Tag Archives: terrorism

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)


Belgium: Police arrest four “contacts” of Brussels station attacker

Source: Politico

“Belgian authorities made four arrests late Wednesday in the investigation into the terrorist attack in Brussels’ Central Station, local media reported. Those arrested are thought to be ‘regular contacts’ of suspect Oussama Zariouh, a 36-year-old Moroccan national who lived in the Molenbeek district of Brussels and was shot dead by soldiers Tuesday after he detonated explosives in an attempted attack at one of the busiest train stations in Brussels.” (06/22/17)


Mali: Armed men storm resort in Bamako

Source: Al Jazeera

“At least two people have been killed after an attack on a popular tourist resort on the outskirts of Mali’s capital, Bamako, according to officials, but dozens of guests were rescued. Armed men stormed the luxury Le Campement Kangaba complex near Dougourakoro on Sunday, attacking a resort frequented by top officials and foreign residents, especially during the weekend. Malian troops and soldiers from France’s Bakhane counterterrorist force headed to the scene. Local residents reported hearing shots fired while smoke billowed into the air. Mali’s Security Minister Salif Traore said late on Sunday that at least four attackers were killed by security forces.” (06/19/17)


UK: One dead, ten injured in attack on London mosque

Source: Telegraph [UK]

“One man has died and 10 others are injured after a van was rammed into worshippers in a terror attack near a London mosque, before the driver is said to have screamed: ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims.’ The van driver — described by witnesses as a large white man — was detained by members of the public after the incident in Finsbury Park early on Monday that police said had ‘all the hallmarks of terrorism.’ The white van ploughed into pedestrians as the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers in Seven Sisters Road at 12.20am.” (06/19/17)


Islamic State takes credit as suicide bombers hit Kabul Shiite mosque, kill four

Source: Japan Times [Japan]

“Suicide bombers struck a crowded Shiite mosque in Kabul late Thursday, killing four people in the latest in a series of militant attacks to rattle the Afghan capital during the holy month of Ramadan. The assault claimed by Islamic State jihadis left eight others wounded when the bombers blew themselves up in the kitchen of Al Zahra mosque after police prevented them from entering the prayer hall packed with worshippers.” (06/16/17)