NOVEMBER 29, 2019
At around 2 p.m. local time, armed anti-terrorism police officers responded to a stabbing attack on London Bridge. Officers shot and killed the lone attacker, identfied as 28-year-old Usman Khan, after he was stabbed and klilled two people and wounded three others. A fake bomb was found strapped to his body. Khan, who was known to the authorities, was convicted on terrorism offences in 2012 and released in December 2018. He wore an anckle electronic tag ever since. Khan carried out the tatck shortly after he attended a conference on prisoner rehabilitation - called Learning Together—at Cambridge University.
NOVEMBER 29, 2019
Three people have been stabbed in an attack on a busy Hudson's Bay store at the main market square area in The Hague. Police have launched a massive search to aperhand the attacker. Three people were reportedly injured and retreated in hospital, but were later released. Police described the attacker as a person of North African descent aged between 45 and 50.
NOVEMBER 26, 2019
Citing terrorism and kidnappings threats, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Advisory for the country, in which it raised its level of advice to “Level 4: Do Not Travel” from its previous “Level 3: Reconsider Travel.” The Department of State also ordered the departure of all minor eligible family members of U.S. government employees under 21 years of age by December 2, as well the voluntary departure for adult eligible family members and employees who may need or choose to depart with dependent eligible family members.
OCTOBER 19, 2019
A large IED exploded inside a small mosque in the Jawdara area of Haska Mena district of Nangarhar province during Friday prayers. At least 69 people were killed in the blast and 50 were wounded. Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, security officials blamed the Taliban for bombing. A Taliban spokesman denied the group’s involvement and said that according to witnesses a mortar shell fired by government forces caused the explosion.
OCTOBER 10, 2019
A suspected Islamic State (IS) sympathizer armed with a knife attacked and stabbed the Security Minister Wiranto and his security detail in the town of Menes in Banten Province, located on the island of Java after attended an event at the Mathla’ul Anwar University. The former military chief and ex-presidential candidate suffered two deep stabbing wounds to his stomach. He was airlifted to a hospital in the capital, Jakarta where he was hosptlized in stable condition. Two police officers were also injured in the attack. The attacker and his wife, who was wielding scissors, were arrested at the scene. The State Intelligence Agency chief stated that according to preliminary investigation the suspects were members of the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which is linked to IS and was behind some of the worst attacks in the country.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2019
At around 10:45 a.m. local time, a 20-year-old assailant armed with a pair of scissors stabbed a soldier in the throat in the Piazzale Duca D’Aosta square in front of Milan’s central station. The attacker, whose nationality has not been revealed, reportedly shouted Allahu Akbar’ during the attack. He was captured by police officers as he attempted to escape the scene towards the Via Vittor Pisani Boulevard. Police are investigating whether the attack was terrorism-related.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2019
Yemen-based Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a coordinated drone attack on Saudi Aramco-owned Abqaiq oil processing facility and the Khurais oil field, located about 165 km/102 miles east of the capital Riyadh. According to a Houthi military spokesman, shortly after 4 a.m. local time, the rebels launched 10 drones laden with explosives targeting the facilities simultaneously. The explosions caused large fires and massive damage at both facilities, cutting the kingdom’s oil production by 50%, which accounts for about 5% of the global energy supplies. No casualties were reported in the attacks. While Houti’s attacks on Saudi infrastructure have increased this year, the attack is the largest in terms of financial impact and damage. Despite the Houtis claim of responsibility, some Saudi and US officials allege that Iran staged the attacks using cruise missiles and drones, which Iran denies.