1981 Azbakiyah bombing

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1981 Azbakiyah bombing
تفجير الأزبكية
Part of the Islamist uprising in Syria
Bombing location is located in Damascus
Bombing location
Bombing location
LocationDamascus, Syria
Date29 November 1981
TargetIntelligence agencies complex in al-Azbakiyah neighborhood
Attack type
Car bomb
Deaths64 Syrian civilians and military men
PerpetratorsSyrian Muslim Brotherhood or the Front for the Liberation of Lebanon from Foreigners

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.[citation needed] 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 64 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]

However, a group calling itself the Organisation for the Liberation of Lebanon from Foreigners claimed responsibility for the bombing. It is believed to be the same group as the Israeli-backed Front for the Liberation of Lebanon from Foreigners, which was responsible for a series of bombings in Lebanon, which killed 146 people.[4]


  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.
  4. ^ "BOMB EXPLOSION IN SYRIA KILLS 64 AND HURTS 135 IN CROWDED AREA". Associated Press. Retrieved 2018-04-13.