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: 42

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 stabbed three people in Streatham, London, seriously wounding one. The attacker was shot dead by Metropolitan Police authorised firearms officers on Streatham High Road just after 14:00. The attacker, identified as Sudesh Mamoor Faraz Amman, was recently released from prison, after serving a sentence for terror offences.[17][18] Sudesh Mamoor Faraz Amman Terrorism in the United Kingdom
9 February Massacre, kidnapping, looting, arson 30+ 12 Borno State, Nigeria Auno attack Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked the town of Auno in Borno State. The attackers opened fire on civilians and set vehicles on fire, killing at least 30 people. Shops and properties were looted and women and children were abducted by the militants.[19][20][21] Boko Haram (suspected) Boko Haram insurgency
11 February Suicide bombing 6 (+1) 12 Kabul, Afghanistan February 2020 Kabul bombing A suicide bomber blew himself up at a police checkpoint near the entrance to the Marshal Fahim National Defense University. Four military personnel and two civilians were killed in the attack, twelve other people became injured. The Taliban denied involvement.[22][23][24] Islamic State – Khorasan Province (suspected) War in Afghanistan
16 February Shooting 24 18 Yagha Province, Burkina Faso Pansi church shooting A group of 20 to 30 gunmen attacked the village of Pansi. 24 people, including a catechist were killed and 18 were wounded.[25][26] Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (suspected) Insurgency in the Maghreb
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.[27][28] 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.[29][27] 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.[30][31][32] Six of the people killed in the shisha bars shootings were foreigners, while three were German citizens with foreign origins.[33][34] 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.[35] 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.[36] 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.[37] Islamic State – Khorasan Province War in Afghanistan
6 April Mass shooting 25 (+12) 6 Bamba, Mali Bamba attack 25 Malian soldiers were killed and six became injured when gunmen on motorbikes attacked their military base. The soldiers killed 12 attackers. Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin claimed responsibility for the attack.[38][39][40] Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin Mali War
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.[41][42] YPG (suspected) SDF insurgency in Northern Aleppo
9 May Mass shooting 20+ Unknown Tillabéri, Niger May 2020 Tillabéri attacks Gunmen attacked several villages in the Tillabéri Region of Niger. At least twenty people were killed. The perpetrators and motive of the attacks are unknown, but al-Qaeda are suspected to be behind it.[43] Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (suspected) Insurgency in the Maghreb
9 and 10 June Massacre, kidnapping, arson, robbery 81+ 20 Gubio, Nigeria Gubio massacre Islamic State militants in cars and on motorcycles attacked the village of Felo in Gubio, Borno State. At least 81 people were killed in the attack. 13 others were injured; 7 people, including the village head, were abducted. The gunmen stole nearly 1200 cattle and set the village on fire.[44][45][46][47] Islamic State - West Africa Province Boko Haram insurgency
13 June Shooting, rocket attack, arson 62+ 100+ Monguno and Nganzai, Nigeria 2020 Monguno and Nganzai massacres At least 62 people were killed and hundreds injured in two attacks by ISWAP fighters in Borno State. The ISWAP fighters overran government positions in Monguno killing 20 soldiers, they burned the UN headquarters and the police station in the city. At the same time, ISWAP fighters in pick-up trucks and motorcycles entered the Local Government Area of Nganzai, where they killed 42 civilians.[48][49][50] Islamic State - West Africa Province Boko Haram insurgency
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;[51] the judge said it was a terrorist attack.[52] 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.[53][54][55][56] 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 Zelensky posted a short video on his Facebook page referencing the film Earthlings, all hostages were released unharmed. The gunman, identified as Maksym Kryvosh was arrested.[57] Maksym Kryvosh Terrorism in Ukraine
30 July Suicide car bombing 17 21 Puli Alam, Afghanistan 2020 Puli Alam bombing A suicide car bombing targeting Afghan security forces in an area of the city in Logar Province that was busy with shoppers.[58] War in Afghanistan
2 August Grenade attack 18 7 Nguetchewe, Cameroon Nguetchewe attack Boko Haram militants attacked an IDP camp with a grenade in the Far North Region of Cameroon, killing 18 people and wounding seven others.[59] Boko Haram (suspected) Boko Haram insurgency
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.[60][61][62] Islamic State – Khorasan Province War in Afghanistan
9 August Shooting 8 0 Kouré, Niger Kouré shooting Islamic State in the Greater Sahara militants ambushed a group of young aid workers from France. They killed 5 French workers, as well as two Nigerien civilians, one of whom was the president of the Safari park where the shooting happened. One of the survivors was then kidnapped and murdered shortly after.[63][64][65] Islamic State in the Greater Sahara Insurgency in the Maghreb
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.[66][67][68] Islamic State – East Asia Province Moro conflict
25 September Stabbing 0 2 Paris, France 2020 Paris stabbing attack Two people were wounded in a stabbing outside the former headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Seven people were arrested and taken into custody.[69] Islamist (suspected) Islamic terrorism in Europe
4 October Stabbing 1 1 Dresden, Germany 2020 Dresden knife attack Two gay men were stabbed by a suspected Syrian asylum seeker while visiting Dresden. One of the victims died and the other was critically injured. The suspect was arrested two weeks after the attack.[70][71][72][73] Abdullah Al Haj Hasan (suspect) Islamic terrorism in Europe
6 October Car bombing 20+ 80 al-Bab, Syria Al-Bab truck bombing A car bomb exploded near a bus station. At least 20 people were killed and 80 others wounded. The YPG is suspected to be behind the attack.[74][75][76] YPG (suspected) SDF insurgency in Northern Aleppo
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.[77] Danijel Bezuk Right-wing terrorism in Croatia
16 October Stabbing, decapitation 1 (+1) 0 Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France Murder of Samuel Paty French police shot an 18-year old Russian man of Chechen origin dead after he stabbed and decapitated a teacher on a street in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of the French capital. He had reportedly shown caricatures of the Islamic prophet Muhammad to his class. 11 people with relations to the perpetrator were arrested.[78][79] Abdoullakh Anzorov Islamic terrorism in Europe
24 October Suicide bombing 30 (+1) 70 Kabul, Afghanistan October 2020 Kabul suicide bombing A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Kawsar educational center in Dashte Barchi. 30 people were killed and 70 were injured in the attack. Most of the victims are students. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.[80][81] Islamic State – Khorasan Province War in Afghanistan
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.[82][83][84][85][86][87] 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.[88] The blast took place at 08:30 local time (03:30 GMT).[89] Islamists (suspected) Insurgency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
29 October Stabbing 3 0 (+1) Nice, France 2020 Nice stabbing Three people were killed in a stabbing attack at Notre-Dame de Nice. The attacker was shot and arrested. Both President Emmanuel Macron and the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said it was a terrorist attack attributed to Islamic extremism.[90] Brahim Aouissaoui (suspected) 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.[91] Islamic State – Khorasan Province War in Afghanistan
2 November Mass shooting 4 (+1) 23 Vienna, Austria 2020 Vienna attack At around 20:00 local time, a gunman opened fire with assault rifles in six places at Innere Stadt, Vienna, killing four civilians and wounding 23 others. The perpetrator was killed by police, while wearing a fake suicide vest. The attacker was identified as Kujtim Fejzullai, an Islamic State supporter who tried to join the group in Syria.[92][93][94][95][96] Kujtim Fejzullai 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.[97][98][99][100][101][102][103] 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. [104][105][106] Houthis (suspected) Yemeni Civil War


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