This month’s report covers terrorist incidents throughout the world, with special emphasis on events in Egypt. On November 17, Mohamed Mabrouk, a senior-ranking Homeland Security officer who was involved in the trial against Mohamed Morsi, was assassinated outside his home in Nasr City. On November 20, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the assassination saying that it was in retaliation for the arrests of women protesting the military takeover. On the same day, in a separate incident, 11 soldiers were killed and 27 others injured when two suicide car bombers drove an explosives-laden car into a convoy of military buses, which were carrying off-duty soldiers traveling between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city of el-Arish in the Sinai Peninsula. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. November 2013 was also marked by terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Iraq, Israel and West Bank, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria and United Kingdom.
This month’s report also covers counter-terrorist incidents throughout the world, with particular emphasis on events in Pakistan. On November 1, a suspected US drone attack killed Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, as he was leaving a meeting at a mosque in the Dande Darpa Khel area of North Waziristan. On November 2, the Pakistani Taliban named Khan Sayed Sajna as the new leader of the group. November 2013 also saw counter-terrorist efforts in Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Israel and West Bank, Kenya, Philippines, Russia and the United States.