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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 29, 2021

A woman who worked as a contract linguist for the U.S. military in Iraq pleaded guilty Friday to sharing classified information with a romantic interest linked to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Mariam Taha Thompson was arrested last year in an espionage case that investigators said put the lives of American military members and confidential sources at risk and represented a significant breach of classified information.

Thompson, 63 and formerly of Rochester, Minnesota, pleaded guilty to a single count of delivering national defense information to aid a foreign government. She admitted as part of a deal that she shared the names of U.S. government assets with a Lebanese man with connections to Hezbollah.

Read more: Military Times

The FBI and local police in Versailles, Kentucky, conducted controlled explosions Friday at the home of an armed man arrested Thursday morning, as he left the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital emergency room.

According to an arrest citation, 44-year-old Bryan Carroll of Versailles, was arrested in the parking lot around 10:20 a.m. as soon as he left the hospital. Carroll was taken to the ground by officers as he tried to get into his car, police say, and they immediately searched him for weapons. They initially found two handguns in his waistband, and also found a throat lozenge container with "an unknown white/gray powdery substance and a straw" inside.

Read more: WDRB (Louisville)

Two suicide bombers believed to be members of an Islamist militant group attacked a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, wounding 19 people, police said.

The mass was finishing when the attackers detonated at least one device outside the church. The two suspects were the only fatalities.

Police chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo said the bombers were both believed to belong to the Islamic State-inspired Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which is suspected of suicide attacks on churches and a police post that killed at least 30 people in the city of Surabaya in 2018.

Read more: Reuters

A woman is dead and multiple people were taken to hospital following an apparently random stabbing spree in a busy area of North Vancouver on Saturday afternoon.

It happened around 1:45 p.m. within and outside the Lynn Valley Library, which anchors the Lynn Valley Village shopping area that was packed with weekend shoppers.

One suspect was arrested, and police said the attacker appeared to be acting alone.

Video from the scene appeared to show a man injuring himself with a knife before being taken into police custody.

Read more: Global News (Canada)

The government of Colombia has accused dissidents of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) of detonating a car bomb on Friday that injured dozens of people including several public officials.

Defence Minister Diego Molano said early on Saturday that 43 people were injured in the bombing in the town of Corinto, about 60km (37 miles) south of Cali in western Colombia.

Six people were seriously hurt, while 20 others suffered minor injuries, Molano said.

“We express our solidarity with all those affected by this indiscriminate terrorist attack that took place … with a car bomb in front of the mayor’s office in Corinto,” he said in a recorded video statement.

Read more: Al Jazeera