10 Worst Terrorist Attacks

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Ever since the dreadful incident of 9/11, the rate of terrorism has escalated manifold across the globe and nearly every other country seems to be the victim of this menace. Initially there were two big terrorist organizations namely: Al-Qaeda and Taliban but at present many more have emerged out of nowhere and established strongholds in many areas. Pakistan tribal areas are said to be the suspected strongholds of these terrorist organizations. Currently, USA is conducting a series of drone strikes in the tribal belt of Pakistan to destabilize the terrorist groups and a full scale operation is expected to take place in North Waziristan like South Waziristan. Recently, the top news is that the Al-Qaeda’s leader Osama bin Laden, has been by killed by USA Special Forces in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Let us run through some of the worst terrorist attacks in the world

10. Ma’alot massacre

maalot massascre 10 Worst Terrorist Attacks
This incident took place on May 15, 1973 in Israel. It was a terrorist attack conducted by three armed Palestinian terrorists of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who entered Israel from Lebanon. They took more than 115 people as hostages for to two days and it all ended up in the deaths of over 25 hostages. They also killed a couple and their four-year-old son in an apartment in the town of Ma’a lot.

9. TWA flight 841

TWA flight 841 10 Worst Terrorist Attacks
This terrorist incident took place on September 8, 1974, when after stopping for 68 minutes in Athens, TWA Flight 841 departed for Rome. TWA Flight 841 took off from Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv en route to JFK International Airport, New York City and it was scheduled to land in Athens, followed by Rome, and then proceed to New York. The plane crashed into the Lonian sea but it was suspected to be am engine failure which was caused due to a bomb blast in the cargo section of the plane. All 79 passengers and nine crew members were killed. A Palestinian youth organization took responsibility of the attack Abu Nidal and his terrorist organization was suspected to be involved in this plot.

8. Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN

FALN group 10 Worst Terrorist Attacks
On August 3, 1977 the FALN group entered Manhattan, USA and bombed the offices of Mobil Oil and a building containing US Defense Department security personnel. They killed one person and injured eight others in the Mobil offices. The magnitude of this terrorist attack can be well judged by the fact that the group warned that it had placed in 13 other buildings including the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center, which resulted in the evacuation of one hundred thousand people.

7. Border of Chechnya

Russian attacks 10 Worst Terrorist Attacks
On March 24, 2001, there were three car bomb attacks on Russian towns near the border of Chechnya resulting in the death of 20 people and almost 93 were injured.

6. Amerithrax

Amerithrax  10 Worst Terrorist Attacks
It started on September 18, 2001, one week after the September 11 attacks, but occurred over the course of several weeks. Five people were killed and almost seventeen other affected in this incident and it is considered to be one of the complex cases handled by FBI. Letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to several news media offices and two Democratic U.S. Senators.

5. The 1993 World Trade Center bombing

The 1993 World Trade Center bombing 10 Worst Terrorist Attacks
This incident occurred on February 26, 1993 and a very huge plan was behind this terrorist attack. The suspects planned to bring down the North and South tower of the World Trade Center. a truck bomb was detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The truck had a 1,336 lb (606 kg) urea nitrate–hydrogen gas enhanced device. They failed in their evil intentions but killed seven people and injured thousands. The attack was planned by a group including Ramzi Yousef, Mahmud Abouhalima, Mohammad Salameh, Nidal A. Ayyad, Abdul Rahman Yasin and Ahmad Ajaj and they were being funded by Khaled Shaikh Mohammed.

4. The Wall Street bombing

Wall Street Bombinb 10 Worst Terrorist Attacks
This deadly incident claimed 38 lives and the figure for those who were seriously injured in this terrorist attack swelled up to 143. This incident took place at 12:01 p.m. on September 16, 1920, in the Financial District of New York City. It is highly suspected that it was carried out by Galleanists (Italian anarchists) and it was actually a bomb concealed in a horse-drawn wagon.

3. The 2008 Mumbai attacks

Mumbai Attacks 10 Worst Terrorist Attacks
It is also referred to as November 26 or 26/11 and this terrorist attack targeted India’s largest city Mumbai. It was actually a series of 10 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across Mumbai by Islamic terrorists who are believed to have come from Pakistani Seawaters and backed by ISI, Pakistani secret service agency. It affected the Indo-Pak relation immensely and the bilateral relations were debilitated which have never returned to normalcy since.

2. The Oklahoma City bombing

The Oklahoma City bombing 10 Worst Terrorist Attacks
This incident took place on April 19, 1995 and it was an attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. It was the most deadly terrorist attack on the American soil until 9/11,and it claimed 168 lives, including 19 children under the age of 6,[1] and injured more than 680 people.

1. 9/11 World Trade Center attack

World Trade Center attack 10 Worst Terrorist Attacks
These were a series of coordinated attacks by Al-Qaeda on America on September 11, 2001. Four commercial passenger jet airliners were hijacked by 19 Al-Qaeda members and they intentionally steered two of the planes towards the Twin Towers of World Trade Center, consequently bringing them down to earth. The third airliner was crashed into The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. and the fourth one crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania. There were no survivors from any of the flights. This event triggered many changes in the world as a whole and was the beginning of a very horrendous film for the humans across the globe because humans had to pay a very heavy price of this terrorist attack and this fact is conspicuous from the current state of affairs.


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26 Responses to “10 Worst Terrorist Attacks”

  1. Umar says:

    How funny – You mentioned Pakistan in all over the description but not the single incident of terrorist activity which have caused hundreds of deaths in Pakistan.

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  2. kenya says:

    Why arent the east african bombings mention in kenya alone approximately 212 people were killed, and an estimated 4,000 wounded…….i think u r biased n u r a racist

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  3. haider says:

    @kenya: My dear friend the thing is that if you have a just one seat and there are two people who truly deserve to be on that very seat, then you have to choose one out of them. you cant give that seat to two of them, as this cannot be done simply. Similarly, i had to include just 10 terrorist incidents, and not all of them. I ought to had ignore some and include some. i am truly sorry for the loss of the lives in the East-African bombings as we all human beings are equal. No hard feelings friend !

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  4. haider says:

    @Umar: its not like that as your thinking it to be umar. Okay let me tell you friend. it is just a matter of one’s own judgement. There is no doubt that I mentioned Pakistan here and that is because currently, this state is under a fiasco as regards to terrorism and life as a whole is miserable for the people. But at the same time “worst terrorist” attacks takes into account numerous factors after getting a place in the top 10 list. These factors are number of death or injuries, magnitude of destruction, sensitivity of that particular place or situation (as bomb blast in a common house and an embassy is not one and the same thing).

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  5. haider says:

    This was my judgement ! People are waiting for yours. Go ahead and share out your feelings here if you think there are other incidents people should know about and which i surely missed due to some inherent limitations in writing an article. Same goes for Pakistan man, I truly regret and feel sorry for all the lives lost in terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Especially, the recent PNS Mehran incident…May God bless Pak army with the courage and valor to outsmart its nemesis and be victorious !

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  6. Salman says:

    Shame on you for making these type of reports
    Could you not see the war going on in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine? is this not terrorism?

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  7. John Adams says:

    It’s very interesting that the number one attack in this list was against the U.S. When actually they created the biggest terrorist attack in history when they bombed japan and killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people including women and kids, in which some disapproved of Japan’s actions.

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    • Ed says:

      John Adams. That is just about the DUMBEST thing that I have ever heard. Yes, we did drop the A-bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, but think of all the lives that it has SAVED!!! If we would’ve invaded Japan, we would be calling it genocide! The entire population of Japan was convinced that we were a bunch of murderers and rapist and all sorts of stuff, because that’s what their g’ment told them! Think about that.

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      • Person says:

        Although it was an act of war there were so many other factors then saving lives. That was a factor, one of many, although the importance of each is debated there is a lot of evidence that is was not one of the largest deciding factors. A desire for Russia not to enter the fray and thus not receive large grants of lands as war spoils was a big factor. Yay APUSH.

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  8. Otávio Pacheco says:

    And what about Hiroshima’s atomic bomb? Wasn’t it terrorism, by the way?

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  10. vikram sehrawat says:

    google conterdown-ing the whole world from a single blog

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  11. Mehdi says:

    You’ve not mentioned any zionism attack like Sabra and Shatila massacre, you really have to shame on you !

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  12. Hamdan says:

    i loveod the mumbai attack in 2008
    i wish it can happen again

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  13. 55445 says:

    here you have a list where are the worst Terrorist Attacks
    http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/terrorism/wrjp255i.html
    your list is most not correct

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  14. jeffrey says:

    is what hitler did to the jews not terrorism?

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  15. Brent says:

    Actually by definition the largest terrorist attack in the world was committed by the United States of America when in world war 2 the nuclear warhead was dropped on Hiroshima.

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    • 2013 says:

      Actually while the legality of those attacks is subject to much debate (they are unlikely to adhere to principles of modern humanitairn law), they nevertheless constitute military force occurring as part of an armed conflict. If they were found to have violated the rules of IHL they would constitue war crimes as opposed to a standard crime like terrorism.

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  16. viktor says:

    What about the beslan school massacre??

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