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May 2004 Security News

  • TURKEY/BOMB TRIALS VOA 31 May 2004 -- The trial in Turkey of 69 suspects charged with involvement in last November's deadly suicide bomb attacks in Istanbul was postponed Monday, after the court ruled it did not have authority to deal with the case. Turkish officials have linked the attacks to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network.
  • Saudi Arabia: Oil-Sector Experts Try To Gauge Impact Of Terror Attack RFE/RL 31 May 2004 -- The terrorist attack against foreign oil workers in Saudi Arabia last weekend has raised concerns about whether the kingdom will be able to carry out its promise to increase overall oil production. But some industry experts say the attacks will have no direct impact on international oil supplies.
  • U-S / SAUDI ATTACK VOA 30 May 2004 -- The chairman of the U-S Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the Saudi government bears part of the blame for the latest terrorist attack in that country. The Saudis say they are doing all they can to protect foreign oil industry workers.
  • SAUDI/ATTACK VOA 30 May 2004 -- Saudi commandos freed about 50 hostages early Sunday, and captured suspected Islamic militants, who stormed a housing compound Saturday in the Saudi city of Khobar, killing at least 10 people and taking the hostages. Analysts say the Saudi response shows the government is taking a very hard line on terrorism.
  • AUSTRALIA/TERROR VOA 30 May 2004 -- Australia has blamed human error after its leading intelligence agency ignored phone calls from an al-Qaida-linked terrorist seeking to expose the group's activities. The failure came to light after the Muslim convert pleaded guilty to conspiring to bomb the Israeli embassy in Canberra.
  • BRITAIN/IRAQ/TERROR VOA 30 May 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he does not think the war in Iraq has increased the threat of terrorism worldwide. In a wide-ranging interview on British television, Mr. Blair also spoke about the future of Iraq and his own difficult political situation, due largely to the war.
  • Witnesses: Heavy Gunfire at Saudi Oil Complex Where 50 Held Hostage VOA News 29 May 2004 -- Witnesses say heavy gunfire has erupted at the Saudi housing complex where Islamic militants are holding more than 50 people hostage.
  • SAUDI / ATTACK VOA 29 May 2004 -- At least 16 people were killed and several taken hostage Saturday morning in Saudi Arabia, in attacks on foreigners. Saudi security forces later stormed a compound, where the militants reportedly holed up with an unknown number of hostages.
  • U.S., EU Sign Passenger Data Collection Agreement Washington File 28 May 2004 -- The United States and the European Union have signed an agreement allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect air passenger data on those flying European airlines to or from the United States, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced May 28.
  • AUSTRALIA TERROR VOA 28 May 2004 -- In Australia Friday a man pled guilty to conspiring with al-Qaida in a terrorist plot to attack the Israeli embassy in the capital Canberra.
  • ASHCROFT/TERROR ARREST VOA 27 May 2004 -- U-S officials are seeking the extradition of a radical Muslim cleric who was arrested Thursday by British police. The cleric, Abu Hamza al-Masri, was indicted last month by the U-S government on charges of aiding and conspiring in terrorist activities.
  • UN watchdog welcomes US plan to keep nuclear weapons out of terrorist hands UN News Centre 27 May 2004 -- Stepping up the battle to prevent nuclear weapons from falling into the clutches of terrorists, the United Nations atomic watchdog agency has welcomed a new United States plan to strengthen nuclear security around the world.
  • U.S.: Officials Highlight Increased Terror Threat During Next Few Months RFE/RL 27 May 2004 -- The United States is approaching one of its biggest vacation seasons. But this year, Americans may well be more concerned with the threat of terrorism than with camping trips or visits to relatives. Yesterday, senior U.S. security officials said they had intelligence that Al-Qaeda plans a major attack in the United States over the next few months.
  • BRITAIN / ARREST VOA 27 May 2004 -- Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been arrested in Britain at the request of U-S authorities, who are seeking his extradition.
  • SAF/AL-QAIDA VOA 27 May 2004 -- South Africa's national police commissioner says authorities arrested and deported several individuals linked to the global al-Qaida terror network last month. It is the first time the government has documented activity of al-Qaida in South Africa.
  • Justice, FBI Officials Seek Help to Stop Terror Attack AFPS 26 May 2004 -- Two of the nation's top law enforcement officials today asked for help from state and local police and the public to stop a potential terror attack on the United States expected this summer or fall.
  • Al-Qaeda Expected to Strike U.S. Soon, Attorney General Says Washington File 26 May 2004 -- "Credible intelligence from multiple sources indicates that al-Qaeda plans to attempt an attack on the United States in the next few months," says Attorney General John Ashcroft.
  • U-S TERROR THREAT VOA 26 May 2004 -- Top U-S officials say the terrorist group al-Qaida is poised to hit the United States sometime during the next several months. U-S Attorney General John Ashcroft says authorities are seeking six men and one woman believed to be linked to preparations for a terrorist attack.
  • Remarks Prepared for Director Robert S. Mueller, III: BOLO News Conference Federal Bureau of Investigations 26 May 2004 -- "This summer and fall our nation will celebrate a number of events that serve as powerful symbols of our free and democratic society. These include 4th of July celebrations, the Democratic and Republic National Conventions, and the November presidential election, among others. Unfortunately, the same events that fill most of us with hope and pride are seen by terrorists as prime vehicles for sowing fear and chaos."
  • COUNTERFEITING / TERRORISM VOA 26 May 2004 -- Interpol, the international police network, is warning that terrorists are turning to the lucrative trade in counterfeit goods to finance their operations. But, as V-O-A's Roger Wilkison reports from Brussels, the agency says governments are only beginning to wake up to the threat.
  • PAKISTAN BOMBING VOA 26 May 2004 -- Back-to-back bombings near the Pakistan-American Cultural Center have rattled Pakistan's port city of Karachi. At least one policeman is dead and more than two dozen people are injured, including several other police officers and two journalists.
  • World: Amnesty Lashes Out Against War On Terrorism In Annual Rights Report RFE/RL 26 May 2004 -- A "war on global values." That's how Amnesty International is summing up the past year in human rights. In its annual report released today, the London-based human rights watchdog says governments and armed groups have produced the most sustained attack on human rights and international humanitarian law in 50 years. And it says the policies pursued by governments in the U.S.-led war on terrorism have actually made the world a more dangerous place.
  • 15 injured in twin blasts near US cultural center in Karachi IRNA 26 May 2004 -- Two bombs planted in vehicles went off Wednesday near Pak-American Cultural Center in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, injuring at least 15 people, a senior police officer said.
  • JAPAN / AL-QAIDA VOA 26 May 2004 -- Japanese police have made five arrests of suspects thought to be linked to an alleged senior member of the al-Qaida terrorist network
  • Department of Homeland Security Awards Wireless Geospatial Contract to Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman 25 May 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) consisting of three projects to engineer interoperable wireless geospatial solutions.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY CHAIRMAN OF SECURITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON SANCTIONS AGAINST AL-QAIDA, TALIBAN United Nations 25 May 2004
  • Fighting terrorism must remain UN priority, Security Council told UN News Centre 25 May 2004 -- If the United Nations wanted to make any headway on the key aspects of its agenda- from development and peace to human rights and the rule of law - the fight against terrorism must remain a priority, the Security Council was told today.
  • FBI Apologizes to Brandon Mayfield for Arrest in Connection to Madrid Bombings VOA News 25 May 2004 -- The FBI has apologized to a man it arrested in connection with the Madrid train bombings, hours after he was cleared of any wrongdoing.
  • Statement on Brandon Mayfield Case Federal Bureau of Investigation 24 May 2004 -- "After the March terrorist attacks on commuter trains in Madrid, digital images of partial latent fingerprints obtained from plastic bags that contained detonator caps were submitted by Spanish authorities to the FBI for analysis. (...) The FBI apologizes to Mr. Mayfield and his family for the hardships that this matter has caused."
  • Spain: Striking A Balance Between Terror Fight And Respect For Civil Rights RFE/RL 24 May 2004 -- Since the Madrid train bombings on 11 March, Spain has struggled to find ways to clamp down on Islamic militants while respecting religious rights. But after a proposal for the mandatory registration of Muslim clergy was widely rejected as unconstitutional, the government has found balancing rights with antiterrorism measures is no easy task.
  • INDONESIA TERROR WARNING VOA 23 May 2004 -- The United States and Australia have warned of an increased danger of terrorist attacks against Western interests in Indonesia, the scene of the most deadly terrorist attacks since September 2001. Embassies have been quietly increasing security over the past few days.
  • Terrorist Exclusion List Authorized by USA Patriot Act Washington File 21 May 2004 -- The Terrorist Exclusion List (TEL) was created by the USA Patriot Act of 2001, according to a State Department fact sheet released May 21 by the Office of Counterterrorism.
  • Independent Review Panel Meets AFPS 21 May 2004 -- The four-member Independent Panel to Review DoD Detention Operations met for the first time May 20 to begin its review and assessment work.
  • Transcript: DoD Background Briefing 20 May 2004 -- Lawrence Di Rita and Senior Defense Official
  • Cooperation Called Key to Countering Terrorism Washington File 20 May 2004 -- All nations of the world, not just those directly affected by terrorism, must work together to counter the violence of extremists, said retired Senegalese Air Force General Mamadou Seck, former ambassador to the United States and champion of closer U.S.-African military ties.
  • U.S. Customs Will Screen Cargo Containers Leaving Port of Tokyo Washington File 20 May 2004 -- A team of officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will be deployed to the port of Tokyo starting May 21, according to a May 20 joint announcement by CBP Commissioner Robert C. Bonner and the Japanese Customs and Tariff Bureau.
  • Bush, Greek Prime Minister Discuss Olympic Games Security Washington File 20 May 2004 -- President Bush says Greece is making "very good progress" in preparing for a successful and secure summer Olympics in Athens and that he is grateful for the "very close cooperation" and hard work of the Greek government on this matter.
  • 9-11 HEARINGS VOA 19 May 2004 -- The committee investigating the September 11th terrorist attacks wrapped up its final day of hearings in New York, with calls to make the Department of Homeland Security's job easier and to increase counter-terrorism funding for New York City.
  • Officials Set Up Review Procedure for Guantanamo Detainees AFPS 19 May 2004 -- Nearly 600 enemy combatants being held at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will now have an annual opportunity to petition for their release.
  • CONGRESS / BIOTERROR VOA 19 May 2004 -- The U-S Senate unanimously (99 to zero) approved legislation Wednesday that would fund the research, production and stockpiling of vaccines and antidotes in preparation for a potentially devastating bioterrorism attack.
  • GIULIANI/ 9/11 TESTIMONY VOA 19 May 2004 -- Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appealed for unity during his testimony before the National Committee Investigating the September 11, 2001 attacks. Mr. Giuliani encountered angry outbursts from some of the families of victims who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers.
  • Anti-Terror Chief Sees U.S., Israel Fighting Terror Together Washington File 18 May 2004 -- The State Department's coordinator for counterterrorism says that of the many nations cooperating with the United States in the global war against terror, "none [is] more stalwart than the state of Israel."
  • N-Y / 9-11 HEARING VOA 18 May 2004 -- The commission investigating the response to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York says communications failures, the lack of an adequate evacuation plan and rivalry between police and fire departments made rescue efforts more difficult.
  • Transcript: Final Administrative Review Procedures for Guantanamo Detainees 18 May 2004 -- "Today the department's announcing the release of the final Administrative Review Procedures, the instructions for detainees at Guantanamo Bay. This was something that was first announced by the secretary of Defense back in February 13th, as a matter of fact, down in Miami."
  • Review Procedures Announced for Guantanamo Detainees 18 May 2004 -- Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz has issued an order establishing administrative review procedures for enemy combatants captured in the Afghan theater and detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Administrative Review Procedures for Enemy Combatants in the Control of the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba [PDF] 18 May 2004
  • 5 Nations Cited for Non-cooperation with U.S. Anti-terror Efforts Washington File 18 May 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell has determined and certified to the U.S. Congress that five countries -- Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, and Syria -- have not been cooperating fully with United States antiterrorism efforts, the Department of State said May 18.
  • Libya, Germany Disagree Over Disco-Bombing Compensation VOA News 16 May 2004 -- Libyan and German officials have failed to reach an agreement in the latest round of talks to settle compensation claims for a Libyan-ordered disco bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 200 others.
  • Naval Official Reports Review of Detainee Operations AFPS 14 May 2004 -- Shortly after photos of prisoner abuse in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison complex appeared in the media, shocking the world, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered a review of operations in the U.S. military detention center at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston, S.C.
  • Defense Department Report, May 14: No Detainee Abuse in Guantanamo Washington File 14 May 2004 -- Navy Vice Admiral Albert Church, who recently returned from a visit to the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, says he found no current abuse of detainees being held there.
  • Spanish envoy to US appointed head of Security Council anti-terror directorate UN News Centre 14 May 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has informed the Security Council of his intention to name the Spanish Ambassador to the United States, Javier Ruperez, as the head of the restructured Counter-terrorism Committee (CTC).
  • Kuwaiti Delegation To Discuss Guantanamo Detainees in Washington Washington File 14 May 2004 -- Following is the official answer to a question taken at the May 13 regular State Department briefing; the answer was posted later in the day
  • U.S. Welcomes Azerbaijan's Accession to All Counter-Terrorism Conventions Washington File 14 May 2004 -- The United States welcomes Azerbaijan's accession to all 12 international counter-terrorism conventions and protocols tracked in the State Department's annual Patterns of Global Terrorism report, State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher said in a statement issued May 13.
  • Anti-Terrorist Finance Group Reauthorized for Eight Years Washington File 14 May 2004 -- Ministers from 33 countries have reauthorized for eight years the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the group that coordinates the fight against terrorist finance and money laundering.
  • PENTAGON / AFRICA TERROR VOA 14 May 2004 -- U-S officials say they cannot confirm claims by a rebel group in Chad that it is holding a feared North African terrorist and is seeking to turn him over.
  • KENYA/U-S/SOMALIA VOA 14 May 2004 -- Kenya's foreign affairs minister has called on the United States to show more support for the long-running Somali peace talks being held in Kenya. He also raised the issue of the United States' yearlong travel advisory against Kenya in a meeting with the U-S Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.
  • OLYMPICS / SECURITY VOA 14 May 2004 -- Athens mayor Dora Bakoyianni says security for the Olympics will cost over one billion dollars. The mayor, who is on a tour of European and U-S cities to promote Athens ahead of this summer's games says extra measures have been taken for the first Olympics since the September 11th, 2001, attacks in the United States.
  • U-S/TERROR/INTEL VOA 14 May 2004 -- U-S law enforcement officials are taking steps to address a major failure exposed by the 2001 terrorist attacks - the lack of intelligence-sharing among federal, state and local police agencies.
  • Scientists, Educators Urge Changes in U.S. Visa Processing Washington File 13 May 2004 -- Major scientific and educational organizations are asking the U.S. government to fix visa-processing problems that the groups say harm the nation's scientific, research and educational efforts.
  • U-S / NUCLEAR SECURITY VOA 12 May 2004 -- The U-S Department of Energy is taking steps to improve security at its nuclear weapons plants and research facilities in the United States because of concern that terrorists could try to steal such weapons and explode them. Critics of the department, however, say its is moving too slowly to protect its installations and that a successful terrorist attack on a site containing nuclear bombs or the materials to make them would have devastating consequences.
  • U-S-PANAMA SHIPPING VOA 12 May 2004 -- The United States and Panama Wednesday signed an agreement allowing U-S forces to board and search Panamanian-registered vessels on the high seas suspected of transporting weapons of mass destruction. The accord is part of the U-S-led Proliferation Security initiative, the P-S-I.
  • CONGRESS/AVIATION/HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 12 May 2004 -- Strengthening of security against further terrorist attacks was a major topic (Wednesday) for members of the U-S Congress. In hearings, lawmakers pressed government officials on progress in airport and rail security, just as new questions were being raised about security at one of the nation's busiest airports.
  • 20 Pakistanis to be freed from Guantanamo: official IRNA 12 May 2004 -- The United States has agreed to release some 20 Pakistani prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay jail in Cuba by the end of this month, a senior Pakistani official said on Wednesday.
  • G-8 Justice, Interior Ministers Urge Greater Security Cooperation Washington File 11 May 2004 -- Justice and interior ministers from the Group of Eight (G-8) countries issued a call May 11 for closer international cooperation in fighting terrorism and international crime.
  • G-8 MEETING / TERRORISM VOA 11 May 2004 -- Justice and home affairs ministers from the Group of Eight nations have pledged to redouble international cooperation in the fight against terrorism. The ministers held a news conference in Washington Tuesday at the conclusion of a two-day meeting hosted by the United States.
  • Deepwater Team Delivers 10 Legacy Cutters With Updated Communications To U.S. Coast Guard Lockheed Martin 10 May 2004 -- Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) has delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard 10 cutters with upgraded communications systems that will support the service's coastal protection and homeland security missions.
  • U.S. Dismantles Colombian Money-Laundering Ring Washington File 10 May 2004 -- The U.S. government has broken up a massive international money-laundering ring through which $20 million in illicit drug proceeds from Colombia were laundered into the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
  • Ridge, EU Officials Discuss Passenger Data, Aviation Security Washington File 10 May 2004 -- Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge met with European Union (EU) officials in Washington May 9 to discuss aviation security issues, including the provision of air passenger name record (PNR) data by EU countries for use in the U.S. passenger pre-screening system.
  • ITALY/TERRORISM VOA 09 May 2004 -- Five North Africans were arrested in pre-dawn raids in a major anti-terrorist sweep carried out by Italian police. Authorities say the operation dismantled a terrorist cell based in Florence with links to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.
  • State Dept. Announces New Program to Curb Movement of Terrorists Washington File 08 May 2004 -- The U.S. State Department has announced a new program designed to contribute substantially to worldwide travel document security and the ability to stop the movement of terrorists and other criminals.
  • UN Boosting Annan Security After Bin Laden Threat RFE/RL 08 May 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he is taking seriously a death threat against him and other officials made in an audio recording attributed to Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
  • U-N / SECURITY VOA 07 May 2004 -- Construction workers have begun a 21-million dollar security upgrade at U-N headquarters in New York amid word that Osama bin Laden is targeting the organization and its top leaders.
  • Tajikistan: Heroin Busts Tie Russian Military To Drug Trade RFE/RL 07 May 2004 -- For years, the Russian military has patrolled the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan, one of the world's major drug-smuggling routes. Recently the troops' main job has been to stem the flow of Afghan heroin that is smuggled across the border on its way to Russia and Western markets. Now the reported arrests of two Russian border guards with heroin has once again raised questions about the involvement of the Russian military -- at a time when Tajikistan is looking to gradually assume command of the border service.
  • PAKISTAN/BOMBING VOA 07 May 2004 -- An apparent suicide bombing at a Pakistani mosque has left at least 12 worshippers dead and about 100 injured.
  • ASIA/PIRACY VOA 07 May 2004 -- A group that monitors international shipping activity says sea piracy in Asia shows signs of declining, but that it is too soon to say whether Asia's shipping lanes are safer.
  • GREECE / SECURITY VOA 06 May 2004 -- Greece's security minister sought Thursday to allay fears about security measures during the upcoming Olympic games in his country. The triple bombing in Athens earlier this week embarrassed Greek officials. U-S officials have offered security assistance for the games.
  • U.S. Announces Charges Against Colombian Drug Traffickers Washington File 06 May 2004 -- U.S. law enforcement authorities have announced they have filed charges against nine leaders of Colombia's most powerful cocaine-trafficking organizations, including a cartel allegedly responsible for exporting more than 500 metric tons of cocaine -- worth more than $10 million -- from Colombia to the United States.
  • U.S. Applauds Nicaragua's Partial Destruction of Missile Stockpile Washington File 06 May 2004 -- The United States has praised Nicaragua's decision to destroy a portion of its shoulder-fired air defense missiles, which were obtained from the former Soviet Union in the 1980s.
  • Greece: Anxieties Grow For Olympics As Bomb Blasts Shake Athens RFE/RL 06 May 2004 -- With just 100 days left to go before the opening of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, bomb blasts in the Greek capital have renewed fears the games could be the target of terrorist attacks. But tensions are rising not only because of the terror threat. It's still unclear whether all of the Olympic facilities will be finished in time for the opening of the games on 13 August.
  • PHILIPPINES TERROR VOA 06 May 2004 -- Philippine security forces say they have uncovered a financial network used by Jemaah Islamiyah to fund terrorist attacks in Southeast Asia. Officials traced the source of the money to the al-Qaida terrorist network.
  • RAIL SECURITY VOA 05 May 2004 -- Members of Congress have been asking more questions about government steps to strengthen security on the nation's railways. A congressional hearing (Wednesday) followed announcement by the Department of Homeland Security of a test program at a rail station outside of Washington aimed at scanning passengers for explosives.
  • States need help to report on Al-Qaida, Taliban sanctions - UN panel chair UN News Centre 05 May 2004 -- Countries are committed to the international sanctions against Al-Qaida, the Taliban and their associates but some lack adequate resources to fulfil their reporting obligations, according to the Chairman of the Security Council committee dealing with the issues.
  • U.S. Counter-Terrorism Official Reports Progress to Africans Washington File 05 May 2004 -- State Department Coordinator for Counter-terrorism Cofer Black gave Africans an optimistic assessment of the war on terrorism, noting that its victims were at a 34-year low.
  • GREECE / BLASTS VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- Three bombs have exploded in Athens, exactly 100 days before the Olympic Games are due to start in the Greek capital.
  • CONGRESS - OLYMPIC SECURITY VOA 04 May 2004 -- Security at the Olympic games in Athens, Greece, in August, was the topic of a U-S Senate panel hearing Tuesday. Lawmakers also heard from organizers of former Olympic games about security lessons learned from those events.
  • RAIL SECURITY PILOT VOA 04 May 2004 -- The U-S Department of Homeland Security is experimenting new security system to screen rail passengers in the wake of the Madrid train bombings on March 11th that killed nearly two hundred people. Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security Asa Hutchinson explained the measures at the launch of a 30-day pilot screening program at a suburban commuter train station outside Washington, D.C. Tuesday.
  • CONGRESS/BIO-TERROR VOA 04 May 2004 -- Citing what they call the continuing threat of biological terrorism against the United States, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have proposed new legislation aimed at speeding the process of finding medical cures and vaccines for diseases.
  • NY/W-T-C HEALTH REPORT VOA 04 May 2004 -- Rescue workers and babies born to expectant mothers who were exposed to smoke, chemicals and dust from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center may suffer serious long-term health problems, according to a new medical study.
  • EUROPE / NUKES VOA 04 May 2004 -- A leading U-S research institute and a former U-S senator have used a computer exercise to try to convince European officials that Europe could be threatened by a terrorist attack with nuclear weapons, if western countries do not tighten efforts to secure nuclear facilities in the former Soviet Union.
  • PAKISTAN/CHINA BLAST VOA 04 May 2004 -- Authorities in Pakistan have detained 13 men in connection with a car bombing that killed three Chinese engineers Monday in the southwest of the country.
  • BIOTERROR/LIVESTOCK VOA 03 May 2004 -- The U-S government has granted Texas A and M University 18-million dollars to find ways to prevent terrorists from attacking the nation's food supply and possibly human health by spreading diseases through livestock. No one is certain how real the threat might be, but experts say the cost of not being prepared could be enormous.
  • OKLAHOMA DEDICATION VOA 03 May 2004 -- Local, state, and federal officials dedicated a new federal building in Oklahoma City a little more than nine-years after a terrorist bombing blew up its predecessor.
  • Guard, Reserve Cited For Improved Homeland Defense Capabilities AFPS 03 May 2004 -- Despite great progress and improvements in the nation's defenses against another terrorist attack, "we are not comfortable -- we are not satisfied," the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense told a House subcommittee here April 29.
  • World: U.S. Report Keeps Same Countries On Terror List Despite Overall Decline In Attacks RFE/RL 03 May 2004 -- The year 2003 saw dramatic terrorist attacks, such as the two strikes in Istanbul that killed at least 61 people and the explosion at a hotel in Jakarta that killed 12. But the U.S. State Department says there was actually a decline in attacks by groups that it says make up the international underworld of terrorism. It attributes this development to increased intergovernmental coordination in the fight against extremist groups.
  • Gwadar bomb exploded by remote control: Pak Minister IRNA 03 May 2004 -- A remote control was used in a car bomb near a deep sea port in Pakistan southwestern Baluchistan`s province which killed three Chinese engineers and injured eleven other people, including nine Chinese nationals, a minister said on Monday.
  • TURKEY / TERROR VOA 03 May 2004 -- Turkish police say they have foiled a major bomb attack planned against Western leaders scheduled to meet next month in Istanbul. Police arrested at least 16 suspected members of a group they say was linked to the al-Qaida terrorist network.
  • PAKISTAN/BOMB VOA 03 May 2004 -- An apparent bomb explosion in southeastern Pakistan has killed three Chinese nationals and left 11 others injured, some critically.
  • SAUDI / ATTACK VOA 02 May 2004 -- Employees at a Swedish-Swiss oil facility in Saudi Arabia where armed militants killed five westerners Saturday have decided to leave the country. In the meantime, the kingdom's crown prince is vowing to stamp out terrorism, no matter how long it takes.
  • PHILIPPINES/ TERRORISTS VOA 02 May 2004 -- Philippine authorities say they have thwarted a new terrorist bomb plot after arresting two men in the capital. Authorities say they expect to make more arrests.
  • Gunmen in Saudi Arabia Kill Two Americans, Three Other Westerners VOA News 01 May 2004 -- Gunmen in Saudi Arabia have shot and killed five Westerners, including two Americans, two Britons, and an Australian.



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