ANN News Now
January 4, 2197
Has Cerberus Returned?
by By Iris Dunnigan
CITADEL, THE PRESIDIUM- The Alliance and the Hierarchic maintain that the operation into the Terminus systems was launched to stamp out pirate bands and terrorists in the face of new evidence transmitted from Chav. Fragmentary video messages and first hand accounts from refugees from the colony describe how a new wave of riots in the city of Jarvis turned into a full planetary revolt lead by heavily armed units with markings fitting the human supremacist group Cerberus. Reports indicate that fighting still rages across the planet but that Cerberus forces, with help from collaborators inside the colony's defense forces, secured several major cities and the Presidential Palace. The whereabouts of the colonial chief executive, President Lee, are unknown at this time.
In related news, there has been a sharp increase in both terrorist and pirate attacks across the Verge and in Alliance Space. While the pirate raids have not cause substantial damage they have forced Alliance forces in key sectors to upgrade their alert status. Meanwhile, police in various colonies have intercepted several terrorist attempts but at least two have led to major fatalities. Several civilians were killed in a massive shootout between police and Neo-Terra gunmen in the streets of Haiphong on Earth while the same group claimed responsibility for an explosion in Folmo Mall, a shopping center that caters to both humans and Citadel races in Zakera Ward on the Citadel. C-Sec reports over thirty casualties as a result of the attack.