List of terrorist incidents in 1989

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This is a timeline of incidents in 1989 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 20 Bombings 0 0 United Kingdom Tern Hill, United Kingdom Two IRA bombs go off at an army barracks at Tern Hill in Shropshire. No-one was hurt.[1] PIRA The Troubles
February 23-24 Shooting, Clash 13 (32+) and a horse 53 (4 missing) Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentine The 1989 attack on La Tablada barracks it was the attempt to occupy the barracks of the Mechanized Infantry Regiment 3 General Belgrano of the Argentine Army in La Tablada, province of Buenos Aires, on 23 and 24 January 1989 by members of the All Movement for the Patria (MTP). 32 guerrillas, 9 soldiers and 2 policemen were killed.[2] MTP
February 28 Firebombing 0 0 United States New York City, United States The offices of the newspaper The Riverdale Press are firebombed in the Bronx. The attack came shortly after the paper published an article defending Salman Rushdie over his book the Satanic Verses. Unknown Islamist(s) The Satanic Verses controversy
March 21 Stabbing 2 1 Israel Tel Aviv, Israel Two Israeli civilians are killed and a third seriously wounded during a stabbing attack on Purim committed by an Arab lone wolf Muhammad Zakut Israeli-Palestinian conflict
April 30 Attempted bombing 0 0 Norway Oslo, Norway A bomb were about to explode in an immigrant shop in Oslo, consisting of 1.5 kg dynamite, but Police cut the cord just before it went off. Right-wing extremists were suspected. Right-wing extremists (suspected)
May 24 Assassination 2 0 Bolivia La Paz, Bolivia Assassinations of Elders Jeffrey Brent Ball and Todd Ray Wilson: Assassinations of LDS Missionaries serving in La Paz, Bolivia Zarate Willka Armed Forces of Liberation
May 30 Bombing, attempted assassination 4 37  Colombia A bomb kills four and injures 37 on an assassination attempt against Miguel Maza Márquez head of the Colombian Secret Service.[3] Unknown Colombian conflict
July 5 Bombing, assassination 6 Colombia Medellin, Colombia A car bomb kills six, including the governor of Antioquia, Antonio Roldan Betancur. No claim is made for the attack.[4] Medellin cartel (suspected)
July–December Bioattack 0 0 United States Southern California, United States During the summer and fall of 1989, several outbreaks of medflies occurred throughout Southern California, particularly in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The outbreaks devastated crops. On December 8, a group calling themselves "The Breeders" claimed responsibility for the outbreaks and stated it was retaliation for California's malathion aerial spraying program. However, no one from "The Breeders" was ever arrested and they were never heard from again after the attacks ceased. California stopped its malathion program shortly after The Breeders claimed responsibility. The Breeders/Unknown
July 6 Hijacking 16 27 Israel Kiryat Ye'arim, Israel An Egged bus is hijacked and driven off a cliff while en route to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The hijacker, Abd al-Hadi Rafa Ghanim of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, miraculously survives. Palestinian Islamic Jihad Israeli-Palestinian conflict
August 18 Bombings, arson 0 0 Colombia Medellin, Colombia The Medellín Cartel declares "total and absolute war" against the Colombian government. The offices of the two main political parties were bombed and the homes of two local politicians were burned.[5] Medellin cartel
August 31 Bombing 0 13 Colombia Medellin, Colombia A bomb in a bicycle cart injures 13 in Medellín.[6] Medellin cartel
September 4 Shooting 1 (+1 attacker) 14 Colombia Medellin, Colombia An unidentified man opens fire at the Medellín airport, killing one and wounding 14, before being gunned down by the police.[7] Medellin cartel
September 18 Bombings 1 Colombia Cali, Colombia Three bombs explode in Cali killing one person.[8] Cali cartel
September 19 Bombing 170 0  France/Niger Ténéré, Niger French airliner UTA Flight 772 is bombed en route from Brazzaville to Paris, and comes down in the Ténéré desert in Niger. All 170 people on board were killed. The attack is believed to have been carried out by Libyan agents in retaliation for France's support of Chad during the Chadian–Libyan conflict. Libya (suspected)
September 25 Bombing 2 1 Colombia Cartagena, Colombia A bomb kills two and injures one at the Hilton hotel in Cartagena.[9] Unknown
September 28 Bombing 2 (believed to be terrorists) 0 Colombia Bogotá, Colombia A bomb kills two at a suburban gas station in Bogotá. The dead are believed to be terrorists.[10] Medellin cartel (suspected)
September 29 Bombing 0 1 Colombia Bogotá, Colombia A bomb injures one at the parking garage of the Intercontinental Hotel in Bogotá. The attack was blamed on the Medellín Cartel.[11] Medellín Cartel
October 8 Firebombing 5 7 Colombia Bogotá, Colombia A fire bomb kills seven and injures seven in a bus in Bogotá. The action is blamed on the Medellín Cartel.[12] Medellín Cartel
October 16 Car bombing 4 Colombia Bucaramanga, Colombia A car bomb against the Vanguardia Liberal newspaper kills four in Bucaramanga.[13] Unknown
October 18 Bombing 0 1 Colombia Bogotá, Colombia A bomb explodes prematurely outside the Colombian Congress, injuring one.[14] Medellin cartel
October 21 Bombing 0 6 Colombia Barranquilla, Colombia A car bomb in front of a hotel in Barranquilla leaves six injured.[15] Unknown
November 27 Bombing 110 0 Colombia Soacha, Colombia Avianca Flight 203 is bombed en route from Bogota to Cali. Medellin cartel hitman Dandeny Muñoz Mosquera is convicted for the bombing. Medellin cartel
November 30 Bombing, assassination 1 0 Germany Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany The bomb assassination and murder of banker Alfred Herrhausen in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe. The Red Army Fraction was behind the attack. Red Army Fraction
December 6 Truck bombing 52 1,000+ Colombia Bogotá, Colombia A truck bomb at the DAS headquarters kills 52 people and injures over a thousand. The Medellín Cartel was responsible. Medellín Cartel
December 8 Kidnapping 0 1 (kidnapped) India Nowgam, India Rubaiya Sayeed, the daughter of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the than home minister of India, is kidnapped by terrorists from the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. She is released five days later after five imprisoned JKLF terrorists were released. JKLF Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir

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  1. ^ 1989: IRA bombs Tern Hill barracks
  2. ^
  3. ^ The Washington Post, May 31, 1989
  4. ^ NYT: Bomb kills 6 in Colombia, July 5, 1989
  5. ^ The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 25, 1989, Page A01
  6. ^ The Charlotte Observer, September 1, 1989, Page3A
  7. ^ The Dallas Morning News, September 5, 1989
  8. ^ St. Louis Post Dispatch, September 18, 1989, Page 8A
  9. ^ Chicago Sun-Times, September 26, 1989, Page 2A
  10. ^ San Jose Mercury News, September 28, 1989, Page 15A
  11. ^ The Charlotte Observer, September 30, 1989, Page 7A
  12. ^ Lexington Herald-Reader, October 9, 1989, Page A22
  13. ^ Dallas Morning News, October 17, 1989
  14. ^ Washington Post, October 19, 1989, A Section
  15. ^ St Louis Post Dispatch, October 21, 1989, Page 10A