Category Archives: Attacks

What To Do In Active Shooter Incidents

First, our sincere condolences and prayers go out to the families who have been impacted by the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1st, 2017.

This domestic terrorist attack by an Active Shooter is now the largest mass shooting incident in United States history.  Unfortunately, this will not be the last time this kind of threat happens to communities across the US and around the world.

Do you know what to do if you find yourself confronted by an Active Shooter or in a Domestic Terrorist attack?  Have you discussed this with your family and friends?

The US Department of Homeland Security advises to “Run – Fight – Hide” in Active Shooter events.  If you can run and get to safety  – do it.  If you can’t run then hide until the event is over.  If you are cornered and unable to run or hide, then fight for your life.  Many may remember during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the people on United Flight 93 found themselves in this very predicament.  They could not run because they were in the air on a plane, they could not hide because everyone was confined in the same cabin space.  Then a group of passengers got together to fight, uttering the now famous words, “Let’s Roll” as they combined forces and overtook the terrorists.  Although the plane crashed in a rural field in Pennsylvania claiming the lives of everyone on board, it is agreed by many that the passengers heroic efforts may have saved the lives of thousands by fighting the terrorists and causing the plane crash in a field instead of hitting a populated target.

This video from the FBI talks about what to do if you are threatened by an active shooter:

More information is available on the FBI Active Shooter Resource Website  and on the UCIT.tv & TRN.tv  DAPP (#911, Disaster Awareness, Preparedness & Planning) Channels.

Please take a moment to discuss this with your family and friends and do the best you can to prepare for how you could respond if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.

Terrorist Attack In Russia

By: Marcy Kreiter Of International Business Times 

Russian media outlets Tuesday lashed out at other countries for showing a lack of empathy for the St. Petersburg subway bombing. Unlike the aftermath of last month’s London terrorist attack, neither the Eiffel Tower in Paris nor the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin paid tribute to the victims.

Fourteen people were killed and 49 injured when an explosive device went off inside a train car between stops on St. Petersburg’s subway line. A second device was found at the Ploshchad Vosstania Metro station and disarmed by police.

A number of world leaders sent their condolences, and U.S. President Donald Trump calledRussian President Vladimir Putin to express his feelings and offer support.

RT noted no landmark was lit in Russia’s national colors although Tel Aviv City Hall did light itself in the colors of Russia’s flag. A spokesman for the Berlin Senate said the Brandenburg Gate wasn’t lit because St. Petersburg is not a partner city with Berlin, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported.

Sputnick Deutschland reported, however, the Berlin suburb of Mitte, where the Brandenburg Gate actually is situated, is twinned with the Petrogradsky District of St. Petersburg.

Russian security expert Mark Galeotti wrote in the Moscow Times Tuesday the lack of international sympathy plays into the Kremlin narrative that the rest of the world is “Russophobic” and “delights in seeing woes of every kind besetting Russia.”

To counter Moscow’s tale, “Europe should try and show Russia as much love as it can. Tough love, maybe, but love nonetheless. Mourn their losses, celebrate their cultural triumphs. Praise the Russians when they do something right (because sometimes they do, you know). Ban their dirty-money oligarchs and their paranoid-patriot lawmakers, but welcome their students, tourists, artists and entrepreneurs,” Galeotti suggested.

There have been other instances when the Brandenburg Gate did not mark a terrorist attack, including the 2016 Bastille Day attack in Nice France and the white nationalist attack on a Quebec mosque in January.

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Our Prayers To Faculty and Students Affected In Kabul

Compliments of Al Jazeera

Explosions and gunfire rocked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul on Wednesday, as armed men attacked the campus, according to an official and a student.

“Several gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul and there are reports of gunfire and explosions,” the official said on Wednesday.

“[The attackers] are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students.”

Ahmad Shaheer, a student at the university, told the Reuters news agency that he was trapped inside the university.

“We are stuck inside our classroom and there are bursts of gunfire,” he said.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes as the Taliban step up their summer fighting season against the Western-backed Kabul government.

The attack comes after two professors at the university – an American and Australian – were kidnapped in the heart of the capital earlier this month, the latest in a series of abductions of foreigners in the conflict-torn country.

The management of the elite American University of Afghanistan, which opened in 2006 and caters to more than 1,700 students, was not immediately reachable for comment.

French Church Attack

Compliments of BBC

The two attackers, who said they were from the so-called Islamic State (IS), slit Fr Jacques Hamel’s throat during a morning Mass, officials say.

Police later surrounded the church, in St-Etienne-du-Rouvray, and shot dead both hostage-takers.

One of the hostages is in a critical condition in hospital.

President Francois Hollande, visiting the scene, said the attackers had committed a “cowardly assassination” and France would fight IS “by all means”.

Pope Francis decried the “pain and horror of this absurd violence”.

One attacker is reported to have been known to French police, and had tried to enter Syria last year.

Police special forces raided a house in Saint-Etienne-du-Rovray in the aftermath of the attack, and French prosecutors earlier said one person had been arrested.

The attack happened during morning Mass at the historic church, situated in a quiet square of St-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

One nun who witnessed the attack, told BFM TV that the men forced Fr Hamel to his knees and recorded the killing, speaking Arabic as they did so. She says she fled as they were preparing to kill him.

Elite police units, specialised in hostage-taking, surrounded the church.

President Hollande said the attackers claimed to be from the self-styled IS before they were killed by police as they came out of the church.

Three of the hostages were freed unharmed, but one remains in a critical condition, said French interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henri Brandet

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Our Prayers To Those Effected in Nice

Compliments of Independent 

The man who killed more than 80 people with a truck in Nice has been locally identified.

The driver of the lorry was 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, according to newspaper Nice-Matin which cited local sources, who is from Nice.

Police had previously said that they had formally identified the man, after finding ID papers and a phone in the truck he used to kill 84 people on Thursday night, during Nice’s Bastille Day celebrations. He had been shot by police at the end of the attack.

The attack appears to have been premeditated, the local paper said, citing police sources. The man might have hired the truck on Wednesday in a town near Nice, it reported, and CCTV him picking up the vehicle in the hills outside the city.

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel worked as a delivery driver, and though he was known to police because of petty crime, was not suspected to have been radicalised and did not have a file with the anti-terrorism police.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 38 In Yemen

Compliments of Reuters 

Three coordinated Islamic State bomb attacks on Yemeni government forces killed 38 people in the southern port city of Mukalla on Monday, medics and security sources said.

They said 24 other people were wounded in the bombings, which occurred just as soldiers were about to break their day-long fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the attack via their online news agency, Amaq.

The first explosion occurred as an attacker detonated his suicide vest at a checkpoint on Mukalla’s western approaches.

A second blast came from a bomb-laden car at the military intelligence headquarters, and the last was an improvised explosive device which went off as soldiers were about to begin their evening meal.

Mukalla, capital of the vast eastern province of Hadramout and an important shipping hub, was the center of a wealthy mini-state that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) built up over the past year as it took control of an almost 600-km (370-mile) band of Arabian Sea coastline.

In late April, Yemeni and Emirati soldiers wrested back Mukalla from AQAP, which put up little resistance before withdrawing its forces.

Islamic State’s Yemen branch carried out a suicide bombing in the southern port city of Aden on May 23 which killed 40 army recruits, the latest in a string of attacks claimed by the group.

Islamist militants have gained territory and freedom to operate thanks to a war raging for over a year in which government forces have been pitted against Iran-allied Houthi rebels who control the capital Sanaa.

Yemeni security officials believe there is an overlap between adherents of Al Qaeda and Islamic State, though the two groups are ideological rivals and compete for recruits.

“Sleeper cells still exist in Mukalla and we are working against them every day,” a security official said.

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Isis Attacks In Paris

Compliments of Mirror 

An ‘Islamic State’ killer has stabbed a top cop and his wife to death in their Paris home.

Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, 42, a police commander, suffered nine stomach wounds in the ‘terror attack’ at his suburban house in the Yvelines department, north of Paris, shortly after 8.30pm.

His wife’s body was found in the property after elite RAID commandos stormed the building and killed the attacker.

The only survivor was the couple’s three-year-old son.

Islamic State’s terror group’s Amaq news agency said the attacker was an “Islamic State fighter”.

There were also unconfirmed claims that the attacker had discussed his “affiliation to ISIS”during negotiations with the police.

An ‘Islamic State’ killer has stabbed a top cop and his wife to death in their Paris home.

Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, 42, a police commander, suffered nine stomach wounds in the ‘terror attack’ at his suburban house in the Yvelines department, north of Paris, shortly after 8.30pm.

His wife’s body was found in the property after elite RAID commandos stormed the building and killed the attacker.

The only survivor was the couple’s three-year-old son.

Islamic State’s terror group’s Amaq news agency said the attacker was an “Islamic State fighter”.

There were also unconfirmed claims that the attacker had discussed his “affiliation to ISIS”during negotiations with the police.

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Update on Potential Active Shooter On West Coast

Compliments of LA Times 

Athorities on Sunday were trying to determine the intentions of an Indiana man with a cache of weapons, ammunition and explosive-making materials in his car and apparent plans to attend the L.A. Pride festival in West Hollywood.

Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks initially said on Twitter that the 20-year-old man told one of her officers after he was arrested that he wanted “to harm Gay Pride event.”

But Lt. Saul Rodriguez said later the tweet was a misstatement. He said the suspect told investigators that he was going to the Pride festival but said he did not make additional statements about his intentions.

“It was a misstatement,” Rodriguez said. “Unfortunately, she was given incorrect information initially, which indicated that that statement was made; however, that statement never was made. He did indicate that he was planning on going to the Pride festival but beyond anything as far as motives or his intentions that statement was never made nor did any officer receive that statement.”

Police identified the suspect as James Wesley Howell of Indiana. A Facebook page for someone with the same name in Indiana shows a young man posing next to a white Acura with the same license plate as the car searched in Santa Monica for the weapons and explosives.

At a news conference Sunday afternoon, police stressed they were still trying to figure out what Howell planned to do with the weapons.

Howell’s friend and fellow car club member Joseph Greeson, 18, said Howell didn’t harbor any ill will toward gays or lesbians.

Greeson said Howell’s family in Jeffersonville hadn’t seen him for days and that his parents had called Greeson’s parents looking for him.

He added that Howell was known to have a gun collection.

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Active Shooter: Four Killed, Six Wounded in Shooting Attack at Tel Aviv Shopping Center read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.723941

Compliments of Haaretz

Four people were killed and six others were wounded in a shooting attack at a food and shopping center in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, after two Palestinian gunmen opened fire on passersby. Netanyahu called a security briefing in Tel Aviv.
All of the wounded were evacuated to nearby hospitals. One of the shooters was captured by police and taken in for questioning, and the other was taken to Ichilov Hospital in serious but stable condition.

Five of wounded have been evacuated to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital and another was taken to Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer. Three are in moderate condition after they underwent surgery and two are in light condition. The casualty at Sheba is in moderate condition.

Police said they had no prior knowledge of the two Palestinian attackers, who entered Israel illegally. Palestinian sources said the attackers were members of the same family and are from the Hebron area.
The attack took place at Sarona Market, an upscale food and retail center located opposite to the military headquarters in central Tel Aviv and near government buildings. Police said they received a call at 9:30 P.M. regarding shootings heard at Sarona. As emergency forces were making their way to the scene, there was another of a shooting incident at near the food and shopping center.
According to initial reports, two armed men dressed in suits opened fire at passersby near the Benedict restaurant. A shooter then reportedly opened fire at the nearby Ha’arbaa Street, where he was eventually captured by police.

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Two Bombs Hours Apart May be Linked

By Paris Finnie and Mikaela Valentino 

On February 17, panic ensued when a bomb was set off in Turkey’s capital city, Ankara. A vehicle filled with explosives detonated alongside military busses, killing at least 28 people and leaving 61 injured.  Regrettably, officials have determined the explosion to be a suicide bombing, aimed at attacking Turkish Parliament. The location of the explosion resided next to Turkish military headquarters. President Erdogan has vowed to improve the nation’s self defense protocols against terrorist acts in response, and the United States has stated a firm alignment with their NATO allies.

Hours earlier, another explosion blew out the windows in a building of a Turkish Cultural Center near the Swedish capital. Luckily, in this incident, no one was injured. The spokesperson for the Turkish government declared the bombing: a “cowardly terrorist attack” after witnesses saw individuals throwing items into the building moments before the explosion. Though there are no suspects and no arrests thus far, the Turkish government has not ruled out a significant link between this bombing and the one in Ankara.  All things considering, could this entice Sweden to provide support for the Turkish defensive tactics alongside the US?

There has been a lot of activity in the Middle East as of late, especially after the oil prices have dropped to below $30 a barrel. Be advised to take caution and keep on alert for other influential events arising from that region of the world.

Source: BBC