2001 January - April
Islamic Terrorism Timeline
- January 1, 2001: So that we keep all of this in context, it is important to remember that 2000 came to a close with Yasser Arafat ordering Palestinian Muslims to rise up and kill Jews. His call to arms was an intifada, or uprising. On the last day of 2000 alone, there were five separate Islamic attacks on Jews in Israel, one of which killed a husband and wife and wounded their five daughters.
Today, Palestinians began the new year firing shots into the Netzarim community of Messianic Jews. They attacked an Israeli car on a road outside Jerusalem, injuring two of the three people inside. Then they ambushed an Israeli vehicle near the village of Hizma in the Ramallah area, injuring one Jew. They followed that assault by attacking a border police station near Jenin.
All of this prompted settlers to enter the Palestinian village of Beit Dajan in the Nablus area. They fired warning shots in its midst. No injuries were reported but the electricity supply was cut off for a while. Another group of settlers drove toward the entrance of the Hizma village near Jerusalem and killed a Palestinian they believed was responsible for the previous day's murders.
- January 1, 2001: In Istanbul, Turkey, ten people were injured by a bomb which was detonated in a crowd of people observing a New Year's Day celebration in Taksim Square. The governor of Istanbul said that the attack was "aimed to destroy the Turkish state and rule of law in this country." That was not true.
The reason a New Year's Day celebration was chosen is because it was sure to target non-Muslims. Thanks to Allah's stupidity, the Islamic calendar floats aimlessly around the solar year. In honor of Allah's moon god legacy, the Islamic calendar is a purely lunar system.
- January 2, 2001: The socialist and secular Earth Liberation Front continued to embarrass itself today. While it's not an Islamic killing machine, I think it's important to demonstrate that the belief in no god is as potentially corruptive as the belief in a false one.
The ELF claimed responsibility for setting the Superior Lumber Company in Glendale, Oregon, on fire. The flames caused $400,000 in damages. The ELF issued a communiqué which stated that the group hopes "to see an escalation in tactics against capitalism and industry" in 2001. They also wrote, "Superior Lumber is a typical earth raper contributing to the ecological destruction of the Northwest. What happened to them should shock no one.".
These socialist humanists see the earth as the source of life, and that is why in their mind Mother Earth can be raped. While Communists like those of ELF infamy see "capitalism" as their foe, in reality, all economic systems are capitalistic including fascism and communism. What these socialist humanists are really against is choice, and thus freedom. They despise the free enterprise system and the opportunities choice brings. In this regard, they are identical to Muslims.
- January 3, 2001: An Islamic suicide bomber (excuse the redundancy) blew himself up in the Sisli District Security Directorate in Istanbul, killing one other man and injuring two police officers.
- January 4, 2001: In Israel, Palestinians opened fire on an Israeli bus in Ma'ale Levona, terrorizing the people aboard.
- January 4, 2001: A powerful bomb was ignited twenty yards away from a car carrying Akhmad Kadyrov, the popularly elected Chechen leader. The perpetrators want what the majority of the Chechen people do not - the establishment of an Islamic theocracy.
- January 4, 2001: In Turkey, a bomb was thrown into the youth center of the Nationalist Movement Party in Iskenderun.
- January 5, 2001: A roadside pipe bomb was discovered and defused near Bethlehem.
- January 6, 2001: In Yala, Thailand, Bersatu terrorists detonated an explosive device at a hotel car park near the Malaysian border.
The United Front for the Independence of Pattani, also known as "Bersatu" (meaning "United" in Malay) is an umbrella organization of various terrorist groups operating in southern Thailand. They are united in their goal of fighting the Thai government in the name of Thailand's Malay Muslim minority.
Bersatu aims to attract international donations for their cause, while increasing its domestic support by propagandizing misdeeds of the Thai government against Muslim citizens. The group has also reportedly attacked and terrorized Muslims who cooperate with the Thai government, especially those who teach in government schools.
- January 7, 2001: In Iran, five rockets were fired at Internal Security Forces in northern Tehran. Many people were killed and injured. The Iraq-based Mujahideen-e-Khalq claimed credit for the attack, indicating that this was a secular vs. sectarian confrontation.
The Mujahideen-e-Khalq was previously known as the People's Mujahideen of Iran. They operate out of Iraq and France. They oppose the Shi'ite Iranian government, and they serve as the militant arm of the National Council of Resistance to Iran, a coalition of opposition groups which claims to be the transitional parliament-in-exile.
Prior to American's Iraqi invasion, the NCRI was headquartered in Iraq, with representative offices in other countries including a presence in Washington, D.C. Over they years the NCRI received support from the U.S. Congress. But ignorant and immoral as usual, after the 9/11 attacks the U.S. government actively courted cooperation from the Shi'ite government of Iran and canceled unofficial support for the Mujahideen-e-Khalq and NCRI. It was like soliciting Satan's help against the Devil.
The reason the NCRI and its Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) were based in Iraq was that prior to the American invasion, Iraq and Iran were enemies. Further, the Iraqi government was secular - the very thing the NCRI desired for Iran. Now all of that has changed. Iran controls Iraq via the Iranian Shi'ite Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani, and Iraq's government is now Islamic and fundamentalist.
In George Bush's crusade to justify his intended invasion of Iraq, vague intelligence reports were leaked which were construed to suggest that Mujahideen-e-Khalq militia camps in Iraq might be hiding some of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. But that was absurd. Even though the NCRI was secular, they were Iranian, and thus the last people a paranoid dictator would trust with his imaginary weapons.
Knowing in advance what was going to happen in Iraq, and that they would soon be secular outcasts in a sectarian culture, the NCRI and MEK immediately enveloped themselves in the protection of U.S. forces following the invasion of Iraq. In May 2003, U.S. Central Command stated that the group was "complying fully with Coalition instructions and directives." Mind you, the MEK hated America almost as much as it despised the Iranian government.
Since the American government has never understood Islam, nor the strife that exists in its realm between the secular and sectarian, a quick review of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq is in order. They began as a liberal, even socialistic, nationalistic party supporting former Prime Minister Mossaddeq against the Shah in 1963. Failing to achieve their goals through popular protests, in 1971 the MEG began its armed struggle against the Shah, whom it saw as a dictator and a puppet of the United States. The group conducted a number of attacks on U.S. military personnel and civilians in Iran in the 1970s.
Although the Mujahideen-e-Khalq initially supported the 1979 revolution and the overthrow of the Shah, the group's secular perspective led to an eventual crackdown by the Ayatollah Khomeini regime following the MEK's call for a mass demonstration after the 1981 impeachment of Abolhasan Bani-Sadr, the elected President and chairman of the Islamic Revolutionary Council. Thousands of MEK members were killed and imprisoned as a result of religious repression.
The MEK's leaders fled to Paris, where the Ayatollah Khomeini had hung out and their militant infrastructure moved to Iraq. In 1987 the Mujahideen-e-Khalq headquarters was also relocated to Iraq. United again, they began using Iraq as a base for cross-border raids into Iran.
In 1991, the Mujahideen-e-Khalq assisted Saddam Hussein in suppressing the Shia and Kurdish uprisings, and continued to perform internal security services for Iraq's secular government. In April 1992, the Mujahideen-e-Khalq conducted simultaneous attacks on Iranian Embassies and installations in thirteen countries. In April 1999, the MEK assassinated the deputy chief of the Armed Forces of Iran. In 2000 and 2001 they were involved in mortar attacks and hit-and-run raids on Iranian military and law-enforcement units and government buildings near the Iran-Iraq border.
The Mujahideen-e-Khalq still exists to overthrow the Iranian Shi'ite government and replace it with the NCRI. At a 1995 conference, the Marxist Muslim group outlined a plan. The key provision was: Guarantee freedom for political parties and forums except those loyal to either the Shah or Ayatollah Khomeini. Under such a system, the only candidates would be those approved by the Mujahideen-e-Khalq.
The Mujahedin-e-Khalq have periodically released information on Iran's developing nuclear weapons ambitions, including a crucial 2002 revelation regarding Iran's uranium enrichment program. Its latest release came in February 2005, when the group passed on information to the International Atomic Energy Administration (IAEA) that Iran now possesses sources for polonium-210 and beryllium, crucial components in building a nuclear initiator. The group claims that this is the last objective that Iran needed to fulfill, and that they plan to have to a nuclear weapon by the end of 2006.
- January 8, 2001: In Islamic Algeria, four Russians working for a pharmaceutical company were killed. Yuriy Zhelyakov, Alexsandr Popov, Nikolay Cherdakov, and Vladamir Terentyev all had their throats slit by the Armed Islamic Group (GIA).
- January 8, 2001: An Israeli was injured in a drive-by shooting attack north of Jerusalem. Shots were fired from the Palestinian al-A'idah refugee camp on the outskirts of Bethlehem into Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood. Later that day, Muslims attacked the Israeli settlement of Kadim near Jenin and fired into an Israeli bus near Ofra.
- January 9, 2001: In Kashmir, 30 people were injured by a powerful bomb outside the Telecommunications Department.
- January 10, 2001: Two masked gunmen opened fire on a police vehicle in Istanbul, killing one officer and injuring another.
- January 10, 2001: A bomb exploded in a mall in Riyadh. The Euromarche shopping complex was favored by western expatriates. The Saudi Interior Minister downplayed the significance of the blast,.
- January 11, 2001: A bomb was found and safely dismantled in Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox Me'a She'arim neighborhood, adjacent to Muslim East Jerusalem. The bomb was made up of two artillery shells and a cellular phone, which rang shortly after the bomb had been defused.
- January 14, 2001: Palestinians kidnapped and killed an Israeli settler from Kefar Yam. His body was found near the community's greenhouses. An al-Fatah group calling itself Salah Khalef claimed responsibility.
- January 14, 2001: In The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed credit for setting two vehicles, owned by Melo's Construction Company, on fire in Long Island, New York. The perpetrators doused a pickup truck and a front-end loader with gasoline and then set them ablaze. The ELF accused the construction firm of "raping the earth." In their statement, the ELF wrote: "All businesses, large or small, which participate in earth-raping industries, will continue to be targeted as a part of the ELF's ongoing campaign to evoke economic damage on those responsible for urban sprawl." Socialist Secular Humanists are no less intolerant than Muslim militants. They only differ in the assumption that Mother Earth, rather than Allah, is the source of life, making them both wrong.
- January 14, 2001: An Irish man working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia found a bomb under the driver's side of his jeep and called the authorities. The police detonated the bomb in a controlled explosion and no one was injured. Noel Rooney, 54, had been in Saudi Arabia for several years. While Saudi officials blame this and other recent bombing attacks against Western expatriates in the kingdom on alcohol-related business disputes, independent observers suggest Islamist militants trained in the Kingdom are to blame.
- January 14, 2001: A Palestinian stabbed and injured an Israeli in Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood.
- January 15, 2001: An explosive charge, later called an IED, was detonated near a convoy of Israeli cars on the Qarni-Netzarim road. The same day, shots were fired at Jerusalem's Neve Ya'agov neighborhood from the direction of Ramallah. Another attack was launched against an Israeli car in Nablus, injuring one Jew.
- January 17, 2001: In Israel, two explosive devices were set off on the Netzarim road in Gaza. Palestinians in Khan Yunus opened fire into Israeli greenhouses in the Gadid community in Gaza. Later in the day, shots were fired from the Palestinian Jaba village at an Israeli car near Adam Square north of Jerusalem. So it should not be surprising that the body of a Palestinian from Gaza was found with a bullet wound in the head near Netzarim.
- January 17, 2001: The general coordinator of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) was assassinated in Gaza as he left a hotel. Al-Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed credit for the attack, citing Hisham Makki's corruption. At stake here was control, power, and money. HAMAS and Fatah were rivals. While their prey, the so-called Palestinian people were dirt poor, Fatah's founder, Yasser Arafat, had pilfered nearly a billion dollars from American, European, Saudi, Kuwaiti, and Iranian grants.
- January 17, 2001: The body of a Palestinian who had been shot as he sat in his car was found near Ramallah. He was murdered by Palestinians who suspected that he was a Jewish collaborator.
- January 17, 2001: In India, six members of the Islamic Lashkar-e-Tayyba militant group were killed when they attempted to seize Srinagar's airport.
- January 18, 2001: Another assassination attempt was made on the life of Akhmad Kadyrov, the leader of the Chechen Republic. A powerful explosive device was detonated as Kadyrov's motorcade passed by, throwing aside several of the cars. He was not injured in the attack, although seven of his bodyguards were.
- January 19, 2001: In Turkey, four children and one adult were wounded by an explosive blast in the Van province. One of the children, 14-year-old Memduh Kaya, had found the device in a trashcan and brought it to his neighborhood to play with.
- January 21, 2001: Palestinian gunmen opened fire on the Yasmin outpost near the settlement of Ganey Tal in the Qatif Bloc.
- January 21, 2001: In Mortar shells were fired at government buildings in Tehran's Motahari neighborhood, including the Supreme Court. It was the work of Mujahideen-e-Khalq.
- January 22, 2001: An IED was detonated under an Israeli convoy near the Netzarim junction.
- January 22, 2001: In Turkey, as in most Islamic countries, politics is a dangerous profession. One politician was killed and five others were injured when the minibus in which they were riding came under automatic weapon fire in Kahta. The murdered man was Abdul Samet Secilmis, the brother of Abdullah Secilmis, a Nationalist Movement Party chairman. The minibus was bringing the group to a court hearing regarding an armed attack that took place in July 2000 at a political meeting.
- January 23, 2001: Two Israelis were killed in the Tulkarm area by Muslim Palestinians. They had gone to Tulkarm in the company of an Israeli Arab and were subsequently kidnapped and executed. The military wing of HAMAS, the al-Qassem Brigades, claimed the attack.
Let's examine some of the people who contributed to the rise of the Islamic Resistance Group. Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was born in the late 1930s. He became paralyzed from the neck down as a result of a childhood accident. During his teenage years he was influenced by Muslim Brotherhood teachers. Thereafter, Sheikh Yassin began training as a teacher in Cairo.
In the late 1960s, Yassin began efforts to encourage pious Islamic religiosity and ritual observances among Gaza youth. He was briefly imprisoned by Egypt in 1966 and abandoned political activities in the late 1960s following Israel's control of Gaza after Team Islam lost the 6 Day's War. Thereafter, Sheikh Yassin focused entirely on preaching and teaching fundamentalist Islam.
This focus on Islamic religiosity prompted Yassin to revive Muslim Brotherhood activities in Gaza. In 1973, he founded the Islamic Center, which coordinated Muslim Brotherhood activities in the Gaza Strip. He was arrested in 1983-1984 after an arms cache was discovered in his home and was given a 13-year sentence. He was released in May 1985 following a prisoner exchange. He was arrested again in May 1989 and sentenced in to life imprisonment. He was again released in a prisoner exchange in October 1997. The Palestinian Authority tried to place Yassin under house arrest in December 2001, leading to widespread clashes. He was killed in an Israeli missile attack on March 22, 2004.
Abd al-Aziz Rantisi was born in 1947 in Yabna and grew up in the Khan Yunis refugee camp. He was educated as a pediatrician at Alexandria University (1972, 1974-1976) where he first came into contact with the Muslim Brotherhood. He helped establish the Islamic Center in Gaza in 1973 and joined the Muslim Brotherhood in 1976. He worked at Khan Yunis hospital as head of pediatrics but was dismissed by Israel in 1983 and was imprisoned multiple times.
Abd al-Aziz Rantisi led HAMAS after April 1989 but was deported by Israel to Marj al-Zuhur in Lebanon in 1992. In Lebanon, he served as the spokesperson for the deportees. On his return, he was rearrested by Israel in December 1993 and held until April 1997. He was then held by the Palestinian Authority in detention for 21 months until February 2000. He was arrested again in July 2000 after calling the Palestinian participation in the Camp David talks an act of treason. He was released in December 2000 but has been rearrested multiple times since 2000. He currently operates out of the Shaykh Radwan area of Gaza City where he served as the Gaza spokesman for HAMAS. Following the killing of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, HAMAS's founder, Rantisi was elected as the group's leader. Rantisi was killed by an Israeli missile strike on April 17, 2004.
Mahmud al-Zahhar is one of HAMAS's most senior political and religious leaders. He was educated as a surgeon and served as a lecturer at the Islamic University in Gaza. He became HAMAS's spokesperson in April 1989. He then served as HAMAS's representative to the PLO from January 1990. He was deported to Marj al-Zahhur in Lebanon in December 1992. Al-Zahhar was the target of an unsuccessful Israeli assassination attempt in September 2003 in Gaza City. The raid killed his son and bodyguard and injured members of his family.
With HAMAS's victory in the 2006 Palestinian elections, al-Zahhar joined the government as foreign minister. His first major initiative was a tour of several neighboring Muslim countries.
Ibrahim Ghousheh was born in Jerusalem in November 1936. He was trained as a civil engineer in Cairo and then worked as an engineer in Jordan (1962-1966) and Kuwait (1971-1972). He served as the HAMAS's spokesperson beginning in late 1992 and operated out of Amman, Jordan. In 1999, he was arrested and held by Jordan, and was eventually deported to Qatar. In June 2001, Ghousheh attempted to return to Jordan via Amman's international airport, provoking an international dispute between Jordan and Qatar. Jordan finally permitted him to say in Jordan on the condition that he freeze his political work with HAMAS.
Mahmud Abu Hanud was born in 1967 and graduated from Islamic College in Jerusalem. He was an active member of the 1987 intifada, being wounded. In 1992, he was deported to Marj al-Zahur in Lebanon where he is believed to have acquired military training. Following his return to the Palestinian Territories, he became the West Bank commander of HAMAS's 'Izz al-Din al-Qassem brigades. In 1994, he was arrested by the Palestinian Authority for firing on settler vehicles near Nablus, though he was released soon after his arrest. Israel attempted to assassinate him in Asira al-Shamaliyya in September 2000. He surrendered to Palestinian Authority forces and was detained until May 2001 when Israel bombed his prison in Nablus. He was finally killed on 23 November 2001 in Nablus when an Israeli missile hit his van.
Musa Abu Marzuq was born in 1951 in Gaza. He studied engineering at Ayn Shams in Cairo and worked in the United Arab Emirates until 1981. He studied in the United States from 1981-1991, receiving his PhD and gaining residency rights. After returning to the Middle East, he became the head of HAMAS's Political Bureau (originally based in Jordan).
Musa Marzuq was expelled from Jordan in 1995. He was arrested at New York's JFK airport though the U.S. dropped all charges against him in 1997, allowing him to return to Jordan. Marzuq was expelled again from Jordan in August 1999 when HAMAS's offices there were closed by the kingdom. Marzuq is now a Yemeni national and operates out of Damascus, Syria. He has been cited as a leading terrorist figure in assaults against Americans and yet Musa Marzuq uses Islamic charities in the United States to raise money for HAMAS.
Ismail Abu Shanab was born in 1955. He was educated as a construction engineer at Colorado State University, where he received his Masters degree. He taught engineering at Gaza's Islamic University and served as deputy to Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of HAMAS. For his involvement in HAMAS terrorist acts against Israel, he was imprisoned for seven years. After his release in 1996, he served as HAMAS's observer to the PLO Central Council and served as HAMAS's representative to the Committee of National and Islamic Forces. He was killed in an Israeli attack in Gaza on 21 August 2003.
Salah Shihadah was born in Gaza in 1953. He obtained a secondary school certificate but his financial circumstances did not allow him to pursue his university education, although he was admitted to study medicine and engineering in Turkish and Russian universities. He studied in the Higher Institute for Social Service in Alexandria where he first became affiliated with Islamic organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood.
Salah Shihadah was arrested in 1984 on suspicion of anti-Israel terrorist activities and was jailed for two years. After being released in 1986, he worked as director of student affairs at the Islamic University until Israeli authorities closed the university during the first Palestinian intifada. Salah continued to work at the university and was arrested again in August 1988. Shihadah was the founder of the first organized militant apparatus of HAMAS, known as the Palestinian Mujahidden." The jihadist was killed in an Israeli missile strike on his residence in the Daraj neighborhood of Gaza city in 2002.
- January 23, 2001: In Aden, a Yemeni, Mohammed Yehia Ali Sattar, hijacked a plane carrying U.S. ambassador Barbara Bodine and ninety other people who wished to show support for Saddam Hussein by flying to Baghdad as a challenge to Iraq's international isolation. He was armed with a gun and a grenade. He was subdued by the members of crew and hospitalized with self-inflicted injuries.
- January 24, 2001: In Sana, Yemen, a bomb exploded in front of the house of Brig. General Ahmad Shamlan, head of President Salih's Presidential Guard. The assassination attempt was the first to be reported against such a high-ranking security official in the defense of the president.
- January 24, 2001: In Turkey, five police officers were killed by Muslim gunman. The primary target, Okkan, was the Security Director.
- January 26, 2001: In India, a large bomb killed two people as the state celebrated Republic Day. The explosion occurred in a bus coming from Delhi. Most of the passengers had departed from the bus moments before the blast occurred. India has blamed the attack on Pakistan.
- January 27, 2001: A Palestinian resident of Nablus was shot and killed by masked men who had entered his home. He had been a suspected collaborator during the first intifada but had not worked with the Israelis in recent years.
- January 29, 2001: An Israeli was killed in a shooting attack in the Ramallah area as he drove his car between the al-Ram junction and Adam settlement.
- February 1, 2001: An Israeli from the Afula area was shot and killed in Palestinian cesspool of Jenin. He had gone to the city's Sabah al-Hir neighborhood to have his car repaired and lost his life.
- February 1, 2001: An Jew was killed when Palestinians ambushed his car as he was driving on the Jerusalem-Hebron road. They shot him at pointblank range. The murderers came from the al-Arrub refugee camp. Three others in the car sustained serious injuries.
- February 2, 2001: Palestinians fired into Hebron's Jewish Avraham Avinu neighborhood next to the casbah.
- February 2, 2001: In Turkey, A bomb planted in the trunk of a car exploded outside a bank branch in Izmir.
- February 4, 2001: In Malaysia, armed militants stormed the Guar Chempedak police station, injuring two.
- February 4, 2001: Militant Muslims in Israel fired at a bus near the West Bank village of Burqa. Then they attacked an Israeli car near Bet El.
- February 6, 2001: In Serbia, two snipers fired at a convoy of vehicles carrying U.S. diplomats, including James Pardew, U.S. special envoy for the Balkans, William Montgomery, the U.S. Ambassador in Kosovo, and Sean Sullivan, the political adviser to the KFOR commander. There was speculations that Albanian Muslims had fired the shots.
- February 6, 2001: In Quezon City, in the Philippines, Filemon Lagman, chairman of the militant workers' group, was ambushed as he arrived for a meeting at the University of the Philippines Campus. Lagman suffered four wounds to the head.
- February 6, 2001: Gunning for Jews, Palestinians fired at the Jewish community in Hebron.
- February 7, 2001: In Rawalpindi, Pakistan, four people were injured when a bomb exploded beside a crowded bus stand.
- February 7, 2001: Palestinians fired at the Erez industrial zone in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. A Jewish convoy was ambushed as it traveled along the Qarni-Netzarim road. Toward the end of the day, Palestinians assaulted the Pesagor community.
- February 8, 2001: Four police officers were injured when an explosive device was detonated in a Security Department office in Istanbul. Later this same day, two Muslim militants opened fire on a police car. It was the same location where five police officers were killed in late January.
- February 9, 2001: Palestinians shot rifles and mortars into the Jewish Netzarim community. They attacked the settlement of Dugit in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Then Palestinians assaulted the Pesagot enclave. They fired into Giv'at Hadagan in Efrata at the end of the day.
- February 10, 2001: There were many quasi-terrorists events taking place in Northern Ireland at this time but no one was killed and no one took credit for most of what happened. I share this with you because all too often misinformed people draw moral parallels between Ireland and Islam.
Here is an example that typifies the events that were unfolding. A pipe bomb was thrown at a Catholic home in north Belfast. Hugh McInally, who lives in the targeted house believed that the perpetrators threw the device over the peace wall, which runs through his back garden. The bomb caused no damage.
In another example, a pipe bomb was thrown at a Catholic home in Artouges Park in Broughshane. The device bounced off the side of the house, causing no damage. So then, a group calling itself the "Catholic Reaction Force" claimed to have thrown two small explosive devices across the Belfast Peace Line from Springfield Road. No injuries or damage was caused. That in turn led to a bomb being detonated along the Belfast to Dublin railway line. It was shut down when residents heard a loud bang on the tracks. The Real Irish Republican Army was being blamed for the disruption in service but without any substantiation. In all of these incidents, there was never an intent to kill.
- February 10, 2001: In Afghanistan, the Pakistan Interior Minister's plane was hit by a rocket. The Taliban government claimed that the attack was masterminded by the Northern Alliance. And they were right.
The reason the Pakistan Interior Minister was flying over Afghanistan, and the reason the Taliban's only foe was shooting at him, was because the Taliban, and thus Afghanistan, was controlled by the Islamic regime in Pakistan. Pakistan's Interior Minister was the defacto Interior Minister for Afghanistan because the Taliban regime was educated in Pakistan, trained in Pakistan, financed by Pakistan, armed by Pakistan, and directed by Pakistan for Pakistan.
And while the Pakistani government's sponsorship of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan was bad, considering that Osama bin Laden was an integral part of the Taliban's leadership, it was made far worse by the fact that the Director of Pakistan's foreign intelligence service, the ISI, financed Muhammad Atta and his 9/11 suicide bombing of the World Trade Center. And more chilling still, with the world worried about Iran's designs on an atomic weapon, Pakistan not only has a nuclear arsenal, they have sponsored far more Islamic terrorist than Teheran.
- February 11, 2001: Returning to more mundane forms of terror, assault rifles were fired at a security guard manning the entrance to the Elon More settlement near Nablus. Later in the day, armed Palestinians attaked Jerusalem's Gilo community.
- February 11, 2001: An Israeli was mortally wounded in a shooting attack on the Tunnels Road outside of Jerusalem. A group calling itself the Badr Forces (after Muhammad's second terrorist attack and caravan raid) claimed credit for the murder of the man who later died of his wounds.
- February 12, 2001: In Yemen, a motorcade transporting trade minister Abdul al-Kumayem and Mahwit's provincial governor Abdul Hamid Numan came under fire in an ambush by rival Muslim warlords in the days before municipal elections.
- February 13, 2001: A Neve Deqalim Yeshiva student was shot and injured by Palestinian snipers today.
The same day, bomb disposal experts safely detonated an explosive charge that was found near the greenhouses of the Morag settlement. Shots were fired at an Israeli civilian and at soldiers who came to his aid. Palestinians fired at an Israeli car near Avney Hafetz. Muslims attacked Jewish homes in Hebron neighborhoods. And they fired at Israeli cars near Ramallah.
- February 14, 2001: In Iran, five mortar shells were launched into a suburb of Mousian, near the Iraqi border. Authorities suspected the Iraq-based Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK). There were no reported injuries.
- February 15, 2001: In Bangladesh, a bomb was deployed amidst a number of cars, injuring 3 passengers. The same day, two rickshawpullers were injured when a bomb was thrown near Proshika Bhaban.
- February 15, 2001: Palestinians shot and wounded a Jewish man from Qiryat Arba in the Hebron Hills. Another Israeli man was injured by Palestinian gunfire near the Atarot industrial zone.
Palestinians fired a mortar shell into the Gaza Strip settlement of Netzarim. Two IEDs were then detonated on the road between Otni'el and Bet Hagay, south of Hebron, when a regional bus was driving by.
Next, Palestinians in Hebron's Abu-Sunaynah neighborhood opened fire into Jewish homes. They also fired shots into the Pesagot community and at Border Police near Jenin.
- February 16, 2001: Palestinian Muslims fired at a bus in Neve Deqalim. They tried to bomb the Morag settlement but bomb disposal experts foiled their plans. In the afternoon, shots were fired at the Jewish town of Ariel and the adjacent military base. Shots were also fired at the settlement of Pesagot.
That evening, Palestinians fired at the Qatif Bloc of settlements and at Rafiah Yam.
- February 17, 2001: In Turkey, shots were fired at the Milliyet newspaper's offices in Istanbul by assailants passing by in a car. That same day, Turkish bomb disposal experts defused a time bomb that was left on the third floor of a McDonalds restaurant in Istanbul's Aksaray district.
- February 18, 2001: In Iraq, Kurdish Democratic Party leader Faranso Hariri was shot and killed on the street in Arbil by unidentified gunmen. It was the only lethal terrorist act in Iraq in more than a year.
- February 18, 2001: Palestinian Muslims attacked an Egged bus near the Erez checkpoint. They fired shots at an Israeli car traveling in Neve Deqalim. Next, Muslims assaulted a bus in the Neve Deqalim industrial zone. And they fired from a passing car into the Halamish settlement.
- February 19, 2001: In Chechnya, a powerful bomb was found and defused between the Federal Security Office and the Chechen Prosecutor's Office.
- February 19, 2001: In Corte, France, a car belonging to Christian Garcia, the director of the Corsican Regional Students' Welfare Office, was destroyed by an explosion. Garcia is also a candidate in upcoming council elections.
- February 19, 2001: Palestinians opened fire at the settlement of Kadim. They attacked the settlement of Pesagot.
The same day, five explosive charges were found and safely defused near the West Bank settlement of Homesh. So settlers fired warning shots over the Palestinians in the Sawia village without incident or injury.
- February 20, 2001: A Palestinian attacked a settler with a knife in Hebron, injuring him. Later in the day, shots were fired into Jewish homes in Hebron.
- February 20, 2001: A female pharmacist was abducted by members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) while she was inside her delivery vehicle. Members of the fundamentalist Islamic group took the pharmacist, Nurhana Daud, at gunpoint and took her toward the Darayan Village in Patikul.
- February 22, 2001: An Israeli was wounded in a drive-by shooting attack while in his car at northern Jerusalem's French Hill junction. Mortar shells were fired at the Gaza Strip settlement of Elei Sinai. Shots were fired at a bulletproof bus near the West Bank settlement of Migdalim. Mortar shells were lobbed into the Gaza Strip settlement of Dugit.
- February 24, 2001: Shots were fired at an Israeli bus in Neve Deqalim. It was the second attack in as many days.
- February 24, 2001: In Turkey, a pipe bomb was thrown at the ATM of a Finansbank in the Levent neighborhood of Istanbul. It was one of many such attacks at this time.
- February 25, 2001: An Israeli woman was wounded by Palestinian gunmen who fired into her car as she was driving near the West Bank settlement of Ofra. An Israeli man was wounded in a drive-by shooting near the West Bank settlement of Ateret.
- February 27, 2001: In Kashmir, the Army of Muhammad wounded ten people when Muslim militants threw gasoline into a crowd near the Pappi Land Hotel and ignited them on fire.
- February 27, 2001: Palestinians opened attacked the West Bank settlement of Pesagot. And they fired into an Israeli car as it passed a military roadblock north of Tulkarm.
- February 27, 2001: Three Israelis were injured in a shooting attack on the Atarot bypass road. The fire came from three men on a hill overlooking the road, and the assailants fled in the direction of Rafat village.
- February 28, 2001: An Israeli was wounded in a shooting attack near Kibbutz Eyal in the Sharon district. The assault came from Qalqilayah and was directed at a group of workers at a site along the Trans-Samaria highway. The injured man was a guard at the site.
Later in the day, shots were fired at an Israeli car near Elon More. Frustrated settlers from Homesh fired at Palestinian homes in the village of Seelit Dahir, near Jenin, but no injuries were reported.
- March 2, 2001: Two Israelis from East Jerusalem were wounded by gunfire along the Giv'at Ze'ev-Modi'in road, near Bet Horon. Shots were fired at a Border Police patrol near the Qalandiyah refugee camp south of Ramallah. So frustrated and battered settlers from Shilo shot and killed a Palestinian returning from Ramallah who they thought had been responsible for the attacks. And it is hard to blame them since the Palestinian Authority rewards those who terrorize Jews.
- March 3, 2001: Palestinians attacked the settlements of Itamar in the Nablus area Pesagot in the Ramallah area.
- March 3, 2001: A bomb exploded gutting a Thai Airways jet, only minutes before Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was to board with twelve top leaders and their families. Bomb traces and remains of the explosive Semtex were found among the wreckage of the plane. The explosion killed one crew member and injured seven others. Due to the nature of the bomb, officials suspected that an advanced international terrorist group was behind the attack.
- March 4, 2001: A suicide bomb attack in Netanya, Israel killed 3 Jews and seriously wounded 65 more. HAMAS claimed responsibility. An Israeli stabbed and injured three Palestinians who were associated with the bombing in Netanya that killed and wounded so many Israelis, but it was too little, too late.
- March 7, 2001: Palestinians fired into the greenhouses of the Netzarim settlement in the Gaza Strip. When they were finally given to the Palestinians, they destroyed them.
- March 7, 2001: In Istanbul, Turkey, a time bomb was left at the entrance to the Turkish Aviation League offices in Istanbul. If they wouldn't teach Muslims how to fly, to hell with them.
- March 8, 2001: Two mortars were fired into the settlement of Netzarim. Shots were fired at an Israeli car on the southern Hebron bypass road. Palestinians fired at an Israeli car near Alei Zahav. They assaulted an Israeli car near Ariel on the Samaria bypass road. Shots were fired at a bus north of Ofra. And two Palestinian bombs were discovered and defused on the road to Elon More.
- March 8, 2001: A makeshift explosive device, made of gas bottles, exploded at the National Bank of Greece in Thessaloniki. The blast caused minor damages and was in protest to the delays in the case of Panayiotis Vasilellis, a child who was denied treatment for leukemia because of bureaucratic problems. Note: On 17 March a group calling itself, "Movement Against State Arbitrariness" claimed responsibility for this and two other explosive attacks perpetrated on this evening. A makeshift explosive device detonated at the offices of the Ministry of Health Regional Directorate in Thessaloniki. At the scene of the blast, authorities found a note stating that the attack had been in protest to the delays in the case of Panayiotis Vasilellis, a child who died of leukemia after he was denied treatment because of bureaucratic problems.
- March 8, 2001: In San Sebastian, Spain, a group of hooded individuals attacked a broadcast vehicle belonging to Cadena Sur in San Sebastian. The perpetrators smashed the windows of the van, warned the technician to get out and then set fire to the car.
- March 9, 2001: In Israel, a bomb exploded on the main street of Surchiyan District in Arbil, injuring eleven people and damaging shops in the area. Some Jews took matters into their own hands and shot and injured a Palestinian from Yattah who they believed aided the attack.
- March 9, 2001: In Indonesia, Muslim Free Aceh Movement (GAM) militants burned the agricultural information center in North Aceh. The fire caused significant damage but no deaths.
- March 10, 2001: Palestinians shot and injured a Petah Tiqua resident. The gunfire came from Hebron's Abu-Sunaynah neighborhood and was directed at Jews in the city's Gross Square.
- March 14, 2001: In the Philippines, a rocket attack on a residential area in Maguindanao killed three people.
- March 15, 2001: Three Muslim militants from Chechnya hijacked a Russian Tu-154 commercial airliner during a flight from Istanbul to Moscow and forced it to fly to Medina, Saudi Arabia. The plane carried 162 passengers, most of whom were Turks, and a crew of 12. After a 22-hour siege, during which more than 40 passengers were released, Saudi security forces stormed the plane, killing a hijacker, a passenger, and a flight attendant. One hostage's throat was slit by a hijacker prior to the rescue attempt. The hijackers were demanding an exchange of prisoners for passengers.
- March 15, 2001: Palestinian gunmen assaulted an Israeli car near the Deir al-Sharf junction in the West Bank.
- March 16, 2001: In Saudi Arabia, a Scottish man and an Egyptian bystander were injured in a bombing attack outside a bookstore near a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Riyadh. Ron Jones, 47, was the second Scot to be injured in a recent spate of bombings directed at Westerners in the kingdom. Saudi authorities blamed the attacks on squabbles between Scotsmen while rational people believed them to be the work of Islamist militants.
- March 16, 2001: In Croatia, an explosion occurred outside Zagreb's town hall. Several cars caught on fire as a result of the bomb. Three days later, according to the head of a Croatian Political Party, an Egyptian Islamic militant group claimed responsibility for the blast.
- March 17, 2001: In Afghanistan, Taliban education minister Mulla Amir Khan Muttaqi was wounded in a bomb blast in Kabul. Five others died in the explosion. The bomb was placed in a taxi cab, and the minister was injured when his car drove past the cab as the explosion went off. It was the first or second reported terrorist attack in Afghanistan in more than a year, that is depending upon whether you see the missile strike on the Pakistani government aircraft a guerilla or terrorist attack.
- March 17, 2001: Israel Defense Forces dismantled two IEDs found near Hebron. But that did not stop Palestinians from firing an anti-tank weapon from Khan Yurnus into the Neve Deqalim industrial zone. At the end of the day, Palestinians fired at an Israeli car in the vicinity of Turmus Ayya, north of Ramallah.
- March 17, 2001: In Islamic Indonesia, fundamentalist Muslims armed with long wooden sticks and attired in coordinated green and white Islamic outfits, attacked small street kiosks, cafes, and restaurants which they called immoral places. Most of these businesses were completely destroyed during the attack which police did not response to. These fanatical Muslims belonged to a terrorist group known as the Front for Defenders of Islam.
Their calling in life is the forced imposition of strict Islamic Sharia law throughout Indonesia. Despite the group's strict religious foundation, FPI is not specifically dedicated to the re-creation of Indonesia as an Islamic state because for the most part it already is one. Instead, the FPI concentrates on making sure no on violates Islamic law. A typical FPI attack would involve a group of young men dressed in white robes and armed with rattan sticks, stones or machetes. The FPI members use their weapons to destroy street kiosks and drinking establishments that have been deemed to be un-Islamic. FPI seeks to create social change through the employ of violent tactics. In addition, FPI has spoken against the presence of the United States in Indonesia and Afghanistan and has threatened to target Westerners in retaliation.
Most recently, the Front for Defenders of Islam has attacked aid groups following the December 2004 tsunami disaster, which killed over 100,000 people in Indonesia. The FPI routinely threatens Christian relief agencies operating in Indonesia, because, according to the Front for Defenders of Islam, the Christian groups share Christian values and influence the minds of people. FPI also warned Australia that it was not welcome in Indonesia after it had completed its humanitarian work for the tsunami victims.
Habib Rizieq Shihab is the leader of the Front for Defenders of Islam. On November 19, 2003, he was released from Salemba Penitentiary in Central Jakarta after completing a seven-month sentence for terrorism.
- March 19, 2001: Palestinians fired at two civilian buses near the settlement of Ofra. They also fired at an Israeli bus near Bet El.
- March 19, 2001: An Israeli was killed in a shooting attack in the Etzyon Bloc as he was driving north of Neve Daniyel. Several bullets hit his car, causing him to lose control of it, and he collided with a truck.
- March 20, 2001: An Israeli was shot and injured by Palestinian gunfire near Aley Zahav in the West Bank.
Later in the day, Palestinians ramped up their anger, firing two mortars from Khan Yanus which landed near the Morag settlement. The military wing of HAMAS, the al-Qassem Brigades claimed the attack. Settlers shot and injured a Palestinian near the village of Luban al-Sharqiyah as a result.
- March 21, 2001: Three mortars, fired in Gaza, landed in Netzarim. The military wing of HAMAS, the al-Qassem Brigades, claimed credit for the attack. Egypt had supplied the weaponry in conflict with the Camp David Accords.
- March 24, 2001: In a city that describes the religion it promotes, Islamabad, Pakistan (the land of pure Islam), a homemade time bomb exploded in a mini-bus killing one and injuring nine others.
- March 24, 2001: In Russia, an IED was detonated near the central market in Mineralnye Vody. Ten people were killed and many more were wounded seriously. Several of those wounded later died from their injuries.
This was one of three bombings which occurred on this day in this region, all of which were believed to have been perpetrated by a Chechen Muslim group. A total of 23 people were killed and over 150 were wounded.
- March 25, 2001: An Israeli was wounded by gunshots fired by Palestinians near Yitzhar junction, south of Nablus.
- March 25, 2001: In Turkey, a 21-year-old Iranian man attempted to set the main entrance of the Iranian Embassy in Ankara on fire. He claimed that he had started the fire to protest the regime in Tehran.
- March 25, 2001: An Israeli was stabbed and wounded by a Palestinian in Jerusalem's Ramot neighborhood. Palestinians fired at the Neve Deqalim industrial zone and the settlement. Shots were fired at an Israeli bus near the entrance to Bet El. Israeli bomb disposal experts discovered and dismantled an explosive charge that was planted near Petah Tikya's municipal building.
- March 26, 2001: Shots fired from Hebron's Abu-Sunaynah neighborhood at the Jewish sector of the city, killed one Israeli and wounded one more.
- March 26, 2001: In Burma, a bomb exploded in Myawadi between the Market in the town center and the Democratic Karen Buddhist Office.
- March 26, 2001: In Turkey, the Trade Registration Office in the Cankaya was bombed. The same day, a pipe bomb was planted in front of the Mezitli offices of the Democratic Left Party.
- March 27, 2001: Shots were fired at an Israeli car near Neve Deqalim in the Gaza Strip.
- March 31, 2001: In Bangladesh, a bomb was detonated under a convoy of civilian buses traveling toward National Parade Square, wounding 15 passengers. Muslim militants used a second bomb to blow up a mini bus, injuring two more people. A third IED was deployed near a bridge, wounding four pedestrians.
Bangladesh is best known for being the home of perpetual famine. But increasingly it was garnering a reputation for terror. By way of history, in 1947 West Pakistan and East Bengal, both overwhelmingly Muslim, separated from India which was largely Hindu. They became Pakistan - the land of pure Islam. But that was the problem: East Bengal became East Pakistan in 1955 following a bloody civil war between Muslims. However, this awkward arrangement left the Bengalis marginalized and dissatisfied so East Pakistan seceded from its union with West Pakistan in 1971. The new Muslim nation was renamed Bangladesh.
Slightly smaller than Iowa, Bangladesh shares a long border with India - but little else with its more prosperous and civil neighbor. The median age in Bangladesh is troublesomely low a 22 years. The birth rate is exploding with more than three children born to each Muslim woman. Infant mortality at 62/1,000 births is among the worst in the world. Muslims represent 84% of the population with Hindus being a decided minority at 15%. GDP per capita is just $2,100 with 45% of the people living below the poverty line.
Bangladesh remains a poor, overpopulated, and inefficiently-governed nation because of Islam. As a result, two million have died in famines - 1974 having been the worst outbreak. Although living in denial, the Islamic government claimed that only 26,000 people have perished. And that's because they know that famine is triggered by a combination of factors, like foolish economic and social policies in addition to environmental issues. And the death toll is most always exacerbated by political and religious problems - in this case Islam. For example, since females have no value in Islam, were they were disproportionally hit in the devastating 1974 outbreak. And while the United States was the largest contributor of aid, some of it was delayed because Bangladesh was harboring Islamic terrorists.
- March 31, 2001: Palestinians shot assault rifle volleys from Beit Jala into Jewish Jerusalem neighborhoods. Then militant Muslims attacked Jews visiting Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem. At the end of the day, shots were fired at a Border Police detail in that same city, one which is now exclusively Islamic.
- April 3, 2001: Two Palestinians were injured when their car was ambushed. An anonymous caller alleged that the attack was perpetrated on behalf of the unknown "Committee for the Security of the Highways." But it is more likely that the assault was a case of mistaken identity by Palestinian gunmen who transferred blame to Jews.
- April 6, 2001: In Dushanbe, Tajikistan, an explosive device detonated inside a book shop. It killed one person and injured nine more.
- April 6, 2001: In Islamic Indonesia, a grenade was thrown into a natural gas field in the Aceh province, igniting and burning millions of dollars of fuel. The Free Aceh Movement (GAM) was responsible.
Later that day these Muslim militants forced over one hundred people from their homes so that they could set them ablaze, burning 20 to the ground.
- April 7, 2001: In Thailand, Islamic terrorists detonated explosive devices at three locations: a train station at Hat Yai, a gas storage facility in Songkhla, and a hotel in Yala. Bersatu, meaning "United," was believed to have been responsible. They had recently received explosives training in an Islamic Middle Eastern country. The United Front was an umbrella organization of various Muslim terrorist groups operating in southern Thailand, united in their goal of fighting the Thai government in the name of Thailand's Muslim minority.
- April 9, 2001: In Lebanon, a car bomb was detonated in Houla. It was the second such incident in the past two weeks. The attack was suspected to be against "collaborators" with Israel.
- April 9, 2001: In Ankara, Turkey, authorities defused a pipe bomb planted in the offices of the Directorate General of the Red Crescent, an international humanitarian organization affiliated with the Red Cross.
- April 10, 2001: In Bangkok, Thailand, Withayuth Saengsophit, the host of a popular political news program, was shot to death as he entered his office to prepare for a morning broadcast. Muslims are allergic to free speech.
- April 10, 2001: Turkish gunmen opened fire on a police vehicle in Istanbul, injuring two officers. As the perpetrators were trying to flee, they crashed into another car, shot and killed that driver, and escaped, blending into the Islamic population.
- April 11, 2001: In Lebanon, a letter bomb exploded in the home of a member of the Lebanese Parliament. He had spoken out against Syria's presence in Lebanon.
- April 12, 2001: Tajikistan Muslims showed their Islam when they assassinated the Deputy Interior Minister, Habib Sanginov. He was one of the first Islamic opposition members to join the current government.
- April 12, 2001: Abu Sayyaf deployed a mortar shell and timer combination to kill a political rival in North Cotabato in the Philippines.
- April 12, 2001: The deputy head of the Chechnya administration, Shamalu Deniyev, was killed when a bomb exploded during an interview he was giving near Groznyy. The cameraman was also injured in the blast.
- April 12, 2001: Muslims weren't the only ones terrorizing Hindu's in India. Members of the Maoist Communist Center pulled 13 people from their homes and shot ten of them to death. The MCC, a vigilante group originally formed to protect peasants, was now extracting money for "protection."
- April 13, 2001: Bullets, not ballots matter most when it comes to Islamic politics. For example, in Kashmir, the National Conference Party president for Beerwah, Haji Muhammad, was assassinated by Muslim militants. His son, who was with him at the time, was injured in the attack.
- April 14, 2001: In Bangladesh, three explosive devices were planted at an open air concert in Dhaka. The first bomb exploded, killing nine and injuring dozens; the second was found but exploded, injuring the police officer who was attempting to remove it; and, the third was rendered safe. The Times of India reported that the attacks were perpetrated by suicide bombers and that three of the victims were Islamic bombers.
- April 14, 2001: In Pakistan, a bomb killed two people. Local police linked the strike to the Muttahida Qami Movement.
- April 14, 2001: In Kashmir, Ghulam Mohammad Baba, the National Conference Party president from Pampore, was assassinated outside a mosque in Drungbal.
- April 16, 2001: A Palestinian militant was shot at while sitting in his car. He accused the Israel Defense Forces of attacking him, but the IDF denies involvement. And that's important because the IDF readily discloses its engagements. It is more likely the result of inter-group fighting between Palestinians, or simply a case of mistaken identity.
- April 16, 2001: Five mortars were launched into the Israeli town of Sederot. One of the mortars landed a mile from the ranch owned by Prime Minister Sharon. The bombing incited military action from the Israel Defense Forces the following day.
- April 16, 2001: In Dusseldorf, Germany, an explosion outside the entrance to the Turkish Consulate General office caused several thousand dollars worth of damage. Note: The following day, a spokesperson called a Turkish newspaper and claimed the attack on behalf of the Islamic Great East Raiders Front, an Islamic fundamentalist group.
- April 16, 2001: In Kashmir, a newly elected village leader was shot to death by militants in Challar.
- April 17, 2001: In the Philippines, gunmen attacked a candidate for governor of the Maguindanao province, killing three supporters and wounding five others. Unidentified gunmen killed the mayor and kidnapped four other candidates in Agusan del Sur.
- April 17, 2001: In Kosovo, a large bomb exploded outside of the Yugoslav government offices in Pristina. It killed one Serb and injured four others. It was the second such attack in which Yugoslav civil servant in Kosovo were targeted since the United Nations took over the administration of the province in 1999.
- April 18, 2001: In Nigeria, Islamic terrorists belonging to the Hisba group destroyed several hotels in Christian districts that were suspected of selling liquor. Islamic Northern Nigeria had recently imposed Sharia, which is oppressive religious law. As a result, the government had begun enforcing the prohibition of alcohol by investigating establishments and burning the liquor stocks of confirmed purveyors.
Hisba became the name used to collectively refer to gangs of Islamic fundamentalist vigilantes in Northern Nigeria who oversaw the imposition of Sharia, in the region. After years of violence between different Islamic religious groups, the Nigerian central government allowed the Northern part of the country to adopt strict Islamic law. In Sharia states, the Hisba gangs were authorized to reprimand, arrest, and even beat Nigerians caught violating the law. Punishable offenses include drinking or selling alcohol, having premarital sex, soliciting a prostitute, speaking unfavorably about Islam and Sharia, and speaking favorably about more progressive alternatives.
Hisba vigilantes also ensured that the buses in Northern Nigeria were segregated by gender. Although the methods of the Hisba were often violent and arbitrary, the military and police forces turned a blind eye towards their abuses. Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo was afraid to interfere in either the Sharia controversy, or Hisba inforcement, because of the potential for even more violent consequences.
- April 18, 2001: In Kosovo, a bomb placed underneath a vehicle exploded outside the Yugoslav government offices in the center of the capital, Pristina. It killed one person and injured four others.
- April 18, 2001: In the Philippines, Mayor Teodoro Hernaez and his security guards were shot while he was delivering a campaign speech. The same day, gunmen attacked a police officer in Nueva Ecija, killing his daughter. The following day, another political candidate, Bong Bulalacao, was shot while speaking in Camarines Norte. Oscar Gomez Torralba, a mayoral candidate, was assassinated in La Paz Town.
- April 19, 2001: Palestinians fired five mortar shell bombs at the Israeli community of Nir Am and two more at Kfar Darom.
- April 20, 2001: In Yemen, a house was bombed but we don't know where, who died, or why because Yemeni officials stopped journalists from reporting this story.
- April 22, 2001: A HAMAS suicide bomber detonated the explosive device he was carrying near a bus stop in Kfar Siva, Israel, north of Tel Aviv, killing one person (the bomber doesn't count) and injuring 61 more people. Rewarding these savages with a state ranks among the most immoral propositions advanced by man.
- April 22, 2001: Hours after the suicide bombing in Kfar Saba, another explosive device detonated in Haifa. A local police officer examining the bomb was injured.
- April 22, 2001: In Ramallah, a Jewish man was found dead in the trunk of an abandoned car. Israeli police claim it was a terrorist attack.
- April 22, 2001: A bomb in a push-cart detonated near a police station in India-controlled Kashmir, killing one, injuring twenty-five and causing property damage to surrounding houses and cars. While they weren't blamed, these deaths could rightly be attributed to Osama bin Laden because training Kashmiri killers was the primary purpose of his Afghani terrorist training camps.
- April 23, 2001: In Istanbul, Turkey, Chechen Muslims held 600 people hostage in a hotel. The gunmen were led by Muhammad Tokcan, who was released from prison the previous year. Thirteen hostage-takers, some as young as seventeen, were arrested in connection with this attack. It is not known what concessions were made to the kidnappers.
- April 23, 2001: A stolen Israeli car exploded in an open-air market. The trunk of the car had been filled with nails as well as explosives. HAMAS claimed responsibility for this attack, although another reports mentioned that the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) claimed credit. The tactic of turning stolen vehicles into bombs was becoming a common tool of Palestinian terrorists.
- April 23, 2001: In Pakistan, a home-made bomb was hidden in a cart in a local vegetable market. The twenty injuries were reported. Another bomb exploded in this market in September 2000, killing fifteen people and wounding an additional seventy-five.
- April 23, 2001: A grenade exploded on the lawn of the All Parties Huriyat Conference in Indian-controlled Kashmir during a meeting. Three delegates were injured.
- April 24, 2001: Back in Bangladesh, Journalists reported that four separate explosive devices were detonated in Dhaka as part of a general protest against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The first explosion wounded two police officers. That bomb was composed of a tin pot stuffed with nails and explosives. It was detonated near a hotel.
- April 25, 2001: In Islamic Tajikistan, three children were killed when an explosive device detonated in a village in Turkabad. Five other children were injured in the blast.
- April 29, 2001: Palestinians planted a nail bomb inside a settlement fence, damaging two houses.
- April , 2001: In Manila, two bombs exploded simultaneously in a Manila mall. They were deployed on the ground floor and on the upper floors of the building, injuring 37 people.
- April , 2001: A car bomb exploded near the Dir Saraf Junction in the West Bank as a school bus of Jewish children drove by. Israeli police believe the bomber intended to cross the Green Line but was intimidated by the presence of IDF personnel.