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The following is a summary and analysis of the terrorist attacks and counter-terrorism operations that occurred during February 2014, as researched and recorded by the ICT Database Team. Among the most important events occurring this February:
- On February 2, police raided the Musa mosque in Mombasa, Kenya, and arrested more than 100 Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen militants. They also seized an arsenal of weapons.
- On February 9, an IAF strike killed Abdallah Kharti in Dir al-Balah, a town in the Gaza Strip. Israeli authorities said Kharti was responsible for multiple attacks against Israel.
- On February 11, a series of crude but viable explosive devices, were sent to army recruitment offices across southeast England. Scotland Yard said the new IRA claimed responsibility for the incidents.
- On February 12, Naim Abbas, a senior Al-Qaeda-linked militant, was arrested by the Lebanese military and charged with belonging to a terrorist group. He was accused of carrying out two car bombings in Haret Hreik, Lebanon, in January 2014, as well as with the murder and attempted murder of citizens.
- On February 16, authorities foiled an attempted attack on an oil refinery in Aden, Yemen, and arrested 27 suspected Al-Qaeda operatives. Aden Police Deputy Commissioner, Najeeb al-Mughalas, said the thwarted attack was in the preparation phase.
- On February 16, a suicide bomber targeted a tourist bus in Taba, Egypt, killing four people, including three South Korean tourists, and injuring 31 others. Ansar Bait al-Maqdas (also known as Supporters of Jerusalem) claimed responsibility for the attack.
- On February 26, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were sentenced in the UK to life imprisonment, with Adebolajo given a full life sentence and Adebowale ordered to serve at least 45 years, for the murder of British soldier, Fusilier Lee Rigby in May 2013.
Click here for the full ICT Database Report – February 2014, in PDF format.