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Date: Aug 10, 2021

A Polk County deputy was seriously injured Sunday after a “homemade explosive device” went off during a disturbance call in Dundee, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were investigating a situation at the Economy Motor Lodge at around 9:30 p.m. The deputies eventually went to the neighboring Monticello Motel, since the woman involved walked over to that property.

During the investigation, Marco Antonio Tolentino, who the sheriff’s office said was unrelated to the situation, approached the scene on a bicycle and began talking with a deputy who arrived as backup. However, the sheriff’s office said Tolentino would not say who he was and that he didn’t have any identification.

Read more: WFLA (Tampa, FL)

Shocking scenes have unfolded at the BBC's old headquarters as anti-vaccine passport protesters try to storm the building.

Pictures show a large police presence outside the Studioworks White City building trying to keep a big crowd of demonstrators who were chanting and shouting at bay, the Mirror reports.

They are said to be representing the unofficial group Official Voice - who are also reportedly against jabs for children.

The BBC still has three studios at the White City site but is now mainly based at Portland Place and in Stratford - since 2013.

Vlogger Paul Brown, who uploaded a video of the scene on Twitter, said: "Official Voice protesters try storming the BBC studios at White City but them come up against a heavy police presence - they are protesting against vaccine passports and vaccine for kids."

Read more: Manchester Evening News

A QAnon conspiracy believer charged with allegedly attacking two uniformed soldiers outside a federal facility in Pewaukee in March will plead guilty in the case, according to a plea agreement filed in Milwaukee federal court.

Ian Olson, 31, of Nashotah, was charged in both state and federal court for the attack. A plea agreement filed Monday, August 2, in the federal case indicates he will plead guilty to the charge of attacking the soldiers. A second count of resisting will be dismissed at sentencing.

Olson is set to appear before Federal Judge Brett Ludwig for a change of plea hearing on August 18. Olson faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison, a $10,000 fine, plus a year of supervised release, at the time of sentencing.

The married, father of two, with no criminal history was arrested after he was tackled by uniformed Army reservists standing in a parking lot of the US Army Reserve Center, 619 W. Wisconsin, in Pewaukee on March 15.

Read more: Fox 6 (Milwaukee)

At least 51 people were killed when Islamist militants raided three villages in central Mali near the border with Niger, a district administrator said on Monday.

Ouatagouna, Karou and Deouteguef were simultaneously attacked around 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to a note from the Asongo district administrator to the governor of Gao region.

The United Nations mission in Mali said it would deploy additional troops to secure areas where the attacks took place and intensify existing patrols.

Houses were ransacked and burned to the ground and herds of livestock carried away, said the administrator's note, which was seen by Reuters.

"Provisional toll is 51 killed, several other injured," it said.

No group has yet taken responsibility for the attacks in the area where Malian troops, French and European forces, and U.N. peacekeepers have been battling insurgents linked to Islamic State and al Qaeda.

Read more: Reuters