The ICT Database Team is pleased to present a brief overview of the terrorist incidents and counter-terrorist actions that occurred worldwide in September 2015. The incidents covered in this month’s report join the over 35,000 previously-recorded terrorist and counter-terrorist incidents in the ICT database.
This month’s report covers terrorist incidents throughout the world, with special emphasis events in Asia. On September 14, Taliban militants, including suicide bombers and gunmen, attacked a prison in Ghazni, Afghanistan killing at least four police officers, wounding seven others and freeing 352 prisoners, including 150 Taliban militants.
Authorities said the incident began when the Taliban militants detonated a car bomb at the gates of the prison and then fired rocket-propelled grenades inside the compound of the prison. A team of six militants disguised as Afghan police officers raided the prison and set the prisoners free. Security officers killed three of the militants but the others escaped.
September was also marked by terrorist incidents in: Cameroon, China, Egypt, Israel and the West Bank, Iraq; Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Tunisia and Yemen.
This month’s report also covers counter-terrorist incidents throughout the world, with particular emphasis in North America. On September 23, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser were sentenced in Canada to life in prison after they were convicted in March 2015 of plotting to derail a commuter train from New York to Toronto.
The men were arrested in April 2013 following the culmination of an FBI sting operation. Esseghaier, was convicted of all the charges against him. Jaser was found guilty of conspiring to commit murder in support of terrorism and two other charges but not guilty of one other charge. The jury also found the men guilty of six other terror-related charges between them. The Judge ruled that both men must serve 10 years before they are eligible for parole.
September 2015 was also marked by counter-terrorist incidents in: Afghanistan, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel and the West Bank, Indonesia, Kuwait, Lebanon Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, North America, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Somalia, Syria, Thailand, United Kingdom and Yemen.