Map of worst terrorist attacks worldwide: 100 or more fatalities

(under construction)
compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last updated 22 January 2012

Map of worst terrorist attacks worldwide: 100 or more fatalities

Map of worst terrorist attacks in the Middle East: 100 or more fatalities

These maps shows the locations of terrorist strikes resulting in 100 or more fatalities, based on these listings:

Numbers identify the individual strikes chronologically in the list below (fatalities in parentheses). Magenta identifies strikes by Islamic terrorists, red identifies all other strikes (note: association of individual strikes with Islamic terrorism is not authoritative). (A single "strike" often includes coordinated attacks at multiple locations on the same day.)

The 9/11 attacks are number 34; numbers 35-67 are post-9/11 strikes. The deadliest strikes were numbers 34, 58, 5, 44, 10, and 20. Strikes in Iraq since the U.S. invasion in 2003 are numbers 37-38, 41, 43, 45-47, 50-55, 57-58, 62-63, and 65-66.

  1. 13 Dec 1921: bombing of Bolgard palace in Bessarabia (modern Moldova) (100)
  2. 16 Apr 1925: bombing of cathedral in Sophia, Bulgaria (160)
  3. 18 May 1973: mid-air bombing of Aeroflot airliner, Siberia (100)
  4. 4 Dec 1977: crash of hijacked Malaysian airliner near Malaysia (100)
  5. 20 Aug 1978: arson of theater in Abadan, Iran (477)
  6. 20 Nov-5 Dec 1979: hostage taking at Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia (includes 87 terrorists killed) (240)
  7. 23 Sep 1983: crash of Gulf Air flight following mid-air bombing over the UAE (112)
  8. 23 Oct 1983: truck bombings of U.S. Marine and French barracks, Beirut, Lebanon (301)
  9. 14 May 1985: armed attack on crowds in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka (150)
  10. 23 Jun 1985: mid-air bombing of Air India flight off Ireland, and attempted bombing of second flight in Canada (331)
  11. 18 Apr 1987: roadway ambush near Alut Oya, Sri Lanka (127)
  12. 21 Apr 1987: bombing of bus depot in Columbo, Sri Lanka (106)
  13. 29 Nov 1987: mid-air bombing of Korean Air flight near Burma (115)
  14. 21 Dec 1988: mid-air bombing of Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland (270)
  15. 19 Sep 1989: mid-air bombing of French UTA flight near Bilma, Niger (171)
  16. 27 Nov 1989: mid-air bombing of Avianca flight in Bogota, Columbia (110)
  17. 3 Aug 1990: armed attack at two mosques in Kathankudy, Sri Lanka (140)
  18. 13 Aug 1990: armed attack at mosque in Eravur, Sri Lanka (122)
  19. 2 Oct 1990: crash of hijacked PRC airliner in Guangzhou, PRC (132)
  20. 12 Mar 1993: 15 bombings in Bombay, India (317)
  21. 22 Sep 1993: crash of airliner struck by missile in Sukhumi, Georgia (106)
  22. 19 Apr 1995: truck bombing of federal building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA (169)
  23. 14-19 June 1996: hostage taking in Budennovsk, Russia, and two failed rescue attempts (143)
  24. 23 Nov 1996: crash of hijacked Ethiopian Air flight off Comoros (127)
  25. 29 Aug 1997: attacks at Sidi Moussa and Hais Rais, Algeria (238)
  26. 22 Sep 1997: attack at Ben Talha, Algeria (277)
  27. 30 Dec 1997: attack at Ami Moussa, Algeria (272)
  28. 4 Jan 1998: attacks at Had Chekala, Remka, and Ain Tarik, Algeria (172)
  29. 11 Jan 1998: attack on movie theater and mosque at Sidi Hamed, Algeria (103)
  30. 8 Aug 1998: truck bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Saalam, Tanzania (303)
  31. 13 Sep 1999: bombing of apartment building in Moscow, Russia (130)
  32. 31 Oct 1999: intentional crash of Egypt Air flight off Massachusetts, USA, by pilot (217)
  33. 10 Aug 2001: attack on train south of Luanda, Angola (152)
  34. 11 Sep 2001: crashing of hijacked planes into World Trade Center, New York City, New York, Pentagon in Alexandria, Virginia, and site in Pennsylvania, USA (2,993)
  35. 12 Oct 2002: car bombing outside nightclub in Kuta, Indonesia (202)
  36. 26 Oct 2002: hostage taking and attempted rescue in theater in Moscow, Russia (includes 41 terrorists killed) (170)
  37. 29 Aug 2003: car bombing outside mosque in Najaf, Iraq (125)
  38. 1 Feb 2004: two suicide bombings of political party offices in Irbil, Iraq (109)
  39. 21 Feb 2004: armed attack and arson at refugee camp, Uganda (239)
  40. 27 Feb 2004: bombing and fire on ferry near Manila, Philippines (118)
  41. 2 Mar 2004: multiple suicide bombings at shrines in Kadhimiya and Karbala, Iraq (188)
  42. 11 Mar 2004: bombings of four trains in Madrid, Spain (191)
  43. 24 Jun 2004: multiple bombings and armed attacks in several cities in Iraq (103)
  44. 1-3 Sep 2004: hostage taking at school in Beslan, Russia (includes 30 terrorists killed) (366)
  45. 28 Feb 2005: car bombing outside medical clinic in Hilla, Iraq (135)
  46. 14 Sep 2005: multiple suicide bombings and shooting attacks in Baghdad, Iraq (182)
  47. 5 Jan 2006: bombings in Karbala, Ramadi, and Baghdad, Iraq (124)
  48. 11 Jul 2006: multiple bombings on commuter trains in Mumbai, India (200)
  49. 16 Oct 2006: truck bombing of military convoy near Habarana, Sri Lanka (103)
  50. 23 Nov 2006: multiple car bombings in Baghdad, Iraq (202)
  51. 22 Jan 2007: multiple bombings in Baghdad area, Iraq (101)
  52. 3 Feb 2007: truck bombing in market place in Baghdad, Iraq (137)
  53. 6 Mar 2007: two bombings and other attacks on pilgrims, Hilla, Iraq (137)
  54. 27 Mar 2007: two truck bombings in Tal Afar, Iraq (152)
  55. 18 Apr 2007: bombings in Baghdad, Iraq (193)
  56. 3-10 Jul 2007: hostage taking and subsequent storming of mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan (102)
  57. 7 Jul 2007: bombings in Baghdad and Armili, Iraq (182)
  58. 14 Aug 2007: multiple truck bombings in Al-Qataniyah and Al-Adnaniyah, Iraq (520)
  59. 18 Oct 2007: bombing of motorcade in Karachi, Pakistan (137)
  60. 17 Feb 2008: bombing at dogfighting festival in Kandahar, Afghanistan (105)
  61. 26-29 Nov 2008: multiple gun and grenade attacks and hostage takings in Mumbai, India (174)
  62. 19 Aug 2009: multiple bombings at government sites in Baghdad, Iraq (102)
  63. 25 Oct 2009: two vehicle bombings at government buildings in Baghdad, Iraq (155)
  64. 28 Oct 2009: bombing at marketplace in Pakistan (118)
  65. 8 Dec 2009: five car bombings in Baghdad, Iraq (127)
  66. 10 May 2010: multiple bombings in Hilla, Basra, al-Suwayra, and other cities, Iraq (102)
  67. 20 Jan 2012: multiple bombings in Kano, Nigeria (178)


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