Russia: Highly Likely Crocus City Hall Terrorist Attack Conducted by Islamic State

Russia: Highly Likely Crocus City Hall Terrorist Attack Conducted by Islamic State

Author: Oliver Hair ASyI,Threat Analyst Read Time: 3 minutes  Tags: On 22 March 2024 at approximately 19:40, four individuals entered the Crocus City Hall in Krasnogorsk, Moscow, and conducted a Firearms and Fire as a Weapon attack (FaW). The perpetrators targeted an estimated 6,000 people at a rock concert and set fire to the venue. The roof of the concert hall later collapsed. Reporting suggests that there were at least 139 fatalities and more than 100 others were injured. Four individuals were later arrested in the Bryansk region of Russia, around 14 hours...
UK: New Definition of Extremism Announced

UK: New Definition of Extremism Announced

Author: Becca Stewart ASyI, Threat Analyst  Read Time: 3 minutes  Tags: On 14 March 2024, the UK Government announced a new definition of extremism. The new definition is “narrow and sharper” than its predecessor and will enable the government to publish a list of groups they deem to be extremist. The purpose of the definition is not to criminalise those groups, but would instead block certain groups from receiving government funding and meeting with government officials. The government also announced that a new counter-extremism centre of excellence has been...
Three Charged with Attack Plot Against Islamic Education Centre

Three Charged with Attack Plot Against Islamic Education Centre

Author: Oliver Hair ASyI,Threat Analyst Read Time: 3 minutes  Tags: On 27 February 2024, three individuals were charged with preparing an act of terrorism following an investigation into a suspected Extreme Right-Wing attack plot against an Islamic Education centre.{X} It is alleged that the individuals prepared for the attack by acquiring instructions on making a 3D-printed firearm. Following a search of the defendants’ homes, detectives reportedly found a 3D printer, a 3D-printed FGC-9 semi-automatic firearm, various decommissioned firearms, knives, and...
Left-Wing Anarchist Guilty of Preparing Acts of Terrorism

Left-Wing Anarchist Guilty of Preparing Acts of Terrorism

Author: Oliver Hair ASyI,Threat Analyst Read Time: 3 minutes  Tags: On 23 February 2024, an individual was convicted of preparation of terrorist acts. In a document titled “My Plan”, the individual claimed he wanted to kill at least 50 people by attacking government buildings and politicians’ houses.{X} The individual had told police that he was “left-wing”, but “more like an anarchist”, and had become motivated by both a hatred of the government and ecological concerns including: pollution, the destruction of forests,...
“Andrew Tate Admirer” Jailed Following University Attack Plot

“Andrew Tate Admirer” Jailed Following University Attack Plot

Author: Oliver Hair ASyI,Threat Analyst Read Time: 3 minutes  Tags: On 12 February 2024, an individual was sentenced to six years in prison after revealing that he wanted to attend his university “in full military-style get-up to shoot everyone for the lols”. The individual was found guilty of making and having an explosive substance and possession of a bladed article.{X} Reporting suggests that the individual was an admirer of the controversial social media personality, Andrew Tate, and showed resentment towards women. On one occasion, the...
Islamist Terrorist Sentenced to a Minimum of Five Years in Prison

Islamist Terrorist Sentenced to a Minimum of Five Years in Prison

Author: Oliver Hair ASyI,Threat Analyst Read Time: 3 minutes  Tags: On 02 February 2024, an individual was sentenced to a minimum of five years in prison for possessing chemicals for a terrorist purpose. According to the Crown Prosecution Service, the individual was “dedicated to Islamic State inspired extremist beliefs” and had accessed propaganda videos which provided instructions on manufacturing explosives.{X} The individual had reportedly bought knives, including one of the same type featured in an instructional Islamic State video, and...