1981 Azbakiyah bombing

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1981 Azbakiyah bombing
تفجير الأزبكية
Part of Islamist uprising in Syria
Bombing location is located in Damascus
Bombing location
Bombing location
Location  Syria Damascus, Syria
Date 29 November 1981
Target Intelligence agencies complex in al-Azbakiyah neighborhood
Attack type
Car bomb
Deaths 200+ Syrian civilians and military men
Perpetrators Syrian Muslim Brotherhood

The 1981 Azbakiyah bombing (Arabic: تفجير الأزبكية‎‎) was a terrorist car bomb attack that rocked the densely populated al-Azbakiyah neighborhood of central Damascus in Syria on 29 November 1981. The explosion, which took place in front of a school in Baghdad Street, close to a complex of intelligence agencies,[1] destroyed three five-story apartment buildings, and killed more than 200 civilians and military men.[2] The attack was blamed on the Muslim Brotherhood which was waging an insurrection against the government of Hafez al-Assad at the time.[3]


  1. ^ Seale, Patrick (1990). Asad of Syria: the struggle for the Middle East. University of California Press. p. 331. ISBN 978-0-520-06976-3. 
  2. ^ Crowell-Collier Educational Corporation; Macmillan Educational Corporation (1982). 1983 Year Book. Crowell-Collier Educational Corp. p. 516. 
  3. ^ "Wire Fences Hung in Damascus as Security Measure". Los Angeles Times. December 28, 1981.