Terroristic Acts can be defined by using the following criteria
Criterion I: The act must be aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious, or social goal.
Criterion II: There must be evidence of an intention to coerce, intimidate, or convey some other message to a larger audience (or audiences) than the immediate victims.
Criterion III: The action must be outside the context of legitimate warfare activities, i.e. the act must be outside the parameters permitted by international humanitarian law (particularly the admonition against deliberately targeting civilians or non-combatants).
Typical Terror Targets
Abortion Related (mostly US )
Businesses (targeted nationalities or targeted industries/companies)
Food or Water Supplies (contamination)
Journalists & Media
Private Citizens & Property
Attack Types include
Individual Armed Assault (‘Lone Wolf’)’
Group Armed Assault
Assassination (any method – defined target)
Hostage Taking (planned or oportunistic)
Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Weapons typically used by terrorists include
Explosives (home made, commercial, military)
Fake Weapons (threat and intimidation)
Firearms (very available in SA)
Incendiary (including petrol bombs/dousing)
Melee/forced stampede (Fulham 15 Sept injuries)
Vehicle (current trend)
A SATAC Open Source Article By Andy Grudko