Terrorism: June 8, 2005


: Theres always terrorist violence going on outside Iraq. For example, here are significant terrorist events in the first three days of June, outside of Iraq and Afghanistan

1 June 
Pakistan. Masked gunmen killed a tribal elder in the Northwest Frontier region
Russia. A bomb destroyed a major electrical line near Kursk, though power was not interrupted.
Syria. Sheik Mohammed al-Khasnawi, a prominent Kurdish leader, was found dead from torture in Dayr-az-Zawr, several days after he had been reported kidnapped. The Syrian government says the murdered was committed by criminals, while Kurdish sources believe it was done at the orders of Syrian security. 
Straits of Malacca: In the first attack since early April, pirates boarded a Thai-owned tanker and took off two of the crew; ransom demands have been made.

2 June
Greece. Shortly after midnight, the "Revolutionary Struggle" radical group set off a bomb at the Ministry of the Interior, causing some damage but no injuries due to the hour.
Kashmir. The National Conference party leader Abdul Hamid Balawasriy was assassinated in Srinagar; he was the son of former party leader Ghilam Mohammed, who was  assassinated several years ago.
Lebanon. Samir Kassir, a prominent anti-Syrian journalist, was assassinated when his car blew up.
Bangladesh. A prosperous timber merchant was kidnapped in Meherpur. Although this may be just a criminal act, no ransom has so far been demanded. 

3 June
Spain. Unknown persons torched the car of Judge Bathezar Garzon, who has been prominent in prosecuting both ETA and al Qaeda terrorists, and was a key player in attempted to try former Argentine Dictator Augusto Pinochet.


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