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Summary of Terrorist Incidents and CT Operations: December 2013

This month’s report covers terrorist incidents throughout the world, with special emphasis on events in Russia. On December 29, 18 people were killed and 44 others injured when a suicide bomber attacked the Volgograd-1 train station in southern Russia. A second suicide attack took place the following morning, December 30, at 8:30 local time in the Dzerzhinsky district in Volgograd. The bombing targeted a No. 1233 trolleybus of route 15A, which connects a suburb to Volgograd’s downtown area, as it was passing one of the city’s markets. The attack killed 16 people, including a child, and injured 41 others. Valiat Dagestan, a militant group linked to Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for the attacks. December 2013 was also marked by terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, Greece, Iraq, Israel and the West Bank, Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Thailand and Yemen.

This month’s report also covers counter-terrorist incidents throughout the world, with particular emphasis on events in the United States of America. On December 14, Terry Loewen, 58, was arrested in the a culmination of a six-month long FBI sting operation, at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas as he attempted to enter the airport tarmac with what he believed was a ‘bomb-laden vehicle’. Loewen, who worked as an avionics technician, had a security access card for the airport. Authorities said that he had studied the airport’s layout, took photos of various access points and researched flight schedules in order to determine when there would be the most passengers, and then passed the information to the FBI agent. The agent helped Loewen with the construction of the device, which unknown to Loewen, was inactive. Loewen left a letter dated December 11, 2013 for a family member, describing his intent to carry out a suicide mission. Loewen was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property and attempting to provide support to the terrorist group, Al-Qaeda. December 2013 also saw counter-terrorist efforts in Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt and the UK.

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