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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Apr 21, 2021

The gunman in an Indianapolis shooting that left eight people dead at a FedEx facility browsed White supremacist websites a little over a year before the attack, police said.

In March 2020, the mother of gunman Brandon Hole contacted police because she was worried about his behavior after he purchased a gun, according to recently released details from Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD). She told police he told her "he was going to point a recently purchased shotgun at police officers so they would shoot him." And when police went to their home, they observed he had visited White supremacist websites, the report said.

Investigators are still trying to determine the motive behind the shooting.

Read more: CNN

An Albanian man with a knife attacked and wounded five people Monday at a mosque in the capital, police said, as investigators tried to determine a motive for the attack.

Rudolf Nikolli, 34, entered the Dine Hoxha mosque in downtown Tirana about 2:30 p.m., a police statement said. Police said they reacted immediately after the attack began and took him into custody. The Top Channel private television station, however, showed civilians blocking Nikolli before the police arrived.

A police investigation has been launched into the case.

The five wounded, all men ranging from 22 to 35, were taken to a hospital and police said their conditions weren't life-threatening.

Read more: ABC News

A Cape Girardeau man was charged Monday with a hate crime after a fire destroyed a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints church in the city, officials said.

Christopher Pritchard, 45, was also charged with second-degree arson, burglary and felony stealing, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Welker said.

The fire broke out Sunday night and quickly engulfed the church. No one was inside and no one was injured. The church is considered a total loss, The Southeast Missourian reported.

The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office had received a request for an extra patrol on Friday because church officials were having problems with Pritchard, who allegedly had threatened to assault a church bishop and “burn the church down,” according to a probable cause statement.

Read more: AP

The leader of the National Socialist Movement, the largest Neo-Nazi group in the United States, was arrested in Chandler Monday.

Burt Colucci is accused of threatening to kill African Americans and pointing his gun at them.

Colucci was in the Valley for the NSM rally over the weekend, which was a brief, uneventful march.

The Neo-Nazi group tried to provoke a confrontation with Black men by calling them racial slurs, but when it was clear they were not going to get their desired reaction, the group got in their cars and left.

Read more: ABC 15 Arizona

Chad's President Idriss Déby has died suddenly in clashes with rebels in the north of the country at the weekend, the army has said on state TV.

On Monday, provisional results from the election on 11 April projected he would win a sixth term in office, with 80% of the vote.

The government and parliament have been dissolved. A military council will govern for the next 18 months.

Mr Déby, 68, was one of Africa's longest-serving leaders.

He first came to power in an armed uprising in 1990.

Read more: BBC News