Database of terrorist attacks and related events--Johnston's Archive

Abadan, Iran--20 August 1978

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 26 November 2017

Date: 20 August 1978

Location: Abadan, Iran

Type of event: terrorism


A group of Islamic extremists set fire to a crowded theater in Abadan, Iran. The moviegoers were violating Islamist beliefs by watching movies during the Islamic month of Ramadan. The single exit to the theater was locked with the assistance of a theater employee while the building was set ablaze with incendiary bombs. A small number of occupants were able to escape; most, however, were stampeded or died of smoke inhalation or flames.

Consequences: 477 killed, 10 injured


© 2017 by Wm. Robert Johnston.
Last modified 26 November 2017.
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