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Date: Sep 24, 2021

Law enforcement on Tuesday evening alerted members of the Texas Legislature about "a credible threat" to their safety, citing that the concern was targeted at members who voted for the new six-week abortion ban passed by lawmakers earlier this year.

In an email to lawmakers Tuesday, Kevin Cooper, the Department of Public Safety's chief of government relations, said the agency had received "a CREDIBLE THREAT TO YOUR SAFETY from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a majority of you in the Texas Legislature." Cooper said in a follow-up email that the threat "only applies to those members who may have voted for" the abortion bill that passed as Senate Bill 8 during the regular legislative session that ended in May.
1 dead, 14 hurt in Kroger grocery store shooting in Collierville, Tenn.; Shooter dead

The threat was apparently made on Reddit and included the names of House and Senate members who voted for the legislation. The user threatened to "end each one of you" and said the lawmakers at hand "are not people to me."

Read more: ABC 13

Thirteen people were shot, two are dead in what Police Chief Dale Lane called “the most horrific event that’s occurred in Collierville history.”

One of the two dead is the shooter, who was found at the back of the store killed by what officials believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Lane said.

Part of the ongoing investigation is the shooter’s connection to Kroger, Lane said.

“It’s with a broken heart that I have to stand before you today,” Lane said. “Please keep the families in your prayers.”

Dispatchers received the call of an active shooter situation at the Kroger located at 240 New Byhalia Rd. at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The first police car arrived on scene at 1:34, Lane said, and officers began clearing the Kroger, aisle to aisle and room to room.

Read more: The Tenneessean

Two men posing as lawyers shot dead a notorious gangster inside a courtroom in India's capital, Delhi.

They opened fire at Jitender Maan Gogi inside the courtroom where a case was being heard against him.

Officials say police returned fire, killing the two men. Police suspect a rival gang planned the attack.

Gogi was on Delhi police's most-wanted list and he was also an accused in dozens of cases - including murder, kidnapping and fraud - in other states.

The incident has raised questions over the security of Delhi's courts. A senior politician said that the incident showed a serious lapse in security planning.

Gogi was arrested in Delhi in March last year on charges of murder and extortion.

Read more: BBC News

The eastern city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan has seen a spate of attacks against the Taliban this week by the group IS Khorasan (ISIS-K), an affiliate of ISIS.

ISIS-K claimed three attacks in the city on Wednesday and Thursday. Through ISIS' official Amaq media outlet, it claimed to have killed six Taliban personnel in three different attacks. Two were carried out with guns and the third used an improvised explosive advice. In Thursday's attack, the group claimed that "Caliphate soldiers targeted a member of the Taliban militia with pistol shots, which led to his death."

CNN cannot independently verify the casualties claimed by ISIS-K. Local media said three civilians had been killed in the attacks.

The Taliban have not commented on the attacks, but local media quote security officials as saying that three ISIS-K members were killed on Tuesday. The circumstances of their deaths are unclear.

Read more: CNN