List of terrorist incidents in 1976

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This is a timeline of incidents in 1976 that have been labeled 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
January 1 Bombing 81 0 Lebanon/Saudi Arabia Al Qaysumah, Saudi Arabia A flight from Beirut to Abu Dhabi is bombed near Al Qaysumah, Saudi Arabia by unknown perpetrators. Unknown Lebanese civil war
January 4 Mass shooting 6 1 Northern Ireland County Armagh. Northern Ireland Two Catholic families, the Reaveys and the O'Dowds, are murdered by members of the Ulster Volunteer Force. Ulster Volunteer Force The Troubles
January 5 Mass shooting 10 1 Northern Ireland Kingsmill, Northern Ireland Kingsmill massacre: Ten Protestant textile factory workers were massacred when 11 gunmen ambushed their minibus, which was traveling along the Whitecross to Bessbrook road in rural County Armagh. The "South Armagh Republican Action Force" claimed responsibility. One worker was spared because he was Catholic, and one other worker survived despite being shot 18 times. In June 2011, the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) determined that the Irish Republican Army was responsible for the attack.[1][2] PIRA The Troubles
February 3 Hijacking 1  Djibouti Members of the Somali Coast Liberation Front hijack a school bus, killing one girl. Somali Coast Liberation Front
March 2 Bombing 2 85 Japan Sapporo, Japan A time-bomb exploded at the Hokkaido Prefectural office, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, killing two, and injuring another 85. A member of a left-wing group was arrested by Japanese authorities on September 1. East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front
March 17 Car bombing 4 12 Northern Ireland, Dungannon, Northern Ireland Ulster Volunteer Force bombing of a pub celebrating St. Patrick's Day, killing four civilians including two young boys. Ulster Volunteer Force The Troubles
April 19 Assassination 1 0 Colombia Colombia The M-19 executes the union leader, Jose Raquel Mercado, whom he had held hostage since February. M-19 Colombian Conflict
May 9 Shooting 2 3 Spain Montejurra, Spain Two members of the Carlist Party are killed and three are wounded by neo-fascist terrorists. Warriors of Christ the King militants Neofascist terrorism in Spain
June 5 Bombing 2 Northern Ireland, Belfast, Northern Ireland Bombing of a bar frequented by Ulster Defence Association members. Two Protestant civilians are killed. PIRA The Troubles
June 5 Shooting 5 Northern Ireland Belfast, Northern Ireland Four gunmen from the Ulster Volunteer Force open fire on the Chlorane Bar, killing five men, three Catholic and two Protestant. The shootings were in retaliation for an IRA bombing earlier in the day. Ulster Volunteer Force The Troubles
June 16 Kidnapping 2 Lebanon Beirut, Lebanon In Beirut, US Ambassador Francis E. Meloy, Jr., and Economic Councelor Robert O. Waring were kidnapped by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and killed a short time later. PFLP
June 18 Bombing 1 1 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina A bomb killed to the head of the Federal Police, General Cesareo Angel Cardozo, by means of a bomb of 700 grams of TNT placed under his bed, also seriously wounding his wife. The name of Cesareo Cardozo is associated with repression in the service of state terrorism.[3] Montoneros Dirty War
July 2 Shooting 6 3 Northern Ireland Antrim, Northern Ireland Members of the Ulster Volunteer Force attack a Catholic-owned pub, killing five Protestant civilians and one Catholic civilian. Ulster Volunteer Force The Troubles
July 2 Bombing 23 60+ Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina Members of the guerrillas Montoneros attacked the Federal Security Superintendency (also known as Federal Coordination) of the Federal Police, in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, causing the collapse of the roof of the dining room at a time when the place was full of officers having lunch. 23 people died, including one civilian who was visiting, and about 60 were injured, in response for the coup d'état of March 24, 1976. [4] Montoneros Dirty War
July 4 Hostage-taking 4 (+52 terrorists) 15+ Uganda Kampala, Uganda Hijacking of Air France Flight 139 (Tel Aviv-Paris) by Palestinian PFLP and German Revolutionary Cells (Revolutionäre Zellen); four hostages, one Sayeret Matkal soldier and 45 Ugandan soldiers killed. PFLP-EO
Israel-Palestine conflict
July 21 Bombing 2  Ireland An IRA landmine kills Christopher Ewart-Biggs, the newly appointed British ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, and his secretary Judith Cook. IRA
August 16 Car bombing 2 20 Northern Ireland Keady, Northern Ireland Ulster Volunteer Force subgroup the Glenanne gang car bombs a Catholic pub, killing two. Glenanne gang (UVF) The Troubles
September 10 Hijacking, bombing 1 1  United States Five Croatian nationalists hijack a plane en route from New York City to Chicago with a hoax bomb. At the same time, a bomb was discovered at Grand Central Station. One police officer was killed and another was wounded while they attempted to defuse it.[5][6] Croatian nationalists
September 12 Bombing 11 30 Argentina Rosario, Argentina A bomb blast in Rosario kills ten policemen and two civilians and injures at least 30 people. The incident is blamed on a Radical Peronist guerrilla group.[7] Montoneros Dirty War
October 4 Mass shooting 5 10 Spain San Sebastián, Spain Juan María de Araluce Villar, the government appointed president of the Gipuzkoa Province, is killed along with his driver and three bodyguards by ETA. ETA Basque conflict
October 6 Bombing 73 0 Barbados Bridgetown, Barbados Bombing of Cubana de Aviación Flight 455 by Anti-Castro exiles. The Cuban government has accused the American CIA and Venezuelan DISIP of organizing the bombing.[8] Anti-Castro exiles Cuban dissident movement
November 17 Hostage-taking 4 (+3 terrorists) Jordan Amman, Jordan Abu Nidal Organization fighters stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Amman, Jordan and seized several hostages. Jordanian security responded by storming the hotel. In the ensuing fighting 3 terrorists, 2 Jordanian soldiers, and 2 civilians were killed.[9][10] Abu Nidal Organization Israel-Palestine conflict
December 4 Hostage-taking 1 Netherlands The Hague, Netherlands In the Netherlands, members of the RMS movement occupy the Indonesian diplomatic consulate in The Hague. One Indonesian official is killed. Republik Maluku Selatan

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kingsmills massacre: Alan Black says state agents involved, BBC News (February 17, 2014).
  2. ^ IRA Kingsmills massacre: full inquest ordered into 1976 killings, Guardian (September 17, 2015).
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  4. ^
  5. ^ Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism: Croatian Freedom Fighters, Terrorism Knowledge Base, 04/03/2001
  6. ^ World And Nation Update Newsday July 25, 2008
  7. ^ Nine policemen killed by bomb, Times Daily (September 13, 1976)
  8. ^ Letta Tayler: Is he a Terrorist or Freedom Fighter?,, January 3, 2007
  9. ^ Mannes, Aaron (2003). Profiles in Terror: The Guide to Middle East Terrorist Organizations. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 105. 
  10. ^ Jewish Virtual Library List of Terrorist Attacks Attributed to Abu Nidal