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Homeland Security News

A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Apr 2, 2021

The U.S. Capitol came under attack on Friday, killing one police officer after an individual rammed his car into two officers at a checkpoint.

The attacker and a U.S. Capitol Police officer have both died, a law enforcement representative announced at a press conference.


The U.S. Capitol Police later identified the officer who died as William 'Billy' Evans, a member of the USCP for 18 years.

Sources identified the suspect to NBC News as 25-year-old Noah Green of Indiana. His Facebook page says he is a follower of Islam, and he recently lost his job and expressed despondence, NBC reported.

Read more: CNBC

Tunisian authorities said a female suicide bomber killed herself and her baby during counterterrorism operations in a mountainous zone in struggling interior provinces.

Two other Islamic extremists were killed in the security operations, according to an Interior Ministry statement Thursday night.

In one operation, Tunisian forces were tracking an extremist group in the Mount Salloum area of Kasserine province. They killed one suspected jihadi, whose wife then killed herself by activating an explosive belt, the statement said. The explosion killed her baby in her arms, while an older daughter also at the scene survived, according to the ministry.

Read more: AP

A Florida doctor is facing charges after authorities said they found multiple homemade explosive devices and drugs in his Naples home.

Dr. Christy Daniel Cugini, 63, was arrested Tuesday on nine charges of making or possessing a destructive device and six drug charges, including possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of narcotics equipment, according to a Collier County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

According to the report, investigators served a search warrant at Cugini's home and found nearly 560 grams of marijuana in his bedroom.

"The majority of the marijuana was sealed in vacuum bags consistent with delivery/sale of marijuana," the report said.

Investigators also found various pill bottles that had other peoples' names on them, which contained Oxycodone and Hydrocodone, in addition to paraphernalia including heat seal bags, a vacuum sealer and a scale, the report said.

Located in a safe in the home was $20,000 in cash and jewelry, the report said.

But perhaps the most shocking find came when the bomb squad responded to the home and found what appeared to be multiple improvised explosive devices, the report said.

Read more: NBC Miami

A New York City man and his wife were arrested after conspiring to provide support for the terror group ISIS and trying to board a cargo ship bound for the Middle East to join the group — and even discussed a domestic attack at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, prosecutors said.

James Bradley and his wife, Arwa Muthana, were taken into custody Wednesday at a Newark, New Jersey, seaport by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force as they tried to board the ship to head overseas.

According to prosecutors from the U.S. Southern District of New York, the 20-year-old Bradley had expressed violent extremist views, including his support for and desire to join ISIS, since at least 2019. In May 2020, he told an undercover law enforcement officer that he thought ISIS may be good for Muslims because of the caliphate it had been trying to establish, the criminal complaint stated. He also explained that he wanted to conduct a terrorist attack in the U.S., specifically discussing a potential attack at West Point.

Read more: NBC New York

Federal prosecutors have offered a plea deal to two Brooklyn attorneys charged with firebombing an empty police vehicle, during demonstrations after the death of George Floyd.

Judge Brian Cogan gave lawyers Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman 90 days to accept the government's offer or proceed to trial on charges including arson conspiracy.

They face up to life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 45 years in prison if convicted of all seven counts in a case their supporters have said was overcharged during the Trump administration.

Read more: ABC 7 (New York)