Worst Terrorist Attacks In World History

Air India Flight 182

Air India Flight 182 was an Indian passenger plane flying from Toronto, Canada to Delhi, India via Montreal and London in 1985. The plane, a Boeing 747-237B, was destroyed with a bomb mid-air at an altitude of 31,000 feet and crashed in Irish airspace in the Atlantic Ocean. The incident killed 329 passengers and was the first ever bombing of a 747 jumbo jet.

2014 Gamboru Ngala Attack

This attack took place from May 5 to 6, 2014, in the two towns of Gamboru and Ngala in the Borno state of Nigeria. During this time, more than 336 people were killed by the Boko Haram militia. The attack took almost 12 hours, and the towns were almost destroyed with survivors fleeing to the neighboring country of Cameroon. On the same night, the attackers abducted eight girls in the northeastern part of Nigeria. 

2016 Karrada Bombing

On July 3, 2016, there was a coordinated attack in Baghdad that led to the deaths of 341 people and injured several hundred more. Just before midnight, a suicide truck targeting Shia Muslims in the district of Karrada was detonated. The town was busy with late night shoppers due to the Ramadan festivities. 

Beslan School Hostage Crisis

The Beslan School siege begun on September 1, 2004, and lasted for three days. During this time, more than 1,100 people were held hostage in Beslan, Russia, including 777 children. At the end of the siege, the death toll was at least 385 people. 

July 2013 Iraq Attack

The 2013 Iraq attacks took place in the first two weeks of July 2013. They were a series of coordinated attacks across several cities in Iraq resulting in deaths of 389 people and injuries to at least 800 more people.  

The Massacre of Trujillo was a series of murders carried out between 1988 and 1994 in the town of Trujillo, Colombia. They were carried out in the southwest of Colombia by the Cali cartel and the paramilitaries with the complicity of the country’s military and the police.  

Cinema Rex Fire

On August 19, 1978, the Cinemax Red located in Abadan in central west Iran was set on fire killing at least 422 individuals. This attack took place when hundreds of people were watching the Iranian movie The Deer. The cinema was set ablaze by four men who had already barred the entrance doors. 

May 2013 Iraq Attack

These attacks started on May 15-21, 2013 and in the end led to the death of a total of 500 people. They involved a series of heinous bombings and mass shootings in the central and northern regions of Iraq. There were also a few incidents in towns located in the far west and also the southern parts as well.  

2007 Yazidi Communities Bombing

These attacks occurred on August 14, 2007 in Iraq, killing an estimated 2,996 people. They involved four organized suicide bombs attacks in Kahtaniya and Jazeera towns, both in Yazidi, Iraq.  

September 11 Attack

The September 11th attacks came as a series of four organized terrorist attacks, planned by the Al-Qaeda, targeting the US. The attacks began on Tuesday, September 11 in 2001 and killed approximately 2,996 people, injured more than 6,000, and destroyed property and infrastructure worth more than $10 billion.