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

A group of fighters from Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram pledged allegiance to rivals the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) weeks after the former group's leader died, according to a video seen by Reuters.

The video fuels fears that ISWAP is consolidating control of the insurgency in northeastern Nigeria following the death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau last month. But not all observers are convinced the video is proof that all Boko Haram fighters are ready to join ISWAP.

The groups engaged in a violent rivalry for years, and if ISWAP absorbs Boko Haram fighters, it could focus attention on attacking the Nigerian military.

Read more: Reuters

An Islamic State group in Africa claimed responsibility Tuesday for two explosions in eastern Congo, including its first suicide bombing, deepening fears that extremists have now laid roots in this corner of the continent long plagued by rebels.

The claims came just days after a Ugandan man detonated his explosives at a busy intersection in the eastern town of Beni, where both U.N. peacekeepers and the Congolese army have maintained a large presence in recent years.

Authorities at the time said he was a member of a rebel group known as the Allied Democratic Forces, or ADF. While ADF has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State group, there has not been independent corroboration that the two organizations were working in coordination with one another beyond sharing ideology.

Read more: US News & World Report

Federal prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum filed this week that a man caught with explosive arrows in his South Side home is an “ongoing danger to the community.”

The memorandum said that despite a plea of guilty and acceptance of responsibility by Oliver Smith, 52, his past record of making the devices and having guns despite being on probation and not being allowed to should sway Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. from giving him a sentence below the sentencing guidelines in the case, for which he can receive a sentence of 33 to 41 months in prison.

“Simply, Smith poses an ongoing danger to the community,” prosecutors wrote in the memorandum, which was filed this week in the U.S. Northern District Court of Ohio.

Read more: WKBN (Youngstown, OH)

A man convicted of terrorism offenses after sharing explosives and firearms manuals in extreme right wing chat groups online has been jailed.

Michael Nugent, 38 of Ashford, Surrey, U.K., ran and was active on a number of extreme right wing chat groups on the Telegram app. He used different personas in the chat rooms to express his racist views and hatred of ethnic minorities and shared terrorist-related documents with others. But he was identified and arrested after Metropolitan Police (Met) Counter Terrorism officers linked the various online accounts to Nugent’s real-world identity.

On June 23, 2021, he was sentenced to three-and-a-half years imprisonment at Kingston Crown Court.

Commander Richard Smith, who leads the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “Nugent freely shared his abhorrent extremist views with others over a messaging app, and he passed on manuals detailing how to produce deadly weapons and explosive devices.

Read more: Homeland Security Today

German investigators said Tuesday they suspected an Islamic extremist motive behind a knife attack last week by a Somali man that left three women dead in the southern city of Würzburg.

“The Bavarian Central Office for Extremism and Terrorism has taken over the probe because an Islamist motive is likely,” a joint statement from Bavarian state prosecutors and the state crime investigations office said.

A 24-year-old man on Friday went on a knife rampage in Würzburg, Bavaria, stabbing three women to death and leaving six other people seriously injured.

The suspect, a Somali who arrived in Germany in 2015, struck in the city centre on Friday evening, first at a household goods store before moving on to a bank.

Read more: The Local