Terrorism and extremism weekly summary 8 - 14 May


An explosion shook the capital city of Italy on Friday, 12 May, when a homemade explosive was set off in front of the local post-office. No one was injured and according to police experts, it was a warning attack to demonstrate the perpetrators' ability to use similar explosive devices. Since remnants of a highly flammable liquid were found in the device, the prime suspects are local anarchist groups who have used similar kinds of substances against the Italian post before. The reason for the attacks is the post owning the airline Mistral Air, which was accused by anarchists of mass air deportations of migrants, the most large-scale ones that took place in the country.

In Centocelle, at the outskirts of Rome, three women died on Wednesday, 10 May, during an arson attack. A video camera in the neighbourhood captured a masked attacker throwing an incendiary bottle at a parked caravan where the women slept. The victims were three sisters of Bosnian citizenship and of Romani origin, the attack is therefore presumed to be racially motivated. The other siblings were able to get out of the burning caravan in time. The whole incident is still being investigated, and a flammable substance container and a discarded lighter were found near the crime scene.

According to a report from Saturday, 13 May, the Italian government deported a Tunisian citizen suspected of being linked to Anis Amri, the attacker who killed 12 people in Berlin using a truck. The deported 36-year-old man lived in Sicily, where Amri was serving imprisonment and where he also lived in a deportation camp. After Amri was released and left to Germany, the two men remained in contact. The investigators found a link between them when they intercepted a cell phone conversation of the deported Tunisian. He was allegedly planning to run to France after Amri's death but was tracked down and detained on 2 May in Turin.

Russia and post-Soviet space

Two Islamist militants were killed in a firefight with Russian security forces following their attack on a police station in Malgobek, Ingushetia on Thursday, 11 May. One police officer was wounded. One of the attackers was then identified as Magomed Bekbuzarov, one of the perpetrators of the 6 May attack, when two police officers were killed in the same city.

An unknown man used a hand grenade in a café in Dagestan's capital, Makhachkala, on Thursday, 11 May. Several customers were injured and the attacker fled. More details concerning the attack, including its motive, are not yet known.

Middle East

In Jerusalem's Old City a man of Jordanian nationality stabbed an Israeli policeman in the early morning hours on Saturday, 13 May. Despite the stab wounds, the policeman fended off and then shot the attacker. The police officer is now hospitalised and is in a stabilised condition. In addition, another man, who was probably trying to help the policeman, was slightly injured during the attack. The attack came a month after a British student was stabbed to death by a Palestinian attacker in Jerusalem. Due to increased tensions in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, similar cold weapons attacks are not rare in Israel in the past few years, but they mostly primarily target the local population, not foreign tourists.

At least 25 people were killed on Friday, 12 May, during a bomb attack on a Pakistani government convoy that took place in Mastung, about 50 km south of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan. At least 37 people were injured, including the Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, who suffered minor injuries, although his driver and another passenger were killed in the explosion. The responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Islamic State.

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