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London: A silver Ford speeds down the road, hits a group of cyclists, injures 3, jumps the sidewalk and then smashes into the heavy metal security barrier.


“…..there were no life threatening injuries. That’s probably because of special anti-terrorist barriers erected at strategic locations after last year’s car ramming on Westminster Bridge which killed five people……”

The Sun

This is what we know so far…

  • A silver Ford Fiesta crashed into anti-terror barriers outside the Houses of Parliament at 7.37am mowing down pedestrians and cyclists
  • Three people were hurt – including a man and a woman who were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries who have since been discharged
  • The 29-year-old driver, named by locals as Brit national Salih Khater, originally from Sudan, has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences and attempted murder
  • The suspect left Birmingham late on Monday night and drove around London for several hours before the rampage
  • Terror cops have carried out raids at two addresses in Birmingham, including the suspect’s home, and one in Nottingham as part of their investigation
  • Experts are investigating whether it was a copycat of the previous Westminster attack in March last year
  • Extra cops will now be stationed at key transport hubs across the country
  • Theresa May has praised medics and police for their quick response to the “attack”

Allegedly, a man linked to “extremist Muslims” was training children to commit school shootings.

Fox News



8/7/1998: A massive truck bomb explodes outside the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya and another truck bomb is detonated outside the U.S. embassy in Dar es Salaam, the capital of neighboring Tanzania. The dual terrorist attacks killed 224 people, including 12 Americans, and wounded more than 4,500.


Terror by Drone: “A new and dangerous era in non-state-sponsored terrorism clearly has begun, and no one is adequately prepared to counter it.”



Weaponized drones start with a tactical advantage: Most can fly lower than current technology is capable of readily detecting. Even if they were carrying only a small quantity of explosives, they could bring down a civilian aircraft in flight. Commercial airliners are vulnerable during takeoffs and landings when there is limited time for aircrews to react to unforeseen, and potentially hostile, events.

A simple hobbyist’s drone can down an airplane when joysticked into the airliner’s path. Militarized drones, the kind probably available to groups such as the Houthis, are heavier (but can weigh less than an adult human), and can carry several pounds of explosives at speeds up to 100 miles per hour with a range of 400 miles (about the distance between Washington and Boston). These flying robots can be programmed to maneuver into active airspace and wreak havoc without human guidance…..”


The youngest member of an all-female terrorism cell in Britain was jailed for life with a minimum term of 13 years on Friday for plotting attacks in London with sis and Mommy.


  • “….Two months ago, the sister, Rizlaine Boular, 22, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 16 years at the Old Bailey while the mother, Mina Dich, 44, received an extended sentence of 11 years and nine months….”


The shifting and enduring threat from Islamic extremism around the world that will last long after ISIS is defeated on the battlefield.

NY Times

  • From the scheming of lone extremists with no apparent connections to terrorist groups, like the ricin plots, to fighters aligned with the Islamic State or Al Qaeda in more than two dozen countries, terrorist threats are as complex and diverse as ever

  • The Islamic State, in particular, is adapting to setbacks and increasingly using the tools of globalization — including Bitcoin and encrypted communications — to take their fight underground and rally adherents around the world.

  • French authorities foiled a ricin plot by an Egyptian-born student in May after intercepting messages on the secure social media platform Telegram.

  • In Cologne, Germany, authorities acting on information from American intelligence agencies last month arrested a Tunisian man who tried to buy 1,000 castor bean seeds and a coffee grinder online.

7/22/1916: In San Francisco, a bomb at a Preparedness Day parade on Market Street kills 10 people and wounds 40.


Fourteen people have been wounded, some seriously, in a knife attack on a bus in Lübeck, Germany



Afghanistan: Suicide bombers targeted an Education Department building in Jalalabad killing at least 12 people; the second time in 24 hours.



Attacks on Medical Education across the Globe

Attacks on Medical Education : Document

“…..The aim of this report is to explore an impact of violence on medical education, with its specific components, such as education facilities, teaching hospitals, libraries, professors, medical students and all other directly related components…..”

“….Venezuealan Case Studies:

Threats / intimidation of medical personnel of the Central Hospital of San Cristóbal during protests: During the month of April and May several threats were reported against the personnel of the Central Hospital of San Cristóbal, Táchira state, because the National Guards forbade treating the wounded during social protests, intimidating some doctors who attended these wounded youth, despite the multiple protests that took place in the hospital, this intimidation did not stop.

Tear gas pumps near the Del Valle maternal and child hospital on 04/20/2017: The use of tear gas bombs by the Bolivarian National Police and the Bolivarian National Guard in Longaray and the Intercomunal Avenue of El Valle affected the patients of El Valle Children’s Maternity Hospital. Gases seeped into hospital facilities affecting workers, mothers and newborns17.

Detention of the professor of medical school of the Universidad Central de Venezuela, MD Óscar Noya, on 04/20/2017: Oscar Noya is a doctor and professor at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV). He works continuously for the population that lives in the upper Orinoco. Through the Twitter social network it was possible to know that in the afternoon of Thursday, April 20, Dr. Oscar Noya was arrested, when participated in the protest. Moya was helping people affected by tear gas in Santa Monica, Caracas…..”


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