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A Problem We Can’t Ignore: Threat of Armed Terrorist Assault
Posted By Maura Cremin On June 27, 2012 @ 6:30 pm In Security | Comments Disabled
An April 4 bombing attack on a Somali movie theater  by a female member of the terrorist organization al-Shabaab has demonstrated such groups’ interest in targeting public venues in armed assaults. Equally disquieting, a leaked Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo suggests there is a chance that similar attacks could take place in the United States. This memo has understandably caused alarm for many who fear a Mumbai-style attack  within our borders.
While the 2008 Mumbai attacks, with a tragic death toll of 174 people, represented one of the most high-profile examples of an armed assault, the U.S. itself has not been immune to this same type of threat. In 2009, for instance, Nadal Hassan killed 13 people in a shooting spree at Ft. Hood , and Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad  opened fire at a Little Rock military recruiting office, leaving one soldier dead and another wounded. Likewise, of the at least 51 Islamist-inspired terrorist attacks  against the United States thwarted since 9/11, more than a dozen have involved planned assault-style tactics.
While public concern has often centered on the threat of large-scale attacks like those that occurred on 9/11, smaller-scale attacks by individuals like Hassan and Muhammad also present a significant threat  that cannot be ignored.
Maura Cremin is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/al-shabab300.jpg
 Somali movie theater: http://www.thelondoneveningpost.com/al-shabaab-strikes-again-two-somali-olympics-chiefs-slain/
 Mumbai-style attack: http://blog.heritage.org/2009/01/08/mumbai-aftermath-update/
 Ft. Hood: http://articles.cnn.com/2009-11-05/us/texas.fort.hood.shootings_1_gen-robert-cone-nidal-malik-hasan-fort-hood?_s=PM:US
 Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/07/after-oslo-attacks-lessons-for-the-united-states
 51 Islamist-inspired terrorist attacks: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/04/fifty-terror-plots-foiled-since-9-11-the-homegrown-threat-and-the-long-war-on-terrorism
 threat: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2008/12/lessons-from-mumbai-assessing-armed-assault-threats-to-the-united-states?query=Lessons+from+Mumbai:+Assessing+Armed+Assault+Threats+to+the+United+States
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