List of terrorist incidents in 1997

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This is a timeline of incidents in 1997 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
23 February Shooting 1 (+1 attacker) 6 United States New York City, United States 69-year-old Palestinian immigrant Ali Hassan Abu Kamal opened fire on the observation deck of the Empire State Building killing a Danish musician and injuring 6 other people before committing suicide. 10 years after the attack Kamal's daughter revealed that her father committed the shooting in hopes of influencing the U.S. to support Palestine rather than Israel Ali Hassan Abu Kamal Israel-Palestine conflict
25 February Bombings 9 74 China Ürümqi, China Uyghyr separatists bombed three buses in Ürümqi, killing 9 people, including 3 children, and injuring 74. Another bomb was found at Ürümqi's main railway station but was defused. The bombings were a response to the Ghulja incident in which the Chinese army killed several Uyghur protestors. Uyghur separatists Xinjiang conflict
27 February Car bombing 7 49 Colombia Apartadó, Colombia A car bomb kills seven and injures 49 in the town of Apartadó, Antioquia. No groups claim responsibility.[1] Unknown Colombian conflict


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
13 March Mass shooting 7 6 Israel/Jordan Island of Peace, Israeli-Jordanian border Ahmed Daqamseh, a Jordanian soldier opened fire on a large group of Israeli schoolgirls, killing 7 and wounding 5, as well as 1 teacher Ahmed Daqamseh Israel-Palestine conflict
21 March Suicide bombing 3 46 Israel Tel Aviv, Israel A Hamas suicide bomber detonated at a Tel Aviv sidewalk café, killing 3 and wounding 46.[2] Hamas Israel-Palestine conflict
21 March Massacre 7 Several India Budgam, India Seven Kashmiri Pandit civilians are killed and several more are injured by Islamist militants Islamists Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
22 April Raid, shootout 3 (+14 attackers) Peru Lima, Peru A team of 142 Peruvian soldiers raided the Japanese embassy where the MRTA were holding several hostages. Two soldiers, one hostage and 14 rebels were killed in a raid. MRTA Internal conflict in Peru


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
17 June Truck bombing 8 46 Colombia Bogotá, Colombia Eight elite police officers die after a truck bomb explodes in Bogotá. Authorities say FARC is responsible for the attack.[3] FARC Colombian conflict
28 June Truck bombing 3 7 Russia Moscow, Russia A bomb explodes on a train traveling from Moscow to Saint Petersburg, killing three and injuring seven.[4] CRI


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
30 July Suicide bombings 16 178 Israel Jerusalem, Israel Two suicide bombers detonated at Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market, killing 16 and injuring 148.[2] Hamas Israel-Palestine conflict


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
19 August Shooting, shootout 4 3 United States New Hampshire/Vermont, United States Carl Drega, a man who had a long-term feud with government officials, murdered two New Hampshire state troopers in Colebrook than headed to Colebrook's courthouse and murdered Judge Vickie Bunnell and a reporter who attempted to stop. Drega then crossed state lines into Vermont and wounded three law enforcement officers before being killed. Carl Drega


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
4 September Suicide bombings 5 180 Israel Jerusalem, Israel Three Hamas suicide bombers detonate in Jerusalem, killing 5 and injuring 180.[2] Hamas Israel-Palestine conflict
4 September Bombing 1 11 Cuba Havana, Cuba An Italian tourist named Fabio di Celmo was killed in a bomb blast at a hotel. This was one of a series of bombings of hotels in Cuba in 1997. Anti-Castro rebels led by Luis Posada Carriles were convicted of the attack. Luis Posada Carriles
Anti-Castro rebels
18 September Bombing 0 29 Bosnia and Herzegovina Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina The attack was carried out by al-Qaeda-connected Islamic extremists, and targeted Croatian civilians and policemen as retribution against the Croatian Defence Council (HVO), which had fought Muslim forces for control of the city during the Bosnian War. It remains the most serious terrorist attack in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina. Al-Qaeda in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
15 October Bombing 15 105 Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka An LTTE bomb exploded at the Colombo World Trade Centre, killing 15 and injuring hundreds.[5] LTTE Sri Lankan civil war


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
17 November Massacre 62 26 Egypt Deir el-Bahari, Egypt 6 Islamist gunmen massacre 58 foreign tourists and 4 Egyptians at the Temple of Hatshepsut al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya
19 November Car bombing 23 31 India Hyderabad, India A car bomb blast by the Paritala Ravi guerrillas near D. Rama Naidu Film Studio, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. Twenty three people were killed, including six local television journalists, and 31 injured, including local film star, Mohan Babu. [6] Paritala Ravi


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
22 December Massacre 45 Mexico Acteal, Mexico 45 members of the indigenous pacifist froup Las Abejas are massacred at a church by a group called "Mascara Roja" (Red Mask) Mascara Roja


  1. ^ St. Paul Pioneer Press, February 28, 1997, Page 4A
  2. ^ a b c Cordesman, Anthony (2005). The Israeli-Palestinian War: Escalating to Nowhere. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 25-26. 
  3. ^ Tribune News Service, June 18, 1997, Tim Johnson
  4. ^ The New York Times: Bomb Blast on Train Kills 3 Near Moscow, June 28, 1997
  5. ^ Frontline, Frontline A new declaration of war
  6. ^ "23 die in India bomb attack". BBC News. 19 November 1997. Retrieved 7 March 2013.