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Homeland Security News

A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 18, 2021

Around 500 vials of COVID-19 jabs were destroyed in France after a vaccination centre near Toulouse was vandalised.

The damage occurred overnight on Tuesday at a community hall in the southwestern town of Saint-Orens-de-Gameville.

Mayor Dominique Faure told AFP that it was not yet possible to say if the damage was caused by anti-vaxxers.

"It was a case of classic vandalism, tables and chairs were broken as well as two computer screens," she said, adding that the hall's alarm system had not worked.

Read more: Euronews

Colombia has reissued Interpol Red Notices for three leading FARC dissidents, the country's police chief said on Monday, and called on Interpol member countries - including Venezuela - to arrest and extradite them.

So-called FARC dissidents are former members of the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, who reject a 2016 peace deal with the government.

The international arrest warrants were issued for Hernan Dario Velasquez, known as El Paisa; Henry Castellanos, known as Romana, and Jose Vicente Lesmes, known as Walter Mendoza.

The three men are members of a FARC dissident faction led by Luciano Marin, who is better known as Ivan Marquez.

Read more: Reuters

The Taliban's swift takeover of Afghanistan has raised concerns that it could encourage other Islamist militant groups around the world, such as al-Shabab in Somalia. Experts warn that when and if international forces there try to hand over security to the Somali government, the world could see a repeat of what happened in Afghanistan.

Former Somali intelligence official Abdulsalam Gulaid says Somalia could see a similar development unless the Somali government ends its overdependence on international troops. He spoke Monday, one day after pro-al-Shabab media outlets in Somalia celebrated the fall of Afghanistan’s government to the Taliban.

Gulaid said that although al-Shabab does not possess the military power of the Taliban, he has no doubt nothing will stop them if they choose that path.

Read more: Voice of America

A security researcher said Monday that nearly 2 million records of personally identifiable information -- including passport details, dates of birth, and names -- were exposed in what may be the leak of a secret terrorist watchlist. The records included "no-fly" status information for each person's record, according to a report by Bleeping Computer.

In a blog post on LinkedIn, Security Discovery researcher Bob Diachenko said he discovered the trove of records online July 19 in an unprotected Elasticsearch cluster, which required no password or identity authentication to access. Diachenko said the exposed server had a Bahrain IP address, and it's unclear whether the server is owned by the US government or another party.

Diachenko said he reported his finding to the US Department of Homeland Security the same day, but the records weren't removed from public view until Aug. 3. It's unclear whether any other unauthorized parties had access to the exposed records during that time.

Read more: CNet

The death toll from an overnight grenade attack on a truck carrying women and children in Karachi rose to 12 on Sunday.

Attackers targeted the truck on Saturday evening as it shuttled an extended family from a wedding ceremony in a western Karachi neighborhood, killing nine people and wounding nine others.

Dr. Qarar Abbasi at the city's main Dr. Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital said three of the injured died during treatment, raising the death toll to 12. The rest of the injured were in stable condition. He said seven women and five children were among the dead.

Raja Umar Khitab, a counterterrorism officer, said investigators have found pieces of a Russian made hand grenade from the scene near Mawach Goth. He told a local television station that evidence collected suggested culprits were chasing the truck from and threw the grenade in the truck crowded by women and children.

Read more: ABC News