Volume 95, Issue 12

Thursday, September 20, 2001
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Terrorism: it's finally hit home

Timeline of terror

Beyond the hard numbers

Timeline of terror

1968 - marks the beginning of contemporary international terrorist attacks with a number of plane hijackings in Europe and the Middle East

1972 - Seventeen people are killed in an attack at the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany

1979 - Islamic students storm U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, holding 52 Americans hostage for 444 days

1983 - suicide car bomber blows up U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 17 Americans

1983 - suicide bombers blow up French military headquarters and a U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 marines and 58 French paratroopers

1985 - Air India plane explodes off the coast of Ireland killing 329 people

1986 - hijackers seize a Pan Am jumbo jet carrying 358 people in Pakistan; 20 people are killed when security forces storm the plane.

1988 - Pan Am Boeing plane explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 259 people on board and 11 people on the ground

1989 - French UTA jet flying from Paris to the Republic of Congo explodes killing all 170 people on board

1993 - a bomb explodes in the parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York killing six people and injuring over 1,000

1995 - a nerve agent attack in the Tokyo subway orchestrated by the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult kills 12 people and injures 5,500

1995 - domestic terrorists detonate a bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 and injuring over 500 people

1995 - a suicide bomber drives a vehicle into the Egyptian embassy compound in Islamabad killing at least 16 people and injuring 60 others

1996 - Four people are killed and 86 injured in a bomb explosion in a Paris subway during evening rush hour

1997 - Egypt-based terrorist group al-Gama'a al-Islamiya shoots and kills 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians and injures 26 people

1998 - simultaneous car bombs explode at U.S. Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya killing 224 people and injuring thousands

1998 - bombing in town of Omagh, Northern Ireland kills 29 people and injures over 200

2000 - terrorist bomb kills 17 U.S. sailors aboard the USS Cole in Yemen's port of Aden

2001 - World Trade Center in New York is destroyed by two hijacked planes, killing over 5,000 people. Planes also crash at the Pentagon in Washington and in Pennsylvania, killing hundreds.

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