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Worst Terrorist Attacks

Air India Flight 182

In 1985, Air India Flight 182 flew from Toronto, Canada to Delhi, India, stopping in Montreal and London along the way. The aircraft, a Boeing 747-237B, was hit by a bomb mid-flight at 31,000 feet and crashed into Irish airspace in the Atlantic Ocean. The event resulted in the deaths of 329 passengers and was the first time a 747 jumbo jet was bombed. The bulk of the victims were Canadians, with a few British and Indians thrown in for good measure. Until September 11, 2001, it was Canada's biggest mass murder and the worst terrorist attack on a passenger plane. 1)

2014 Gamboru Ngala Attack

The attack occurred on May 5 and 6, 2014, in the Nigerian towns of Gamboru and Ngala in the Borno state. Over 336 people were killed by the Boko Haram militia during this period. The attackers kidnapped eight girls in Nigeria's northeastern region on the same night. A military garrison had been dispatched from the two towns to pursue schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok. They set the town on fire and opened fire on people attempting to flee. 2)

2016 Karrada Bombing

A coordinated attack in Baghdad on July 3, 2016 killed at least 125 people and wounded 150 others. A suicide car targeting Shia Muslims was detonated just before midnight in the Karrada district. Thanks to the Ramadan celebrations, the town was bustling with late-night shoppers. Later, the Islamic State took responsibility for the bombings, claiming that the bomber was Abu Maha al-Iraqi. The explosion caused a fire, which caused substantial damage to nearby buildings. 3)

Beslan School Hostage Crisis

The siege of the Beslan School began on September 1, 2004 and lasted three days. More than 1,200 people, mostly children, were kept hostage in Beslan, Russia, during this period. The death toll at the end of the siege was at least 385 people. Armed Chechen and Ingush Islamic groups took control of a school in Beslan, igniting the crisis. The hostage-takers demanded that Chechnya's independence be recognized, as well as Russia's withdrawal from the region. On the third day, Russian forces stormed the house, killing several people, including children. Several people went missing as well. 4)

July 2013 Iraq Attacks

The Iraq attacks of 2013 occurred in the first two weeks of July. There were 389 people killed and at least 800 people injured in a series of coordinated attacks across multiple cities in Iraq. There have been many attacks in Iraq, and although they had previously been minor and localized, they have increased dramatically after the Iraqi army raided a protest camp in Hawija in April. According to the United Nations, 712 people were killed in the month of April 2013, making it the country's worst month in five years. Terrorist attacks claimed the lives of 1,045 people in May, with more than 2,000 people injured. 5)

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