Global Terrorism This Week (GTTW): October 31 – November 6

Once again, jihadis were responsible for every single terrorist attack in the world during the week of October 31-November 6, 2022

Thought of the week – hate vs. terrorism: the same thing?

Why is it that we have a hard time distinguishing between hate and terrorism? The two are, after all, NOT the same!

Take the shooting outside a gay bar in Bratislava, Slovakia, in mid-October. A man who was reputedly the son of a far-right politician and who held anti-gay and anti-Jewish views opened fire, killing two and wounding one before taking his own life.

Slovak politicians immediately labeled it a hate crime. I do not know what Slovakian law says, but that would fit Canadian law (“a criminal offence committed against a person, group of people or property that is motivated by the suspect’s hate, prejudice or bias, based on race, colour, national or ethnic origin, language, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, or sexual orientation”).

OK, that certainly appears to describe what happened.

Except that local police were pondering terrorism charges (whom are they going to charge? The shooter is dead!). And maybe that is indeed what that nation’s law demands.

But we are frequently blurring the lines between hate and terrorism. Yes, they are linked and the way I like to frame it is that all terrorism is hate, but not all hate is terrorism.

What do we gain by piling up terrorism statistics? Is it a way to prove our point that right-wing acts of violence, many of which are very hateful, are also terrorism? Does this ‘prove’ that right-wing terrorism is more dangerous than the jihadi variety which has been so dominant for so long (not if you are a follower of this weekly summary it is most definitely not!)?

Whatever the motive this is muddying the waters further, not making them clearer.

This week by the numbers

Countries where an attack occurred: Afghanistan, Kenya, Iraq, Israel, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Yemen

Casualties (dead/injured/terrorists arrested/terrorists killed): 89/70/68/200

Predominant ideology of attackers: Jihadi/Islamist

Right-Wing attacks: zero



  • Bangladesh’s RAB stated on November 4 that Jamatul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharqiya, a recently discovered militant outfit, targeted young people and brainwashed them into leaving homes.

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)













United Kingdom

  • After being found guilty in July, two men were sentenced for terrorism offences at Manchester Crown Court on November 4. Ahmiri Ahmedi Azizi was been sentenced to 10 years and Mohammed Hussini to seven years, the former for online material supporting ISIS and the latter for having a ‘digital’ connection with the former.


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.

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