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Summary of Terrorist Incidents and CT Operations: February 2012

  • On 1 February, Boko Haram spokesman Abu Qaqa was arrested in Kaduna, Nigeria.
  • On 6 February, Raja Lahrasib Khan, 58, pleaded guilty to financing the Harakat ul-Jihad-I-Islami (HuJI).
  • On 6 February, Ahmed Hussein Mahamud, 27, pleaded guilty to raising money to recruit young men from Minnesota to join al-Shabaab in Somalia.
  • On 9 February, nine British nationals of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin were convicted of plotting Mumbai-style terror attacks on high-profile targets in the UK.
  • On 9 February 2012, Ayman al-Zawahri and al-Shabaab leader Shaykh Ahmad Abdi Godane declared al-Shabaab had formally joined al-Qa’ida.
  • On 10 February, 28 people were killed and 235 wounded, in a twin car bombing attack that targeted security compounds in Aleppo, Syria.
  • On 12 February, “Comrade Artemio,” leader of the Sendero Luminoso, was captured and wounded in the Upper Huallaga Valley, Peru by the Peruvian military.
  • A series of explosions using magnetic devices targeted Israeli diplomats between 13-14 February in Georgia, India, and Thailand. Israel blamed Iran for the coordinated events.
  • On 16 February, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was sentenced to life in prison without parole, for his role in the attempted Christmas Day 2009 bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253 from Yemen to Amsterdam.
  • On 17 February, Assem Hammoud was sentenced to two years in prison in Beirut, Lebanon, for his role in an al-Qa’ida plot in 2006 to destroy the New York City commuter tunnels.
  • On 17 February, Amine El Khalifi, 29, was arrested near the US Capitol building in Washington, USA on suspicion of planning to launch a suicide bombing attack.
  • On 20 February, Boko Haram gunmen targeted traders at the Baga market in Maiduguri, Nigeria, killing 30 people.
  • On 23 February, a series of coordinated bombings and shootings killed 44 people throughout Iraq, and injured approximately 200 others.

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