Terrorism has appeared as the biggest threat to the mankind and it is now much more threatening than climate change impacts as it is sparking horror, disgust and dismay worldwide every day.
Why are terror attacks on unarmed innocent people happening across the globe time and again? Is there any valid justification of killing innocence in the name of religion?
To find answers, we need to undercut extremist ideologies and more had to be done to promote the co-existence of different religions and cultures. It is has to be kept in mind that a terrorist has neither religion nor caste, rather his is an enemy of humanity.
Undeniably, linking terrorism with religion is trying to give strength to the wrong path they terrorists have chosen.
It is high time all the countries take strong steps to cut the wing of terrorism to establish peace.
The sooner terrorism was eliminated from the world, the faster the countries would develop.
The latest attack on two mosques in New Zealand where forty-nine people have been killed and at least 20 wounded in shootings by a gunman. The terrorist attack is considered as one of New Zealand’s ‘darkest days’.
It appears the attack carried out by extremist, right wing violent terrorist is his infuriated response to a series of attacks carried by Islamist militants in different places in different times.
In fact, the militant attack on innocent people had started way back in 1972 with ‘Munich Olympics Massacre. It was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, at which eleven Israeli Olympic team members were taken hostage and eventually killed, along with a German police officer, by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September.
Since then, terrorists launched many attacks and killed many innocent people till date. Major terror attacks as follows:
Mumbai bombings: The 1993 Mumbai bombings were a series of explosions that took place in Mumbai, India on 12 March 1993 at locations including the Mumbai Stock Exchange, hotels, banks and a major shopping mall.
The coordinated attacks were the most destructive bomb explosions in Indian history. This was first such group of serial bombings in the world. Beginning with a car bomb which exploded in the basement of the Mumbai Stock exchange killing 50 people, a total of 13 bombs exploded throughout Mumbai soon afterwards.
11 September attacks: 19 terrorists from al-Qaeda, hijacked four commercial airplanes, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the upper floors of the North and South towers of the World Trade Centre complex and a third plane into the Pentagon in Arlington.
The Twin Towers ultimately collapsed because of the damage sustained from the impacts and the resulting fires, which weakened the support columns. After learning about the other attacks, passengers on the fourth hijacked plane, Flight 93, fought back, and the plane was crashed into an empty field in western Pennsylvania about 20 minutes by air from Washington, DC.
In total the attacks killed 2,977 people, 2,753 people were killed in New York, 184 people were killed at the Pentagon and 40 people were killed on Flight 93. When the towers were struck, between 16,400 and 18,000 people were in the WTC complex, as many of these rushed out, emergency services were rushing in to try and save those injured or trapped. (For further information on 9/11, it’s causes and consequences,
Siege of Mumbai: In November 2008, 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamist militant organisation based in Pakistan, carried out a series of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai.
Transport terminals, cafes, hotels, cinemas and a hospital were targeted. LeT reiterated its aim to introduce an Islamic state in South Asia and to “liberate” Muslims residing in Indian Kashmir. The attacks drew widespread global condemnation, killing 164 people and wounding at least 308. On 29 November, India’s National Security Guards (NSG) conducted ‘Operation Black Tornado’ to flush out the remaining attackers; it resulted in the deaths of the last remaining attackers at the Taj Hotel and ending all fighting in the attacks. The Government of India said that the attackers came from Pakistan, and their controllers were in Pakistan. On 7 January 2009, Pakistan confirmed the sole surviving perpetrator of the attacks was a Pakistani citizen.
Paris attacks: On 13 November 2015, three suicide bombers struck near the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, followed by suicide bombings and mass shootings at cafés, restaurants and a music venue in central Paris.
The attackers killed 130 people, including 89 at the Bataclan theatre, where they took hostages before engaging in a stand-off with police.
Dhaka bakery attack: Six militants attacked a bakery and held hostages in Dhaka on the evening of 1 July 2016. 22 civilians were killed, 18 of whom were foreigners, making this the worst terrorist attack in Bangladesh’s history.
Nice attack: On the evening of 14 July 2016, a 19-tonne cargo truck drove into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. 86 people were killed and a further 434 were injured.
Berlin attack: On 19 December 2016, a truck was deliberately driven into the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, leaving 12 people dead and 56 injured.
Toronto Van Attack: On Monday April 23, 2018, a rented van mounted a curb, running into pedestrians on a busy stretch of Yonge Street, Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring a further 16.
The driver was identified as Alek Minassian, a 25 year old male with connections to the online movement, ‘incel’; the term is short for “involuntarily celibate” and the community that uses the label is typically dominated by men voicing their frustration for their lack of sexual relationships.