Radical-Islamic terrorisM Incident Chronology

Radical-Islamic terrorisM Incident Chronology


The Two Thousands (2000 to 2009)


  1. United States. The last of the 2000 millennium attack plots fails, as the boat meant to bomb USS The Sullivans sinks.

  2. Germany. Police foil the Strasbourg cathedral bombing plot.

  3. Yemen, and United States, October 12: USS Cole bombing kills 17 US
    sailors and wounds 40 off the port of Aden, by al-Qaeda; see FBI Most Wanted Terrorists, the Buffalo Six Lackawanna Cell.
  4. Indonesia, December 24: Christmas Eve 2000 Indonesia bombings, terrorists blow up churches in Indonesia killing 17 and injuring more than 150 people.

  5. Philippines, December 30: Rizal Day Bombings, terrorists blow up LRts in Manila, killing 22 and injuring more than 100 people.


  1. Philippines, May 28: Militants of Abu Sayyaf kidnapped 20 tourists from the Dos Palmas resort on the Island of Palawan. 5 of the hostages were killed later.

  2. Israel, June 1: 21 civilians, mostly teenagers from the former Soviet Union, are killed by a Hamas suicide bomber in the Dolphinarium massacre in Tel Aviv

  3. Afghanistan, September 9: Ahmad Shah Massoud was assassinated in Takhar Province, Afghanistan by suspected al-Qaeda agents, allegedly with the complicity of Abdul Rasul Sayyaf.

  4. United States, September 11: Attacks kill 2,997 immediately, and many more later from exposure to toxic dust in a series of hijacked airliner crashes into two U.S. landmarks: the World Trade Center in New York City, New York, and The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. A fourth plane, originally intended to hit the United States Capitol
    Building, crashes in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, after an apparent revolt against the hijackers by the plane's passengers; being the most catastrophic terrorist event ever known.
  5. France, September 13: Paris embassy attack plot foiled.

  6. United States, December 22: Richard Reid, attempting to destroy American Airlines Flight 63, is subdued by passengers and flight attendants before he could detonate his shoe bomb.


  1. Singapore: Singapore embassies attack plot foiled.

  2. Pakistan, January: Kidnapping and murder of journalist Daniel Pearl by Pakistani terrorists.

  3. United States, July 4: An Egyptian gunman opens fire at an El Al ticket counter in Los Angeles International Airport, killing two Israelis before being killed himself.


  1. Saudi Arabia, May 12: Bombings of United States expatriate housing compounds in Saudi Arabia kill 26 and injure 160 in the Riyadh Compound Bombings. Al-Qaeda blamed.

  2. Turkey, November 15 and November 20: Al-Queda truck bombs go off at two synagogues, the British Consulate, and the HSBC Bank in Istanbul, killing 57 and wounding 700 in the 2003 Istanbul Bombings.


  1. Iraq, March 2: Ashoura Massacre: Suicide bombings at Shia holy sites kill
    181 and wound more than 500 during the Ashura.
  2. Spain, March 11: Coordinated bombing of commuter trains in Madrid kills 191 people and injures more than 1,500. Al-Qaeda authorship.

  3. Russia, September: The Beslan school hostage crisis was a three-day hostage-taking of over 1,100 people which ended in the deaths of over 380. It began when a group of armed mostly Ingush and Chechen Islamic militants took more than 1,100 people (including 777 children) hostage on 1 September

  4. Egypt, October 7: Sinai bombings: Three car bombs explode in the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 34 and wounding 171, many of them Israeli and other foreign tourists


  1. Egypt, April: April 2005 terrorist attacks in Cairo – On April 7 a suicide bomber blows himself up in Cairo's Khan al Khalili market, killing three foreign tourists and wounding 17 others. In two further attacks on April 30, suspected accomplices detonate a bomb and spray a tourist coach with gunfire.

  2. United Kingdom, July 7: London bombings – Bombs explode on one double-decker bus and three London Underground trains, killing 56 people and injuring over 700, occurring on the first day of the 31st G8 Conference. The attacks are the first suicide bombings in Western Europe.

  3. United Kingdom, July 21: Attempted London bombings - Small explosions in three London Underground stations and one double-decker bus. This was pronounced as a "major incident" rather than an attack, and only minor injuries were reported. These four bombs were designed to cause as much damage as the 7 July 2005 London bombings, but the explosives had deteriorated and failed to detonate.

  4. Jordan, November 9: Three explosions at hotels in Amman, leave at least 60 dead and 120 wounded.


  1. United Kingdom, and United States, August 10: A major anti-terrorist operation by British Police disrupts an alleged bomb plot targeting multiple airplanes bound for the United States flying through Heathrow Airport, near London.

  2. Syria, September 12: Four attackers armed with grenades and machine guns attempt to storm the U.S. embassy in Damascus.  See Damascus terrorist attacks.

  3. Lebanon, November 21: Assassination of Pierre Amine Gemayel, an anti-Syrian politician and scion of Lebanon’s most prominent Christian family blamed on Syria, Iran and Hezbollah despite their denial.


  1. United Kingdom, June: 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack, 2007 London car bombs, 2007 UK terrorist incidents. Car bomb plot, suspected Al-Qaeda. At Glasgow Airport,
    a car rams into the main terminal, causing minor injuries to five people and setting off a blaze.
  2. United States, May 8th: The Fort Dix attack plot involved a group of six radical Islamist men who conspired to stage an attack against U.S. Military personnel stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey. The alleged aim of the group was to "kill as many soldiers as possible". The men were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on May 8, 2007, and were prosecuted in federal court in October 2008. On December 22, 2008, five were found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in their intentions to kill U.S. military personnel; four received life sentences, while one received 33 years in prison.

  3. Germany,: Three men are arrested and more are being sought on suspicion of planning attacks (potentially much larger than the London or Madrid bombings) on the Frankfurt International Airport, the U.S. military base in Ramstein, and pubs and schools frequented by Americans. The German Defense minister says, "There was an imminent threat.”

  4. Afghanistan and South Korea, July 19: The Taliban kidnap 23 South Korean church workers, killing two execution-style and dumping their bloodied bodies by the roadside.

  5. Pakistani, December 27: opposition leader Benazir Bhutto is assassinated by
    an attacker who shoots her after a campaign rally in Rawalpindi and then blows himself up; at least 20 are known dead. See Benazir Bhutto assassination.


  1. Baghdad, February 1: Two mentally disabled women were strapped with explosives and sent into busy Baghdad markets, where they were blown up by remote control. The bombs killed at least 98 people and wounded more than 200 at two popular pet markets

  2. Afghanistan, February 17: Kandahar, Taleban suspected of a suicide bomb attack at a dog-fighting competition.

  3. Pakistan, August 21: Wah, Attock District. Twin suicide bombings kill 63 people and injure 81 people targeting Pakistan's main munitions factory, the Pakistan Ordnance Factories. The Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility in retaliation for Pakistan Army attacks in the War in North-West Pakistan.

  4. Pakistan, September 20: Islamabad. The Marriott Hotel is attacked by a massive suicide car bomb, killing over 60 and injuring 250.  The blast caused a natural gas leak fire, which destroyed the hotel further. Hours before the blast, President Asif Ali Zardari addressed a joint session of Parliament and promised to root out terrorism.

  5. Mumbai, November 26 to 29: Gunmen opened fire at eight different sites in an apparent coordinated attack. The terrorists wielded automatic weapons and attacked locations including a train station, hotels, restaurants, a police station, and a hospital. Some gunmen took hostages and high military grade explosives (RDX) were found near by; at least eight explosions were reported.


  1. United States, New York, January 15th:  Najibullah Zazi returned from a trip to Peshawar, a city just east of Pakistan's volatile Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
    Later in  September Zazi was indicted on charges of trying to build and detonate a weapon of mass destruction by purchasiing hydrogen peroxide, acetone and other chemicals. Prosecutors suspect he wanted set off bombs on September 11 on commuter trains in New York. ABC News reported that the plot involved at least three teams of four men each (Mumbai style attack). The next year, alleged accomplice Zarein Ahmedzay, pleaded not guilty to charges related to the alleged plot. The following day Adis Medunjanin a NYC classmate of Zazi pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit murder in Pakistan, and one count of obtaining military-style training from Al Qaeda.
  2. United States, Little Rock, June 1st: 23-year old man opened fire on a military recruiting office. The gunman, identified by the police as Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad of Little Rock, fled the scene and was arrested minutes later a short distance from the recruiting station, in a bustling suburban shopping center. The police confiscated a Russian-made SKS semiautomatic rifle, a .22-caliber rifle and a handgun. Private William Long of Conway, Arkansas was killed and Private Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville, Arkansas was wounded.
  3. Saudi Arabia, Jeddah, August 28th: A suicide bomber blew himself up during a Ramadanat a gathering that included Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the Saudi Deputy Interior Minister in charge of Counter-terrorism. The prince was treated at a hospital and released. 23-year-old Abdullah al-Asiri (the bum bomber) was a wanted terrorist who blew himself up in a suicide bombing.
  4. United States, Dallas, September 24th: Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a Jordanian citizen, was arrested in a dramatic FBI sting operation after he parked a vehicle laden with government-supplied fake explosives at an iconic downtown Dallas skyscraper, Fountain Place and attempted to detonate it.

  5. United States, Ft Hood, November 5th: Mass shooting that took place at Fort Hood—the most populous United States military base in the world, located just outside
    Killeen, Texas—killing 13 people and wounding 30 others. The accused perpetrator is Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army major serving as a psychiatrist. He was shot by civilian police officers,[and is now paralyzed from the waist down
  6. United States, Detroit, December 25th: Northwest Flight 253 - Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempts to detonate an explosive on an aircraft enroute from Amsterdam to Detroit. During the incident, the suspect ignites himself on fire until he is extinguished and overpowered by two passengers. The aircraft lands safely in Detroit with the only injuries reported to be the suspect himself and two others.

  7. Afghanistan, December 31st: Khost Province, Afghanistan A suicide
    bomber detonates his explosives after penetrating the Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost Province, killing 8 American CIA employees including the person in charge of CIA operations at the base, making this worst attack against US intelligence officials since 1983. A Taliban spokesman said a member of the group working for the Afghan army had carried out the attack. The attack was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.