Global Terror Events Allegedly Related to Pakistan
1. World Trade Center Bombing (1993): The 1993 World Trade Center bombing was planned in part by Ramzi Yousef, Pakistani by decent, and a lead suspect in
the terror attack that killed 7 and injured 1042 on February 26, 1993 in New
York, New York. Yousef arrived illegally in the U.S. on September 1, 1992, from
Pakistan and escaped back to Pakistan several hours after the bombing. Yousef
was arrested in February of 1995 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a Pakistani citizen and the uncle
of Ramzi Yousef, was the alleged adviser and financier of the 1993 WTC bombing.
Mohammed was arrested on March 1, 2003, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (Wikipedia, 2011).
2. Benazir Bhutto Assassination Attempt (1993): The failed assassination attempt of then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto by Ramzi Yousef and Abdul Hakim Murad in August of 1993 was reportedly interrupted by police outside Bhutto’s residence. After returning to Pakistan in February 1993 after an unsuccessful attempt to destroy the World Trade Center, Yousef allegedly took up a contract to assassinate Bhutto. Pakistani by decent, Yousef was arrested in February of 1995 in Islamabad, Pakistan (Wikipedia, 2011).
3. Bombing of Philippine Airlines Flight 434 (1994): Philippine Airlines Flight 434 was the route designator of an international flight from Cebu, Philippines to Tokyo, Japan, on December 11, 1994, when a bomb exploded killing 1 and injuring 10 passengers. Ramzi Yousef, Pakistani by decent, was the alleged bomber in the mid-air terror attack. Yousef was arrested in February of 1995 in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Wikipedia, 2011).
4. Bojinka Terror Plot (1995): The Bojinka Plot was a planned large-scale terrorist attack to assassinate of Pope John Paul II and blow up 12 airliners during January of 1995. The plot was planned in part by Ramzi Yousef, Pakistani by decent, who was a lead suspect in the terror plot to kill approximately 4,000 passengers as they flew from Asia to the America. Yousef was arrested in February of 1995 in Islamabad, Pakistan (Wikipedia, 2011).
5. U.S. Airliner Bombing Plot (1995): The 1995 U.S. airliner bombing attempt by Ramzi Yousef, Pakistani by decent, was the lead suspect in the terror plot to bomb 2 U.S. airliners on January 31, 1995. Yousef flew from Pakistan to Thailand and met with associate Istaique Parker. Yousef told Parker to check two suitcases filled with bombs, one on a Delta Airlines flight and another on a United Airlines flight. Both bombs were timed to blow up over populated areas of the U.S. Airline employees demanded passports and fingerprints making the plot too risky for Yousef who returned to Pakistan on February 2, 1995 and was consequently arrested in the same month in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Wikipedia, 2011).
6. U.S. Embassy Bombings (1998): The 1998 United States embassy bombings were a series of attacks consisting of simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the United States embassies in the East African capitals of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya killed 223 and injured more than 4,000 on August 07, 1998. Of the 21 named conspirators, 5 have been allegedly killed in Pakistan: Osama bin Laden killed in Pakistan May 1, 2011, Ahmed Mohammed Hamed Ali killed in Pakistan by airstrikes in 2010, Fahid Mohammed Ally Msalam killed in Pakistan by U.S. drone attack in 2009, Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan killed in Pakistan by U.S. drone attack in 2009, and Muhsin Musa Matwalli Atwah was killed in Pakistan in 2006 (Wikipedia, 2011).
7. U.S.S. Cole Bombing (2000): The USS Cole Bombing was a suicide attack against the United States Navy destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67), which killed 17 and injured 37 on October 12, 2000, while it was harbored and refueled in the Yemeni port of Aden. Walid Mohammad bin Attash, was an alleged a terror suspect in the terror attack was allegedly arrested in Pakistan in May of 2003 (BBC, 2003).
8. Millennium Terror Plot (2000): The Year 2000 terror plots were attacks planned to occur on or near January 1, 2000: the bombing of 4 sites in Jordan, the bombing of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and the bombing of the USS The Sullivans. The first 2 plots were foiled by law enforcement agencies; the third was aborted after a mistake occurred. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terror suspect in the plot to bomb Jordan, immediately fled and traveled to Peshawar, Pakistan. Ahmed Ressam, a terror suspect in the plot to bomb LAX, traveled to Karachi, Pakistan on March 17, 1998, where he contacted al-Qaeda leader Abu Zubeida in Peshawar, Pakistan, who was in charge of terrorist training camps funded and organized by Bin Laden (Wikipedia, 2011).
9. 9/11 Terror Attacks (2001): The 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and
4 airliners killed 2,996 and injured more than 6,000 in New York, Washington D.C.,
and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001. The attacks were
allegedly masterminded by Osama bin Laden who was killed in Pakistan in May
of 2011, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was arrested on March 1, 2003,
in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Omar Sheikh, of Pakistani decent, was allegedly
ordered by General Mahmoud Ahmed, the then head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), to wire
$100,000 before the 9/11 attacks to Mohammed Atta, the lead 9/11 hijacker
10. Indian Parliament Terror Attack (2001): The 2001 Indian Parliament attack was a high-profile terror attack on the Parliament of India building which killed 12 and injured 18 in New Delhi, India, on December 13, 2001. The attack was allegedly executed by the Lashkar-e-Toiba, a militant terrorist organization operating mainly from Pakistan, and Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistani-based, militant Islamic group (Wikipedia, 2011).
11. Shoe Bombing of Flight 63 (2001): Richard Colvin Reid was the main suspect in the failed shoe bombing attempt that occurred on American Airlines Flight 63 flying from Paris, France, to Miami, Florida, on December 22, 2001. Reid allegedly spent 1999 and 2000 in Pakistan where he may also have attended an anti-American religious training center in Lahore, Pakistan. Reid is also alleged to have routinely communicated by mail via an address in Peshawar, Pakistan, a city known for its Al Qaeda connections. Just prior to his alleged bombing attempt, Reid returned to Pakistan in November 2001. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a Pakistani citizen, confessed to a role in the bombing and was arrested on March 1, 2003, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (Wikipedia, 2011).
12. Beheading of Daniel Pearl (2002): The beheading of Daniel Pearl, an investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal, occurred in Karachi, Pakistan on February 1, 2002, and was videotaped for a worldwide audience. Pearl had traveled to Pakistan as part of an investigation into the links between Al Qaeda and the Pakistani intelligence services (ISI) role in the funding of 9/11. It was allegedly at the instruction of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed that Pearl was killed. On October 12, 2006, TIME magazine reported that "KSM confessed under CIA interrogation that he personally committed the murder. On March 15, 2007, the Pentagon released a statement that Mohammed had confessed to the murder. The statement quoted Mohammed as saying, "I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl, in the city of Karachi Pakistan. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a Pakistani citizen, was arrested on March 1, 2003, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (Wikipedia, 2011).
13. U.S. Bank Tower Terror Plot (2002): The U.S. Bank Tower terror plot was revealed when U.S. House officials stated on October 6, 2005, that the government had foiled a previously undisclosed second plot to crash a plane into a building in mid-2002. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a Pakistani citizen and alleged Al-Qaeda leader, planned to use Asian confederates from Jemaah Islamiyah recruited by Islamic militant Hambali for the hijacking. Mohammed, a Pakistani citizen, was arrested on March 1, 2003, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (Wikipedia, 2011). (Wikipedia, 2011).
14. Bali Terror Attacks (2002): The Bali Bombings were conducted with the expertise of Umar Patek, who is alleged to have created the explosives used in bombings which killed 202 and injured 240 on October 12, 2002, in Bali, Indonesia. Patek was reportedly arrested around March 30, 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a Pakistani citizen, confessed to a role in the bombing and was arrested on March 1, 2003, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (Wikipedia, 2011).
15. Madrid Terror Attacks (2004): The Madrid train bombings consisted of a series of coordinated train bombings which killed 191 and injured 1,800 on March 11, 2004, in Madrid, Spain. Two Pakistani Muslims were allegedly arrested for the terror attacks. Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, who allegedly played a role in the attack, was arrested in Quetta, Pakistan in October 2005 (Wikipedia, 2011).
16. London Terror Attacks (2005): The London Bombings were executed by 3 alleged terrorists of Pakistani decent who coordinated suicide attacks targeting civilians using the public transport system on Thursday, 7 July 2005, killing 52 and injuring more than 700 in London, England. Mohammad Sidique Khan, of Pakistani decent, detonated a bomb aboard a train killing 7 including Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, also of Pakistani decent, detonated a bomb aboard a train killing 7 including Tanweer, and Hasib Hussain, also of Pakistani decent, detonated a bomb on a double-decker bus killing 14 including Hussain. On 22 March 2007, three men were arrested in connection with the bombings. Two were arrested at Manchester Airport, attempting to board a flight bound for Pakistan. Zabi uk-Taifi, an alleged Al Qaeda commander arrested in Pakistan in January 2009, is alleged to have connections to the bombings (Wikipedia, 2011).
17. Delhi Terror Attacks (2005): The Delhi bombings consisted of 3 explosions which killed 62 and injured at least 210 on October 29, 2005, in Delhi, India. The bombings came only 2 days before the important festival of Diwali, which is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains. The bombs were triggered in 2 markets and a bus. The Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist organization, the Islamic Revolutionary Front or Islamic Inquilab Mahaz, claimed responsibility for the Delhi terrorist attacks. The Pakistani based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba has also been credited with the attack (Wikipedia, 2011).
18. Varanasi Terror Attacks (2006): The 2006 Varanasi bombings were a series of bombings which killed 28 and injured 101 on March 7, 2006, in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi, India. Lashkar-e-Toiba, a Pakistani based terror group whose member was shot dead in an encounter with police near the scene, took credit for the attack (Wikipedia, 2011).
19. Ontario Terror Plot (2006): The 2006 Ontario terrorism case refers to a series of attacks plotted against targets in Southern Ontario, Canada, and the June 2, 2006, counter-terrorism raids that resulted in the arrest of the alleged Al-Qaeda terror cell known as the "Toronto 18" The terror suspects were accused of planning to detonate truck bombs, to open fire in a crowded area, and to storm the Canadian Broadcasting Centre, the Canadian Parliament building, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) headquarters, and the parliamentary Peace Tower to take hostages and to behead the Prime Minister and other leaders. Of the indicted suspects, Qayyum Abdul Jamal, had immigrated to Canada from Karachi, Pakistan, and Saad Khalid, was born Pakistan and had immigrated also immigrated to Canada (Wikipedia, 2011).
20. Mumbai Train Bombings (2006): The Mumbai train bombings were a series of 7 bomb blasts that took place over a period of 11 minutes on the Suburban Railway which killed 209 and injured more than 700 on July 11, 2006, in Mumbai, India. On September 30, 2006, CNN reported that Indian Police Commissioner A.N. Roy stated at a news conference that "We have solved this case" and that "The entire episode was done on behalf of ISI", in reference to Pakistan's military spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (Wikipedia, 2011).
21. Hyderabad Terror Attacks (2007): The Hyderabad bombings consisted of 4 bombs, 2 of which exploded almost simultaneously killing 42 and injuring 54 on August 25, 2007, in Hyderabad, India. The first bomb exploded at the Lumbini Amusement Park while the second bomb exploded 5 minutes later in a popular restaurant about 5 kilometers away. Two more bombs were defused in other parts of the city. The Pakistani ISI is alleged to have played a role in the terror attack (Wikipedia, 2011).
22. Assassination of Pakistani President Benazir Bhutto (2007): The assassination of Benazir Bhutto, twice Prime Minister of Pakistan, occurred on December 27, 2007 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Al-Qaeda commander Mustafa Abu al-Yazid allegedly stated that "We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahideen". Al-Yazid also stated that Ayman al-Zawahiri, the new leader of Al Qaeda since the death of Osama bin Laden, ordered the killing of Bhutto in October of 2007. Al-Yazid was killed on May 21, 2010, in North Waziristan, Pakistan and in September of 2008, the Pakistani Army claimed that they "almost" captured Al-Zawahiri after getting information that he and his wife were in northwest Pakistan (Wikipedia, 2011).
23. Mumbai Terror Attacks (2008): The 2008 Mumbai attacks, which started on November 26, 2008, and ended on November 29, 2008, consisted of more than 10 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks which killed 164 and injured at least 308 in Mumbai, India. The alleged terrorists came from Pakistan and conducted the attacks with the support of Pakistan's ISI. Ajmal Kasab, the only attacker who was captured alive, disclosed that the attackers were members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan- militant group, considered a terrorist organization by India, Pakistan, the U.S. the U.K., and the U.N. (Wikipedia, 2011).
23. 2008 Indian Embassy Bombing (2008): The Indian embassy bombing was a suicide bomb terror attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, which killed 58 and injured 141 on July 7, 2008. U.S. intelligence officials originally blamed the Pakistani ISI intelligence agency for the attack but have more recently blamed the alleged Pakistani terror group the Haqqani Network (Wikipedia, 2011).
24. Sri Lankan Cricket Team Attack (2009): The Sri Lankan cricket team attack occurred when a bus carrying
Sri Lankan cricketers was fired upon by 12 Pakistani gunmen near the Gaddafi
Stadium on March 3, 2009, in Lahore, Pakistan. In total, 6 members of the Sri
Lanka national cricket team were injured and 6 Pakistani policemen and 2
civilians were killed in the attack. The attack was allegedly carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed,
a Pakistani-based, militant Islamic group, and/or Lashkar-e-Jhangvi,
a militant organization operating in Pakistan since 1996 (Wikipedia,
25. CIA Terror Attack at Camp Chapman (2009): The Camp Chapman attack was a suicide attack against the CIA's Forward Operating Base Chapman, which killed 10 and injured 6 in Khost Province, Afghanistan, on December 30, 2009. The Pakistani Taliban allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack (Wikipedia, 2011).
26. Times Square Bombing (2010): The attempted bombing of Times Square was a failed WMD bombing which occurred on May 1, 2010, in New York City. U.S. federal agents arrested Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistan-born U.S. resident, who allegedly stated that had trained at a Pakistani terrorist training camp. Allegedly, more than a dozen people in Pakistan were arrested in connection with the plot by Pakistani officials. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder later confirmed that the Pakistani Taliban had trained Shahzad to carry out the attack (Wikipedia, 2011).
27. World Cup Bombings (2010): The July 2010 Kampala attacks were suicide bombings which killed 74 and injured 70 on July 11, 2010, at two locations in Kampala, Uganda. The crowds had been watching a screening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final when they were attacked. Twenty people were arrested in the wake of the attack, including several Pakistanis (Wikipedia, 2011).
28. Assassination of Osama bin Laden (2011): Osama bin Laden, the alleged head of Al Qaeda, was allegedly assassinated in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 1, 2011. The city was allegedly home to at least one al-Qaeda leader before bin Laden. Operational chief Abu Faraj al-Libi reportedly moved his family to Abbottabad in mid-2003. The bin Laden compound is 0.8 miles (1.3 km) southwest of the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA), a prominent military academy that has been compared with West Point in the United States (Wikipedia, 2011).
29. U.S. Military Bombing (2011): The U.S. military bombing killed 5 Afghanis and injured 77 U.S. soldiers when a combat outpost was attacked by powerful truck bomb on September 10, 2011, in eastern Wardak province, Afghanistan. Another 14 civilians and three policemen were wounded in the powerful blast which damaged about 100 shops in the Sayed Abad bazaar, located near the military base. Defense Department press secretary George Little stated that the Haqqani Network, an alleged Pakistani terror group, was responsible for the attack (Army Times, 2011).
30. Kabul Bombing (2011): The Kabul Bombings were a series of bomb attacks that killed at least 56 and injured an unknown amount on December 6, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The first bomb targeted a shrine where hundreds had gathered to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura, while the second bomb hit a Shiite vehicle procession killing 4 in a northern city at roughly the same time. A man claiming to be from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Pakistan-based terror group, claimed responsibility while Afghani President Hamid Karzai stated publically that Pakistan was responsible for the attack (USA Today, 2011).