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Summary of Terrorist Incidents and CT Operations: February 2014

This month’s report covers terrorist incidents throughout the world, with special emphasis in Pakistan, where official figures reported that nearly 40 attacks occurred during this month, killing a total of 95 people and injuring 388 others.  Among the most significant attacks were a series of grenade attacks targeting cinemas in Peshawar on February 2 and 11, and a suicide bomb attack on a bus carrying police personnel in the country’s southern port city of Karachi on February 13, which killed 14 people and injured 58 others. Authorities said it was unclear whether the blast was set off by a suicide bomber or a roadside bomb.  No group claimed responsibility for the attacks but authorities blamed the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). February 2014 was also marked by terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Somalia, Thailand, Yemen and the United Kingdom.

This month’s report also covers counter-terrorist incidents throughout the world, with particular emphasis on events in Lebanon, where the arrest of Naim Abbas, a senior Al-Qaeda linked militant with ties to the Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon and the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, on February 12 led to a major counter-terrorism sweep. This included the discovery of two car bombs as well as the arrest of Nidal Sweidan, a Syrian national with ties to Abbas who was the alleged financier of many recent car bombings on Hezballah strongholds in Beirut. The interlocking links between these militants illustrates the complex web of networks that pose a challenge to Lebanese security services struggling to contain the spillover of the war in Syria.  February 2014 also saw counter-terrorist efforts in China, France, Greece, Israel and the West Bank Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Tunisia, United Kingdom United States of America and Yemen.

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