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Homeland Security News

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

The man charged with shooting and killing a police officer in Arvada, Colorado, on Monday allegedly left behind a note to be found by investigators explaining his deepened hatred for cops and his objective to hurt Arvada police officers.

The Gazette reported that the suspect, Ronald Troyke, shot and killed Officer Gordon Beesley on Monday in Olde Town Arvada. A bystander, John Hurley, also died after being caught in the crossfire.

Troyke was fatally shot in the incident.

Arvada Police spokesman David Snelling told CBS4 upon inquiry that "the DA has asked us to refrain from details" regarding the events of the shooting.

Read more: Newsweek

A Greek Orthodox priest threw acid into the faces of seven bishops in Athens, police reported on Wednesday.

The attack took place after the bishops had decided on disciplinary measures against the priest for alleged drug trafficking.

The bishops suffered injuries from a corrosive liquid on their skin and in their eyes, but doctors at the hospital where the bishops were taken said that the injuries were not life-threatening.

A spokesperson for Greece's Orthodox Church told German news agency dpa that it is believed the perpetrator used sulphuric acid. The attack came after the announcement of the priest's punishment.

A police officer was also injured in the fray. The 37-year-old priest was arrested and will face a judge on Thursday, Greek news channel ERT reported.

Read more: Deutsche Welle

A homemade explosive device was found after a standoff at the home of a woman armed with an AK-47 style rifle and ballistic helmet and vest during a disturbance in Pasco, police say.

The incident unfolded Sunday night when officers responded to a report of the 48-year-old woman arguing with a neighbor while armed with the rifle near her home in the vicinity of West Court Street and Road 48.

A standoff ensued and a SWAT team was called in to respond. Streets were blocked off in the area as a precaution.

Police say the woman complied with officers fairly quickly. She was arrested and booked into the Franklin County jail for investigation of first-degree assault. Police later described the incident as a "mental health issue."

Read more: KOMO

A former Toronto IT worker, known as the “voice of ISIS” because he narrated its gruesome execution videos, is being investigated by the RCMP for “serious terrorism offences,” a court document unsealed Tuesday reveals.

The RCMP alleged in the top-secret affidavit it had reason to believe Mohammed Khalifa, a Canadian citizen captured in Syria by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in January 2019, had committed four terrorism offences.

He remains in custody in Syria.

The evidence against him includes papers that were uncovered by the U.S. military in Raqqa after ISIS was ousted from its former capital in October 2017, the RCMP affidavit alleged.

Read more: Global News (Canada)

Counter-terrorism police have charged a 29-year-old man with possessing and sharing extremist material online.

Musa Muhammad, from Dunsink Road in Witton, Birmingham, was due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday, West Midlands Police said.

He is charged with three counts of sharing extremist material online under Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Mr Muhammad was arrested last week and taken to a police station in the West Midlands, the force said.

Read more: BBC News