Tragic Terrorism

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Tragic Terrorism

Connor Pittman

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Last year there were 11,072 terror attacks worldwide, resulting in 14,356 casualties. In Carl Junction, Missouri however, there were no attacks. Yet staff and students go through drills just in case. So just what is terrorism?

 Terrorism is defined as the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims. Although we mostly hear about attacks in the US, more attacks happen in the Middle East. Although most terror attacks that are reported on have high casualties this is not true of all attacks.

 On October 31, Sayfullo Saipov rented a Home Depot Truck and drove it a down a bike lane in Manhattan.  After exiting the bike lane, Saipov then crashed into a bus and ran armed with a paintball gun and a pellet gun. Not long after running, he was shot and detained by police. When the crashed truck was searched, a note stated that the attack was made in the name of ISIS. Among those killed, five were citizens from Argentina and one was a Belgian national. At the conclusion of this attack there were eight casualties.

 The worst attack of November so far has to be a suicide car bombing in Deir Ezzor, Syria on November 4. The attack killed at least 100 people  and injured almost 150. The bombing was set against refugees trying to escape the fighting in the province between Syrian backed forces and the Islamic State. Of the group that was killed, 75 were displaced citizens, including women and children. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State. November 22 there was a bombing in Baghdad Iraq in a marketplace that killed two. The Islamic State is suspected to be the group behind the placing of the bomb.

 This is why Carl Junction staff and students go through terror and gunmen attack training, attacks can happen anywhere to anyone and it always pays to be prepared.

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