Radical Islamists leaders instructed followers to perpetrate acts of terror during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that began May 26, and jihadists have responded to the call. Significant terrorist attacks have been committed worldwide since the start of Ramadan, resulting in approximately 169 dead.
Islamic terrorist groups encourage would-be jihadis to commit more large-scale attacks during Ramadan, and assure perpetrators that they will receive extra benefits for sacrificing their lives in attacks during the holy month.
Ramadan 2017 has seen suicide bombings in Baghdad that targeted an ice cream shop and a pension distribution center that services the elderly. Ten were killed at the ice cream shop which was frequented by families with children. The other bombing killed 12. Nearly 100 were left injured from both of the explosions.
Another attack occurred in one of the safest areas in Kabul, Afghanistan, and destroyed parts of the German embassy. The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber in a vehicle, killing nearly 100 people—including U.S. and German citizens—and injuring hundreds more. Afghan officials believe that the Taliban was responsible for the attack.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for a Friday attack in which a gunman stormed a casino resort in Manila and set fire to the hotel while attempting to steal nearly $2 million in gaming chips. The jihadi was involved in a firefight with casino workers and then purportedly killed himself. Nearly 40 people were killed in the incident, all dying from inhaling smoke from the fire.
Saturday brought the terror attack at the London Bridge in which 20 victims were killed by a van mowing through a crowd of pedestrians, or the subsequent stabbing rampage of three jihadis who escaped the vehicle.
Ramadan continues until June 24, leaving no question that the number will scale above 200.
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