terrorism around the world

Five pedestrians have been reported injured when a car ploughs into the Cup Thai restaurant at Chatswood, northern Sydney, this morning. A woman was immediately rushed to the hospital after having serious condition, and four others injured, and also an infant was also taken away for treatment.


According to the statement from the New South Wales Police; The incident was not a deliberate act and it's believed the man may have suffered a medical episode.

The report suggested the incident that happened at 3.45pm local time is not terror related.

Police said they now have an exclusion zone, and the male driver is assisting them with what happened.

According to Neville Yates‏, who wrote about the incident on Twitter;

Just saw three people mowed down at the bottom of chatswood mall. Looks like driver had passed out. Three women hurt, hopefully ok

The world is currently in shock after 14 people were reported dead and 130 injured in Barcelona, Spain after a van ran into pedestrians and another  knife wielding man went on rampage in Finland killing two people.



In a suspected terror attack on a Mosque in London, a man rams his truck into people, killing one and injuring several others. According to a recent report, 8 people have now been taken to the hospital, and two were treated at the scene.


The driver of the van, a man, 48, was detained by the police before police arrival. According to the metropolitan spokesperson;

He has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged. He will also be subject of a mental health assessment in due course.

Scotland Yard has now deployed armed policemen to the scene, while the counter terrorism command carry out investigation of the incident.

According to witnesses at the scene, the vehicle veered off the road into worshippers leaving the mosque after midnight.

A woman who lives opposite the scene, while speaking to BBC said;

From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside.Everybody was shouting: 'A van'has hit people, a van hit people. There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished.

Passers-by said that the crowd was trying to give a man who had collapsed by the pavement CPR, and the fan arrived to hit them. When the man later left the van, he was restrained by people, and was handed over to the police when they came around.


A recent metro explosion in St Petersburg has killed 11 people, and injured 11 others. The head of the anti-terrorist committee confirmed the news, and said the blast hit a train between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the blast was a "terrorist attack," and an anti-terror investigation.


Andrei Przhezdomsky, the head of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee, said that the explosion was caused by an unidentified object, but the exact cause is yet to be determined. Another device was later located at another station, and the explosion was deliberate. The attacker had planted his explosive in a suicase and left it there.

At the moment, the FSB is yet to pinpoint to the perpetrators of this act, but will likely be looking into ISIS organizations, who could be angry because of Russia military activities in Syria, or some Chechen activist, or both.

Chechen militants or IS -inspired are well known for plotting attacks on Russia transport hubs, especially in Moscow. More than 7,000 Russians that had travelled to Syria to help fight alongside ISIS had returned to the country.



The counterterrorism officials and other experts who had been covering West Africa had confirmed that the battle between the Nigerian Army and Boko Haram is being won by the terrorist sect, Boko Haram. After a lot of the joint task force of the Nigerian-Chadian forces of driving the Boko Haram members away and retaking all villages that had been acquired by the sect, Boko Haram has got back again and gradually winning some of the villages back.


On Wednesday, 60 people were killed after a sack of bombs went off in Bauchi, Nigeria.Also Boko Haram attacked a police academy in the Chad capital city, N'Djamena, killing dozens of police officers and recruits.The sect had also killed a lot of police officers in the city of Maiduguri in recent attacks.

John Campbell, the Ralph Bunche Center director at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria in a statement said : 

You can quibble on this and that, but yes, they are winning

Also a US Counterterrorism official said the tactics of the involves moving out of the forest to the countryside and attacking villages, but whenever they are confronted in the villages, they move out to Maiduguri and carry out bombings. The CT official said:

  There have been successes.But it's whack-a-mole

Nigeria and its neigbouring countries, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin have been trying to form a 8,700 fighting force to attack Boko Haram members, but are yet to have a command centre, even though they receive intelligence from USA and France.

The Boko Haram group tried to gain more ground after it pledges allegiance to the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria, and have referred to itself as "Islamic State, West Africa Province". 

Director of the Atlantic Council's Africa Center,J. Peter Pham, said that there is no evidence of ISIS helping Boko Haram at the moment, but what happened is just for production help on social media.

What I have seen is increasing sophistication in confronting Nigerian forces.In attacks on Nigerian forces, it's always been see-saw battles for control. What's interesting is that tactics have changed.Now, however,Before, the Nigerians would flee and Boko Haram would advance. That's still ongoing,Now, however, Boko Haram is attacking on two of three sides and will put the bulk of their forces on the escape route and the Nigerians are getting ambushed. That's a military revolution.

Counterterrorism officials said Boko Haram is showing more nimbleness. The attack in Chad killing police officers in the country capital city of  N'Djamena, is a bold move by the sect. In a long war, none of the Joint-task(Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Benin) force have the troops to sustain a long term fight.

Whether the Nigeria military is up to the task of handling Boko Haram or not will be seen in few months as the country watch the new elected former military dictator, General Muhammadu Buhari takes over power from the former government of Goodluck Jonathan, whom Nigerians have tagged incompetent or clueless about the war on Boko Haram.

Boko Haram, which means "Western education is a sin" are of the intention of recreating the pre-colonial Islamic Emirate of Borno, and need pieces of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon who were part of the pre-colonial emirates, how possible will they do this as the land mass is close to 10,000 square miles.