Terrorism Update


7/25 (CNN) Police arrested a man after a bomb scare that emptied Pennsylvania Station and disrupted service on Amtrak, commuter trains and city subways for about an hour.

7/22 (NY Times) Inside a former Starbucks warehouse, this city’s bomb squad headquarters, the police chief and 15 captains and sergeants – accompanied by a robot that can extract explosives from packages and pin down a suspect
– huddled the other day to tackle a topic suddenly urgent to the police across the nation: suicide bombers.

7/22 (NY Times) A group of girls and women from Honduras were kept in crowded apartments and forced to dance at bars and drink with male customers to pay back thousands of dollars to the people who smuggled them into the United States, the United States attorney for New Jersey charged on Thursday.


7/25 (MSNBC) British police were in “a race against time” Monday to catch four failed bombers who may try again to attack London’s transport system, raising fears the British capital had become a long-term target for Islamic militants.

7/25 (MSNBC) Investigators hunting four fugitives wanted for the abortive bombing of the city’s transit system last week have linked them to the four presumed suicide bombers who killed 52 bystanders and wounded 700 others two weeks earlier, a British official said Sunday.

7/24 (MSNBC) Pope Benedict XVI prayed Sunday for God to stop the “murderous hand” of terrorists, stepping up his condemnation of the recent attacks in Europe and the Middle East blamed on Islamic extremists.

7/24 (CNN) A bomb exploded beneath a train in Russia’s violence-plagued Dagestan region on Sunday, killing one person and injuring four others, police said.

7/24 (MSNBC) The back-to-back nature of the deadly attacks in Egypt and London, as well as similarities in the methods used, suggests that the al Qaeda leadership may have given the orders for both operations and is a clear sign that Osama bin Laden and his deputies remain in control of the network, according to interviews with counterterrorism analysts and government officials in Europe and the Middle East.

7/23 (All Headlines News) Although he receives government annually and is currently claiming weekly income support, a British Muslim cleric says the citizens of Great Britain got what they deserved with the recent bombings that ravaged the city of London.

7/23 (Tricity Herald) A bomb exploded Saturday at an Istanbul cafe frequented by tourists, injuring at least two people, police said.

7/22 (Yahoo News) A man suspected of being linked to the deadly London bombings told a Swedish newspaper that he was not involved in the July 7
attacks, but praised Osama bin Laden and threatened Sweden if it
extradited him to the United States or Britain.

Middle East

7/25 (NY Times) Palestinian gunmen sprayed a civilian Israeli convoy with automatic gunfire early Sunday morning, killing a husband and wife and wounding four other Israelis, three of them seriously, the Israeli Army said. The attack took place on the main road connecting Israeli Gaza settlements with Israel.

7/25 (NY Times) With just three weeks to go before an important deadline for the new constitution, Sunni Arab leaders said Sunday that they were ready to end their boycott of the drafting process. The statements came as a suicide truck bomber rammed into barricades at a police station here in the middle of a raging sandstorm, killing at least 25 people and wounding at least 33 others, Iraqi officials said.

7/25 (BBC) Australian Prime Minister John Howard has arrived in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on an unannounced visit.

7/25 (Scotsman) EGYPTIAN police scoured for clues yesterday and struggled to identify dozens of the 88 people killed in three co-ordinated bomb blasts in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik early on Saturday morning.

7/25 (MSNBC) An explosive detonated as it was being carried by a man several miles from a tourist bazaar next the Pyramids of Giza on Sunday, police said. The man was severely injured.

7/24 (NY Times) A day after one of the worst terrorist attacks in Egyptian history, tourists at this sun-baked resort woke up Sunday determined, for the most part, to stick to the languid rhythms of a beach holiday.


7/25 (NY Times) A roadside bomb exploded in eastern Afghanistan, striking a U.S. military convoy and wounding six American troops, the U.S. military said Monday.


7/25 (BBC) Sudan’s army and rebels have accused each other of staging attacks in the Darfur region, days after peacekeepers said security had improved.

7/25 (BBC) At least five people have been killed after grenades were thrown at a night-club and official residences in Ethiopia’s Somali region.

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