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Date: May 11, 2021

A 28-year-old Carbon County man is being held without bail after police found homemade explosives and bomb-making materials following a search warrant served Saturday at his home, Weatherly police report.

On May 1, Anthony Petrone was found to have a “large homemade explosive device” in his backpack in a Dollar Store, police said. The Pennsylvania State Police Hazardous Device and Explosives Section was called in and safely removed the device, borough police said.

The borough had been “plagued with random explosions,” a news release said, and, after the initial contact with Petrone, led to state and borough police serving the warrant in the 300 block of First Street.

Weatherly is about 40 miles northwest of Allentown.

Petrone was arraigned Saturday afternoon before District Judge Joseph D. Homanko Sr. on charges of possession of a weapon of mass destruction (two counts), risking a catastrophe (three counts), recklessly endangering another person (three counts) and two more weapons counts, records show.

Read more: The Express-Times (Lehigh Valley Live)

A suicide bomber killed six police officers in front of a district police station in the Somali capital Mogadishu late on Sunday, police said, in an attack claimed by the al Shabaab Islamist group.

"Six police officers including the commander of the Waberi (district) police were confirmed dead and six others were injured in the blast," Somali police spokesman Major Sadiq Aden Ali Doodishe told a news conference.

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the assault but said they had killed five police personnel.

"Our target was to kill police commanders and we killed five police (personnel) including the commander of the Waberi police station," Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operations spokesman, told Reuters on Monday.

Read more: Reuters

Weeks of simmering tensions in Jerusalem between Palestinian protesters, the police and right-wing Israelis suddenly veered into military conflict on Monday, as a local skirmish in the decades-long battle for control of the city escalated into rocket fire and airstrikes in Gaza.

After a raid by the Israeli police on the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem left hundreds of Palestinians and a score of police officers wounded, militants in Gaza responded by firing a barrage of rockets at Jerusalem, drawing Israeli airstrikes in return.

The catalyst for the escalation was the conflict over recent Israeli efforts to remove Palestinians from strategic parts of the city. The issue became a rallying cry for Palestinians, who saw the moves as ethnic cleansing and illegal, and right-wing Israeli Jews, who said they were fighting for their property as landowners while also attempting to ensure Jewish control over East Jerusalem.

Read more: New York Times

Police Chief Will Cunningham came to work four years ago to find that his six-officer department was the victim of a crime.

Hackers had taken advantage of a weak password to break in and encrypt the files of the department in Roxana, a small town in Illinois near St. Louis, and were demanding $6,000 of bitcoin.

“I was shocked, I was surprised, frustrated,” Cunningham said.

Police departments big and small have been plagued for years by foreign hackers breaking into networks and causing varying level of mischief, from disabling email systems to more serious problems with 911 centers temporarily knocked offline. In some cases important case files have gone missing.

Read more: AP

A man wanted for suspected terrorism offences has been arrested in Melbourne upon his return to Australia.

Mohamed Zuhbi arrived at Melbourne airport yesterday about 4pm after being deported by Turkey where he had served an 18-month prison sentence for joining Islamic State and other related crimes.

Authorities allege the 30-year old travelled from Turkey to Syria, where he allegedly facilitated the travel of foreign terrorist fighters to support Islamic State (IS).

Mr Zuhbi is facing multiple terrorism charges, including one count of knowingly giving support and resources to a terrorist organisation, and one count of engaging in a hostile activity in a foreign state.

Read more: 9 News (Australia)