List of terrorist incidents, 2002

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This is a timeline of incidents in 2002 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).

  • Singapore Singapore: Singapore embassies attack plot foiled.
  • Pakistan Pakistan, January: Kidnapping and murder of journalist Daniel Pearl by Pakistani terrorists.
  • India India, January 22: Gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on guards at the American Center in Kolkata, killing five people.
  • Colombia Colombia, January 25: A bomb kills a child and four police officers and injures 28 people in Bogotá. Rebel group FARC is blamed.
  • Israel Israel, January 25: 25 people were wounded when a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated explosives outside a cafe on a pedestrian mall near Tel Aviv's old central bus station.[1]
  • Israel Israel, January 27: A female Palestinian suicide bomber blew herself up in Jerusalem, killing 2 and injuring 140. The female terrorist, identified as a Fatah member, was armed with more than 10 kilos of explosives.[2]
  • Israel Israel, January 30: A Palestinian suicide bomber wounds two members of Shin Bet security service near Taibeh.[2]
  • Colombia Colombia, January 30: A car bomb kills five and injures 40 in the city of Florencia in the department of Caquetá. No group claims responsibility.
  • Israel Israel, February 16: Two teenagers were killed and about 30 people were wounded, six seriously, when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a pizzeria in the shopping mall in Karnei Shomron. A third person subsequently died of his injuries. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel, February 18: An Israeli Bedouin policeman was killed by a suicide bomber whom he had stopped for questioning on the Ma'ale AdumimJerusalem road. The terrorist succeeded in detonating the bomb in his car. The Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel, February 27: A female Palestinian suicide bomber blew herself up at a roadblock on the JerusalemModi'in highway, injuring three policemen.
  • Israel Israel, March 2: Eleven people were killed and over 50 were injured, 4 critically, in a suicide bombing near a yeshiva in the center of Jerusalem where people had gathered for a barmitzvah celebration. The terrorist detonated the bomb next to a group of women waiting with their baby carriages for their husbands to leave the nearby synagogue. The Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade took responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel, March 5: One person was killed and a large number injured, most lightly, when a suicide bomber exploded in an Egged bus as it entered the Afula central bus station. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel Three people, including Druze police officer Salim Barakat of Yarka was killed in Tel-Aviv when a terrorist opened fire on two adjacent restaurants.[3]
  • Israel Israel, March 7: A suicide bomber blew himself up in the lobby of a hotel in Ariel. 15 people were injured, one seriously. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel, March 9: 11 people were killed and 54 injured, 10 of them seriously, when a suicide bomber exploded in the crowded Moment cafe in the center of Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel, March 17: A suicide bomber exploded himself near an Egged bus at the French Hill junction in northern Jerusalem. 25 people were lightly injured.
  • Israel Israel, March 20: Four soldiers and three others were killed, and about 30 wounded, several seriously, in a suicide bombing of an Egged bus near Afula. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Peru Peru, March 21: At least nine people were killed and 30 injured by a powerful car bomb which went off near the United States embassy in Lima.
  • Israel Israel, March 21: Three people were killed and 86 injured, 3 of them seriously, in a suicide bombing in the center of Jerusalem. The terrorist detonated the bomb, packed with metal spikes and nails, in the center of a crowd of shoppers. The Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel, March 27: A Palestinian suicide bomber kills 30 and injures 140 during Passover festivities in a hotel in Netanya in the Passover massacre.
  • Israel Israel, March 29: Two people were killed and 28 injured, two seriously, when a female suicide bomber blew herself up in a supermarket in Jerusalem. The Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel, March 30: One person was killed and about 30 people were injured in a suicide bombing in a cafe in Tel-Aviv. The Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel, March 31: A Hamas suicide bomber kills 15 and injures over 40 in Haifa in the Matza restaurant massacre.
  • Israel Israel, March 31: A paramedic and three others were very seriously injured in a suicide bombing at the emergency medical center in Efrat, south of Jerusalem.
  • Israel Israel, April 1: A police officer was killed in Jerusalem when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in his car after being stopped at a roadblock. The Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Colombia Colombia, April 7: Two bombs explode in the restaurant district of Villavicencio, killing twelve and injuring 70. FARC is the prime suspect for the attack.[4]
  • Israel Israel, April 10: Eight people were killed and 22 injured in a suicide bombing on an Egged bus near Kibbutz Yagur, east of Haifa. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Tunisia Tunisia, April 11: A natural gas truck fitted with explosives is driven into a synagogue by an al-Qaeda member, killing 21 and wounding more than 30 in the Ghriba Synagogue Attack.
  • Colombia Colombia, April 12: A rocket explodes near the studios of RCN TV in Bogotá.[5]
  • Israel Israel, April 12: Six people were killed and 104 wounded when a woman suicide bomber detonated at the entrance to Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Colombia Colombia, April 14: During an assassination attempt of then-presidential candidate Álvaro Uribe Vélez a bomb kills two and injures 20 in Barranquilla. Rebel group FARC is blamed.
  • Colombia Colombia, April 19: Two bombs, allegedly placed by FARC kill three and injure ten near Cartagena.
  • United States United States, May: Luke Helder injures 6 by placing pipebombs in mailboxes in the Midwest. Motivation to protest government control over daily lives and the illegality of marijuana and promotion of astral projection
  • Colombia Colombia, May 2: FARC launches a mortar bomb against a church during combats with AUC, killing at least 117 civilians, 48 of them children in what is known as the Bojayá massacre. Delayed response from the authorities make it impossible to establish a final count, as most of the dead were buried before they could be accounted for.
  • Israel Israel, May 7: 16 people were killed and 55 wounded in a suicide bombing in a crowded game club in Rishon Lezion, southeast of Tel-Aviv, which caused part of the building to collapse. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Pakistan Pakistan, May 8: 2002 Karachi bus bombing kills eleven Frenchmen and two Pakistanis.
  • Israel Israel, May 8: A suicide bomber strikes at a snooker club in Rishon Letzion south of Tel Aviv, killing 16 Israelis and wounding 60.[2]
  • Russia Russia, May 9: A bomb explosion in Kaspiisk in Dagestan kills at least 42 people and injures 130 or more during Victory Day festivities.
  • India India, May 13: Twelve people are killed in the Jaunpur train crash, caused when Islamic extremists cut the rails.
  • Israel Israel, May 19: Three people were killed and 59 injured, 10 seriously, when a suicide bomber, disguised as a soldier, blew himself up in the market in Netanya. Both Hamas and the PFLP took responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel, May 20: A suicide bomber, apparently bound for Afula, killed himself after policemen approached him for questioning at a bus stop. There were no other injuries.
  • Israel Israel, May 22: Two people were killed and about 40 wounded when a suicide bomber detonated himself in downtown Rishon Lezion.
  • Israel Israel, May 23: In the 2002 Pi Glilot bombing, disaster was averted when sprinklers put out a fire after a diesel truck was detonated in a gas depot. The bombing could have caused a chain reaction, killing thousands of people.
  • Israel Israel, May 24: A security guard opened fire on a terrorist attempting to ram a car bomb into a disco in Tel Aviv. The terrorist was killed and five Israelis slightly injured when the bomb exploded prematurely.
  • Israel Israel, May 27: A grandmother and her infant granddaughter were killed and 37 people were injured, some seriously, when a suicide bomber detonated himself near an ice cream parlor in Petah Tikva. The Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel, June 5: 17 people were killed and 38 injured when a car packed with explosives struck an Egged bus at the Megiddo Junction near Afula. The bus, which burst into flames, was completely destroyed. The terrorist was killed in the blast. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel, June 11: A 14-year-old girl was killed and 15 others were wounded when a Palestinian suicide bomber set off a pipe bomb at a restaurant in Herzliya.
  • Pakistan Pakistan, June 14: Car bomb at US Consulate in Karachi kills twelve.
  • Israel Israel, June 18: A Hamas suicide bomber detonates himself on a bus in Jerusalem in the Patt junction massacre. The attack kills 19 people and wounds over 74.
  • Israel Israel, June 19: Seven people were killed and 50 injured, three critically, when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the French Hill bus stop in northern Jerusalem. The Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, June 20: Car bomb in Riyadh kills Simon Veness, a British national.
  • Colombia Colombia, June 24: A grenade, allegedly thrown by FARC members, injures six police officers in Bogotá.
  • United States 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.
  • Israel Israel, July 16: Nine people were killed and 20 injured in a terrorist attack on a bus traveling from Bnei Brak to Emmanuel. An explosive charge was detonated next to the bullet-resistant bus. The terrorists waited in ambush, reportedly wearing Israeli army uniforms, and opened fire on the bus. While four terror organizations claimed responsibility for the attack, it was apparently carried out by the same Hamas cell which carried out the attack in Emmanuel on December 12, 2001.
  • Israel Israel, July 17: Five people were killed - two Israeli and three foreign workers - and about 40 were injured, four seriously, in a double suicide bombing on Neve Shaanan Street near the old central bus station in Tel Aviv. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Colombia Colombia, July 28: A carbomb partially destroys government buildings in Cali. FARC is blamed for the attack. No casualties.
  • Israel Israel, July 30: Five people suffered light to moderate injuries in a suicide bombing at a felafel stand in central Jerusalem. The bomber, who was killed, apparently exploded prematurely.
  • Israel Israel, July 31: Nine people were killed and 85 wounded, 14 of them seriously, when a bomb exploded in the Frank Sinatra student center cafeteria on the Hebrew University's Mt. Scopus campus. The explosive device was planted inside the cafeteria, which was gutted by the explosion. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel, August 4: Nine people were killed and some 50 wounded in a suicide bombing of an Egged bus at the Meron junction in the Galilee. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel, August 5: A bomb exploded in a car at the Umm al-Fahm junction in northern Israel, killing the terrorist and wounding the driver, an Arab Israeli resident of Nazareth.
  • Colombia Colombia, August 7: Three round of mortars are fired against an Army base in Bogotá, injuring six. FARC is blamed for the attack.[6]
  • Colombia Colombia, August 7: Four rounds of mortars are fired against the Presidential Palace in Bogotá during the inauguration ceremony of President Álvaro Uribe Vélez. 13 people, mostly homeless, die and 50 are wounded when some of the rounds hit slums in downtown Bogotá. FARC is blamed.[6]
  • India India, September 10: A train derailment kills 130 people in the Rafiganj rail disaster. Naxalite terrorism is suspected.
  • Israel Israel, September 18: A policeman was killed and three people were wounded in a suicide bombing at a bus stop at the Umm al-Fahm junction. The terrorist, who was apparently planning to detonate the bomb after boarding a bus, set the charge off early when approached for questioning. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel, September 19: Six people were killed and about 70 wounded when a terrorist detonated a bomb in a bus opposite the Great Synagogue in Tel-Aviv. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • India India, September 25: Two terrorists belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammed group raid the Akshardham temple complex in Ahmedabad, killing 30 people and injuring many more.
  • United States United States, October: John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo conduct the Beltway Sniper Attacks, killing ten people in various locations throughout the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area from October 2 until they are arrested on October 24.
  • Yemen Yemen, October 6: Limburg tanker bombing.
  • Israel Israel, October 10: One man was killed and about 30 people were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up while trying to board a bus across from Bar-Ilan University on the Geha highway. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Indonesia Indonesia, October 12: Bali bombing of holidaymakers kills 202 people, mostly Western tourists and local Balinese hospitality staff.
  • Philippines Philippines, October 17: Zamboanga bombings kill six and wounds about 150.
  • Philippines Philippines, October 18: A bus bomb in Manila kills three people and wounds 22.
  • Russia Russia, October 19: A car bomb explodes outside a McDonald's Corp. restaurant in Moscow, killing one person and wounding five.
  • Israel Israel, October 21: 14 people were killed and some 50 wounded when a car bomb containing about 100 kilograms of explosives was detonated next to an intercity bus, while traveling along Wadi Ara toward Hadera. The bus had pulled over at a bus stop when the suicide bomber, driving a jeep, approached from behind and exploded. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Colombia Colombia, October 22: A bomb kills three and wounds at least eleven in Bogotá. No claims are made for the attack.[7]
  • Russia Russia, October 23: Moscow theater hostage crisis begins; 120 hostages and 40 terrorists killed in rescue three days later.
  • Colombia Colombia, November 19: Police deactivate a bomb left by ELN members in front of newspaper La Opinión in Cúcuta.[8]
  • Israel Israel, October 27: Three soldiers were killed and about 20 people were wounded in a suicide bombing in Ariel. The victims were killed while trying to prevent the terrorist from detonating the bomb. The terrorist was identified as a member of Hamas.
  • Israel Israel, November 4: An Israeli security guard and a teenage boy, both recent immigrants from Argentina, were killed and about 70 were wounded in a suicide bombing at a shopping mall in Kfar Saba. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Israel Israel, November 21: Hamas orchestrates the Jerusalem bus 20 massacre. Eleven people were killed and over 50 wounded when a suicide bomber detonated on a crowded bus in central Jerusalem.
  • Kenya Kenya, November 28: Kenyan hotel bombing. 15 people died, comprising 12 Kenyans and 3 Israeli tourists. At nearly the same time, a missile was fired at an Israeli jet taking off nearby but missed.
  • Colombia Colombia, December 9: A car bomb injures 50 in western Bogotá. Authorities blame FARC.
  • Colombia Colombia, December 13: A package bomb injures 32 on the 30th floor of the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Bogotá. No groups claim responsibility.[9]
  • Colombia Colombia, December 17: A bomb blast kills one and injures 20 in Neiva. The bomb was placed outside the building of the National Telecommunications Company, Telecom Colombia. Authorities suspect FARC is responsible for the attack.[9]
  • India India, December 21: Kurnool train crash, Islamic extremists derail a train and kill 20 people.
  • Russia Russia, December 27: The truck bombing of the Chechen parliament in Grozny kills 83 people.

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