Tag Archives: terrorism

UK: Regime on highest terror alert as police "chase down" London Tube bomb suspects

Source: Kidderminster Shuttle [UK]

"Britain is on the highest terror alert with the military set to bolster security as police hunt the Parsons Green bomb 'suspects.' Prime Minister Theresa May has raised the threat level to critical, meaning another attack is expected imminently. A manhunt is under way after the improvised explosive device (IED) sent a fireball through a packed London Underground train carriage in south west London during the Friday morning rush-hour. … The Islamic State (IS) terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency, according to the US-based Site Intelligence. … Although it released a formal communique for the attacks, which injured 29 people, it provided no details on who the attacker or attackers were, Site said." (09/15/17)


India: Two sentenced to death for 1993 Mumbai attacks

Source: Time

"An Indian court on Thursday sentenced two men to death and two others to life in prison for a series of bombings that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993. A fifth man was given 10 years in prison.
The five men were convicted earlier of criminal conspiracy and murder in the planting of 12 powerful bombs in cars, scooters and suitcases around India's financial capital. The sentencing ended a second trial related to the bombings. An initial trial ended in 2007 with more than 100 people convicted, of whom 11 were sentenced to death and the rest to various terms in prison." (09/07/17)


Afghanistan: Suicide bomber hits Kabul bank ahead of holiday rush, killing five

Source: Washington Post

"A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up at a bank not far from the U.S. embassy in Kabul, killing five people on Tuesday, as government employees lined up to withdraw salaries ahead of the holiday. An airstrike meant for a Taliban command post north of the capital in Herat also killed at least 13 civilians, according to local officials. The Taliban insurgent group said one of its suicide bombers blew himself up at the Nawe Kabul bank to kill security forces waiting to withdraw cash ahead the Eid al-Adha holiday, the holiest day of the Muslim calendar." (08/29/17)


Can regulations stop terrorism?

Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

"In an earlier post, I made the point that over-regulation would not greatly affect terrorist behaviour. My understanding is that engaging in a terrorist act, particularly a suicidal terrorist act, involves such a commitment that it would easily override existing bans or regulations, as the terrorist sets to put his (as terrorists are almost invariably young males) will into practice. Commentators seem not to agree with me very much, and they raised some interesting points. JFA, in particular, argues that 'a person decides to participate given the costs and benefits' and therefore 'if those costs are raised, those marginal terrorists will not commit the act.' JFA strikes a point, alluding to the fact libertarians are all too eager to abandon the economic way of thinking when they want to defend their preference for little or no regulation. And yet I would propose the opposite may be true too …" (08/22/17)


Catalonia: Barcelona attack suspect shot dead by police

Source: USA Today

"The man suspected of driving the van that plowed into pedestrians last week in Barcelona, killing 13, was shot dead by police Monday. Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, a Moroccan national, was wearing a fake explosives belt when he was shot in Subirats, a town west of Barcelona, according to Catalan regional police. Abouyaaqoub had been the subject of a Europe-wide manhunt since Thursday's van attack. Regional police chief Josep Luis Trapero said police fired after Abouyaaqoub shouted 'Allah is great' in Arabic and lifted his shirt to show the bomb belt that turned out to be fake." (08/21/17)


Catalonia: Police set up 800 checkpoints in manhunt for Barcelona suspect

Source: Washington Post

"Desperate to ease public fears and neutralize a terrorist cell responsible for the deadliest attack in Spain in a decade, Spanish police erected 800 checkpoints across the region of Catalonia on Sunday — part of a massive manhunt for a Moroccan-born man they suspect was the driver of the van that killed 13 and injured scores in Barcelona last week. Authorities could not say whether Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, was still in Spain or had crossed the border into France, but they were clearly frustrated that he continued to elude police. 'We don't know where he is,' regional police chief Josep Lluis Trapero said at a news conference in Barcelona, adding that the terrorist cell had planned a 'much more serious attack' that was probably thwarted by an accidental explosion Wednesday at a house used to assemble components for a bomb." (08/20/17)


Catalonia: Police stop second attack after 13 killed in Barcelona

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"Spanish police say they have killed five people in the town of Cambrils to stop a second attempted van attack after an earlier one in Barcelona. The attackers were wearing explosive belts, police said. Thirteen people died and dozens were injured when a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona's Las Ramblas area on Thursday afternoon. The driver of the [v]an fled and is still at large. Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said it was a 'jihadist attack.' The authorities are now linking the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils with an explosion at a house on Wednesday evening in the town of Alcanar that left one person dead." (08/18/17)


Nigeria: Boko Haram suicide bombers kill at least 20

Source: Chicago Tribune

"Suicide bombers attacked a camp for internally displaced people and a nearby market in a northeastern Nigeria village Tuesday, killing at least 20 people, a local official said Tuesday. Village chief Lawan Kalli said Tuesday at least three suicide bombers entered Mandarari's market around 5 p.m. posing as buyers, then an undetermined number went to the nearby camp for people displaced by Nigeria's conflict while at least one stayed at the market. They all detonated their explosives almost simultaneously, he said." (08/15/17)


Burkina Faso: At least 18 killed in restaurant terror attack

Source: CNN

"Security forces in Burkina Faso have ended an operation against terrorists who attacked a Turkish cafe in the capital Ouagadougou Sunday that left 18 dead including two attackers, the communications minister Remis Dandjinou said Monday. In a press briefing he said searches of the neighborhood around the restaurant were still continuing. Dandjinou said there were several nationalities among the victims." (08/13/17)


Australia: Police say they’ve thwarted elaborate terrorist plot to bomb an airplane

Source: Washington Post

"Australian authorities said they thwarted an elaborate 'Islamic-inspired' terrorist plot to bring down an airplane and arrested four men during raids in four suburbs outside Sydney. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the developments in what he called 'a major joint counterterrorism operation' during a news conference Saturday." (07/30/17)