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Date: Apr 27, 2021

The NYPD and State Police hate crime units are investigating after four synagogues in the Bronx were vandalized.

Police released video of a man caught in the act, CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported Monday.

Leaders at the Riverdale Jewish Center said the building has been hit three times in the last few days. The latest incident happened early Monday morning. Police were there at the time, but it happened on the other side of the building.

New video shows a man throwing rocks at the Chabad of Riverdale Saturday night, adding to damage that was already there.

Read more: CBS New York

Based on an analysis of the killer’s cellphone as well as social media postings, “his radicalisation appears little in doubt,” Jean-Francois Ricard said at a press conference.

The 36-year-old attacker, identified as Jamel Gorchene, stabbed a woman who worked at the police station in Rambouillet, a suburb southwest of Paris, on Friday April 23rd, as she was returning from a break.

Racing into the building’s secure entry hall, he grabbed the victim from behind and stabbed her in the stomach and throat while yelling Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest), Ricard said.

An officer in the building shot Gorchene after he refused an order to drop the knife, which had a 22-centimetre (nine inch) blade.

Investigators discovered that he watched an Islamist jihad propaganda video on his phone shortly before the attack, and a Koran was found on his scooter afterwards, Ricard said.

Read more: The Local (France)

A convicted felon who once planned to create a “hit squad” to kill Black and Jewish people pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Monday to possessing two homemade rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Shane Robert Smith, 24, of Whitehall, who was initially convicted in a 2016 sting of possessing a machine gun, admitted he violated a federal law which prohibits convicted felons from possessing a firearm.

Smith was released from prison in April 2018, when he began a three-year term of supervised release. In January 2020, officers with state parole and federal probation made an unannounced visit to Smith’s home and found "items consistent with white supremacy beliefs (militia flags, combat field guides, notes on reloading ammunition),” court papers show.

Read more: Times Union (Albany)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday pressed Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for troops from Eritrea involved in the Tigray conflict to be withdrawn "immediately, in full, and in a verifiable manner," according to a statement.

Blinken said Eritrean forces and Amhara regional forces in the Tigray region are contributing to the growing humanitarian disaster and committing human rights abuses, according to a statement by U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price describing a phone call with Abiy.

"The Secretary also stressed the need for all parties to the conflict to end hostilities immediately," Price said.

Washington said last week that it had seen no evidence of a troop withdrawal promised by both Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Read more: Reuters