List of terrorist incidents in 1973
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This is a timeline of incidents in 1973 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).
- Types of incidents are selected from the Tactics of terrorism page.
- Casualties 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. A figure with a plus (+) sign may also indicate that over that number of people are victims.
- 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.
- Incidents are limited to one per location per day. If multiple attacks occur in the same place on the same day, they will be merged into a single incident.
- In addition to the guidelines above, the table also includes the following categories:
- 0 people were killed/injured by the incident.
- 1–19 people were killed/injured by the incident.
- 20–49 people were killed/injured by the incident.
- 50–99 people were killed/injured by the incident.
- 100+ people were killed/injured by the incident.
|January 7||Shooting||8||11||New Orleans, United States||After shooting a police officer a week earlier, Mark Essex, a former Black Panther party member, shot nineteen people (ten of them police officers) in retaliation for police killings at a Howard Johnsons hotel in New Orleans. In addition, he also set fires in the hotel before being killed by police.||Mark Essex|
|January 20||Car bombing||1||14||Dublin, Ireland||Car bomb explodes near betting shop in Dublin, killing a young bus conductor.||Ulster Volunteer Force||The Troubles|
|March 1||Hostage-taking||3||Khartoum, Sudan||Black September takes ten hostages (five of them diplomats) at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Khartoum. Three western diplomats are killed. Palestinian gunmen burst into the embassy, and took Moore hostage, as well as fellow American Cleo Allen Noel, a Belgian diplomat, and two others.||Black September||Israel-Palestine conflict|
|March 4||Attempted bombings||0||0||New York City, United States||Black September member Khalid Duhham Al-Jawary attempts to bomb three Israeli locations in New York City to coincide with Golda Meir's visit to the city. However, the bombs were poorly wired and failed to detonate.||Black September||Israel-Palestine conflict|
|March 8||Car bombing||1||200||London, United Kingdom||Car bombing of the Old Bailey courthouse in London, killing 1 person.||PIRA||The Troubles|
|April 16||Arson||2||Rome, Italy||Primavalle Fire, 3 activists of Potere Operaio burned the house of a militant of the Italian Social Movement and killed his two sons.||Potere Operaio|
|May 1||Stabbing||1||0||Near Madrid, Spain||During the demonstrations held in Madrid called by the PCE (ml) and the Coordinating Committee pro-FRAP dies a deputy inspector of the Political-Social Brigade (BPS) after being stabbed in clashes between police and demonstrators in the vicinity Of Atocha.||FRAP|
|May 17||Bombing||4||52||Milan, Italy||Gianfranco Bertoli, an anarchist activist, supporter of Max Stirner, attacked the Police headquarters in Milan, Italy with a Hand grenade during a commemorative ceremony with the Italian Prime Minister Mariano Rumor.|
|May 17||Bombing||5||Tullyvallen, United Kingdom||The IRA kills 5 British soldiers in a roadside bomb attack in Tullyvallen, Northern Ireland.||PIRA||The Troubles|
|May 18||Bombing||82||0||Lake Baikal, USSR||An Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-104B flying from Irkutsk Airport to Chita Airport explodes in flight after a passenger detonated a bomb when refused passage to China. The plane crashed east of Lake Baikal, with all 82 passengers killed.||Lone wolf|
|June 12||Car bombings||6||33||Coleraine, United Kingdom||Two car bombings targeting a wine shop and a garage by the PIRA. Six elderly people were killed in the wine shop bombing and 33 more were injured.||PIRA||The Troubles|
|June 20||Massacre||13+||365+||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Massacre of left-wing Peronists at rally celebrating his return from Spain at Ezeiza International Airport. Right-wing Peronists were blamed for the massacre. 13 victims were positively identified but more people may have been killed.||Right-wing Peronists|
|July 1||Assassination||1||0||Washington, D.C., United States||Assassination of the Israeli attaché in Washington||Black September (suspected)||Israel-Palestine conflict|
|July 20||Hijacking||0 (+1)||1||Japan||Hijacking of Japan Air Lines Flight 404 by a member of the Japanese Red Army and four members of the PFLP. One of the terrorists is killed when his grenade accidentally detonates.||Japanese Red Army
|July 21||Assassination||1||0||Lillehammer, Norway||Israeli Mossad agents shot and killed Ahmed Bouchiki, an innocent Moroccan waiter and brother of the renowned musician Chico Bouchikhi, in Lillehammer. The Israeli agents had mistaken their target for Ali Hassan Salameh, the chief of operations for Black September. Six of the Mossad team of fifteen were captured and convicted of complicity in the killing by the Norwegian justice system, in a major blow to the intelligence agency's reputation.||Mossad||Israel-Palestine conflict|
|July 27||Assassination||1||0||Santiago de Chile Chile||In July 1973, militants od Frente Nacionalista Patria y Libertad, from the command Rolando Matus assassinated the naval aide to President Salvador Allende, Commander Arturo Araya Peters. He was shot by a sniper in front of his home.||Frente Nacionalista Patria y Libertad|
|August 5||Shooting, Grenade throwing||3||58||Athens Greece||Two Palestinian terrorists started to shoot and threw four grenades in the transit area of Ellinikon International Airport to passengers waiting to board flights for Geneva and New York and captured thirty to thirty five hostages. Surrounded by Greek Police forces they surrendered after two hours. They declared that they belonged to Black September Organization and their objective was to hijack a flight to Tel Aviv but they lost the flight because they were confused by the airport signs.||Black September||Israeli–Palestinian conflict|
|September 1||Suicide bombing||2 (+1)||Moscow, USSR||A man blows himself up inside Lenin Mausoleum on Moscow's Red Square. Two women standing next to him also died.||Lone wolf|
|September||Shooting, Clash||30+||33 Arrested||Antioquia, Colombia||The So-called "Operation Anori" military operation carried out by the V Brigade of the Army of Colombia against guerrillas of the Army of National Liberation (ELN), damaging them enormously.||ELN||Colombian Conflict|
|September 1||Bombings||0||21||London, United Kingdom||The IRA set off bombs at London's King's Cross and Euston stations, injuring 21 people.||PIRA||The Troubles|
|September 6||Shooting||1||3||Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina||A group of guerrillas assaulted the Army Health Command in Buenos Aires, as a means of obtainting weapons and ammunition. In the process one soldier was accidentally shot dead and other three wounded.||Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo||Dirty War|
|September 28–29||Hijacking||0||0||Marchegg, Austria||Two Arab terrorists hijack the Chopin-Express from Moscow to Vienna at the East-West border in Marchegg. The train is often used by Jewish exiles from the USSR. The terrorists demand the closure of an Austrian transit camp for Jews on their way to Israel. Chancellor Bruno Kreisky (Jewish himself) complies and allows the terrorists to escape to Libya.||As-Sa'iqa||Israel-Palestine conflict|
|October 13||Ambush, Shooting||11||Unknown||Tolima, Colombia||An ambush of the FARC left a balance of 8 soldiers and 3 civilians killed.||FARC||Colombian Conflict|
|November 23||Bombing||4||0||Marghera, Italy||A C-47 aircraft called the Argo 16 is bombed by unknown terrorists, killing all four people on board.||Unknown|
|November 25||Hijacking||0||0||Iraq||KLM Flight 861 is hijacked by three Arabs demanding the release of seven Palestinian prisoners. Situation ended peacefully without casualties.||Arab Nationalist Youth Organization||Israel-Palestine conflict|
|December 14||Bombing||4||20||Marseilles, France||The Algerian consulate in Marseilles was bombed by the anti-Arab Charles Martel Group. Four people were killed and another twenty were injured in the bombing.||Charles Martel Group|
|December 17–18||Hijacking, bombing||34||22||Rome, Italy||Pan Am Flight 110: 30 passengers were killed when Palestinian guerrillas threw phosphorus bombs aboard the aircraft as it prepares for departure. A Lufthansa plane hijacking the same day by Palestinians, who kill 2 passengers.||Black September
|December 20||Bombing||1||Madrid, Spain||Prime Minister Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco is assassinated in Madrid by ETA.||ETA|
|December 24||Bombing||3||34||Belfast, United Kingdom||A bomb exploded inside a pub in Belfast killing 3 people and injured 34.||PIRA||The Troubles|
|December 27||Kidnapping, murder||1||0||Belfast, United Kingdom||German industrialist Thomas Niedermayer is kidnapped and murdered by members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army. Niedermayer body was not discovered until 1980.||PIRA||The Troubles|
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... ran on to the apron and two phosphorus bombs were thrown into the front and rear entrances of a Pan American 707 Celestial Clipper, with 170 passengers on board
- Three die in pub bombing, Spartanburg Herald-Journal (December 25, 1973)