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CRIME 3D Report April 12, 2021

Team: Crime

Week of: April 12, 2021



Protesters demanding justice outside the FBI building in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA[1]


For the week of April 12th, the Crime Team has identified several shootings that have led to increased violence and death internationally. These shootings include several mass shootings perpetrated by lone-wolf actors. Locations involved all included places where large numbers of people would be gathered, such as a high school, a hospital, a FedEx facility, and a shopping mall. This is cause for concern as the overall difficulty to prevent lone-wolf attacks has risen especially amid discussions surrounding gun control measures by the Biden administration in the USA. As more gun control measures are discussed for potential policy changes, there may be an increase in shootings by groups attempting to fight back against gun control. Additionally, global civil unrest and protests have continued to persist in areas of conflict. These protests have quickly turned violent, with protestors growing less patient and more confrontational with military/police tactics. Governments attempting to limit protests under the premise of COVID-19 lockdown regulations have led to several human rights violations and injured or killed protesters.


DETECT

  1. What threats have your Team detected this week? What level is the threat (Imminent, Critical, Ongoing, Developing, Concerning)? Finally, why is this entry significant (just write a sentence or two)?

Bombings

  • A fire broke out on Friday evening, April 9, in the house of Vesna Fabjan, a local councilor for the opposition party Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ), in Črnomelj, after an unknown perpetrator threw a petrol bomb through the window. No one was hurt and family members managed to put out the fire. Fabjan told Radio Slovenia she did not know what the motive might be.[2] This entry is significant as it documents another attack on an opposing politician in Slovenia. (Concerning)

  • Two persons were hurt after an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan on Monday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) said. In a statement issued on Tuesday, WesMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. said the roadside explosion occurred while troops from the 12th Division Reconnaissance Company were conducting mobile patrol at Sitio Bohe Bekew, Barangay Baguindan around 0625 local times. Vinluan said a soldier and civilian sustained injuries in the explosion.[3] This entry is significant as this was a planned attack intended to hurt troops and/or civilians. (Ongoing)

  • A suicide attacker killed himself and three other people Tuesday when he detonated a small truck packed with explosives next to a police station in the western city of Farah, the Afghan government said. Four of the six police officers and 18 civilians wounded in the blast were in critical condition. “In the result of this crime, three of our civilian citizens, including a child, were martyred, and 18 other civilians were injured,” Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said in a statement.[4] This entry is significant as violence and attacks against police officers have become more frequent across the world. (Ongoing)

  • Four people were killed and another 17 wounded in a car bomb attack on Thursday in the sprawling Sadr City district of Baghdad, Iraqi police and medical sources said. The car was parked at a busy second-hand equipment market in the mainly Shi’ite Muslim district, police said. An Iraqi military statement said the blast, targeting an eastern Baghdad market, had killed one civilian, wounded 12 others, and set several vehicles on fire. Islamic State formally claimed responsibility on Friday for a market bomb attack a day earlier in Iraq's Sadr City, the group said in a statement.[5] This entry is significant because attacks by the Islamic State seem to be on the rise throughout the world, especially in Africa and CENTCOM. (Developing)

  • Yemen’s Houthi rebels have claimed they used drones and missiles to attack oil installations and military targets in the southern Saudi city of Jazan, with a site belonging to state oil giant Aramco catching fire in the attack on Thursday. A Houthi spokesman in the northern capital of Sanaa said that 11 missiles and drones had targeted facilities belonging to the Saudi oil giant Aramco. Patriot anti-missile batteries and other “sensitive facilities” were also targeted by the Houthi in Jizan, a rebel military spokesman said according to the Houthis’ Al-Masirah television.[6] This entry is significant because Aramco is a major oil provider and attacks such as this can set off significant crises in the region. (Concerning)

  • Officials say bomb threats were called into Walmarts in Durham and Knightdale, Durham, North Carolina, USA Sunday morning around 0800. The Knightdale Walmart located at 7106 Knightdale Boulevard and the Durham Walmart at 1525 Glenn School Road have both been evacuated. Durham police said the Walmart on Glenn School Road was evacuated while officials searched for any possible devices inside. Authorities said the scene cleared around 1115 and employees were let back inside.[7] This entry is significant because it demonstrates that although there are legitimate bomb threats in the USA, there may be individuals creating fake bomb threats to possibly induce fear among people and establish unease. It is paramount that law enforcement continues to respond to bomb threats per usual, however, due to the potential that such threats may be authentic. (Concerning)

Counterterrorism Operations

  • Spanish police said Monday they had arrested 20 alleged human smugglers operating through the Ceuta exclave bordering Morocco. They are thought to be responsible for a February shipwreck in which four migrants drowned and are accused of trafficking migrants in rickety boats, each carrying between seven and 10 people, between North Africa and Spain.[8] This entry is significant because this highlights a law enforcement operation against human trafficking connecting Europe and Africa. (Ongoing)

  • The Series of counter-terrorist operations of Iraqi army forces continue in different parts of the country. Iraqi forces launched a new operation against ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Diyala province, Al-Youm reported. In the course of counter-terrorism operations, Iraqi army forces smashed positions of ISIL Takfiri terrorists.[9] This entry is significant as the Iraqi military and security forces attempt to push back the new resurgence of ISIS and its affiliates. (Ongoing)

  • Pakistan police Monday arrested the leader of a radical Islamist political party a day after he threatened the government with protests if it did not expel France's ambassador over depictions of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Saad Rizvi was arrested in the eastern city of Lahore to "maintain law and order," said Ghulam Mohammad Dogar, chief of Lahore police.[10] This entry is significant because cartoons and depictions of the Prophet Muhammad have caused heated and violent reactions from members of radical Islam groups. (Ongoing)

  • Israeli forces arrested 25 Palestinians in overnight raids across the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said on Monday. Among those detained were prominent members of the Hamas movement and former prisoner Mona Qa’dan.[11] This entry is significant because this shows Israel’s priority to fight against Hamas and other terrorist groups causing harm and destruction in the country. (Ongoing)

  • The Kurdistan Region’s security council on Monday announced the arrest of five suspected Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Erbil for reportedly planning to carry out terrorist attacks inside the Region. “During the investigations, the terrorists admitted that they were planning attacks by planting (improvised explosive devices) and using (pistols equipped with silencers),” the security council published on Monday along with what appears to be a video confession of one of the men arrested.[12] This entry is significant because it shows the planning phases of ISIS-sponsored attacks and what can be expected of future ISIS attacks. (Ongoing)

  • The Somali National Army (SNA) said Monday its elite forces (Danab) killed 25 al-Shabab militants and injured several others during an operation at Gambole about 48 km to the town of Johar, the administrative capital of Hirshabelle State. Hassan Mohamed Osman, acting commander of Danab said the troops will intensify sting operations in the area to flush out the extremists blamed for insecurity in the region.[13] This entry is significant because al-Shabab has been expanding its reign of violence across Somalia and other African countries, bringing insecurity to the regions they are operating in. (Ongoing)

  • Security has been intensified at airports with international arrivals and those in the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, following an alert on the possible infiltration of religious fundamentalists from Sri Lanka. The threat was perceived immediately after Sri Lanka initiated the process of banning 11 terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda and ISIS. In a note to all Commissioners/Superintendents of Police, State Director-General of Police J.K. Tripathy said the proscribing of 11 terror outfits in the island nation could have repercussions in India, and more specifically in Tamil Nadu.[14] This entry is significant because it shows the cross-connection of the various terrorist groups and what their plans for the region are. (Concerning)

  • The Saudi-led coalition destroyed three Houthi explosives-laden drones fired in the direction of the southern Saudi city of Jazan, state TV reported on Thursday. The coalition said it would take “necessary operational measures” to protect civilians in line with international law.[15] This entry is significant because it appears that the Saudis are responding with force to the various Houthi attacks recorded recently. (Ongoing)

  • Israeli warplanes have carried out air raids at several locations after midnight on Friday in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired from the besieged Palestinian enclave that hit southern Israel. Fighter jets and attack helicopters struck a “weapons manufacturing site, a weapon smuggling tunnel and a military post” operated by Hamas, the movement which governs Gaza, the Israeli military said in a statement on Friday. “We will not tolerate any threat to Israeli civilians,” it added.[16] This entry is significant because, considering the recent Israeli attacks on Iran, Israel seems to be on the offensive. (Developing)

  • A founding member of the Oath Keepers arrested in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol pleaded guilty Friday and agreed to cooperate against others in the case — the first defendant to publicly flip in the sprawling domestic terrorism investigation that has led to charges against more than 410 people. The plea comes exactly 100 days after Jon Ryan Schaffer and hundreds of other supporters of former president Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, allegedly to prevent Joe Biden from being confirmed as the next president. Prosecutors hope Schaffer’s plea spurs others to provide additional evidence in hopes of avoiding long prison sentences.[17] This entry is significant because this individual’s guilty plea sends a message to the rest of the perpetrators of the January 6th attacks, one that illustrates that those individuals will have to pay a price for their actions. (Developing)

  • A Russian court on Friday sentenced an ally of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to two years in a penal colony on charges of inciting extremism online. Pavel Zelensky, a cameraman for Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, posted two tweets in October 2020 that were critical of the authorities after an independent journalist set herself on fire and died. Irina Slavina, the editor of a news website in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, killed herself after police raided her home as part of a probe targeting an opposition group.[18] This entry is significant because it suggests that the Russian government is linking opposition groups and figures to extremism instead of identifying that there may be corruption within their legal system. (Ongoing)

  • Police in Bangladesh’s capital has arrested an influential leader of the Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam. The group led violent protests against last month’s visit by India’s prime minister, in which at least 17 of the group’s supporters were killed in clashes with police. Police officials said Sunday that the group’s leader, Mamunul Haque, faces charges of instigating violence.[19] This entry is significant because the arrest of an influential leader may either exacerbate violent protests or diminish protest activity in Bangladesh—police must still exercise caution and look towards establishing preventative and security measures in the state to ensure that citizens are safe regardless of the consequences. (Ongoing)

Drug Trafficking

  • Five suspects have been arrested by the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) in the Sapugaskanda area with nearly 100 kilograms of the narcotic crystal methamphetamine (ice), police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said. DIG Ajith Rohana said that the Police Narcotics Bureau had found the 91 packets of ‘ice’ narcotics based on information received from a previously arrested suspect.[20] This entry is significant because this is a popular route used by drug traffickers to smuggle their drugs into and out of the country. (Ongoing)

Human Smuggling/Trafficking

  • A two-day human trafficking sting staged at hotels across central Ohio, USA resulted in nearly 100 arrests. Authorities said 93 people were arrested during the “Operations 614” sting staged Wednesday and Thursday in Columbus and its surrounding suburbs. It was conducted in partnership with federal, state, and local law enforcement, and officials said those arrested included a registered sex offender on parole and those seeking sex with juveniles.[21] This entry is significant because it marks a collaborative effort made by federal, state, and local law enforcement to not only assist in the maintenance of public policy but also to identify human trafficking victims and get them connected to services. (Ongoing)

Armed/Unarmed Assaults

  • Suspected gunmen have attacked another police station in Cross River State. It was learned that the assault happened in Ekori in the Yakurr Local Government Area of the state, according to the Daily Post. An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity alleged that the gunmen took away one AK-47 after beating up policemen on duty.[22] This entry is significant because of the boldness of the attacks showing the negative views of the police and that they will continue to perpetuate bold attacks against the police. (Concerning)

  • Five men of the vigilantes’ group have been reportedly killed while scores were injured during an attack on a local market and some communities in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State on Monday morning. According to Daily Trust, the incident happened at Bassa community while commercial activities were going on at the community market.[23] This entry is significant because the incident occurred at a busy market that was heavily populated with civilians as violence continues to escalate in Africa. (Ongoing)

  • Three people have been killed and a police reservist seriously injured in fresh attacks along the Isiolo-Garissa border. Lagdera Deputy County commissioner Philip Koima said preliminary reports showed 70 armed bandits attacked Kampi Samaki village in Garissa County on Sunday at around 1300. The injured National Police Reservist identified as Mohamed Kaban was rushed to Benane Dispensary where he is currently receiving treatment.[24] This entry is significant because of previous attacks at the border showing the volatility in the region. (Ongoing)

  • A new attack against those who are mobilizing along the Medellín-Costa Atlántica highway left a girl injured and a bus burned. According to preliminary information, armed men stopped the public service vehicle in the sector known as El Nevado, near the municipality of Valdivia, made the passengers get off and burned the bus. In addition, they attacked another vehicle that missed its stop sign.[25] This entry is significant because cartels, particularly the FARC, have been setting up checkpoints to terrorize local citizens. (Concerning)

  • Four young men were found burned to death and two others were found hanged by unknown assailants in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, police said on Thursday. The four men who burned to death were discovered on Wednesday night in a field in the province's Lady Frere village, while the two other men were found hanged in a forest in Maqhashu Administrative Area, a spokesman for the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Eastern Cape told CNN.[26]This entry is significant because crime is seemingly drastically increasing in South Africa and the authorities do not have control over the various armed assailants. (Ongoing)

  • Eighteen people were killed and 21 others wounded when militants of the extremist group Boko Haram attacked Nigeria’s northeastern town of Damasak earlier this week, wreaking havoc in the area, said a state governor on Friday. Babagana Umara Zulum, governor of the restive state of Borno, told reporters on Friday during his visit to Damasak that he confirmed from residents 18 people had died and 21 injured in the Boko Haram attack on Tuesday.[27] This entry is significant because Boko Haram continues to wage havoc upon the people of the region. (Ongoing)

Shootings

  • An unidentified attacker shot dead a man and badly injured a woman outside a Paris hospital on Monday, April 12, before fleeing the scene on a motorbike, police said. The attacker fired several shots at the Henry Dunant private geriatric hospital run by the Red Cross in Paris's upmarket 16th district, sources close to the investigation said. The injured woman works as a security guard at the hospital, which runs a Covid-19 vaccination center.[28] This entry is significant because it shows the lack of frustration with Covid-29 and potentially the vaccine administration to its citizens. (Concerning)

  • A confrontation in a Tennessee high school that involved police officers responding to a report of a possible armed man left one person dead and an officer wounded, authorities said. No other persons were killed or wounded, police said, adding the scene had been secured at the Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville following the afternoon shooting. Authorities said only that a male was deceased but added another person was detained for -further investigation.[29] This entry is significant because the subject entered a school with a weapon intending to carry out a mass shooting. (Developing)

  • Sidi Brahim Ould Sidati was shot dead in Bamako on Tuesday morning by unidentified individuals. The news is according to people close to the now-deceased acting president of the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) -- an alliance of former Tuareg independence and Arab nationalist armed groups that fought against Malian forces in the north from 2012 before signing the Algiers peace agreement in 2015. Sidati was outside his residence, where he was repairing his electric generator when he was shot at between 0600-0700 local time.[30] This entry is significant because it appears that the killing of Sidati was intentional as he was the former supporter of the opposition group. (Concerning)

  • A mass shooting broke out at an Indianapolis, Indiana, FedEx facility near the airport. Authorities described the situation as an “active shooter” incident at one point on the scanner. There were reports of people hiding by conveyor belts and at least five people shot, possibly as many as eight.[31] This entry is significant because the United States has recorded a steek increase in mass shootings throughout the country. (Ongoing)

  • One person was dead and another was injured after a shooting inside Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. The shooting forced the evacuation and eventually the closing of the mall for the day. In a news conference in the mall's parking lot, police said there were two shooting victims: a male who suffered gunshot wounds requiring surgery at CHI Health Bergan Mercy Hospital, and a female who was taken by private vehicle to CHI Health Immanuel Hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.[32] This entry is significant because it reflects the ongoing trend of shootings in the USA, which may have been exacerbated by failure by the law enforcement to deter attackers, to begin with as well as a lack of policy changes to address these attacks to a legal degree. (Ongoing)

Unrest/Political Disruptions

  • Protests have erupted in several cities across Pakistan after police took into custody the leader of a far-right religious party known for holding mass demonstrations over the issue of “blasphemy”. On Monday evening, several major intercity highways were closed by police as protests broke out in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi, the eastern city of Lahore, outside the capital Islamabad and in several other areas.[33] This entry is significant because of multiple coordinated protests shutting down major cities in the country in response to a far-right leader being arrested. (Ongoing)

  • Police in Rome blocked hundreds of angry owners of shuttered establishments, such as restaurants and gyms, from reaching a square outside the Italian Parliament as frustration builds in business sectors over weeks of current pandemic lockdown measures. The protesters took to the streets on Monday to demand that the government lift a decree that bans restaurants, cafes, and bars from offering table or counter service through April. The owners say government promises of compensation for some of their lost revenues aren’t enough to feed their families and keep paying idle workers on payrolls.[34] This entry is significant because it highlights the effects of the pandemic on businesses in popular cities throughout Italy. (Ongoing)

  • Fresh protests broke out Tuesday night in Minneapolis despite a curfew implemented after a police officer fatally shot a young Black man when she confused her handgun with her taser, fueling tensions in a US city already on edge because of the George Floyd murder trial. Shortly before 2100 local time (0200GMT Tuesday), nearly two hours after the curfew went into effect, dozens of protesters continued to wave signs and chant slogans in front of the police station in Brooklyn Center, where Sunday's killing occurred. Police fired tear gas at the protesters several times and ordered them to disperse.[35] This entry is significant because renewed protests have taken off and police violence against protestors has begun again, (Ongoing)

  • Opponents of military rule in Myanmar canceled traditional new year festivities on Tuesday (Apr 13) and instead showed their anger with the country's generals through low-key displays of defiance and small protests across the country. The five-day New Year holiday, known as Thingyan, is usually celebrated with prayers, ritual cleaning of Buddha images in temples, and high-spirited water-dousing on the streets.[36] This entry is significant because protests have been taking place for months in Myanmar and protesting during an important holiday can lead to increased violence against protestors. (Ongoing)

  • The French embassy in Pakistan on Thursday advised all French nationals and companies to temporarily leave the country after violent anti-France protests paralyzed large parts of the country this week. "Due to the serious threats to French interests in Pakistan, French nationals and French companies are advised to temporarily leave the country," the embassy said in an email to French citizens. "The departures will be carried out by existing commercial airlines."[37] This entry is significant because the French decision to withdraw their personnel from Pakistan signals a dire situation in the country that can escalate. (Developing)

  • At least five people have been shot dead and dozens injured when police opened fire at workers demanding a pay rise at a Chinese-backed coal-fired power plant in southeast Bangladesh. They were protesting over unpaid wages, working hours, and alleged discrimination. Azizul Islam, Banshkhali police chief, said about 2,000 protesters threw rocks and bricks at police, who responded with gunfire on Saturday.[38] This entry is significant because it portrays Bangladesh’s law enforcement as responding to protesters with gunfire, and because their decision to do so may lead to more protests against the state and more potential for future violent dissent. (Developing)

  • Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Oakland, California, USA Friday night to voice their anger over the deadly police shootings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, but the rally quickly turned violent and destructive with protesters setting fires, smashing windows, and blocking streets. Wright died in an officer-involved shooting in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and Toledo was killed in Chicago. The protest began peacefully with 250-300 demonstrators marching through the streets of downtown Oakland early Friday evening but quickly escalated to violence as windows were broken, fires ignited, and businesses vandalized.[39] This entry is significant because it demonstrates how quickly some protests may escalate into riots involving illegal activity such as vandal, and how individuals within businesses and homes near these protests may become potential victims of violent activity. (Developing)

  • A planned rally by a group widely classified as a neo-Nazi organization in Arizona, USA on Saturday was largely uneventful, with counterprotesters greatly outnumbering others in attendance. Ahead of the rally, organizers of a unity march rescheduled because of concerns for violence, and fencing was erected around the state-building.[40] This entry is significant because it reflects the success of nonviolent protesters in inducing an extremist group to forfeit their protest plans, which may suggest that peer pressure may be an effective tool in convincing extremist groups in the USA to either abandon or reconsider their efforts to organize for protests. (Ongoing)

Cyber Attacks

  • All Hillsborough schools are closed Monday due to a cyberattack on the district's system. The schools also went to all-virtual Tuesday as a result. "Several hours ago, our technology department was alerted to a possible cyber attack. Law enforcement, including the FBI, recommended shutting our systems down so that we may be able to ascertain the depth of the attack," said Hillsborough Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lisa M. Antunes in an email to parents on Sunday night.[41] This entry is significant because schools in the district were shut down due to hacking and the security of virtual learning has been a challenge for school districts across the country. (Ongoing)

  • APKPure, a popular third-party and unofficial alternative hub to download Android and iOS applications, was recently infiltrated with malware that is used to download Trojans to other Android devices. It appears that APKPure version 3.17.18 has been tampered with in an attempt to trick the oblivious users into downloading and installing malicious applications linked to the malicious code built into the APKPure app. The developers at APKPure acted fast and responded to the findings by releasing a new version of the app (version 3.17.19).[42] This entry is significant because of the large quantities of people this malware could affect due to the popularity of Android and Apple phones. (Concerning)

  • Two of Tasmania's four casinos have been forced to close their doors following a cyber-attack. Threat actors struck the Australian island state's sole casino operator Federal Group with ransomware on April 3. The attack affected hotel booking systems in the company's Wrest Point and Country Club venues, sited in Sandy Bay and Launceston, respectively.[43] This entry is significant because of the amount of currency and quantity of transactions done in casino and hotel businesses. (Developing)

  • Cybercriminals have been expanding a phishing campaign designed to steal critical information from companies involved with COVID-19 vaccines, security group IBM Security X-Force said on Thursday. In a new report, X-Force said it recently discovered a series of phishing emails targeting 44 companies across 14 countries, all involved in the coronavirus vaccine cold chain, an aspect of the overall supply chain that ensures the safety of vaccines transported and stored in cold environments.[44] This entry is significant because attacks such as these are undermining COVID-19 vaccine efforts throughout the world, making it much harder to address the pandemic. (Developing)

Arson

  • An excavator, a road grader, and a water truck were damaged after being set on fire by a group of six men in Thung Yang Daeng district early on Monday, police said. Pol Maj Withaya Suthirak, a Thung Yang Daeng police investigator, said the incident occurred at about 0140 when the six men arrived on three motorcycles at a worksite at Moo 1 village in Tambon Nam Dam. The work site was set up by Porn Kaew Construction Company, which had been contracted to repair roads in Tambon Nam Dam by the Transport Ministry's Department of Rural Roads.[45] This entry is significant because of the intentional damage to the infrastructure of the region. (Developing)

2. What threats have been ongoing for your Team over the last 2-3 weeks?

  • Bombing

  • Counterterrorism Operations

  • Drug Trafficking

  • Armed/Unarmed Assaults

  • Unrest/Political Disruptions

  • Sex Trafficking

  • Human Trafficking

  • Hate Crimes

  • Cyber Attacks


Definitions


Imminent: This threat is credible and an event or attack will occur or is occurring. All necessary teams and leadership are on high alert.


Critical: This threat is credible and an event or attack may occur. All necessary teams are on high alert.


Ongoing: This threat is not new, but it is important to keep watching. Report any new findings to the necessary teams.


Developing: This is a new threat. We need to check all sources to make sure they are credible. Report the credible sources to the necessary teams.


Concerning: This might become a new or reemerging threat. We need to check all sources to make sure they are credible. Report the credible sources to the necessary teams.


________________________________________________________________________ The Counterterrorism Group (CTG)

[1]Brooklyn Center - April 13, 2021 - Daunte Wright Protests” by Chad Davis licensed under Public Domain

[2] Local Slovenian politician’s house attacked with petrol bomb, Euractiv, April 2021. https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/short_news/local-slovenian-politicians-house-attacked-with-petrol-bomb/

[3] Soldier, civilian wounded in Basilan roadside explosion, UNTV News & Rescue, April 2021. https://www.untvweb.com/news/soldier-civilian-wounded-in-basilan-roadside-explosion/

[4] 3 Civilians die in truck bombing in western Afghanistan, LA Prensa Latina Media, April 2021. https://www.laprensalatina.com/3-civilians-die-in-truck-bombing-in-western-afghanistan/

[5] Car bomb blast kills four in Baghdad's Sadr City - police, Reuters, April 2021, https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-iraq-market-bomb-attack-2021-04-16/

[6] Houthis say they attacked Aramco, Patriot targets in Saudi Arabia, Al Jazeera, April 2021, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/15/yemens-houthis-say-attacked-aramco-patriot-targets-in-jazan

[7] NC Walmart stores evacuated due to bomb threat, MyFox8, April 2021, https://myfox8.com/news/nc-walmart-stores-evacuated-due-to-bomb-threat/

[8] Spain arrests 20 alleged human smugglers, Inquirer, April 2021. https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1418073/spain-arrests-20-alleged-human-smugglers

[9] Five ISIL members killed in Iraq’s Diyala prov., Mehr News Agency, April 2021. https://en.mehrnews.com/news/171977/Five-ISIL-members-killed-in-Iraq-s-Diyala-prov

[10] Pakistan police arrest radical Islamist party head in Lahore, Star Tribune, April 2021. https://www.startribune.com/pakistan-police-arrest-radical-islamist-party-head-in-lahore/600044997/

[11] Israel arrests Hamas members in West Bank raids, Al Jazeera, April 2021. https://www.AlJazeera.com/news/2021/4/12/israel-arrests-hamas-members-in-occupied-west-bank-raids

[12] Five suspected ISIS militants arrested in Erbil: Security council, Rudaw, April 2021. https://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/120420213

[13] Somali army operation kills 25 al-Shabab militants, Hiiraan, April 2021. https://www.hiiraan.com/news4/2021/Apr/182278/somali_army_operation_kills_25_al_shabab_militants.aspx?utm_source=hiiraan&utm_medium=SomaliNewsUpdateFront

[14] Security stepped up after Sri Lanka’s ban on terror groups, The Hindu, April 2021. https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/security-stepped-up-after-sri-lankas-ban-on-terror-groups/article34306553.ece/amp/

[15] Saudi-led coalition destroys three explosives-laden drones fired at Jazan -state TV, Reuters, April 2021, https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-saudi-yemen-security/saudi-led-coalition-destroys-three-explosives-laden-drones-fired-at-jazan-state-tv-idUSKBN2C12YP

[16] Israeli army says it targeted ‘Hamas military sites’ in Gaza, Al Jazeera, April 2021, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/16/israeli-army-hits-hamas-military-sites-after-rocket-attack

[17] Founding member of Oath Keepers enters first guilty plea in Jan. 6 Capitol breach, The Washington Post, April 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/guilty-plea-capitol-riot/2021/04/16/f7d5d420-9eb6-11eb-9d05-ae06f4529ece_story.html

[18] Navalny ally jailed for two years for ‘extremist’ tweets, AFP, April 2021, https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/821280-navalny-ally-jailed-for-two-years-for-extremist-tweets

[19] Bangladesh arrests Islamist leader after violent protests, 12 News WBNG, April 2021, https://wbng.com/2021/04/18/bangladesh-arrests-islamist-leader-after-violent-protests/

[20] Five arrested with 100 kg of ‘ice’ in Sapugaskanda, Colombo Page, April 2021. http://www.colombopage.com/archive_21A/Apr12_1618242432CH.php

[21] Human Trafficking Sting In Ohio Results In 93 Arrests, KDKA – CBS Pittsburgh, April 2021, https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2021/04/16/human-trafficking-sting-in-ohio-results-in-93-arrests/

[22] Suspected Gunmen Attack Another Police Station In Cross River, Stole AK-47 Rifle, Sahara Reporters, April 2021. http://saharareporters.com/2021/04/12/suspected-gunmen-attack-another-police-station-cross-river-stole-ak-47-rifle

[23] Bandits Attack Niger Market, Kill 5 Vigilantes, Injure Many Others”, Sahara Reporters, April 2021. http://saharareporters.com/2021/04/12/breaking-bandits-attack-niger-market-kill-5-vigilantes-injure-many-others

[24] Three killed, NPR officer injured in fresh clashes along Garissa-Isiolo border, Hiiraan, April 2021. https://www.hiiraan.com/news4/2021/Apr/182268/three_killed_npr_officer_injured_in_fresh_clashes_along_garissa_isiolo_border.aspx?utm_source=hiiraan&utm_medium=SomaliNewsUpdateFront

[25] A girl injured by a new attack on vehicles on the Medellín-Costa Atlántica highway, Noticias Caracol, April 2021. https://noticias.caracoltv.com/antioquia/una-nina-herida-por-nuevo-ataque-contra-vehiculos-en-la-via-medellin-costa-atlantica

[26] Four men found burned alive and two others hanged in South Africa, police say, CNN, April 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/15/africa/south-africa-killing-intl/index.html

[27] 18 killed, 21 wounded in Nigeria Boko Haram attack: official, Big News Network, April 2021, https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/268757323/18-killed-21-wounded-in-nigeria-boko-haram-attack-official

[28] Shooting outside Paris hospital leaves at least one dead, France 24, April 2021. https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210412-shooting-outside-paris-hospital-leaves-at-least-one-dead

[29] Police: Officer wounded, 1 dead in Tennessee school shooting, The Associated Press, April 2021. https://apnews.com/article/knoxville-school-shooting-multiple-victims-a26e14e3aa9cb04c7ea3e7a0210b9a2c

[30] Mali: Top ex-rebel leader Sidi Sidati shot dead at Bamako residence, Africa News, April 2021. https://www.africanews.com/2021/04/13/mali-top-ex-rebel-leader-sidi-sidati-shot-dead-at-bamako-residence/

[31] FedEx Indianapolis Mass Shooting Reported Near Airport [AUDIO], Heavy, April 2021, https://heavy.com/news/fedex-indianapolis-mass-shooting/?utm_source=OneSignal

[32] Omaha police: Man injured in shooting at Westroads Mall has died, KETV, April 2021, https://www.ketv.com/article/officials-potential-active-shooter-situation-at-westroads-mall-one-person-in-critical-condition/36152803

[33] “Protests across Pakistan after far-right TLP leader arrested”, Al Jazeera, April 2021. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/12/protests-across-pakistan-after-far-right-tlp-leader-arrested

[34] Italian police block protesting business owners, The Associated Press, April 2021. https://apnews.com/article/world-news-coronavirus-pandemic-new-zealand-94896184cf9d029dc6693aa03ecf554c

[35] Second night of protests in Minneapolis after officer shoots Black motorist dead, France 24, April 2021. https://www.france24.com/en/americas/20210413-second-night-of-protests-in-minneapolis-after-officer-shoots-black-motorist-dead

[36] Myanmar activists cancel new year festivities, hold low-key protests, Channel News Asia, April 2021. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/myanmar-activists-vow-week-protests-thingyan-new-year-holidays-14612542

[37] France advises citizens to leave Pakistan after anti-French protests, France 24, April 2021, https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20210415-france-advises-citizens-to-leave-pakistan-after-anti-french-protests

[38] Protesters shot dead by police at Bangladesh power plant, Al Jazeera, April 2021, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/17/bangladesh-police-kill-five-in-protest-at-chinese-backed-plant

[39] Police Shootings Protest In Oakland Turns Violent; Windows Broken, Fires Ignited; Businesses Vandalized, 5KPIX CBS SF BayArea, April 2021, https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2021/04/17/demonstration-oakland-police-shootings-violent-protest/

[40] A dozen or so showed up for a neo-Nazi rally in Phoenix, outnumbered by counterprotesters, AZ Central, April 2021, https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2021/04/17/strength-unity-march-arizona-capitol-rescheduled-due-neo-nazi-rally/7268565002/

[41] Cyber Attack Closes Hillsborough Schools Monday, The Patch, April 2021. https://patch.com/new-jersey/hillsborough/cyber-attack-closes-hillsborough-schools-monday

[42] Android apps on APKPure store caught spreading malware, HackRead, April 2021. https://www.hackread.com/android-apps-apkpure-malware/?web_view=true

[43] Cyber-Attack Shutters Half of Tasmania’s Casinos, Infosecurity, April 2021. https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/cyberattack-shutters-half/?&web_view=true

[44] Phishing attack ramps up against COVID-19 vaccine supply chain, Tech Republic, April 2021, https://www.techrepublic.com/article/phishing-attack-ramps-up-against-covid-19-vaccine-supply-chain/

[45] Road construction vehicles set on fire in Pattani, Bangkok Post, April 2021. https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2098843/road-construction-vehicles-set-on-fire-in-pattani


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