List of terrorist incidents in 1972

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This is a timeline of incidents in 1972 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).

Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
Shootings, Assassinations 10 Unknown Argentina Across Argentina 10 people incluiding soldiers and executives were killed in retaliation for the Trelew Massacre at the Admiral Zar Base belonging to the Argentine Navy, which occurred on August 15, 1972. FAR, Montoneros, and ERP Dirty War
January 26 Bombing 27 1 Czechoslovakia Srbská Kamenice, Czechoslovakia Yugoslavian Airlines Flight 364 is brought down by an explosion, killing everyone on board expect one Serbian flight attendant named Vesna Vulović. Officially a bomb was placed on the plane by Ustasa agents, but speculation exists that the plane was downed by two Czechoslovak SA-12 surface-to-air missiles because it has entered a restricted military area without permission. The McDonnell Douglas DC-9 airplane is destroyed and 27 of 28 passengers die. One stewardess survives a 10,160 meter (33,330 ft) drop. Ustasa
January 27 Shooting 2 0 United States New York City, United States Two policemen, Gregory Foster and Rocco Laurie, are shot in the back by at least three persons; four suspects in the case are members of the Black Liberation Army; one suspect is later killed in a street battle with St. Louis police; the recovered pistol matches Laurie's.[1] Black Liberation Army
February 19–28 Hostage taking 3 12 Japan Karuizawa, Japan A standoff between five Japanese United Red Army and Japanese police, riot controller begin taking the 31-year-old wife has hostaged lodge house at Karuizawa. Aftermath, nine-days, the Japanese authorities attempt to rescue a female hostage ends with a standoff between five Japanese United Red Army and the authorities, in which two policemen are killed and 12 injured. United Red Army
February 22–23 Hijacking 0 0 Yemen Aden, Yemen Lufthansa Flight 649 was hijacked by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine members half an hour after the aircraft had departed Delhi-Palam Airport. Eventually, all hostages on board the seized Boeing 747-200 were released when the West German government paid a ransom of US$5 million. PFLP Israel-Palestine conflict
February 22 Car bombing 7 18 United Kingdom Aldershot, United Kingdom The Official Irish Republican Army kills seven civilians in Aldershot after it bombs a British Army military barracks. OIRA The Troubles
April 4 Bombing 1 Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada Cuban official Sergio Pérez Castillo is killed by an explosion at the Cuban consulate at Montreal. Unknown
April 6 Bombing 0 0 Japan Sōji-ji, Japan Bombing of a cemetery for Japanese people who lived in Korea under Japanese rule. East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front
April 18 Shooting 4 Unknown Uruguay Montevideo,Uruguay Four Uruguayan Army soldiers killed by machine gun fire while watching over the house of the commander-in-chief of the Army, General Florencio Gravina.[2] Tupamaros
May 8 Hijacking 1 (+2 terrorists) 3 Israel Lod, Israel Four PLO terrorists hijacked the aeroplane of Sabena Flight 571 carrying 99 passengers and ten crew members en route from Brussels to Tel Aviv. In a mission titled "Operation Isotope", 16 members of Sayeret Matkal posed as refueling and technical personnel and stormed the plane, killing the terrorists and releasing the passengers. PLO Israel-Palestine conflict
May 30 Mass shooting 26 (+2 terrorists) 79 (+1 terrorist) Israel Lod, Israel Lod Airport Massacre by the Japanese Red Army terrorists, killing 26 and injuring 79. Japanese Red Army
Israel-Palestine conflict
May 31 Car bombing 3 2 Italy Savogna d'Isonzo, Italy A group of Carabinieri fell into an ambush in Savogna d'Isonzo, Italy: a Car bomb Fiat 500 killed 3 officers and other 2 were injured. The attack was carried out by militants of Ordine Nuovo. Ordine Nuovo
July 21 Bombings 9 130 United Kingdom Belfast, Northern Ireland Bloody Friday: Nine are killed and 130 injured as Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) sets off 22 bombs. PIRA The Troubles
July 31 Car bombings 9 30 United Kingdom Claudy, United Kingdom Claudy bombings; three car bombs are detonated in Claudy, killing nine people. No group has claimed responsibility. PIRA The Troubles
August 29 Assassination 1 0 Spain Vizcaya, Spain Eloy García Cambra a municipal police with family were shot dead by ETA militants in bus station.[3] ETA Basque Conflict
September 5–6 Massacre 12 (+5 terrorists) West Germany Munich, West Germany Black September kidnaps and kills eleven Israeli Olympic athletes and one German policeman in the Munich Massacre. Black September Israel-Palestine conflict
September 16 Bombings 0 16 Australia Sydney, Australia Bombings of Yugoslavian travel agency. Believed to have been in retaliation for the execution of two Croatian Australians in Yugoslavia. Croatian nationalists
September 19 Mail bombing 1 0 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom The group Black September post a letter bomb to the Israeli embassy in London killing an Israeli diplomat.[4] Black September Israel-Palestine conflict
October 4 Bombing, false flag 0 2 France Paris, France Bombing of a PLO bookstore in Paris. The bombers claimed to be Zionists extremists but were actually neo-Nazis hoping that the bombing would incite confrontations between French Arabs and Jews French neo-Nazis
October 23 Bombings 0 0 Japan Asahikawa, Japan Bombings of a monument depicting Japanese soldiers surrounding an elderly Ainu and the Ainu research center at Hokkaido University East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front
October 27 Car bombing 0 0 United States Los Angeles, United States Police car bombing in Los Angeles claimed by Black Liberation Army.[1] Black Liberation Army
October 31 Car bombing 2 12 United Kingdom Belfast, United Kingdom Car bombing of a Catholic-owned pub in Sailortown by the Ulster Defence Association. Two girls aged 6 and 4 are killed. Ulster Defence Association The Troubles
November 8 Hijacking 0 0 Mexico Monterrey, México The abduction of Flight 705 from Mexicana de Aviación occurred on November 8, 1972. It was a passenger plane that flew from Monterrey (Nuevo León, northern Mexico) to the capital. This act of air piracy was executed by members of the League of Armed Communists, led by Germán Segovia. Communist Militants Dirty War (Mexico)
December Bombing 0 0 United States New York City, United States A travel agency in Queens, New York, is bombed; the incident is attributed to FIN, a Cuban exile groups opposed to the government of Fidel Castro.[citation needed] Cuban exiles
December 7 Attempted hijacking 7 (Terrorists) Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Attempted hijacking of an airliner by the Eritrean Liberation Front. All 7 hijackers were killed by security guards on board the plane and were the only fatalities. Eritrean Liberation Front Eritrean War of Independence
December 11 Bombing 0 0 United States New York City, United States New York City. The VA-Cuba Forwarding Company is bombed. Cuban exile groups opposed to the government of Fidel Castro suspected.[citation needed] Cuban exiles
December 28 Assassination 1 0 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina Four FAR guerrillas killed Admiral Emilio Rodolfo Berisso outside a supermarket in Lomas de Zamora (province of Buenos Aires).[5] FAR Dirty War
December 28 Kidnapping 0 1 (kidnapped) United States Brooklyn, United States A Brooklyn, New York bartender is held for $12,000 ransom by the Black Liberation Army.[1] Black Liberation Army
December 28 Hostage-taking 0 0 Israel/Thailand Bangkok, Thailand Four members of Black September cause the Israeli Bangkok Embassy hostage crisis. Black September Israel-Palestine conflict

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  1. ^ a b c the talking drum collective/Jacuma Kambui: Listing of Justice Department Report on BLA Activity from January, 1970 - January, 1976, September 18, 1979
  2. ^ Heinz, Wolfgang & Frühling, Hugo: Determinants of gross human rights violations by state and state-sponsored actors in Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina, 1960-1990. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1999, page 255. ISBN 90-411-1202-2
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  4. ^ BBC: 1972: Parcel bomb attack on Israeli embassy, On this day, September 19, 1972
  5. ^,4639355