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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Sep 21, 2021

German politicians expressed shock on Tuesday over the killing of a 20-year old petrol station worker after an argument about a face mask and said that coronavirus deniers who are willing to use violence will not be tolerated.

The killing on Saturday evening in the western town of Idar-Oberstein has hit the national headlines as it is one of the only such cases linked to COVID-19 restrictions.

Prosecutors have said that the petrol station cashier had asked a 49-year old man who wanted to buy beer to comply with the rules and put on a mask.

The customer refused and left but returned later wearing a mask which he pulled down when he approached the cashier who again referred to the rules.

Read more: Reuters

A self-proclaimed QAnon supporter was arrested for threatening to kill the president of the Dominican Republic after he tracked down the official in New York City where he is staying for the United Nations General Assembly, federal authorities said Monday.

Enrique Figueroa, 47, made repeated threats on social media in recent weeks, depicting a growing violent obsession with President Luis Abinader and landing himself on the radar of law enforcement officials in New York who are in a state of heightened alert because of the events at the U.N. which began last week, the Jewish high holidays and the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

In a recent post that set off alarms for federal agents who were monitoring him, Figueroa uploaded photos of Abinader’s motorcade in New York City, putting himself in proximity to the Caribbean dignitary.

Read more: Washington Post

British police have identified a third suspect in the attempted poisoning of a Russian double agent in 2018 that severely affected relations between the two countries.

Police for the first time identified as Russian military agents all three men allegedly involved in the attempted assassination of double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England.

The newly identified Denis Sergeev was charged with conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, possession and use of a chemical weapon.

Read more: Washington Post

Deputies have arrested two suspects after an investigation led to the discovery of hundreds of stolen items as well as an explosive device, according to a release. 

According to the sheriff's office, the device was located while deputies were investigating thefts in the Candler area. 

The sheriff's office says that the Asheville Police Department bomb squad, the FBI, and ATF were notified when the device was found. 

According to a release, the investigation began when deputies noticed a stolen vehicle containing multiple stolen items along New Leicester Hwy., an area which had seen multiple breaking and entering incidents. 

Deputies say they obtained search warrants and located hundreds of stolen items in storage units. 

Read more: Fox Carolina

The Islamic State (ISIS) militant group has claimed responsibility for a string of bombings that targeted Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan, evidence of seemingly deepening strife between the rival groups in the country, the Associated Press reported.

The explosions hit Taliban vehicles in Jalalabad over the weekend and killed eight people, some of them from the Taliban.

There were unconfirmed reports of more Taliban casualties after three additional explosions were heard Monday in the provincial city, where there is an ISIS presence, AP reported. As the Taliban seek legitimacy in the international community, the group also faces pressure to prevent ISIS extremists from using Afghanistan as a base to stage terror attacks.

Read more: Newsweek