On this day in 1996, Ibn al-Khattab led an ambush against a convoy of Russian troops in the mountains near Yaryshmardy, Chechnya killing more than 100 troops though some put the numbers in the several hundreds.
Terrorism has been around for a long time but we have been especially captivated by it since 9/11.
On this day in 1902, the Russian Minister of the Interior, Dmitry Sergeyevich Sipyagin, was assassinated by a 20-year-old Socialist Revolutionary (read: anarchist) named Stepan Balmashov.
For a land which sees so little terrorism our media and ‘national security experts’ appear to think – and react – differently.
On this day in 2004, seven people, including at least three government employees, were executed by suspected Taliban terrorists near the Pakistan border in Afghanistan.
On this day in 2016, a bomb exploded near the Rasheed fruits and vegetables market in southern Baghdad killing one person and injuring five others. The attack was not claimed by any group in particular and the perpetrators remain unknown.
On this day in 1985 a bomb exploded at at El Descanso-La Casa de las Costillas, a popular restaurant in Madrid, bringing the three-story building down on about 200 diners and employees.
Our obsession with future-casting on all matters, including terrorist trends, may be understandable but that does not make it viable.
On this day in 2011, a bomb was detonated at the Oktyabrskaya metro station in Minsk, Belarus, killing 12 people and injuring 126. The bomb was set to go off during rusk hour at one of the busiest metro stations in the city.
On this day in 1992, the PIRA detonated a one-ton homemade bomb hidden in a white van in front of the Baltic Exchange building at the heart of London’s financial district.