List of terrorist incidents in 2020

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This is a list of terrorist incidents which took place in 2020, including attacks by violent non-state actors for political motives. Note that terrorism related to drug wars and cartel violence is not included in these lists. Ongoing military conflicts are listed separately.


  • 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.
  • 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.


Total incidents: 31

Date Type Dead Injured Location Article Details Perpetrator Part of
9 January Mass shooting 89 (+77) 6 Filingue Department, Niger Battle of Chinagodrar Militants on motorbikes and in cars attacked a military outpost at Chinagodrar in the Tillabéri Region near the border with Mali. 89 soldiers were killed, and six were injured in the attack. 77 militants were killed with the help of French airstrikes. ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack and released photos of the assault.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Islamic State in the Greater Sahara Insurgency in the Maghreb
10 January Suicide bombing 15 (+1) 19 Quetta, Pakistan January 2020 Quetta bombing A suicide bombing in a Taliban-run mosque killed 14 civilians and a police officer. 19 others were injured in the attack in Balochistan. Islamic State claimed responsibility.[7][8][9][10] Islamic State – Khorasan Province Insurgency in Balochistan
18 January Suicide car bombing 4 (+1) 20 Afgooye, Somalia 2020 Afgooye bombing A suicide car bomber targeted a place where Turkish engineers and Somali police were having lunch in Afgooye, Lower Shabelle. 4 people were killed in the attack, and 20 were injured. Most of the casualties were police officers. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility.[11][12][13] Al-Shabaab Somali Civil War
31 January Attempted bombing 0 0 Lurgan, United Kingdom Brexit Day bomb plot On the day of Brexit, the Police Service of Northern Ireland were given two anonymous tips that a bomb inside a lorry would be on a ferry heading from Belfast Harbour to Cairnryan, Scotland. On 5 February 2020, the bomb was found inside a lorry in Lurgan, County Armagh. The police believe the Continuity IRA was responsible for the failed bomb attack.[14][15][16] CIRA (suspected) Dissident Irish republican campaign
2 February Stabbing 0 (+1) 2 London, United Kingdom 2020 Streatham stabbing A man who had recently been released from prison stabbed two people in public, before being shot and killed by police. Europol classified the attack as jihadist terrorism.[17][18] Lone wolf Islamic terrorism in Europe
19 February Shootings 10 (+1) 5 Hanau, Germany Hanau shootings The shootings took place at 10 p.m. in two shisha bars, one at the Midnight bar in Hanau's central square and the other at the Arena Bar & Café in the western Kesselstadt neighbourhood.[19][20] Four people were killed in the first shooting, while five were killed in the second. He killed his mother in their apartment and then committed suicide.[21][19] The police initiated a large-scale investigation together with the CID. The attacker, a 43-year-old man, expressed far-right views and hate for non-German people in a letter of confession and a video.[22][23][24] Six of the people killed in the shisha bars shootings were foreigners, while three were German citizens with foreign origins.[25][26] Tobias Rathjen Right-wing terrorism in Germany
24 February Stabbing 1 2 Toronto, Canada 2020 Toronto machete attack A woman was stabbed to death and two other people were wounded in a stabbing attack at a massage parlor in the North York area of Toronto. A 17-year-old boy was arrested, and the attack was linked to a radical incel ideology.[27] Incel extremist Terrorism in Canada
6 March Mass shooting, missile attack 32 (+2) 82 Kabul, Afghanistan 6 March 2020 Kabul shooting Gunmen attacked a ceremony commemorating the Hazara leader Abdul Ali Mazari in Kabul. The ceremony was attended by several high-profile politicians. At least 32 people were killed and over 60 injured, and both attackers were killed after a standoff. The Islamic State – Khorasan Province claimed responsibility for the attack.[28] Islamic State – Khorasan Province War in Afghanistan
25 March Suicide bombings, mass shooting, hostage taking 25 (+3) 9 Kabul, Afghanistan Kabul gurdwara attack Multiple gunmen and suicide bombers opened fire on a gurdwara. The attack left 25 victims dead and multiple wounded. The Islamic State – Khorasan Province claimed responsibility.[29] Islamic State – Khorasan Province War in Afghanistan
4 April Mass stabbing 2 5 Romans-sur-Isère, France 2020 Romans-sur-Isère knife attack A 33-year-old man stabbed 7 people, killing two, before being arrested by police. Europol classified the attack as jihadist terrorism.[18] Lone wolf Islamic terrorism in Europe
28 April Grenade attack 53 50+ Afrin, Syria 2020 Afrin bombing A grenade caused a fuel tanker to explode near a market and a government ministry in Afrin. The explosion killed at least 53 people, including 11 children and 6 Turkish-allied fighters. The Turkish government blamed YPG for the attack.[30][31] YPG (suspected) SDF insurgency in Northern Aleppo
20 June Mass stabbing 3 3 Reading, United Kingdom 2020 Reading stabbings Shortly before 19:00 BST, 25-year-old Libyan born Khairi Saadallah attacked two groups of people socialising in Forbury Gardens whilst shouting "unintelligible words". A witness stated the attack was "completely random". Saadallah used a kitchen knife that was estimated by witnesses to be at least 5 inches (13 cm) long. The victims sustained injuries to the eye, neck, head, and back. Saadallah was arrested nearly 30 minutes later, initially for murder charges, but was later rearrested under the Terrorism Act 2000. On 11 November 2020, Saadallah admitted to three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. Saadallah was sentenced to a whole-life prison term on 11 January 2021;[32] the judge said it was a terrorist attack.[33] Khairi Saadallah Islamic terrorism in Europe
29 June Grenade attack, shooting 4 (+4) 7 Karachi, Pakistan Pakistan Stock Exchange attack Militants with grenades and automatic rifles attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange building. Three security guards and a police sub-inspector were killed, while seven people were injured during the attack. All four attackers were killed by the police. The Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack.[34][35][36][37] Balochistan Liberation Army Insurgency in Balochistan
21 July Hostage taking, shooting 0 0 Lutsk, Ukraine Lutsk hostage crisis A gunman kept 13 people hostage in a bus in the city centre of Lutsk. The man was armed with firearms and explosives. After President Volodymyr Zelenskyy posted a short video on his Facebook page referencing the film Earthlings, all hostages were released unharmed. The gunman was arrested.[38] Maksym Kryvosh Terrorism in Ukraine
2 and 3 August Suicide car bombing, mass shooting, prison escape 21+ (+8) 50+ Jalalabad, Afghanistan Jalalabad prison attack Islamic State militants attacked a prison in Jalalabad. Most of the prisoners were Islamic State or Taliban members. At least 29 people were killed, including civilians, prisoners, guards, security forces and at least eight attackers. 50 other people were injured. Around 300 prisoners escaped during the attack.[39][40][41] Islamic State – Khorasan Province War in Afghanistan
24 August Motorcycle bombing, suicide bombing 14 (+1) 78 Jolo, Philippines 2020 Jolo bombings A motorcycle bomb exploded next to a military truck outside the Paradise Food Plaza. Six soldiers, six civilians and a police officer were killed. One hour later a female suicide bomber blew herself up in front of a branch of the Development Bank of the Philippines, killing herself and a soldier who stopped her. A total of 78 people were wounded after the bombings. The Islamic State claimed responsibility the following day.[42][43][44] Islamic State – East Asia Province Moro conflict
25 September Stabbing 0 2 Paris, France 2020 Paris stabbing attack A 25-year-old man stabbed two people outside the former headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The building is now used by a television production company, and the two wounded victims were workers of the company. Europol classified the attack as jihadist terrorism.[45][18] Lone wolf Islamic terrorism in Europe
4 October Stabbing 1 1 Dresden, Germany 2020 Dresden knife attack A 20-year-old man stabbed two people, killing one of them. The attacker was later arrested after his DNA was found on the knife used in the attack. Europol classified the attack as jihadist terrorism.[46][18] Lone wolf Islamic terrorism in Europe
12 October Shooting 0 (+1) 1 Zagreb, Croatia 2020 Zagreb shooting A 22-year old Croatian fired shots on the Banski dvori (seat of the Croatian government) and injured a police officer, before committing suicide.[47] Lone wolf Right-wing terrorism in Croatia
16 October Stabbing, decapitation 1 (+1) 0 Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France Murder of Samuel Paty An 18-year-old man beheaded a teacher near a school in a suburb of Paris, before being shot dead by police. The victim is said to have shown controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his students. Europol classified the attack as jihadist terrorism.[48][18] Lone wolf Islamic terrorism in Europe
26 October Suicide bombing 0 (+2) 3 İskenderun, Turkey 2020 İskenderun bombing Two people who ambushed with Turkish security forces in Payas escaped to İskenderun, where they ambushed again with police forces. One of them was shot dead by police and the other one detonated the bombs, injuring a police officer and 2 civilians and killing the perpetrator. The PKK claimed responsibility.[49][50][51][52][53][54] Kurdistan Workers' Party Kurdish–Turkish conflict
27 October Bombing 8 136 Peshawar, Pakistan 2020 Peshawar school bombing At least eight people died after an explosion during a class at a religious school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar.[55] The blast took place at 08:30 local time (03:30 GMT).[56] Islamists (suspected) Insurgency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
29 October Stabbing 3 0 (+1) Nice, France 2020 Nice stabbing A 21-year-old man stabbed four people at Notre-Dame de Nice, killing three of them, before being shot by the police and taken into custody. Europol classified the attack as jihadist terrorism.[57][18] Lone wolf Islamic terrorism in Europe
2 November Shooting 32 (+3) 50 Kabul, Afghanistan 2020 Kabul University attack Militants opened fire at Kabul University's campus, killing 19 students and wounding 22 others. The gunmen came into crossfire with local security forces. Three of the terrorists were shot and killed in the combat. The Islamic State – Khorasan Province takes responsibility and says they are behind the attack.[58] Islamic State – Khorasan Province War in Afghanistan
2 November Mass shooting 4 (+1) 23 Vienna, Austria 2020 Vienna attack A 20-year-old man shot people at random, killing four and injuring 22, before being shot dead by police. Europol classified the attack as jihadist terrorism.[59][18] Lone wolf Islamic terrorism in Europe
28 November Massacre, beheading 110 6 Jere, Nigeria Koshebe massacre About 110 civilians, most of whom were peasant farmers, were killed and six were wounded as they worked in rice fields in Koshebe near the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri. Crops worth millions of Naira were destroyed in the attack. Abubakar Shekau confirmed in a video his faction of Boko Haram (JAS) was responsible for the massacre. He said the attack was a retaliation for the arrest of a Boko Haram member by the farmers.[60][61][62][63][64][65][66] Boko Haram Boko Haram insurgency
30 December Bombing, mass shooting 25 110 Aden, Yemen 2020 Aden attacks There was at least one, possibly two explosions that struck the airport in Aden as the government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi was returning to Aden after agreeing to a power-sharing agreement earlier in the week with southern separatists. Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed was whisked away quickly to the security of the Palace in Aden following the attack. At least 25 people were killed, with three being medics from the Red Crescent, in the explosion and another 110 were injured, including 3 Red Crescent medics. It is unknown who is behind the blast(s) but the Houthi's in Sana'a are suspected. [67][68][69] Houthis (suspected) Yemeni Civil War


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