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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jun 28, 2021

Authorities in Massachusetts are investigating whether a man who killed two people in the Boston suburb of Winthrop on Saturday targeted them because they were Black, after officials found “troubling white supremacist rhetoric” in the gunman’s handwriting, a prosecutor said.

The Suffolk county district attorney, Rachael Rollins, identified the gunman as 28-year-old Nathan Allen and said investigators uncovered writings that expressed “antisemitic and racist statements against Black individuals”.

Authorities said Allen shot and killed David Green, a retired Massachusetts state police trooper, and Romana Cooper, a US air force veteran, after crashing a stolen truck into a building on Saturday afternoon.

Officials described the two victims as innocent bystanders. Allen was fatally shot by police moments later.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

Several people were killed and injured in a knife attack in the German city of Wurzburg, the district police of Lower Franconia tweeted on Friday.

"We are still on site with strong staff. The attacker was overwhelmed after the police used firearms. There are several injuries and also fatalities to mourn," the police wrote, adding that there was no longer any danger.
German affiliate RTL reported two dead and several injuries, however, German police would not confirm to CNN the number of victims, nor the motive for the attack.
The local police said the suspect was arrested and the situation was under control.

Read more: CNN

U.S. military forces carried out what a Pentagon official called “defensive” airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on Sunday against Iran-backed militia groups that were behind drone attacks on American personnel.

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a statement that the airstrikes targeted operational and weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one in Iraq. The facilities were used by at least two militias, Kata'ib Hezbollah and Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada, Kirby said.

The fourteenth brigade of the Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group for a number of Iran-backed militias in Iraq, said four of its fighters were killed in the attack. The fourteenth brigade is made up of Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada members.

Jessica McNulty, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said each strike hit its intended target. But the operation's effect remained unclear.

Read more: NBC News

A 38-year-old Cuban citizen who resided in the Houston area is set to appear in federal court on charges of willfully injuring or committing any depredation exceeding $1000 against U.S. property, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Authorities took Nestor Mariano Vidal Batista into custody after allegedly damaging the FBI office in Houston. He is set to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacy at 2 p.m. today.

The criminal complaint alleges that on June 23, Batista stole a Dodge Ram 2500 pick-up truck shortly before attempting to lodge an in-person complaint at the FBI office in Houston. Upon his arrival, security alleged referred him to local authorities.

According to the charges, Batista then re-entered the truck, circled the area and tried to force entry. He allegedly sped toward, and crashed the truck into, the front security gates of the FBI building. The complaint alleges, he caused considerable damage.

Read more: Department of Justice

A helicopter carrying Colombia's President Ivan Duque and others was struck by multiple bullets in an attack on Friday, he said in a video message.

The incident took place while the president's helicopter was flying through Colombia's Catatumbo region toward the city of Cucuta, capital of the country's Norte de Santander province, Duque said.

"What's clear is that this is a cowardly attack where bullet holes can be seen in the presidential aircraft," Duque said.

As well as Duque, the helicopter was carrying other officials including Defense Minister Diego Molano, Interior Minister Daniel Palacios, and governor of Norte de Santander Silvano Serrano.

Read more: Reuters