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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.

A knife attack that killed two people and wounded eight others in southwestern Finland is being investigated as a terrorist attack apparently aimed at women

NY Times

  • The suspect, who was shot after the attack in Turku and hospitalized with a leg wound, is an 18-year-old Moroccan

  • Four other suspects, also Moroccan citizens, have been arrested in Turku

  • A search warrant was issued for a sixth.


Fatal Terror Attack in Barcelona

NY Times, 8/18/17



Barcelona: Police shoot dead 5 men in car also attacking pedestrians several hours after the Las Ramblas van attack

Washington Post

  • The 5 suspects in the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils tried to mow down pedestrians in the early hours of the morning
  • 1 a.m. on Friday, police responded to an attack near the boardwalk of the beach town of Cambrils, 60 miles southwest of Barcelona
  • An Audi had plowed into a crowd.
  • The police exchanged fire with the men in the car, killing four immediately while a fifth later died of his injuries. Six others were injured, including a police officer.
  • More than a hundred people from at least 24 nationalities were hurt and the death toll could rise above 13.




A 23-year-old Oklahoma man has been arrested after he tried to blow up a bank in downtown Oklahoma City using a vehicle bomb similar to the one that destroyed the federal building there in 1995

NY Times



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