IACSP SEA SITREP Database Incident Report Brief: Terrorist Incidents and Counter-Terrorist Actions, by Country August 2013
Three suicide bombers targeted the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, killing nine civilians and wounding 23 others. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
A bomb planted in a graveyard in rural eastern Afghanistan killed 14 members of a single family. It was unclear why the family had been targeted, but at the time of the attack they were visiting the grave of a relative, a tribal elder named Haji Khayali who worked for a security company and who was killed by the Taliban earlier this year.
A series of attacks in Afghanistan killed 20 people. Ten people were killed when a group of insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the country’s western Herat Province. In southern Helmand Province, eight people were killed by a roadside mine while walking home. Five others, three of them children, were killed in a roadside bombing in the vicinity of Marjah. Also, a suicide bomber killed two people and injured three others in western Farah Province.
A car bomb exploded in Budaiya, but there were no casualties. The attack occurred near a recreational area, where two gas cylinders were planted in a parked vehicle. Only one of the cylinders exploded. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
A remotely-detonated car bomb injured four policemen as their patrol passed by a Shi’ite village near Manama. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
The European Parliament unanimously agreed to designate the military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist group. This makes it illegal for anyone in Europe to channel money to Hezbollah, and facilitates the freezing of the group’s assets there.
Twenty-five off-duty policemen were killed and two were injured when suspected Al-Qaeda militants ambushed the two mini-buses in which they were travelling near Rafah, in the Sinai Peninsula. Egyptian security forces arrested Adel Mohammed, aka Adel Habara, on suspicion of masterminding the attack.
Yasin Bhatkal, a founding member of the Indian Mujahideen (IM), was arrested in Raxaul, near the border with Nepal.
Indonesia’s elite anti-terrorism squad arrested Muhammad Syaiful Syahbani, 26, on suspicion of raising money to fund an alleged plot to attack the Burmese Embassy in protest against that country’s treatment of Muslims.
A series of bombings in and around Baghdad killed 41 people and wounded 100 others. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks, but authorities blamed Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Sixty people were killed and nearly 300 others were wounded in a series of bomb attacks throughout Iraq during the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The majority of attacks occurred in Baghdad, where apparently coordinated car bombings targeted markets, cafes and restaurants. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks, but authorities blamed Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
A suicide bomber killed 28 people and wounded 50 others in a crowded park in the Al-Qahira neighborhood of Baghdad. The majority of the casualties were children and women. Other bombs detonated near
Sunni mosques in two neighborhoods in Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 18 others.
A series of bomb attacks across Iraq killed 48 people and wounded 89 others throughout Iraq, including in Baghdad and Baquba.
A series of bombings and other attacks across Baghdad killed 71 people and injured 200 others. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks, but authorities blamed Al-Qaeda.
A car bomb killed 16 people and wounded 26 others in Samarra. The attack took place at 06:45 as shoppers were gathering at the Mraydi fruit and vegetable market. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but authorities blamed Al-Qaeda.
Israel and the West Bank
The Shura Council of the Mujahideen claimed responsibility for firing a rocket from the Sinai Peninsula towards Eilat, allegedly as retaliation for the killing of four guerrilla fighters in the Sinai. The rocket was intercepted by an Iron Dome anti-missile battery – the first time the system has intercepted a rocket over Eilat.
Four rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israel. There were no casualties, but damage was caused to several homes in the Nahariya area. Another rocket fell in a town near Acre, damaging several houses. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an Al-Qaeda-inspired group based in Lebanon, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
A car bomb killed 20 people and injured 120 others in a shopping area in a Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut. The Brigades of Aisha, a Sunni Islamist group, claimed responsibility for the attack and threatened more operations against Hezbollah.
A double bombing killed 47 people and injured 500 others in Tripoli. The two bombs were placed outside mosques and exploded within minutes of each other as Friday prayers were ending. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks. Hezbollah denied any involvement in the attacks, which it condemned. Two clerics were charged in connection with the bombings.
Suspected Boko Haram militants killed 44 worshipers in a mosque and injured 26 others in Konduga town, 35 kilometers outside Maiduguri. As security forces were returning from handling the attack in Konduga, they discovered that another attack had occurred at Ngom village, five kilometers outside Maiduguri. Twelve civilians were killed in the latter attack.
Nigeria’s military has reported killing Momodu Bama (aka Abu Saad), the second-in-command of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Bama was a specialist in manning anti-aircraft guns. Seventeen other militants were killed along with Bama, and 24 others were arrested.
A militant cell with links to Al-Qaeda’s affiliates in North Africa and Syria was dismantled by authorities. The suspected cell leader was accused of plotting to carry out a targeted terrorist operation.
A bomb exploded in Karachi, killing 11 people, several of them children, and injuring 24 others. The target of the attack was believed to have been Javed Naghori, a provincial minister. However he was unharmed.
A suicide bombing at a funeral for a policeman in Quetta killed 30 people, including a senior police officer, and wounded 60 others. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Security forces in Quetta arrested 10 people and seized 100 tons of bomb-making materials, including stocks of potassium chlorate and ammonium chlorate, which were used in two huge bombings that killed more than 200 people in predominantly Shi’ite areas of the city earlier this year.
Eight people were killed and 40 others were injured in a car bombing in Cotabato City. At least four vehicles were damaged and a fire was triggered, which engulfed a nearby mortuary and a tire repair shop. No group claimed responsibility for the attack; however, authorities blamed the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
Two foreign men suspected of planning suicide attacks were arrested and accused of plotting suicide terrorist acts. At the time of their arrest, the suspects were in possession of computers, electronic equipment and cell phones, which they used to communicate.
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a restaurant in Aleppo, killing eight people and injuring 20 others.
A car bomb killed Anas Abdul-Razzaq Na’em, the governor of Hama Province. The explosion occurred as Na’em was returning home in a convoy of vehicles. An additional civilian was killed and several others were injured in the attack.
Two militants were killed and five others were arrested during a raid in a residential area of El Ouardia. Witnesses reported an exchange of gunfire between police and an armed terrorist group. According to authorities, one member of the anti-terrorist squad was slightly injured in the operation.
Tunisia designated the hard-line Salafist Ansar Al-Sharia movement a terrorist group and blamed it for killing two secular politicians, Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi.
United States of America
The US closed 21 of its embassies in the Middle East and North Africa due to intelligence about an impending Al-Qaeda attack. Following the shutdown, Canada closed its embassy in Bangladesh, and Britain, France and Germany closed their embassies in Yemen. An intercepted secret message about plans for a major terrorist attack, which traveled between Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri and Nasser al-Wahishi, the head of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was reportedly the catalyst for the closures.
The US State Department issued a worldwide travel warning to American citizens, following intelligence suggesting Al-Qaeda was planning attacks during August.
A military jury convicted Major Nidal Hasan of a shooting rampage that killed 13 people and wounded dozens of others at a Texas Army base in
November 2009, purportedly on behalf of Al-Qaeda. The jury unanimously ordered Hasan to forfeit all pay and allowances, and dismissed him from military service. On 28 August he was sentenced to death, pending an automatic appeal.
Saynab Hussein, 23, pleaded guilty to lying to a federal grand jury about raising money for Minnesotans who went to Somalia to fight with Al-Shabab Al-Mujahedeen against Ethiopian troops.
Nigerian Citizen Olaniyi Babafemi (aka Ayatollah Mustapha), 32, was indicted in a US court. Both US and Nigerian authorities accuse Babafemi of providing material support to AQAP, and of unlawfully using firearms.
Authorities foiled a major Al-Qaeda plot to blow up oil pipelines and seize two of the country’s main ports. However, US authorities continued to be concerned about this and other plots against “soft targets” in the Middle East and elsewhere.
At least 37 militants were killed in suspected US drone attacks. In one attack, a drone killed four militants in Wadi al-Jadd in the southern Hadramaut region. In Marib and Hadramaut Governorate, two drone strikes killed 10 militants. Subsequently, seven militants were killed when six missiles destroyed two vehicles in Shabwa Governorate, and two militants were killed in a US drone missile strike in the same region.
Five soldiers were killed by suspected Al-Qaeda militants in an attack on a gas terminal in Shabwa Governorate.
Militants opened fire on the motorcade of Yemen’s prime minister in an apparent assassination attempt. However, he escaped unhurt.