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BBC: A breakdown in communication led to a near two-hour delay in sending fire crews to the scene of the Manchester Arena attack on May 22.


Fire crews were deployed to the Ariana Grande gig 1 hour 47 minutes after Salman Abedi killed 22 and injured 512.

“…..The BBC understands the document includes:

  • County Fire Officer Pete O’Reilly was not informed the bomb had gone off for 35 minutes
  • Fire brigade bosses followed protocol by not deploying crews due to the potential risk of a second terrorist incident
  • The brigade claims it did not know until nearly two hours after the attack that the threat had been lifted….”



NYC kids exposed to terror

NY Times

“……Hudson River Middle is a small progressive public school on Warren Street at the corner of West Street, one short block south of where Sayfullo Saipov crashed his rental truck into a school bus on Halloween, after plowing the truck down a crowded bike path along the river, killing eight people and injuring a dozen, including two students on the bus. The building also houses a second school — P.S. 89, the Liberty School — which serves children from prekindergarten through fifth grade, who were being let out on Tuesday afternoon while the attack was unfolding. Children and parents and caregivers already outside, in an enclosed yard, were brought in and sequestered for safety in a windowless cafeteria where teachers foraged for snacks. The middle-school students were sent to a gym on the third floor.

Although the school year is relatively new, the younger children had already participated in lockdown drills. They were told that this one was real, that they were being kept safe inside from something unsafe happening outside. In morning meeting the following day, Connie Ryan, a prekindergarten teacher told her students what a great job the police had done in protecting everyone. During play, she said, a lot of children sent Lego Duplo people to jail.

One block north, across the street at Stuyvesant High School, there are two phases of dismissal, one at 2:45 and another at 3:30. Some students who left in the first round on Tuesday were crossing a popular footbridge connecting the campus to TriBeCa when the chaos erupted, giving them a full view of the carnage. When it was clear to administrators that something terrible was happening, an announcement was made over the loud speaker that the school was implementing a “shelter in,” a modified lockdown that forbids students from leaving the school but allows them to move within the building……”

Anticom: a secretive and militant group that has emerged during the past year


“…..Right-wing extremists communicating in confidential online chats in recent months have shared scores of documents detailing the manufacture and use of bombs, grenades, mines and other incendiary devices.
The documents, which range from instructions on detonating dynamite to U.S. military manuals for constructing improvised explosives and booby traps……”



Papabomba, or “potato bomb” are tightly packed spherical bombs composed of potassium chlorate, sulfur, and aluminum, with nuts and bolts added to create improvised shrapnel.

Popular Mechanics

“…..An article in Small Wars Journal summarizes the recent arrest of four men in …Guanajauto, Mexico. The men were traveling in a stolen car with an AK-47 style rifle and a 3DR Solo commercial hobbyist drone. The drone had been rigged to carry an improvised bomb via a string, and to drop the bomb on a target. A radio frequency detonator would then set off the bomb remotely…..”

ISIS claimed responsibility late Thursday for the terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan two days earlier that killed eight people and wounded a dozen more.

NY Times


NYC: The charges against Sayfullo Saipov

NY Times

“….The charges describe the driver, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, as a voracious consumer and meticulous student of ISIS propaganda, and detail how he said he was spurred to attack by an ISIS video questioning the killing of Muslims in Iraq. They say he began planning the attack about a year ago and, after taking a test run in a Home Depot rental truck last week, chose Halloween to carry it out because more people would be on the streets…..”


NYC: The suspect left a note saying that he did it in the name of ISIS



The deadliest terrorist attack on New York City since Sept. 11, 2001.

NY Times

“…A driver plowed a pickup truck down a crowded bike path along the Hudson River in Manhattan on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring 11 …..Five of the people killed were Argentine tourists who traveled to New York for a 30-year high school reunion celebration……”



A suicide truck bomb exploded outside a popular hotel in Somalia’s capital on Saturday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 30, and gunfire continued as security forces pursued other attackers inside the building, police said. Two more blasts were heard, one when an attacker detonated a suicide vest.



Oct. 23, 1983: A suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International Airport in Lebanon killed 220 U.S. Marines, 18 sailors and 3 Army soldiers; a near-simultaneous attack on French forces killed 58 paratroopers.


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