List of terrorist incidents

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This is a list of major terrorist incidents. These are either well known or reported widely in the Western media. Attacks in "The West" seem to be reported on more than attacks elsewhere. For a more exhaustive list read List of non-state terrorist incidents on Wikipedia.

15th Century[edit]



  • Robert Catesby among other Catholic plotters planned to assassinate King James I by blowing up the House of Lords. An anonymous tip led authorities to discover Guy Fawkes guarding a load of gunpowder on November 5th 1605. This is commemorated each year in England with Bonfire Night.

20th Century[edit]



  • On December 21st 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. It is believed that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gave the order to carry out the attack.

21st Century[edit]



  • On September 11th 2001 four planes were hijacked by Al-Qaeda in a plot organised by their leader Osama Bin Laden. One plane was flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center, another was flown in to the South Tower, another was flown in to the Pentagon and a fourth crash landed in a field possibly intended for a target in Washington D.C. This event led to the United States invading Afghanistan.



  • From October 23rd until October 26th 850 people were held hostage in a Moscow cinema by Chechens with them demanding that Russian forces pull out of Chechnya.



  • On March 4th 2004 10 bombs were set off on 4 different trains within minutes of each other. It was the most devastating terrorist attack in Europe since the Lockerbie Bombing. The attacks were carried out by Al-Qaeda sympathisers.



  • On July 7th 2005 four suicide bombs were set off in London. Three bombs were set off on the London Underground. One bomb was set off on a double-decker bus. The bombings were in response to Britain's involvement with the war in Afghanistan. It happened the day after it was announced that London would host the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  • On July 21st 2005 four attempted suicide bombers in London failed to have their vests detonate. A fifth bomber ditched his vest without trying to set it off. The day after Jean Charles de Menezes was mistaken for a suicide bomber when he was chased a shot by armed police in Stockwell tube station.



  • Between the November 26th and 29th 2008 Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out a series of shootings and bombings across Mumbai.



  • On July 22nd Anders Breivik set of a van bomb and later shot a number of young people in Oslo in a quest to stop Islamification.



  • On April 15th 2 brothers set off explosive devices at the Boston Marathon. They were motivated by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.[1]


  • On May 22nd 2 people murdered Lee Rigby as retaliation for Britian's military presence in Islamic countries.



  • On January 7th 2015 two gunmen stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris killing 12 people. It was in retaliation for the magazine's satirical depiction of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. This attack was significant as it was not only against people, but also free speech. The French stood in unity against the attackers and coined the phrase "Je Suis Charlie".


  • On March 18th 2015 three gunmen shot multiple tourists at a museum in Tunisia. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack but the Tunisian government believe Okba Ibn Nafaa allied with Al-Qaeda were actually responsible.[2]


  • On June 26th 2015 Tunisian student Seifeddine Rezgui rampaged through a Tunisian holiday resort shooting many people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack however it is thought that Rezgui was actually part of Islamic extremist group Ansar al-Sharia.[3]


  • On August 17th 2015 the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok was bombed. It is notable as most terrorism in Thailand is usually confined to the south of the country.


  • On November 13th Paris was rocked by terrorist attacks. 3 ISIS suicide bombers detonated themselves as Stade de France (where the president was watching a football game). Several gunmen attacked restaurants and several other entered the Bataclan theatre where Eagles of Death Metal were playing a show, most of the casualties of the day were located here.



  • On 22nd March ISIS suicide bombers blew themselves up at Brussels airport and a metro station.


  • On June 12th Omar Mateen entered Pulse, a Gay Nightclub in Orlando and shot many of the clubbers. He carried out the shooting as he was against the LGBT community. He aligned himself with ISIS.


  • On July 14th 2016 a truck was driven in to crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.


  • On December 19th 2016 a truck was driven in to a Christmas Market in Berlin. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.



  • A British ISIS fighter named Jamal al-Harith carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq. He was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was paid £1 million compensation by the UK government.[4]


  • On March 22nd Khalid Masood[5] ran over several people on Westminster Bridge and crashed a car in to the gate of The Houses of Parliament. He then proceeded to stab a police officer after which he was shot dead. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.


  • On April 7th Rakhmat Akilov hijacked a beer lorry and crashed it in to a department store, killing several people. He is believed to have shown an interest in ISIS.


  • On May 22nd a suicide bomber killed and injured many visitors to an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.[6] ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack.[7]


  • On June 3rd 3 attackers drove a van through pedestrians on London Bridge going on to stab a number of people in Borough Market before being shot dead by police.
  • On June 19th Darren Osborne drove a van through a crowd of worshippers outside Finsbury Park Mosque. Afterwards he jumped out and shouted “I'm going to kill all [Islam|Muslims] - I did my bit”.[8]
  • On June 21st about 300 pro-ISIS militants on Wednesday stormed a school in the southern Philippines and are holding students hostage.[9]


  1. Boston bombing suspect cites U.S. wars as motivation, officials say
  2. Thousands of Tunisians, leaders march after Bardo attack
  3. Tunisia attack: What happened
  4. British man who launched Isil suicide attack was Guantanamo Bay detainee awarded £1m compensation
  5. London attack: Khalid Masood identified as killer
  6. Manchester Arena attack: 22 dead and 59 hurt
  7. Manchester Arena attack: Isis claims responsibility for suicide bombing that killed at least 22 people
  8. Who is Darren Osborne? Everything we know about the Finsbury Park mosque suspect
  9. Pro-ISIS rebels storm school in Philippines, students held hostage

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