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Homeland Security News

A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 30, 2021

Thousands of survivors of coordinated jihadist attacks in northern Mozambique's Palma town were arriving on boats in the provincial capital Pemba on Monday, according to sources in the city. International aid agency sources said between 6,000 and 10,000 people were waiting to be evacuated to safety following the raid on Palma that began last Wednesday.

Extremist militants raided Palma, a town of around 75,000 people with strategic value in the province of Cabo Delgado. The town is home to a multi-billion-dollar gas project being built by France's Total and other energy companies. 

The government said dozens were killed in the attack, including seven people caught in an ambush during an operation to evacuate them from a hotel where they had sought refuge.

Read more: CBS News

Three men accused in an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will not face charges of false report or threat of terrorism, a Jackson County judge ruled Monday.

Judge Michael Klaeren of 12th District Court in Jackson dismissed the charge against Joseph Morrison, 26, and Pete Musico, 43, both of Munith, and declined a request by prosecutors to add it to the charges against Paul Bellar, 22, of Milford.

Klaeren also on Monday ordered Bellar, Morrison and Musico to stand trial on three remaining charges, gang membership and providing material support for terrorism, both punishable by up to 20 years in prison, as well as felony firearm, punishable by up to two years in prison.

Read more: The Detroit News

An Arizona man who held up an Army National Guard convoy at gunpoint on Monday has been federally charged, announced Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas  Prerak Shah.

Larry Lee Harris, 66, was charged via criminal complaint with assaulting a federal officer with a deadly weapon. He will be set for an initial appearance in federal court at a later date.

According to the complaint, Mr. Harris allegedly pointed a firearm at a three-van Army National Guard convoy engaged in official duties related to the COVID-19 national emergency.

National Guard personnel reported to police that Mr. Harris, driving a white Chevrolet pickup, began following the officers down the I-27 in Lubbock, then pulled alongside them and brandished a weapon. All three vehicles pulled over.

Read more: Department of Justice

An Iowa gun store refused to sell a semi-automatic rifle to a heavily armed and agitated Colorado man who said he was surprised his friends didn’t suspect he was the Boulder mass shooter, according to federal court documents released Friday.

The Nebraska State Patrol initially arrested the self-described firearms enthusiast, Adam Vannoy, 40, on March 14 on Interstate 80 in Lancaster County. Another driver had called police to report he was driving recklessly at about 120 mph.

During a search of his packed truck, troopers seized a handgun from Vannoy’s jacket, a loaded AR-style semi-automatic rifle with an illegal silencer, four other firearms, ammunition, a bulletproof blanket and vest, two brown wigs and an Air Force costume. They also found marijuana.

Read more: Sentinel (Colorado)

Officials located a suspect they said shot at park rangers in Everglades National Park Sunday night.

A 33-year-old male suspect reportedly fired at park rangers unprovoked around 6:45 p.m., though no injuries were reported.

According to a news release, the rangers responded to a domestic violence investigation involving the suspect when they found a vehicle believed to have belonged to him.

The park's main park road, SR 9336, was closed for public safety, and Flamingo residents were advised to shelter in place.

Read more: NBC Miami