JULY 14, 2021
A suicide car bomber rammed his VBIED into the first bus of a convoy of four buses, carrying local and Chinese workers from their compound in Barseen to the Dasu dam in Upper Kohistan in the northern Khyber-Paktunkhwa province. As result of the blast, the bus plunged into a ravine. At least 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals and two soldiers, were killed in the attack and 28 people were wounded. No group has claimed responsability for the attack. Chinese engineers and Pakistani construction workers have for several years been working on hydroelectric projects as part of Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative in the western province where the attack took place.
JULY 10, 2021
A suicide car bomber detonated a VBIED near a government convoy, carrying Bandar Regional Police Commander, at the at Bandar Junction located between Banadir and Madina hospitals in the capital Mogadishu. While the official, Col. Farhan Mohamud Adan (locally known Qarole), survived the attack, at least nine people were killed in the blast and nine were wounded. The al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabaab, which frequently carries out such bombings, claimed responsibly for the attack, which also damaged nearby business buildings and restaurants.
JULY 07, 2021
Shortly before 6 p.m. police officers engaged a group of the presumed assassins of President Jovenel Moise. During a televised brief to the nation, the national police chief said that the suspects were tracked to a house near the scene of the crime in Petionville, a northern, hillside suburb of the capital Port-au-Prince. Four of the suspected assassins were killed in the exchange of fire and six were arrested including two Haitian Americans. Meanwhile president’s wife, Martine Moïse, was transferred by air ambulance to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, Florida where she was reported “out of danger” and in stable condition.
At approximately 1 am local time, unidentified gunmen shot and killed President Jovenel Moïse at the bedroom of his private home located in the Petion-Ville suburb of the capital Port-au-Prince. First Lady Martine Moïse was wounded in the attack and hospitalized. According to some reports citing senior Haitian officials, the assailants were foreign mercenaries who had posed as agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as they carried out the attack. Prime Minister Claude Joseph has declared himself Interim President and ordered fifteen-day a nationwide state of siege. Toussaint Louverture International Airport was closed until further notice. As precaution the Dominican Republic closed the border with Haiti and deployed additional troops. Several embassies, including that of the U.S. and Canada have announced they will be closed the following day. As news of the assentation broke out several lootings were reported in the capital. Though President Moïse was a divisive leader, with many Haitians blaming him for the nation’s deteriorating security situation, his assassination will likely worsen the political instability and gang violence, which in turn lead to increase in migrants and asylum seekers.
JUNE 25, 2021
A 24-year-old Somali immigrant armed with a large Kinfe stabbed to death three women and severely wounded five other women in the Barbarossaplatz square in the southern town of Wuerzburg, located about 100 km/ 62 miles south-east of Frankfurt. The man reportedly entered a kitchen department of a store and asked an assistant for a knife, with which he stabbed her and killed the saleswoman and two more women in the shop. He then left the store and continued to attack women on the street. Police officers shot the men in the leg before overpowering him and arresting him. While officials stated that the assailant was recently placed under psychiatric treatment as he showed violent tendencies, witnesses stated that he shouted "Allahu akbar"-- God is great in Arabic –which suggests a possible Islamist motive.
JUNE 21, 2021
At least six French soldiers and four civilians were wounded in a suicide car bombing in the Kaigourou neighborhood of the town of Gossi, located in the central Tombouctou Region. The bomber detonated his VBIED near the soldier’s vehicle as they were on a reconnaissance mission near a forward operating base. The soldiers were evacuated to the French army base in northern city Gao by helicopter under cover by Tiger combat helicopters and a fighter jet. The attack will likely expedite the withdrawal of the,5,100 French soldiers deployed across the Sahel region as announced by French President Emmanuel Macron a week earlier. Macron stated that France will strengthen the international task force of special forces in Mali, known as Takuba.