One hundred and sixty five. That’s how many incidents of terrorism and hate crimes have taken place cross the globe all in the small space of 4 weeks. From Bangladesh, to France, from Iraq to Japan – terror is sadly becoming apart of our daily lives.
Whether it’s a single life taken or 300+, innocent people’s lives are being lost at the drop of a hat. The question on everyone’s minds is who and where is next? These are just a few of the many devastating things that have taken place this month – some of which you probably didn’t even know happened.
“Evil attacks the weakest,” – Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
01/07/16 – Dhaka, Bangladesh:
“Islamic militants” opened fire in a local bakery. They were armed with machetes, pistols, & crude bombs as well as taking hostages (both locals and tourists). 29 people were killed, including 20 of the hostages taken and two police officers. 50 were also injured.
02/07/16 – Jalalabad, Afghanistan:
A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a tribal leader. The blast of the bomb killed two civilians and injured 18. This was suspected to be done by the Taliban.
03/07/16 – Baghdad, Iraq:
During Ramadan, one of the five Pillars of Islam, “Islamic State” conducted coordinated bombings across Baghdad consisting of a car bomb and a roadside bomb. The attack killed more than 300 people, injured more that 225. This incident is the second worst bombing attack in Iraq following the 2007 Yazidi communities bombings.
04/07/16 – Saudi Arabia:
In the space of one day, three suicide bombing attacks took place in Saudi Arabia; one in Jeddah, one in Qatif and one in Medina. All the attacks were conducted by so-called “Islamic State”. In Jeddah and Qatif there were no fatalities other than the bombers themselves, but in Medina 4 civilians were killed and five were wounded.
05/07/16 – Um al-Housh, Syria:
“Islamic State” kidnapped 40 people and killed them all after they tried to escape.
“Terrorism is a psychological warfare. Terrorists try to manipulate us and change our behavior by creating fear, uncertainty, and division in society.” – Patrick J. Kennedy
07/07/16 – Balad, Iraq:
At least 56 people were killed and around 75 injured after “Islamic State” stormed Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi, a holy place for Shia Muslims. The militants set off car bombs, had suicide bombers on foot and several gunmen as well. The Shia pilgrims were celebrating Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan.
14/07/16 – Nice, France:
As crowds celebrated Bastille day, a 19 tonne truck ploughed through the crowds watching the fireworks on Promenade des Anglais. Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel killed 84 people and left 303 injured.
16/07/16 – Tal Abta, Iraq:
Five people were burned alive in a cage by “Islamic State” after being accused of spying and working with Iraqi police.
17/07/16 – Louisiana, USA:
Gavin Long, a man linked with organizations to do with black separatism and the the sovereign citizen movement (who the FBI class as “domestic terrorists”), shot six police officers. Three of the officers who were shot died.
“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.” – Nelson Mandela
19/07/16 – Nampala, Mali:
This attack was an armed assault against the Malian Army base. 17 government soldiers were killed and 35 were seriously injured. Three different groups claimed joint responsibility for the attack; Macina Liberation (a Mali based Islamic militant group), Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (who aim to overthrow the Algerian government to create an Islamic state) and the ethic Peul militant group (‘National Alliance for the Protection of the Peul Identity and the Restoration of Justice’).
22/07/16 – Munich, Germany
An 18-year-old boy (Ali David Sonboly) opened fire in the Olympia shopping mall killing ten people and injuring 35. He later shot himself in the head – his motives are still under investigation by German police.
23/07/16 – Kabul, Afghanistan:
Shia Islamists (an ethnic minority in Afghanistan) were protesting against the ‘Afghanistan: Energy Supply Improvement Investment Program’ and their mega power project when a twin bombing occurred by “Islamic State” killing 80 people and injuring 260. The attack was the deadliest attack in Kabul since 2001.
26/07/16 – Sagamihara, Japan
19 people were killed and 26 others injured when Satoshi Uematsu conducted mass stabbings in a care home for disabled people. He believed that it should be legal to kill people with severe disabilities.
27/07/16 – Qamishli, Syria
Today, a terrorist detonated a van bomb killing 44 civilians and injuring 170 at checkpoint.
In the process of writing this piece, I had to frequently edit it changing the number of attacks that have happened. That’s how quickly & often these things are taking place.
Sadly, there is negative connotation around Muslims in general due to the horrific acts of some groups. Please remember, as proven above, that “Islamic State” and other similar groups target their killings on other Muslims too.
The world is becoming an ugly place and change needs to happen. Countries must unite to fight against terrorism and hate crimes together.
Sources: wikipedia.com, bbc.co.uk/news, onepeopleoneworld.net, brainyquotes.com, iamsyria.org, wholesomewords.org and dailymail.co.uk