List of terrorist incidents involving railway systems

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The following is a List of terrorist incidents involving railway systems:


Location Date Dead Injured Details
Italy San Benedetto Val di Sambro, Italy August 4, 1974 12 40 A bomb explodes on the Italicus Express second-class train car before dawn. The first explosion was caused by a bomb; the second was thought possibly to be caused by a short circuit. Responsibility was claimed by the neo-fascist terrorist organization Ordine Nero. See Italicus Express bombing 1974. The defendants, Mario Tuti, Luciano Franci, Piero Malentacchi, and Margherita Luddi were all found not guilty of planting the bomb on the Italicus Rome-West Germany vacation express due to a lack of evidence. They were acquitted in 1983. After the acquittals, no group officially took responsibility for the attack.
Egypt Alexandria, Egypt August 14, 1976 8 51 A bomb explodes on a train loaded with workers and peasants at 10:45 am. The bomb was left on the luggage rack and exploded while the train was traveling from the yard to the station. [1]
Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union January 8, 1977 7 37 A series of bombings in Moscow. The first bomb went off on a crowded train between the Izmailovskaya and Pervomaiskaya stations of the Moscow Metro. See 1977 Moscow bombings


Location Date Dead Injured Details
United Kingdom Dunmurry, United Kingdom January 17, 1980 3 5 A premature detonation of a Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) incendiary bomb occurred on board a Ballymena to Belfast passenger train service. See Dunmurry train explosion.
Italy Bologna, Italy August 2, 1980 85 200+ An IED explodes at Bologna Central Station. The attack has been attributed to the neo-fascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari and connected to the EU-investigated Operation Gladio. See August 1980 Bologna bombing.
Italy Italy December 23, 1984 16 200+ A bomb in a train between Florence and Rome killed 16 and wounded more than 200. See Years of lead (Italy); Train 904 bombing.


Location Date Dead Injured Details
Egypt near Asyut, Egypt February 19, 1994 0 4 Gunmen open fire on an Asyut-Luxor train from fields beside the railway track. [2]
Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan March 19, 1994 14 49 A suicide bombing takes place at 20 January station of Baku Metro. The lead railroad car was destroyed and the station's roof partially collapsed. See 1994 Baku Metro bombings.
Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan July 3, 1994 13 58 A remote controlled-gelatine explosive explodes on a metro train between 28 May and Gənclik stations of the Baku Metro. See 1994 Baku Metro bombings.
Japan Tokyo, Japan March 20, 1995 13 6252 Sarin Gas was released at 5 locations causing mass injury and loss of life. See Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway
France Paris, France July 25, 1995 8 80 A gas bottle exploded in the Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame station of line B of the RER (Paris regional train network). See 1995 Paris Metro bombing.
United States Palo Verde, Arizona October 9, 1995 1 78 Amtrak Sunset Limited derails after rails are deliberately shifted out of position. The saboteurs were never identified. See 1995 Palo Verde, Arizona derailment.
France Paris, France December 3, 1996 2 dozens Bomb explodes in a car of an RER train at Port Royal station. [3]


Location Date Dead Injured Details
Philippines Manila, Philippines December 30, 2000 Islamist militants bombed a train at the Blumentritt LRT Station as part of Rizal Day bombings. See Rizal Day bombings
Angola Between the towns of Zenza and Dondo, Angola August 10, 2001 252 165 UNITA forces derailed a train with an anti-tank mine and then attacked the passengers with small arms fire. See 2001 Angola train attack.
India Jaunpur, India May 13, 2002 12 80 An act of sabotage which caused the derailment of a passenger train at Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, a state in Northern India. See Jaunpur train crash
India Rafiganj, India September 10, 2002 130 500? The derailment of a train on a bridge over the Dhave River in North-Central India, which was reportedly due to sabotage by a local Maoist terrorist group, the Naxalites. See Rafiganj train disaster
Russia Stavropol Krai, Russia September 3, 2003 7 80 A blast which ripped through a commuter train in Stavropol Krai, Russia going from Kislovodsk to Mineralnye Vody.[4]
Russia Stavropol Krai, Russia December 5, 2003 46 170 A suicide bomber caused a blast which ripped through a commuter train in Stavropol Krai, Russia going from Kislovodsk to Mineralnye Vody as it was leaving Yessentuki. See 2003 Stavropol train bombing (December).
Russia Moscow, Russia February 6, 2004 41 120 (up to) Suicide bomber detonates bomb near Avtozavodskaya station. See February 2004 Moscow metro bombing.
Spain Madrid, Spain March 11, 2004 191 2050 Ten near-simultaneous explosions occur between Alcalá de Henares and Madrid Atocha railway station during the morning rush hour. See 2004 Madrid train bombings and Reactions to the 2004 Madrid train bombings.
United Kingdom London, United Kingdom July 7, 2005 56 700 Four explosions (3 on the London Underground and 1 on a bus) rock the transport network in London. See 7 July 2005 London bombings.
India Jaunpur, India July 28, 2005 13 50 An explosion destroyed a carriage of an express train near the town of Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh. See 2005 Jaunpur train bombing
India Mumbai, India July 11, 2006 209 714 Seven explosions in eleven minutes rock the Western Line on the Mumbai Suburban Railway. See 11 July 2006 Mumbai train bombings.
India Panipat, India February 18, 2007 68 50 Bombs were set off in two carriages, both filled with passengers, just after the train passed Diwana station near the Indian city of Panipat. See 2007 Samjhauta Express bombings
Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka May 26, 2008 8 72 A packed commuter train carrying 200 passenger onboard which time bombing exploded at Dehiwela railroad station, carried out by the LTTE.[5]


Location Date Dead Injured Details
Russia Moscow, Russia March 29, 2010 40 102 A double suicide bombing at Lubyanka and Park Kultury stations of the Moscow Metro.
India West Midnapore, West Bengal, India May 28, 2010 145 200+ In the West Midnapore district of West Bengal, India, a sabotaged railway track caused a train to derail before an oncoming goods train hit the loose bogies killing at least 65 passengers.
Russia Dagestan, Russia July 23, 2010 0 0 An explosive device detonated on the Inchkhe-Izbirbash railway section in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan. It is known that two meters of the track was damaged however no casualties were reportedly sustained in this bomb explosion. The Baku-Kharkov passenger train was later delayed due to this particular bombing.[6]
Russia Dagestan, Russia August 15, 2010 0 0 An eight-car freight train was targeted by a bomb explosion, which exploded on the railway track. The train did not derail however and no casualties were reported at the scene of this bombing.[7]

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