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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Apr 15, 2021

The Justice Department won't file charges against the U.S.Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt during the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6.

In a news release, the Justice Department said that the investigation did not find evidence that the officer had violated any federal laws and that there was nothing to contradict that he believed it was necessary to shoot at Babbitt, 35, "in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber."

"Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the scene of the shooting, and the results of an autopsy," and "based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution," the release said.

Read more: NBC News

A federal grand jury has indicted four members of a militia group associated with the “boogaloo” movement in connection with a scheme to obstruct justice and destroy records to thwart the investigation and proceedings involving the May 29, 2020 shooting of federal Protective Services Officers, announced Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of California Stephanie M. Hinds and FBI Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair. 

The grand jury returned an indictment alleging that Jessie Alexander Rush, Robert Jesus Blancas, Simon Sage Ybarra, and Kenny Matthew Miksch, all members of a militia group, conspired to destroy communications and other records relating to the May 29, 2020 murder and attempted murder of two federal security officers in Oakland, California.  The indictment charges Rush with an additional count of obstruction of official proceedings and Blancas with an additional count of destruction of records in official proceedings.

Read more: Department of Justice

A man has been charged in Norway for his alleged role in plans to carry out three extremist attacks in Denmark and in London, and for purportedly spreading Islamic State group propaganda on the internet.

Authorities believe the 24-year-old man, who wasn’t identified, was part of a group that sought to strike a church in England, possibly St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, but British police thwarted the plot, Norwegian broadcaster NRK reported Monday.

The man was also allegedly involved in plans for one or more attacks in Denmark in March and April 2019 with help from at least one Danish citizen, prosecutor Geir Evanger told NRK. Those attacks are believed to have been prevented as well.

Read more: AP

The Swiss government on Tuesday defended a new anti-terrorism law that will be put to a nationwide referendum in June and that includes restrictive measures on child suspects.

Under Switzerland's system of direct democracy, a committee collected signatures to force a referendum to overturn the law that was adopted by parliament in September.

The referendum will take place on June 13.

The new law allows the police to intervene with preventative measures if they have concrete and current indications of terrorist activity, the government said in a statement.

Read more: US News & World Report

A Sydney woman found guilty of helping to plan a terror attack has lost her bid for her conviction to be overturned after the High Court dismissed her argument that a married couple could not conspire.

Alo-Bridget Namoa and Sameh Bayda dubbed themselves an "Islamic Bonnie and Clyde".

In 2018, both were found guilty of conspiring to commit random terror attacks on non-Muslims on New Year's Eve 2015.

The attacks were never carried out but during their trial, prosecutors said that Bayda was planning to be part of the attacks with a group of other young men.

Read more: ABC News (Australia)