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10 Of Some Of The Biggest Terrorist Attacks Of The 21st Century

Updated on 19 August, 2019 at 12:21 pm By

In the past, the world witnessed massive homicides; some of them are still hovering in the minds of people, especially the tragedy of 09/11 and 26/11. Although advancements in science and technology have benefited all, there is a negative repercussion also, such as the misuse of nuclear weapons, chemical hazards et al. Apart from the death stats and physical injuries, what is more harmful is the social and psychological impact on victims. Those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have frequent flashbacks of the suffering, such as nightmares, petulance, anxiety, fatigue, absent-mindedness and social withdrawal. One can only curse terrorists, who do not even blink while gunning down scores of innocents. The 21st century has seen a number of spine-chilling terrorist attacks all over the world. Condemning those inhuman lethal attacks, we list down a few of them:

10. Assassination of Benazir Bhutto

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto on 27 December, 2007 was certainly a black day in Pakistan’s political history. Bhutto, who was elected twice as Prime Minister of Pakistan, was the leader of the opposition in Pakistan when she was shot dead. She was campaigning at Liaquat National Bagh when, just after the dispersal, shots were fired and a suicide bomb was detonated. The bombing took the lives of twenty-four other civilians. Reportedly, an Al-Qaeda commander is said to have claimed responsibility for the assassination.

Assassination of Benazir Bhutto - Biggest Terrorist Attacks



9. London Bombings

On the fateful morning of 7 July 2005, four bombs exploded across London: three in the London Underground trains and a fourth one on a bus in Tavistock Square. Again, after two weeks, on 21 July, 2005, four other bomb attacks paralyzed the functionaries of London’s public transport system. The attacks occurred in the afternoon at Shepherd’s Bush, Warren Street, and Oval Stations in London Underground and in a bus in Shoreditch. Reportedly fifty-two civilians were killed in that series of coordinated suicide attacks while more than 700 were injured.

London Bombings - Biggest Terrorist Attacks


8. Istanbul Explosions

During the infamous 2003 Istanbul bombings, four truck bomb attacks were carried out on 15 November, 2003 and 20 November, 2003, in Istanbul, Turkey. According to sources, 57 people were found dead while almost 700 were injured.

Istanbul Explosions - Biggest Terrorist Attacks


7. New Delhi Bombings

In New Delhi, on 29 October, 2005, three explosions occurred, leading to a death toll of 62, and an injury count of 210 people. The plans were laid perfectly, just two days in advance of Diwali, a major festival of India. The bombs were triggered in two markets in central and south Delhi. It is believed that the Kashmir separatist group Lashkar-e-Taiba was behind these attacks.

New Delhi Bombings - Biggest Terrorist Attacks



6. Norway Attacks in 2011

There were two concurrent terrorist attacks against the government in Norway. The incident happened on 22 July 2011, with a loss of seventy-seven lives. The first attack was a car bomb in Oslo within Regierringskvartalet. The bomb targeted the office block, housing PM Jens Stoltenberg’s office and other government buildings. The detonation killed eight people and injured almost 209 people.

Norway Attacks in 2011 - Biggest Terrorist Attacks

5. Dubrovka Theatre Siege, Moscow

On 23 October, 2002, some 40-50 armed Chechens, who claimed to be linked with Chechen Separatists, invaded and seized a crowded Moscow theater. The invaders held a total of 850 hostages, and their main demand was removal of Russian forces from Chechnya. After a two-and-a-half day siege, Russian forces entered the building, a struggle followed and a total of one hundred seventy people were killed.

Dubrovka Theatre Siege, Moscow - Biggest Terrorist Attacks


4. The Madrid train bombings

On 11 March, 2004, bombs exploded on four trains in Madrid. The incident is popularly abbreviated as “11-M”. A total of 13 IEDs had been fitted into the trains. A total of one hundred ninety one people were killed.

The Madrid train bombings - Biggest Terrorist Attacks


3. 26/11 in Mumbai

Coordinated shooting and bombing attacks began on 26 November and continued till 29 November, 2008 across Mumbai, including at The Taj and Trident hotels. It killed almost 173 people while injured at least 308. It is said that the attacks were carried out by Islamic terrorists from neighboring country Pakistan. The distressful incident drew widespread condemnation from all around the world.

26/11 in Mumbai - Biggest Terrorist Attacks


2. Besan School Hostage Crisis

In this unfortunate incident, 32 Chechnyan separatists captured 1,300 children and adults at Besan’s School Number One on September 1, 2004. Attackers demanded that Russia withdraw its forces from Chechnya. When Russia did not act in accordance with the rebels’ demands, 20 adult hostages were shot. After two days, a Russian special envoy stormed the building. In the scuffle, over 300 hostages died.

Besan School Hostage Crisis - Biggest Terrorist Attacks


1. 9/11


On September 11, 2001, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon, were attacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists who hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. Two planes crashed into the towers, resulting in their complete collapse. In the dreadful accident 2,973 persons died. The United States responded in retaliation, by launching the War on Terror. Specifically, on 7 October, 2001, it invaded Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, the safe haven of al-Qaeda terrorists. Not only that, after ten years, the U.S. Navy Seals and CIA killed the Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, under a combined operation, Operation Neptune Spear, on 2 May, 2011 in Pakistan.

9/11 - Biggest Terrorist Attacks


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