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Daily Brief: October 8, 2021

Daily Brief: October 8, 2021

Over the past day, we've mapped 30 events with the following breakdown by event category.

A deadly suicide bomb attack at a mosque has killed or wounded what will likely end up being well over 100 people in Kunduz.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban continues to struggle with security against ISIS-K and more attacks are likely in the weeks to come.

Suspected suicide bomb kills 18 people, wounds 50 others
A suspected suicide bomber killed at least 18 people and wounded 50 others at a mosque in Kunduz City Friday afternoon. Casualty figures may rise further. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. In the past few weeks, a spate of ISIS-K bomb attacks in Kabul and Jalalabad have taken place…

Hong Kong continues to see a crackdown in dissent with more district councilors being disqualified from office over the way that they answered questions on their oaths of allegiance.  In addition, the University of Hong Kong has asked that a statue that has been in place for 24 years that recognizes the Tiananmen Square Massacre be removed by next week.  The national security law will continue to drive politically motivated changes in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong district councilors disqualified over oaths
Sixteen District Councilors in Hong Kong were disqualified from office after a review of answers on political issues on their oaths of allegiance.
Tiananmen Massacre vigil organizer asked to remove Pillar of Shame statue
A letter from the University of Hong Kong asked the disbanded organizer of the Tiananmen Massacre vigil, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, to remove the Pillar of Shame statue after 24 years in place. They have until next Wednesday at 5 pm to remove the s…

As discussed in a brief earlier this week, an exercise has been taking place in the South China Sea.  Last weekend the USS Connecticut struck an unknown object while in the region and it is now on its way back to Guam.  While reports say that it did not hit another sub, it is a reminder of the tensions in the region and how there is room for miscalculations.

USS Connecticut strikes an object in the South China Sea
The Seawolf-class USS Connecticut struck an unknown object in the South China Sea injuring 11 sailors, but the sub, including its nuclear propulsion plant, is still operational. The sub is on its way to Guam.

A large explosion hit a gas processing plant in Amur which led to a fire and the plant being shut down.  This may impact gas supply to Europe if it is not brought back online soon as it may necessitate the redirection of supply due to existing contracts with China.  

Large explosion at Amur Gas Processing Plant
A large explosion at the Amur Gas Processing Plant in Svobodny closed the plant as emergency services worked to extinguish the fire. Officials said the fire has been extinguished, but it is not clear how the shutdown will impact supplies to Europe. It is not clear if there were any injuries.
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