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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: May 24, 2021

Authorities found a household substance in an inmate’s cell at Anamosa State Penitentiary that could be used to make explosives.

The State Department of Corrections said Saturday that the substance was found in a cell Friday at the prison where two employees were killed about two months ago. Authorities said the substance isn’t dangerous by itself but it could be used to create an explosive substance if it was combined with additional materials.

Corrections Department Chief of Staff Cord Overton said investigators are looking into how the prisoner managed to get and hide the substance as well as whether any accomplices were involved.

Read more: Local 5 (Iowa)

One person was killed and four were injured in a stabbing late Friday night in Amsterdam and police said they arrested a suspect nearby.

In a statement early Saturday, police said the team investigating the attacks is “keeping all options open, but at the moment has no direct indication of a terrorist motive.”

The four wounded victims were taken to a hospital for treatment, police said. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Read more: US News & World Report

The United States is not ready to declare the leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram terror group dead, despite reports from the region of his demise.

"The United States has not yet been able to independently verify these reports and continues to monitor the situation," a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council told VOA Friday, when asked about the fate of longtime Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.

Reports that Shekau was dead first appeared on social media earlier this week, saying that he died during a confrontation with fighters from the rival Islamic State-West Africa terror group in northeast Nigeria's Sambisa Forest, known to be Shekau's base of operations.

Read more: Voice of America

A powerful roadside bomb that went off on Friday near a vehicle carrying a local leader of an Islamist political party in southwestern Pakistan killed seven people, police and a government spokesman said.

It was unclear who was behind the attack in Chaman, a town in Baluchistan province.

Local police chief Abdul Bashir said the attack took place when Abdul Qadir, a local leader of a faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, was on his way to attend a pro-Palestinian rally. Along with the seven killed, at least 15 people were wounded, he said.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack and police said they were still investigating. Liaquat Shahwani, a Baluchistan government spokesman, condemned the bombing.

Read more: AP

An employee of the FBI’s Kansas City Division has been indicted by a federal grand jury for illegally removing numerous national security documents that were found in her home.

Kendra Kingsbury, 48, of Dodge City, Kansas, was charged in a two-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Missouri, on Tuesday, May 18. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon Kingsbury’s arrest and initial court appearance in the District of Kansas.

“As an intelligence analyst for the FBI, the defendant was entrusted with access to sensitive government materials," said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “Kingsbury is alleged to have violated our nation’s trust by stealing and retaining classified documents in her home for years. Insider threats are a significant danger to our national security, and we will continue to work relentlessly to identify, pursue and prosecute individuals who pose such a threat.”

Read more: Department of Justice