Perspectives This week in terrorism

The week in terrorism: January 8-14, 2024

Global terrorism trends showed no change in the second week of January with jihadi violence again dominant and no sign of far right attacks

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. Actual attacks carried out, and not those thwarted through arrests, only 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 
Jan 8Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, PakistanIEDTTP?7 d 10 wIslamist
Jan 9Bannu, PakistangunsTTP2 dIslamist
Red SeadronesHouthis0Islamist
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistanguns? TTP?4 dIslamist
Palmyra, SyriagunsISIS14 dIslamist
Kabul, AfghanistanIEDISK3 d 4 wIslamist
Borno State, NigeriaIEDBoko Haram7 d 3 wIslamist
Jan 10North Waziristan, Pakistanguns? TTP?3Islamist
Galguduud, Somaliahostage takingAl Shabaab1 dIslamist
Jan 11KabulgrenadeISK?2 d 12 wIslamist
Jan 12Jammu Kashmir, Indiagunsunknown0Islamist?
Northern IraqgunsPKK5 d 8 wNationalist
West Bankgunsunknown1 wIslamist?
SomaliaIEDAl Shabaab?9 d ? wIslamist
Jan 13Baluchistan, PakistanIEDBaluchistan Liberation Front5 dIslamist
Jan 14Nimroz, Afghanstansuicide bomberISK?7 wIslamist?
Northern IsraelmissileHizballah2 dIslamist
Red SeamissileHouthis0Islamist

Explosion in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa kills five police officers – Khaama Press; Blast in Pakistan kills five police officers during polio vaccination drive – The Island; Death toll from Bajaur attack rises to 7; FIR registered against unidentified assailants – Pakistan – DAWN.COM

Two cops martyred in attack on polio team in Bannu (

Three cops among four martyred in late night attack in Kohat (; Terrorists attack police checkpost in Kohat; 4 martyred (

Islamic State group kills 14 Syria soldiers: monitor (

Minivan explosion in Afghanistan kills at least 3; the Islamic State group claims responsibility | AP News

Election hopeful among 3 killed in firing on vehicle in North Waziristan – Pakistan – DAWN.COM

US and UK navies repel largest Houthi attack on Red Sea shipping (

Somalia’s militant Shabab capture downed U.N. helicopter, at least 1 dead – The Washington Post

Explosion kills 2, injures 12 in Kabul, Afghanistan – Khaama Press

Army convoy attacked by suspected militants near J&K’s Poonch – The Hindu

5 Turkish soldiers killed, 8 injured in PKK terrorist attack in Iraq | Daily Sabah; Five Turkish soldiers killed in Kurdistan Region |

Terrorist infiltration to Adora: One wounded, 3 terrorists killed (; Shooting attack near Hebron: Israeli injured in town Adora, three terrorists eliminated | Israel National News – Arutz Sheva; West Bank: At Least 3 Palestinian Terrorists Killed In Foiled Infiltration Bid – I24NEWS

Fatalities after minibus bomb blast in Somalia (

Roadside mine blast kills five Pakistani soldiers – Khaama Press

Office of the Taliban Governor in Nimroz targeted by suicide attack – Khaama Press; Suicide Bomber Detonates Explosive in Nimroz Governor’s Office: Officials | TOLOnews; Suicide Bomber Detonates Explosive in Nimroz Governor’s Office: Officials | TOLOnews

Nimroz Governor Escapes Suicide Attack, 3 Guards Injured | TOLOnews

Son, mother dead in anti-tank missile fire to northern border (

US Downs Houthi Missile in Latest Red Sea Attack (


The second full week of 2024 followed the same pattern as the first. All attacks worldwide, with the exception of one, were carried out by Islamist terrorists, of both the Sunni and Shia variety. Of particular note:

  • Al Shabaab continues to be active despite Somali government claims of success against the terrorist group: the same goes for Boko Haram which the Nigerian government has been calling all but dead for years;
  • Houthi terrorists continue to target commercial shipping in the Red Sea despite UK and US airstrikes against camps in Yemen;
  • The Hizballah attack on northern Israel demonstrates that the October 7, 2023 Hamas attack and Israeli military response still risks metastasising;
  • The Taliban, which several nations still see as a terrorist group, are themselves the victim of attacks by Islamist jihadis;
  • Pakistan struggles against what they call the TTP – Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan – a terrorist group they accuse Afghanistan of hosting;
  • Once again, not a single right-wing terrorist attack anywhere on Earth was registered.

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.