Ramadan: The Islamic holy month of Ramadan began on the evening of Thursday, April 23 and ends on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Ramadan will conclude with Eid al Fitr, which is expected to be celebrated on or around Sunday, May 24, 2020.
The religious significance of this event may prove attractive for terror groups, extremists inspired by a wide range of violent groups, and ideologically-unaffiliated malicious actors, to perpetrate an attack.
The continued disruption of terror-plots seeking to target the Muslim community and associated infrastructure remains a concern while propaganda endorsing such attacks continues to circulate worldwide.
Since the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists have disseminated propaganda to incite violence through misinformation and encourage supporters to turn COVID-19 into a biological weapon, endorsing targets including minority religious groups at places of worship. Further, mass casualty plots emanating from right-wing extremist groups and/or individuals remains an enduring security threat. Elevated vigilance at religious sites is crucial as they may be targets of opportunity for mass violence, property destruction and/or hate crimes.