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The goal of this column is to present news from around the world that is not often – if ever – covered by more mainstream entities, using local sources wherever possible, but occasionally using news aggregators not used, again, by the mainstream media. Also, please note that we do use links to Wikipedia; while Wikipedia is well-known as a largely-useless site for any kind of serious research, it does serve as a launch-pad for further inquiry, in addition to being generally free of malicious ads. As with anything from Wikipedia, always verify their sources before making any conclusions based on their pages.

This column will cover the preceding week of news.

To make it easier for readers to follow story source links: anytime you see a bracketed number marked in green – [1] – those are the source links relating to that story.


 

North America

The security news in North America was dominated this week by a huge wave of telephoned-in bomb threats, mostly against college campuses, being made across the nation [1]-[8], with a wave of threats across the breadth of North Carolina. [9]-[13] Elsewhere, similar threats were received by an abortion clinic in Victorville, CA [14], and by the Public Defender’s office in Miami-Dade County, FL. [15] In Rochester, MN, a woman picked up a device she believed to be an possible explosive device she had found in a park, and transported to the local police station, a highly dangerous and irresponsible action which we commented on in last week’s World Situation Report. [16] In Germantown, TN, meanwhile, police safely recovered the second of two IED’s, after responding to one of the devices detonating, although no damage was reported. [17]

Finally, in Sussex County, NJ, Maria Sue Bell, 54, of Hopatcong, NJ, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on a charge of one count of concealing attempts to provide material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations. Bell is accused of aiding in the support to fighters based in Syria who were members Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) (formerly calling themselves the “Al Nusra Front”) and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). Bell faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. [18]

 

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Africa

By comparison to North America, Africa this week was comparatively quiet, given the pace of violent activities in recent weeks. Thankfully, the rest of the world – the Russo-Ukrainian War being the obvious exception – also remained largely quiet this week, to the point that we will be ending this Report on that continent.

Beginning in Burkina Faso, terror attacks killed a dozen people – all believed to be civilians – in two attacks in the central part of the country. [1][2] Meanwhile, Islamist insurgents severely damaged a critical bridge linking the towns of Kaya (just to the northwest of the nation’s capital of Ouagadougou) and Dori, approximately 120miles/193km to the northwest. [3][4] This appears to be a fresh offensive by jihadists to isolate the capital from the northern part of the country, as there are reports of jihadi’s effectively blockading towns along the contested roadway. The central government currently controls only an estimated 60 percent of the country. Burkina Faso, one of the poorest nations in the world, has been battling a festering Islamist insurgency since 2015, primarily against movements linked to the Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State groups. More than 2,000 people have been killed and 1.8 million displaced.

[Source 1] – [Source 2] – [Source 3] – [Source 4]

 

In Nigeria, Islamist jihadi’s reportedly kidnapped a number of medical personnel while murdering numerous civilians in the neighboring states of Kaduna (which also saw the reported kidnapping of a police officer) and Zamfara, in the country’s northwest, while some 13 people were reported killed by terrorists on a mining site in Niger State (not to be confused with the nation of the same name), and reportedly kidnapped two Chinese nationals working on the site. The kidnapping of medical personnel is significant, indicating that repeated operations by Nigerian police, military and civilian militia’s are exacting a heavy toll on the terrorist groups. [1]-[4]

In the southeast, attacks killed at least three people, and resulted in several homes being burned down. [5] In the country’s northwest, meanwhile, Islamic terror groups have begun attacking the national power distribution infrastructure, resulting in increasing strain on the country’s power grid. [6]

 

[Source 1] – [Source 2] – [Source 3] – [Source 4] – [Source 5] – [Source 6]

 

Across the continent, Ethiopian officials are blaming the deaths of some 338 people – mostly ethnic Amhara’s – in the Oromia Region on the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) rebel group. The group has denied any involvement in the killings. The Oromo conflict has been waxing and waning in intensity since 1973, which has been aggravated by the ongoing Tigray War in the northern part of the country.

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