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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 24, 2021

The 21-year-old suspect accused of opening fire inside a Colorado grocery store and killing 10 people has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was being treated for a gunshot wound, but was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon and taken into the custody of local police.

The victims who died in the shooting were between the ages of 20 and 65. Among them was a Boulder police officer, 51-year-old Eric Talley, a father of seven children, who responded to the shooting.

"He died charging into the line of fire to save people who were simply trying to live their lives and go food shopping, and the man who gunned them down will be held fully responsible," said Michael Dougherty, the Boulder County district attorney.

Read more: CBS News

An improvised explosive device blast has killed at least three people and wounded 12 others in the southwestern Pakistani border town of Chaman, officials say.

The blast took place on Tuesday evening and targeted a police vehicle that was on routine patrol in the Levies Lines area of the town, located about 100km (62 miles) northwest of provincial capital Quetta.

“There was a motorcycle parked in front of the market [in the area] and it was filled with explosives,” Shamsullah, a local official, told Al Jazeera.

“When the vehicle came in front of the motorcycle, it exploded.”

Read more: Al Jazeera

A Clarkston resident, and known member of the Wolverine Watchmen, was arraigned Monday on two felony weapons charges, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Maxwell Wyckoff, 22, is charged with one count of converting a semiautomatic weapon to an automatic weapon, and one count of possessing a muffler or silencer device. The first charge carries a prison sentence of up to four years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine, and the second charge carries up to five years in prison with a possible $2,500 fine. Both charges would require the mandatory forfeiture of weapons if found guilty.

Read more: WXYZ (Detroit)

A new outside report found that Facebook has allowed groups — many tied to QAnon, boogaloo and militia movements — to glorify violence during the 2020 election and in the weeks leading up to the deadly riots on the U.S. Capitol in January.

Avaaz, a nonprofit advocacy group that says it seeks to protect democracies from misinformation, identified 267 pages and groups on Facebook that it says spread violence-glorifying material in the heat of the 2020 election to a combined following of 32 million users.

More than two-thirds of the groups and pages had names that aligned with several domestic extremist movements, the report found. The first, boogaloo, promotes a second U.S. civil war and the breakdown of modern society. The second is the QAnon conspiracy, which claims that Donald Trump is waging a secret battle against the “deep state” and a sect of powerful Satan-worshipping pedophiles who dominate Hollywood, big business, the media and government. The rest are various anti-government militias. All have been largely banned from Facebook since 2020.

Read more: Seattle Times