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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Apr 5, 2021

The FBI on Wednesday offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of two individuals suspected of using a homemade explosive to bomb the First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, which has drawn criticism for its extremist anti-LGBTQ views.

Along with the reward, the FBI released photos from security camera footage captured at the church just before the attack on Jan. 23, showing a man and woman, both wearing jeans, dark hoodies and masks.

Shortly before the explosion, the pair had smashed a church window, lit an object, threw it into the church, and then drove off in a vehicle, the FBI said in its announcement, according to security camera footage and witness accounts. The FBI also obtained footage of the actual explosion, but did not release the images on Wednesday.

Read more: Pasadena Star-News

A former insider has detailed how Australian far-right organisations methodically identify, radicalise and recruit young people into white supremacist movements.

George*, who spoke to Background Briefing on condition of anonymity, was a senior member of fascist group the New Guard with intimate knowledge of its recruitment strategies.

He once bought into the New Guard's racist beliefs about "white genocide" and believed "that immigration was going to ruin our country" but said he has since left the movement.

"It seemed like an existential crisis, like the white race really was going to die out and that all the so-called achievements of European people were going to [disappear]," he said.

Read more: ABC News (Australia)

Police in the holy city of Makkah announced on Thursday the arrest of a man who was brandishing a knife inside the Masjid al-Haram, or Grand Mosque.

A police statement said the incident took place on Tuesday afternoon.

The man, it added, was carrying a knife and chanting slogans in support of terrorist organizations.

He was immediately arrested.

Read more: Asharq al-Awsat (Saudi Arabia)

A Bangladeshi immigrant who set off a pipe bomb attached to his chest in New York City’s busiest subway station should spend the rest of his life behind bars for a "premeditated and vicious" terror attack committed on behalf of the Islamic State group, prosecutors said Thursday.

In papers filed in federal court in Manhattan, the government argued that Akayed Ullah has never taken proper responsibility for the December 2017 attempted suicide bombing in a pedestrian tunnel beneath Times Square and the Port Authority bus terminal.

After growing angry at American foreign policy in the Middle East, Ullah grew consumed by online Islamic State propaganda "glorifying brutally violent stabbings, shootings, and bombings targeting Americans," prosecutors told a judge in a sentencing memo. "He ultimately answered ISIS’s call for its supporters to carry out ‘lone-wolf’ terrorist attacks in the United States. Ullah’s attack was premeditated and vicious."

Read more: Fox News

At least 10 people were killed on Saturday when a suicide bomber struck makeshift kiosks in the Somali capital, hitting hours after al Shabaab Islamist militants attacked two National Army bases outside the city, the government said.

“A suicide bomber blew up himself under trees where poor mothers sold tea, milk and (narcotic leaf) khat,” Information Ministry spokesman Ismail Mukhtar Omar told Reuters, adding that more people were wounded in the attack.

There was no immediate comment from the al Shabaab, which had earlier claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Bariire and Awdhigle army bases.

Read more: Reuters