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Terrorist attack

The following is a list of non-state terrorist incidents that have not been carried out by a government or its forces (see state terrorism and state-sponsored terrorism). Assassinations are listed at List of assassinated people.

There is no single accepted definition of non-state terrorism in common use, so incidents listed here are restricted to those that:

  • Are believed to not have been state-sponsored.
  • Are either commonly called terrorism, or meet at least some of the commonly used criteria.


  •  United States In 1865–1877: Over 3000 Freedmen and their Republican Party allies were killed by the Ku Klux Klan and well-organized campaigns of violence by other local whites in a campaign of terrorist violence that weakened the reconstructionist governments in the American South and helped re-establish legitimized segregation.[1][2]
  • Template:Flagu 1893, 9 December: French anarchist Auguste Vaillant bombs the French Chamber of Deputies injuring 20 deputies.


  •  Ottoman Empire 1903: Members of the anarchistic group the Gemidzhii carried out the Salonica assassins.
  •  United States 1910, 1 October: Los Angeles Times bombing by a member of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers Union killed 21 people and injured an additional 100.
  •  United States 1920, 16 September: Wall Street bombing killed 38 people and wounded 300 others.[4]
  •  United States 1921, 31 May: The Tulsa race riot[5] killed 39 people and injured over 800.
  • Template:Flagu 1921, 13 December: 100 soldiers and police officers were killed by a bomb thrown by Bessarabian separatists at the Bolgrad palace.[6]
  • Template:Flagu 1925, 16 April: A group from the Bulgarian Communist Party blew up the roof of St. Nedelya Church in an assault during a funeral service, killing 150 people and injuring 500.
  • Template:Country data British Mandate for Palestine 1937–1948: The Irgun are responsible for numerous attacks in British-mandated Palestine.
  • Template:Flagu 1940, 3 March: Politically motivated bombing targeted at the communist newspaper Norrskensflamman (Northern Flame) by various perpetrators. 5 persons were killed, 2 of which were children, along with 5 others injured.
  •  United States 1940, 4 July: Time bomb is left at the British Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair, 2 policeman are killed
  •  United States 1940–1956: George Metesky, the "Mad Bomber", placed over 30 bombs in New York City in public places such as Grand Central Station and The Paramount Theater, injuring ten during this period in protest against the local electric utility. He also sent many threatening letters.[7]
  • Template:Flagu 1947, 25 July: Three Romanian terrorists kill an aircrew member aboard a Romanian airline.[8] This is attributed as the first hijacking that resulted in a fatality.
  •  Syria 1949, 5 August: 12 killed and dozens injured in the Menarsha synagogue attack, Damascus.
  •  Philippines 1949, 7 May: 13 people are killed as a Philippine airliner explodes in flight travelling from Daet to Manila. A time bomb had detonated 30 minutes after departure near Alabat Island.[9]



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By country

See also


External links

  • U.S. National Counterterrorism Center's Worldwide Incidents Tracking System
  • Fatal Terrorist Attacks in Israel since the Declaration of Principles (September 1993) to September 2000
  • Assassination of Liaquat Ali Khan: Documents from the U.S. National Archives
  • DMOZ
  • History of Terrorism : Timeline of Terrorist Acts – Chronology
  • Thinkquest: Timeline of Terror
  • Infoplease: Terrorist Attacks on Americans
  • Infoplease: Terrorist Attacks (within the United States or against Americans abroad)
  • Terrorist Attacks on Americans
  • PBS Frontline/New York Times "Al Qaeda's New Front" Chronology of significant plots uncovered in Europe both before and after 9/11. January 2004
  • "Ephéméride Anarchiste" Listing anarchist terrorist incidents in France, or others countries. In French.
  • Selected terrorist incidents worldwide, through September 2000: complied by Wm. Robert Johnston
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