Perspectives This week in terrorism

The Week in Terrorism: February 19-25, 2024

More than 70 people killed in terrorist attacks this week, the vast majority at the hands of jihadis: again not one single right wing attack anywhere

This blog is an attempt to track terrorist attacks worldwide on a weekly basis. While recognising the challenges in defining ‘terrorism’, the incidents listed here will be limited to attacks committed – or claimed – by known terrorist groups (Al Qaeda, Islamic State, FARC, etc.) or those where there is a clear underlying ideological, religious or political motive. Only actual attacks carried out, and not those thwarted through arrests, will be listed (for unsuccessful plots check out Borealis’ X feed @borealissaves). This list makes no claim to be exhaustive as it is limited by time and resources available to scan open source intelligence (OSINT).

Events where information is still being gathered may be included with a caveat that they may not turn out in the end to be terrorist in nature. Crimes motivated solely by hate will NOT appear here. Borealis realises that this too is problematic but believes that a distinction between terrorism and hate crimes is worth maintaining.

After the listing of individual incidents analysis of the visible trendlines will be briefly discussed. Multiple, independent sources (OSINT) will be listed wherever possible.

Date Location Method Responsibility Casualties Type
Feb 19Red SeamissilesHouthis0Islamist
Mogadishu, SomalialandmineAl Shabaab?5 d dozens wIslamist
Eastern DRCmachetes, gunsADF13 dIslamist
Southern PhilippinesgunsDaulah Islamiyah6 d 4 wIslamist
Feb 20Eastern DRCmachetes, gunsADF11 dIslamist
Red SeamissilesHouthis0Islamist
Feb 21Northern IsraelmissilesHizballah0Islamist
Feb 22Red SeamissilesHouthis0Islamist
West Bankguns1 d 8 wIslamist
Feb 23Northern Israelsuicide dronesHizballah0Islamist
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistanexplosives3 wIslamist
Yobe State, NigeriaBoko Haram0Islamist
Feb 24Eastern SyriagunsPKK2 d 5 wEtho-nationalist
Feb 25Chhattisgarh, IndiaIED1 dMaoist
Raqqa Province, SyrialandmineISIS13 dIslamist
Burkina Fasoguns15 d 2 wIslamist
Burkina Fasogunsdozens dIslamist


As many thinktanks and agencies have said of late, the Sahel area of Africa (comprising northern Senegal, southern Mauritania, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, northeastern Nigeria, south-central Chad and parts of Sudan) has become terrorism central, with jihadism dominant. Groups linked to Al Qaeda (AQ) and Islamic State (ISIS) as well as other independent ones are now responsible for the lion’s share of attacks and casualties on Earth. The massacres this week in Burkina Faso, one on a Catholic Church and another on a mosque, are typical of jihadist MO. They see religions other than Islam as apostate and even Muslims who do not follow their non-normative interpretation of the faith as viable targets. This region will not get better any time soon and bears watching.


Yemen’s Houthis Attack Cargo Ship ( ; An attack on a cargo ship in the Red Sea has caused a miles-long oil slick. Things could get worse | Euronews

Five passengers killed as bus hits landmine in Mogadishu (

Philippine troops clash with Muslim militants in a gunbattle that has left at least eight dead | AP News

DRC: at least 24 dead in 2 ADF attacks | Africanews

Houthis Fire at Ship Carrying Humanitarian Aid to Yemen, US Says – Bloomberg

Hezbollah increases attacks on northern Israel | FDD’s Long War Journal

Suspected Houthi rebel missile sets cargo ship ablaze. Israel intercepts separate attack near Eilat | AP News

Israel Hamas war: Three gunmen open fire in West Bank, new attempts at ceasefire deal | Euronews; At least one killed, several wounded in gun attack near West Bank settlement (; Terror Shooting Attack Near Jerusalem: 8 Wounded, 3 Critical, 2 Terrorists Neutralized – I24NEWS; One killed, 11 wounded in terrorist shooting attack near Jerusalem checkpoint | The Times of Israel

Hezbollah attacks Israeli regional council after 3 killed in Blida — Naharnet; Hezbollah Strikes Israeli Regional Council After Blida Deaths – THE DAILY STAR

At least 3 injured in blast in KP’s Dera Ismail Khan – Pakistan – DAWN.COM

Again, Boko Haram Destroys Two TCN Towers in Yobe – THISDAYLIVE

2 civilians killed, 5 injured in YPG/PKK attack in eastern Syria | News (

Policeman killed in IED blast in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district – The Hindu

IS landmine kills 13 truffle hunters in Syria desert: monitor (

At least 15 killed in attack on Catholic church in Burkina Faso | Crime News | Al Jazeera; Burkina Faso: At least 15 dead in Catholic church attack (

Dozens killed in Burkina Faso mosque attack (; Mosque attack in Burkina Faso kills many | Africanews; Burkina Faso: Dozens Killed in Attack On Mosque –

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.