Entries in Terrorist Attack (15)


Gunman Opens Fire Outside US Embassy in Sarajevo

Comstock/Thinkstock(SARAJEVO, Bosnia) -- The U.S. embassy in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo was locked down Friday, after shots were fired outside the building, injuring at least two officers.

The gunman, identified by Bosnian media as 23-year-old Serbian Mevlid Jasarevic, is a suspected radical Islamist, according to Britain's Daily Mail. Photos of Jasarevic show him clenching an AK-47-style assualt rifle and shooting at random civilians and police.

The Bosnian president reportedly believes the shooting spree to be an act of terrorism.

Police sharpshooters shot and wounded Jaserevic, who was arrested on site.  After being treated on the scene, he was hospitalized.
The area has been sealed off and a search is underway for any possible accomplices.

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British Police Arrest Seven in Counterterrorism Operation

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A large counterterrorism operation by British police has led to the arrest of seven people in Birmingham, according to authorities.

In a statement, West Midlands police said six men aged between 25 and 32 were detained near or at their homes between Sunday night and early Monday morning "on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism in the U.K."  Another suspect, a 22-year-old woman, was arrested at 6:30 a.m. Monday for allegedly failing to disclose information that could be pertinent to a terrorist attack.

All seven are being held for questioning as police conduct searches on their homes and seven other properties in Birmingham.

Marcus Beale, the West Midlands assistant chief constable, said he couldn't go into detail about the nature of the suspected offenses because the operation was still in its early stages.

"However, I believe it was necessary to take action at this time in order to ensure public safety," he said.

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Israel: Terror Attack outside Club Filled with Teens

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(TEL AVIV) -- A young Palestinian man stole a taxi in Tel Aviv Monday morning and plowed it into a police checkpoint outside a nightclub full of teenagers before jumping out and stabbing several bystanders. Nine people were wounded, including four police officers.

Just before 2 a.m. Monday morning, the man attacked a taxi driver with a knife and made off with his car. Minutes later, he slammed the vehicle into a police checkpoint set up to guard the entrance to the Haoman 17 club in south Tel Aviv, where a party was in full swing.

After striking one police officer in a car, the 21 year-old man -- whose name was not released -- jumped out of the taxi, yelling in Arabic, "Allahu Akbar," God is great, according to Israeli police. Continuing to shout, he then stabbed several people before being wrestled to the ground by civilians and border police officers, a police spokeswoman said.

It was "definitely a terror attack," spokeswoman police Luba Samri told ABC News, adding that four policemen, three civilians and the taxi driver were initially hospitalized. The attacker, from the West Bank city of Nablus, was also taken to the hospital.

The club was hosting a party reportedly attended by nearly 2,000 teenagers. After the car careened into the checkpoint, people ran over to help, thinking it was an accident.

Israel's interior security minister applauded the police response, saying that "the message of this event is that the police officers are the bullet-proof vest that prevents terror attacks against teenagers," according to Israeli media.

Attacks of this nature in Israel have been very rare in recent years, though tension is high between Palestinians and Israelis following a series of recent rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and retaliatory attacks by the Israeli air force.

Monday's attacker was released into the custody of Israel's Internal Security Service, which is investigating the incident.

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Two Britons Detained in Afghanistan for Alleged Terrorist Efforts

ABC News(LONDON) -- British authorities say two individuals claiming to be British nationals have been detained in Afghanistan for reportedly being involved in plotting a terrorist attack back home in the U.K.

AFP reports the pair, a man and a woman, were picked up by British and Afghan forces last week and are currently being held at a secure location in Kandahar.  The Times of London reports the pair were arrested at the International Trade Center Hotel in the city of Herat in what the newspaper called an unprecedented counter-terrorism raid on Afghan soil.

According to the BBC, the two suspects are believed to have traveled from the U.K. to Afghanistan to possibly make terrorist contacts in an effort to develop some kind of attack back home.

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London Remembers 7/7 Victims on Sixth Anniversary of Attacks

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) -- People will gather in London's Hyde Park on Thursday to honor and remember the victims of the 7/7 attacks that took place exactly six years ago.

The July 7, 2005 incident claimed the lives of 52 people and injured several hundreds more.  Terrorists detonated a total of four bombs in London that morning -- three on the Underground train network and another on a bus passing through Tavistock Square.

Four years after the attacks, the memorial at Hyde Park was built, featuring a steel pillar for each of the 52 people that died.

Thursday's remembrance of 7/7 comes amid allegations that reporters and investigators for Rupert Murdoch's News of the World  hacked into the cellphones of the victims’ families.  Scotland Yard is leading the investigation and has started to contact relatives of the 7/7 victims.

It is not yet known whether any of those phones had actually been hacked.

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Majority Not Worried Afghan Withdrawal Will Spur Terrorist Strikes

US Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment(WASHINGTON) -- Most Americans now say that ending the U.S. military commitment in Afghanistan won't leave the nation more susceptible to a terrorist attack.

In a Gallup poll taken last week just after President Obama announced a gradual drawdown from Afghanistan beginning this summer, 55 percent of respondents claim they're not worried the country will become more vulnerable to terrorists.  That represents a significant increase from December 2009 when 43 percent said they weren't worried about an American military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, just over two-thirds of the respondents to the Gallup poll agreed with Obama's argument that money used to fight the war could be better spent to fix problems at home.

There are several reasons for the change in sentiment over keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  One is that many Americans feel the U.S. accomplished its goal by killing al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.  There's also a general weariness about the war after 10 years of fighting that has resulted in a basic stalemate with the Taliban.

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Taliban Targets Afghan Government and Security Buildings 

U.S. State Department(KANDAHAR, Afghanistan) -- The Taliban's spring offensive in Afghanistan began in earnest over the weekend as militants attacked various government and security offices inside the southern city of Kandahar.

Authorities said the deadliest assault occurred Saturday, as 18 people were killed and at least 50 wounded in the latest offensive by the Taliban, which continues its attempts to undermine the Afghan government.  Most of the dead were insurgents who brandished guns and rocket-propelled grenades, while some wore suicide vests as they attacked the governor's office, police stations and the local intelligence headquarters.

Afghan security forces were able to repel virtually all of the invasions although two civilians and two security personnel were killed in the onslaught.  By Sunday, there were reports of scattered skirmishes, while the streets of the city were virtually abandoned by pedestrians and business people.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the violence, which he claimed was in retaliation for the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.  However, Taliban leaders insisted the Kandahar operation was planned weeks ago, before bin Laden was killed in Pakistan one week ago.

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Was Killing of Osama Bin Laden Legal Under International Law?

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Since the death of Osama bin Laden Sunday, administration officials have repeatedly said that the mission to kill him complied with domestic and international law.

"Let me make something very clear," Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Wednesday, "the operation in which Osama bin Laden was killed was lawful.  He was the head of al Qaeda, an organization that conducted the attacks of Sept. 11.  He admitted his involvement."

But as new details of the operation emerge, and some Pakistani leaders protest the U.S. incursion into their state, legal experts say the administration must more forcefully lay out its case.

Law professor Kenneth Anderson, who specializes in legal issues related to war and terrorism, said that differing government accounts as to whether bin Laden was armed or invited to surrender or even involved in a firefight have muddled the legal debate and left the administration open to international criticism.

"Holder was not direct in stating that of course it was legal to target Osama bin Laden, legal to target with lethal force, legal to target without warning or invitation to surrender," said Anderson, who teaches at American University Washington College of Law.  "And that has always been the U.S. legal position."

"The United States actually has firm legal views on these points, which unfortunately, probably for reasons of operational secrecy, the senior leadership hasn't properly communicated," Anderson added.

To justify the use of force, the Obama administration relied on the Authorization to Use Military Force Act of Sept. 18, 2001, which allows the president to use "all necessary and appropriate force" against persons who authorized, planned or committed the 9/11 attacks, as well as international law derived from treaties and customary laws of war.

The Obama and Bush administrations have argued that the use of force is allowed under international law because of the continuing conflict with al Qaeda, and the need to protect the United States from additional attacks.

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Suicide Bombing in Iraq Kills 21 Cops, Injures Dozens

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(HILLA, Iraq) -- In what was the deadliest terrorist attack in Iraq in over a month, 21 police officers were killed Thursday when a suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into a police station in the southern city of Hilla.

Witnesses said that the attacker waited until guards were in the midst of changing shifts before driving the vehicle head-on into the precinct.

The powerful blast also wounded 75 cops, about half of them seriously.  It's believed that the car contained 330 pounds of explosives.

This was the single deadliest assault in Iraq since March 29, when al Qaeda militants stormed a building in the northern city of Tikrit.  Fifty-eight people died in the attack.

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German Authorities Arrest Three Terror Suspects

Medioimages/Photodisc/ThinkStock(BERLIN) -- Authorities in Germany say they arrested three members of al Qaeda who were believed be on the verge of committing terror attacks in Germany.

The trio, who were arrested Friday morning, consists of: Moroccan national Abdeladim El-K., 29, who is believed to be the ringleader; Jamil S., 31, of dual German and Moroccan citizenship; and Amid C., 19, who holds dual German and Iranian citizenship.

The three men appeared in a German court on Saturday, accused of plotting a terror attack that involved an explosive. Authorities say the suspects did not yet have a target for the attack, but were in the experimental phase of the planning, according to published reports.

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