Risk Assessment – Threat of ‘lone wolf’ terrorism growing, experts warn


April 30, 2013

Source: The daily telegraph

All eyes may be on Africa, but there are fears of a new, unpredictable threat in the west: the so-called “lone wolf”.

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This isn’t about a particular country or cause, and some worry it could be a growing trend.

In 2011 Anders Behring Breivik shocked the world with a Norwegian terror rampage. He bombed government buildings in Oslo before going on a shooting spree at a camp held by the country’s Labour Party. The bombings killed eight people, and the shooting left 69 dead.

Breivik was later found to hold various far-right beliefs, including a perception of Islam and Marxism as “the enemy”.

There are fears this kind of attack could happen more often.

Workplace violence

In America, Nidal Malik Hasan is set to undergo court martial proceedings this year after being accused of carrying out a mass shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. The shooting, which happened in 2009, left 13 dead and 30 injured.

The Fort Hood attack is regarded by some as terrorism because of Hasan’s alleged radicalisation, with reports he had been emailing Anwar al-Awlaki, a cleric and alleged al-Qaeda recruiter based in Yemen, and monitored for several years as a security threat. The US Department of Defence, however, has referred to it as an act of workplace violence.

Lone wolf attacks could be related to various forms of extremism – for example, Islamism or neo-Nazism – but the danger is that they are hard to track. People operating alone can be harder to follow than a large organisation.

In a recent book, Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understand the Growing Threat, security consultant Jeffrey D Simon argues that lone wolves can be more creative than terrorist groups.

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Terrorist breeding ground

He also points out the importance of the internet as a potential breeding ground for terrorists – though this is also an opportunity for counter-terrorism agencies to monitor potential threats.

Britons present their own risks, with a potential rise in British-born terrorists who have trained abroad before returning to the UK.

Last year the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) think tank predicted that terrorists could put their training in countries including Somalia, Yemen or Nigeria to use on UK streets.

In a report, RUSI director-general Michael Clarke wrote: “The threat they pose, so far, is in the possibility that high numbers of such individuals, operating alone and unsupported, albeit in an amateur way, may nevertheless be lucky in a few attempts.

“They are harder to track and their behaviour much harder to predict.”

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News: Boston Marathon: Two bomb blasts at finish line


April 16, 2013

Source: BBC – ABC News

Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have injured a number of people. Video and photographs from Boston show a scene of confusion, with emergency services descending on the scene.

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Two bombs erupted at the famed Boston Marathon today, killing two people and injuring at least 78 while turning the race into what lookedlike a war zone.

Within hours of the explosions, law enforcement officials, including those with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, were questioning a potential person of interest at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where many of the injured were taken, sources told ABC News.

The casualties were caused by two bombs that exploded almost simultaneously near the race finish line on Boylston Street before 3 p.m. The area was crowded with runners and spectators, and thousands of runners were still completing the race at the time of the first explosion.

Police said that two people were killed. At least 78 were taken to hospitals with injuries, including some which have been described as amputations and severe burns.

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Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis declined to say whether he thought the devices were acts of terrorism, but said, “You can reach your own conclusion based on what happened.”

According to law enforcement sources, the first bomb exploded at the Marathon Sports running store, and blew out windows in four nearby buildings, injuring 15 to 20 individuals. The second blast occurred about 50 to 100 yards away, severely injuring more bystanders, Davis said.

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Terror attacks in Norway


(VG Nett) At least ten people are killed in shootings at a youth camp only hours after a massive bomb blast in central Oslo.

One man has been arrested after the shooting and police see a connection between the two attacks. The suspect is of Norwegian nationality, confirms Norwegian Minister of Justice Knut Storberget.

The first reports of shootings on Utøya, an island outside of Oslo, came around 18.25 PM Friday night.

According to a witness the gunman identified himself as a police officer before he started killing people.

Almost 700 young members of the Labour Party was at the island for a youth camp.

Police now confirms that at least ten people are killed in the shootings at the island. An eyewitness tells VG Nett that as many as 20 to 30 people could be dead.

Police also fear it could be bombs at the youth camp and are currently securing the island.

This came only hours after a bomb exploded in a government building in central Oslo at 3.30 PM Friday afternoon.

The explosion killed at least seven people and ten people are seriously injured in the blast, confirms police.

A fake police officer was also seen at this scene.

Surrounding buildings was also affected by the attack. The bomb exploded close to Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s office. He was not at his office and has not been injured.

Several blocks around the bomb are still evacuated and people are asked to stay away from the city centre.

– We will find those responsible and hold them accountable, said the Norwegian Prime Minster Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference late Friday.

He also has a message to the people behind the attacks

– You will not destroy us. You will not destroy our democracy or our ideals for a better world,
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Here’s Why Terrorists Might Target Oslo


The news of a bomb in Oslo today has left many scratching their heads as to why a country often associated with peace would be a target for such a huge act of violence.

However, the country is an active military force in Afghanistan and Libya, and also angered Islamic communities when a Norwegian newspaper republished cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

A quick look reveals a number of plots and threats have been made against the country in recent months:

  • A group linked to Al Qaeda (and including one Chinese member of the Muslim minority Uighurs) had been arrested last year in relation to a plot, reports The New York Times.
  • Earlier this month Kurdish Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar, who was being deported from the country, reportedly made threats against Norwegian politicians, according to the AP.

And that’s only looking at the Islamic angle.

The other big possibility, touted by some on Twitter, is that the attack could have come from the Norwegian right. The Norwegian far right were once a feared proposition but have been relatively mellow in recent years due to the success of populist success of the Progress Party.

More People Killed in Norway – Terror in Oslo


Source: Al Jazeera

Deadly blast hits Norway’s capital
least two people have been killed and more than a dozen injured after a bomb went off at a government building in Oslo housing the Norwegian prime minister’s office, news agencies and witnesses say.

Friday’s blast blew out most of the windows of the 17-storey building housing Jens Stoltenberg’s office in the city centre, as well as nearby ministries, including the oil ministry, which was on fire.

Camilla Ryste, a government spokeswoman, told the Associated Press news agency Stoltenberg was safe.

Police confirmed the attack was a bomb but did not give further details.

Hanne Taalsen, a journalist working for TV2, told Al Jazeera the blast happened at 3:20pm local time and that there were “massive damage in the streets” around the building.

The TV station’s building was later cordoned off amid reports that there was a suspicious package inside.

Another shooting incident was reported just outside Oslo after the explosion and left people five people injured. The assailants targeted a youth event organised by the ruling party.

A Reuters correspondent, Walter Gibbs, said he counted at least eight injured people in the bomb incident but media reports put the figure of the injured at 15. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

A tangled wreckage of a car lay outside one building, leading to speculation it was a bomb attack.

An Associated Press reporter said newspaper offices in the area were also damaged and smoke could be seen drifting in the streets.

The reporter said he saw a young man with a bleeding leg being helped away from the area. It was not immediately clear whether there were other injuries.

People surprised

Kristina Overn, a Norwegian journalist, said people were surprised that Norway had been targeted.

“People are really surprised. I am very surprised. People are shocked that this could happen in Oslo,” she told Al Jazeera.

“People are quite calm, they are not running around or anything. But people are quite shocked. I think most Norwegians consider themselves to be outside of incidents like this.”

Peter Svaar, a journalist working for NRK, said “the whole of downtown Oslo is sealed off” and spoke of a “very chaotic situation”.

The attack comes days after Norwegian prosecutors filed a terrorism charge against Mullah Krekar, founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam, who is accused of threatening a former minister, Erna Solberg, with death.

“Norway will pay a heavy price for my death,” he said. “If, for example, Erna Solberg deports me and I die as a result, she will suffer the same fate.”

It is not clear whether Friday’s attack is related to the threat.

Norway has also previosuly received threats from al-Qaeda over its involvement in combat operations in Afghanistan.

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Explosion outside the Prime Ministers Office in Oslo – Norway


The attack left several people injured but the prime minister was reported to be safe [Photo by Geir-Olav Goksøyr]

An explosion has blown out most windows of a government building housing the prime minister’s office and left several people injured, news agencies say.

Friday’s blast blew out most windows on the 17-storey building housing Jens Stoltenberg’s office, as well as nearby ministries, including the oil ministry, which was on fire.

Camilla Ryste, a government spokeswoman, told the Associated Press news agency Stoltenberg was safe.

A Reuters correspondent, Walter Gibbs, said he counted at least eight injured people. The cause of the blast was unknown but the tangled wreckage of a car was outside one building.

And an Associated Press reporter said newspaper offices in the area were also damaged and smoke could be seen drifting in the streets.

The reporter said he saw a young man with a bleeding leg being helped away from the area. It was not immediately clear whether there were other injuries.

Kristina Overn, a Norwegian journalist, said people were surprised that Norway had been targeted.

“People are really surprised. I am very surprised. People are shocked that this could happen in Oslo,” she told Al Jazeera.

“People are quite calm, they are not running around or anything. But people are quite shocked. I think most Norwegians consider themselves to be outside of incidents like this.”

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Terror in Oslo – Norway. Major explosion close to the prime ministers office.


Major blast rocks Norway capitalA major explosion hits close to the offices of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg in the Norwegian capital Oslo.-BBC

Norway: Blast near prime minister’s office in Oslo

Video grab from EVN of Oslo, Norway - 22 July 2011Windows were shattered and smoke was rising from central Oslo

A large explosion has hit near government headquarters in the Norwegian capital Oslo.

The blast is thought to have caused damage to the offices of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and a number of other official buildings.

Mr Stoltenberg was unharmed, said local media, but witnesses said at least eight people were injured in the city centre explosion.

Pictures from the scene showed glass from shattered windows in the streets.

All roads into the city centre have been closed, said the NRK newspaper. Television images showed rubble in the street and smoke around some buildings.

An NRK journalist, Ingunn Andersen, said the headquarters of tabloid newspaper VG had also been damaged.

“I see that some windows of the VG building and the government headquarters have been broken. Some people covered with blood are lying in the street,” Associated Press news agency quoted him as saying.

“It’s complete chaos here. The windows are blown out in all the buildings close by.”

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