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A federal jury convicted Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a loner from New Jersey drawn to online calls to jihad, of setting the explosives in the Chelsea neighborhood that blew out windows and sent shrapnel flying into buildings, cars and people during a two-day bombing campaign in and around New York City last year.

NY Times

A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu has killed at least 30 with dozens more wounded.



10/12/2002: 3 bombings shatter the peace in the town of Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali leaving 202 dead and morethan 200 others injured.


A 2016 plot to detonate bombs in Times Square and the New York City subway system and to open fire at concert venues last year was quietly thwarted: 3 men charged.

NY Times

“…..Three men involved in the plot were arrested; one of the men, Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 19-year-old Canadian citizen, has been in custody since his arrest in May of last year, and has pleaded guilty to terrorism offenses, the authorities said.

The two others — Russell Salic, a 37-year-old Filipino, and Talha Haroon, 19-year-old American living in Pakistan, have been arrested overseas, and they are expected to be extradited to the United States.

Mr. El Bahnasawy bought bomb-making materials in Canada for use in the attacks, including 40 pounds of hydrogen peroxide, a primary ingredient commonly used in improved explosive devices….”


Oct. 7, 1985: Palestinian gunmen hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean with more than 400 people aboard.

A major manhunt is under way after an improvised explosive device exploded on a London Underground train, injuring 29 people



An “explosion” on board a rush hour Tube train that injured a number of commuters and sparked panic in west London is being treated as a terror incident.


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OFFICE OF CYBER AND INFRASTRUCTURE ANALYSIS (OCIA) assesses the number of vehicle-ramming attacks since January 2016

OCIA-Foreign_Terrorist_Organization-Inspired_Vehicle_Ramming_Attacks_on_Commercial_Facilities_FOUO                                                                                                  OFFICE OF CYBER AND INFRASTRUCTURE ANALYSIS (OCIA)

September 2017

OCIA assesses the increase in the number of vehicle-ramming attacks since January 2016 indicates Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) messaging efforts are probably resonating with violent extremists and will most likely continue in the near term. FTO-inspired violent extremists will probably continue to plan and engage in vehicle-ramming attacks against Western-based mass gathering and public venues since this tactic often requires minimal training, expertise, and preoperational planning.

Since January 2016, eight FTO-inspired vehicle-ramming attacks have occurred in Western countries.

OCIA identified three common characteristics among these attacks:

  1. targeting of public venues or mass gatherings;
  2. use of secondary weapons; and
  3. lack of observable indicators immediately before the attack.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Commercial Facilities Sector is at the greatest risk of attack from FTO-inspired vehicle-ramming operations because of the recurring presence of mass gatherings at these locations, the potential for adverse economic impacts, and the media attention these types of attacks regularly receive.



Sept. 5, 1972: Palestinian terrorists attacked the Israeli Olympic team at the summer games in Munich; 11 Israeli athletes and coaches, five terrorists and a police officer were killed.


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