Global Terrorism This Week (GTTW): October 3-9, 2022

Global Terrorism This Week: October 3-9, 3022. Heavy domination by Islamist terrorists worldwide – again!

Weekly thought – when terrorists are killed by other terrorists

When I worked in counter-terrorism (CT) we used to have a phrase: “A dead terrorist is a good terrorist’. That may strike some as harsh and I am pretty sure it is politically incorrect these days but think of it from a practitioner’s perspective. If a terrorist is killed – preferably before he can kill anyone else – then s/he is one less terrorist to worry about. One less terrorist to investigate. One less terrorist to follow. One less terrorist who can kill at whim.

Kinda makes sense, no?

What is even more satisfying is when terrorists kill other terrorists. This happens on occasion when two groups are vying for control and influence, even if they all sing from the same ideological song sheet (we have seen this lately in parts of Africa between groups aligned with Al Qaeda (AQ) and Islamic State (ISIS) go at each other.

Which is what is happening in Afghanistan right now.

As we all know, the current ruler of that country is a terrorist group: the Taliban. They ran the show from the mid-1990s to 9/11 and have come back with a vengeance after the US withdrawal in August 2021. They are the same bunch of jihadis, not the ‘Taliban 2.0’ – a gentler, kinder version – some claim.

But they are not the only terrorists in that nation.

There is also an ISIS affialiate, ISIS in Khorasan (ISK) which has been wreaking havoc for a number of years. And, more recently, they are targeting Taliban officials as well as ordinary Afghans (especially Hazara Shia) – see below for some examples.

As a consequence, ISK terrorists are killing Taliban terrorists and I don’t see a down side to this.

Do you?

Weekly summary

  • Number of countries where attacks took place: 11 – Afghanistan, CAR, DRC, Djibouti, India, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen (NB first appearance by Djibouti on this list)
  • Casualty count (dead/wounded/terrorists killed): 138/74/369
  • Nature of groups behind attacks: Islamist (94%); nationalist (6%)
  • Number of right-wing attacks: 0


Central African Republic

  • A roadside bomb killed three 3 UN peacekeepers from Bangladesh near the village of Kaita, close to the border with Cameroon, on October 3. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack on the MINUSCA (Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic) battalion.

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)


  • Djiboutian officials claimed that seven of its soldiers were killed in an attack by a rebel group on a military barracks in the early hours of October 7: a search was launched to find six still missing. A defense ministry statement blamed the assault on the base in Garabtisan in the north of the tiny Horn of Africa nation on the “Armed FRUD” (Front for the Restoration of Unity and Democracy), describing it as a “terrorist group.”




  • Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian schoolchildren and commuters on October 4 near Nablus as they attempted to storm Joseph’s Tomb under the protection of Israeli soldiers.
  • Israel shut down beginning October 4 for Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, as security forces remained on high alert for the holiday amid a spike in terrorist attack warnings. All flights in and out of Ben Gurion airport ceased at 2:00 p.m on that day. During that period Israel’s air space was also closed to flights passing through. Border crossings were also shut and did not reopen until late on October 5.
  • Four Israelis were injured in a shooting attack at an East Jerusalem checkpoint on October 8. Police said a gunman shot at security forces at the checkpoint, while a suspect also opened fire from a passing vehicle, wounding a soldier and a security guard, along with a third person: one victim is in critical condition and a second in serious condition. Celebratory fireworks were reported in the Shuafat refugee camp after the shooting, which was praised by the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group. The soldier later died of his injuries.


  • Morocco’s BCIJ and Spain’s Intelligence Services dismantled an ISIS terrorist cell active in Nador and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on October 4, arresting nine suspects. The leader of the terrorist cell had links with another cell dismantled in December 2019 near Madrid and in Nador.








By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

2 replies on “Global Terrorism This Week (GTTW): October 3-9, 2022”

This is the first time I’ve come across this weekly summary and I’m amazed at how much content it has and how much I miss. I’ve had to subscribe so that I don’t miss them in future

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