List of terrorist incidents in May 2015

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This is a timeline of terrorist incidents which took place in May 2015, including attacks by violent non-state actors for political motives.

List guidelines[edit]

  • 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 amount 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.


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator Part of
3 Ambush 8 6 Nagaland, India At least eight Assam Rifles personnels have been killed and six others injured in an ambush by suspected NSCN militants in Mon district of Nagaland on Sunday afternoon. Four other jawans of the paramilitary force are reported missing.[1] NSCN Insurgency in Northeast India
3 Car bomb 19 Unknown Baghdad, Iraq Two car bombs were detonated ten minutes apart in Baghdad, Iraq. Nineteen were killed and an unknown number wounded. ISIL claimed responsibility for the attacks.[2] ISIL Iraq War
3 Shooting 0 (+2) 1 Garland, Texas, United States Garland terror attack: In an incident at a Curtis Culwell Center, a school district owned events center, two assailants opened fire outside a Mohammed art exhibit in Garland, Texas. Two gunmen drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center and opened fire on a security guard. A local policeman, providing security for the event, returned fire, killing both suspects. One security guard was injured and released from the hospital. Identity and motive of the suspects has not been identified. The American Freedom Defense Initiative hosted the art exhibit in support of freedom of speech. Guest speakers included politician Geert Wilders.[3] ISIL
3 Raid 17+ Unknown Warduj, Afghanistan Taliban militants overran checkpoints in Warduj, killing 17 policemen at late night of 3 May.[4] Taliban War in Afghanistan
4 Suicide bombing 1 15 Kabul, Afghanistan A government bus was attacked by a suicide bomber in Kabul, killing one person and injuring 15 others.[5] Taliban War in Afghanistan
8 Suicide bombing 22 Unknown Balad Ruz, Iraq Three suicide bombers attacked the Al Zahraa mosque and the Imam Hussein mosque, killing at least 22 people in total, including a senior police officer.[6] ISIL (suspected) Iraq War
9 Shooting 22 37 Kumanovo, Republic of Macedonia Kumanovo shootings: On 9 May 2015 an armed group clashed with police and army forces of the Republic of Macedonia in Kumanovo in northern Republic of Macedonia. Kumanovo is situated 40 km from the capital city of Skopje. UÇK
10 Car bomb 14 30 Baghdad, Iraq Two car bombs were detonated ten minutes apart in Baghdad, Iraq and surrounding towns of Taji and Tarmiyah. Fourteen were killed and thirty were wounded. The majority of the casualties were members of the security forces. ISIL claimed responsibility for the attacks.[7] ISIL Iraq War
10 Suicide bombing 3 10 Kabul, Afghanistan A bus carrying Afghan government employees was attacked in Kabul by a suicide bomber, killing 3 people and injuring 10. The Taliban claimed responsibility.[8] Taliban War in Afghanistan
12 Suicide bombing 6 16 Baghdad, Iraq A suicide bomber along with two mortar attacks were launched during a Shi'ite march in Baghdad, Iraq. Four were killed and twelve wounded in the van bombing and two were killed and four wounded during a mortar attack in Boub al-Sham. It is unknown who carried out the attacks.[9] Unknown War in Afghanistan
12 Shooting 1 0 Sylhet, Bangladesh Masked miscreants killed Ananta Bijoy Das, 30, a blogger, at the Bankalaparha area of Sylhet town.[10] Islamic extremist
13 Attack 45 13 Karachi, Pakistan A bus carrying Shia Muslims was attacked by six armed gunman who rode up in motorcycles. After the attack the bus driver drove straight to a hospital, where people said most of the riders were either dead, unconscious, and spattered in blood.[11] Jundallah (claimed), ISIL (claimed), Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (claimed) Sectarianism in Pakistan
14 Suicide bombing, hostage taking 14 6 Kabul, Afghanistan Park Palace guesthouse attack: A hotel that was hosting a cultural event was attacked by Taliban fighters in Kabul leaving 14 dead including an American, an Italian, and 4 Indians.[12] Taliban War in Afghanistan
17 Suicide bombing 3 18 Kabul, Afghanistan A suicide bomber detonated their explosives near the entrance of Hamid Karzai International Airport targeting a European police training vehicle, the blast killed two teenage Afghan girls and one British citizen. The Taliban claimed responsibility in an e-mail to the media.[13] Taliban War in Afghanistan
19 Suicide bombing 1 7 Al Qubbah, Libya A suicide bomber drove up to a checkpoint in a vehicle packed with explosives, detonating it and killing himself and injuring 7 others.[14] ISIL (suspected) Libyan Civil War
19 Suicide bombing 4 42 Kabul, Afghanistan A suicide car bomber detonated their explosives in the parking lot of a Justice Ministry building in the diplomatic section of Kabul, killing four people and sending 42 to the hospital. The Taliban claimed responsibility through an e-mail to the media.[15] Taliban War in Afghanistan
20 Vehicular assault 0 (+1) 2 East Jerusalem In a suspected terrorist attack, forty-one-years-old Omran Abu Dheim drove his car into two Israeli border officers in the At-Tur neighborhood of east East Jerusalem, injuring them. Another officer then shot the suspect, who died of his wounds shortly afterwards.[16] Omran Abu Dheim (lone wolf) Israeli–Palestinian conflict
21 Suicide bombing 3 0 Misrata, Libya A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a military checkpoint outside of Misrata killing himself and two guards.[17] ISIL Libyan Civil War
22 Suicide bombing 21 90+ al-Qadeeh, Saudi Arabia A suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque during prayer in the al-Qadeeh village in Saudi Arabia. Twenty-one were killed with more than ninety wounded. ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack.[18] ISIL
22 Unarmed Assault 0 1 Montreal, Canada Assailants attacked a juice bar with pepper spray and smoke bombs in Montreal city, Quebec province, Canada. At least one person was pepper sprayed. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.[19] Unknown Terrorism in Canada
24 Bombing 3 4 Karachi, Pakistan A remote-controlled explosive planted on a parked motorbike was detonated by Baloch separatists, killing three people and injuring four policemen. Among the killed were a rickshaw driver, a 12-year old child and a passerby. The attack was reportedly targeting Pakistani President's son who had already passed the spot before the explosion took place.[20] Baloch separatists Balochestan conflict
25 Raid 26 0 Nawzad District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan Taliban militants killed 19 policemen and six soldiers during a siege at a police compound in Nawzad District of Afghanistan.[21] Taliban War in Afghanistan
25 Shooting 7 (+1) 9 Tunis, Tunisia Tunis barracks shooting: A Tunisian soldier kills 8 of his fellow soldiers and injures 9 others in a shooting rampage in Tunis before killing himself.[22] Unknown
26 Attack 2 5 Garissa County, Kenya Al-Shabaab militants attacked two police patrols which turned into a gun battle north of Garissa, 5 police officers were injured but they were able to kill both of the attackers.[23] Al-Shabaab War in Somalia
28 Car bomb 10 30 Baghdad, Iraq Two car bombs were set off minutes apart targeting the Cristal Grand Ishtar Hotel and the Babylon, two luxury hotels, in Baghdad. Ten were killed with thirty reported wounded. ISIL claimed responsibility for the attacks.[24] ISIL Iraq War
29 Suicide bombing 4 (+1) Unknown Dammam, Saudi Arabia A suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque in Dammam detonating the bomb in the parking lot. Four were killed along with an unknown number wounded. ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack.[25] ISIL
29 Suicide bombing 2 5 Lahore, Pakistan A suicide bomber riding in a rickshaw blew himself up, killing a policeman and injuring four policemen and a civilian near Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. The blast took place at 9pm while an international cricket match was being played at the stadium between Pakistan and Zimbabwe.[26] Unknown War in North-West Pakistan
29 Attack 21 0 Mastung, Pakistan Unknown militants attacked two Karachi-bound buses in Mastung, killed 21 people, abducted several others and set the buses ablaze.[27] Unknown Balochestan conflict
29 bombing 0 16 Jolo, Philippines Two bombs exploded outside a mosque at the compound of Police Superintendent Julasirim Kasim in Barangay Asturias, Jolo, Sulu, Philippines. At least 11 police officers and 5 civilians were injured in the attack. The Injured were taken to the public hospital in Zamboanga City for medical treatment.[28] Abu Sayyaf (suspected) Moro conflict

Total incidents: 29


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  2. ^ "IS group claims Iraq car bomb attack that killed 19". Associated Press. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  3. ^ "City: 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest". Associated Press. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  4. ^ Latifi, Ali M. (4 May 2015). "Taliban attack kills 17 Afghan police during peace talks in Qatar". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Suicide bomb attack on Kabul bus kills one, injures 15". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Suicide bomb attacks on mosques kills 22 worshippers in Iraq". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Bombings kill at least 14 in, outside Baghdad". Associated Press. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Three die as Taliban suicide bombing targets second bus in Kabul in a week".
  9. ^ "Baghdad blasts targeting Shiite pilgrims kill six". AFP. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  10. ^ "News Details". Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  11. ^ "Pakistan gunmen kill 45 on Karachi Ismaili Shia bus". Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  12. ^ "Death toll in Kabul hotel attack rises to 14; Taliban claim responsibility". CNN. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  13. ^ "Taliban suicide attack kills three near Kabul airport". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  14. ^ "One killed, seven wounded in suicide bombing in eastern Libya: official". Reuters. 19 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Taliban suicide car bombing in Afghan capital kills 4 people". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  16. ^ "Two Israeli police officers lightly wounded in suspected East Jerusalem terror attack". Haaretz. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  17. ^ "ISIS claims suicide bombing in Libya's Misrata attack". Al Arabiya. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  18. ^ "Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims attack". Reuters. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
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  20. ^ "Three dead in attack targeting president's son in SW Pakistan: officials". Times of India.
  21. ^ "Dozens Killed As Taliban Lay Siege To Afghan Police Compound". International Business Times.
  22. ^ "Soldier kills 7 comrades at Tunis barracks – ministry". 25 May 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  23. ^ "Kenyan police attacked by al-Shabaab gunmen". The Guardian. 26 May 2015.
  24. ^ "10 killed by car blasts at two luxury Baghdad hotels". RT. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  25. ^ "IS claims suicide bombing on Shiite mosque in Saudi, 4 dead". Reuters. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  26. ^ "Pakistan admits blast outside Lahore's Gaddafi stadium a suicide attack". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  27. ^ "Pakistan: Militants storm Karachi-bound buses killing 21". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  28. ^ "11 cops, 7 civilians hurt in twin explosions in Jolo". Philstar. Retrieved 30 May 2015.