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Summary of Terrorist Incidents and CT Operations: December 2011

  • Ayman al-Zawahri, claimed responsibility on 1 December for the kidnapping of Warren Weinstein, 70, a Jewish American development expert on 13 August 2011 in Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Mohammad Younis, 44, received a $2,000 fine on 1 December and was sentenced to three years on probation for assisting Faisal Shazasad fund the failed Times Square attack, in New York, USA on 1 May 2010.
  • Nima Yusuf, 25, pleaded guilty on 1 December to financially assisting four men from Minnesota, USA, who were accused of joining al-Shabbab in Somalia.
  • “Halil S”, 27, was arrested on 6 December in Bochum, Germany, suspected of having ties to the Düsseldorf cell that was led by militant Abdeladim El-K.
  • An AQIM splinter group calling known as the Unity Movement for Jihad in West Africa, announced their formation on 10 December and claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of two Spaniards and an Italian on 23 October 2011 near Tindouf, Algeria.
  • Kevin Lunsmann, an American teenager, 14, escaped on 10 December from captivity by Abu Sayaf militants in the Philippines.
  • Ahmed Faraz, 32, a bookseller from Birmingham, UK was convicted on 12 December of possessing and distributing material related to terrorism.
  • Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, 62, alias Carlos the Jackal, was sentenced a second time, to life in prison in Paris, France on 15 December.
  • US Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided an Oklahoma car dealership on 17 December, as the business was suspected of being part of a large network that used their profits to fund Hizballah between January 2007 and early 2011.
  • On 22 December, 72 people were killed and 217 were wounded in a series of 14 explosions in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • On 23 December, 44 people were killed and 166 injured when two suicide car bombs exploded in succession of each other outside the State Security Directorate and a regional military office in Damascus, Syria.
  • On 25 December, 41 people were killed and 57 wounded, in coordinated bomb attacks that targeted Christmas Day church services carried out by Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria.

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