Perspectives This week in terrorism

The Week in Terrorism: March 11-17, 2024

There were very few terrorist attacks around the world this week with very few fatalities (10). Like every single other attack so far this year, all were Islamist in nature.

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
Mar 13Jerusalemknife2 wIslamist
March 14Israelknife3 w Islamist
Mogadishusuicide bomberAl Shabaab3 d 27 wIslamist
March 15Red SeamissilesHouthis0Islamist
March 16North Waziristan, PakistanVBIED, suicide bombersJaish-e-Fursan-e-Muhammad7 d 17 wIslamist
West Bankguns0Islamist


A relatively slow week on the terrorism front, thankfully. If the six attacks listed here, four are tied directly to the Israeli-Gaza-Hamas conflict, though none caused any casualties. The trend of Gaza-related acts will continue indefinitely. In addition, Al Shabaab presented its best impersonation of Monty Python (“I’m not quite dead yet”) with a massive attack on a hotel in Mogadishu. Plus ca change…


Stabbing near Jerusalem after deadly West Bank violence — Naharnet; Two Israelis wounded by teen terrorist in stabbing attack near Jerusalem (; Palestinian stabs 2 at checkpoint near Jerusalem, Israeli police say | Arab News; Two lightly injured in stabbing at West Bank checkpoint, assailant shot dead | The Times of Israel; Israel-Gaza war live: Palestinian teenager shot by Israeli army after West Bank stabbing (; Israel Police Confirms Stabbing Attack At Jerusalem Checkpoint, 2 Wounded – I24NEWS; Two injured in stabbing attack at Jerusalem checkpoint | Israel National News – Arutz Sheva; Two injured in stabbing near Jerusalem entrance – Crime in Israel – The Jerusalem Post (

Man critically wounded in stabbing attack in southern Israel (; Terror stabbing attack in south: Man, 50, critically wounded, terrorist ‘neutralized’ | The Times of Israel; Terror Stabbing Attack In South Israel: At Least 1 Wounded, Terrorist Neutralized – I24NEWS; Three wounded, one critically, in stabbing attack in southern Israel | Israel National News – Arutz Sheva

Somalia’s Syl hotel attacked by al-Shabab fighters in Mogadishu (; Al-Shabab fighters killed as overnight siege of Mogadishu hotel ends | Al-Shabab News | Al Jazeera; Police issue update on Mogadishu Al-shabaab raid (; All 5 attackers killed, ending Somalia hotel siege in which 3 soldiers died | Africanews; 3 soldiers dead, 27 people injured in Somalia’s Al Shabaab attack – The East African; Somalia: SYL Hotel suicide bomber identified by Al-Shabaab (

Houthi Rebels Target Tanker in the Red Sea, Crew Unharmed (

Attack on Pakistan army post near Afghan border kills seven, military says | Conflict News | Al Jazeera; Several Troops Killed In Suicide Attack On Pakistan Military Post (; 2 officers among 7 soldiers martyred in terrorist attack on post in North Waziristan: ISPR – Pakistan – DAWN.COM; Lt col, capt among seven army men martyred in NW terror attack (; 7 Pak Army personnel embrace martyrdom in North Waziristan terror attack (; Pakistan: 7 soldiers killed in attack on military post – DW – 03/16/2024; Suicide Bombers Raid Pakistan Army Base Near Afghan Border, Kill 7 (; 7 Soldiers Killed in Attack on Pakistan Security Post: Army (

Hebron: Imam opens fire at Jewish settlement, is neutralized | Israel National News – Arutz Sheva

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.