List of terrorist incidents in 1990

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This is a timeline of incidents in 1990 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
May 7 Car bombing 1 5 Colombia Pereira, Colombia A car bomb kills one and injures five, outside a government building in Pereira, capital of Risaralda Department. No group claims responsibility but the government blames drug lords who declared war on the country nine months earlier.[1] Medellin Cartel (suspected)
May 13 Car bombings 19 140 Colombia Bogotá, Colombia Two car bombs explode simultaneously in the Quirigua and Niza shopping malls during Mother's Day in Bogotá killing 19, including six children, and wounding 140, while another bomb exploded in a restaurant in Cali, killing six and injuring 20. Authorities say the Medellín Cartel is to blame for the attacks.[2] Medellín Cartel
May 16 Bombing 1 4 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom The IRA detonate a bomb under a military minibus in London, killing Sgt Charles Chapman, and injuring four other soldiers.[3] PIRA The Troubles
June 11 Massacre 600-774 Sri Lanka Eastern Province, Sri Lanka Over 600 unarmed police officers are shot dead by the LTTE in Police Stations across eastern Sri Lanka.[4][5][6] LTTE Sri Lankan civil war
July 20 Bombing 0 0 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom The IRA detonate a bomb at the London Stock Exchange causing damage to the building. Nobody was injured in the blast.[7] PIRA The Troubles
July 30 Assassination, bombing 1 0 United Kingdom Pevensey, United Kingdom Conservative MP Ian Gow is killed by a bomb planted under his car by the PIRA. PIRA The Troubles
August 3 Massacre 147 Sri Lanka Kattankudy, Sri Lanka Over 30 Tamil Tiger cadres attacked four Muslim mosques in Kattankudy in Batticaloa district, killing at least 147 Muslims who were praying in the mosques.[8] LTTE Sri Lankan civil war
August 10 Bombing 15-20 16-30 Azerbaijan Khanlar, Azerbaijan A bus carrying about 60 passengers from Georgia's capital Tbilisi to the town of Agdam in Azerbaijan is bombed in the town of Khanlar (now Goygol). The bombing was carried out by two ethnic Armenians named Armen Avanesyan and Mikhail Tatevosov, who were members of Vrezh, an underground militant anti-Azerbaijan group operated out of Rostov-on-Don. Vrezh
November 5 assassination 1 2 (+1) United States New York, United States Assassination of Meir Kahane: Far-right American-Israeli politician Meir Kahane was shot and killed while a bystander was shot in the leg by Egyptian islamist El Sayyid Nosair at the Marriott hotel in New York City. A police officer was wounded in the arrest of Nosair, who himself was also injured in the ensuing shootout after the assassination. [9] El Sayyid Nosair
December 8 Bombing 6 10 Spain Sabadell, Spain ETA bombs a police convoy that was on its way to police a football match. ETA Basque conflict
December 13 Bombing 7 23 Colombia Medellín, Colombia A remote control bomb kills seven police officers and injures 23 more in Medellín. Authorities blame the Medellín Cartel for the attack.[10] Medellín Cartel

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  1. ^ San Jose Mercuary News, May 8, 1990
  2. ^ The Washington Post, May 13, 1990, Douglas Farah
  3. ^ House of Commons (UK): Terrorist Incidents, Hansard for Session 1995–96, Vol 273, March 4, 1996
  4. ^ "Recalling the saddest day in Lankan Police history". Lanka Newspapers. Lanka Newspapers. 2011. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  5. ^ "Killing of 774 policemen". Rivira. Rivira. 2011. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  6. ^ "Sri Lanka Human Rights Practices, 1995". US State Department. US State Department. 
  7. ^ BBC: 1990: IRA bombs Stock Exchange, On this day, July 20, 1990
  8. ^ Frontline: A timely and prudent step by the LTTE - Interview with Rauf Hakeem, Volume 19, Issue 12, June 8–21, 2002
  9. ^ Frontline:Kahane is killed after giving talk in New York hotel, The New York Times, November 6, 1990
  10. ^ St. Louis Post Dispatch, December 14, 1990, Page 15A