SHIBAM, YEMEN – Even if your own country is rarely if ever affected by terrorism, that does not mean that you can avoid it abroad.
Terrorism is a scourge that visits death and destruction in many countries around the world. Far too many. While it is true that some nations dominate the headlines – Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria – it is also true that few countries are entirely immune from attacks.
South Korea may be an exception to that reality.
Other than the 2015 stabbing of the US ambassador I wrote about last week, I cannot recall the last time the Republic of Korea suffered a terrorist attack. I am sure there has been the odd one here and there but that Asian land is not one I come across when I scan for terrorist incidents on a daily basis. It appears to be a fortunate country indeed!
This does not mean that South Korean citizens have not been subjected to terrorist attacks elsewhere.
On this day in 2009
When most tourists had got off the jeep and were enjoying the sunset and the surroundings, there was suddenly a bomb explosion. In a second, a hellish situation followed.Travel agent who had arranged the Korean trip
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was suspected of having been behind the attack. That particular AQ affiliate has been one of the more active of the ‘franchises’ of the terrorist group. This attack demonstrated that no one can guarantee safety from terrorism: even when one is on vacation.
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