Category: Terrorism

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Bomb Type in CDO Blast Identified, Suspects and Motive Unknown

Investigators were able to identify the bomb used in last Friday’s bombing of a busy commercial establishment in Cagayan de Oro City as a rigged-up 81mm mortar round. The bomb explosion immediately killed 6 and injured 48 others. SecurityMatters sources identified that the Improvised Explosive device was an 81mm Mortar. This was after Explosive Ordnance...

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Bomb explosion in Cagayan de Oro kills 6, injures 28 others

At least six people were killed while 28 others were injured in an explosion at Kyla’s Bistro and Candy’s Cafe, Rosario Arcade, Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines at around 2330H, Friday, 26 July 2013. Three of the fatalities were killed on the spot while three were declared dead on arrival at Northern Mindanao...

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AFP Investigates NPA Acquisition of AK-47 Rifles

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) investigates to identify the supplier of AK-47 assault rifles to the New People’s Army (NPA) in Mindanao. Reports indicate that NPA fighters in Northern and Southern Mindanao are now armed with AK-47 rifles. The high-powered assault rifles are being used against government forces in Mindanao. The conclusion came...

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Rebels Turned Criminals Going After Defenseless Civilians

What happened to their ideologies that red fighters are likely going after civilians? It’s understood that they want to avenge the death of eight comrades, including their spokesman in Bicol, during a major clash in Sorsogon in Central Philippines. But, it’s a totally twisted idea to barge into a peaceful fun run of students in...

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DSWD Intensified Monitoring System Against Use of Children in Armed Conflict

After a report from the United Nations (UN) identifying the Philippines as one of the 22 countries engaging minors in armed conflict, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman revealed on Wednesday that the agency, through its attached agency, Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), has intensified its monitoring system to...

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Experts Discuss Opposing Views on South China Sea Disputes

The Center for Intelligence and National Security Studies (CINSS) of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR), in cooperation with the Center for Political and Democratic Reforms, Inc. (CPDRI), initiated a discussion entitled “Philippines-China Security Relations and the South China Sea Disputes–Current Situation and Future Direction” at the Asian Institute of Tourism...

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Uniformed Police Safety Concerns and the Boston Marathon Bomber

On Monday, April 15, 2013, two improvised explosive devices were detonated near the finish of the 42-kilometer Boston Marathon. The route had been checked by police, and especially trained explosives detection dogs. But the route was open to the public, who could move freely around and come and go freely. A massive investigation was launched...

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Five Lessons Learned From an Early Look at the Boston Marathon Bombing

It started out as a happy day. More than 20,000 people were pushing the outer limits of athletic and “spiritual” endurance, while crowds cheered their support. Families were so excited to see their loved ones excelling in a beloved pastime. But in the space of mere seconds, lives were lost, bodies were maimed, and psyches...

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Boston Bombing Update: One Suspect Dead, One Still At Large

The massive manhunt for the suspects in the Boston Marathon twin bombing has placed the city of Boston in a total lockdown, according to several reports online. Following a chaotic pursuit of the suspects in Watertown, one of the suspects, identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, has been killed during a shootout with the police early...

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Shooting at MIT Campus

A shooting occurred at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus in Watertown on Thursday evening, according to a Pentagon Post report. The MIT’s official website indeed confirmed that gunshots were reported at 10:48 p.m. outside of “Building 32 (Stata) and 76 (Koch) near Vassar and Main Streets.” Pentagon Post reported that a police officer...