Yet Again: Turkey, Israel Terror Attacks Committed by 'Known Wolves'
Multiple individuals suspected in the terror attacks over the past week in Turkey and Israel appear to be additional examples of the phenomenon I have termed "known wolf" terrorism. The attacks were committed in part by people already known to law enforcement and national security authorities as being dangers.
Saturday's horrific suicide bombing of a Kurdish peace rally in Ankara killed more than one hundred people and injured more. According to Reuters, the suspects are thought to be members of a previously identified terror network -- the "Adiyaman cell":
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday Islamic State was the prime suspect. Officials in Ankara said they were focusing on the so-called "Adiyaman cell" -- a group of Turks, some of whom had traveled to Syria, and who were thought also to have been behind a suicide bombing in July in the town of Suruc near the Syrian border, which killed 34 people.
The cell is also believed to have been involved in the bombing of a pro-Kurdish opposition rally in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on the eve of Turkey's last election in June.
Additional information indicates that one of the bombers in Saturday's attack in Ankara -- Yunus Emre Alogaz -- was the brother of a bomber who struck in Suruc back in July and who had been identified by Turkish media as potentially planning an attack:
Additionally, the suspect's father had reported his son to police, but to no avail:
What makes this "known wolf" situation all the more tragic is that the Turkish government has established policies that only allow for action against suicide bombers once they have struck, and presumably are already dead:
Information regarding the recent wave of terror attacks in Israel also indicates that many of these so-called "lone wolf" Palestinian terrorists were also already known to Israeli authorities.
One terrorist who struck in Jerusalem yesterday by ramming his car into a bus stop and then attacking onlookers -- killing one -- had been interviewed by Israeli TV last year after two of his relatives had butchered five people in an attack on a synagogue. He praised their actions, Arutz Sheva reports:
The Bezeq telephone company responded to the car attack conducted in Jerusalem Tuesday by its employee Alaa Abu Jamal, claiming there were "no warning signs" of his lethal terrorist leanings -- but an interview he gave just one year ago would seem to prove that wrong.
Well before he used his company car to murder Rabbi Yeshiyahu Krishevsky and wound another person -- running into passersby with the car and then getting out with a butcher's knife before being shot -- Jamal appeared on Yedioth Aharonoth where he gave an interview about the Har Nof massacre last November.
Jamal was in fact the cousin of the two terrorists who conducted the brutal attack with hatchets, knives and guns in western Jerusalem, in which four Jews were murdered at prayer -- with two of them reportedly beheaded -- in addition to a Druze police officer who was also killed in a subsequent shoot out with the murderers.
Speaking to the news station in Arabic in an interview broadcast on Israeli TV, Jamal appeared in the black and white khefiyeh associated with arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat, and spoke about the attack.
"This act was because of the pressure of the Israeli occupation government against the Palestinian people and Jerusalem in general, and the ongoing harm to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It's a normal thing that can be expected from every man who has courage and a feeling of belonging to his people and to Islam. It's a normal reaction to the treatment we receive."
Asked if he thinks there will be more incidents, he said, "I don't know, everyone is responsible for themselves. We were also surprised by the act."
"But you're happy?," asked the interviewer, apparently noting Jamal's wide smirk. The future terrorist immediately responded, "thank Allah, someone who dies as a martyr, that's a great thing."