List of terrorist incidents in 1988

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This is a timeline of incidents in 1988 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
February 17 Car bombing 27 70 South Africa Oshakati, South-West Africa Car bombing of the Barclays bank in Oshakati, Ovamboland, South West Africa (now Oshana Region, Namibia). SWAPO, the main Namibian liberation organization, and the South African police were both blamed for the bombing by each other. SWAPO or South African police
March 7 Shooting, hijacking 3 (+3 terrorists) 8 Israel Aroer, Israel Three PLO members hijack a civilian bus carrying passengers to the Negev Nuclear Research Center. PLO Israeli-Palestinian conflict
March 16 Massacre 3 68 United Kingdom Belfast, Northern Ireland Michael Stone kills three mourners in a gun and grenade attack on an IRA funeral in Belfast.[1] Michael Stone (UDA) The Troubles
March 19 Shooting, stabbing, beating 2 0 United Kingdom Belfast, Northern Ireland Two British soldiers, David Howes and Derek Wood, are shot, stabbed and beaten by a mob of Provisional IRA supporters at a funeral procession for an IRA member. The attackers believed the soldiers were Ulster loyalists intent on a repeat of the Milltown Cemetery attack which occurred three days prior. PIRA The Troubles
April 22 - May 5 Hostage-taking 2 (+19 terrorists) New Caledonia Ouvéa, New Caledonia Members of the FLNKS take dozens of gendarmes in Ouvéa hostage and demand the independence of New Caledonia from France. FLNKS New Caledonia independence movement
May 9 Bombing 0 2 France Cannes, France Bombing of a hostel for immigrant workers in Cannes PNFE
June Shootdown 0 0 United Kingdom Northern Ireland The IRA shoots down a British army helicopter in Northern Ireland[2] PIRA The Troubles
June 15 Car bombing 6 11 United Kingdom Lisburn, Northern Ireland Provisional IRA bombs an unmarked van carrying British soldiers, killing six soldiers and injuring eleven other people. Provisional IRA The Troubles
July 11 Mass shooting 9 98 Greece Athens, Greece Three gunmen from the Abu Nidal Organisation attack the City of Poros ship, killing nine Europeans, mostly tourists, before fleeing. Abu Nidal Organisation Israeli-Palestinian conflict
August 20 Bombing 8 28 United Kingdom Ballygawley, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland The Provisional IRA bombed a bus carrying British soldiers, killing eight and injuring 28. Provisional IRA The Troubles
August 23 Shooting, Clash 26 (+25) 6+ Colombia Tierralta, Colombia The Toma de Saiza was an attack perpetrated by the Simón Bolívar Guerrilla Coordinator, FARC and EPL forces, on August 23, 1988 against a platoon of the Voltigeros Battalion and the police headquarters of the Saiza district, in the jurisdiction of the municipality of Cordova Tierralta. This action was one of the most important victories for the guerrillas until that moment. CGSB, FARC, and EPL Colombian Conflict
December 1–2 Hijacking 0 0 Soviet Union Vladikavkaz, USSR Four armed men seized a bus with 30 schoolchildren and a teacher in the city of Ordzhonikidze (now Vladikavkaz). Hijackers demanded USD 3 millions and a plane to leave the Soviet Union. Their demands were satisfied, but after landing in Israel terrorists were arrested and extradited back to USSR. There were no fatalities.[3] Pavel Yakshiyants
Vladimir Muravlev
German Vishnyakov
Vladimir Anastasov
December 19 Bombings 1 12 France Cagnes-sur-Mer, France 2 firebombs exploded at a hostel for immigrant workers near Nice. 18 members of the far-right group French and European Nationalist Party were arrested for the bombings. PNFE
December 21 Bombing 270 5 United Kingdom Lockerbie, Scotland Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland.[4] Two Libyan men were blamed, though only one, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, was tried and convicted. Some sources have claimed that former Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi personally ordered the attack.[5] Libya (suspected)

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  1. ^ CNN: Michael Stone: Loyalist icon, November 24, 2006
  2. ^ BBC News: The IRA's store of weaponry, August 14, 2001
  3. ^ Felicity Barringer (December 3, 1988). "After fear-tinged bus ride, tearful and joyous reunion". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Clipper Maid of the Seas: Remembering those on flight 103". 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Colonel Gaddafi 'ordered Lockerbie bombing". BBC NEWS. 23 February 2011.