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The Week in Terrorism: March 4-10, 2024

Another week of Islamist attacks in Africa, the Middle East and Asia and, you guessed it, not a single RWE attack – again

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 4Quirimba Island, MozambiqueISIS2 dIslamist
Red SeamissilesHouthis0Islamist
Mar 5Mardan, Pakistanguns1 wIslamist
Mar 6Red SeamissilesHouthis3 dIslamist
SyriagunsISIS18-40 d 50 missingIslamist
Mar 7Cabo Delgado, MozambiquekidnapingISIS70 missingIslamist
Northeastern NigeriakidnapingBoko Haram200 missingIslamist
Mar 8West BankIED7 wIslamist
Mar 9Zurich, SwitzerlandknifeISIS1 wIslamist
Mar 10Kenya-Somalia borderIEDAl Shabaab9 wIslamist
Mar 10northern IsraelrocketsHizballahIslamist
Mogadishu, Somaliamortars?Al Shabaabmillions of $ in property damageIslamist


Every day, or so it seems, some government announces that a terrorist group it has been fighting is all but dead. Nigeria says it about Boko Haram and the local ISIS chapter (ISWAP). Somalia makes the same claim about Al Shabaab. And Mozambique has long pretended that its ISIS affiliate is no longer a threat. And yet all three carried out attacks this week. What does this say about government counter terrorism propaganda? Not much.


Mozambique: Terrorists assault Quirimba Island, kill two FDS agents – O País | Club of Mozambique

Yemen’s Houthis hit container vessel in Gulf of Aden with missile, US CENTCOM says | Reuters

Policeman escorting polio team injured in Mardan attack – Pakistan – DAWN.COM

Three killed in Houthi missile attack on cargo ship – US military (

At least 18 Syrian truffle hunters killed in suspected IS attack (

New attacks by IS-linked group in Mozambique leave over 70 children missing | Africanews

Nigeria’s Boko Haram crisis: Dozens of women feared abducted in Gamboru Ngala (

Seven IDF soldiers injured in Samaria attack | Israel National News – Arutz Sheva

Teen suspect in stabbing of Jewish man in Zurich expressed solidarity with Islamic State group – ABC News

Hezbollah fires dozens of rockets at Israel’s Meron after deadly Khirbet Selm strike — Naharnet

Somalia: Police seize over 140 mortars in the capital, Mogadishu (

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.