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Chronology of Attacks on U.S. Targets

Following is a chronology of attacks on U.S. targets compiled by Reuters news service.

| 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1988 | 1993 | 1995 | 1996 | 1998 |

1983
  April
  • A suicide car bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut kills 63 people, including 17 Americans.

    October

  • A suicide bombing attack by radical Muslims at the headquarters of the U.S. peacekeeping force in Lebanon kills 241 U.S. servicemen. A simultaneous attack on a French base in Beirut kills 58.
  • 1984
      November
  • A bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, kills a passerby. The explosion follows death threats against U.S. officials from drug traffickers.

  • 1985
      April
  • A bomb explodes in a restaurant near an American air base in Madrid, Spain, killing 18, all Spaniards, and injuring 82, including 15 Americans.

    June

  • A Trans World Airlines plane is hijacked in the Mediterranean, the start of a two-week hostage drama. The last 39 of the passengers taken hostage are released in Damascus after being held at various points in Beirut.
  • In El Salvador, four U.S. marines and two American businessmen are among 13 people killed in a machine gun attack at a San Salvador cafe.

    August

  • A car bomb kills two and injures 20 at a U.S. military base in Frankfurt. A U.S. soldier murdered for his identity papers is found the day after the blast.

    October

  • Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly, wheelchair-bound New Yorker, is killed and thrown overboard from the hijacked cruise liner Achille Lauro, which was taken over by Palestinians a few days after Israeli warplanes attacked the Tunis, Tunisian, headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

    November

  • Hijackers of an Egyptair plane kill an American passenger on board. The hijacking later ends in a bloodbath as Egyptian commandos storm the plane in Malta at the cost of 60 lives.

    December

  • An Arab suicide hit squad attacks U.S. and Israeli check-in desks at international airports in Rome and Vienna simultaneously. The attacks claim a total of 20 lives, including four guerrillas.

  • 1986
      April
  • An explosion rips a hole in a TWA plane as it makes its descent near Athens, killing four passengers as they are sucked out of the plane.

  • 1988
      December
  • A bomb explodes on a Pan American World Airways Boeing 747 as it flies over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 259 people on board and 11 on the ground.

  • 1993
      February
  • Six people are killed and more than 1,000 injured when a bomb in a van explodes under the twin 110-story towers of the World Trade Center in New York.

  • 1995
      April
  • A truck bomb destroys the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. Two men were convicted in the attack.

  • 1996
      June
  • A fuel truck bomb kills 19 American soldiers and wounds nearly 400 people at a U.S. military complex in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, near the oil city of Dhahran.

    July

  • A bomb explodes at a concert during the Olympic Games in Atlanta, killing two and wounding 110.

  • 1998
      June
  • Rocket-propelled grenades explode near the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in Beirut.

    August

  • Two huge bombs explode within minutes of each other at U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 224 and wounding more than 5,000.

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