McCaul Releases May Terror Threat Snapshot
Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today released May’s Terror Threat Snapshot, a monthly assessment of the Committee’s continuing effort to highlight the growing threat America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists.
- April 23, 2018: Salah Abdelslam, 28, the last surviving suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Belgian court, after being found guilty of the attempted murder of police officers in a shootout with Brussels police officers. Abdelslam did not appear before the court, as he is being held in a high-security facility in northern France, awaiting trial for the Paris attacks.
- April 24, 2018: Bahrumsyah, the most senior Southeast Asian ISIS commander, was reportedly killed in U.S. airstrikes in eastern Syria. Bahrumsyah, an Indonesian national, led a unit of approximately 100 Southeast Asians, and organized funding for the ISIS rebels who held the city of Mawai in the Philippines in 2017. ISIS supporters initially reported his death via social media, although government officials have not confirmed it yet.
- April 30, 2018: ISIS carried out two coordinated suicide bombings. The first attacker detonated his explosive and after police had cordoned off the site, a second bomber detonated his vest. The second bomber was disguised as a journalist, and mingled with members of the press who were covering the first attack. The attack is the deadliest for journalists since the U.S. entered the country in 2001.