A week of carnage: ISIS attacks span the globe in just 7 days
ISIS is under attack in Iraq and Syria but that hasn't stopped the terror group from inflicting deadly violence across the world. In the space of a week, at least eight attacks in tourist areas, shopping malls and outside a Starbucks cafe have wreaked havoc on people as from ISIS' self-declared caliphate as Jakarta, Indonesia. Some came at the direct hand of the group, others by affiliates or supporters on the other side of the world inspired by the terror organization.
On January 7, ISIS was held responsible for a truck bombing on a police academy that killed more than 50 people in the Libyan town of Zliten. The group, which has a growing affiliate in one of the region's most volatile countries, was also said to be responsible for attacks on oil shipping ports in Libya days prior. The North African country is still reeling from four years of civil war as various factions fight for power and the nation's oil wealth— and ISIS is one of several militant groups taking advantage of the political vacuum.
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The ISIS effect reverberated across Europe, where that same day a knife-wielding man charged into a police station in a northern suburb of Paris. Shouting "Allahu Akbar," he was shot dead by police. An ISIS flag was found on his body. Then, hours later, a gunman ambushed a police car in Philadelphia, firing several shots at the police officer before running away. The officer he'd injured, Jesse Hartnett, chased the gunman and apprehended him.
Two days later, three tourists were stabbed outside a Red Sea hotel resort in Hurghada, Egypt, by militants suspected of links to ISIS. Then on January 9, carnage erupted in Baghdad, miles from ISIS-controlled territory. ISIS militants detonated a car bomb outside a shopping mall in one of the capital's busiest urban areas, and two suicide bombers detonated their explosives. The gun battle that ensued lasted for nearly two hours. In all, at least 17 people were killed and nearly 40 others were wounded. Across the country that day ISIS attacks claimed the lives of at least 33 people.
Less than 24 hours later in Istanbul ten people were killed and more than a dozen wounded after a suicide bombing struck a heavily guarded town square popular with travelers. German travelers were among those killed, the deadliest attack on German nationals in 13 years.
In Jalabad the next day, Afghanistan, three ISIS-affiliated militants attacked a Pakistani consulate, killing at least seven members of the security forces. And Thursday Indonesians fled in fear as seven militants traded gunfire with police before blowing themselves up near a Starbucks cafe and a department store in downtown Jakarta. Two people were killed alongside the militants, and 20 others were wounded. In a statement claiming responsibility, ISIS said that their fighters had attacked Western targets and that Westerners themselves "will not enjoy security in Muslim countries."
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