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Date: Sep 22, 2021

The FBI announced it has more than doubled its domestic terrorism caseload — from roughly 1,000 to about 2,700 investigations — since spring of 2021.

It has also more than doubled the number of personnel devoted to domestic terrorism, fueled by the mammoth caseload stemming from the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the mounting threat of extremists harboring racial, ethnic and anti-government grievances.

"Today, terrorism moves at the speed of social media," Wray testified in a "Worldwide Threats" hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, following the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

National security officials voiced deep concern about the potential reconstitution of al Qaeda in Afghanistan, as well as ISIS-K, the offshoot group behind last month's attack in Kabul, which killed 13 U.S. service members and at least 170 Afghans.

Read more: CBS News

An Escondido Police officer was injured after a woman attacked him with an axe Monday morning.

According to the Escondido Police Department, officers were called to an area near Valley Parkway and Hickory Street just before 9 a.m. after receiving reports of a woman hacking the sidewalk with a short-handled axe.

After arriving, an officer located the woman on the corner of Grape Street and Valley Parkway.

As the officer pulled onto Grape Street, the woman ran out into the street and, while attempting to drive away, the woman swung the axe at the officer through the open driver's side window, police said.

According to police, the woman then ran into the parking lot of the vacant downtown Palomar Medical Center after striking the officer twice in the left arm.

The suspect, identified as Aleisha Strickland, 28, was taken into custody shortly after 10 a.m. and later booked into the Vista Detention Facility for attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.

Read more: ABC San Diego

The FBI announced Tuesday a person has been arrested in connection with two explosive devices found last week outside two northern Michigan cellphone stores.

The explosive devices were found Thursday, Sept. 16 with threatening notes outside cellphone stores in Cheboygan and Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Law enforcement officers and bomb technicians from the Michigan State Police and the FBI responded to the locations and rendered the devices safe, the FBI said.

Both devices were packaged inside USPS Priority Mail boxes, sealed with black duct tape, and placed outside the cellphone stores. There were threatening notes addressed to Verizon and AT&T on the top of each box. The notes were signed either “HJ” or “Handcuff Johnny.” The letters “CMT” were written on each box.

Read more: WDIV (Detroit)