Category Archives: Terrorism

Brighton Bomb – 1984

“I think that was an assassination attempt, don’t you?” THE CRIME: Conservative Margaret Thatcher was the first woman to become British prime minister when she defeated the incumbent Labour leader James Callaghan on 3 May 1979. In autumn of 1984 the Conservatives arrived in Brighton on the south coast of England for their annual conference.… Read More »

Nicola Sacco/Bartolomeo Vanzetti – 1920

“Viva l’anarchia!” THE CRIME: The Italian anarchist s who became a cause célèbre when they were executed for murder in 1927, Ferdinando Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were both Italian immigrants who arrived in the United States in 1908. They did not meet till 1917, when they became involved in anarchist politics, joining the terrorist… Read More »

9/11 – 2011

“Let’s roll” THE CRIME: The day dawned like so many others in New York with busy New Yorkers bustling their way to work alongside tourists eager to see the sights. At airports across America people boarded aeroplanes for rendezvous with loved ones, for business meetings or holidays. At 8.46:40am New York and the world changed… Read More »

7/7 – 2005

“They are trying to use the slaughter of innocent people to frighten us” THE CRIME: 7 July 2005 witnessed the deadliest single act of terrorism in the United Kingdom since Lockerbie (search the article), and the deadliest bombing in London since the Second World War. At 8.50am on 7 July 2005 a bomb exploded on… Read More »

Beslan School Siege – 2004

“Weak people are beaten” THE CRIME: On a Wednesday in September 2004, the first day of the new school term, a group of 32 male and two female Chechen separatists broke into the Beslan Number 1 School yelling “Allah Akbar” and taking 1,128 people, including 777 pupils hostage. In the confusion, more than 50 people… Read More »

Madrid Bombs – 2004

“We are all Madrilenos today” THE CRIME: Within a three-minute period during rush hour in Madrid, ten bombs exploded around three railways stations — the main terminus of Atocha and two smaller ones, El Pozo and Santa Eugenia. The attacks killed 191 people and left 1,755 injured. Eyewitnesses reported pieces of train thrown into the… Read More »

Bali Bombs – 2002

“You will be bombed just as you bomb” THE CRIME: Bali was a popular location for many tourists, especially Australians, but in 2002 that was changed by three bombs that killed 202 people including 164 foreign nationals (88 Australians, 26 British and seven Americans among the dead) and injured 209 more. At 11.05pm a suicide… Read More »

Omagh – 1998

“Appalling act of savagery and evil” THE CRIME: On 10 April 1998 the Good Friday Agreement for peace in Northern Ireland was signed but the treaty did not please everyone. Four months later, on 13 August, a maroon Vauxhall Cavalier was stolen from Carrickmacross, County Monaghan in Ireland. Two days later, three warning telephone calls… Read More »

East African Bombings – 1998

Around 212 people were killed, and an estimated 4,000 injured THE CRIME: It was the simultaneous bombing of the American embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya that first brought the names of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda to international attention. On an August morning suicide bombers parked lorries packed with explosives… Read More »

Enniskillen – 1987

“It’s really desecrating the dead and a blot on mankind” THE CRIME: It was Remembrance Sunday 1987 at the cenotaph in Enniskillen, the county town of County Fermanagh, when the IRA exploded a bomb without warning, causing the highest death toll in a terrorist attack in Northern Ireland for five years. The bombing was co-ordinated… Read More »