While the West worries about terror attacks on its soil, Islamist extremists are massacring people across the Middle East and Africa.
Tue, August 2, 2016
A militant with a rocket launcher. (Photo: © Screenshot from video)
In the last seven days the following massacres have taken place in the Middle East and North Africa. Clarion Project normally does not have the space report every terrorist attack that happens around the world.
But here’s what’s been going on:
Yemen – Friday July 29: Islamist militants in Yemen destroyed a 16th century mosque marking the shrine of the renowned Sufi saint Sheikh Abdulhadi al-Sudi in the city of Taez. The Salafist militants destroyed the mosque because of their iconoclastic belief that such shrines are idolatrous.
Somalia – Sunday July 31: Twin suicide car-bombings hit the headquarters of Somalia’s Criminal Investigations Department in the capital Mogadishu before gunmen attempted to storm the building. Five civilians and one police officer were killed. Police returned fire killing four terrorists. Islamist terrorist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.
Iraqi Kurdistan – Sunday July 31: Militants attacked a gas facility and an oil field in Iraqi Kurdistan. Gunmen opened fire on guards at the gas facility and killed four employees then escaped after planting bombs. Three suicide bombers attacked the Bai Hassan oil field, the largest oil field in Kirkuk province in a separate attack. Two of the bombers were killed by the Kurdish Peshmerga and the third detonated his explosives and killed an engineer. ISIS-affiliated media reported the attack.
Nigeria – Sunday July 31: The Nigerian army successfully disposed of a bomb placed at the home of a former governor of Borno state. The bomb is believed to have been planted by Boko Haram. The army also ambushed Boko Haram terrorists, killing one and injuring another who escaped.
Disputed Territories, Israel – Sunday July 31: A Palestinian terrorist attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint near the city of Nablus. The IDF shot and killed him. Earlier in the week IDF soldiers killed a terrorist responsible for the murder of a rabbi and father of 10 children on July 1 and arrested three of his alleged accomplices.
Afghanistan – Monday, August 1: Taliban terrorists attempted to storm the Northgate hotel, a secured hotel used by foreigners in the capital Kabul. A car-bomb was detonated followed by an attack by gunmen. One policeman was killed in the attack, but security services were able to kill the three terrorists, who were prevented from entering the hotel.
Libya – Monday August 1: The United States launched a wave of precision air strikes against Islamic State targets in Libya. The strikes, conducted at the request of the internationally recognized Libyan government, mark a new phase in the fight against ISIS in the war-torn country.
Syria – Monday August 1: A Russian helicopter was shot down by Syrian rebels killing all five on board. Russia says the helicopter was returning from a mission to deliver humanitarian aid to the city of Aleppo. It is not known which rebel group brought down the helicopter. A video showing one of the Russians killed in the helicopter being dragged through the dirt while armed men screamed “Allahu Akbar” was shared on an Islamic State website.
These attacks are just a snapshot of the daily atrocities committed by Islamist terrorists across the Middle East and North Africa that do not make headline news in the West.