Terrorism Timeline

Last updated: Nov 26, 2018

This timeline lists historical acts of violence such as bombings and other forms of terrorism.

Air India Flight 182

June 2, 1985 - A flight operating on the Montreal, Canada–London, UK–Delhi, India route was destroyed by a bomb at an altitude of 31,000 feet. The plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while in Irish airspace. A total of 329 people were killed, including 268 Canadian citizens, 27 Britons and 24 Indians. Inderjit Singh Reyat, a Canadian national, pleaded guilty in 2003 to manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in prison for building the bombs that exploded aboard Flight 182.

World Trade Center Bombing

February 26, 1993 - A car bomb exploded in the parking garage beneath the North tower of the World Trade Center. The bomb left approx. a 100 ft. crater that was several stories deep. The bomb killed six people and injured nearly 1,000. Ramzi Yousef was the leader behind the attack and was captured in Pakistan, taken back to America, & convicted along with the van driver, and Eyad Ismoil.

Oklahoma City Bombing

April 19, 1995 - Timothy McVeigh, along with fellow army veteran Terry Nichols, created a plan to destroy the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City because they despised the federal government and claimed they were an "evil force." McVeigh pulled up in front of the 20 year old building with many explosives in his car, He walked away and watched it explode. The explosion killed 168 people. McVeigh was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001.

9/11 Attacks

September 11, 2001 - Terrorists hijacked four commercial jet planes and attempted to fly them into several U.S. targets. One of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11, crashed into Tower 1 of the World Trade Center, followed by United Airlines Flight 175 which crashed into tower two. Both towers eventually collapsed killing about 3,000 people. Al Qaeda was the group responsible for the attacks; Osama Bin Laden was the leader.

Passover Massacre

March 27, 2002 - A Palestinian bomber, Abdel-Basset Odeh, disguised himself as a woman and entered the Park Hotel in Netanya, Israel carrying a suitcase containing explosives. He successfully passed the security guards and detonated the bomb at the hotel. 30 people were killed and 140 were injured.

London Bombings

July 7, 2005 - Four Islamic homegrown terrorists' detonated four bombs on London Underground trains across the city and then later, a fourth on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square. Fifty-two people, as well as the four bombers were killed in the attacks, and over 700 more were injured. The ringleader of the attacks was Mohammed Siddique Khan made a video message in claiming thar British foreign policy was oppressing Muslims. Al-Qaeda admitted to the bombings.

Siege of Mumbai

November 26, 2008 - 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamist militant organization based in Pakistan, carried out a series of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai. The attacks drew widespread global condemnation, killing 164 people and wounding at least 308. On 7 January 2009, Pakistan confirmed the sole surviving perpetrator of the attacks was a Pakistani citizen.

Times Square Bombing Attempt

May 1, 2010 - A car bomb made from gasoline, propane, firecrackers and alarm clocks was discovered in a smoking Nissan Pathfinder in Times Square on May 1, 2010. The device thankfully did not explode, and left clues. Law enforcement tracked down a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan named Faisal Shahzad, who was taken from a Dubai-bound airliner at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Officials say the Pakistani Taliban played a role in the failed attempt at a mass killing.

USS Cole Bombing

October 12, 2011 - The USS Cole was in Aden harbor for a routine fuel stop when 17 people were killed and 39 were injured due to the attack on the American guided missile destroyer, the USS Cole, in Yemen. The terrorist group Al-Qaeda orchestrated the attack. The reason for the attack was that the radical Muslim groups twisted ideas about religion and the American way of life have caused an extreme hatred towards Americans to the point where they will use any means necessary to take us down.

Orlando Nightclub Shooting

June 12, 2016 - Omar Mateen committed a terrorist attack/hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando, Florida. The shooting killed 49 people and injured 53 others. In a phone call to 911 shortly after the shooting began, Mateen swore allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and stated that the US killing of Abu Waheeb in Iraq in May triggered the shooting.

New York Attack

October 31, 2017 - A rented vehicle struck cyclists and pedestrians in New York, as it drove down a cycle path on West Houston Street, Lower Manhattan. The truck drove for many blocks before hitting a school bus and coming to a halt. The driver exited the vehicle holding what appeared to be two handguns before he was shot in the abdomen by a police officer. The incident killed 8 people and injured 12 (including the suspect).