List of terrorist incidents in 1998

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This is a timeline of incidents in 1998 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
25 January Suicide bombing 17 25 Sri Lanka Kandy, Sri Lanka Four likely members of the Black Tiger squad drove an explosives-laden truck into the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, a major Buddhist shrine, killing seventeen and injuring 25.[1] Black Tiger Sri Lankan civil war
25 January Massacre 23 India Jammu and Kashmir, India 23 Hindus are massacred by Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in the town of Wandhama in Jammu and Kashmir Lashkar-e-Taiba Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
14 February Bombings 58 200+ India Coimbatore, India 13 bombs exploded over the course of two hours in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, killing 58 people. The bombs were planted by islamic extremists from the Al Ummah organization and were meant to target Hindus as well as Hindu nationalist leader L.K. Advani. Al Ummah


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
2/6 April Bombings 0 0 Latvia Riga, Latvia On April 2, Latvia's only synagogue, the Peitav Synagogue was bombed. The blast caused extensive damage but did not harm anyone. Four days later the Russian Embassy was bombed. No one was ever convicted but Latvian nationalists are believed to be to have been responsible for the blasts. Latvian nationalists (suspected)
17 April Massacre 26 India Udhampur, India 26 Hindus are massacred by Islamists in the town of Udhampur in the Jammu and Kashmir state. Islamists Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
14 May Suicide bombing 1 Sri Lanka Jaffna, Sri Lanka Sri Lankan Major General Larry Wijeratne was killed in Jaffna by an LTTE suicide bomber. LTTE Sri Lankan civil war
17 May Assassination 1 Sri Lanka Jaffna, Sri Lanka Jaffna mayor Sarojini Yogeswaran was shot to death outside her home by the LTTE. Her husband Vettivelu Yogeswaran had previously been assassinated by the LTTE in 1989. LTTE Sri Lankan civil war


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
3 August Massacre 35 11 India Chamba district, India 35 Hindus were massacred by Pakistani islamists in two towns in the Chamba district of the Himachal Pradesh Islamists Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir
4 August Attack 26 Colombia Colombia Rebel groups ELN and FARC attack police and army bases, a major dam, oil pipelines and other targets in 17 of the 32 departments, killing at least 26 police officers.[2] ELN
Colombian conflict
7 August Truck bombings 224 4,000+ Kenya/Tanzania Nairobi, Kenya, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Two United States Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania were bombed by members of al-Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. 224 people were killed in the blasts (213 in Nairobi, 11 in Dar es Salaam) and over 4,000 people were wounded. al-Qaeda
15 August Car bombing 29 220 United Kingdom Omagh, Northern Ireland The 'real' IRA made a bomb with 500lb of explosives detonated in a market place killing 29 people, one woman who was pregnant with twins and injured 220 others.[3] Real IRA The Troubles


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
9 September Massacre 34-39 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Lake Radonjić, Yugoslavia The Kosovo Liberation Army massacred between 34 and 39 Kosovo Serbs as well as several moderate Albanians KLA Kosovo war
29 September Bombing 55 0 Sri Lanka Near Mannar District, Sri Lanka Lionair Flight 602 disappeared off the coast of Mannar District, Sri Lanka shortly after leaving Kankesanturai Airport in Jaffna. The LTTE had issued warning shortly before the plane disappeared. The wreckage of the plane was discovered in October 2012 and appeared to have been bombed. LTTE Sri Lankan civil war


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
3 October Kidnapping 4 Russia Grozny, Russia About 20 Chechen separatists kidnapped four engineers, three British and one New Zealand. The bodies of the engineers were found on 8 December. Chechen separatists
18 October Bombing 84 30 Colombia Machuca, Segovia, Colombia The Machuca massacre is known as an attack by the National Liberation Army (ELN) in the town of Machuca, municipality of Segovia (department of Antioquia) after dynamiting a pipeline, which caused a fire and spread to the population of It hurts. 46 houses were burned, 84 people died burned and managed to survive 30 people. Half of the victims were minors.[4] ELN Colombian Conflict
29 October Suicide car bombing 1 (+1 attacker) 3 Israel Israel A Hamas suicide car bomber detonates by a school bus killing 1 and injuring 3.[5] Hamas Israel-Palestine conflict


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
6 November Suicide car bombing 0 (+2 attackers) 25 Israel Jerusalem, Israel Two suicide car bombers detonate in a Jerusalem market wounding 25. Palestine Islamic Jihad claims responsibility.[5] Hamas Israel-Palestine conflict


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
14 December Massacre 6 15 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Peć, Yugoslavia Two men believed to be members of the Kosovo Liberation Army opened fire on café and killed six Young Serb men and wounded 15 others. KLA Kosovo war

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Timeline of the Tamil conflict". BBC News. 2000-09-04. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  2. ^ The Miami Herald, August 5, 1998, Page 1A
  3. ^ "Bomb Atrocity Rocks Northern Ireland". BBC News. 16 August 1998. Retrieved 11 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Machuca se consume en el olvido". El país. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Cordesman, Anthony (2005). The Israeli-Palestinian War: Escalating to Nowhere. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 27.