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Date: Apr 7, 2021

A suspect is dead and two Navy sailors are injured Tuesday after a shooting in Frederick.

Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando said officers were called around 8:20 a.m. to a military institution at the Riverside Tech Park in the 8400 block of Progress Drive, where the two victims were found with gunshot wounds.

"Upon arrival at the scene, they found two adult males had been shot. Both males were in critical condition; they were flown by helicopter to Baltimore Shock Trauma," Lando said.

Lando said at 2:40 p.m. that one of the victims remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The United States Navy said the other sailor was released from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Read more: WBAL

The charges against a Knoxville man under suspicion of trying to help the ISIS terrorist group show the reach of violent extremist ideology through the internet, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Federal prosecutors said Benjamin Carpenter, 31, was the leader of an organization dedicated to the translation and publication of ISIS media in English. They said Carpenter provided English translations for ISIS media to an undercover FBI agent he thought was associated with ISIS.

The Department of Justice said he faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

Court documents filed Tuesday showed two dozen exhibits admitted in Monday's case hearing — including videos, articles on beheadings and weapons of mass destruction as well as testimony from Carpenter's mother.

Read more: WBIR (Knoxville)

According to its latest transparency report, Discord says it deleted more than 2,000 servers for violent or extremist content in the second half of 2020. In total, it removed 2,212 servers dedicated to movements like the Boogaloo Boys and other similar groups, with its Trust and Safety team taking down 1,504 of those proactively. It also deleted more than 30,000 accounts for similar violations.

To put those numbers in perspective, the company removed a total of 27,410 servers and 266,075 non-spam accounts in the second half of the year. The number of communities it banned for extremist or violent content increased by nearly 93 percent compared to the first half of 2020. Discord attributes that jump to a more proactive approach on its part and the growth of extremist movements more generally. For instance, it says 334 servers had connections to QAnon. "We continue to believe there is no place on Discord for groups organizing around hate, violence, or extremist ideologies," the company says in the report.

Read more: Yahoo Tech (Engadget)

The Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate has fallen, its fighters have dispersed and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed.

But two years after it suffered stinging defeats in Syria and Iraq, the terrorist group has found a new lifeline in Africa, where analysts say it has forged alliances with local militant groups in symbiotic relationships that have pumped up their profiles, fund-raising and recruitment.

Many of those homegrown insurgencies are only loosely connected to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Still, over the past year, as violence from Islamist extremists on the African continent reached a record high, the Islamic State has trumpeted these battlefield wins to project an image of strength and inspire its supporters worldwide.

Read more: New York Times

A regional office of Spain’s leftist Unidas Podemos party was hit by a fire-bomb attack on Friday, police said.

The attack took place in Cartagena in southeastern Spain. The blaze damaged the exterior of the building.

Podemos accused right-wing elements of carrying it out.

“The street terrorism of the far-right will not intimidate us,” party leader Pablo Iglesias, who is standing as a candidate in regional elections in Madrid on May 4, said on social media.

Police said no arrests had been made after the attack, which took place in the early hours of Friday morning.

Read more: Reuters