Terrorist groups are taking over the world.
Or so it might seem; to look around New Zealand at the moment the threat of terror is an undeniable and indeed, an ominous presence – from unidentified bags in public places to threatening phone calls in Government offices as well as online threats, in whatever form it seems, terrorism has reached the far south.
It all began soon after the turn of the 21st century, 9-11 2001, with hitherto unknown-to-the-rest-of-the-world terrorists initiating destruction of some of the USA’s most recognisable structures; thus began the War on Terror.
Following the US attack came a number of less substantial, more targeted attacks throughout northern Africa, along with the horrific 2005 attack on London’s underground train system, among others. More recently Australia has found itself the target of numerous terror sieges including the 2014 Sydney attacks, along with Australian Police’s uncovering and thwarting of a number of further terror plots.
This most recent scare at Otago University was merely an example of how easily the threat of terror can be introduced into the lives of unassuming Kiwis – an online threat which only a few years ago might have been dismissed as farcical is now means for concern.
Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, ISIS, BIFF, are just some of the world’s known terror groups – all fighting for a cause, all who believe they’re serving their god; yet none with any real sense of humanity.
Article by Tim Walker
Edited by Noah Low-Jack
Photography by Terry Hist