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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 31, 2021

A 21-year-old Edmonds man will serve more than three years in federal prison and three years of supervised release when he gets out after pleading guilty to torching two police cars using Molotov cocktails during downtown Seattle protests over racism and police violence this summer.

Kelly Thomas Jackson was identified in video and by witnesses as the person who threw the incendiary devices on May 30, when thousands gathered downtown, most to peacefully protest the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25.

Read more: Seattle Times

There is "concerning" buildup of Russian forces near the border with Ukraine, a U.S. defense official told CBS News after Ukraine's Commander-In-Chief Ruslan Khomchack told his country's parliament that Russian troops from different regions have been assembling near the border.

One possible explanation is that the troops are training, but the American defense official said Russia had not announced any exercises in the area.

Ukraine and Russia have been in conflict since Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014. The U.S. and its NATO allies do not recognize Russia's annexation of the peninsula, and the U.S contributes millions in both non-military and military aid each year to Ukraine. 

Read more: CBS News

Paying attention to warning signs and early intervention could be the difference between life and death for students.

A new report released by the Secret Service found that the key to preventing school attacks is early intervention by someone close to a student possibly planning violence.

The agency's National Threat Assessment Center analyzed nearly 70 disrupted school plots that were reported and averted between 2006 and 2018.

Tony Montalto lost his daughter, Gina, in 2018 when a former student killed 17 people and wounded 17 more at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Read more: CBS News

An Oregon man has been charged with illegally entering the D.C. residence of Switzerland’s ambassador to the U.S. and assaulting a foreign official.

According to an affidavit, Secret Service officers were dispatched around 2:06 p.m. Monday to Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud's residence on Cathedral Drive Northwest (which is attached to the Switzerland embassy), where a man was inside and refused to leave peacefully.

Christian Mandeville was identified as the suspect in the case.

When officers arrived, Mandeville allegedly tried to run farther into the building. Then, the ambassador tried to stop him.

Read more: NBC Washington

On October 5, 2017, armed men carried out a pre-dawn attack on three police stations in Mocímboa da Praia, a district in Mozambique's northern province of Cabo Delgado. The attackers killed 17 people and made away with guns and ammunition. They reportedly told the villagers that they don't believe in Western education and would not pay taxes.

Since that first ambush, the attacks have spread to several districts in the region and have become more frequent. The attack last Wednesday claimed dozens of lives and lasted several days. Three years later, the mystery surrounding the identity and motivation of this group persists. Locally, they are known as al-Shabab (the youth), but the group has no known connection to Somalia's jihadi group with a similar name.

According to Sergio Inacio Chichava, a senior researcher at the Institute of Social and Economic Studies (IESE) in Mozambique, the country's authorities must be aware of who these attackers are by now. "The government has enough intelligence to say who the group that is attacking Cabo Delgado is and what their intentions are," Chichava said.

Read more: Deutsche Welle