1993: (Feb.) World Trade Center
bombing—6 killed, 1,040 wounded in suicide truck
bombing. No U.S. retaliation. In 1995 Sheik Omar Abdel
Rahman was convicted of conspiring to bomb the WTC. In
1998 Ramzi Yousef was convicted of plotting the
1993: Somalia—al Qaeda claims a role in the
killing of American troops in Somalia.
1996: (June) Khobar Towers—Truck bombing of
U.S. military housing in Saudi Arabia. 19 U.S. troops
killed, hundreds wounded. No U.S. retaliation.
1998: (Aug.) East African bombings—American
embassies in Kenya and Tanzania destroyed by suicide
truck bombings—12 Americans, 212 Kenyans and
Tanzanians killed, nearly 4,500 wounded. The U. S.
retaliated with Tomahawk missile strikes at suspected
al-Qaeda targets in Sudan and Afghanistan. The U.S.
later admitted the Sudan attack was a mistake.
1999: (Dec.) Attempted bomb plot to attack targets
in the U.S. during the Millenium celebrations. An
astute border guard in Washington State noticed an
Algerian man acting nervously at a border crossing.
The man had an automobile full of explosives.
2000: (Oct. 17) Attack on USS Cole in Yemen—17
U.S. sailors killed, 39 wounded in suicide raft
bombing. No U.S. retaliation.
2001: (September 11) Attacks on New York and the
Pentagon. 3,044 killed. The U.S. retaliates by
launching the War on Terror, beginning with the
invasion of Afghanistan on 10-07-01.
2002: (April) Tunisia synagogue bombing—221
killed, including 14 German tourists.
2002: (May) Karachi, Pakistan car bombing of a
hotel—14 killed, including 11 French
2002: (June) Karachi, Pakistan bombing outside the
American consulate—12 killed.
2002: (Oct.) Nightclub bombing in Bali,
Indonesia—202 killed, including many Australian
2002: (Nov.) Suicide bombing of an Israeli-owned
hotel in Mombasa, Kenya—16 killed. Surface to air
missiles were also fired at an Israeli passenger jet
taking off from the Mombasa airport. No injuries in
the missile attack.
2003: (May) Suicide bombing in Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia—34 killed, including 8 Americans. The
attacks were on areas known to house Americans and
Europeans in Riyadh.
2003: (May) Four bombs explode in Casablanca,
Morocco—24 killed. The bombs specifically
targeted Spanish, Belgian and Jewish locations.
2003 (Aug.): Suicide car bomb kills 12, injures
150, at Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.
2003 (Nov.): Explosions rock a Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
housing compound killing 17.
2003 (Nov.): Suicide car bombers simultaneously
attack two synagogues in Istanbul, Turkey, killing 25
and injuring hundreds.
2004 (Mar.): Ten terrorists bombs exploded almost
simultaneously during the moring rush hour in Madrid,
Spain, killing 190 and injuing more than 1,800.
International Airport attack (June 30, 2007)--Two
Islamic Militants drove a vehicle filled with propane
canisters through the entrance to Glasgow
International Airport in Scotland. Five people were
injured, and one of the militants died of burns and
London Terror Bombings
(July 7, 2005)--Islamic militants exploded bombs in
the London subway system and on a double-decker bus in
reaction to Britain's involvment in the Iraq War. The
bombings claimed 52 victims, and caused nearly 700
casualties. The four suicide bombers also
London Terror Bombings
(July 21, 2005)--Islamic militants exploded four bombs
in London, and a fifth bomb failed to explode
properly. No casualties.
2009 (December)--Suspected al-Qaida connection to
to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on
Christmas Day, 2009