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Terrorism

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SoCal Law Enforcement, Firefighters Among Las Vegas Shooting Victims Several off-duty law enforcement officers from Los Angeles were at the concert when a gunman opened fire from a hotel room window NBC Los Angeles By Staff and Wire Services A civilian employee of the Manhattan Beach Police Department was killed and more than a half-dozen Southern California law enforcement and fire department personnel were among those injured in the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The Manhattan Beach Police Department says one of its employees, records technician Rachael Parker, was killed. Details were not immediately available. A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino unleashed hails of bullets on fans watching the festival as headliner Jason Aldean performed. Law enforcement officials in Las Vegas said Monday morning at...

LVMPD Sheriff Joe Lombardo updates media on new information regarding the active shooter incident in Las Vegas.   ...

Islamic State claims deadly Marseille knife attack

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Times of India MARSEILLE: A knifeman killed two women at the main train station in the French Mediterranean city of Marseille on Sunday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, before being shot dead by soldiers on patrol.One of the victims had her throat slit by the assailant, a man with a criminal record believed to be in his 30s who witnesses said shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) at the start of his rampage.Troops serving in a special 7,000-strong force known as Sentinelle set up to guard vulnerable areas in terror-hit France responded to the stabbings and shot dead the attacker, whose identity remains unknown.French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said about a dozen witnesses were being questioned."This act could be terrorist in nature but at this time we cannot confirm that," he added."I was on the esplanade just in front of the station," Melanie Petit, an 18-year-old...
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  Fox News The suspect accused of stabbing a police officer before crashing a speeding U-Haul van into a crowd of people in Edmonton, Canada, had come to the country from Somalia trying to claim refugee status, police revealed.Officers took the 30-year-old suspect into custody and he apparently acted alone, Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said. Officers said pending charges included terrorism and five counts of attempted murder, but they did not reveal his name.An Islamic State flag was found in the car that hit the officer, according to Knecht. The suspect was known to both Edmonton police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Marlin Degrand, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said the man was flagged in 2015 for extremist ideologies and police interviewed him at the time, but he said charges were not warranted after an "exhaustive investigation." It was not clear when he first traveled...

DHS Report: Border security is tougher than ever

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By Nick Miroff Sneaking across the U.S. border from Mexico is tougher than ever before, and U.S. agents are catching or stopping the majority of those who attempt to do so, according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security.The report, published last week by the agency’s Office of Immigration Statistics, estimates that 55 to 85 percent of attempted illegal border crossings are unsuccessful, up from 35 to 70 percent a decade ago. In one telling sign of the difficulty, the number of illegal migrants and deportees who make repeated attempts to get in has also fallen dramatically, because so many would-be migrants are giving up.The report’s findings challenge depictions of the U.S. border as a place where American law enforcement is overwhelmed and ineffective. President Trump has ordered DHS to make preparations for the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico, and last week...