I’m working on an article for tomorrow’s paper on the attacks in Nice. Part of my coverage will be an overview of some of the worst terrorist attacks in 2016. This a list I’ve curated, having gone through hundreds of attacks this year. Bear in mind these are only some of the worst horrors that took place this year, and I did not include most war-zone massacres (many can’t be verified exactly for numbers and dates and there is an argument that they’re not terrorist acts like others in non-war zones). Having finished writing this, I am worn down. Please, please take a minute to look over this, and to share it.
January 11, Sharaban, Iraq: 100+ dead, IS claimed responsibility January 12, Istanbul, Turkey: 11 dead after a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Sultan Ahmed Mosque January 15, Eel-Adde, Somalia: 63 dead after massive siege at an African Union base January 15-16, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: 30 dead after gunmen attacked a restaurant and hotel in the heart of Ouagadougou, with more than 100 hostages taken January 16, Deir ez-Zor, Syria: Estimates between 135 to 300 dead after IS militants killed dozens in execution-style murder January 30, Daloria, Nigeria: At least 86 dead and hundreds injured in an attack by Boko Haram militants
February 21, Sayyidah Zaynab, Syria: Between 83 to 134 people killed after IS militants detonated a car bomb and launched two suicide bombings 400 metres from Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque, a Shia shrine February 28, Sadr City Baghdad, Iraq: Up to 70 killed and 60 wounded as two bombs went off at a crowded market, in a mostly Shia Muslim district
March 6, Hillah, Iraq: At least 61 killed after a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-ridden truck into a security checkpoint March 13, Ankara, Turkey: An estimated 37 killed after a car bombing in Turkey’s capital, with at least 125 wounded March 22, Brussels and Zaventem, Belgium: 32 killed and 340 injured in three co-ordinated bombings in Belgium, two at Brussels Airport and one at a metro station March 27, Lahore, Pakistan: At least 72 dead, including 29 children, and 200 injured in a suicide bombing that hit one of the largest parks in Lahore
April 19, Kabul, Afghanistan: Up to 64 dead and more than 320 wounded in the deadliest attack in the capital since 2011, after a suicide bomber and gun assault on a government security building April 22, Mosul, Iraq: At least 250 Iraqi women were executed by IS fighters because they refused to become sex slaves April 30, Baghdad, Iraq: At least 38 dead and 86 wounded after a suicide bomber detonated in a suburb
May 1, Samawa, Iraq: At least 33 killed and 75 wounded after twin suicide car explosions in Iraq’s mostly-Shia south, an area where such incidents are considered rare May 11, Baghdad, Iraq: At least 110 dead and 165 injured in a series of attacks in and near Baghdad, which IS fighters said were aimed at Shias May 17, Baghdad, Iraq: At least 101 people dead and 194 injured after a series of bombings and shootings in the city claimed by IS May 23, Jableh and Tartus, Syria: Up to 184 killed and 200 wounded in a series of car bomb and suicide attacks, claimed by IS
June 12, Orlando, Florida, US: 49 people dead and 53 injured after a lone-wolf gunman entered a gay nightclub, resulting in the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in the US and the the deadliest terrorist attack in the US since 9/11 June 14, Lake Chad, Cameroon, 52 fishermen killed by Boko Haram militants June 28, Istanbul, Turkey: 44 dead and 239 wounded after three suicide attackers opened fire and blew themselves up at Atatürk Airport June 30, Wardak, Afghanistan: At least 40 killed and 50 injured after two Taliban suicide bombers attacked police cadets returning from a graduation ceremony
July 1, Dhaka, Bangladesh: At least 24 killed and 50 injured after a number of gunmen attack a restaurant popular with foreigners in a wealthy area of Dhaka, following a hostage situation and shoot-out July 3, Baghdad, Iraq: At least 308 killed and over 246 injured after a large car bomb explosion in the middle of a busy market in Karrada, which contains a Shia majority. The attack was the deadliest suicide attack in Iraq since the 2007 Yazidi communities bombings July 4, Medina, Saudi Arabia: four dead and five injured after a suicide bomber targeted security forces outside the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina July 7, Balad, Iraq: Between 56 to 100 dead and over 75 injured after a suicide car bomb blew up at the gate of the mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali Al-Hadi, in an attack claimed by IS July 14, Nice, France: At least 84 dead and over 65 injured after a truck drove through a crowd of people on the Promenade des Anglais as celebrations for French National Day ended