List of terrorist incidents, 2003

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This is a timeline of incidents in 2003 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).

January[edit]

Date Dead Injured Location and description
January 5 23 80 Israel Israel: Two Palestinian suicide bombers from the Islamic Jihad blew themselves up about 2 minutes apart, the explosions ripped through a crowded neighborhood near the old Tel Aviv bus station.[1]

March[edit]

Date Dead Injured Location and description
March 5 6 68 Colombia Colombia: A car bomb kills six and injures 68 in a covered parking lot in Cúcuta. Rebel group ELN is blamed for the attack.[2]
March 30 0 40 Israel Israel: In the first suicide bombing since the start of the Iraq war, a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated himself outside a crowded cafe in the Mediterranean coastal city of Netanya, wounding nearly 40 people, two of them critically.[1]

April[edit]

Date Dead Injured Location and description
April 10 1 9 State of Palestine Palestinian Territories: An Israeli settler detonated a bomb in the playground of a Palestinian school, injuring 20 children.[3]
April 30 4 50 Israel Israel: A Muslim British citizen suicide bomber blows himself up at "Mike's Place", a restaurant in Tel Aviv.[1]

May[edit]

Date Dead Injured Location and description
May 12 14 43 Russia Russia: Two female suicide bombers attacked Chechen Administrator Mufti Akhmed Kadyrov during a religious festival in Iliskhan Yurt. Kadyrov escaped injury, but 14 people were killed and 43 were wounded. Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility.[4]
May 17 2 0 Israel Israel: A suicide bomber detonated himself next to a pregnant Israeli woman and her husband at a public square in Hebron. Hamas claimed responsibility.[5]
May 18 7 20 Israel Israel: A suicide bomber disguised as a religious Jew detonated on a bus in Jerusalem.[1]
May 19 0 3 Israel Israel: A suicide bomber on a bicycle attacked an Israeli checkpoint on the Gaza Strip. Hamas claimed responsibility.[5]
May 19 3 50 Israel Israel: In the fifth suicide bombing in two days, a female Palestinian student suicide bomber detonated at the main entrance to the Shaarei Amakim mall in Afula.[1]

June[edit]

Date Dead Injured Location and description
June 9 5 10 Afghanistan Afghanistan: A suicide bomber in a taxi cab filled with explosives slams into a bus carrying German ISAF troops, killing four soldiers and one Afghan national.[6]
June 11 16 100 Israel Israel: A Hamas Palestinian suicide bomber, dressed as an ultra-Orthodox Jew, detonated his explosives belt on a bus in downtown Jerusalem. Palestinian terrorists have attempted 11 suicide bombings and murdered 23 Israelis in the last 4 days, since Palestinians "accepted" the "roadmap for peace" and the end of violence.[1]
June 19 1 0 Israel Israel: A Palestinian suicide bomber detonated a bag of explosives in a grocery store located in Moshav Sde Trumot, Israel. Avner Mordechai, 63, the owner of the store, was critically injured in the blast, and later died of his injuries.[1]

July[edit]

Date Dead Injured Location and description
July 8 1 3 Israel Israel: A Palestinian suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside the home of Mazal Afari, 65, a resident of Moshav Kfar Yavetz, east of Netanya, Israel, killing her and three of her grandchildren were lightly injured, the bombing caused the house to collapse.[1]

August[edit]

Date Dead Injured Location and description
August 13 2 12 Israel Israel: Two Palestinian suicide bombers blew themselves up in almost simultaneous attacks, in the Israeli towns of Rosh Ha'ayin and Ariel.[1]
August 24 6 28 Colombia Colombia: Six die and 28 are wounded when a bomb explodes in a riverboat in the town of Puerto Rico. Rebel group FARC is blamed.[7]

September[edit]

Date Dead Injured Location and description
September 9 14 100 Israel Israel: Two Palestinian suicide bombings, the first at a crowded bus stop near Tel Aviv, the second five hours later at a popular Jerusalem nightspot. Among the victims of the bombings was the head of a Jerusalem hospital emergency room and his 20-year-old daughter who was going to get married later that evening.[1]
September 11 8 15 Colombia Colombia: A bomb strapped to a horse kills eight and injures 15 in the village of Chita. The attack is blamed on FARC, as the same technique had been used in the past.[8]
September 29 10 54 Colombia Colombia: A motorcycle packed with explosives kills ten and injures 54 in downtown Florencia, capital of Caquetá. Rebel group FARC is blamed.[9]

October[edit]

Date Dead Injured Location and description
October 8 6 11 Colombia Colombia: A car bomb kills six and injures eleven in downtown Bogotá. FARC is blamed.[10]

November[edit]

Date Dead Injured Location and description
November 8 17 122 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia: A suicide car bomber targeted the Muhaya residential compound, which was occupied mainly by nationals of other Arab countries. The next day, Deputy Secretary of State Armitage said al-Qaeda was probably responsible.[4]

December[edit]

Date Dead Injured Location and description
December 25 3 0 Israel Israel: A Palestinian suicide bomber, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) blew himself up at a bus stop under the Geha Bridge in Tel-Aviv, Israel.[1]
December 25 14 50 Pakistan Pakistan: Two suicide truck bombers killed 14 persons as President Musharraf’s motorcade passed through Rawalpindi, Pakistan. An earlier attempt on December 14 caused no casualties. Pakistani officials suspected Afghan and Kashmiri militants.[4]
December 29 5 0 Afghanistan Afghanistan: A suicide bomber detonated when he was detained by five Afghan security officers, killing all five officers.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k David Melle. "FactsOfIsrael.com - Palestinian homicide bombings". Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  2. ^ CNN: At least 6 die in Colombia blast, March 5, 2003
  3. ^ Conal Urquhart. "Playground bombing injures 20 Palestinians". the Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Terrorism Incidents Calendar
  5. ^ a b Major Terrorist Attacks in Israel
  6. ^ a b "Afghanistan: A Chronology Of Suicide Attacks Since 2001". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  7. ^ CNN: Bomb kills at least six on Colombian riverboat, August 24, 2003
  8. ^ BBC: 'Horse bomb' hits Colombia town, September 11, 2003
  9. ^ Karl Penhaul: Colombia explosion kills 10, CNN, September 29, 2003
  10. ^ CNN: At least 6 killed in Bogotá car bombing, October 8, 2003