accidental attack

accidental attack

An unintended attack which occurs without deliberate national design as a direct result of a random event, such as a mechanical failure, a simple human error, or an unauthorized action by a subordinate.
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Law enforcement relatively quickly tracked down the teen responsible for the apparently accidental attack, as the code was hosted directly on his website.
it wasn't an accidental attack, that it was deliberate," said Sam Taylor, the spokesman for MSF operations in Syria.
The President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto has condemned Egypt's accidental attack on a tourist convoy in the Western Desert that led to the deaths of Mexican nationals.
Thankfully, no one was injured in what was described as an accidental attack.
The Pakistanis often seemed to retaliate for losses they had suffered in an accidental attack by United States forces with a deliberate assault on American troops, most probably to maintain morale among their own troops or to make a point to the Americans that they could not be pushed around, a former American military officer who served in both Afghanistan and Pakistan said.
forces, one year earlier, bombed al-Jazeera's Baghdad offices, killing reporter Tareq Ayoub, after the network naively gave its GPS coordinates to the Pentagon in order to prevent an accidental attack.
military's attack of a Baghdad hotel housing journalists, two of whom died during the accidental attack, as a specific example of government whitewashing.
LOW PUNCH: Philip's pain is all too clear after Fern's accidental attack
Reliance upon it, by reducing decision time for Russian retaliation to less than five minutes, greatly increases the dangers of accidental attack on the United States.
TONY Blair today rejects calls for an end to the bombing of Belgrade after the accidental attack on the Chinese embassy.
While reports of these attacks are hazy and they may point to the same incident, the coup de grace came in an apparently accidental attack on an Iranian border post on 14 July, killing up to 20 Iranian soldiers.
com/news/world-middle-east-35579767) it wasn't an accidental attack , that it was deliberate," said Sam Taylor, a spokesman for Doctors Without Borders operations in Syria, the BBC reported.