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Pre 9-11 Islamic Attacks (the early years)
February 10, 1970 Three terrorist attack EL AL passengers in a bus at
the Munich Airport. One passenger dies and eleven are injured. All three
terrorists are arrested.
February 21, 1970 On SwissAir flight 330, 38 passengers and 9 crew members
die when a bomb explodes at the back of the plane near Zurich, Switzerland.
May 8, 1970 Nine children and three adults are killed on a school bus
in Avivim, Israel. The PLO claims responsibility.
September 5, 1972 Black September terrorists kidnap Israeli athletes in
Munich during the Summer Olympics. All athletes are killed during a botched
December 17, 1973 Five terrorists attack the Rome International Airport,
killing 32 at the airport and one later as they dump the body of a hostage
on the tarmac in Athens.
April 11, 1974 A terrorist attack by the Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine (PFLP) at a Kiryat Shmona apartment in Israel results in
May 15, 1974 The PFLP attacks a high school in Ma'alot, Israel leaving
26 dead and 66 wounded.
September 8, 1974 TWA flight 841 explodes after takeoff killing 88. Air
authorities later determine a bomb exploded on the plane. Suspicion for
the attack lies with Abu Nidal.
June 27, 1975 Air France flight 139 is hijacked by 8 PLO terrorists and
flies to Uganda where they hold 103 passengers hostage. The Israeli's
counter with what is now know as Operation Entebbe, where Israel's special
forces conduct a raid of the Entebbe airport, rescuing 100 of the passengers.
Three hostages and one Israeli soldier die in the rescue.
1978 Fatah terrorists kill 34 at various points along the Tel Aviv Haifa
November 4, 1979 Iranian radicals seize the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and
take 66 Americans hostage. Thirteen are initially released but the other
53 remain hostage until their release on January 20, 1981.
November 20, 1979 200 Islamic terrorists take control of the Grand Mosque
in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, taking hundreds of pilgrims hostage. Saudi and
French forces retake the shrine after a deadly battle which results in
more than 250 dead and 600 wounded.
August 2, 1980 A bomb kills 80 and wounds 291 at a Bologna, Italy train
station. No one has claimed responsibility.
October 6, 1981 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is assassinated by members
of the Takfir Wal-Hajira sect while reviewing troops.
September 14, 1982 Lebanese President Bashir Gemayel is assassinated in
a car bomb that kills 25 others.
September 17, 1982 In refugee camps in Shabra and Shatila hundreds of
Palestinians are killed in an effort by the Israeli's to ferret out members
of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
April 18, 1983 A suicide bomb attack by the Islamic Jihad on the United
States Embassy in Beirut kills 63 and wounds another 120.
September 23, 1983 Gulf Air flight 771 from Abu Dhabi, Saudia Arabia to
Karachi, Pakistan crashes into the desert after a bomb in the baggage
compartment explodes, killing 117.
October 23, 1983 The Islamic Jihad sends two suicide truck bombers into
the Marine Barracks and French Barracks in Beirut. The truck bomb crashing
into the Marine barracks kills 241 while the French lose 58 in their attack.
March 16, 1984 The Islamic Jihad kidnaps and kills U.S. Political Officer
William Buckley in Beirut.
June 14, 1985 TWA flight 847 from Athens to Rome is hijacked by Hezbollah
terrorists. 153 are held hostage for seventeen days. One passenger, a
United States Navy sailor is killed by the terrorists.
September 30, 1985 Soviet diplomats in Beirut are kidnapped by Sunni terrorists.
One diplomat is killed, the other three are released.
October 7, 1985 The Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacking by four Palestine
Liberation Front terrorists kills one U.S. citizen as his wheelchair bound
body is dumped into the sea.
November 23, 1985 Egypt Air flight 648 bound for Cairo from Athens is
hijacked by the terrorist group Abu Nidal. Forced to land in Malta, Egyptian
commandos storm the airplane and take control, leaving 60 dead.
December 27, 1985 Two airport attacks on the same day by Abu Nidal terrorists
leaves sixteen dead. 13 die in an attack at the Rome airport and three
more die in the attack at the Vienna airport.
April 2, 1986 Palestinian terrorists calling themselves the Arab Revolutionary
Cells detonates a bomb on TWA flight 840 as it approaches the Athens airport,
opening up a hole in the cabin and sucking out four United States citizens,
including one infant.
April 5, 1986 Libyan terrorists bomb a discotheque in Berlin, killing
3 U.S. servicemen and injuring 230 others. In response to this, the United
States bombs Tripoli and Benghazi, attempting to kill the Libyan dictator
September 5, 1986 Pan Am flight 73 is hijacked by four Abu Nidal terrorists,
22 die in Karachi, Pakistan when the hijackers open fire on the passengers.
December 26, 1987 A Barcelona bar known as a U.S. military hang out is
bombed, killing one U.S. citizen.
February 17, 1988 A U.S. Marine is kidnapped and killed by Hezbollah terrorists
in Southern Lebanon.
April 14, 1988 The Organization of Jihad Brigades explodes a car bomb
at a USO club in Naples, Italy killing one U.S. sailor.
December 21, 1988 Pan Am flight 103 is bombed by Libyan terrorists and
crashes in Lockerbie, Scotland killing 259 people.
September 19, 1989 UTA flight 772 blows up over the Sahara desert killing
170 people. Libya in 2003 acknowledges responsibility for the attack.
March 17, 1992 The Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina is bombed
by the terrorist group Hezbollah killing 29 and injuring 242.
February 26, 1993 A bomb explodes in the basement of the World Trade Center
in New York, killing 6 and wounding more than a thousand.
March 12, 1993 A series of car bombings in Mumbai, India kills 257 and
wounds more than 1,400.
July 18, 1994 A Jewish center in Buenos Aires, Argentina is bombed by
Hezbollah terrorists, killing 86 and wounding 300.
July 19, 1994 An Alas Chiricanas flight is bombed, killing 21.
December 24, 1994 An Air France flight is hijacked by the Armed Islamic
Group (GIA) enroute to Algeria. All four terrorists were killed in the
March 8, 1995 Two U.S. diplomats are killed by unknown gunmen in Karachi,
June 1995 Chechen rebels seize hundreds of hostages in a hospital in southern
Russian town of Budennovsk. More than 100 die as Russian commandos launch
botched raid. Rebels allowed to leave for Chechnya after five days in
return for freeing captives.
July 25, 1995 The GIA explodes a gas bottle in a train near Paris, killing
8 and wounding 200.
August 21, 1995 A bomb planted by HAMAS detonates on board a bus in Jerusalem,
killing 6 and wounding 100.
October 6, 1995 The GIA explodes another bomb, this time on the Paris
metro rail, wounding 16.
October 17, 1995 Another GIA bomb explodes at the Orsay station in France,
November 13, 1995 A bomb planted by the Islamic Movement of Change explodes
in a Riyadh, Saudi Arabia military compound, killing more than 40.
November 19, 1995 A suicide bomber drives a truck into the Egyptian Embassy
in Islamabad, Pakistan killing 16 and injuring 60.
January 1996 350 Chechen militants seized a hospital in Kizlyar, eastern
Chechnya, and took more than 3,000 people hostage. In military operation
to free them, 65 civilians and soldiers were killed.
February 16, 1996 HAMAS uses a suicide bomber to blow up a bus in Jerusalem,
killing 26 people and wounding 80.
March 4, 1996 HAMAS claims responsibility for a bomb that explodes near
a busy shopping mall in Tel Aviv, Israel. The bomb kills 20 and injures
June 9, 1996 A gunmen suspected to be a member of the PFLP opens fire
on a car near Zekharya, killing two.
June 25, 1996 A fuel truck explodes outside the United States military's
Khobar Towers building, killing 19 military personnel and wounding 515.
August 1, 1996 The GIA explodes a bomb in a car, killing the French Archbishop
of Oran and his chauffeur.
February 23, 1997 A Palestinian gunman opens fire on tourists on an observation
deck at the Empire State Building, killing one and wounding others.
September 4, 1997 Three HAMAS suicide bombers detonate three bombs at
the Ben Yehuda shopping mall in Jerusalem, killing 5 and wounding 200.
November 12, 1997 Four U.S. businessmen are killed in Karachi, Pakistan
by members of the Islamic Revolutionary Council.
November 17, 1997 Al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya (IG) terrorists open fire at
the Hatshepsut Temple in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor, Egypt. 58
tourists are killed and 26 others are injured.
August 7, 1998 In near simultaneous explosions at U.S. Embassies in Tanzania
and Kenya, Al Qaeda terrorists kill 291 and wound 5,000 in Kenya and kill
10 and wound 77 in Tanzania.
August 31, 1999 A bomb explodes in an underground shopping center near
the Kremlin, injuring 20 people.
September 1999 Bombs destroy apartment blocks in Moscow, Buynaksk and
Volgodonsk, killing 200 The government blames Chechen rebels, who in turn
accuse Russia's secret services. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin responds
by sending troops into Chechnya for the first time since 1997
December 24, 1999 Militants hijack an Indian Airlines plane bound for
New Delhi with 189 people aboard. The passengers are released seven days
June 7, 2000 In the first attack of its kind in the breakaway republic
of Chechnya, two Russian special police are killed in a suicide car-bombing
near the regional capital Grozny.
July 2-3, 2000 Chechen guerrillas launch five suicide bomb attacks on
bases of Russian forces within 24 hours. In the deadliest, at least 54
people are killed at a police base near Grozny.
August 8, 2000 A bomb in a busy Moscow underpass kills eight people.
October 1, 2000 A Christian church is bombed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan killing
seven and injuring 70.
October 12, 2000 The U.S.S. Cole, a destroyer in the United States Navy,
is rammed by a boat full of explosives in the harbor of Aden, Yemen. 17
sailors are killed and 39 more are injured. Al Qaeda is suspected.
December 30, 2000 Across the street from the United States Embassy in
Manila, a plaza is bombed injuring 9. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front
(MILF) is blamed.
March 4, 2001 A suicide bomber attacks in Netanya, Israel killing 3 and
wounding 65. HAMAS claims responsibility.
March 15, 2001 A Russian airliner is hijacked by three Chechens during
a flight from Istanbul to Moscow. The plane is forced to land in Medina,
Saudi Arabia where it remains for 22 hours. Saudi security personnel storm
the plane, killing a hijacker, a passenger and a flight attendant.
April 22, 2001 A suicide bomber from HAMAS detonates his bomb near a bus
stop in Kfar Siva, Israel killing one and injuring 60.
May 27, 2001 Terrorists from the Abu Sayyaf Group capture 13 tourists
and three employees at a resort on Palawan Island and take their captives
to Basilan Island. Philippine troops, in a rescue attempts from June 1st
through the 3rd, kill two hostages. Nine escape during the fights. Guellermo
Sobero, a United States citizen is beheaded and his body is found in October.
Two more United States citizens remained in captivity.
June 1, 2001 HAMAS uses a suicide bomber to blow up an Israeli nightclub,
August 9, 2001 HAMAS detonates a bomb in an Israeli pizza restaurant,
killing 15 and wounding 90. The Israeli's respond by seizing the Orient
House, where the PLO houses its Political Headquarters.
September 9, 2001 HAMAS uses an Israeli Arab as a suicide bomber to kill
three people in Nahariya.
From 9-11 on......
September 11, 2001 Three hijacked airliners are used as bombs and ram
into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. A fourth hijacked airliner crashes
in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempt to retake the plane.
The attacks kill more than 3,000 people. Commonly referred to now as 9/11.
October 2001 Several attacks using anthrax are reported in the United
States. Five people die and others are injured.
October 17, 2001 The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestin (PFLP)
sends a gunmen to Jerusalem and assassinates the Israeli Minister of Tourism.
December 1, 2001 Two suicide bombers attack a Jerusalem mall, killing
10 and wounding 170.
December 2, 2001 A suicide bomber boards a bus and blows it up in Haifa,
Israel killing 15 and wounding 40. HAMAS claims responsibility.
January 17, 2002 The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade claims responsibility for
a Palestinian gunman who kills 6 and injures 25 in Hadera, Israel.
January 22, 2002 Armed terrorists on motorcycles fire on the United States
Consulate in Calcutta, India killing 5 Indian security guards and wounding
January 23, 2002 Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journalist, is kidnapped
in Karachi, Pakistan by Jaish-e-Muhammad, an Islamic separatist group
opposed to U.S. control of Pakistan. On February 20th, a videotape shows
Mr. Pearl's death.
January 27, 2002 A Palestinian woman blows herself up in Jerusalem, killing
one and wounding 100.
February 16, 2002 The PFLP claims responsibility for a suicide bombing
in the West Bank that kills 4 and wounds 27.
March 7, 2002 A suicide bombing in a supermarket by the PFLP in the West
Bank wounds 10.
March 9, 2002 The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade claims responsibility for a
suicide bombing in Jerusalem that kills 11 and wounds 52.
March 17, 2002 A grenade is thrown into a Protestant Church in Islamablad,
Pakistan killing 5 and wounding 46.
March 21, 2002 A suicide bomber blows himself up in Jerusalem, killing
3 and wounding 86. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad claims responsibility.
March 24, 2002 Three bombs explode in Russian towns near the Chechnya
border killing 20 and wounding 93.
March 27, 2002 A HAMAS suicide bomber blows himself up in a restaurant
in Netanya, Israel killing 22 and wounding 140.
March 30, 2002 A bomb explodes at a Hindu temple in Jammu, Kashmir killing
10. The Islamic Front claims responsibility.
April 11, 2002 A suicide bomber detonates a truck bomb outside a synagogue
in Djerba, Tunisia. 16 are dead and 26 are injured, mostly German tourists.
The Islamic Army for the Liberation of the Holy Sites claims responsibility.
April 12, 2002 A female suicide bomber blows herself up in Jerusalem,
killing 6 and wounding 90. The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade claims responsibility.
May 8, 2002 A car bomb explodes near a bus in Karachi, Pakistan killing
12 and wounding 19. Al Qaeda is suspected.
May 9, 2002 A remote-controlled bomb is detonated at a May Day parade
in Kaspiisk, Dagestan killing 42 and wounding 150. Al Qaeda is suspected.
May 14, 2002 Terrorists open fire on a passenger bus in Kaluchak, Jammu
killing 7. They then enter a military housing complex and kill 3 soldiers
and 7 dependents before the terrorists are killed. Jamiat ul-Mujahedin
and al-Mansooran claim responsibility.
June 7, 2002 A rescue attempt by the Philippine army of U.S. citizens
being held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf Group for more than a year is semi-successful
as they do rescue Gracia Burnham, but her husband, Martin is killed in
the rescue along with four terrorists. 7 soldiers are wounded.
June 14, 2002 A car bomb explodes near the U.S. Consulate in Karachi,
Pakistan killing 11 and wounding 51. Al Qaeda is suspected.
June 19, 2002 A suicide bomber attacks a bus stop in Jerusalem, killing
6 and wounding 43. The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade claims responsibility.
July 17, 2002 Two suicide bombers blow up a bus station in Tel Aviv, Israel
killing 5 and wounding 38. The Islamic Jihad claims responsibility.
July 31, 2002 A bomb explodes in Jerusalem's Hebrew University killing
9 and wounding 87. HAMAS claims responsibility.
August 4, 2002 A bomb blows up a bus in Safed, Israel killing 9 and wounding
50. HAMAS claims responsibility.
August 5, 2002 Gunmen from al-Intigami al-Pakistani open fire in a Christian
school for children of missionaries killing 6 and wounding 1. No children
were killed in the incident.
August 6, 2002 Lashkar-e-Tayyiba gunmen attack a group of Hindu pilgrims
in Pahalgam, Kashmir killing 9 and wounding 32.
September 19, 2002 A suicide bomber blows up a bus in Tel Aviv, Israel
killing 6 and wounding 52. Hamas claims responsibility.
October 6, 2002 A boat filled with explosives is rammed into the French
oil tanker Limburg in al-Dhabbah, Yemen killing 1 and wounding 4. Al Qaeda
October 12, 2002 A car bomb explodes outside a discotheque in Denpasar,
Bali, Indonesia killing 202 and wounding 300. Al Qaeda claims responsibility.
October 23, 2002 Fifty Chechen rebels seize the Palace of Culture Theater
in Moscow, Russia and hold 800 hostages. They demand an end to the war
in Chechnya. Three days later, Russian Special Forces pump an anesthetic
gas through the ventilation system and then storm the theater. All the
terrorists are killed, but 94 hostages die also, mostly from the effects
of the gas.
October 28, 2002 Gunmen from the Honest People of Jordan assassinate Laurence
Foley, who is the Executive Officer of the U.S. Agency for International
Development Mission in Jordan.
November 21, 2002 A suicide bomber blows up a bus in Jerusalem killing
11 and wounding 50. HAMAS claims responsibility.
November 24, 2002 Lashkare-e-Tayyiba gunmen open fire on the Reghunath
and Shiv temples in Jammu, Kashmir killing 13 and wounding 50.
November 28, 2002 Three suicide bombers in a car attack the Paradise Hotel
in Mombasa, Kenya killing 15 and wounding 40. On the same day and in the
same city, two shoulder fired missiles are shot at a commercial airliner
as it takes off. Both missiles miss. Al Qaeda among others claim responsibility
for the attacks.
December 26, 2002 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) gunmen attack a
bus in Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines killing 13 and wounding 10.
December 27, 2002 Two suicide truckers blow up a government office building
in Grozny, Chechnya killing 80 and wounding 210. Chechen warlord Shamil
Basayev claims responsibility.
January 5, 2003 Two suicide bombers attack Israeli's in Tel Aviv, killing
22 and wounding more than a hundred. The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade claims
March 5, 2003 A suicide bomber aboard a bus in Haifa, Israel kills 15
and wounds 40.
March 30, 2003 A suicide attack on a cafe in Netanya, Israel wounds 38.
Only the bomber dies in the attack. The Islamic Jihad claims responsibility.
May 12, 2003 Suicide bombers attack three compounds housing foreign workers
in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia killing 34. 11 Al Qaeda suspects are arrested
on May 28.
May 12, 2003 A truck bomb blows up a government compound in Znameskoye,
Chechnya killing 54. Al Qaeda is suspected.
May 14, 2003 At least 16 people are killed in a suicide bomb attack during
a religious festival in the town of Iliskhan-Yurt, east of Grozny. 145
May 16, 2003 12 suicide bombers attack 5 targets in Casablanca, Morocco
killing 43 and wounding more than a hundred. Al-Assirat al-Moustaquim
and Al Qaeda are suspected.
May 18, 2003 A suicide bomber riding on a bus in Jerusalem kills 7 and
wounds 20. HAMAS claims responsibility.
May 19, 2003 A female Palestinian student blows herself up at a shopping
mall in Afula, Israel killing 3 and wounding 52. Islamic Jihad claims
June 5, 2003 A woman bomber ambushes a bus carrying Russian air force
pilots near Chechnya, blowing it up and killing herself and 18 other people.
June 11, 2003 A suicide bomber on board a bus in Jerusalem kills 16 and
wounds more than 70. HAMAS claims responsibility.
July 5, 2003 Two women suicide bombers kill 15 other people when they
blow themselves apart at an open-air rock festival at Moscow's Tushino
airfield. 60 are injured. (Full story)
August 1, 2003 A truck bomb destroys a Russian military hospital in Mozdok,
North Ossetia killing 50. Chechen leader Shamil Basayev is suspected.
August 5, 2003 A car bomb explodes outside the Marriot Hotel in Jakarta,
Indonesia killing 10 and wounding 150. The Jemaah Islamiah, who were responsible
for the Bali nightclub bombing in 2002, is suspected.
August 7, 2003 A car bomb explodes outside the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad,
Iraq killing 19 and wounding 65.
August 19, 2003 A truck loaded with Iraqi ordinance is exploded outside
the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq killing 23 and wounding more than
a hundred. An Al Qaeda branch calling themselves the Brigades of the Martyr
Abu Hafz al-Masri claims responsibility.
August 19, 2003 A suicide bomber aboard a bus in Jerusalem kills 20 and
injures more than a hundred. HAMAS and Islamic Jihad claim responsibility.
August 29, 2003 A car bomb explodes outside the Shrine of the Imam Ali
in Najaf, Iraq killing 81 and wounding more than 140. The attack kills
Ayatollah Mohammed Bakir al-Hakim, who was one of the four leading Shi'ite
leaders in Iraq.
September 3, 2003 Six people are killed in an explosion on board a commuter
train near the Northern Caucasus spa town of Pyatigorsk, but police say
it is not the work of Chechen rebels.
September 9, 2003 Two suicide bombers at different locations, one in Tel
Aviv, Israel and the other in Jerusalem, cause the deaths of 13 and injuries
more than fifty. HAMAS claims responsibility.
September 20, 2003 Gunmen shoot and seriously wound Akila Hashimi, a female
member of the Iraqi Governing Council. She dies five days later.
September 22, 2003 A suicide car bombing at the UN Headquarters in Baghdad,
Iraq kills one and wounds 19.
October 4, 2003 An Islamic Jihad female blows herself up in a restaurant
in Haifa, Israel killing 19 and wounding more than 55.
October 9, 2003 In two separate attacks a gunmen kills a Spanish military
attache in Baghdad, while a car bomb explodes outside an Iraqi police
station killing 8 and wounding 40.
October 12, 2003 Two car bombs explode outside the Baghdad Hotel killing
6 and wounding 32.
October 26, 2003 A rocket is launched into the al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad,
Iraq killing one U.S. Army officer and wounding 17 others.
October 26, 2003 Baath Party loyalist gunmen assassinate the Deputy Mayor
of Baghdad, Faris Abdul Razaq al-Assam.
October 27, 2003 Six car bomb attacks result in 35 deaths and 230 injuries
in Baghdad, Iraq including an attack against the Red Cross.
November 8, 2003 A car bomb explodes in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in a residential
compound killing 17 and wounding 122. Al Qaeda is suspected.
November 12, 2003 A truck bomb destroys the headquarters of the Italian
military police in Nasiriyah, Iraq killing 29 and wounding more than a
November 15, 2003 Two truck bombs explode outside the Neve Shalom and
Beth Israel synagogues in Istanbul, Turkey killing 25 and wounding more
than 300. A branch of Al Qaeda, the Brigades of the Martyr Abu Hafz al-Masri
November 20, 2003 Two truck bombs explode outside the British HSBC Bank
and the British Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey killing 27 and wounding
more than 450. Al Qaeda is suspected.
November 20, 2003 A car bomb kills 5 in Kirkuk. Ansar al-Islam is suspected.
December 5, 2003 A suicide bomber on board a commuter train in Yessentuki,
Russia kills 42 and wounds 150. Chechen rebels are suspected.
December 9, 2003 A female suicide bomber kills 5 and wounds 14 outside
Moscow's National Hotel in Russia.
December 15, 2003 Two suicide car bombs kill 8 and wound 27 in Iraq two
days after Saddam Hussein is captured.
December 24, 2003 A car bomb explodes at the Kurdish Interior Ministry
in Irbil, Iraq killing 5 and wounding 101.
December 25, 2003 Two truck bombs explode as President Musharraf of Pakistan's
motorcade drives through Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The explosion kills 14.
Jaish-e-Muhammad is held responsible.
December 25, 2003 A suicide bomber kills 4 at a bus stop in Petah Tikva,
Israel. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claims responsibility.
December 31, 2003 A suicide car bomb explodes outside of Baghdad's Nabil
restaurant killing 8 and wounding 35.
January 3, 2004 Brig. Gen. Hadi Mabjer Al-Sahli, chairman of the military
council at the border guards command in the Jizan region was found shot
dead in front of his house.
January 22, 2004 US Treasury Secretary John W. Snow told a Washington
news conference, TheUnitedStatesandSaudiArabiashareadeepcommitment
February 6, 2004 A rush-hour blast kills at least 30 people and injures
70 on a metro train in Moscow. (Full story)
February 13, 2004 The Interior Ministry warns residents in the capital
against a possible terrorist attack. It says that a car laden with explosives
registered to a wanted suspect could be used in the attack.
February 14, 2004 Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry offers SR7 million
reward for information leading to the recovery of a GMC Suburban loaded
February 16, 2004 British Airways has canceled [Feb 16] flight from London
to Riyadh, for 'security reasons.'
February 28, 2004 Royal decree to establish the Saudi National Commission
for Relief and Charity Work abroad to ensure that terrorist organizations
do not misuse Saudi donations for humanitarian projects worldwide.
March 11, 2004 series of coordinated terrorist bombings against the commuter
train system of Madrid, Spain on the morning of 11 March 2004, which killed
191 people and wounded more than 1,800.00
March 15, 2004 Two of Saudi Arabia's most wanted terror suspects were
shot dead in a shootout with police forces.
March 19, 2004 U.S. Secretary of State Powell meets Saudi officials in
Riyadh, tells press US and Saudi Arabia are united in war on terror.
March 24, 2004 J. Cofer Black, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S.
State Department, testified to Congress, TheSaudis
March 24, 2004 Juan C. Zarate, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Executive Office
for Terrorist Financing & Financial Crimes, U.S. Department of the
Treasury, testified to Congress, the target ing
March 24, 2004 Thomas J. Harrington, Deputy Assistant Director, Counterterrorism
Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, testified to Congress,
April 5, 2004 Saudi security forces shot dead a suspected militant and
wounded another during a car chase in eastern Riyadh neighborhood.
April 8, 2004 Al-Qaeda chief in Saudi Arabia vows to eject U.S. from Arabian
April 12, 2004 A member of the security forces is killed and a terrorist
gunned down during a clash in eastern Riyadh
April 13, 2004 Four policemen are killed by machine-gun fire in two attacks
on the road linking Riyadh and Qasim. The first of two explosive-laden
cars is discovered. Gunmen open fire at officers at a checkpoint on the
road to Qasim. Police defuse two car bombs and seize a third car loaded
April 15, 2004 Evacuation is ordered for most U.S. diplomats in Saudi
Arabia - TheUnitedStates[Apr.15]ordered the evacuation of most U.S. diplomats
and all U.S.family dependents from Saudi Arabia, and strongly urged all
American citizens to leave because of credible and specific intelligence
about terrorist attacks planned against U.S. and other Western targets,
the State Department announced.
April 18, 2004 Eight terror suspects linked to violent clashes with security
forces in the capital are arrested. Three large vehicle bombs ? each with
over a ton of explosives on board ? are defused.
April 19, 2004 Saudi security forces seized two vehicles loaded with explosives
north of Riyadh. Three other explosive laden vehicles were seized in the
last two days, one of which has been sought since February.
April 21, 2004 Terrorists launched a suicide car bomb attack April 21,
2004 against Saudi Arabian government buildings in Riyadh. Five people
were killed and over 150 were wounded in the attack.
April 22, 2004 Grand Mufti Abdul-Aziz al-Sheik, the kingdom's highest
religious authority, condemned the attack asoneofthegreatestsins and said
the attackers will be burnedinhell.
April 22, 2004 Saudi Security forces killed five terror
suspects, including two of the country's most wanted men, during raids.
April 22, 2004 The Al Haramin (the holy sites) Brigades claimed responsibility
on web sites for the April 21 Riyadh suicide bombing.
April 24, 2004 King Fahd characterized the April 21 attack as
April 29, 2004 U.S. State Department's annual report, Patterns of GlobalTerrorism-2003,
praised Saudi Arabia's commitment to the war against global terrorism,
I would cite Saudi Arabia as an excellent example of a nation increasingly
focusing its political will to fight terrorism. Saudi Arabia has launched
an aggressive, comprehensive, and unprecedented campaign to hunt down
terrorists, uncover their plots,and cut off their sources of funding..
May 1, 2004 Gunmen killed at least six people in an attack on a Western
oil company office in the Red Sea city of Yanbu.
May 20, 2004 Saudi security forces today killed four terrorist suspects
and injured another in a gunfight in Qasim Province. The security forces
came under heavy fire from machineguns after locating five terrorist suspects
in a rest house in Khudairah, a village in the area of Buraidah. One security
officer was killed and two were injured in the incident. Weapons and ammunition
May 27, 2004 A top Al Qaida leader [Abdulaziz Al Muqrin] in Saudi Arabia
issued a battle plan for an urban guerrilla war in the kingdom. Al Muqrin,
gave a detailed list of steps militants should take to succeed in their
violent campaign against the Saudi government.
May 29, 2004 Attack in Khobar - Four gunmen attacked compounds housing
oil workers in Khobar, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia at about 07:30 a.m.
(0430 GMT). Hostages were being held at one compound. Saudi officials
said 16 people have been killed in the attacks. Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility.
June 2004 Saudi Arabia and the United States Take Joint Action Against
Terror Financing [PDF]
June 2, 2004 In a bid to crack down on financing of terrorist groups,
Saudi Arabia in a joint press conference with US officials announced it
was dissolving the Al-Haramain Charitable Foundation and other private
groups and creating a commission to manage private charitable work abroad.
June 2, 2004 Saudi security forces gunned down two terror suspects in
a gunbattle at Hada near Taif. The pair were linked to the recent attacks
June 4, 2004 Saudi Arabia's top religious authority, Sheik Abdul Aziz
bin Abdullah Al al-Sheik, issued an edict urging citizens and residents
to inform authorities about suspected militants planning terror activities.
June 5, 2004 The BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner was critically
injured and his cameraman Simon Cumbers was killed when they came under
fire in a Riyadh neighborhood notorious for militants.
June 8, 2004 Terrorists gunned down Robert Jacob, an American working
for Vinnell Corp., a U.S. defense contractor in Riyadh.
June 13, 2004 Al-Qaeda terrorists in Saudi Arabia kidnapped American engineer
Paul Marshal Johnson, an employee of Lockheed Martin. A statement purporting
to be from Al-Qaeda threatened to treat the abducted American as U.S.
troops treated Iraqi prisoners -- a reference to sexual and other abuses
at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Another American, Kenneth Scroggs, was gunned
down by the same group.
June 18, 2004 The man wears a black hood on the videotape as he grips
an AK-47 and threatens to execute an American hostage. In spite of the
disguise, a subtitle gives a name for the speaker, Abdulaziz Muqrin, who
Saudi authorities say is the chief organizer of the recent attacks on
Westerners in Saudi Arabia.
June 18, 2004 U.S. hostage Paul Johnson was beheaded by his captors. Hours
later Saudi security forces gunned down the suspected leader of Al-Qaeda
in Saudi Arabia, Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin.
June 22, 2004 Rebels seize an interior ministry building in Ingushetia,
near Chechnya, killing at least 92 people, including the acting head of
the Ingush Interior. (Full story)
June 23, 2004 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd offers terrorists
a limited amnesty, calling on them to turn themselves in or face the full
might of the state. In a televised address read on his behalf by Crown
Prince Abdullah, King Fahd said those who willingly surrender within 30
days will be secure and warned all those who don't will be subjected to
a fierce crackdown.
June 25, 2004 Saudi Arabia could allow foreigners who feel threatened
by the wave of terrorist violence in the Kingdom to carry guns for their
June 28, 2004 One of Saudi Arabia's most wanted terrorists surrenders,
the second suspect to turn himself in under a one-month government amnesty
announced in mid-June. The terrorist, Othman Hadi Al-Maqbul Al-Amri, 37,
gave himself up after two years on the run.
July 3, 2004 The Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry identified the terrorist
killed in a gunbattle on July 1 as Awad ibn Muhammad ibn Ali Al-Awad and
the one wounded as Abdul Rahman ibn Muhammad ibn Abdul Rahman Al-Abdul
July 4, 2004 Saudi security investigations uncovered the deaths of two
senior terrorists who died from untreated wounds after clashes with security
forces in April 2004 Rakan ibn Mohsen Al-Seikhan and Nasser ibn Rashid
Al-Rashid -- both on a list of 26 most wanted suspects -- were wounded
during the April 12 clashes in Riyadh.
July 14, 2004 A disabled Saudi terror suspect, Khaled ibn Odeh ibn Mohammed
Al-Harbi, handed himself in to Saudi authorities, the third to do so under
a month-long partial amnesty announced in June. The man is suspected of
being a top Al-Qaeda figure close to Osama Bin Laden and had been hiding
along the Iran-Afghan border.
July 21, 2004 Saudi Arabian security forces killed two terrorist suspects,
including one on a most-wanted list, and captured six others in a gun
battle late yesterday in the capital, Riyadh .. Authorities also found
the head of slain U.S. hostage Paul Johnson in a refrigerator in the suspects'
July 26, 2004 A message purportedly from an al-Qaida cell in Saudi Arabia
surfaced Monday July 26 with the acknowledgment that three of its militants
were killed in a shootout last week with security forces.
August 5, 2004 Saudi security forces arrested Faris Ahmed Jamaan Al-Zahrani,
the No. 11 on a list of most wanted 26 terrorists published by the Interior
Ministry last December.
August 16, 2004 Asaresult,sinceSeptember11th,2001,
-- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell
August 17, 2004 Saudi Arabia's major battle with terrorism is over, and
the kingdom is chasing the last remaining militants, Saudi Crown Prince
Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz said in an interview.
August 24, 2004 Two Russian passenger planes are blown up almost simultaneously,
killing 89 Federal Security Service focusing on whether acts of terrorism
brought down the jets after traces of explosives found in wreckage of
planes. (Full story)
August 29, 2004 Saudi police, battling al Qaeda militant attacks to destabilize
the pro-U.S. kingdom, have arrested two wanted militants in the central
city of Buraida, security sources said.
August 31, 2004 A female suicide bomber kills nine people and herself,
and wounds 51 others when she detonates a bomb outside a subway station
in northeastern Moscow. (Full story)
September 1, 2004 armed multinational islamic terrorists took hundreds
of schoolchildren and adults hostage at School Number One in the Russian
town of Beslan in North Ossetia. The crisis ended after shooting broke
out on September 3, 2004 that resulted in the deaths of hundreds. Chechen
terrorist leader Samil Basayev has claimed responsibility
September 14, 2004 Testimony regarding the US State Department's views
on the terrorist finance elements of the 09-Nov Commission's report addresses
September 27, 2004 Security forces exchanged fire with suspected terrorists
in the capital Riyadh yesterday, less than 24 hours after a French engineer
was gunned down in Jeddah.
October 3, 2004 An attacker armed with a machine gun fired at an expatriate
housing compound in eastern Riyadh on Friday night [October 1] but caused
no injuries or damage, a Saudi security official said Sunday [October
October 14, 2004 One of the three militants killed in Tuesday's [October
12] shootout in Riyadh was on the list of the 26 most wanted terrorists,
the Interior Ministry announced yesterday. The ministry identified the
man as Abdul Majeed ibn Muhammad Abdullah Al-Munie.
October 17, 2004 Twomilitantswanted
said Brig. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the Interior Ministry.
November 9, 2004 Saudi police killed a suspected terrorist and captured
three others Tuesday in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, west of Saudi
Arabia, official sources said.
November 11, 2004 Saudi Arabia has made remarkable headway in its war
on terrorism as it has succeeded in stripping terrorists of their capabilities
to carry out major attacks, Interior Minister Prince Naif said.
November 14, 2004 Saudi Arabia has detained five people suspected of spreading
Islamic militant ideology in the kingdom.
November 21, 2004 Saudi Arabia has announced the arrest of an Islamist
suspected of plotting an attack on a neighboring country.
November 22, 2004 Saudi security forces seized arms and ammunition at
a suspected terrorist hideout north of Riyadh, an Interior Ministry spokesman
November 28, 2004 Saudi security forces shot dead a suspected terrorist
and captured another following a gunbattle here yesterday.
November 29, 2004 The Interior Ministry yesterday identified the slain
terror suspect in Saturday?s gunbattle in Jeddah as a wanted terrorist
who was one of the plotters of the Muhaya housing compound attack in Riyadh
in November 2003, which killed 17 people and wounded more than 120, the
Saudi Press Agency reported.
November 30, 2004 Saudi security forces have seized a suspected terrorist
north of Riyadh, but it was not immediately known if he figured on a list
of most wanted suspects.
December 2, 2004 Saudi security forces have arrested four suspects following
raids in various parts of the Kingdom, press reports said, adding that
seven officers were injured when their vehicle overturned during a chase.
December 4, 2004 Saudi Arabian security forces have arrested the brother
of a slain terrorist on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities,
officials said Saturday.
December 6, 2004 U.S. Consulate in Jeddah attacked. Three gunmen with
suspected Al Qaeda links attacked the U.S. consulate in Jeddah today..
December 8, 2004 Saudi authorities yesterday named the slain gunmen who
stormed the US Consulate here on Monday..
December 28, 2004 Three suspected terrorists were killed and another was
injured in a gunbattle with security forces in the capital last night,
security sources told Arab News. The encounter took place near Al-Salam
Park, close to the Higher Court in Riyadh?s Al-Deera district.
December 29, 2004 Militants launched coordinated car bombings and battled
security forces in the Saudi capital last night (Dec. 29) in attacks that
killed 10 people, caused oil prices to jump and signaled that Islamic
extremists are keeping up their fight despite the kingdom's crackdown
on al-Qaida. A car bomb detonated near the Interior Ministry in central
Riyadh -- killing a bystander, according to Saudi TV -- was followed soon
after by an explosion when suicide attackers tried to bomb a troop recruitment
December 29, 2004 Saudi police killed a suspected militant in a shootout
in Riyadh.. ..the man had tossed a hand grenade from his car at security
forces who had been combing a residential area in the capital following
a clash with militants on [Dec. 28]. Police later surrounded the car and
killed the man in the shootout.
January 29, 2005 U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah reopened for business
on Saturday, January29, following its temporary closure to the public
after the tragic events of last December.
March 8, 2005 U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah announced an elevated threat
level in the area of the Sierra Village compound.
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