Tag Archives: terrorism

Pakistan: Bomb disposal commander killed in Quetta blast

Source: US News & World Report

"A top Pakistani bomb squad officer has been killed along with another policeman while trying to defuse a bomb in the southwestern city of Quetta, police said on Tuesday. The commander of the city's bomb disposal unit and a colleague were killed late on Monday, hours after another blast killed at least 13 people and wounded more than 80 in the eastern city of Lahore. The blasts were claimed by different militant factions and did not appear to be related." (02/14/17)


The abyss gazes back

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Matthew Harwood

"It took only a few hours after two Islamic State suicide bombings ripped apart the departure hall of Brussels Airport and subway cars in central Brussels for Sen. Ted Cruz to offer a 'do something' solution to the threat of home-grown terrorism lurking in America's midst. Taking to Facebook, the Republican presidential candidate said enough was enough: 'We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.' The 'constitutional conservative,' however, wasn't done. 'The days of the United States voluntarily surrendering to the enemy to show how progressive and enlightened we can be are at an end. Our country is at stake.' Flipping through the opening pages of Peter Bergen's United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists, you come across Friedrich Nietzsche's oft-quoted warning, in all caps: 'WHOEVER FIGHTS MONSTERS SHOULD SEE TO IT THAT IN THE PROCESS HE DOES NOT BECOME A MONSTER. AND IF YOU GAZE LONG ENOUGH INTO AN ABYSS, THE ABYSS WILL GAZE BACK INTO YOU.'" (02/14/17)


Pakistan: Bomb blast kills 14 at protest

Source: CNN

"A bomb exploded during a protest in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday, killing at least 14 people and injuring 59 more, according to government spokesman Malik Ahmad Khan. Two groups claimed joint responsibility for what officials said was a suicide attack. Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of Pakistan's Tehreek-i Taliban (TTP) — also known as the Pakistani Taliban — claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement emailed to CNN. In addition, the chief of North Waziristan Agency's Intiqam Waziristan, or the 'Avengers of Waziristan,' told CNN in a phone call that they were responsible." (02/13/17)


Trump's terror policies are bad enough now. What about after an attack?

Source: OpEdNews
by Trevor Timm

"Donald Trump has spent the bulk of his new presidency playing tough in the face of terrorism. Yet pretty much everything he's proposed, beyond being bigoted in the extreme, shows just how terrified and weak he is — all while putting the country at greater risk." (02/11/17)


Afghanistan: Six Red Cross workers killed, two missing in attack

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"Suspected [Islamic State] fighters have killed at least six Afghan employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) engaged in carrying supplies in the north of the country to areas hit by deadly snow storms, according to government officials. Another two employees were unaccounted for after Wednesday's attack in Jowzjan province, said Thomas Glass, ICRC spokesperson, adding that the group did not know who was responsible for the attack. … Rahmatullah Turkistani, Jawzjan police chief, said the workers' bodies had been brought to the provincial capital and a search operation launched to find the two missing ICRC employees. Zabiullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesperson, told Al Jazeera the group was not involved in the attack." (02/08/17)


Germany: Police arrest 16 suspected members of Islamic State network

Source: Newsweek

"German police arrested a Tunisian man on Wednesday suspected of recruiting for the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and forming a network to launch terrorist attacks in Germany. The 36-year-old man, who has not been identified, was one of 16 people arrested in dozens of raids in the the Frankfurt area on Wednesday. Frankfurt prosecutors said the Tunisian national is also a suspect in the March 2015 Bardo museum attack in Tunis that left 22 people dead, 21 of whom were foreign tourists. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack." (02/01/17)


Pakistan: Regime places five, including Hafiz Saeed, under house arrest

Source: Voice of America [US state media]

"Pakistan's government Monday placed five men including Hafiz Saeed, a man on both the United States and the United Nations lists of designated terrorists, under protective custody, also known as house arrest. Saeed was at the Al Qadsia mosque in Eastern Pakistani city of Lahore when a heavy contingent of police arrived to take him into custody. He was then taken to his house, which was declared a sub jail under orders of the government of Punjab province." (01/30/17)


Canada: Six dead, eight injured in Quebec City mosque attack

Source: Washington Post

"Gunmen attacked a suburban Quebec City mosque as worshipers were finishing their prayers Sunday night, killing six and wounding at least eight. While mosques in Canada and the U.S. have been the targets of numerous acts of vandalism and other hate crimes in the past few years, the Quebec City attack appears to be the first mass shooting at an Islamic house of worship in North America. Government officials wasted no time calling it an act of terrorism. A spokeswoman for the Surete du Quebec, the Quebec provincial police, said that two suspects had been arrested who remained unidentified." (01/30/17)


Philippines: Duterte blames CIA for botched terror raid

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has blamed the US CIA and his predecessor Benigno Aquino for a botched raid on a leader of an armed group that left 44 police dead. 'It was an American adventure with the cooperation of some, and apparently with your [Aquino's] blessing,' Duterte said on the eve of the second anniversary of the Mindanao raid on Wednesday. … In January 2015, police commandos killed Zulkifli Abdhir, who was on the United States government's list of 'most wanted terrorists,' in a raid on a remote farmland area in the south, where various Muslim separatist rebel groups and other fighters are based. Gunmen ambushed the attacking police commandos and killed 44 of them in a day-long battle." (01/25/17)


Somalia: Seven killed in al Shabab attack on Mogadishu hotel

Source: Yahoo! News

"At least seven people were killed after two car bombs exploded outside a popular Mogadishu hotel Wednesday, and gunmen forced their way inside the building and opened fire, police said. The attack, claimed by the Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab insurgent group, began when a car loaded with explosives rammed the gate of the Dayah Hotel near the Somali parliament and state house. Gunmen then stormed the hotel and exchanged fire with security guards, according to police official Ibrahim Mohammed. A second massive blast went off after ambulances and journalists had already rushed to the scene, leaving at least four reporters injured, including an AFP photographer who suffered shrapnel wounds to his shoulder and leg." (01/25/17)