Miranda Tomic

During 2016, significant terrorist activity occurred throughout the world, influencing the global threat spectrum. “Soft” public gathering areas, such as transportation hubs, were frequently targeted. Online propaganda from al Qaeda, ISIL, and other terrorist groups, continued to inspire lone wolf actors. Terrorist cells planned and perpetrated simultaneous, coordinated attacks, designed to disperse first responders. Homemade explosives continued to be the weapon of choice for hostile actors.

In an effort to identify ways to combat these threats, MSA has compiled a list of significant events from this year. We have analyzed the following attacks and identified areas of focus for law enforcement and private security to prevent and respond to potential attacks in the future.