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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 25, 2021

A man was arrested in Arlington Tuesday after witnesses said he showed them a gun and ammunition and made threatening comments about harming people he knew, police said. After searching his home, police said they found two pipe bombs and had to call a bomb squad for assistance.

Ryan Bosnick, 34, of Arlington, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of explosive materials or devices, possession of a sawed-off shotgun and threats of death or bodily injury to a person.

At approximately 7:47 p.m. on Monday, Arlington County police were dispatched to the 1000 block of N. Filmore Street for the report of an individual making threats.

Two people told police that they were eating at a Clarendon restaurant when the suspect, who they did not know, struck up a conversation and joined them for drinks. At one point, police said he opened his backpack and showed the witnesses the contents: a sawed off shotgun and bag of ammunition.

Read more: NBC Washington

Police have arrested a man who they believe is responsible for placing pipe bombs and a zip gun near a South Sacramento elementary school.

Investigators with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office identified 57-year-old Gustavo Aguilar as a suspect in the incidents. The first incident happened at Ethel I. Baker Elementary School, located near Laurine Way and Iowa Avenue, back on March 2.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office, a school employee found a "suspicious pipe that looked like an explosive device" sitting on the sidewalk in front of the school just after 8:15 a.m. Investigators said the pipe was sealed at both ends with an improvised fuse, and contained metal shrapnel, clay putty, several firecrackers, and gasoline.

Read more: ABC 10 (Sacramento)

A man has been arrested in south-west London on suspicion of planning an act of terrorism.

The Met Police originally held the 53-year-old on Monday for the alleged possession of explosives.

He was further arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

Specialist officers are continuing to search the property where the man was arrested.

The Met's Counter Terrorism Command said, following a risk assessment, there was no need to evacuate any other premises.

Read more: BBC News

Philippine troops have killed a leader of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group and rescued four Indonesian hostages held since last year, the military said on Sunday.

Majan Sahidjuan, alias Apo Mike, was severely wounded in a gunbattle with the marines on Saturday night in Languyan town in southern Tawi-Tawi province, and later died, said lieutenant general Corleto Vinluan Jr.

He described Sahidjuan as the mastermind in several kidnappings by Abu Sayyaf, which is based in Sulu and has also been involved in bomb attacks and piracy for decades. Since 2014, it has proclaimed allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

The final summary report on the police investigation into the 2019 mass shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center concluded that authorities couldn't find a motive for the incident.

The city released the report Wednesday, which detailed the Virginia Beach Police's findings of the shooting spree that took place more than two years ago where 12 people died, along with the gunman who was a city employee.

City Manager Patrick Duhaney sent families that report Wednesday morning which stated that police couldn't figure out the suspect's motivation for the shooting.

Read more: WUSA9