Monthly Threat Update August 2020
There were no terrorist attacks in Great Britain in August 2020. However, police did arrest several individuals in England and Northern Ireland on suspicion of preparation of terrorism acts.
In Europe, a suspected Islamist extremist drove his car into several other vehicles near the centre of Berlin, injuring six people. This attack was unique amongst vehicular impact attacks as it was the first to target non-stationary individuals.
Further afield, Daesh-linked militants captured the port town of Mocimboa de Praia in northern Mozambique, located close to the region’s major natural gas exploration projects. While this incident marks a major success for Daesh’s local affiliate, Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP), it is unlikely to galvanise support for the group internationally, in the manner that the group’s success in Iraq did in 2014-16.