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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: May 26, 2021

Multiple people were killed and wounded and the gunman was "down" after a shooting rampage Wednesday at a light rail yard in San Jose, California, authorities said.

Police spokesman Russell Davis said the gunman was dead and that employees of the rail yard were among the victims.

"There is a lot of speculation on fatalities," Davis said. “I can’t confirm the exact number of injuries and fatalities, but I will tell you that they are multiple injuries and multiple fatalities in this case."

Mayor Sam Liccardo said several people were being treated for injuries and that the situation was still being assessed.

"In the @VTA  family, we mourn our lost coworkers and pray for the recovery of those being treated." Liccardo tweeted. "Our hearts are pained for the families of those we have lost in this horrific shooting."

Read more: USA Today

Portland police on Tuesday declared a riot amid a destructive downtown demonstration held on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.

About 200 people gathered Tuesday night outside the Multnomah County Justice Center. Some in the crowd lit fireworks and a dumpster fire, tagged the Justice Center with graffiti and broke windows at nearby Portland City Hall.

Some also threw water bottles and fireworks directly at police officers.

Police declared a riot about 10 p.m.

Marchers later smashed windows at locations including a jewelry and precious metals business, Starbucks shops, a credit union and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Read more: The Oregonian

Lifelong Republican Jennifer Ellis almost doesn’t even recognize her own political party when she looks at some of Idaho’s far-right legislators that dominated the agenda this session.

“This far-right faction seems to be getting more traction and getting more people elected than ever before,” Ellis, a Blackfoot rancher, said in a telephone interview.

Ellis has been involved with policy work in Idaho for decades. She got her start with the PTA about 28 years ago.

For the last 25 years, she’s been devoted to agriculture policy.

She’s been active with the Idaho Cattle Association — a powerful, 100-plus-year-old trade association, past and current members of which have ascended to the highest offices in Idaho, including Gov. Brad Little and Speaker of the House Scott Bedke, R-Oakley.

Read more: East Idaho News

Falkville resident Lonnie Coffman was arrested in Washington D.C. on January 6 during the Capitol riots. This week, a judge ruled Coffman will have to stay in jail while he awaits trial, denying his motion to be released.

Federal agents found multiple weapons inside Coffman’s truck and even homemade explosive devices. Weeks later, when Coffman’s home was raided, they found more of the same.

Scott Sweetow served as a federal agent and explosives expert for thirty years and says molotov cocktails like Coffman’s were used to immobilize tanks and kill troops.

“They’re legitimate military weapons of war,” said Sweetow.

We also know law enforcement found papers connecting Coffman to a Texas Militia group. Court documents say that agents recovered Coffman’s GPS and it shows he tried to visit Senator Ted Cruz’s home in Texas.

Read more: WAFF (Huntsville)

A "right-wing extremist" has been jailed for possessing manuals on knife fighting and making explosives.

Police found a hoard of Nazi-era daggers, far-right literature and a framed Ku Klux Klan certificate in Nicholas Brock's bedroom in Berkshire.

The 53-year-old was found guilty in March of three counts of possessing materials which could be of use in preparing terrorist acts.

He was jailed for four years at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court.

Brock's collection included a copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf manifesto and a video of a white supremacist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019, the court heard.

Read more: BBC News