List of terrorist incidents in 1996

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This is a timeline of incidents in 1996 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
9-18 January Hostage-taking 200+ Russia Dagestan, Russia Around 200 Chechen rebels raided an airbase near Kizlyar and took thousands of civilians hostage. The events concluded in a battle between the Chechens and Russian army in the village of Pervomayskoye that resulted in the deaths of around 200 Russian soldiers, 96 Chechen rebels and at least 26 civilians. CRI First Chechen War
16-19 January Hostage-taking 0 13 Black Sea Chechen rebels took over the ferry MV Avrasya and held the 232 passengers and crew hostage for 3 days before releasing them without bloodshed. CRI First Chechen War
31 January Suicide bombing 91 1400 Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka An attack by the LTTE on the Colombo Central Bank killed 91 and injured a further 1,400 civilians, damaging other buildings in the process. It was the most deadly LTTE attack on a civilian target in the history of the group's operations.[1] LTTE Sri Lankan civil war


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
9 February Truck bombing 2 200 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom The Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated a massive truck bomb in the Canary Wharf financial district of London PIRA The Troubles
11 February Massacre 24 28 Sri Lanka Kumarapuram, Sri Lanka The Sri Lankan Army allegedly murdered 24 Tamils, mostly women and children, in the town of Kumarapuram. Sri Lankan Army Sri Lankan Civil War
25 February - 4 March Suicide bombings 60 284 Israel Israel Four suicide bombers leave 60 dead and 284 wounded within days in a series of suicide bombings[2] Hamas Israel-Palestine conflict


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
16 April Ambush 53-100 Dozens Russia Yaryshmardy, Russia Chechen rebels led by Ibn al-Khattab ambush and massacre a Battalion of Russian soldiers CRI First Chechen War
18 April Mass shooting 18 Egypt Cairo, Egypt 18 people are killed when Islamist gunmen fire on the Europa hotel in Cairo.[3] Islamists
22 April Attack 3 1 Serbia Dečani, Serbia In an attack on a kafana Čakor, three people: Stana Radusinović, Đorđe Dragić and Blagoje Okuka were killed and one, Branko Bibić, heavily injured. This is one of the first terrorist attacks of the Kosovo Liberation Army.[4] Kosovo Liberation Army Bosnian war


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
11 June Bombing 4 12 Russia Moscow, Russia A bomb explodes on a train traveling on the Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line of the Moscow Metro, killing four people and seriously injuring at least twelve.[5] CRI First Chechen War
15 June Van bombing 0 212 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom The Provisional Irish Republican Army parked a van containing an enormous bomb in the Manchester city centre and phoned a warning to police. The bomb, the largest to explode in Britain since World War II, exploded before it could be defused injuring 212 people, causing extensive damage but amazingly not killing anyone. PIRA The Troubles
25 June Truck bombing 19 498 Saudi Arabia Khobar, Saudi Arabia Truck bombing targeting an apartment complex that was housing U.S. servicemen. 19 American servicemen were killed and nearly 500 people of various nationalities were wounded. Saudi Hezbollah


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
4 July Suicide bombing, assassination 20+ 60 Sri Lanka Jaffna, Sri Lanka At least 20 people, including Brigade 51-2 Commanding Officer Ananda Hamangoda were killed in suicide bombing. LTTE Sri Lankan civil war
24 July Bombing 64 400 Sri Lanka Dehiwala, Sri Lanka The LTTE detonated 4 bombs on Colombo-Alutgama train at Dehiwala killing 64 civilians and injuring 400 more LTTE Sri Lankan Civil War
27 July Bombing 1 111 United States Atlanta, United States Army of God member Eric Robert Rudolph detonated a pipe bomb at Centennial Olympic Park in hopes of canceling the 1996 Summer Olympics due to his anger of US government's sanctioning of Abortion Eric Robert Rudolph


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
10 November Bombing 13 30 Russia Moscow, Russia A bomb exploded at a cemetery that was holding a funeral for the president Soviet-Afghan war veterans group who had been murdered. The group had ties to organized crime. The assailants were two former members of the group who had formed a splinter organization. Andrei Anohin
Mikhail Smurov
12 November Arson 0 0 United States Bloomington, Minnesota, United States Members of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) are suspected to be responsible for throwing an incendiary through the window of Alaskan Fur Company Inc., near Bloomington, Minnesota in the United States, resulting in arson which caused an estimated $2 million in property damage to fur coats and other merchandise as well as $250,000 in structural damage to the two-story brick building. There were no casualties in the incident.[6] Animal Liberation Front Terrorism in the United States


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
3 December Bombing 4 170 France Paris, France A bomb exploded at the Port-Royal-des-Champs Abbey metro station GIA Algerian Civil War
17 December Massacre, invasion 7 1 Russia Novye Atagi, Russia Five to ten Chechen separatists broke into a ICRC hospital and murdered 6 six nurses and an engineer, all of foreign nationalities. The head of the hospital was seriously wounded. CRI First Chechen War
30 December Bombing 33+ India Western Assam, India Assamese nationalists bomb a Brahmaputra Mail train. The railway the train was on was also used by military trains which may have been the militants targets. NDFB Assam conflict

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Timeline of the Tamil conflict". BBC News. 2000-09-04. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  2. ^ Cordesman, Anthony (2005). The Israeli-Palestinian War: Escalating to Nowhere. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 25. 
  3. ^ MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base
  4. ^ Ekipa Glasa javnosti (10 April 2008). "Početak oglašavanja OVK". Glas javnosti (in Serbian). Belgrade. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  5. ^ CNN: Bomb rocks Moscow subway, 11 June 1996
  6. ^ Maria Elena Baca, "Animal rights coalition condones fur-firm arson; Bloomington fire-bombing probed," Star Tribune, Minneapolis, November 14, 1996