This week in terrorism

The Week in Terrorism: February 5-11, 2024

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 5Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistanguns, grenadesTTP10 d 6 wIslamist
Deir Ezzor, Syriasuicide droneIslamic Resistance of Iraq6 dIslamist
SomaliagunsAl Shabaab?6 d 6 wIslamist
Feb 6Istanbul, TurkeygunsDHKP-C?5 wEthno-nationalist
Mogadishu, SomaliamortarsAl Shabaab?10 d 15 wIslamist
Balochistan, Pakistangrenade. bombIslamist?
Red SeamissilesHouthisIslamist
northern IsraelrocketsHizballah2 wIslamist
Balochistan, Pakistan
bombsTTP? BLA? ISIS?26 d 50 wIslamist?
Feb 7Srinagar, Indiaguns2 dIslamist?
Feb 8Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistanbombs, gunsTTP? BLA? ISIS?6 d 7 wIslamist
Deira Ismail Khan, Pakistangrenades, guns4 d 3 wIslamist
Northern IsraelmissilesHizballah3 wIslamist
Pakistan3 wIslamist
Cabo Delgado, Mozambiqueguns, beheadingISIS25 dIslamist
Feb 10Mudug region, SomaliamortarsAl Shabaab3 d 1 wIslamist
Feb 11MogadishugunsAl Shabaab4 dIslamist


What do Islamist terrorists have against elections? It’s simple: elections are a chance for citizens to choose their form of government and jihadis maintain they have all the answers (i.e. Islamic government based on their, and only their, interpretation of Islam). This is why they attack polling stations and election officials so often: they cannot stand when they do not get their way. This week’s attacks in Pakistan are a good example of this world view. And, the sad part, is that it shows no signs of going away. Look for more attacks in future blogs where Islamist terrorists do their utmost to undermine everyone else’s right to choose.


At least 10 cops martyred, six injured in DI Khan attack (; 10 cops martyred, six injured in terrorist attack on police station in DI Khan (; Armed group kills 10 in Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region | News | Al Jazeera

Iranian-backed militias behind drone attack that killed six SDF fighters in Syria: SDF (

Ethiopians killed in an overnight attack within Somalia (

Turkey: Police shoot 2 dead in courthouse attack – DW – 02/06/2024

Mortar attack hits Mogadishu’s Bakara Market, casualties unknown (; Mogadishu blast kills at least 10 people – The East African; Ten dead, 20 others injured in multiple blasts in market in Somali capital | News | Al Jazeera

Twin blasts rock Balochistan’s Kech and Panjgur ahead of polls (

Houthi rebels claim to strike US and UK ships in Red Sea – Khaama Press

Two soldiers lightly injured as several rounds of rocket fire hit north | The Times of Israel

Pakistan election: Two deadly blasts in Balochistan day before vote (; Dozens Killed In Blasts Near Candidates’ Offices As Pakistan Closes Borders Ahead Of Elections (; Two separate blasts targeting election offices kill 26, injure 50 in Balochistan (

Punjab man shot dead by terrorists in Srinagar; another man from the state injured : The Tribune India; Gunmen Kill Two Indians in Kashmir: Police (

6 security personnel martyred in KP, Balochistan attacks – Pakistan – DAWN.COM

Officer seriously wounded, 2 troops lightly hurt in Hezbollah missile attack | The Times of Israel

Terror attack in DI Khan martyrs 4 policemen (

Pakistan’s polling stations and workers attacked, including three female agents – Khaama Press

Mozambique: Terrorists kill 25 Mozambican soldiers in Cabo Delgado – AIM | Club of Mozambique

Al-Shabaab kills UAE and Bahrain military trainers in base shooting in Somalia (; Somalia: 3 Emirati troops, Bahraini officer killed in attack – DW – 02/11/2024; Somalia: UAE, Somalia Launch Joint Probe Into Military Base Shooting –; Al-Shabab claims attack on UAE military in Somalia | Al-Shabab News | Al Jazeera; Al-Shabab claims attack that killed three UAE troops, a Bahraini officer in Somalia (

Al-Shabaab mortar attack kills civilians in Somalia’s Mudug region (

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.