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Early Saturday morning, Des Moines Police officers arrived at a house in the 800 block of Rose Avenue to find a man armed with a gun and wearing a ballistic vest.

A spokesperson with the department said the man also had a homemade explosive device. 

Officers were able to convince the man to drop the gun and surrender into custody. The bomb squad handled the explosive device. 

The spokesperson said the man isn't facing any charges right now and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. 

Read more: ABC 5 (Des Moines)

Someone tossed an explosive device at the Islamic Center of Olympia last week, an apparent act of intimidation, and the latest in a string of assaults on houses of worship in the region.

“It seems like it was meant to stoke fear,” said Mustafa Mohamedali, social secretary for the Islamic Center of Olympia.

The Washington chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) shared security video showing someone driving up in front of the mosque on November 23rd, and setting off some sort of explosion.

No one was hurt, and there was no damage, but CAIR said neighbors heard the blast up to two miles away, and it shook many who worship there.

“With these kinds of assaults to our community, it only brings us together and makes us stronger, not just within the Islamic Center of Olympia, but the wider community, with the synagogues, and the churches, and the interfaith group that we have,” Abdullah Ly, President of the Islamic Center of Olympia.

Read more: KING5 (Seattle, WA)

A man accused of striking a police officer on Cape Cod Saturday was also carrying items that could be used to make explosive devices, according to police.

Eastham police went to the Town Center Plaza Parking Lot just before 1 p.m. Saturday to serve a trespass notice to Dorian Firth. The order barred Firth from being on a nearby property.

Police said Firth refused to speak with an officer who tried to de-escalate the situation after Firth appeared to become agitated.

“During this conversation, Mr. Firth became assaultive and struck Officer (Gregory) Plante in the face, producing minor injuries,” police said. “A physical altercation ensued and Officer Plante, with the assistance of a nearby Good Samaritan, and Sergeant Mark Haley who arrived on scene as backup, was able to place Mr. Firth under arrest for the assault on Officer Plante.”

Read more: Mass Live

It was early Thanksgiving morning, before daylight. 1971.

Across the country, families were in bed asleep, dreaming of the food and festivities that the next morning would bring. The case was no different for Reverend J.D. Jackson’s family in Rochester, NY — at first.

Then the call came.

Rev. Jackson answered the phone. Mt. Vernon Baptist Church at 351 Joseph Avenue — the church he pastored — had been bombed. 

"He said to me, 'I have to go to church. The church has been bombed,'" his wife, Josetta Jackson, remembered, 50 years later.

She refused to let her husband go alone, not knowing what would be waiting for him. She got their children, ages 4 and 5, together carrying along their bed pillows. She loaded them into the car and the family headed to the church.

There was a swarm of police cars and fire trucks. An officer stopped the family and, after identifying him, told Rev. Jackson that he would have to get into a police car to ride further and see the damage. He had to leave his wife and children in their car, nervously waiting.

Read more: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

The bomb which exploded near Liverpool Women's Hospital contained homemade explosives and ball bearings and could have caused "significant injury or death", police have revealed.

Emad Al Swealmeen's device exploded shortly before 11:00 GMT on Remembrance Sunday in a taxi outside the hospital.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said a "completely unintentional" detonation had not been ruled out.

He added that police had found no links to the Manchester Arena attack in 2017.

Christian convert Al Swealmeen, 32, was a passenger in the taxi when his device exploded.

Read more: BBC News