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Date: Aug 13, 2021

The gunman who killed five people in a mass shooting in Plymouth last night had described himself as a virgin who was suffering from depression in a YouTube video posted before the attack.

Jake Davison, 22, had posted a rambling clip online three weeks ago complaining about not losing his virginity as a teenager.

He described himself as an “incel”, an involuntary celibate, and set out his hopes of “making up” for missing out on a sex life as a teenager.

Read more: The Times (London)

A Michigan man who pleaded guilty to conspiracy for trying to help his brother leave the country to join the Islamic State group has been sentenced to serve more than eight years in prison.

His brother has been sentenced to serve six and a half years in prison.

Mohamud Abdikadir Muse was sentenced to serve 98 months in prison for conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group the United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Michigan said in a Thursday release.

He was arrested in January of 2019 at the Gerald R. ford International Airport when his younger brother, Muse Muse, was trying to fly to Mogadishu, Somalia in order to join the Islamic State.

Read more: NBC 8 (Grand Rapids, MI)

Six people, including a child, were killed in a mass shooting in the city of Plymouth in southwest England on Thursday evening, in an incident described by the British Home Secretary as "shocking".

Two females and three males, including the suspect, died from gunshot wounds at the scene of the incident, the Devon and Cornwall Police said in a statement. Another female died a short time later in hospital, the police added.

One of the people killed was a child under 10 years old, Luke Pollard, a local lawmaker from the opposition Labour Party, said in a tweet.

Police had earlier described the shooting as a "serious firearms incident" and said the situation was contained. The police added that the incident was not related to terrorism.

Read more: Reuters

The Taliban has seized Kandahar, Afghanistan's second-largest city, Afghan Member of Parliament Gul Ahmad Kamin told CNN on Friday, as the insurgent group continues its rapid advancement toward the capital Kabul.

Kandahar, which lies in the south of the country, has been besieged by the Taliban for weeks, with many observers considering its fall as the beginning of the end for the country's US-backed government.

In a statement Friday, the Taliban said they had taken control of the governor's office, police headquarters, as well as other key operational centers throughout the city. "Hundreds of weapons, vehicles and ammunition were seized," the Taliban statement said.

Kamin said he and many others had made their way to a military base close to the city's international airport and were awaiting a flight out.

Read more: CNN

Three members of an alleged white supremacist group operating in the Thumb Region are facing new charges Wednesday related to break-ins at former Michigan prison property.

Police say 25-year-old Justen Watkins, 32-year-old Thomas Denton and 19-year-old Tristan Webb broke into the Michigan Department of Corrections’ former Camp Tuscola Annex and Tuscola Residential ReEntry Program on Oct. 3, 2020. All three were members of The Base.

Both facilities in Caro are vacant and managed by the Michigan State Land Bank.

Investigators say the men took state-issued clothing from one of the properties and assessed both as potential training grounds for “hate camps,” which is what the group named their paramilitary firearms training exercises.

“As Michigan’s chief law enforcement officer, it is my duty to protect the public from those who act upon dangerous anti-government and white supremacy ideologies,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, whose office is leading the investigation into The Base. 

Read more: ABC 12