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Summary of Terrorist Incidents and CT Operations: May 2012

  • On 1 May, Adis Medunjanin was convicted in New York, NY of plotting to carry out a suicide attack on the New York City subway system in 2009.
  • On 1 May, four people were killed and 20 injured when a booby-trapped motorcycle exploded near a political rally in Janakpur, Nepal.
  • On 3 May, former ETA leader Felix Alberto Lopez de la Calle Gauna was sentenced in Madrid, Spain to 81 years in jail. He was convicted of killing three police officers on 4 October 1980.
  • On 3 May, 13 people were killed and 130 injured when two bombs exploded at a police checkpoint in Makhachkala, Dagestan.
  • On 4 May, 20 people were killed and 45 others were injured in a suicide bombing at a police checkpoint in Bajaur, Pakistan.
  • On 4 May, Adlene Hicheur was sentenced in Paris, France to four years in prison for plotting terrorist attacks on behalf of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
  • On 7 May, Fahd Al-Quso, who was on the FBI’s most-wanted list for his role in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was killed in an alleged US airstrike in Shabwa Governorate, Yemen.
  • On 10 May, 55 people were killed and 372 injured in a two-car suicide bombing in Damascus, Syria.
  • On 15 May, former Colombian interior minister Fernando Londoño Hoyos, 68, was injured and two of his bodyguards were killed when their convoy was attacked in Bogota, Colombia.
  • On 20 May, Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet, reported intercepting a Palestinian cell that had planned to kidnap Israeli civilians in the West Bank, with the aim of using them to negotiate the release of Palestinians from Israeli prisons.
  • On 21 May, 101 people were killed and 220 injured in a suicide bombing in Sana’a, Yemen.
  • On 22 May, Ahmad Wali Siddiqui, 37, was sentenced to six years in prison for membership in Al-Qaeda.
  • On 27 May, ETA’s military leader Oroitz Gurruchaga Gogorza, 30, and his deputy Xabier Aramburu, were arrested in Cauna, France.
  • On 29 May, Sakhr Al-Taifi, Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command in Afghanistan, was killed in an airstrike in the Watahpur district of Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

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