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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Apr 26, 2021

Los Angeles police were investigating Sunday after officers shot and killed a man wearing body armor who drove his car into a police cruiser on a busy Hollywood thoroughfare.

The man, who was not immediately identified, died at the scene on Sunset Boulevard Saturday afternoon.

The shooting happened after officers responding to a call were cut off by a car in front of their vehicle, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Meghan Aguilar told reporters.

The driver hit his brakes and then backed into the police cruiser, Aguilar said. The man then exited his car wearing body armor and holding his right hand behind his back, she said.

“The officers gave him commands, which he did not follow, and he started counting down, saying ‘3… 2… 1’ as he started to pull his hand from his back to the front,” Aguilar said.

Read more: AP

A New York man pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the al-Nusrah Front, both designated by the U.S. Department of State as foreign terrorist organizations.

According to court documents, Elvis Redzepagic, 30, of Commack, New York, began communicating in early 2015 with an individual he believed to be both the commander of a battalion in Syria and a member of ISIS or the al-Nusrah Front, and made attempts to join that individual’s battalion to engage in violent jihad. In July 2015, Redzepagic traveled to Turkey and made multiple unsuccessful attempts to cross the border into Syria. Unable to enter Syria from Turkey, Redzepagic traveled to Jordan in August 2016, but was stopped and deported by Jordanian authorities.

“Redzepagic has admitted to travelling overseas to try to join and provide material support to ISIS and the al-Nusrah Front, two foreign terrorist organizations that were engaged in fighting in Syria,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Justice Department’s National Security Division.  “The threat from these terrorist organizations has not ended, and we will continue to work to stem the flow of fighters and bring to justice those who provide material support to these groups.”

Read more: Homeland Security Today

A man was arrested Saturday night after an “improvised explosive” was found outside a set of doors to the Terre Haute Police Department.

Curtis Hogan was arrested and preliminarily charges with possession of a destructive device and attempted arson. No additional information about Hogan was immediately released by police.

Police were made aware about 12:40 a.m. Saturday of a fire on the west side of the Terre Haute Police Department, 1211 Wabash Ave. That’s a few blocks east of the Indiana State University campus.

Once the fire was out, authorities found the device was a gas container converted into an explosive with “an accelerant and projectiles,” the police department said in a Facebook post.

Read more: WISH (Indianapolis)

Prosecutors in Mexico said Saturday that two men have been ordered to stand trial for allegedly making explosive-laden drones of the kind that have been used in recent attacks on police and soldiers.

The Attorney General’s Office said the two were arrested a year ago in the central states of Puebla and Morelos. They face charges of violating federal firearms laws.

The evidences suggest the tactic of sending out drones with packets of explosives has been in use longer than previously thought.

Mexico’s defense secretary said Wednesday that drug cartels have used explosive-laden drones in attacks in at least three states.

Read more: AP