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The Monterey WMD Terrorism Database is the largest open source catalog of worldwide incidents involving the acquisition, possession, threat and use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by sub-state actors.

Maintained by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies' WMD Terrorism Research Program, the database includes more than 1,100 incidents -- from 1900 to the present -- that relate to the use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials as possible weapons.

The database is updated regularly based on data captured from hundreds of monitored sources -- including news services, academic and trade journals, government reports, books, conferences proceedings, Internet sites and unpublished sources -- in a variety of languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Korean, Russian and Spanish.

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New cases

1742: 2012-09-01 • India

A nuclear installation in New Delhi was subject to heavy surveillance after 11 people were arrested for having alleged links with Pakistan-based terror groups Lashkar-i-Toiba and Harkatul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI), sources said on Saturday, September 1st. The terror suspects were arrested in the south Indian state of Karnataka. During the interrogation the suspects confessed that the group was planning to attack a nuclear installation and vital navy and army installations. Additionally, they had pl...[read more]

1741: 2012-06-2012 • Afghanistan

Less than 24 hours after Afghan authorities reported a suspected poison attack against a high school in northern Sar-i-Pul province, a second suspected poison attack sickened 94 female students at the Sorkhak girls' high school in Sar-i-Pul City, according to Pajhwok Afghan News. Unlike the symptoms of nausea, headaches, and fever reported in yesterday's attack, the female students sickened at the Sorkhak girls' high school had reportedly developed rashes and dizziness. Afghan authorities believ...[read more]

1740: 2012-03-21 • Pakistan

Despite past denials by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leaders that the group intends to target Pakistan's nuclear weapons, TTP Mohmand Agency leader Omar Khalid said in a 21 March video that the TTP aims to use Pakistan's nuclear technology, among other assets, to ensure Islam's survival. This is the first time that OSC has observed a TTP leader publicly list Pakistan's nuclear weapons among its goals. Other elements of Khalid's statement suggest that he may be seeking to boost his own stature...[read more]

1737: 2012-07-25 • Afghanistan

Sayed Mirwais, a police commander in Afghanistan poisoned seven of his men and fled to the Taleban with the rest of his unit and their weapons. Mirwais who joined the the police 2 ½ years ago, was in charge of a checkpoint in Bala Baluk district in the western province of Farah. Intelligence officials said that Commander Mirwais poisoned the seven men who refused to desert with him, and left two men tied to a tree. The Commander joined the Taleban with a Humvee, a Ranger vehicle, radios and 20 g...[read more]

1736: 2012-05-23 • Afghanistan

Taliban hardliners in Afghanistan have struck once again with a poison attack against more than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers in Takhar, northern Afghanistan. The attack was perpetrated with an unidentified toxic powder used to contaminate air in the classrooms. Pupils claimed to have smelled a noxious odor upon entering their classroom at Ahan Dara Girls' High School. The poison left the girls unconscious, and while most girls were treated and discharged about 30 still remain under treatme...[read more]

1735: 2012-05-07 • Italy

Roberto Adinolfi, a 53-year-old nuclear engineer, was shot in the leg as he left his home in Genoa in northwest Italy. Adinolfi, who has been operated on and is out of danger, was hit by an anarchist movement that has a strong presence in the port of Genoa. ANSA news agency reported the police recently had received calls from anarchists that threatened a shift in strategy that could lead to armed action. Kneecapping is also reminiscent of attacks by far-right and far-Left militants in the 1970s ...[read more]

1734: 2012-05-06 • France

A Franco- Algerian nuclear physicist was sentenced to four years in jail by a Paris court after being convicted of plotting with al-Qa'ida's North African branch to carry out terror attacks. Adlene Hicheur, 35, was a researcher studying the birth of the universe at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Police arrested Hicher in October 2009 after intercepting his emails to an alleged contact in al-Qaida. In the emails Hicher suggested possible attacks in Europe, particularly in France....[read more]

1733: 2012-04-18 • Afghanistan

Around 150 girls and teachers at Rostaq High School for Girls in north eastern Afghanistan were poisoned but none had died, the victims of a suspected poisoning being blamed on the Taleban. Local political officials had revealed that someone had tampered with the water supply of the school in Rostaq, Takar. Najebullah Khaliqyar, head of the provincial council, said: “There was something mixed with the water that was kept in containers in the schools. When the girls drank it they became sick.” [A...[read more]

1732: 2012-04-02 • Australia

Willie Brigitte, Australia's most notorious terrorist has been arrested by French police on Friday in Asnieres, north of Paris. The former Sydney resident was one of 17 members of the banned terrorist group Forsane Alizza, or the Knights of Pride, who intelligence officials allege has a stash of arms, took part in physical training in parks, in the forest, and was also planning a kidnapping. Brigitte was extradited to France nine years ago to face trial for charge related to his membership of a ...[read more]

1731: 2012-03-27 • London, United Kingdom

Terrorists Lose Isolation Case Two high-profile Islamic terrorist prisoners who claimed their human rights were violated when they were segregated for extended periods failed to persuade leading judges that their treatment was unlawful. Bourgass, 35, an Algerian, is serving 17 years for conspiracy to commit public nuisance by using poisons or explosives in relation to the 2002 Ricin terrorist plot. He injured four officers during the attack and is serving sentence for attempted murder of two ...[read more]