Terroristic Attacks by Category |Timeline
Attacks made with cans of gasoline or other fire on targets
Two incidents in two days:
January 1, 2014 Gas Can Arson Attack on Chinese Consulate in San Francisco Yan Feng, 39, of Daly City drove to San Francisco in his minivan, filled three containers with gasoline bought at a station on Geary Boulevard, and parked in front of the consulate. Eldridge said Feng told the agents he placed the containers near the front entrance of the building, poured gasoline on the front door and front steps, and attempted to light a fire with his passport, but the fire did not ignite. On Friday January 3, two days after the fire, Mr. Feng called the police dispatcher and identified himself in Chinese as the person who "made the fire". He told FBI agents in an interview after his arrest that her targeted the Chinese consulate because all the voices he had been hearing were in Chinese and the Chinese consulate had to have been involved.” The FBI believes that terrorism, politics or civil rights were not involved.
December 31, 2013 New Years Eve Gas Can Arson At Seattle Gay Bar A fire was in the stairway of a gay nightclub in Seattle which was quickly extinguished. An empty gas can was found at the top of the stairway.
August 3, 2013 Kidnapping of Hannah Anderson at Sweetwater High School in National City, California. 16-year-old Hannah Anderson was abducted after cheerleading practice by 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio who was infatuated with the girl, and had invited her mother Christina Anderson and brother Ethan Anderson as overnight guests at his home the previous evening. The bodies of the mother and brother were later found in DiMaggio's burned home. DiMaggio drove with her to Cascade, Idaho on August 10, a week after she was abducted. Dimaggio and Hannah were seen hiking in Idaho and briefly talked with some other people who contacted authorities after finding the "amber alert car" heavily camouflaged with tree branches. DiMaggio was killed by FBI agents during a shootout
September 11, 2012, the first murder of an American ambassador since 1988 took place in Benghazi, Libya. Although firearms, IEDs and military ordinance were used, it was not bullets or explosives that killed the U.S. ambassador, but rather smoke from an arson fire. During the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, which killed four Americans, terrorists reportedly linked to Ansar al-Shari`a and al-Qa`ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) used fuel from jerry cans to start a fire in the main villa, where Ambassador Christopher Stevens was sheltering in the designated location with two members of his diplomatic security detail. As the three men attempted to escape the untenable atmosphere—filled with choking, blinding smoke—the ambassador was separated from the one member of the detail who was able to escape through a window. http://www.ctc.usma.edu/posts/fire-as-a-weapon-in-terrorist-attack
November 2008 10 terrorist operatives from Lashkar-i-Tayyiba (LeT) carried out attacks over three days in Mumbai, India, in November 2008, using a mix of automatic weapons, explosives and fire. Each of these attacks is remembered for something other than fire, yet in each it was the fire that complicated rescue operations and drastically increased the lethality of the attacks. The nature of the Mumbai attack confused those providing tactical response, rescue operations, fire extinguishment and mass casualty care. The attackers employed multiple means of attack, including: improvised explosive devices, assassination, hostage barricade, building takeover, active shooter, kidnapping and fire. Despite all of the violence, the most iconic images from that event remain the fire at Taj Mahal Hotel. The pictures of people hanging out of the windows of the hotel to escape the fire are reminiscent of 9/11.http://www.ctc.usma.edu/posts/fire-as-a-weapon-in-terrorist-attack
August 2004 Arriving in the United States from the United Kingdom, al-Qa`ida operative Dhiren Barot carried out reconnaissance for terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. Part of his research focused on exploiting building vulnerabilities, including gaps in fire protection. He determined that he could cause significant damage to the Prudential Building in Newark, New Jersey, and the Citi Corp Building in New York by ramming a loaded gas tanker truck into the lobby and then igniting the fuel. http://www.ctc.usma.edu/posts/fire-as-a-weapon-in-terrorist-attack
May 2002: al-Qa`ida operative, Brooklyn-born Jose Padilla, determined that a “dirty bomb” attack might be too difficult to execute, so instead he planned to set wildfires, as well as ignite high-rise buildings by damaging the gas lines in apartments.
http://www.ctc.usma.edu/posts/fire-as-a-weapon-in-terrorist-attacks On March 25, 1990, however, the unthinkable happened. An arsonist, with a plastic container of gasoline, spread the fuel on the exit stairs of the “Happy Land Night Club” in the Bronx intentionally killing 87 people, foreshadowing even larger events to come.
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