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Sunday, September 12, 2004

And more Terrorism by Islamists

1993 Mir Aimal Kansi, a Pakistani, fires an AK-47 assault rifle into cars waiting at a stoplight in front of the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters. Two died.

The 1993 Mumbai bombings were a series of bomb explosions that took place in Mumbai (Bombay), India on March 12, 1993. The attacks were the worst wave of criminal violence in that country's history.
At 1:30 PM a powerful car bomb exploded in the basement of the Mumbai Stock Exchange building. The 28-story office building housing the exchange was destroyed, and many nearby office buildings were also severely damaged. About 50 were killed by this explosion. About 30 minutes later, another car bomb exploded elsewhere in the city, and from 1:30 PM to 3:40 PM a total of 13 bombs exploded throughout Bombay. Most of the bombs were car bombs, but some were in scooters. Three hotels, the Hotel Sea Rock, Hotel Juhu Centaur, and Hotel Airport Centaur, were targeted by suitcase bombs left in rooms booked by the perpetrators. Banks, government offices, hotels, an airline office (the Air India Building), and a major shopping complex. Bombs exploded at Zaveri Bazar, Century Bazar, Katha Bazar, Shiv Sena Bhawan, and Plaza Theatre. A jeep-bomb at the Century Bazar exploded early, thwarting another attack. Grenades were also thrown at Sahar International Airport and at Fishermen's Colony, apparently targeting Hindus at the latter.
The official number of dead was 257 dead with 1,400 others injured (some news sources say 317 people died). Several days later, unexploded car bombs were discovered at a railway station. Muslim terrorists were blamed, and the explosions remained unsolved for a decade. Indian officials arrested two men on February 20, 2003 and charged them with organizing the attacks after rioting the year before killed hundreds of Muslims and Hindus. India also charged that Pakistan was sheltering some of those responsible.
More than ten years later, on August 25, 2003, two large bombs left in taxis exploded in south Mumbai - the Gateway of India - and at Zaveri Bazaar in the busy Kalbadevi area, killing 52 people and wounding more than a hundred others. India blamed two possible Pakistan-based Islamic militant groups, Jaish-e-Mohammed or Lakshar-e-Toiba, for those attacks.

AMIA bombing was a terrorist attack on the AMIA Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It took place on 18 July, 1994 and destroyed the 7 story building killing 85 people and injuring more than 200. It was caused by a car bomb exploding outside the building. Argentina is home to the largest Jewish community in Latin America.
Nobody has yet been convicted of the bombing and there have been many allegations including those blaming the government of Iran. There have been allegations that former president Carlos Menem accepted money from the Iranian government to block the investigation.
It followed the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires which killed 29.

On July 26, 1994 Eight days after the AMIA Bombing in Argentina, a car bomb exploded outside the Israeli embassy in London, injuring 14 people. The car was packed with 20 to 30 pounds of explosives, and blew up minutes after the driver left it.
The Israeli Ambassador and British intelligence experts blamed pro-Iranian extremists, probably linked to Hezbollah. Thirteen hours later a similar car bomb exploded outside a Jewish charity in North London.
Two Palestinian science graduates who were educated in Britain, Jawad Botmeh and Samar Alami, were apprehended in 1995, and found guilty of the bombings in 1996. They were sentenced to 20 years in jail, and lost their appeal in 2001.
In all, Hezbollah is blamed by Britain, Argentina and Israel for the three terrorist attacks carried out against Jewish and Israeli targets on July 18 and July 28. 96 people were killed and 320 wounded in the attacks.

Alas Chiricanas bombing
Alas Chiricanas bombing in the news
The bombing of an Alas Chiricanas flight in Panama was a deadly terrorist attack that took place on July 19, 1994, one of a series of deadly attacks against Jewish people that year.
On July 19, an Embraer 110 Bandeirante flying between Colon and Panama City exploded, killing all 21 persons aboard, including three American citizens. Twelve of the passengers were Jews. The wreckage was strewn about the Santa Rita Mountains. Panamanian officials assertained that the explosion was caused by a bomb, probably detonated by a suicide bomber who was also one of the passengers on the plane. A main reason for suspecting a bomb was that another terrorist attack against Jews took place in Argentina the day before: the AMIA Bombing in Buenos Aires, which killed 86 people.
An organization using the name Ansar Allah, or Followers of God, issued a statement expressing support for the bombing, and it claimed the attack was a suicide operation by a person with an Arab name. Later it was determined the organization did not exist, and many point to Hezbollah as the culprit. Panama made no arrests in connection with the bombing, and even today the case is mostly unsolved and little talked about.

In 1994, a group of men from the Algerian group GIA hijacked Air France Flight 8969, and intended to crash it into the Eiffel Tower. French commandos intervened and successfully prevented an incident from occurring.

On December 11, 1994, a small bomb exploded below the seat of a Japanese businessman on Philippine Airlines Flight 434. The businessman perished, but none of the other 293 passengers were killed. The Boeing 747-200 landed safely. Investigators later found that Ramzi Yousef, a terrorist suspected of being a part of Al-Qaida, planted the bomb there to test it out for a terrorist attack he was planning, Project Bojinka. The plan was foiled after an apartment fire in Manila led investigators to the laptop computer and disks containing the plan.

Operation Bojinka (also known as Project Bojinka, Bojinka Plot, Bojinga, from Arabic: بجنكة; -- slang in many dialects for explosion and pronounced Bo-JIN-ka, except in Egyptian where it is Bo-GIN-ka) was a planned large-scale terrorist attack and prerawwiki_inboundsor to the September 11 Terrorist Attacks.
The term can refer to the "airline bombing plot" alone, or that combined with the "Pope assassination plot" and the "CIA plane crash plot". The first refers to a plot to destroy 11 airliners on January 21 and 22, 1995, the second refers to a plan to kill John Paul II on January 15, 1995, and the third refers a plan to crash a plane into the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia and other buildings. Operation Bojinka was prevented on January 6 and 7, 1995, but some lessons learned were apparently used by the planners of the September 11 terrorist attacks. This article will cover all three plans.
The money handed down to the plotters originated from Al-Qaida, an international terrorist organization which was then based in Sudan. Philippines authorities say that Operation Bojinka was developed by alleged Al-Qaida operatives Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed while they were in Manila, Philippines in 1994 and early 1995.

In 1995, the GIA islamist terror group staged a series of attacks against the French public, targeting public transportation.
On July 25, 1995, a gas bottle exploded in station Saint Michel of line B of the RER (Paris regional train network). 8 were killed and 200 wounded.
On October 6, 1995, a gas bottle exploded in station Maison Blanche of the Paris Métro. 16 were wounded.
On October 17, 1995, a gas bottle exploded in the Orsay station of RER line B. 30 were wounded.
A leader of the group, Khaled Kelkal, was identified. He was killed on September 29, 1995 by members of the EPIGN gendarmerie unit when allegedly resisting arrest.
Members of the groups have since been prosecuted for various charges.


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