Deadliest terrorist strikes, worldwide

Deadliest terrorist strikes, worldwide 

Includes attacks resulting in at least 100 fatalities.

date location killed injured description
11 Sep 2001 United States 2993 8900 crashing of hijacked planes into World Trade Center, New York City, New York, Pentagon in Alexandria, Virginia, and site in Pennsylvania, USA
26-30 Jul 2009 Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria 780 ? armed attack on city by Boko Haram
3-4 Jan 2015 Baga and Doro Gowon, Nigeria 700? 300? armed attack and arson of villages by Boko Haram
14 Aug 2007 Iraq 520 1500 multiple car bombings in Al-Adnaniyah and Al-Qataniyah
20 Aug 1978 Abadan, Iran 477 10 arson of theater
1-3 Sep 2004 Beslan, North Ossetia, Russia 372 747 hostage taking at school (includes 35 terrorists killed)
23 Jun 1985 multiple 331 4 mid-air bombings of Air India flight off Cork, Ireland, killing 329; bomb intended for second Air India flight exploded in Narita Airport, Japan, killing 2 and injuring 4
12 Mar 1993 Mumbai (Bombay), India 317 1400 15 bombings throughout city
7 May 2014 Gamboru Ngala, Nigeria 310 ? armed attack on market, after which many buildings were set on fire
7 Aug 1998 multiple 303 4954 truck bomb explodes outside U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, destroying adjacent office building; 244 killed, 4,877 injured; within five minutes, a truck bomb explodes outside U.S. embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; 12 killed
23 Oct 1983 Beirut, Lebanon 301 161 simultaneous truck bombings of U.S. Marine and French barracks
3 Jul 2016 Baghdad, Iraq 292 225 truck bombing in market area, setting fire to crowded shopping mall
22 Sep 1997 Ben Talha, Algeria 277 ? armed attack
30 Dec 1997 Ami Moussa, Algeria 272 ? armed attack
21 Dec 1988 Lockerbie, Scotland, United Kingdom 270 12 mid-air bombing of Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland
25 Nov 1940 Haifa, British Palestine 267 172 bombing and sinking of ship carrying Jewish immigrants
20 Nov-5 Dec 1979 Mecca, Saudi Arabia 240 600 hostage taking at Grand Mosque (includes 87 terrorists killed)
21 Feb 2004 Uganda 239 60 armed attack and arson at refugee camp
29 Aug 1997 Algeria 238 ? attacks at Sidi Moussa and Hais Rais
31 Oct 2015 Sinai, Egypt 224 0 apparent mid-air bombing of Russian Airbus over Sinai after departing Sharm el-Sheikh airport; plane broke apart in midair
16 Mar 2014 Kaduna, Nigeria 219 ? armed attacks on villages of Ungwar Sankwai, Ungwar Gata, and Chenshyi
31 Oct 1999 Atlantic Ocean, Massachusetts, United States 217 0 intentional crash of Egypt Air flight off Nantucket Island by copilot
11 Jul 2006 Mumbai, India 209 714 seven bombings on commuter trains
12 Oct 2002 Kuta, Indonesia 202 350 car bombing outside nightclub
23 Nov 2006 Baghdad, Iraq 202 260 five car bombings and two mortar attacks in Sadr City, Baghdad
18 Apr 2007 Baghdad, Iraq 193 197 multiple bombings
11 Mar 2004 Madrid, Spain 191 1876 bombings of four trains
24 Dec 2008 Doroma, Orientale, DR Congo 189 0 armed attack on village
2 Mar 2004 Iraq 188 652 suicide bombings at shrines in Karbala and Kadhimiya
22 Apr 2013 Baga, Nigeria 187 77 Boko Haram attack on village
23 May 2016 Jableh and Tartus, Syria 184 200 multiple bombings
4 Jan 1998 Algeria 182 ? attacks at Had Chekala, Remka, and Ain Tarik, Algeria
14 Sep 2005 Baghdad, Iraq 182 679 multiple suicide bombings and shooting attacks
7 Jul 2007 Armili, Iraq 182 270 multiple suicide truck bombings in Armili and area, Iraq
20 Jan 2012 Kano, Nigeria 178 50 multiple bombings and gun attacks
26-29 Nov 2008 Mumbai, India 174 370 multiple shooting and grenade attacks and hostage takings (includes 9 terrorists killed)
19 Sep 1989 Bilma, Niger 171 0 mid-air bombing of French UTA flight near Bilma
23-26 Oct 2002 Moscow, Russia 170 656 hostage taking and attempted rescue in theater (includes 41 terrorists killed)
19 Apr 1995 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States 169 675 truck bombing of federal building, causing partial collapse
16 Apr 1925 Sophia, Bulgaria 160 500 bombing by communist terrorists of Sveta Nedelya Cathedral during funeral; cathedral dome collapsed, killing mostly officials attending the funeral
25 Oct 2009 Baghdad, Iraq 155 721 two vehicle bombings at government buildings
27 Mar 2007 Tal Afar, Ninewa, Iraq 153 351 two truck bombings
10 Aug 2001 Luanda, Angola 152 146 attack on train south of Luanda
2 Apr 2015 Garissa, Kenya 152 79 attack on college campus by multiple gunmen
14 May 1985 Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka 150 85 armed attack on crowds
28 May 2010 Khemasuli, West Bengal, India 148 180 sabotage resulting in derailment of Jnaneswari express train and collision with second train
16 Dec 2014 Peshawar, Pakistan 148 124 shooting and bombing attack on school
14-19 June 1995 Budennovsk, Stavropol, Russia 143 435 hostage taking at hospital and two failed rescue attempts
17 Sep 2013 Benisheik, Nigeria 143 ? ambush of civilian traffic on highway
20 Mar 2015 Sanaa, Yemen 142 352 two bombings at each of two mosques
18 Oct 2007 Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan 141 540 bombing of motorcade for former prime minister Bhutto
3 Aug 1990 Kathankudy, Sri Lanka 140 70 armed attack at two mosques
3 Nov 1998 Mitu, Columbia 138 30 FARC rebels attack police barracks with rockets, killing police officers and 10 civilians
13-14 Nov 2015 Paris, France 137 352 shooting and hostage-taking at a theater; shooting attacks on three restaurants; four suicide bombings outside a soccer stadium and at a restaurant
3 Feb 2007 Baghdad, Iraq 137 334 truck bombing in marketplace
6 Mar 2007 Hilla, Babil, Iraq 137 310 two suicide bombings and additional attacks
29 Mar 2007 Iraq 137 251 multiple bombings in Baghdad, Khalis, and Mahmudiya
28 Feb 2005 Hilla, Babil, Iraq 135 130 car bombing outside medical clinic
2 Oct 1990 Guangzhou, PR China 132 49 crash of hijacked PRC airliner
13 Sep 1999 Moscow, Russia 130 150 bombing of apartment building
8 Dec 2009 Baghdad, Iraq 127 448 five car bombings
18 Apr 1987 Alut Oya, Sri Lanka 127 64 Tamil Tiger roadway ambush of Sinhalese in five vehicles near Alut Oya
23 Nov 1996 Moroni, Comoros 127 48 crash of hijacked Ethiopian Air flight off Comoros during forced landing off shore
19 Aug 2002 Khankala, Chechnya, Russia 127 14 Mi-26 helicopter carrying Russian troops shot down by terrorist-fired missile shortly before landing; 115 killed immediately, 12 died of injuries; 21 survivors included 14 injured
29 Aug 2003 Najaf, An-Najaf, Iraq 125 500 car bombing outside mosque
5 Jan 2006 Iraq 124 203 bombings in Karbala, Ramadi, and Baghdad
13 Aug 1990 Eravur, Sri Lanka 122 79 armed attack at mosque
28 Nov 2014 Kano, Nigeria 121 280 bombing attack on mosque
10 Jan 2013 Pakistan 120 222 bombings at security checkpoint, billiards hall, nearby street, and market in Quetta, and bombing at mosque in Mingora
28 Oct 2009 Peshawar, Pakistan 119 213 car bombing at marketplace
2 May 2002 Bojaya, Choco, Columbia 119 80 armed attack on village including bombing of church
20 May 2014 Jos, Nigeria 118 56 two car bombings at market and bus station
27 Feb 2004 Manila, Philippines 118 9 bombing and fire on ferry near Manila
1 Jul 2015 Kukawa, Nigeria 118 ? attack by 50 gunmen on village
23 Jul 2012 Iraq 116 299 multiple bombings in Taji, Mosul, Baghdad, Dhuluiya, Baquba, and Diyala
17 Jul 2015 Khan Bani Saad, Diyala, Iraq 115 170 truck bombing in marketplace
29 Nov 1987 Burma 115 0 mid-air bombing of Korean Air flight near Burma
20 May 2013 Iraq 113 329 bombings in Baghdad, Hilla, Basra, Balad, Jisr Diyala, Samarra, Mosul, Baiji, Rutba, Baquba, and Tuz Khormato, and armed attacks in Haditha
23 Sep 1983 United Arab Emirates 112 0 crash of Gulf Air flight following mid-air bombing over the UAE
10 May 2010 Iraq 111 391 multiple bombings in Hilla, Basra, al-Suwayra, Baghdad, Tarmiyah, Fallujah, Mosul, and Iskandariyah, and additional armed attacks in Baghdad
27 Nov 1989 Bogota, Columbia 110 ? mid-air bombing of Avianca flight in Bogota, killing all 107 aboard plus 3 on the ground
10 Oct 2008 Orakzai, Pakistan 110 165 truck bombing of anti-Taliban tribal meeting
1 Feb 2004 Irbil, Irbil, Iraq 109 256 two suicide bombings of political party offices
20 Sep 2015 Borno, Nigeria 108 97 bombings at a mosque, market, and football game spectators in Maiduguri; bombing of market in Monguno
9 Sep 2012 Iraq 106 424 bombings in Baghdad, Amara, Kirkuk, Taji, Maysan, Tuz Khormato, Nasiriyah, Basra, Tal Afar, Hawija, and Ar Riyad, and armed attack on Dujail army base
16 Aug 2012 Iraq 106 342 bombings in Baghdad, Tal Afar, Kirkuk, Daquq, Garma, Kut, Husainiya, Tuz Khurmato, and armed attacks in Mushahda, Falluja, Al-A’amiriya, and Baaj
21 Apr 1987 Columbo, Sri Lanka 106 295 Tamil Tiger bombing of bus depot
10 Jul 2010 Kakaghund, Pakistan 106 115 two suicide bombings
22 Sep 1993 Sukhumi, Georgia 106 26 crash of airliner struck by missile
17 Feb 2008 Kandahar, Kandahar, Afghanistan 105 95 suicide bombing at dogfighting festival
19 Aug 2009 Baghdad, Iraq 104 568 multiple bombings at government sites
24 Jun 2004 Iraq 103 324 bombings in Mosul and Baghdad; armed attacks in Ramadi and Baquba
16 Oct 2006 Habarana, Sri Lanka 103 150 suicide bombing of military convoy near Habarana
11 Jan 1998 Sidi Hamed, Algeria 103 70 attack on movie theater and mosque
10 Oct 2015 Ankara, Turkey 102 400 two suicide bombings at political rally
3-10 Jul 2007 Islamabad, Pakistan 102 29 hostage taking and army storming of mosque
27 May 2016 Baghdad, Iraq 101 194 multiple bombings
22 Jan 2007 Iraq 101 186 bombings in Baghdad and Baquba
13 Dec 1921 Bolgard, Bessarabia, Romania 100 ? bombing of Siguranzia palace in Bolgard (Ograd?) in Bessarabia
6 Nov 1985 Bogota, Columbia 100 ? 50 M-19 terrorists seize Palace of Justice in Bogota, Columbia; 12 judges killed, palace is stormed, fire results and kills all terrorists and additional hostages
21 Sep 2013 Iraq 100 160 bombings and shooting attacks in Baghdad, Beiji, and Mosul
16 Jul 2005 Musayyib, Babil, Iraq 100 150 suicide bombing in marketplace near gas tanker and mosque
4 Nov 2011 Damaturu, Yobe, Nigeria 100 100 bombings and shooting attacks on churches, police headquarters, government buildings, and banks
18 May 1973 Chita, Siberia, USSR 100 0 mid-air bombing of Aeroflot airliner over Siberia
4 Dec 1977 Malaysia 100 0 crash of hijacked Malaysian Boeing 747 airliner in Straits of Johore near Malaysia

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last updated 10 July 2016

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