3 – 9 DEC — This Week in Terror History

Why We Fight!– People forget too easily. People also don’t seem to recognize how long this has been going on and how pervasive it has been.

3 December1947–France, Train derailed near Arras, France, by Communist terrorists killing twenty and injuring forty.
1949–Borneo, British governor of Sibu, Sarawak, Duncan George Stewart, stabbed to death by anti-British Malayans in North Borneo. Malayan nationalists
1996–France, A bomb exploded aboard a Paris subway train as it arrived at the Port Royal station, killing two French nationals, a Moroccan, and a Canadian, and injuring 86 persons. Among those injured were one US citizen and a Canadian. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but Algerian extremists are suspected.
1998–Colombia, Guerrillas kidnapped one German citizen and two Colombians from a bus at a false roadblock in Cauca Department. The guerrillas set the bus on fire and dynamited a tollbooth after stealing the money. Authorities suspect the FARC or ELN is responsible. On 8 January the ELN released the German citizen unharmed. National Liberation Army
1998–Algeria, At least 14 Algerians were killed and 24 wounded in a bomb explosion near a market in the town of Khemis Miliana southwest of Algiers.
2001–Israel, Palestinian suicide bomber kills 15 on bus in Haifa. The bus bomber struck in the mixed Arab-Jewish neighborhood of Halisa. Bomber was Palestinian plumber Maher Habashi, 21, with nail bomb strapped to chest. Hamas claimed responsibility. Hamas

4 December1971–Northern Ireland, Protestant Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) terrorists explode bomb in Catholic area of Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing fifteen civilians. Ulster Volunteer Force
1971–Germany, Georg von Rauch and Bommi Baumann are pulled over by a police officer. The cop lines them up on the car, but when the cop is momentarily distracted, von Rauch pulls out his own gun and begins shooting. The cop shoots von Rauch dead. Baumann gets away. Red Army Faction
1975–Netherlands, Seven South Moluccan terrorist seize the Indonesian embassy in Amsterdam, Netherlands, beginning a two week long siege. One of the thirty six hostages died jumping from a window to escape the terrorists. South Moluccan Terrorists
1976–Netherlands, In the Netherlands, members of the RMS movement occupy the Indonesian diplomatic consulate in The Hague. One Indonesian official is killed. Republik Maluku Selatan
1981–El Salvador, Three American nuns and one lay missionary were found murdered outside San Salvador, El Salvador. They were believed to have been assassinated by a right-wing death squad.
1984–Iran, Kuwaiti airliner hijacked en-route to Pakistan from Dubai by Iranian backed Iraqi Shia terrorists. The aircraft was forced to land in the Iranian capital, Tehran, after two Americans had been killed. The terrorists surrendered to the Iranian authorities and are later released. Mujahedin-E-Khalq
1993–Algeria, An Italian businessman was shot and wounded by a terrorist as he left his residence in a suburb of Algiers.

5 December1993–Algeria, Terrorists shot and killed a Russian woman as she was shopping in a market in Algiers.
1997–Ireland, A Catholic man is killed outside of Belfast. It’s the first killing since the IRA cease-fire in July. The Loyalist Volunteer Force is suspected. Loyalist Volunteer Force
2000–Burundi, Small-arms fire struck a Sabena airliner as it was landing in Bujumbura, injuring two persons, a Belgian stewardess, and a Tunisian passenger, according to press reports. The airliner was on a routine flight from Brussels. No one claimed responsibility.
2000–Jordan, In Amman, an unidentified assailant shot and wounded an Israeli diplomat as he, his wife, and his bodyguard were leaving a grocery store. The Movement for the Struggle of the Jordanian Islamic Resistance claimed responsibility. Jordanian Islamic Resistance
2001–Jerusalem, Suicide bomber kills 3 in Jerusalem following more than 24 killed and 200 wounded over the weekend. In the worst few days in the quarter, Israeli citizens braced up against bombing and shooting attacks. Hamas claimed responsibility. Hamas
2003–Russia, Suicide bombers kill at least 46 people in an attack on a train in southern Russia
2005–Israel, A suicide bomb attack kills at least five people in Netanya in north-western Israel. Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade

6 December1969–United States, The Weather Underground bombs several police vehicle in Chigaco to retaliate for the killing of Black Panther Party leaders Mark Clark and Fred hampton on 4 December 1969, by Chicago Police. Weather Underground
1975–United Kingdom, Four Irish Republican Army terrorists seize two hostages in Balcombe Street, London, England for six days before surrendering to police; hostages released unharmed. Irish Republican Army
1982–Northern Ireland, 17 people were killed when a bomb exploded at the ‘Droppin Well’ Bar in Ballykelly, County Derry. The attack was carried out by the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA). Of those killed 11 were members of the British Army and 6 were civilians – 4 Protestant; 1 Catholic (1 born outside Northern Ireland). Irish National Liberation Army
1989–Colombia, Truck bomb kills 52 and injures 1,000 outside a security building in Bogotá, Colombia; blast is blamed on drug lord Pablo Escobar. Medellin Drug Cartel
2000–India, A bomb destroyed a vendor’s cart, injuring four persons and damaging roadside shops in Muzaffarabad, according to press reporting. No one claimed responsibility.
2001–Israel, Palestinian Suicide bomber kills self with premature explosion outside hotel. Hotel was meeting place for two Israeli Cabinet members. Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade
2004–Saudi Arabia, Five employees are killed (a Yemeni, a Sudanese, a Filipino, a Pakistani and a Sri Lankan) as five terrorists invade the US Consulate in Jeddah. No Americans are killed. al Qaeda

7 December1985–France, Paris, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps shops, two bombs, 51 injured, attributed to pro-Iranian Lebanese Hizbollah Hezbollah
1993–Algeria, Terrorists shot and killed a British subject at a gas station in Arzew.
1993–Algeria, Terrorists shot and killed a retired French citizen in Larba. At the time the Frenchman was in his hut on the grounds of a company for which he had once worked.
1998–Italy, During the week of 7 December the ALF sent panettone cakes laced with rat poison to two branches of the Italian news agency ANSA. Two Italian subsidiaries of Swiss Nestle were forced to halt production, costing the company $30 million. According to Italy’s ALF founder, the poisoned cakes were sent to protest Nestle’s genetic manipulation of food. Animal Liberation Front
1999–Sierra Leone, Near Buedu, Revolutionary United Front militants kidnapped one German national and one Belgian citizen, both of whom work for the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontieres). No one was injured in the attack. The rebels released both hostages unharmed on 16 December. No ransom was paid. Revolutionary United Front
2000–India, Armed militants threw a grenade at a bus stop in Kupwara, injuring 24 persons, including one special police officer, according to press reports. No one claimed responsibility.
2000–India, A bomb exploded near a mosque in Shopian, injuring 31 persons, including three police officers, according to press reports. No one claimed responsibility.
2000–India, A bomb exploded in Gohlan, killing a father and injuring his son, according to press reports. No one claimed responsibility.

8 December1996–Tajikistan, Guerrillas attacked a jointly owned Tajik-British gold mine in Darvaz, abducting four employees, including a Briton and a South African. The assailants occupied the mine for five days. After negotiations with representatives from the UN, the Red Cross, British diplomats, and an inter-Tajik joint commission monitoring the current peace accord, the hostages were released on 28 December in Childara village.
1998–Colombia, A Spanish newspaper reported that FARC guerrillas kidnapped one Spanish citizen and three Colombians. No ransom demands have been made. Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
2003–Saudi Arabia, Unnamed terrorist killed at a Riyadh gas station. al Qaeda

9 December1993–Egypt, A police officer was killed and six others injured when a group of terrorists opened fire on two movie houses which were showing foreign films. On 12 December Al-Gam’a al-Islamiyya claimed responsibility, stating that the attack was in retaliation for the screening of “immoral” films. al-Gama’at al-Islamiyya (Egyptian Islamic Jihad)
1995–France, Assailants in Bayonne set fire to a stolen vehicle and firebombed a bank after the French Government expelled a member of the Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA). Basque Fatherland and Liberty
1998–India, A bomb exploded in a shop in the Punch District of Kashmir, wounding the shopkeeper. Police suspect Muslim militants are responsible. Lashkar-I-Taiba
1998–India, In Bandipura, Kashmir, local press reported that Muslim militants threw a grenade at a group near a bus station, killing three persons and injuring 20 others. Lashkar-I-Taiba
1998–Yemen, In Sanaa, Yemeni passengers on a chartered Egyptian airliner demanded to be flown to Libya. The Egyptian pilot landed the plane in Tunisia and told the 150 passengers he could not fly the plane to Libya due to the UN sanctions. The plane and passengers remained on the ground for 15 hours before returning to Yemen.
2000–India, A bomb exploded in Neelum Valley, killing three persons, including a young boy, according to press accounts. No one claimed responsibility.
2003–Russia, A blast in the center of Moscow kills six people and wounds at least 11.


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