Thwarted Terrorist Attack
I got up one morning last week to find an email in my inbox from a friend back home. It read:
"Azerbaijan is in the news. Did you hear anything about this?"
It's rare that this country gets any sort of press, so I had no idea what to expect. Turns out, an extremist group in the region threatened to blow up strategic buildings in the city (the US and UK Embassies among them). Apparently a renegade army officer had stolen some weapons and explosives to commit these acts.
While the embassies were closed, business went on as usual. There wasn't an increased police presence or any paranoia. Had I not received the email, I probably would never known anything about this.