List of terrorist incidents, 1988

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This is a timeline of incidents in 1988 that have been labelled as "terrorism" and are not believed to have been carried out by a government or its forces (see state terrorism and state-sponsored terrorism).

  • United States April 12: Japanese Red Army terrorist Yu Kikumura was arrested at a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike in possession of pipe bombs on his way to New York.[1]
  • Gibraltar March 6: An attempted attack on an army band by the Provisional IRA is foiled by the SAS.
  • United Kingdom March 16: Michael Stone kills three mourners in a gun and grenade attack on an IRA funeral in Belfast.[2]
  • United Kingdom March 19: During the funeral of IRA member Kevin Brady, killed in the cemetery attack by Michael Stone, a car approached the funeral procession at high speed. The car was surrounded by mourners, and two men later identified as corporals in the British Army were overpowered, dragged from the car, taken to waste ground and shot dead by the IRA
  • Lebanon April 23: A powerful car bomb explodes near to a vegetable market, damaging vehicles and many buildings, in the Tabbaneh area, Tripoli, Lebanon. No one claims for responsibility in this case, which kills 69 people and injures another 111.[citation needed]
  • Sudan May 16: Gunmen attack, using machine guns, hand grenades, and tear-gas bombs, the Acropol Hotel and Sudan social club, Khartoum, Sudan, killing 7 and injuring 21. Three terrorist arrested on suspiction of incident same day, that hold Lebanese passport.[citation needed]
  • United Kingdom June: The IRA shoots down a British army helicopter in Northern Ireland[3]
  • United Kingdom June 15: Six British soldiers are killed by an IRA booby trap bomb attached to their vehicle in Market Square, Lisburn.
  • South Africa June 22: Cadres from the African National Congress' militant wing, MK, detonated a limpet mine in an amusement arcade in downtown Johannesburg. Ten casualties were reported.
  • Greece June 28: American diplomat, and defense naval attache Captain William Nordeen was assassinated by Marxist terrorist group Revolutionary Organization 17 November by a remote controlled car bomb in Athens.
  • Afghanistan July 8: A powerful bomb blast in downtown Jalalabad, Afghanistan, damages the Ghar Cinema, 45 houses and 25 vehicles, which is blamed on Taliban militants. At least 31 killed with 33 injured.[citation needed]
  • Maldives November 3: The People's Liberation Front of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) comprising about 200 Tamil secessionists invaded Maldives. At the request of president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Indian Army active assistance of the Research and Analysis Wing launched a military campaign (Operation Cactus) to fight the mercenaries out of Maldives.
  • Soviet Union December 1: Four armed men seized a bus with 30 schoolchildren and a teacher in the city of Ordzhonikidze (now Vladikavkaz). Hijackers demanded USD 3 millions and a plane to leave the Soviet Union. Their demands were satisfied, but after landing in Israel terrorists were arrested and extradited back to USSR. There were no fatalities.[4]
  • United States and East Germany Month Unk.: Jordanian terrorist detonates bomb on railroad tracks ahead of US Duty Train en route from West Germany to West Berlin while traversing East Germany. No significant injuries.[citation needed]
  • United Kingdom and United States December 21: Pan Am Flight 103 bombing. The jumbo jet, bound from London to New York, crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 people on board and 11 on the ground.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism: Terrorism Incidents & Significant Dates, April 12, 1988
  2. ^ CNN: Michael Stone: Loyalist icon, November 24, 2006
  3. ^ BBC News: The IRA's store of weaponry, August 14, 2001
  4. ^ Felicity Barringer (December 3, 1988). "After fear-tinged bus ride, tearful and joyous reunion". The New York Times.