Omar Mateen has been identified as the lone gunman who >massacred 50 people at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Over the last three years, “lone wolf”-style terrorist attacks have been on the rise. In 2016 alone, there have been 694 terrorist attacks across the world in six months, including those carried out by violent non-state actors. Out of these, at least 31 were classified as lone wolf attacks, i.e. actors acting allegedly by themselves without any tactical or financial support from an established insurgent group or international terrorist organisation. Mateen’s motivations remain unclear. His father, Mir Seddique Mateen, a first-generation Afghan immigrant in America, claims that his son was not an Islamist radical but >might have been homophobic. Motivations of the culprit aside, what remain clear are the following. First, lone wolf-style attacks are on the rise, as they remain an efficient way of disseminating terror in hard-to-access places for terrorist groups like the Islamic State (IS). With the IS’s recruitment of foreign fighters being stymied by alert governments and ground assaults keeping it locked in, the group has turned to ‘do-it-yourself’ terrorism, which is hard to predict and deadly in its outcome as such terrorism rests on… Read full this story
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