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April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019 : Gunmen kidnap and kill 14 security personnel on Pakistani coast

SITUATION Unidentified gunmen killed 14 people in southwestern Pakistan after pulling them from several passenger buses, sifting through their identity cards and kidnapping them, a Pakistani official said on Thursday. A Baluch insurgent group from Baluchistan claimed responsibility in a statement emailed to reporters and newspaper offices. Fighters of Baloch Raji Aajoi Saangar (BRAS) carried out the killings, said the group, which described itself as an umbrella body of three Baluch separatist movements in the region, but denied that ordinary passengers had been targeted. “Those who were targeted carried cards of the Pakistan Navy and Coast Guards, and they were...

 

April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019: St Patrick’s Cathedral: NYPD arrested a professor with gas cans

SITUATION A New Jersey man was arrested by NYPD officials after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two cans of highly inflammable fluids, lighter fluid and butane lighters. The incident occurred just days after flames consumed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. The 37-year-old suspect has been identified by law enforcement personnel as Marc Lamparello, a doctoral candidate and adjunct lecturer in the City University of New York’s philosophy department. New York Police Department (NYPD) Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said the arrested man Lamparello claimed he was taking a shortcut through the cathedral yesterday after his...

 

April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019 : Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested in Miami in drug-trafficking plot

SITUATION A Guatemalan presidential candidate was arrested in Miami on Wednesday and charged with an elaborate plot to use drug cartel money to win the election and assassinate rivals, according to U.S. officials, two months before voters head to the polls. Mario Estrada, a candidate of the center-right National Change Union, who is polling far behind other rivals, is accused along with another man, Juan Pablo Gonzalez, of seeking between $10 and $12 million from Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa Cartel to fund his campaign and transport cocaine into the United States. “Estrada and Gonzalez conspired to solicit Sinaloa Cartel money to...

 

April 17, 2019

April 17, 2019 : Two pipe bombs rock Northern Ireland counties of Armagh and Antrim

SITUATION Police are investigating two separate pipe bomb attacks in Northern Ireland with one incident resulting in two devices exploding at an Armagh home. The damage was caused to the front door of the property in Windmill Avenue, Armagh at around 11.30pm. Three adults inside at the time were unhurt. Police are working to establish a motive. In a second separate incident, police have revealed a pipe bomb was thrown through the window of a home in Rasharkin with another left on a windowsill on Tuesday evening. Police and the Army bomb squad were at the scene on the Moneyleck Park...

 

April 17, 2019

April 17, 2019 : Fake deliveryman in Canada uses crossbow to shoot woman : hunt on

SITUATION Canadian authorities have released surveillance footage of a suspect who shot a woman with a crossbow on her front porch while posing as a delivery person. The video, released Monday, showed a masked man approaching the 44-year-old woman's home near Toronto with a large cardboard box in his hand and a hidden crossbow. He rang the doorbell, chatted with the woman for a few moments and fired an arrow into her chest, leaving her with life-threatening injuries. Officers with the Peel Regional Police are investigating the November 2018 attack as attempted murder and asked for the public's help with identifying the suspect,...