June 19, 2017 The United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly has been called terrorist attacks in London and Paris in the last 24 hours “reprehensible.”
DHS Secretary Kelly said on Monday that he has been briefed on the attacks, and is monitoring the situation in both Paris and London.
The Associated Press reports that a man suspected of ramming a car carrying explosives into a police vehicle at Paris’ busy Champs-Elysees shopping district on Monday had been flagged for links to extremist groups. The suspect died when the car exploded. There are no other reported injuries.
Just after midnight local time on Monday in London, police say a 48 year old Caucasian male, Darren Osborne, intentionally drove his white van into pedestrians as they were leaving Ramadan services at a Finsbury Park Mosque in north London. One person was killed and nine others were transported to local hospitals in the Mosque attack.
Worldwide, places of worship and shopping malls have been frequent targets of terrorist attacks. — including in the United States. Both are considered “soft targets” and attractive to both terrorist organizations and lone wolf sympathizer said seeking to cause significant damage to both the physical and mental wellbeing of the victims and send a message to the government in a relatively efficient and effective manner.
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Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."