10 Of The Most Horrifying Acts Of Terrorism Ever Committed

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Terrorism is one of the single most terrifying experiences anyone can suffer through. Despite that, we are seeing a lot of different acts being committed, specifically against unarmed civilians by religious zealots and guerrilla troops. New York City was one of the worst acts of terrorism anyone has ever witnessed, but there are some more out there that may rival in their atrocity. Read on to discover some of the most horrifying acts of terrorism ever committed.

Mumbai Train Bombings

On July 11, 2006, seven bombs could be heard within the Suburban Railway in Mumbai. This terrorist attack ended with the deaths of over 209 people, and a grand total of 714 were wounded. The bombs were kept inside of pressure cookers in the first-class compartments of the train.

Baghdad Bombings

On April 18, 2007, a series of five car bombs rocked the city of Baghdad. The violent outbursts, which targeted civilians in Shia, resulted in over 200 casualties being recorded from the bombings in the part of the city that was still being rebuilt.

The Al Hillah Bombings

A terrorist attack against Shia Muslims on a pilgrimage to Al Hillah on March 6, 2007, ended with over 200 lives claimed. Two suicide bombers targeted the crowds, triggering their bombs as they entered the fray.

Yazidi Communities Bombing

Known as the second deadliest bombings after 9/11, four suicide bombs went off on August 14th, 2007, in the towns of Yazidi and Jazeera. Two tons of explosives, 3 vehicles, and a fuel tanker helped level numerous buildings, killing 796 civilians and inuring 1,562 total.

Bali Bombing

The Bali Bombing is thought to be the single deadliest act of terrorism within the country of Indonesia. Occurring on October 12th, 2002, within the tourist district of Kuta, the bombings led to 202 people dead, including 38 locals. Suicide bombers and a car bomb went off, plus a third bomb exploded in the US Embassy at Denpasar.

Madrid Train Bombings

Known as “11-M,” the most tragic attack in European history occurred on March 11th, 2004. A series of synchronized terrorist attacks fell upon the Cercania commuter train in Madrid. The explosions lead to the deaths of 191 individuals, while injuring many more.

SuperFerry 14 Bombings

In the deadliest terrorist attack to occur at sea, February 27, 2004, marked the day the SuperFerry 14 sunk just 90 minutes after leaving the port of Manila. Brought about by an Islamist terrorist group, the deaths of 116 people occurred on that boat. Four kilograms of TNT was the cause of the explosion.

London Transport Bombing

On July 7th, 2005, three explosions aboard the London Underground trains went off throughout the city. A fourth bomb exploded on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square. These terrorist assaults happened just one day after the city was chosen for the 2012 Summer Olympics. In total, the attack lasted 57 minutes and brought about the deaths of 52 civilians, 4 suicide bombers, and with 700 more injured.

Sadr City Bombings

On November 23rd, 2006, an attack involving multiple car bombs and two mortar attacks struck the city of Sadr in Baghdad. 215 people were killed while 257 more were injured in the assault. The resulting 24-hour curfew and shutdown of the International Airport brought a lot of disturbance.


Everyone knows the date by heart: September 11, 2001. On this fateful day in history, four coordinated assaults were launched against New York City and Washington DC. Four airplanes, hijacked by 19 assailants, collided into the NYC World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and another was aimed at the Capitol, but never made it. Over 3,000 died in the attacks.