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Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque - Damascus, Syria

Dating back to 682 CE, the mosque is a holy shrine & contains the grave of Zaynab bint Ali, the daughter of Imam Ali & granddaughter of the prophet Muahmmad.

2016 Terrorist Attacks (A Partial List)

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