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).
|3 April||Massacre||69||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||/ 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.||Islamic Jihad Organization||Lebanese civil war|
|20 May||Car bombing||19||217||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|
|15 July||Bombing||8||55||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||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||Jaffna, Sri Lanka||13 government soldiers are killed in an LTTE ambush in Jaffna. This incident sparked the Black July riots in country and is considered to be the start of the Sri Lankan Civil War.||LTTE||Sri Lankan civil war|
|27 July||Shooting, suicide bombing||2 (+5 attackers)||2||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|
|23 September||Bombing||112||0||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|
|9 October||Bombing, attempted assassination||21||46||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||// 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.||Islamic Jihad Organization||Lebanese civil war|
|7 November||Bombing||0||0||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||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|
|8 December||Torture murder||1||0||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||London, United Kingdom||Provisional IRA bombing targeting the Royal Artillery Barracks||Provisional IRA||The Troubles|
|12 December||Suicide bombings||6||86||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||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|
- 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.
- "Timeline: Sri Lanka". BBC News. 2007-08-03. Retrieved 2015-08-16.
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- Hammel, Eric M. The Root: The Marines in Beirut, August 1982-February 1984. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985. ISBN 015179006X. p. 386.