List of terrorist incidents in 2010

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Number of terrorist incidents in 2010.

This is a timeline of incidents in 2010 that have been labelled, or investigated as possible cases of "terrorism" and are not believed to have been carried out by a government or its forces (see state terrorism and state-sponsored terrorism).

List guidelines[edit]

  • To be included, entries must be notable (have a stand-alone article) and described by a consensus of reliable sources as "terrorism".
  • List entries must comply with the guidelines outlined in the manual of style under MOS:TERRORIST.
  • Casualty figures in this list are the total casualties of the incident, including immediate casualties and later casualties (such as people who succumbed to their wounds long after the attacks occurred).
  • Casualties listed are the victims. Perpetrator casualties are listed separately (e.g. x (+y) indicate that x victims and y perpetrators were killed/injured).
  • Casualty totals may be underestimated or unavailable due to a lack of information. A figure with a plus (+) sign indicates that at least that many people have died (e.g. 10+ indicates that at least 10 people have died) – the actual toll could be considerably higher.
  • If casualty figures are 20 or more, they will be shown in bold. In addition, figures for casualties more than 50 will also be underlined.


Date Type Dead Injured Location Description Perpetrator
January 1 Suicide bombing 105 100+ Lakki Marwat, Pakistan 2010 Lakki Marwat suicide bombing: A suicide car bomber drove his explosive-laden vehicle into a volleyball pitch as people gathered to watch a match.[1] Lone-wolf
January 8 Shooting 3 9 Cabinda, Angola Togo national football team attack: Separatist gunmen ambushed the Togo football team bus while crossing the Congo border, killing the driver, the assistant manager and a journalist, and injuring nine people, mainly football players.[2] Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda

Total Incidents: 1


Date Type Dead Injured Location Description
February 3 Suicide bombing 10 70 Lower Dir, Pakistan February 2010 Lower Dir bombing: A suicide bomber attacked a Pakistani Frontier Corps convoy. The US embassy said its military personnel had been training Pakistan's Frontier Corps in counter-insurgency.[3]
February 10 Assassination 1 0 Kfar Tapuach, West Bank Tapuah Junction stabbing (2010): A Palestinian Authority police officer stabbed to death a Druze Arab IDF soldier while he was sitting in a jeep stopped at a traffic light at the Tapuah junction.[4]
February 13 Bombing 16 60 Pune, India 2010 Pune bombing: A bomb exploded at the German Bakery in Pune, a famous and touristic eatery.[5]
February 18 Suicide attack 1 (+1) 13 Austin, Texas, United States 2010 Austin suicide attack: Andrew Joseph Stack III crashes his plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas killing himself and a person inside the building and injuring 13 others. The crash caused a serious fire and significant damage to the building.
February 26 Suicide bombing; possible offensive fighting 17 32 Kabul, Afghanistan February 2010 Kabul attack: A suicide bomber detonated in an area including a shopping centre, guest house and hotel in the Afghan capital, with gunfire heard after at least two blasts.[6]

Total Incidents: 5


Date Type Dead Injured Location Description
March 8–12 Suicide bombing 72+ 190+ Lahore, Pakistan March 2010 Lahore bombings: Three suicide bombings occurred on two separate days, in which a car bomb struck a Federal Investigation Agency's office, and the other two suicide bombers detonated simultaneously whilst targeting a passing military convoy within the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, which is located in eastern Pakistan.[7]
March 29 Suicide bombing 40 100+ Moscow, Russia 2010 Moscow Metro bombings: Two female Shahidka suicide bombers detonated their explosive-belts on the Moscow Metro system at the peak of the morning rush hour.[8]
March 31 Suicide bombing 12 25 Kizlyar, Russia 2010 Kizlyar suicide bombings: A suicide car bomber detonated outside the offices of the local interior ministry and the FSB intelligence agency. Another suicide bomber impersonating as a police officer then detonates 20 minutes later on the same street as a crowd gathered.[9]

Total Incidents: 3


Date Type Dead Injured Location Description
April 4 Suicide car bombing 42 224 Baghdad, Iraq April 4, 2010 Baghdad bombings: Three suicide car bombers hit in the centre of Iraq's capital city, Baghdad. One explosion reportedly occurred near to the Iranian embassy whereas the other two explosions were detonated in the west-central Mansour district within the city. The Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility for the attacks. It has also been reported that at least one of these blasts struck near to the offices of a pro-Iranian politician, Ahmed Chalabi.[10][11]
April 19 Suicide bombing 25+ 30+ Peshawar, Pakistan 19 April 2010 Peshawar bombing: A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a marketplace during a public protest in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, which is located in north-western Pakistan.[12]
April 23 Bombing 85 145+ Anbar, Baghdad, Iraq April 2010 Baghdad bombings: A wave of bomb attacks occurred across the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. Most of these attacks were near Shia mosques during prayers; it was affirmed that one bomb went off near the offices of a prominent Shia cleric. Another attack outside the capital involved a series of co-ordinated bombs being detonated in Khaldiya in Anbar province. Reports claimed the attacks were retaliation for the killings of three senior Al-Qaeda leaders by Iraqi security forces.[13]

Total Incidents: 3


Date Type Dead Injured Location Description
May 1 Attempted bombing 0 0 New York City, United States 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt: A car bomb was placed at Time Square but failed to detonate. Several days later, a Pakistani-American male was arrested in connection with the bombing attempt. He also had ties with the Taliban.[14]
May 20 Shooting 2 (+2) 2 West Memphis, United States 2010 West Memphis police shootings: Two police officers in West Memphis, Arkansas were shot and killed during a traffic stop on May 20, 2010. Police identified and killed two suspects, identified as Jerry Kane, Jr., and his son, Joseph Kane.[15]
May 28 Grenades, Shooting 94 120+ Lahore, Pakistan 2010 Ahmadiyya mosques massacre: This terrorist attack took place on May 28, on two Ahmadi mosques simultaneously.

Total Incidents: 3


Date Type Dead Injured Location Description
July 1 Suicide bombing 50 200+ Lahore, Pakistan July 2010 Lahore bombings: Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Lahore.[16]
July 2 Bombing 1 11 Kosovska Mitrovica, Serbia 2010 Mitrovica attacks: A bomb exploded during a demonstration against the opening of a government office in the Serbian enclave in the North of Mitrovica. The dead man was a Bosniak who lived in the Bosnian Mahal.[17]
July 7 Suicide bombing 70+ 400+ Baghdad, Iraq July 2010 Baghdad attacks: A suicide bomber killed more than 70 people and some 400 have been wounded in bomb attacks on Shia pilgrims converging on a shrine in northern Baghdad.[18]
July 9 Suicide bombing 105 120+ Mohmand Agency, Pakistan Mohmand Agency bombing: A suicide bomb attack at a tribal meeting killed at least 104 people and wounded more than 120. This was the deadliest attack in the country so far in 2010.[19]
July 12 Bombing 74 70 Kampala, Uganda 2010 Kampala attacks: Several suicide bombings were carried out in Kampala around crowds watching the World Cup.[20]
July 15 Suicide bombing 28 300+ Zahedan, Sistan and Baluchistan Province, Iran 2010 Zahedan bombings: Two suicide bombers at Shi'ite mosque by SunniBaloch group Jundullah, whose leader was executed in 2010 in Tehran.[21]

Total Incidents: 6


Date Type Dead Injured Location Description
August 17 Suicide bombing 69+ 170+ Baghdad, Iraq 17 August 2010 Baghdad bombings: At least 69 people killed and more than 170 injured in a suicide attack on an army recruitment centre.[22]
August 25 Suicide bombings/Car bombings/IEDs 53+ 270+ Iraq 25 August 2010 Iraq bombings: A series of suicide bombings, car bombings and IED attacks occurred across various cities and towns across the country of Iraq.[23]
August 31 Fighting 4 0 Kiryat Arba, West Bank, Israel August 2010 West Bank shooting attack: 4 Israeli civilians, including a pregnant woman, were killed by Hamas militants while driving on route 60. Witnesses say the victims were gunned down in their seats. Israeli sources described the incident as one of the "worst" acts of terror in recent years by Palestinian militants.[24]

Total Incidents: 3


Date Type Dead Injured Location Description
September 1 Suicide bombing 38 250 Lahore, Pakistan September 2010 Lahore bombings: Three bombings killed 25 and injured 170 in Lahore, Pakistan.[25]
September 3 Suicide bombing 73+ 200+ Quetta, Pakistan September 2010 Quetta bombing: Two suicide bombings against a Shiite's Quds Day procession and an Ahmadi mosque kill several people.[26]
September 10 Bombing (alleged) 0 1 Copenhagen, Denmark Hotel Jørgensen explosion: In an incident suggested to be terror-related aimed at Danish newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten's office in Aarhus,[27] a man of Chechnyan origin[28] allegedly caused an explosion in the basement of a Copenhagen hotel. After the unsuccessful attack, the perpetrator fled to the nearby Ørstedsparken, where he was caught by the Danish police. The police feared that the man had an undetonated bomb in his backpack and avoided coming near the man, until the detonation machine known as "Rullemarie", shot at the backpack to confirm that the content was harmless.[29]
September 16 Bombing 12 3 Hakkâri Province, Turkey 2010 Hakkâri bus bombing: An attack occurred when a remote-controlled device exploded, on a minibus in the Turkish village of Gecitli in southeastern Hakkari near the borders with Iraq and Iran. 12 people have died, and another 3 were injured.[30]

Total Incidents: 4


Date Type Dead Injured Location Description
October 1 Bombing 12 17 Abuja, Nigeria October 2010 Abuja bombings: Two car bombings in the capital city occurred during celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the nation's independence.[31]
October 19 Offensive fighting/Suicide bombing 6~20+ 17~40+ Grozny, Chechnya, Russia 2010 Chechen Parliament attack: Three suicide militant commandos attacked and stormed into the Chechen Parliament, killing police officers and employees, before detonating their explosive-belts in the capital city of Grozny, which is located within the southern Russian republic of Chechnya, of southern Russia.[32]
October 29 Bombing attempt 0 0 London, United Kingdom/Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2010 transatlantic aircraft bomb plot: Two packages, each containing a bomb consisting of 300 to 400 grams (11–14 oz) of plastic explosives and a detonating mechanism, were found on separate cargo planes. The bombs were discovered as a result of intelligence received from Saudi Arabia's security chief. They were bound from Yemen to the United States, and were discovered at en route stop-overs, in London, UK and in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
October 29 Suicide bombing 0 32 Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey 2010 Istanbul bombing: A suicide bombing took place on Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey on October 31, 2010 at 10:34.[33][34]

Total Incidents: 4


Date Type Dead Injured Location Description
November 11 Bombing, offensive fighting 18 100+ Karachi, Pakistan Pakistan CID building attack: A truck laden with explosives was blasted at the CID building killing at least 18 and injuring more than 100 in one of the most sensitive locations of Karachi, Pakistan. The blast was preceded by a gunfight between the militants and law enforcement officials.[35]

Total Incidents: 1


Date Type Dead Injured Location Description
December 11 Car Bombing, Suicide bombing 1 2 Stockholm, Sweden 2010 Stockholm bombings: Two explosions occurred in the capital city of Stockholm, one triggered by a car bomb and another suicide bomb which likely killed the assailant. The bombings have been linked to e-mail threats over Swedish involvement in the War in Afghanistan and the ongoing Muhammed cartoon controversy.[36]

Total Incidents: 1

See also[edit]


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