List of terrorist incidents in 1983

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This is a timeline of incidents in 1983 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
3 April Massacre 69 Peru Lucanamarca, Peru Members of the communist group Shining Path massacre 69 peasants in the village of Lucanamarca. Most of the victims were hacked with axes and machetes though some were shot. Shining Path Internal conflict in Peru
18 April Suicide bombing 63 (+1 attacker) 120 Lebanon/United States Beirut, Lebanon 1983 United States Embassy bombing takes place. A suicide car bomber stole a van carrying 2,000 pounds of explosives and slammed into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon killing 63 people including 18 Americans.[1] Islamic Jihad Organization Lebanese civil war


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
20 May Car bombing 19 217 South Africa Pretoria, South Africa Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the African National Congress bombs the headquarters of the South African Air Force Umkhonto we Sizwe Internal resistance to apartheid


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
15 July Bombing 8 55 France Paris, France Members of the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia bomb the Turkish Airlines check-in counter at Orly Airport ASALA
14 July Assassination 1 0 Belgium Brussels, Belgium Turkish diplomat Dursun Aksoy by an unknown member of the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia and Justice Commandos of the Armenian Genocide ASALA
23 July Ambush 13 2 Sri Lanka Jaffna, Sri Lanka 13 government soldiers are killed in an LTTE ambush in Jaffna.[2] This incident sparked the Black July riots in country and is considered to be the start of the Sri Lankan Civil War.[3] LTTE Sri Lankan civil war
27 July Shooting, suicide bombing 2 (+5 attackers) 2 Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Five militants belonging to the Armenian Revolutionary Army attack the Turkish embassy in Lisbon, killing the wife of a Turkish diplomat and a Portuguese police officer before killing themselves with a bomb Armenian Revolutionary Army


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
23 September Bombing 112 0 United Arab Emirates Near Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates Gulf Air Flight 771, a flight from Karachi, Pakistan to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates is destroyed by a bomb near Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, killing everyone on board. The bomb was likely planted by the Abu Nidal Organization in an attempt to extort money from Saudi Arabia. Abu Nidal Organization Israel-Palestine conflict


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
9 October Bombing, attempted assassination 21 46 Myanmar Rangoon, Burma A bomb targeting a visit by South Korean president Chun Doo-hwan explodes and kills 21 people, though Chun escaped injury as his car had been delayed. North Korea was found to have coordinated the attack. North Korea Division of Korea
23 October Suicide bombings 305 (+2 attackers) 75 Lebanon/United States/France Beirut, Lebanon Marine Barracks Bombing occurs. A suicide car bomber in a truck carrying 2500 pounds of explosives crashed through the gates of a US Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon killing 241 American servicemen and wounding 81. 58 French troops from the multinational force are also killed in a separate attack.[4] Islamic Jihad Organization Lebanese civil war


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
7 November Bombing 0 0 United States Washington, United States The "Resistance Conspiracy" faction of the May 19th Communist Organization detonate a bomb in the United States Capitol building, though no one is injured. May 19th Communist Organization
18-19 November Hijacking 5 (+3 attackers) Several Soviet Union Tbilisi, USSR 7 Georgians hijack Aeroflot Flight 6833 in hopes of escaping the Soviet Union. The siege ended with USSR forces storming the plane and resulting in the deaths of 3 passengers, 2 crew members and 3 hijackers. The remaining hijackers were executed. 7 Georgians


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
8 December Torture murder 1 0 Israel Sakhnin, Israel Israeli teenager Danny Katz is kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered by 5 Palestinian militants. 5 Palestinians Israel-Palestine conflict
10 December Bombing 0 5 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom Provisional IRA bombing targeting the Royal Artillery Barracks Provisional IRA The Troubles
12 December Suicide bombings 6 86 Kuwait Kuwait City, Kuwait A series of bombings target the American and French embassies, Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait's main oil refinery, an electricity control center and building housing American employees of Raytheon. The bombings caused extensive damage, but relatively few casualties as many of the bombs failed to properly detonate. Had all the bombings succeeded, the attacks would have been among the worst terror attacks in history. The perpetrators have never been identified but are believed to be connected to Iran and committed the bombings due to America's, France's and Kuwait's support of Iraq in the Iran-Iraq war. Unknown Iran-Iraq war
17 December Car bombing 6 90 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom The Provisional IRA detonate a time bomb at the Harrods department store in central London, killing 3 civilians and 3 police officers. Provisional IRA The Troubles

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  1. ^ Dillon, Robert S. "The Bombing of U.S. Embassy Beirut". The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training: Foreign Affairs Oral History Project. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Timeline: Sri Lanka". BBC News. 2007-08-03. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  3. ^ That massacre upon massacre
  4. ^ Hammel, Eric M. The Root: The Marines in Beirut, August 1982-February 1984. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985. ISBN 015179006X. p. 386.