

It will also be his first opportunity to discuss why the FBI did not detect in advance what it now says in court documents was extensive plotting and planning by known extremist groups that attacked the Capitol in coordinated fashion.

Read more: NBC News

Security forces battling a decades-long insurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir are alarmed by the recent arrival in the disputed region of small, magnetic bombs that have wreaked havoc in Afghanistan.

“Sticky bombs”, which can be attached to vehicles and detonated remotely, have been seized during raids in recent months in the federally administered region of Jammu and Kashmir, three senior security officials told Reuters.

“These are small IEDs and quite powerful,” said Kashmir Valley police chief Vijay Kumar, referring to improvised explosive devices. “It will certainly impact the present security scenario as volume and frequency of vehicular movements of police and security forces are high in Kashmir Valley.”

Read more: Reuters

Police say two squatters, a 46-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman, have been jailed in connection with a case where three Wichita officers were wounded by a shotgun blast at a south-side home that was supposed to be vacant.

James Alden Hathorn and Tiffany Lynn Vulgamore were arrested Sunday morning at the home in the 1400 block of South St. Francis where the officers were injured the previous afternoon. Wichita police detectives checking the home caught the pair as they were trying to enter it, the police said in a Monday afternoon news release.

Police say the shotgun that shot three officers in their legs wasn’t rigged to fire on police or anyone else trying to enter the home. Investigators instead think the weapon, a sawed-off shotgun that had been modified and had no trigger guard, discharged as officers moved some furniture inside the house.

Read more: Wichita Eagle

One of Calgary’s veteran judges is concerned about the drain the prosecution of two local men facing terrorism-related charges may have on the court system.

Lawyers for Hussein and Jamal Borhot, who are cousins, but charged separately, appeared in criminal appearance court Friday and asked that their cases be adjourned a month so they can review “voluminous” Crown disclosure.

Justice David Gates said a review of the file has him concerned it will require significant court resources for their cases to be brought to trial.

But Crown lawyer Domenic Puglia said the prosecution intends to use “tools in the Criminal Code” to streamline the matters.

Read more: Calgary Sun